01/05/2020

James E. Higginbotham, 77, of Center, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 6, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Mr. Higginbotham was born March 24, 1942, in Gilmer, Texas, to Henry Woodrow Higginbotham and Avalene Mauk Higginbotham. He worked for Houston Lighting and Power for forty-two years and later became the minister at Center Church of the Nazarene in Center. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and visiting his grandchildren.

He is survived by:
His wife: Elaine Higginbotham of Center

Son: Chris Higginbotham and wife Ana of Alvin

Daughter-in-law: Karen Higginbotham of Houston

Seven grandchildren 

Sisters: 
Nancy Letts of Houston
Mary Higginbotham of Houston
Dorothy Cisneros of Houston
Alice Clark of Houston

Sister-in-law: Kathy Higginbotham of Quitman

Brother-in-law: Stan Ballard of Mont Belvieu

Numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and other family members.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Woodrow Higginbotham and Avalene Mauk Higginbotham; son, Keith Higginbotham; and brother, Glen Ray Higginbotham.

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

01/05/2020

Juan Francisco Campos, 67, of Center, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020, in Center.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 6, 2020, at Templo Principe de Paz, 398 TX-7, Center, Texas 75935. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at Templo Principe de Paz. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Campos was born April 28, 1952, in Mexico, to Basilio Campos Garcia and Elena Moreno Lopez.  He served as a minister and loved preaching and singing.

He is survived by:
His children: 
Juan Campos and wife Juanita of Center
Alberto Campos and wife Alyssa Marie of Center
Eliud Campos and wife Ana Elizabeth of Center

Grandchildren: 
Evelyn
Stephanie
Kimberly
Austin
Carter
Alberto Jr.
Tiffany
Jasmine

Brothers and sisters: 
Dora Elia Flores
Rosa Elia Campos
Hilda Gonzalez
Ramon Campos
Maria Cruz
Martin Campos
Elena Vargas

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Gladys Edith Campos.

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


Juan Francisco Campos, de 67 años, del Center, falleció el miércoles 1 de enero de 2020 en el Center.

La visita se llevará a cabo de 9:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m., lunes 6 de enero de 2020, en el Templo Príncipe de Paz, 398 TX-7, Center, Texas 75935. El funeral se llevará a cabo a las 11:00 a.m., martes, 7 de enero de 2020, en el Templo Príncipe de Paz. Seguirá el sepelio en el Oaklawn Memorial Park en el Center.

El Sr. Campos nació el 28 de abril de 1952 en México, hijo de Basilio Campos García y Elena Moreno López. Sirvió como ministro y le encantaba predicar y cantar.

Le sobreviven sus hijos, Juan Campos y su esposa Juanita del Centro, Alberto Campos y su esposa Alyssa Marie del Centro, y Eliud Campos y su esposa Ana Elizabeth del Centro; nietos, Evelyn, Stephanie, Kimberly, Austin, Carter, Alberto Jr., Tiffany, y Jasmine; hermanos y hermanas, Dora Elia Flores, Rosa Elia Campos, Hilda González, Ramón Campos, María Cruz, Martín Campos y Elena Vargas.

Le precedieron en la muerte su hija, Gladys Edith Campos.

Las condolencias y homenajes en línea se pueden enviar a www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

01/05/2020

Leroy Verl Bowley, 82, of Timpson, Texas passed away on January 2, 2020 in Henderson, Texas. Born August 16, 1937, in Houston, Texas. Leroy is the son of the late Willie Verl Bowley and Geraldine Hazel (Ashley) Bowley. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11:00 am at Springs of Living Water Church.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Leroy graduated from Jeff Davis High School in Houston, Texas as a basketball superstar. He received a full scholarship and attended The University of Houston playing Cougar basketball. He later decided to transfer to Sam Houston State University where he completed his Bachelors and Masters in Education. He married the love of his life, Jeanette Hicks, on June 30, 1956. The two spent over 63 years together before his passing. 

Leroy brought his family to East Texas in 1977 to accept the call of being a pastor. He taught Math in Tenaha and Garrison for many years while establishing the church. Leroy allowed the Lord to lead him in many endeavors, but the most rewarding was pastoring the church, Springs of Living Water, which was opened 23 years ago. He dearly loved the Lord and his family.

Leroy was a loving and devoted husband, father and Pepaw to not only his grandkids and great grandkids, but many others as well. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and a good game of basketball, but he especially loved spending time with his family. He would take every opportunity to attend his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting events as well as other activity he could be involved with.

Leroy is survived by: 
His loving wife: Jeanette Hicks Bowley

Son: Joel Bowley and wife Tammy

Daughter: Tammy Strong

Grandchildren: 
Chris Young
Tyler McDonough
Courtney Ritter
Cody Bowley
Crystal Reagan
Josh Bowley
Amy Williford
Stephen Bowley
Jeremy Bowley
Scooter Churchman
Brock Strong
Blake Strong
Mathew Strong
Brayden Strong
Amitiel Craig
Kaitlyn Bowley

31 great grandchildren

One great-great-grandchild

Brother: Leroy Cecil “LC” Bowley and wife, Lola

Sisters: 
Doris Jones
Delores Liedtke
Adalee Steward

As well as a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie Bowley and Geraldine Bowley; sons, Lee Bowley and Mark Bowley.

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

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge or arrangements.

01/03/2020

Betty Jo Childers, 90 of Timpson, TX passed away on January 2, 2020. Mrs. Childers was born on November 6, 1929 in Deport, TX to the late Reuben and Dollie (Glover) Cotton. Graveside Service will be held Sunday, January 5, 2020 at East Hamilton Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.

She is survived by:

Son, Rodney Childers, of Timpson, TX

Daughter, Donna Winchester and husband Charles of Collinsville, TX

7 Grandchildren

5 Great-Grandchildren

A host of family and friends.

She is proceeded in death by her husband, James D. Childers and son, James R. Childers.

Funeral Services are being handled by Mangum Funeral Home of Center, TX. Online condolences can be signed at www.mangumfh.net

01/03/2020

Wanda Trudy Cox, 89, of Center, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 5, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Cox was born February 28, 1930, in Walnut Springs, to Walter Randolph Yocham and Fannie B Dunlap Yocham. While her main occupation was being a homemaker, she also worked for Center ISD. Mrs. Cox was a member of Lone Star Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Children:
Connie Belgard and husband Mike of Center
Karen Sharp and husband Bill of Garland
Jim Cox of Center
Jeff Cox and wife Angela of Center

Grandchildren:
Tory Rogers and husband Charles
Jessica Price and husband Josh
Adam Cox and wife Brooke
Brittany Kimbro
Kristen Pinkston and husband Ryan
Loren Jones and husband Bradley
Dana Sharp and husband Toby
Heather Sharp
Ryan Sharp
Kyle Sharp and wife Kaitlin
Rebecca Marchbanks and husband Chris
Erin Pitts and husband Jeremy
Jillian Batson and husband Joseph
Elizabeth Pinkston and husband Richard
Darcie Hays Belgard

Twenty-seven great-grandchildren

Numerous other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Cox; parents, Walter Randolph Yocham and Fannie B Dunlap Yocham; brothers, Ralph, Russell, and Glenn Yocham; sister-in-law, Juanita Yocham; and special cousins, George and Georgia Chadwick.

A special thanks to Kay Powell and the staff of Lakeside Assisted Living.

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

01/03/2020

Edna Austin, 76, of Timpson, Texas passed away on January 2, 2020 in Timpson, Texas. Born December 2, 1943, in Garrison, Texas, Edna is the daughter of the late Ab B. and Thelma Blanchard (Park) Dill. Funeral service will be held Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 2:00PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.  

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

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.

01/02/2020

L.A. Ratcliff, 71 of Dallas, passed away Friday, December 27, 2019 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Funeral service is Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center with Pastor Darnelle Cranford officiating.

He is survived by:

Daughter, April Ratcliff of Dallas

Sons:
Aaron Elliot Ratcliff of Wisconsin
Clifton Ratcliff of Wisconsin

Sisters:
Zella Mae Davis of Lufkin
Vira Poole of Wells

4 Grandchildren

Services are entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.

12/31/2019

Valter Lee Coley, 68, passed away December 25, 2019. He was born in Moultrie, Georgia and was the baby of seven Children born to Dick and Agnes Coley of Coley Road, Hartsfield, Georgia.

He is survived by:

Wife, Bobbie Lou Coley

Children:
Lisa C. Parham of Augusta,Georgia
Jason Coley (Mary) of Augusta, Georgia
Jeffery Coley of Augusta, Georgia
David Lee Coley (Farah) of Green Bay, Wisconsin 
Emilee C. O'Neal (Jerred) of Elko, Nevada

Grandchildren:
Correy Maynor
Evan Maynor
Mikey Winterholler
Braxton O'Neal
Woodrow Lee O'Neal
Jedd O'Neal
Maverick O'Neal
Nate Coley

Siblings:
Gary R. Coley (Betty) of Panama City Beach, Florida
Stanley L Coley (Connie) of Live Oak, Florida
Mary C. Daughtry (Joe) of Pelham, Georgia
Loretta C. Lipsey (Wayne) of Brandon, Floridaa
Kaye C. Parham (Allen) of Evans, Georgia 
Cleone C. Boyd (Wandell) of Moultrie, Georgia

Nieces and nephews:
Michael Coley (Lori)
Pam Roland (Keith)
Shane Coley (Leesa)
Shannon Van de Wall
Donna Phillips
David Daughtry
Dale Daughtry (Kristi)
Dusty Daughtry (Rihanna)
Tony Lipsey (Angie)
Laura Lipsey Hayes (Matt)
Doug Parham
Barry Parham
Lisa Parham
Morgan Parham (Katy)
Amber Bentley (John)
Haley Dooley (Dan)
Mark Boyd (Ashley)
Chad Boyd
Robin Boyd

Numerous Grand Nieces and Grand Nephews

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

12/31/2019

Oscar Lee “Jack” Lister, 85 of Houston, Texas, passed away on December 18, 2019.

He was a native of Shelbyville but lived in Houston most of his adult life.  

Oscar, better known to many as “Uncle Jack” leaves to cherish his memory:

Daughters:
Anita and husband Jackie Williams of Center
Sherri and husband Thurston Love of Humble

Sons:
Cedric Lister and wife Alicia of Houston
Eric Lister of Houston

Brother, Hollis Lister of Houston, Texas

Sister, Shirley Lister Hardy Whitman and husband Rick of Los Angeles, California.

He also leaves 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial for “Uncle Jack” Lister will be on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 12noon at Lockwood Funeral Home, 9402 Lockwood Drive, Houston, Texas 77016.

Services entrusted to Lockwood Funeral Home, Houston, Texas.

12/31/2019

Marie Airrington Walters, 94, of Timpson, Texas passed away on December 30, 2019 in Shelbyville, Texas surrounded by loved ones. Born December 25, 1925, Marie is the daughter of the late Bennie Havard Airrington and Aimee (Mullins) Airrington. Graveside service will be held Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 2:30PM at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas. 

Marie was born in Martinsville, Texas. She attended and graduated Garrison High School. Marie moved to Houston, Texas in 1941 and attended business school, becoming one of the first computer operators, called a key punch operator. The Lord also led her to the love of her life while in Houston, Charles Walters, and the two were soon married in 1945. They had two beautiful children Larry and Lynette. She and Charles retired and moved to Timpson, Texas where they spent years together until his passing. Marie found great joy in teaching her children and grandchildren all she knew about raising a family and being an exceptional mom and grandma. She enjoyed quilting and sewing. She loved to travel. Whether it was cruising, flying to resorts, or just picking up in the middle of the night and wanting to drive somewhere fun, she lived life to the fullest. She was a loving mother, and grandmother. She loved all unconditionally. Marie was a member of First Baptist Church, Timpson.

She is survived by:

Son, Larry Walters and wife, Elva

Daughter, Lynette Walters Permenter and husband, Wesley

Grandchildren:
Gregg Walters and wife, Debbie
Charlie Permenter
Amy Permenter

Numerous great-grandchildren

Several great-great-grandchildren

Sisters, Lillie Belle McElwee, Maurine, Florine, Merle Faye, Sue, and Mary

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

Marie is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Walters; parents, Bennie Havard and Aimee Mullins Airrington; brothers, Leon Airrington, Lavon Airrington, Bennie Airrington, Laurence Airrington; and sister, Helen Danley.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.

12/31/2019

Watson “Mack” McCreary, Jr., 92 of Joaquin, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019, in Shreveport, LA.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 3, at Osborn Funeral Home, Shreveport, LA. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, in the Chapel of Osborn. Officiating will be Brother J. Paul Silvey. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

Mack was born on March 29, 1927, in Parker, TX. He was a member of the Lucas Baptist Church, Lucas, TX, where his mother wished his membership to remain.

Mack was a life member of the VFW, Grady-Brown post 4588 Bossier City, LA and also a member of the American Legion, Lowe McFarlane Post 14 on Cross Lake in Shreveport, LA. He was a Master Mason in the Masonic Atkins Lodge No. 266 Taylor Town, LA. He was a member of Shelby County Shooters, in Center, TX and a past member of the Corrosion Engineers in Shreveport, LA. Since around 1954 he has been a Life Member of the National Rifle Association of America which he strongly believed in. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 56 years. He was a Scoutmaster in McKinney, TX and in Chelsea, MI. In Shreveport he was a Scoutmaster of Troop 59, Scout Hut located on the school grounds of Caddo Heights Elementary School and sponsored by The American Legion Post 14 Lowe-McFarlane on Cross Lake. The Norwella Council of Scouting in Shreveport awarded Mack with a Silver Beaver award around 1971.

Mack was retired in 1985 as Chief Maintenance and Operations from the V.A. Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. He had a 37-year career with the V.A. working at McKinney, TX as Chief Buildings and Grounds until it closed in 1965 and he was transferred to Ann Arbor, MI as Chief of Maintenance. During his 37-year V.A. career he worked for 23 different Chief Engineer Officers at three different hospitals and received 24 yearly outstanding or sustained Superior awards from 17 different V.A. Chief Engineers and most were with cash awards. In 1973, Mack was selected to receive the Department Award for Supervisory Excellence in the Incentive Awards Program. He was selected by the Washington D.C. Chief Medical Director over all 176 V.A. hospitals in the nation. Prior to his V.A. career he worked for the Internal Revenue in Dallas, TX.

Mack joined the Navy during World War II while he was still in High School in Plano, TX. After graduation while in the Navy he served in the Asiatic Pacific Area and China. He operated a VP 40-man amphibious boats as a 3rd class Boatswain Mate. On Okinawa the boat could not be backed from the Beach to return to his ship after unloading Marines and he then became a Marine for 37 days until the Navy picked him up. During the Korean Conflict he was a Staff Sergeant in the 443 Communication Squadron in charge of crypto, radio, teletype, and telephone at Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville, SC. His military service ribbons include: American Defense Service, Asiatic Pacific Area, World War II Victory, China Service, and Navy Good Conduct. After his discharge from the Air Force he attended night school and graduated from Collin County Vocational School in McKinney, TX.

While working at the V.A. Hospital in McKinney, TX he met and married, Janelle Cole, of Jacksonville, TX, who was a V.A. Dietitian. They had two sons, Charles Wayne McCreary, Sr. (2012) who was a State Farm Agent and Michael Glenn McCreary, Sr. (1998) who was a Sergeant on the Plano, TX Police Department, both preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Watson “Jack” and Clara Edith McCreary, of Parker, TX; and granddaughter, Rebecca McCreary, of Shreveport, LA.

He is survived by:

Loving wife of 69 years, Jan

Daughter-in-law, (Charles’ widow) Sherrill and their two children, Charles Wayne McCreary, Jr. and Elisabeth McCreary, all of Shreveport, LA

Daughter-in-law, (Michael’s widow) Debbie Hastings, of Plano, TX and their two children, Michael Glenn McCreary, Jr. and wife, Emma, McKinney, TX and Jennifer Nicole Childress and husband, Josh, all of The Colony, TX

Great-grandchildren, Jordan Elizabeth and Michael Glenn, III

A host of cousins.

His family was very, very dear to him. 

Mack was an avid hunter and fisherman and grew a large variety of vegetables. He liked traveling and sight-seeing. He also liked flying and obtained his pilot’s license in 1953, but soon gave it up. He played golf for many years and loved working with boys in the Boy Scouts. He often said he was still a “boy in the body of an old man”. He was one who loved the outdoors and backwoods.

Pallbearers will be Willie Edwards, Ronnie Stone, John Witham, and Craig Hendricks. Honorary pallbearers Dr. Tom Mosby, Billy Puckett, King Vidler, Bobby Craft, Richard Pridgen, and Johnny Pridgen. 

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Rajan Kahanna and the Christus Highland Hospital nurses and staff. 

Flowers may be sent to the funeral home, Osborn Funeral Home, Shreveport, LA and memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Norwela Council, 3508 Beverly Place, Shreveport, LA 71104 or First Baptist Church, 100 Connell Ferry Road, Joaquin, TX 75954.

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11:25-26)

Mack believed “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23) He was a consummate “Southern Gentleman”, whose word and handshake were his bond.

12/31/2019

Artha Ray Crosby (69) of Center, Texas passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral service will be Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 1pm at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 617 Hopkins Street Center, Texas 75935. Brother Freddie Wilson will be officiating. Visitation is Friday, January 3, 2020 at Hicks Chapel from the hours at 3pm to 8pm. Committal is at St John Cemetery in the Africa Community with repass at St. John Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Mr. Crosby is survived by:

Wife, Naretta Crosby

3 Sons

3 Daughters

3 Sisters

2 Sister-in-laws

1 Brother-in-law

Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Services are entrusted to Hicks Mortuary, 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Center, Texas 75935. Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net.

12/30/2019

Sally Jeanette Corbell Vincent, 73, passed away December 27, 2019 at her home in Elkhart, Texas.

Sally was born April 26, 1946 and grew up in Huxley, Texas, the daughter of P.C. and Lovetta Corbell. She graduated from Joaquin High School in 1964. She was a beloved member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Elkhart, TX.

Funeral services are at Herrington Funeral Home at 2pm on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 with visitation from 12 noon until 2pm prior to the funeral service. Internment is at Cedar Creek Cemetery.

She is survived by:

Husband of 54 years, Jack Dale Vincent

Son, Matthew Vincent of Nashville, Tennessee

Daughter, Rachel Vincent of Elkhart

Grandson, Kyler Vincent

Granddaughter, Karley Jones

Sisters:
Montez and husband Joe McNaughten of Hemphill
Jerry Sue Williams of Lufkin
Betty Kay and husband Gene Blount of Joaquin
Charlotte Ingle of Lufkin

Sister-in-law, Sandra Watson Corbell of Lufkin, TX

Brothers-in-law:
Dean Vincent of Grapeland
Gary and wife Dolgma Vincent of Houston

Many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends

She was preceded in death by her parents, P.C. and Lovetta Corbell; mother and father-in-law, John and Willie Bell Vincent; brother, Perry (Pedro) Corbell, 4 Infant brothers, and niece, Kathi Goodwyn.

Services under the direction of Herrington Funeral Home, Palestine, Texas. Online condolences can be made at www.herringtonfuneral.com.

12/30/2019

Sandra Faye Warr Rowell, 75, of Center, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2019, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 11am, Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Tenaha Church of Christ with Andrew King officiating. Interment will follow at Jarrett Cemetery in Jacksonville. Visitation will be held prior to service, beginning at 10am.

Mrs. Rowell was born January 19, 1944, in Center, to John Morris Yeary and Gladys Opal Gilchrist Yeary. She worked as a daycare teacher and enjoyed needle point stitching. Mrs. Rowell was of the Christian faith.

She is survived by:

Children:
Sharla Mae Holley and husband Roger
John Thompson
Jack Thompson and wife Lezlie

Grandchildren:
Jaeson Turner
Jax Turner
Dalton Holley
Delaney Holley
Danielle Runyon and husband Arik
Jeremy Thompson and wife Jessie
Anthony Thompson and wife Samantha

Four great-grandchildren

Niece, Kellie Eaves and husband Douglas

Special friend of the family, Pam Whitton

Her dog and best friend, Zeus.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Morris Yeary and Gladys Opal Gilchrist Yeary; and her siblings, William Morris Yeary and Martha Diane Cothren.

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

12/30/2019

Harold Randall “Randy” Hughes, 63, of Nacogdoches, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2020, at Gospel Assembly Church in Nacogdoches with Bro. John Budd, Bro. Dennis White, Bro. Dick Tubbe, Dr. Donald Cagle, and Kathy Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Hughes was born May 22, 1956, in Center, to Harold Hughes and Ella Baggett Hughes. He retired from Nacogdoches County Road and Bridge Department. Hunting and cooking were among his hobbies. Mr. Hughes was a member of Gospel Assembly Church in Nacogdoches.

He is survived by:

Wife, Cathy Lynch Hughes of Nacogdoches

Daughters:
Mandy Tyre and husband Chuck of Huxley
Misty Kay and husband Mark of Brock
Bridgett Birdwell of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Deeanne Hughes
Kalli Perkins
Zachery Hagler
Ryleigh Hughes
Briley Birdwell
Maddy Hagler
Alex Johnson
Kason Livingston
Abigail Kay
Hunter Kay
Ethan Tyre
Sadie Kay
Sawyer Kay

Mother, Ella Manshack of Center

Sister, Susan Helveston and husband Ronnie of Longview

Brother-in-law, Phil Lynch of Huntsville

Nephew, Eric Denby

Nieces, Maci Denby and Raylen Helveston

Numerous other family members.

He is preceded in death by his son, Brad Hagler; father, Harold Hughes; stepfather, James Manshack; and special friends, Charles Commander, Gibbs Chapman, and Bob French.

Pallbearers will be Teral Jones, Eric Denby, Josh French, Gunner Fleming, John Bentley, Daniel Bently, Bart Lynch, and Buster Garrett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Gospel Assembly Church, 2916 Lilly Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.

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

12/28/2019

Melba Jean Adams McMullen passed away on 27 of December, 2019 at the Pine Grove Nursing Center in Center, Texas. Jean was born in Mansfield, Louisiana on 29 August, 1932 to Gordon Earl Adams and Lorene Sanders Adams. Jean grew up in Shreveport, LA and graduated from Byrd High School in 1950. In her senior year at Byrd High, she was elected to be an ROTC sponsor, a coveted honor in those post WWII days. 

In 1950 she enrolled as a freshman at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, majoring in home economics. At LA Tech she met her future husband, a senior engineering student, William McMullen. She and Bill were married in January of 1952 and moved to Longview, Texas. Later they moved first to Fort Worth and then in 1964 to Nassau Bay, Texas near the Johnson Space Center. Jean and Bill were blessed with three wonderful children and Jean spent most of her early married years being a devoted and loving Mother and wife. After her children had reached an age when they were mostly self-sufficient, Jean resumed her college education and in 1972, graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. degree in elementary education.

Jean began her teaching career in The Clear Creek Independent School District and over her 20 years of teaching received many awards and honors for teaching excellence. Most important to her though were the student who returned in later years to see her and to thank her for the devotion and help she had given them. She was a charter member of the Clear Creek Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International (teacher) Society and later transferred her membership to the local Shelby County Chapter. Jean retired from teaching in 1991 and she and her husband moved to the New Prospect Community in Shelby County where they lived until her death. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Center.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Mrs. Jacquelyn Shipp, and a brother, James Adams.

She is survived by:

Husband, William "Bill" McMullen

Children:
Marcia Younker and husband Perry of Fayetteville, GA
Dr. W. Wynn McMullen and wife Mary of Houston, TX
Catherine Schuelke and husband Joe of Flower Mound, TX

Grandchildren:
Adam Younker and wife Cristal
William McMullen and wife Virginia
Christopher McMullen and wife Eva
Brandon Schuelke and wife Lenore
Michelle Walton and husband Addison
Michael McMullen and wife Halie
Meredith Allen and husband Eric
Holly Marie Schuelke

Great-grandchildren:
Roland Younker
Adelaide and Fiona McMullen
Vivienne, Elizabeth, and William McMullen

Brother-in-law, Dr. Edward McMullen, and wife Jade of Metairie, LA

Numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Graveside services and burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery near Minden, Louisiana on January 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Funeral Services are being handled by Mangum Funeral Home of Center, TX. Online condolences can be signed at www.mangumfh.net.

12/28/2019

Marlene Lorraine Emmick McLendon, 64, died 28 December 2019 at her home in Upshur County, Texas. 

Mrs. McLendon was born 26 November 1955 at Sioux City, Iowa; the daughter of Eldon Ray Emmick and Ruby Elizabeth Gray Emmick. She married Clifton Palmer “Mack” McLendon 31 May 2008 at Klein, Harris County, Texas. On 10 August 2013, they were sealed for time and eternity in the Dallas Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mrs. McLendon is survived by:

Husband, Clifton Palmer “Mack” McLendon of Gilmer

Sons:
Adam Christopher Miller of Onawa, Iowa
Curtis Matthew Miller of Bogue Chitto, Mississippi

Stepdaughter, Sylvia Rose McLendon of Bethany, Oklahoma

Granddaughters:
Emily Michelle Miller of Bogue Chitto, Mississippi
Sarah Marie Miller of Bogue Chitto, Mississippi

Sister, Mary Ellen Emmick Butler of Des Moines, Iowa

Several other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held later.

Funeral services are under the direction of Ingram Funeral Home in Quinlan, Texas.

12/27/2019

Jimmy Broadway, 76, of Tenaha, passed away Friday, December 27, 2019, in Tenaha.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Stanvac Lynn Morris officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Mr. Broadway was born December 10, 1943, in Jenny, Arkansas, to John Henry Broadway and Mazel Barton Broadway. He served in the United States Army Reserve and also worked as a fence builder for a fencing company. His hobbies included woodworking, fishing, and working in his yard.  He attended Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Jo Broadway of Tenaha; children, Robert Spence and wife Suzanne of Tenaha, Billy Spence of Longview, and Donna Roberts and husband Terry of Longview; grandchildren, Miranda, Allison, and Lacie; great grandchildren, Macie, Waylon, and Cash; sister, Mary Johnson of Houston; numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Henry Broadway and Mazel Barton Broadway; and siblings, Henry Broadway, Irene Gentry, Marie Odom, and Clara May Broadway.

Pallbearers will be Mark Odom, Joe Gentry, Jerry Gentry, Matthew Odom, Carl Johnson, and Lannie Gentry. 

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

12/27/2019

Virginia Ann Forbes, 83, of Center, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019, in Lufkin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2019, First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Bobby Bressman and Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Forbes was born June 7, 1936, in Mountain Fork, Arkansas, to Herbert Eugene Campbell and Martha Christopher Addison Campbell. She was a professional business woman and worked as an administrative assistant for the Texas Department of Human Services. For 51 years, Mrs. Forbes served as a weather observer for the National Weather Service. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Children:
Angela Worsham and husband Ricky
Janet Yates and husband Billy
James Forbes

Grandchildren: 
Sterling Ashton Crelia
Amanda Beth Kirby and husband Kris
Landon Lamar Oliver and wife Rita
Charla Lou Ann Warr and husband Matt
Marina LeAnn Forbes and husband Brandon
Tiffany Schillings and husband Anthony
Samantha Ranft and husband Brant
Jeremy Yates

Great-grandchildren: 
Makayla Mayo
Macy Burns and husband Luke
Mason Mayo
Jamie Warr
Clay Warr
Madison Kirby
Slade Kirby
Sawyer Kirby
Kaylee Oliver
Brooklyn Oliver
Lily Oliver
Daylon Fountain
Calista Schillings
Preston Schillings
Kale Ranft
Jaycee Ranft
Kynzlee Permenter
Aubree Swearingen
Clint Swearingen
Jacob Green

Great-great-grandchildren: Chrisleigh Ann Burns

Siblings: 
Mary June Campbell
Herbert Eugene Campbell Jr.

Special friends:
Bettie Weeks
Frankie Fitzgerald
Vickie Rogers
Lupi Forbes.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James William Forbes; parents, Herbert Eugene Campbell and Martha Christopher Addison Campbell; siblings, Warren C. Campbell, Gladys Louise Campbell, and Coolidge Almon Campbell.

Pallbearers will be Matt Warr, Sterling Crelia, Brandon Green, Landon Oliver, Mason Mayo, and Kris Kirby. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Byndom and Frankie Fitzgerald.

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

12/26/2019

Ollie Mass (81) of Kennard, Texas.  Mrs Mass died on December 20, 2019. Mrs. Mass was born April 28, 1938. Funeral service will be Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 2:30pm at Simpson Chapel Baptist Church in the Tadmore Community. Rev. Lionel Whitaker will be  officiating.

Mrs Mass is survived by:
Brothers:  Delma Joe Simmons and Ed Simmons, Jr., both of Kennard, Texas; Bishop Simmons of West Columbia, Texas; and Alton (Mable) Simmons of Houston, Texas
Sisters:  Alice Doris Simmons and Delores Jean Simmons, both of Kennard, Texas
Special Nieces: Reba Wiley and Lakesha Simmons
Special Nephew: Cleotis Wiley, Jr.
Brother-in-laws:  Cleotis Wiley, Sr. and  Billy Landry
Uncle: Jefferson Skinner (Darla Jean) of Kennard, Texas

Visitation: Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 1:00pm at Simpson Chapel Baptist Church

Commital: McKelvey Cemetery

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary. Please review our website at www.hicksmortuary.net

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