06/23/2022

Roy Gene Weeks, 73 of Center, Texas, was born September 16, 1948 to Preston and Gladys Weeks of Shelbyville, Texas. Roy passed away on June 16, 2022 at Holiday Nursing Center in Center.

Roy was preceded in death by his father Preston Weeks, mother Gladys Schillings, and his two sisters, Carolyn Jackson of Center and Francis Fountain of Houston.

Roy is survived by:

Daughter, Tammy Cole and husband Wes of Lufkin

Son, Jason Weeks and wife Dawn of Clear Lake

Son, William Weeks of Jefferson City

Daughter, Lisa Weeks of Lake Charles, Louisiana

Daughter, Emerald Valencia and husband Cristian of Shelbyville

Brother by heart and soul, Bryan Beavers of Center

Grandchildren:
Brandon Sanders
Chelsea, Samantha, and Ashley Weeks
Maci, Joey, Carly, and Eli Weeks
Armani and Isaiah Moore
Caysen and Colsen Valencia

A Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force, Roy served as a military police officer from October 1968 to April 1980. Roy retired from the Air Force after being wounded during active duty. Roy owned and operated several businesses including a clothing resale shop, the Sunshine Club, and a VFW Hall. With a genuine passion for music, Roy was known throughout East Texas and beyond as country western singer Roy West. He performed at local venues across the state of Texas, and got to enjoy all of the wonderful sights along the way. Roy had a love of the traveling and exploring the outdoors, particularly fishing and boating.

Funeral services are being held Saturday, June 25th at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Visitation will begin at 2pm with services being held at 3pm. No graveside services will take place in honor of Roy's wishes to be cremated.

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

06/22/2022

Rex Earl Howard was a beloved father, grandfather and spouse during his 84 years of life. He passed away peacefully on Monday, June 20, 2022.

Rex will be lovingly remembered by:

Spouse, Linda Howard of Deer Park, Texas

Children:
Peggy Watlington and Jasen of Center
Gaylon Howard of Shelbyville
Penny Jones and Wayne of Center

Stepchildren:
Larry Wake and Alicia of Mont Belview
Leonard Wake and Tarrah of Smackover, Arkansas
Bryan Kejonen and Paige of Mont Belview

Sisters:
Laverne Jeans and Billy of Center
Betty Sue Howard of Lufkin

Rex was preceded in death by his granddaughter Dayna Howard of Shelbyville, brother Bobby Howard of Texas City, Texas and parents Lewis and Pauline Howard of Center.

He was the proud "Papaw" to his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as a wonderful brother, uncle, friend and mentor.

Rex was born in Center on November 5, 1937 and graduated from Center High School in 1956. He moved to Deer Park in 1976 where he worked as a Chemical Operator until his retirement. Rex had a love of gardening and as an avid gardener, he always had plenty of extras to share. Rex and friends even started, and diligently maintained, a garden in downtown Deer Park as a project for the community.

His greatest gift, though, was in his discipleship and the many friends and family who came to know Jesus through knowing Rex. He always had time to share his faith and spent many hours teaching, preaching and mentoring. The family will miss his big presence in their lives but rejoices knowing he is at peace and resting as the good and faithful servant he was.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on July 2, 2022 at Missouri Street Church of Christ in Baytown, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at stjude.org, by mail (click here for form), or by calling (800) 805-5856.

06/21/2022

Wilbur Charles Huss passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in San Augustine, Texas, at 90 years old. He died peacefully at home in his sleep, surrounded by family.

Wilbur, known as Wil or WC, was born on February 13, 1932, in Guthrie County, Iowa. Wil was the first of three sons born to Charles and May Huss. Wil graduated from Payton High School in 1949 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served for four years. On December 23, 1952, Wil married Lauretta Dagit of Pekin, Illinois. They had three children: Douglas, Teri, and Richard.

In 1957, Wil began a career with IBM (International Business Machines) as one of their first computer programmers. While employed at IBM, Wil worked and lived with his family in many states: New York, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, and then back to Texas. Wil worked on several aeronautics projects for the “Federal Systems Division” of IBM, most notably as a member of a team of programmers who wrote emergency spacecraft landing procedures for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) missions, including Gemini, Apollo, and the Space Shuttle. Wil retired from IBM after 30 years of service.

Wil had a lifelong love for hunting, bowling, playing cards, gardening, birdwatching, playing his guitar, listening to country music, singing to his grand- and great-grandchildren, watching baseball, and reading the Bible. Wil was known for his quick wit, his irresistible smile and laugh, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

Wil was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and May Huss; his wife, Lauretta Huss; and his brother, Gary Huss.

He is survived by:

Son, Doug and grandchildren with Vickie Huss:
Jeremiah and Tonya Huss
Erin and Josh McGee
Karl and Rebecca Huss
Morgen and Ryan Hamlin

Daughter, Teri and Randy Town

Granddaughter, Amber Hartley

Son, Rick Huss

Brother and sisters-in-law:
Jim and Cheryl Huss
Connie Huss

Wil is also survived by seventeen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild due December 2022.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 24, 2022, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Mills officiating. Interment will follow at the Huss Family's Piney Woods Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas.

Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army: https://give.salvationarmytexas.org.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences. Services are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, located at 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine, Texas.

06/21/2022

Gwendolyn James Dodd, 63 of Center and commonly known as “Frat,” died on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mr. Dodd was born to the late Spencer Dodd and Imogene Greer Dodd on March 7, 1959, in Center, Texas.

Funeral service will be on Friday, June 24, 2022, at 1:00 PM at St John Baptist Church in the Africa Community. Pastor Marlin Cloudy Sr. will be officiating. Visiting is Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Hicks Chapel from 1pm until 7pm. Committal is at St. John Cemetery in Center, Texas.

He is survived by:

Brother, Vencer Dodd of Center

Sisters:
Helen Davis of Houston
Margaret Baltimore of Beaumont
Brenda Dodd of Center
Onita Dodd of Center
Melba McClelland of Houston
Lonniece Simmons (Wilbert) of Center

Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services. All safety procedures are strictly enforced. 

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

06/17/2022

Gordon Davis, Jr., AKA John, 50, of Lufkin, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Lufkin.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Don Noble officiating. Visitation will be at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Born August 27, 1971, in Center, Gordon is the son of the late Joyce Ann Allums and Gordon Lamar Davis. His love of driving and working on trucks made his log truck driving career enjoyable. Fishing, hunting, and gardening were among his hobbies. Gordon loved getting together with his family, sitting on the front porch drinking coffee, and feeding the squirrels. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ.

Survivors include:

Sisters:
Tammy Fields of Lufkin, Texas
Tina Davis of Center, Texas
Rebecca Davis and John McCormick of Bossier City, Louisiana

Brother, Joey Davis and Sabrina of Pollok, Texas

Nieces and nephews:
Anthony Rice of Lufkin, Texas
Bryan Rice of Lufkin, Texas
Joshua Fields of Lufkin, Texas
Destiny Fields of Austin, Texas
Chance McCauley and Brittany Paul of Gatesville, Texas
Andrea Hefley and Dakota of Tenaha, Texas
Kelli Young of Center, Texas
Christian McCauley and Cheyenne of Center, Texas
Kara Griffin of Center, Texas
Hunter Griffin of Center, Texas
Ryan Dickerson of Joaquin, Texas
Brenda Baker of Pollok, Texas
Miranda Davis of Big Spring, Texas
Zachary Proctor of Big Spring, Texas
Dustin Davis of Nacogdoches, Texas

11 great nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by wife, Paula Davis; father, Gordon Davis; mother, Joyce Davis; brother, James Davis; nephew, T-man Davis; and both sets of grandparents.

Pallbearers will be Chance McCauley, Daniel Pina, Dakota Hefley, Ryan Dickerson, Brenden Baker, and Christian McCauley. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Bennett, John McCormick, and Bryan Rice.

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

06/15/2022

Douglas Coody, 79, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Joaquin.

Born October 1, 1942, in Saline, Louisiana, Douglas is the son of the late Jimmie Huntly and James Coody.  He served in the United States Army.

Survivored By:

Wife, Rhonda Coody

Sons:
Joseph Dollar of Joaquin, Texas
Sylvian Coody of Saline, Louisiana
James Parry of Stonewall, Louisiana

Brother, Billy Coody of Henderson, Nevada

Sister, Ruth Purdue of Logansport, Louisiana

Numerous grandkids and great-grandkids.

Preceded in death by his children, Dejuana Coody and Lane Coody; parents, Jimmie Huntly and James Coody; and brothers, Ben Coody and Maxie Coody.

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

06/13/2022

Frances Sue Williford “Cisco” went home to be with the Lord on June 8, 2022, at the age of 71.  She was born and raised in Center, Texas, to J.C. and Sallie Williford.

Services will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home on Saturday the 18th at Noon.

Frances loved the Lord, painting, photography, birdwatching, and her family.  She will be greatly missed and forever loved by family and friends.

Survived by:

Son, Jason Simms

Daughter, Cynthia Johnson (Lori Johnson)

Sister, Sandra Kaye Robinson

Many grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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

06/13/2022

Merlin Osburn, 83, of Center, passed away Friday, June 10, 2022, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. Bro. Josh Sanford will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born August 8, 1938, in Valentine, Nebraska, Merlin is the son of the late Gladys Breuklander Osburn and Ervy Leroy Osburn. He served in the United States Air Force and went on to become a master plumber. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, welding, and tinkering with broken down equipment. Merlin attended Lone Star Baptist Church in Shelby County.

Survivors include: 
Wife, Phyllis Ann Osburn of Center

Daughter, Julie N. O’Neal of Boise, Idaho

Son, Mitchell Osburn and wife Paige of Bryan

Grandchildren: 
Kassie Kate of New York, New York
Dallas Reed of Waco
Cody and Kitty of Killeen
Kortney Anne of Bryan
Dakota Mae of Bryan
Dusty Dane of Bryan

Preceded in death by parents, Gladys Breuklander Osburn and Ervy Leroy Osburn; brothers, Billy Osburn and Jim Osburn; and sister, Darlene Burge.

Pallbearers will be Huey Britt, Bennie Eddins, Bruce Britt, Chrisco Bragg, Joe Yarborough, and Duane Bomar.

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

06/13/2022

Donald W. Sample, 78, of Quitman, passed away Monday, June 13, 2022, in Quitman.

Graveside service will be held at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Sample Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Carl Loften. Visitation will be held at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 9am.

Born August 22, 1943, in the Dreka Community of Shelby County, Donald is the son of the late Alma Mae Metcalf and Willie Sample. He served as a minister and also worked as an insurance agent for many years. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include:

Wife, Deloris Scarborough Sample of Quitman

Children:
Derek Sample of Center
Dena Brewer of Big Sandy
Delicia Smith of Quitman
Donel Sample and wife Joyce of Greenville

Grandchildren:
Ainsley Beavers
Rustyn Sample
Alexis Sample
Jayson Smith
Alayna Sample
Taylor Keply
Emily Keply

Great-grandchildren

Brothers:
Douglas Dale Sample of Pittsburg
Ronald Gene Sample of Jasper

Also, numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, Alma Mae Metcalf and Willie Sample; sisters, Mildred and Loreli Sample; and brother, Prentice O’Neal “P.O.” Sample.

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

06/10/2022

Bryant O. Jones, 42, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. David Mosby officiating. Interment will follow at Roberts Baptist Church Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas.

Born March 24, 1980, in Center, Bryant is the son of Evelyn Reed and Bobby Jones. He loved music and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include:

Mother, Evelyn Jones of Center

Father, Bobby Jones of San Augustine

Preceded in death by his sister, Anita Reed; and grandparents, Jacob and Mattie Reed.

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

06/10/2022

Rebecca Chance, 67, of Center, went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with Mike Thomson officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Shelby County. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Born June 5, 1955, in Houston, Rebecca is the daughter of the late Rhoda Laird Mullins and Dempsey Mullins. Rebecca dedicated her life to the service of others as a nurse, specializing in home health, hospice, and geriatric care.

She is survived by:

Husband, Wendell Chance of Center

Daughter, Lauren Chance and Matt Stackhouse of Boerne, Texas

Son, Justin Chance and Charlie Leclair of Willis, Texas

Grandson, Mason Chance Leclair

Sisters:
Diane Clay and Gary of McKinney, Texas
Patricia Hicks of Crockett, Texas
Susan Thomson and Mike of Crockett, Texas

Sister-in-law, Shelia Milam Estes of Oklahoma

Brother-in-law, Gary and Debbie Chance of Montgomery, Texas

Also, numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, Rhoda Laird Mullins and Dempsey Mullins and mother and father-in-law, Lonnie and Billy Chance; brother, Curtis Mullins; nephew, Dooley Mullins; and great-niece, Parker Beavers.

Pallbearers will be Justin Chance, Matt Stackhouse, Charlie Leclair, Jason Hudson, John Michael Barnett, and Tony Dyches. Honorary pallbearers Chuck Kennedy, Gary Chance, and Mason Chance Leclair.

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

06/10/2022

Pauline “PK” Kaper, 85, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 13, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Watson and Sons Chapel with Bro. Hollis Bass officiating. Interment will follow at Old Home Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born August 3, 1936, in Alvin, Pauline is the daughter of the late Yvonne Lambden and Paul Edomm. In 1973, Pauline became a registered nurse. She saw the need to treat the elderly, and rose quickly to nursing home administrator. Pauline was named in the 1987 book, Death Without Dignity, which documents her state investigation and testimony into the Autumn Hills Nursing Home trial which prosecuted five executives for abuse, neglect, and the death of 60 elderly patients. In 1989, she was named Nursing Home Administrator of the Year. In 1990, Pauline was awarded the BritWill Life Saver Award for going above and beyond to provide the highest levels of care for the long-term care organizations. Her career as a nursing home administrator continued for many years before she retired as an administrator in Center, Texas.

She loved working outdoors on the ranch, “Kaper’s Acres,” with her husband, Ronnie. They loved working their cows and all of the chores associated with their ranch. At one time, they owned many acres in Shelby County. Pauline was a member of Old Home Baptist Church in Shelby County.

She is survived by:

Husband, Ronnie Kaper of Joaquin

Daughters:
Pam Cunningham of Center
Georganne and husband James Palmer of Houston

Grandchildren:
Christopher Shafer
Richard Shafer
Michiel Lemaster
Jamie Trevino
Randle Kaper
Michelle Kinnan
Jason Kaper
Katrina Armstrong
Zack Kaper

9 great-grandchildren

Sister, Cathy Fox of Center

Brothers:
Roy Lambden of Amarillo
Troy Lambden and wife Kathy of Graham

Caregiver/daughter, Sheila Dixon of Joaquin

Also, numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by parents, Yvonne Lambden and Paul Edomm; son, George Allen Goodwin; and son-in-law, Luis Trevino.

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

06/10/2022

Darnese Parrish, 88, of Center, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Garrison.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center with Chris Watlington officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Born September 24, 1933, Darnese is the son of the late Alfred and Lucille Parrish of the Spring Hill Community. He attended Martinsville School until 10th grade and graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1952.

He was drafted into United States Army in 1955 and was stationed at Fort Carson Army Base-Colorado Springs, Colorado. He married the love of his life, Carolyn Sue Corbitt, on May 5, 1955, while in Colorado. Their first child, Marilyn Sue, was born July 19, 1956. After his discharge from the Army, they settled in Center, TX. Vickie Ann was born December 26, 1958, Linda Faye was born October 23, 1964, and Michael Darnese was born December 22, 1968

He worked for the Texas Department of Transportation for 36 years, retiring in September 1993.

Daddy loved to play baseball growing up and later loved coaching girls softball, little league baseball, and t-ball. He also loved his horses and raising cows. He loved going to Friday Night Football with John Holt, Jerry Parker, and Jimmy Matthews. Pawpaw was always involved in the grandkids’ sporting events and rarely missed anything.

Daddy was a great friend to many and admired by all who knew him. He never met a stranger, always talking with everyone. He will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include:

Love of his life of 67 years of marriage, Carolyn Parrish

Brother, Robert Parrish

Sister, Jean Consford

Sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sarah Corbitt Burrows and Charles Burrows

Daughters and sons-in-law:
Marilyn and Larry Latham
Vickie Rudd
Linda and Tommy Jacobs

Son, Michael and Stephanie Parrish

Grandchildren:
Laurie Latham White
Randi and Jon Lunsford
Matt Latham and Wendy
Adam and Veronica Rudd
Rachel and Michael Quast
Ashley Lowe
Amber and Matthew Phelps

Great-grandkids:
Blake Latham
Reese White
Ryan Lunsford
Cade White
Jaycie Latham
Laini Lunsford
Noah Quast
Soon to be Baby Rudd

Special friends, Dorothy and Earnest Bailey

Preceded in death by parents, Alfred and Lucille Parrish; in-laws, Herbert and Audrey Corbitt; brother-in-law, Jerry Consford; and sister-in-law, Sue Parrish.

Pallbearers will be Larry Latham, Tommy Jacobs, Matt Latham, John Holt, Jon Lunsford, and Matthew Phelps. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Parker, Charles Burrows, Adam Rudd, Reese White, Blake Latham, Ronny Rudd, Michael Quast, Noah Quast, and Cade White.

A special thank you to Garrison Nursing Home & Rehab and Affinity Hospice for their compassionate care.

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

06/10/2022

Timothy Byndom, 56 of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday morning, June 8, 2022 at his home in Shelbyville. He was born October 18, 1965 to the late Roy Byndom and the late Ella Mae Cartwright Byndom.

Visitation will be 10am to 5pm on Friday, June 10 at Community Chapel in Center. Visitation will also be held prior to the funeral service on Saturday beginning at 10am at the Church. Funeral Service is at 11am on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Bennett Chapel Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Texas. Internment is at Gates Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bishop WC Martin officiating.

Tim attended Shelbyville ISD. He worked in the logging woods up until his health failed. He was a member of Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and often attended Gates Chapel Baptist Church as well.

He is preceded in death by maternal and paternal grandparents; brother, Kent Byndom; niece, Jessica Brinson; and nephew, Jermaine Brinson.

He leaves to cherish his memory:

Faithful companion, Rose Lloyd (Kathy)

Daughters:
Angela Bledsoe Burse (DeShawn)
Tichice McCollister
Tyonronda Adams

Son, Baron Horton (Acquantis)

Sisters:
Sherry Brinson (Johnny)
Tracey Belin (Travis Sr.)

12 Grandchildren

4 Nephews:
Justin Brinson
Johnny Brinson Jr. (Bianca)
Jeremy Brinson
Travis Belin Jr.

Aunts:
Lucille Brazil
Annie Garrett
Jewel Williams
Gladys Garrett
Brenda Carrillo (Jesus)
Diane Sparks
Donna Martin (W.C.)
Minnie Stanberry
Girtha Swindle (Roosevelt)
Mildred Gardner
Iva Boykins (Joe)

Uncles:
Lawrence Cartwright
Truman Cartwright
Howard Cartwright
Kerry Cartwright
V.K. Byndom

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

06/09/2022

Leo Paul Putman, 87, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 13, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Watson and Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Mike Belgard officiating. Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Born December 20, 1934, in Texarkana, Arkansas, Leo is the son of Ira Mae Johnson and Joseph Leon Putman.

He is survived by:

Children:
Genise Putman Saas and spouse Ben
Pamela Cole
Keith Putman and spouse Shonia
Kyle Putman and spouse Lisa

Grandchildren:
Jason Franzese
Jessica Franzese
Jarah Chesnut and spouse Gary
Heather Saas
Kristy Carnes
Alissa James
Jodi Mullins and spouse Jonathan
Haley Dillon and spouse Kirk
Keith Putman Jr. and spouse Angie
Kandace Meisch and spouse Victor
Amanda Linthicum
Kevin Putman
Matthew Putman and spouse Mariah
Adam Copelin and spouse Jennifer
Jessica Greer and spouse BJ
Cade Copelin
Maya Putman
Elijah Putman

Many great-grandchildren

2 great-great-grandchildren

Siblings:
Jeanette Edling
Dale Putman
Edna Baldwin
Jack Putman
Wayne Putman
Pat Yakich

Preceded in death by wife of 63 years, Wilsa Putman; children, Denise Putman and Kevin Putman; grandson, Cole Carswell; son-in-law, Carlton Cole; parents, Ira Mae Johnson and Joseph Leon Putman; siblings, Travis Vaughn, Mildred Appleby, and Kathy Griffin.

Pallbearers will be Keith Putman Jr., Kevin Putman, Matthew Putman, B.J. Greer, Roger Putman, Lesilie Putman, and Gerald Humphrey.  Honorary pallbearers will be Levi Greer, Gary Chesnut, Kaleb James, Adam Copelin, and Cade Copelin.

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

06/09/2022

Richard T. Gray, 90, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on June 8, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born on May 20, 1932, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to the late Solen Grant Gray and Edith Theresa Gallagher.  

Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 2pm with Bro. Jason Broadus officiating.  

Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 12PM until service time at Mangum Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

Richard was raised in Mathis, Texas. He graduated from Mathis High School. He joined the United States Air Force and proudly served his country for 20 years before retiring as Chief Master Sergeant. He met the love of his life, Patricia Cummings, in Tenaha, Texas, through a mutual friend. The two fell in love and were happily married on March 30, 1975 and spent over 48 years together before his passing. They had 6 children whom he loved immensely. Richard worked for the Texas Forest Service 20 years before retiring. He loved trains and anything that was associated with a train. He had a great desire to watch airshows. After his time in the Air Force he always enjoyed planes, as this is what he worked on while in the military. His family was his pride and joy. He enjoyed spending every moment with them. When grandkids came along, this was the icing on the cake. He just adored each one of them. Those that knew him loved him and could feel the love in return. His laughter, love, and compassion will certainly be missed.

He is survived by: 
His loving wife, Patricia

Sons: 
Craig Gray and wife Caren
Mark Gray and wife Jane
Bryan Gray
David Ramsey and wife Darlene

Daughters: 
Debra Caldwell
Donna Dugger

Brother, John Gray

Sister, Teresa Ann Underwood and husband Henry

Grandchildren:
Derik Gray and wife Courtney
Victor Gray and wife Courtney
Hope Chamber and husband Joe
Taylor Caldwell
Tyler Caldwell and wife Kia
Justin Samford and wife Sean
Stephanie Samford
Melissa Anthony and husband Tyrell
Takoda Dugger and wife Hannah
Angel Ramsey
Michael Ramsey

Numerous great-grandchildren

Great-great grandson, Kash

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Solen Grant and Edith Teresa Gray; sister in laws, Pam Gray, Freda Cummings; and brother in laws, Herman Cummings, and Mike Cummings. 

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

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

06/09/2022

Vickie Jean O’Pry, 63, of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Martinsville.
Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Steve Noble officiating.  

Born January 16, 1959, in Dallas, Vickie is the daughter of the late William Roy “Bopa” O’Pry and Jacqueline Delores “Nana” O’Pry. She enjoyed spending time with her spouse, children and grandchildren. She was a kind soul who also loved taking care of her animals and gardening. Vickie will leave a void in the lives of everyone who knew her. 

She is survived by: 
Her spouse, Juan Ceuvas

Brother, Gary Lynn O’Pry Sr. and wife Sheree of Lindale

Children:
William Warren “Duke” Campbell of Longview
Mindi Marie Chavez of Center

Grandchildren: 
Sophia Marie Anderson of Center
Eli Shae McWilliams of Center

Many nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by her parents, William Roy “Bopa” O’Pry and Jacqueline Delores “Nana” Green O’Pry; siblings, Debbie Gayle 
Hudspeth and Peggy Diane Lang; nieces and nephews, Jerry Lynn O’Pry, Jennifer Dianne Lang, and Miracle Starr O’Pry; great nephew, Matthew Maeker; grandparents, Ola Mae O’Pry and William H. O’Pry, Hilda Morie Green and Bruce Irving Green.

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

06/08/2022

Jonathan Granville Waller, 46, of Center, Texas, passed away on June 6, 2022, in Center, Texas. He was born on October 7, 1975, in Pineville, Louisiana, to Alton Roy Waller and Glenda Crouch.

Graveside service will be held at Neuville Cemetery, FM 2140, in Center, Texas on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 11am. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Thursday, June 9, 2022, from 9AM-10AM at Mangum Funeral Home.

Jonathan was raised in the Neuville Community in Shelby County. He attended Center High School. Jonathan had a son, Sean, whom he loved dearly. He was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He enjoyed working on old trucks. He could do just about anything from carpentry, to fixing what was broken. Jonathan enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and working in his garden he had each year.

Survived by:

Son, Sean Waller

Mother, Glenda Waller

Brothers:
Jamie Waller and wife Aimee
Timothy Waller and wife Anita

Sisters:
Tonya Parks
Melissa Waller Robertson
Amanda Waller
Angela Pope and husband John; 

Special niece, Keylee Jernigan

Nieces:
Briley Pope
Raegan Pope
Diana Cooper
Kelsey Waller
Alyssa Waller
Lexi Robertson
Savannah Robertson
Angie Sigler

Nephews:
Dawson Pope
Jake Waller
Jaxon Waller
Devin Waller

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

Jonathan is preceded in death by his father, Alton Roy Waller; paternal grandparents, Granville and Luna Waller; and maternal grandparents, Kory and Mahalie Crouch.

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

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

06/08/2022

James H. Tomlinson of Garrison, Texas passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022. James was born December 22, 1936 in Corpus Christi, Texas to parents, James C. Tomlinson and Lillian Heldt Tomlinson.

He owned a meat packing plant in Artesia, New Mexico, after selling it he stayed in the meat packing business until starting a chicken farm in the Mt. Herman Community. James enjoyed raising cows, fishing, anything that had to do with spending time with his family watching his grandsons ride in the Shelby County Drill Team. As a young boy he was active in FAA and in the Boy Scouts, as an adult he was a member of the Hereford Association and was the president and board member of the Mt. Herman Cemetery Association.

Survivors include:

Wife, Sue Tomlinson of Garrison

Daughters:
Jamie Finney of Tioga, TX
Stacy Piazza and husband Joe Piazza of Garrison

5 Grandchildren:
Shea Meroney
Haley Lambert
Devin Dean
Dylan Dean
Dawson Dean

Great-grandkids:
Payton Meroney
Payslee Meroney
Cayden Riney
Kyler Riney
Zoey Riney
Heston Dean
Barret Dean
Haiden Dean

Great-Great grandson, Lucas Meroney

Bonus grandkids:
Trey Piazza
Austin Piazza
Hope Piazza
Tony Piazza
Claire Piazza
Nova Piazza
Zander Rubio
Oakley Meroney

Sister, Iola Gage and husband Ken Gage

Many nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by: parents, Cullen and Lillian Tomlinson; son, James Winton Tomlinson.

He spent the last 6 months in Garrison where he could sit on his porch and enjoy watching his great-grandkids or chase them in the yard.

Special thanks to Nacogdoches Medical Center from the ER to the ICU, Heart to Heart Hospice and the Garrison Nursing and Rehab for their great care. And to the folks in the Chireno Community and the Chireno Café for watching over him the last five years.

A visitation for will be held Friday, June 10, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, with a funeral service beginning at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Shelby County, Texas.

Pallbearers: Devin Dean, Dylan Dean, Dawson Dean, Payton Meroney, Joey Riney, and Austin Piazza.

Arrangements under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

06/07/2022

Alejandro Albert Lopez, infant son of Olivia Vega and Alberto Lopez, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

He is survived by:

Parents, Olivia Vega and Alberto Lopez

Brothers:
Said Alberto Lopez
Jahir Daniel Lopez
Yared Julian Lopez

Grandparents:
Felipei Vega
Ruben Lopez
Maria Lourdes Arce

Aunts and uncles:
Alicia Javier
Manahen Javier de La Cruz
Jaime Vega and Maricruz Gonzalez
Gilberto Vega
Marcc Sanchez
Bertha Lopez
Norma Lopez
Monica Lopez
Claudia Lopez
Maricruz Lopez
Sandra Lopez
Laurdes Lopez
Anabel Lopez
Ruben Lopez

Cousins:
Aaron Gonzalez
Adrian Gonzalez
Aleka Javier
Alexandro Javier
Alex Mendoza
Daniela Mendoza
Emmanuel Vega

Preceded in death by sisters, Gezleidi Lopez and Vudit Lizet Lopez; and uncle, Alejandro Mendoza.

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

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