William David Campbell Sr., 72, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, November 21, 2022, in Joaquin. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Sardis Cemetery. Interment will be at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born January 8, 1950, Mr. Campbell is the son of M. T. Campbell and LaVennia McGee Campbell. He was an avid sportsman and loved attending car shows. He was also a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Survived by:

Daughter, Katie LeaAnn Blackwell of Bossier City, Louisiana

Son, William David Campbell Jr. of Joaquin

Grandson, Gavin Blackwell of Bossier City, Louisiana

Joy Rankin and husband Lloyd of Tenaha
Cynthia Kay and husband Harold of Tenaha

Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, M. T. Campbell and LaVennia McGee Campbell; wife, Katie Campbell

Honorary pallbearer will be Norris Taylor.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com


David “Ole Milwaukee” Lynn Bryce, Sr., 70, of Greenwood, Louisiana passed away on November 18, 2022, in Greenwood, Louisiana. He was born on June 27, 1952, in Center, Texas to Tommie Roscoe and Christine (Smith) Bryce.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, officiated by Orval Miller. Interment will follow at County Line Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

David grew up in Bryce, Texas. He graduated from Gary High School. David met Vicki Courtney Hailey at Ida, Louisiana while working on a drilling rig. They were married for 11 years. Ole Milwaukee had his CDL since he was 18 years old. He once drove a school bus on his own field trip. David enjoyed drag racing and watching old movies and westerns. He was happiest when spending time with family. David was a member of Word of God Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. Ole Milwaukee or Goldie, as he was affectionately known, will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

David is survived by:

Wife, Vicki Courtney Hailey Bryce

Mother, Christine Smith Bryce

David “Sambo” Bryce, Jr. and wife, Christy
Scotty Bryce and wife, Anna
Seth Hailey and wife, Amanda

Colton Bryce
Leann Youngblood
Chloe Bryce
Ryan Youngblood
Kaydence Hammers
Cruze Bryce
Halen Hailey
Trinity Hailey
Aubrey Hall

Sister, Patricia Dukes and husband, Jim Sargent

Brother-in-law, Milton Kovar

Along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Tommie Roscoe Bryce; brother, Tommie Lee Bryce; and sister, Linda Kovar.

Serving as pallbearers will be Benny Bryce, Ryan Youngblood, Colton Bryce, Jared Dukes, TJ Bryce, and Jarrett Jones. Honorary pallbearer is Cruze Bryce.


Cindy Jackson Sholar, 59, of Shelbyville, passed away November 18, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with internment following at Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine. Visitation will be held Monday, November 21, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bro. Steven Berry, Bro. Lamar Denby, and Bro. Rodney Clyde will be officiating.

Born August 6, 1963, in Center, Texas, Cindy is the daughter of Murl Jackson and Robbie Wilburn Ash. Cindy was an ancillary coordinator for nursing homes for 17 years. She enjoyed cooking, going to the beach, swimming, playing 42, and playing cards. Cindy loved spending time with her grandkids, family and friends. 

She is survived by:
Her children: 
Michael Brandon Jackson
Nikki Postell and husband Benjamin
Meeghan Ray and husband Shane
Tim McCann
Richard Sholar Jr. and wife Bresha
Lacy Sholar
Heather Glenn and husband Cary
Heath Sholar and wife Monica

Karma Sholar
Chadly Fleming
Alexis Barlow
Avery Lawrence
Alexandra Postell
Jalen Postell
Jordan Postell
Destiny McCann
Seth Ray
Trinity Ray
Rilee Sholar
Carter Sholar
Konlee Sholar
Tenley Sholar
Tessa Sholar
Taelyn Sholar
Angel Ray
Teegan McCann
Cydni Glenn


Brother, Roger Jackson and wife Charlene

Father of the Sholars, Richard Sholar Sr.

Special friends: 
Wanda Mote
Jackie Wright
Darlene Smith
Nong Cliffton
Suzie & Floyd Blackman
Sue Jenkins
Walter Anderson

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by her grand baby, Richard “Trip” Sholar III; parents, Murl Jackson & Robbie Wilburn Ash; grandparents, Tassie & Pete Rice, W.H. & Viola Jackson; and nephew Cade Jackson.

Pallbearers will be James Jones, Wyatt Windham, Blake Jackson, Matthew Miller, Nathan Cryier, John Roger Jackson, James Mangan, and Bubba John Sholar.
Honorary pallbearers will be William Cassell, Richard Sholar Sr., Michael Lynn Andrews, Jarrod Whitton, Justice Hathron, Daniel Cassell, Lee Risinger, and Cheyenne Moore.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com


Wayne Frank Gandy, 72, of Joaquin, passed away November 17, 2022, in Joaquin.

Memorial services for Wayne Gandy, 72, will be held Monday, November 21, at 1:00 p.m., at Watson and Sons Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Silvey officiating.

Wayne Gandy, known to many as “Coach Gandy,” went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 17, 2022. He was born on November 2, 1950, in Sugarland, TX, to William and Dorothy Gandy. He graduated from Dulles High School in 1969.  After high school, he went to Wharton Junior College to play football, later transferring to SFA where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education. After college, he met and married his wife Cindy and began what would be a legendary 40 year career as a teacher and coach.

Coach was a man of many tales (most of them true), but if you talked to him long, you knew how deeply proud he was of his “three good sons,” Brian, Bradley, and Patrick.  He taught them the game of football he so loved and the importance of investing in the lives of others both on and off the field of play.

Coach always pushed you to be a better version of yourself, with his charismatic personality and a never quit mentality. He kicked off his coaching career as an SFA grad assistant, then had stints at Dulles High School, Brazosport, Angleton, and Danbury. He went on to be head football coach for 21 years at Huffman, Groesbeck, and Joaquin.
A loving husband, Dad, and PawPaw Coach, Wayne loved his family fiercely, and we rejoice in knowing he has a new body and one day we will see him again. What a team he is with now! Not sure if there is football in heaven, but if there is, no doubt he is already calling tight rip 66 toss and looking for the prettiest girl to dance with.

“He fought the good fight, he finished the race, and kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 Until we meet again…

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cindy Gandy, son Brian Gandy and daughter-in-law Sarah, son Bradley Gandy, son Patrick Gandy and daughter-in-law Lacey, grandchildren Ellisyn Gandy, Naomi Gandy, Lylah Gandy, and Brock Gandy, brother Travis Gandy and his wife Gloria, brother Dale Gandy, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family, friends, and athletes.

He is preceded in death by his infant daughter Kimberly Ann Gandy, parents William and Dorothy Gandy, sister Candace Gandy, and twin brother Waylan Gandy.

Special thanks to Tammy and the Affinity Hospice Team for their care in the final months.

Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com


Toni Katherine Lambert, 79, of Joaquin, passed away November 17, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral services will be held Noon, Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Watson & Sons Chapel in Center with visitation at 10:00 am. Bro. Joe Walker and Bro. Mike Pearson will officiate. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Born November 4, 1943, in Carthage, Texas, Toni is the daughter of Guy Wimberly McFadden and Ellen Wimberly McFadden.  She enjoyed sewing and was a member of the Texas Mission Builders. She was also a member of Logansport Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by:

Husband, Rushing Lambert of Joaquin

Daughter, Robin Hart and husband Allan of Ruston, Louisiana

Son, Rusty Lambert and wife Julie of Center

Emily Hodge and husband Jonathan
Megan Whitard and husband Jared
Nicholas Lambert

Great-grandchildren: Kasen, Collin, Josie, Emerson, and Macie

Analea Rawson of Carthage
Jimmy McFadden of Ft. Worth
Vida Duke of Carthage

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by parents, Guy Wimberly McFadden and Ellen Wimberly McFadden

Pallbearers will be Rusty Lambert, Jared Whitard, Jonathan Hodge, Nicholas Lambert, Davis Brittain and Allan Hart. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of Texas Mission Builders.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Texas Mission Builders or Logansport Missionary Baptist Church.

Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com.


Mona “Sissy” Elaine Davis, 68, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on November 9, 2022, in Tyler, Texas. She was born on October 2, 1954, in Houston, Texas, to Leon Benjamin Tyus and Myrtle Elaine (James) Oliver. A Memorial Service will be at 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Good Hope Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas.

Sissy grew up in Houston, Texas. She attended high school at Channelview High School and later went on to cosmetology school. Sissy was happiest when she was outdoors. She spent many hours fishing and camping, often sitting around a fire. Sissy enjoyed walking and she would push her momma around in her wheelchair. She loved her momma so much and was her main caretaker for years. Sissy took joy in sitting outside on her porch listening to her windchimes. She was so proud of her flowers and spent a lot of time making them beautiful. Sissy’s greatest joy was her family. She was never happier than to be surrounded by family and friends, cooking for them and all her neighbors. Above all else, Sissy loved the Lord. She spent hours reading her bible and loved taking care of the less fortunate. Sissy is now singing and dancing in the sky with the Lord that she held so dear.

Sissy is survived by:
Mother, Myrtle Elaine Oliver

Sherrie Lloyd and husband, Shannon of Timpson
Jacob Moore of Hemphill
Amber Yancey and husband, Omar of Lufkin
Christopher Moore and girlfriend, Kirby Ford of Hemphill

Sister, Norma Austin of Channelview

Ryan Battles
Jordan Lloyd
Jase Lloyd
Mia Lloyd
Connor Moore
Addy Yancey
Carter Yancey

Great-grandchild, Steevie Jo Battles

Best friend, Terry Taylor

Loving dog, Dakota.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leon Benjamin Tyus; and brother, Benny Lewis Tyus.

The family asks if you want to share any special memories or want to write a letter to Mona, that you write them down and bring that with you and put it in the box provided. The family will enjoy them at a later time.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net.


Marian Neal Hooker, 91, of Center, passed away November 14, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2022 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Center, with internment following at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Marian Neal Hooker was born August 18th, 1931 in Gainesville, Florida, to Charles Roy Neal and Esther Marie Crown Neal. She went to her heavenly home on November 14th, 2022, at the age of 91. 

Mrs. Hooker finished both high school and college in three years each and graduated from the University of Florida at age 20. She and her husband were the first married couple to graduate together from there. She was too young to receive her grades and the college mailed them to her husband. Her Bachelor’s degree was in education and she taught school for eight years. She started teaching Sunday school when she was 13 years old and taught it for the rest of her life. Mrs. Hooker taught GA’s, RA’s, Mission Friends, WMU, Training Union, and other Bible classes. Last year she was recognized with a plaque and many kind words by the Shelby-Doches Association, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and the First Baptist Church in Center for having taught for 75 years. She went on a medical mission trip to Honduras with Dr. Hooker and Sharon and the First Baptist Church. One can only guess at the number of people whose lives she has influenced.

Growing up on a farm during the depression meant that she did chores before and after school. From the age of four, she got up at 4:00 a.m. and cooked breakfast for her father, who had to do his mail route early. Then she napped a little longer, gathered eggs and milked the cow before going to school. After school, there were weeds to pull, vegetables to pick, little sisters to help with, and household chores. 

This great lady had many talents. She was able to draw exceptionally well, including things that many artists find difficult, such as horses and human hands. She drew up the blueprints for their house. Mrs. Hooker also took pride in working crossword puzzles in ink. She also did beautiful calligraphy.

Mrs. Hooker was loved by everyone who met her. She always greeted people with a smile and a hug. She never said an unkind work about anyone or to anyone. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, great-aunt, sister, and cousin. She had many dear friends of all ages and walks of life. 

Mrs. Hooker is survived by:
Her son, Lewis Hooker and Sue

Daughters, Sharon and Don Nelson, and Carol and Mickey Chandler

Ben and Casey Nelson
Douglass Hooker
Timothy Chandler
Hannah and Jared Davidson
Daniel Hooker and fiancée Alia
Jonathon Chandler

Carolyn Thomas
Clarice Neal

Sister-in-law, Alice Jo Hooker

She in preceded in death by:
Her parents, Roy and Esther Neal

Loving husband of 63 years, Dr. Joe B. Hooker

Sisters, Rachel Hall and Ruth Moseley

Brothers-in-law Olan Williamson, Charles Hooker, and Dixon Hooker

Sisters-in-law Verdine Williamson, Marie Hooker, and Gertrude Langdon

Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church in Center or to a charity of your choice. 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com


Daria Lanette York, 77, of Center, passed away November 11, 2022, in Katy.

Funeral service will be held 11:30 a.m., Friday, November 18, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with internment following at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Rev. Pate will be officiating.

Born March 28, 1945, in Freeport, Texas, Daria is the daughter of Billie Pate and Billy Edward Mullins.  She loved to travel, and enjoyed spending time with her family and her dogs. Daria was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by:
Her daughter, Trina York Turgeon of Katy

Grandson, Tristan Turgeon of Katy

Brother, Wayne Mullins and wife Karen of Baytown

Father of Trina, Gary York of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by her parents, Billy Mullins and Billie Pate Mullins; sister, Anita Mullins, and Clara Kiechler; brother, Donald Mullins.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com


Rickey L. Smith, 61 of Nacogdoches, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2022 in Nacogdoches. Funeral service is Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 3pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, 157 CR 2230, Center, Texas.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Kellen E. Arnold, 82, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022, in Joaquin.

Graveside committal services will be held at 2:00 pm, November 20, 2022 at Martin Cemetery in Panola County with Pastor Sherry Harding officiating. Following the graveside service, family and friends are invited to Shelbyville United Methodist Church for a time of food and fellowship.

Born January 11, 1940, Kellen is the son of Vera Caraway Arnold and Tony Arnold. He served in the United States Army from January 1957 to December 1959. On September 30, 1961, Kellen married the love of his life, Mary Lois Molley. Kellen worked for 50 years as a heavy equipment operator both in Joliet, Illinois and wherever jobs were available. He was a member of IUOE Local 150 in Illinois for 55 years and also Mazon Masonic Lodge #826 in Mazon, Illinois for 50 years. Kellen most recently attended Shelbyville United Methodist Church. 

He is survived by:

Wife, Mary L. Arnold of Joaquin

Daughter, Joan M. White and husband Terry of Minooka, Illinois

James L. Arnold and wife Colleen of Minooka, Illinois
Kellen E. Arnold II and wife Madonna of Mazon, Illinois

Travis White
Tristen Arnold
Ryan Arnold
Kellen Arnold III
Joseph Arnold

Willie Ann Arnold of Henderson
Winnie Lois Webb of Overton

Brother, Billie D. Arnold of Joaquin

Many other relatives.

Preceded in death by mother, Vera Arnold; father, Tony Arnold; brothers, J.T. Arnold, Joe B. Arnold, and D.L. “Tucker” Arnold; sister, Wanda J. McNiel; and infant sister, Abigail.

A special thanks to Mandy Owens for her loving care.

Memorial donations may be made to Mazon Lodge #826 Scholarship Fund, PO Box 103, Braceville, Illinois 60407, Illinois Masonic Outreach Services, 2866 Via Verde, Springfield, Illinois 62703, or Affinity Hospice, 2708 S Medford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75901.

Online condolences and tributes can be sent at http://www.watsonandsonsfh.com


Jimmy Norris Nix, Sr., 86, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on November 5, 2022, in Tyler, Texas. He was born on August 31, 1936, in Jumbo Community in Panola County, Texas, to the late Alva and Macy Marie (Hudman) Nix.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, officiated by Bro. Jackie Harris. Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery, Mt. Enterprise, Texas.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, November 11, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Jimmy was born in the Jumbo Community of Panola County, Texas.  He attended high school at Carthage High School where he graduated in 1954. He married Jerry M. Rains on April 21, 1956, and they were married for 58 years before her passing.  Jimmy enjoyed being outdoors on the ranch.  He spent many hours on his bulldozer and tractor baling hay.  Jimmy loved the Lord and spent his life in devotion to Him. He was the pastor of Highway Tabernacle, his childhood church, for many years. 

Jimmy is survived by:

Daughter, Sharon Bridges

Son, Jimmy Nix, Jr. and wife, Lucy

Ima Wikoff and husband, Melvin
Betty Curbow and husband, Leondred
Brenda Harris and husband, Jackie
Janice Travis

Trey Nix, III
Casey Nix and wife, Lauren
Kelly Nix
Jackie McDonald and husband, Chase
Kayla Nix-Lowry
Stephanie Kay

Logan Nix
Chloe Nix
Grant Nix
Wyatt Nix
Sutton McDonald
CJ McDonald
Reagan Kay

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jerry M. Nix; parents, Alva and Macy Marie (Hudman) Nix; son, Jonathan Nix; and brother, Charles Nix.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jim McDonald, Tim McDonald, Trey Nix, III, Casey Nix, Chase McDonald, and Logan Nix. Honorary pallbearer is Jerry Bridges.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net.


Gary Snider, 62, of Center, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Bro. Chuck Horton and Bro. Chris Collins will be officiating. Burial will be at New Hope Cemetery, Upper Arcadia Road. 

He was born in Converse, LA to Jesse James Snider and Verna Lou Moore. Gary loved to hunt and fish and spending time with his family cooking, playing 42, and pitching washers. He attended Sardis Missionary Baptist Church. Gary had recently retired as a crane operator at coal mine in Tatum.

Gary is survived by:
His daughter, Jessica Atchison, and husband Daniel, of Center

Clay Quigley and wife Kalie of Shelbyville
Trey Quigley of Center

Vallyn Quigley of Shelbyville

Special nephew, Matt Snider and wife Mallory

Fiancée, Elizabeth Townes of Center

Billy Snider and wife Debbie of Center
Travis Snider of Center

Norma Moore of Segno, TX
Sandra Harvey of Montana

Numerous relatives and a host of friends

Preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Snider and Verna Lou Snider, brothers, Butch Snider, and Jerry Snider, and great nephew, Cade Belrose.  

Pallbearers will be Clay Quigley, Trey Quigley, Justin Snider, Matt Snider, Barney Wiggins, and Brian Wiggins.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Gaylon Howard, Robbie Williams, Daniel Atchison, Billy Snider, and Travis Snider.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com


Jack Carter Christian, 92, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on November 4, 2022, in Tyler, Texas. He was born on November 25, 1929, in Tenaha, Texas, to the late Joseph and Irene (Brown) Christian. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, officiated by Bro. Doc Lazarene and Bro. James Hall. Interment will follow at Buena Vista Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.
A full obituary will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Jack was born and raised in Tenaha. He graduated from Tenaha High School and then went on to SFA to achieve a bachelor’s degree in education. Jack spent 2 years in the army. He taught school for a while and then went on to be the Postmaster for Tenaha for 38 years. After retiring from that, he went back to teaching. Jack and Bettie met while they both worked in Tenaha, her at the bank and him as Postmaster. They had been married for 53 years. Jack loved singing. He fulfilled his passion for singing in the Shelby County Singing Convention. Jack loved the Lord and served him and his community with great zeal. He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Tenaha, where he served as church treasurer. Jack will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Jack is survived by:

His wife, Bettie (Hairgrove) Christian

Daughter, Angela Whitton and husband Josh

Wyatt Whitton
Aiden Whitton
Emma Whitton

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Irene Christian; and 3 brothers.

Serving as pallbearers are David Hairgrove, Josh Whitton, Aiden Whitton, Wyatt Whitton, John Harrington, and Mike Spurlock. Honorary pallbearers are Darrell Martinez, Jesse Basham, Burt Furlough, and Roland Cross.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net.


George Richard Clark Sr. (Dick), 74, of Center, Texas, passed away on November 2, 2022, in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on December 12, 1948, in Mojave, California, to the late James Clark and Mavis Clark.  

George married Janet Elaine Cunning. He and Janet moved to Shelby County in the 1980ís with their family. George was of Baptist Faith. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and his farm. 

George worked as an electrician, one point owning his own business. He then pursued a career in Construction Management stateside and abroad. 

As per his wishes he will be cremated and a private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

George is survived by:
His sons: 
Scooter Clark and wife Stacie of Center
Chris Clark and wife Sena of Timpson

Pat Clark
Jim Clark

Anita Griffin
Barbara Mye

Colby and Jessie Clark of Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Zac and Ashton Clark of Center
Brett and Madelyn Clark of Brookland
Christopher P. Clark of Lancaster, PA
Shealyn Clark of Pickering, LA

Lexi Clark
CJ Clark
Elijah Clark
Tucker Clark
Coy Clark
Coleman Clark
Landree Clark

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

He is preceded by his loving wife, Janet Clark; daughter, Penny Clark; parents, James and Mavis Clark; brothers, Mike Clark and Chuck Clark.

A special thank to the staff at Holiday Nursing Home for their love and care.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Lyn Logan, 80, originally from Long Island, NY, was a hand-holding romanic. She loved her family, friends and church. She was a loved grandma and will be missed by her 12 grandchildren.

Along with her husband Harry, she was a strong servant to her community through the ministries of the Methodist Church. She tirelessly organized many blood drives for Center Hospital while it was part of the community. Lyn was an avid collector and resale enthusiast through her small business “The Mustard Room” shop she had with Harry. She loved to bake, and she served up the best egg sandwich when it was time to send family on their way. She enjoyed life to the fullest and had a strong will to do things her own way.

The family would like to give special thanks to her dear friend Jim Braiden who was very kind and loving to her in the last two years of her life. We would also like to thank Lakeside Assisted Living for their care which allowed Lyn to maintain her independence for as long as she could. We give thanks to Pine Grove Nursing Center for providing Lyn with a place to transition, as well as Affinity Hospice for making Lyn’s final days a time of dignity and compassion.

She is survived by:
Her sons: 
Jeffery Abinette and wife Lisa
Timothy Abinette and wife Carol
Christopher Logan and wife Annette

Daughter, Amy Logan-Ditolla and husband Clyde

Brother, Ricky Lawrence

Sister, Katherine Lawrence

12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Lyn is preceded by her husband, Harry Logan; and parents, Chester and Carolyn Lawrence.

Memorials can be made to the Outreach Ministries of First Methodist Church, 211 Porter St, Center, TX 75935 or the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Jessie Mae Garrett, 79 of Center, passed away Monday, October 31, 2022 at her home in Center. She was born on November 24, 1943 to the union of Eddie Lee and Christy Bell McCain in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral service is 2pm Saturday, November 5, 2022 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 617 Hopkins Street, Center, Texas with Pastor Freddie D. Wilson officiating. Interment is at Westview Cemetery in Center. Viewing is from 10am until 6pm on Friday, November 4, 2022 at Community Funeral Home, Center.

Jessie accepted Christ in her life at an early age and was a faithful and baptized member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Center, Texas. She served faithfully in St. Paul choir and was filled with the joy of singing praises unto the Lord with her fellow servants.

Jessie Garrett went to the all-black school C.H. Daniels where she was the leading drummer in the band. Our uncle Choice Garrett said she was second to nobody on those drums. She graduated in 1961 from C.H. Daniels. Jessie furthered her education in College and became an x-ray technician at Shelby Regional Medical Center, where she worked over forty years until she retired.

She married Joe Mitchell Garrett in 1961, to this union they started their family, three boys: Howard, Randy, and Michael Garrett. In the 1970s, her mother-in-law, Ethel Lee Stewart passed away and she left her two children to her daughter-in-law to raise as her own children: Jerelene Stewart and Lonnie Ray Stewart. At this time, Jessie was a single mother raising five children on her own. She was a working woman and by the help of God she done well.

She is preceded in death by her father, Eddie Lee McCain and mother, Christy Bell McCain; former husband, Joe Mitchell Garrett; and guardian son, Lonnie Ray Stewart.

She leaves to cherish her memories:

Howard Garrett Sr. (Ethel) of McClain, Mississippi
Randy G. Garrett of Austin
Michael Garrett of Center

Daughter, Kalisa Garrett of Center

Shanay Johnson
Ladon Johnson
Howard Garrett
Hakka Garrett
Naphalie Williams
Leondus Garrett
Ameerah Victoria
Kaneesha Murray
Jercarius Berry
Burnnard Murray
Michaela Garrett
Guardian Marvin Wash, Sr.

Fifteen great-grandchildren, ten guardian grandchildren, and a host of many other love ones who saw her as Aunt Jessie and Cousin Jessie.

Special friends: Sallie Wilson, Gertha B. White, Josephine Moore, Brenda Williams, Lucy Garrett, Vernell Brinson Hicks

Special daughter-in-laws, special co-workers, special choir members, and special church members.

We the family appreciate your relationship with our Mother, please forgive us if we left off any special person in her life, she loved everybody and especially you.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


Dennis Hollowell, of Shelbyville, passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2022, peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born in Ringgold, LA to Florence Godfrey Hollowell and Glen “Goggy” Hollowell. He was a loving, devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, photography, golf, classic cars, reading, and watching westerns. He always had a funny story to tell. He loved playing games and visiting with his family.

Dennis is survived by:
His devoted wife, Vera Christina Jaramillo Hollowell

Neal Hollowell and wife Peggie of Lake Charles, LA
Angie Hollowell Blocksom and husband Kevin of Atlanta, GA
Brady Holowell of Salt Lake City, UT
Jessica Rachel Hollowell Allgood and husband Damian of Salt Lake City, UT

Nicolette Hollowell Welty and husband David
Steven Blocksom
Travis Hollowell
Cooper Richardson
Mckayla Allgood
Ariana Allgood
Sophia Blocksom
Ashton Allgood

The family would like to thank Vicki Hurley while she was on the phone with him, she had the foresight to call the ambulance and Sheriff’s Department. The doctors and nurses and staff at the Neuro ICU at LSU Medical Hospital for all that they did on his behalf and for his family a big thank you to Sheriff Deputy Angela Neal, the ambulance team, and helicopter team for all that they did on his behalf.   

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com


Ronnie Fields was born on August 26, 1954 to Elbert Lorenzo Fields and Ruby Maxine (Dot) McSwain Fields. Ronnie entered into rest August 10, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. 

Ronnie grew up in Orange, Texas with his loving family…an aunt & uncle next door, and cousins around. In his younger years, he would take trips out to the camp at Sam Rayburn with his cousins. Ronnie enjoyed visiting Shelby County where he enjoyed spending time with all his cousins and the aunts and uncles he loved so much. Ronnie along with his brother, Bennie Gene, always enjoyed himself fishing in the pond at the Belrose farm whenever they visited his grandmother, Florence (Mama) Fields. It always took a day or two for Ronnie to find his comfort zone in the country, and to remember he liked home cooked meals instead of cereal. 

Ronnie was a simple man. As the years went by Ronnie became more of an introvert, but that all changed when he met Cindy Hebert. Soon Ronnie and Cindy became one and she was his person. They made a good team. As the years went by Ronnie, enjoyed reading and watching old westerns, where he let his mind take him on adventures while content to stay home. Ronnie still loved to fish occasionally and mow the yard. He stayed pretty close to home, but he always wanted Cindy to check on his beloved Aunt Gay in Sardis. Aunt Gay’s house is where Ronnie, Cindy and Adam found refuge when Hurricane Ike took their home and belongings in 2008. Ronnie and family always knew they had a safe place here in Shelby County.

Ronnie loved his family above all else, his parents were his connection and safe place, and he was so proud to have a dad that had fought in WW2 and loved to tell his stories. He was especially proud that his dad had fought in the Battle of the Bulge and in Italy. In addition, he was so proud of Cindy and Adam. Cindy was his caretaker and made sure the family functioned on a daily basis. He loved to hear Adam tell of his escapades watching and chasing storms. It was not unusual to get a phone call from Adam late at night to say “Hey, cousin, there’s a storm cell near you… so be prepared.” Adam, their only child, was and is still the apple of their eye. Ronnie loved and cherished his family and those he loved so dear will surely miss him.

Ronnie is survived by:

Loving wife, Cindy Hebert Fields

Son, Adam Fields and wife, Sidney, of Vidor

Grandchild, Remi Fields

Nephew, Gene Fields

Zannie Gay Fields Belrose, of Sardis, Texas
Margie Fields Hinton, of Winnie, Texas

Ronnie was preceded in death by parents, Elbert and Ruby (Dot) Fields; brother, Bennie Gene Fields; grandparents, Martha Dale and Amos Paul McSwain, and Julian Henry and Florence Squyers Fields.

Ronnie Fields will have a graveside service Saturday, November 5, 2022 in Sardis Cemetery at 2:00 PM. Bring a chair if you need to sit.


Richard Ellis "Rick" Rogers, 79, of Oakhurst, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2022, in Huntsville.
Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with Pastor Ford Adkins officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery in Shelby County.
Born July 5, 1943, in Monahans Ward County, Rick is the son of Eva Lee Hopp and Audrey "Rod" Ellis Rogers.  He was of the Methodist faith.
He is survived by:
His wife, Paula Fountain Rogers of Oakhurst

Bobby Rogers
Randy Rogers
Richard Rogers

Stepdaughter, Megan Elizabeth Clark of St. Louis, Missouri

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives

Fur babies

Kristina Regay Rogers and Camille Alaina Rogers

Very special friends:
Dennis and Marge Gunia
Lois Carver
Barbara Koy
James Odom

Care giver and good friend, Carrie Stulting
Preceded in death by parents, Eva Lee Hopp and Audrey "Rod" Ellis Rogers; and sister, Mary Gail Rogers Wipf.
Pallbearers will be Payton Stulting, Collin Stulting, Colton Stulting, Joey Fountain, Justin Gibbs, and Mitch Fountain.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com


Dale Allen Umbrell, 64, of Joaquin, Texas passed away on November 1, 2022, at his home after a brief battle with cancer. 

Dale was born to Carolyn and Joe Umbrell on March 18, 1958, in Harrisburg, PA. As a child, Dale enjoyed playing sports. During his sophomore year of high school, Dale’s family relocated to Tenaha, Texas, where his love for sports continued as he played football and basketball for the Tenaha Tigers. Dale spent his adult years helping raise his sons, never missing a sporting event they participated in. He was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast and, much like with his sons, he enjoyed watching his grandsons play sports. 

Dale is survived by: 
His mother, Carolyn Umbrell of Tenaha

Wife, Kim Umbrell of Joaquin

Wesley Umbrell (Heaven) of Tenaha
Ethan Umbrell (Ciara) of Quitman,

Braylin Umbrell
Cohen Umbrell
Wrigley Umbrell
Camden Umbrell
Kalen Umbrell

Brother, Joe Umbrell, Jr. (Sharon) of York Haven, PA

Lisa Barton (Elton) of Joaquin
Crystal Ogden (Mike) of Tenaha

Many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Joe Umbrell, Sr. 

As per his wishes, Dale will be cremated, and a private family memorial will be held at a later date.