02/14/2022

Don Parmer, 73, passed away Thursday, February 10, 2022 with his family by his side in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born August 8, 1948 in Nacogdoches to Woodrow and Lucille King Parmer and lovingly raised by Woodrow and Lucille Parmer and Jerome and Eileen Powers in the Blackjack-Attoyac community.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Fredonia Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Dickerson and Dick Tubbe officiating. Interment will be held on the Parmer Ranch following the service. Visitation will be held from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at Laird Funeral Home.

He attended school in Chireno, Texas and graduated in 1966. He considered his classmates family. Don loved to play baseball and loved his teammates. He has shared many stories about the Chireno-Cushing baseball rivalry. As a teenager, he worked with his dad at their Exxon service station on East Main in Nacogdoches and later he and his dad built an Exxon service station in Chireno.

Jerome Powers played an instrumental role in helping Don get started in the cattle business. Don had a passion for ranching and passed that along to his four children and their children. He also had a great love for team roping. He spent countless hours in the arenas owned by Jack Stubblefield and Pete Aiken and later built his own for his children. Don and his family produced team ropings for many years through the Coors, Bud Light and Rope America organizations. He later hosted team ropings as Parmer Productions and he played a vital role in the Shelah Aiken Memorial Team Roping that was hosted annually at the Parmer Ranch for 15 years. Don had a great love for the land. He took pride in improving his land, cattle herd and the wildlife population.

Don was involved in various community fundraising activities like the Chireno baseball and Chireno Volunteer Fire Department. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to any individual or organization. He served as a volunteer fireman in Chireno for many years and served on the Chireno ISD school board and later served on the Melrose Water board. Don was also a member of the award winning Wildcat cook team.

In 1967, Don saw Jamie Wheeler at the Dairy Mart in San Augustine and said it was love at first sight. Don knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Jamie by his side. They married January 31, 1969 and spent their lifetime making beautiful memories and raising their family. Don and Jamie had a marriage that was the perfect example for their children, and he loved her until the day he died.

Don was a great friend and father figure to many. He always saw the good in people.

Don is survived by:

Wife of 53 years, Jamie Parmer

Their children:
Clay and Kristi Parmer
Chance Parmer and Tammy Taylor
Cole and Lacey Parmer
Sky Parmer and Blake Davis

He was blessed with eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter that thought he hung the moon.

Grandchildren:
Rann Parmer and Natalie Gingles
Rhett Parmer and Kaylie Bush
Lauren Parmer
Jake Vardeman
Chandler Parmer
Cy Parmer
Callie Parmer
Case Parmer

His beautiful great-granddaughter, Rainee Ann Parmer was the sunshine in his day.

Pallbearers will be Richard Stubblefield, Kent Martin, Barry Hughes, Wayne Schabow, Clint Adkisson, Jay Smith, Michael Riggins, Greg Heflin, Raymond Moore and Howdy Murdock.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Dawson, Gerald Gresham, Gary Aiken, Billy Mike Cornelius, Kenneth Garrett, Charles Alford and Cotton George and George Stubblefield.

To offer condolences or sign an online register, please visit www.lairdfh.net.

02/12/2022

Sharon Elizabeth Welch born February 23, 1967 in Charleston West Virginia to the proud parents of Shirley Welch and Mitchell Welch entered into Heaven on February 7, 2022 in Center. 

She leaves behind:
Her mother, Shirley Welch

Sisters:
Nancy Welch
April Welch

Grandchildren:
Shy-Bug Samples
Elijah Mitchell
Athena Mitchell
Madison Mitchell

Nieces:
Jennifer Welch
Roselynn Welch

Preceded in death by Mitchell Clayton Welch.

Services to be at Messiah Baptist Church with Pastor Bro. David Lawhorn officiating February 19, 2022 at 10:00am.

Funeral services are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

02/10/2022

Melvin Coy Williams, 89, of Center, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 13, 2022, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Tim Perkins officiating.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born February 21, 1932, in Post, Texas, Melvin is the son of Henrietta Burcham and Claude Lee Williams. He served in the United States Army and later worked in agriculture.  Melvin was a member of Center Church of Christ in Center.

He is survived by: 
His grandchildren: 
Katie Williams of Waco
Kassidy and husband Jake Fox of Nacogdoches
Tyler Barr of Nacogdoches

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives

Preceded in death by wife, Juanetha Williams; and sons, David Williams and Joe Barr.

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

02/10/2022

Arnold Patrick Soucie, age 84, of San Augustine, Texas, beloved husband and poppy, left this troubled world for a peaceful home with his Lord on February 4, 2022, after a brief battle with cancer. He had been blessed to be able to visit with his precious family and friends in the previous days.

Arnold was one of seven children born to Cecile Madore Soucie and Edwin Soucie of Winterville Plantation, Maine. He was born April 19, 1937, and while he had a lifelong love affair with Northern Maine, Texas was his home.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1955 and served honorably for four years. During those years of service he served as a navigator and maintenance on KC 97 Stratotankers, which were refuelers. Arnold took extreme pride in his years of military service.

Anyone who met Arnold always commented on how young he looked. Not only did he look young, his heart remained as young and pure as a child's. His greatest joy was teasing and playing with children.

Arnold spent his working years in the R.V. industry. He ran the gamut of designing, manufacturing, and selling.

He married Judy Snider Grissom in 1996 and immediately adopted her family and friends as his own. They moved to San Augustine in 2000 and Arnold found his forever home. He loved having friends over for dinner and a rousing game of "marbles" or "hand and foot." If any of the family had any time off, he found a reason for them to come home.

Arnold had a very large extended family in Maine that he loved unconditionally. After his and Judy's retirement, they spent 3-4 months a year at their cabin on the lake enjoying all of the Soucie family.

He is survived by:

Wife, Judy

Daughter, Michelle Anderson

Son, Wayne Grissom and wife Alyssa

Grandchildren:
Alexandra Anderson
Andrew Soucie
Ashton Grissom
Abbie Grissom

Brother, Carol Soucie

Sister, Marie Soucie

Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews

Many other beloved extended family members.

Arnold, to his profound sadness, was preceded in death by his sons, Anthony Soucie and John Grissom; grandson, Alexander Soucie; a nephew, Kenny Snider. He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; his parents-in-law, Buck and Daisy Snider; and a brother-in-law.

There will be a memorial service held in his honor at some point in the future and another in Maine this summer.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine, Texas.

02/10/2022

Samuel Lee Jackson of Tenaha passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at Medical Center Hospital in Nacogdoches following a brief illness. He was born in Center, TX, February 28, 1943, to W.H. and Verna Mae English Jackson. He was slightly older than his twin brother, Jerry.

He was a graduate of Center High School and attended Panola Junior College, where he was a member of the Panola Pony baseball team.  He married Billie Balkcom on August 28, 1965.
By trade, he was a welder and worked for oilfield services in the Kilgore/Overton area for over 30 years. He retired to Tenaha with his wife a number of years ago.

He was a man who loved family and getting together for big meals. A favorite pastime was watching his children and grandchildren in their various sports events.

He is survived by:
His wife of 56 years, Billie of Tenaha

Daughter, Leann and her husband Kevin Mackey

Granddaughters:
Molly and Abby of Overton

Daughter, Nichol and husband Kelly Cook

Granddaughter, Haylee of Big Sandy

Grandson, Gannon of Big Sandy

Son, Travis Jackson, wife Courtni and granddaughter Maddie and grandson Tatum of Nacogdoches.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Jerry, O’Neal and Earl.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, February 11, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church of Tenaha with burial at the Tennessee Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. 

Pallbearers will be Kevin Mackey, Kelly Cook, Gannon Cook, Trey Reeves, Ty Reeves, and Douglas Jackson.

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

02/10/2022

Voner Dean Singleton, age 69, departed this life on January 31, 2022 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born on January 15, 1953 to Alvord (Jack) and Murtha Singleton, Sr. and was raised in Center, Texas.

Viewing is 11am until 6pm on Friday, February 11, 2022 at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center. Service is at 1pm on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ, 908 Daniels Street, Center, Texas with Rev. Johnny Jones officiating.

He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Voner met the love of his life, Liza (Sweet) Singleton and they were were married for 30 years. Voner attended C.H. Daniels High School and worked for Center Motor Company for more than 30 years. Voner was a very loving man and easy to get along with others. Voner lived in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Murtha and father, Alvord (Jack) Singleton; one sister, three brothers, one step-daughter, and four grandkids.

He leaves to cherish his memories:

Loving wife, Liza (Sweet) Singleton

Sisters:
Fannie Mae Holman of Longview
Ella Garrett of Center
Debra Mayweather of Mansfield, Louisiana
Billie Danyiel of Center

Brother, Willie James Singleton of Longview

7 Step-children

Step-daughter that he raised, Telisia Cartwright

Host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren that were very special to him:
Cormma Anderson
Cameron Moore
Tyler Mosby
Danyeil Daniels
Isaiah Long

He also left a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Voner/PawPaw will be truly missed. He was a very loving man and a big fan of the Cowboys

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.

02/10/2022

Linval Allen Johnson, 84, of Carthage, Texas, passed away on February 6, 2022, in Tyler, Texas. He was born on April 29, 1937, in Gary, Texas, to the late Burtis and Virgie Johnson. Graveside service will be 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Mark Manning officiating.

Allen was born and raised in Gary/Timpson area. He was married to the love of his life, Peggy, on December 29, 1972. They were married for 49 years at the time of his passing. Allen loved watching westerns and wrestling with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed watching boxing matches. Allen was a member of Carthage Missionary Baptist Church. He loved his family with all that he was. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Allen is survived by:

Loving wife, Peggy Johnson

Son, James Ray Johnson

Daughter, Wendy Johnson Gibbs

Brothers:
Larry Johnson
Lester Johnson and wife, Virginia

Sister, Nelda Stephens

Grandchildren:
Heaven Henson
Haleigh Hodge and boyfriend, Fernando Garcia
Bailey Hodge
Bradi Jo Briery
Isabella Faith Briery
Kendall Henson
Brooklynn Hodge
Gabriel Garcia

Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Burtis and Virgie Johnson; brothers, MB Johnson, Laverl Johnson, Richard Johnson, LeLand Johnson, and Cleon Johnson; and 2 great-grandchildren babies.

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.

02/09/2022

Bro. Charles Patrick Windham, 87, of Campti, Texas passed away in his home February 6, 2022 surrounded by his children.

Visitation will be Friday, February 11th, at 5:00 pm at Watson Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Services will be 10 am, Saturday, February 12th, at Watson’s, and will be officiated by Brother Kevin Gentry and the Obituary will be done by Dale Windham. Interment will be held directly after at Sardis Cemetery.

Born November 1, 1934 to Laurie W. “Son” Windham and Zelma N. Squyres Windham, Pat was a man of many talents, from calling in the cows to playing any song his grandchildren desired on the guitar; but, Pat’s greatest talent was leading people to salvation. For over fifty years he followed his calling from Christ, assisted by his devoted wife Janice. In the 67 years the pair spent together nothing fulfilled them as much as spreading their faith. Pat was a husband, a father, a friend, but first and foremost he was a shepherd. Over the course of many years he accumulated a large flock, and at any time of day, or night, he would take phone calls and make trips across county and state lines for them. He would go anywhere, do anything for his church family. To him they were on equal ground with his own family. He truly saw them as his brothers and sisters in Christ. Pat was a man called by God, and the joy he took in being the Lord’s servant was undoubtedly reflected in the blessings he received. In his beloved family in Christ and in his family that carries on his legacy, Pat saw more life and love than most men. To hear it put in his own words, “I feel like I’m drinking from a saucer, cause my cup has overflowed.”

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sardis Cemetery, 6034 FM 414, Center, Texas 75935. The family would like to extend special thanks to the Hospice of East Texas, Angels Care Home Health, and especially Kim Davis.

He is survived by:

Sister, Shirley Shofner and husband Joe of Center, Texas

Sister-in-law, Sandy Bennett and husband Derrel of Denning, Texas

Children:
Dale Windham and wife Terry of Sardis, Texas
LaRee Greer of Campti, Texas
Micah Windham and wife Claire of Patroon, Texas
Patti Helander and husband Chance of Crosby, Texas

Grandchildren:
Robin Greer and fiancé Tracy
Shelby Duncan and husband Troy
Son Windham and wife Chelsea
Justin Windham and wife Wendy
Tiffani Noble and husband Zach
Abby Lawson and husband Craig
Whitley Helander
Tori Windham
Caleb Helander and fiancé Nicole
Wyatt Windham and wife Ciara
Sam Windham
Clay Helander
Molly Windham

The grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

22 Great-Grandchildren

6 Great-Great-Grandchildren 

2 Expected Great-Great-Grandchildren

He was preceded in death by: wife, Lela Janice Ware Windham; father, Laurie W. “Son” Windham; mother, Zelma N. Windham; father-in-law, Dewey A. Ware; mother- in-law, Doris Olene Fountain Roberts; step father-in-law, Issac Clyde Roberts; sister, Annie Ruth Watson and brother-in-law, Doyle Watson; brother, PVT 1st Class, Melvin “Sam” Windham, kia, Luzon Island, WWII; sister, Sally Laverne Lawson and brother-in-law, Joel Lawson; sister, Doris Jean Whitley and brother-in-law, Allen Whitley; brother, Donal Windham; nephew, Bobby Doyce Watson and wife Linda; niece, Peggy Sue Williams; and son-in-law, Richard Greer.

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

02/08/2022

David Bussey, 81, of Center, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2022, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at Patroon Cemetery in Shelby County.  Bro. Kevin Windham will officiate. Visitation will begin at 12 noon at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born September 2, 1940, in Silsbee, David is the son of Alma May Jarvis and Harold Lamar Bussey. He was a beloved son, brother, and uncle.

He is survived by:

Niece, Connie Smith Foster

Nephews:
Kevin Foster and wife Evelyn
Rodney Foster and wife Brenda

Great-nieces and great-nephews:
Ashley Kunkel
Kenneth Windham Jr. (Sylvia)
Dustin and Hollie Windham
Katie and Austin Standridge
Kolton Foster
Lauren and Jarrod Denby
Winston and Sarah Bailey
Amanda Craig (Devin)
Tanner Knight (Hailey)

18 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews

Including the “apples of his eye,” Nacole, Khloe, and Jace.

Preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Harkness Bussey; parents, Alma May Jarvis and Harold Lamar Bussey; sister, Bobbie Foster and Guy; and niece, Sharla Foster.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Hardy, Wayne Scott, Joey Haglar, Jody Cooper, Mark Bonner, and Cade Ebernez.  Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Foster, Rodney Foster, Kolton Foster, Dustin Windham, Kenneth Windham Jr., and Winston Bailey.

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

02/08/2022

Kenneth Nix entered into rest on January 26, 2022, at LSU Hospital in Shreveport, LA.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Bro. Dennis Landtroop and Bro. Michael Tibbs will officiate.  

Kenneth was born October 23, 1955, to Bowden and Jessie Nix in Zwolle, LA. In 1960, they moved to Arcata, California, where Kenneth attended school from grade K-graduating from Arcata High School in 1973. Kenneth enjoyed fishing and working on small engines.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bowden Nix; mother, Jessie Nix; and great nephew, Trenton Skinner.

Kenneth leaves behind:

Sisters:
Patricia Perrin of Springhill, LA
Stella Beatriz of Joaquin
Rie Beatriz of Joaquin

Several nieces and nephews.

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

02/04/2022

Lula Belle McDaniel Jansen Danley of Joaquin, Devoted Wife, Loving Mother, Beloved Grandmother and Great Grandmother fought a good fight, finished her course, and kept the Faith. Born in Joaquin, Texas on January 5, 1939, she passed from this Earth to her Heavenly Home on February 2, 2022 in Tyler, Texas.

Miss Lula Belle was a graduate of Joaquin High School, Class of 1957. At the young age of 9 years old, Lula Belle purposed in her heart to serve the Lord and offered her praise through her beautiful alto singing voice and piano playing. She was known throughout Shelby County Baptist churches for her music, chicken and dumplings and chocolate pie. She was a church pianist or choir member for almost 75 years and enjoyed every moment of that time. She was a faithful member of Logansport Baptist Church for many years and loved her church family and fellow prayer warriors. Lula Belle enjoyed her job at Center Wal-Mart, where she retired after 20 years, and made so many friends, both, coworkers and customers. Lula Belle’s true heart, tho, was her family whom she adored and loved unconditionally.

Left to cherish her memory:

Loving husband of 20 years, Rayford Earl Danley of Joaquin

Daughters:
Renee Hagler (Ronny) of Shelbyville
Tina Mattingly (Billy) of Bullard, TX

Grandchildren:
Angela Thornton (Daniel) of Center
Ronna McSwain (Roscoe) of Center
Candace Wheeler (Brett) of Center
Skylar Ashe (Thomas) of Austin
Ainsley Mattingly (Colton) of Bullard
Jansen Mattingly of Bullard
Madison Danley of Baytown
Malorie Danley of Baytown

Eight Great-Grandchildren: Emory, Annistyn, Landree, Khloe, Beckham, Blake, Cooper and Owen

Stepson, Tommy Danley (Paula) of Baytown

Stepdaughters:
Donna Boutin (Lonnie) of Highlands
Debbie Medows of Baytown

9 Step-Grandchildren and 28 Step-Great-Grandchildren

Special Nieces and Nephews and a host of Family and Friends.

A special thanks to the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, Allegiance Ambulance Service, and the kind staff of the Center Emergency Dept.

Preceded in death by Parents, Buster and Corene McDaniel, brother, L.C. McDaniel and First Husband and Father of her Children, Billy Clyde Jansen.

Funeral services will be held to honor her memory on February 5, 2022 at 2 p.m., with visitation beginning at 12 noon at Watson Funeral Home in Center, Texas with Bro. Joe Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Center.

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

02/04/2022

Robert Bailey, 89, of Bossier City, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022, in Bossier City.

Graveside service will be held Noon, Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born February 10, 1932, Robert is the son of Oda Walker and Walter Scott Bailey.

He is survived by:

Wife, Justina Bailey

Daughter, Pam and husband Ed Elder

Sons:
Nelson Bailey and wife Laarni
Scott Bailey and wife Ida

Grandchildren:
Lynn Miller and wife Jennifer
George Miller
Christine Miller
Walter Elder and wife Melissa
Andrew Elder

Sister, Vera and husband Don Dubose

Also, a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceded in death by parents, Oda Walker and Walter Scott Bailey; sister, Thelma Windham; and stepdaughter, Sherry Bailey.

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

02/03/2022

Charlie Bill Reneau, Sr., 78, of Garrison, Texas, passed away on January 31, 2022, in Garrison, Texas. He was born on October 3, 1943, in Joaquin, Texas to the late Joseph Nelson and Bessie Mae (Mitchell) Reneau.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 7, 2022, at Garrison Funeral Home with Bro. Shak Arrington officiating.  Interment will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at Garrison Funeral Home.

Charlie was born in Joaquin but was raised in Garrison his whole life.  He attended Garrison High School and joined the Army when he was just 16 years old. While in the Army he was a paratrooper and served during the Korean War. 
Charlie met Lynda in Garrison and they were married on May 7, 1976. They were married for 40 years at the time of her passing in 2016.  Charlie served as Master and was a 32nd Degree Mason member of the Garrison Masonic Lodge No. 670 and also of the Order of the Eastern Star of Garrison. 

Charlie loved being outside and doing things with his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and hog trapping. Reneau Roofing, Charlie’s roofing company, has served the Garrison and surrounding communities for over 45 years. He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. Charlie Bill will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Charlie is survived by: 
His sons: 
Charlie Reneau, Jr. and wife, Monica
Keith Hutto and wife, Colette
Kevin Hutto and wife, Carla

Daughters: 
Cathy Reneau
Amanda Guthrie and husband, Larry
Kim Mullins and husband, Jason
Christy Reneau

16 Grandchildren; and 16 Great-Grandchildren

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Nelson and Bessie Mae (Mitchell) Reneau; wife, Lynda Reneau; brothers, Chester “Bud” Reneau, Tommy Reneau, and David Reneau; sisters, Marie Burleson and Joy Lopez.

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

Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, is in charge of arrangements.

02/03/2022

Sherry Churchman Frazier, 79, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on February 1, 2022, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on June 1, 1942, in Timpson, Texas, to the late Guy and Eva (Kelsey) Churchman. Funeral service will be 12:00 pm on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home prior to the service.

Sherry was born and raised in the Wedgeworth Community, going to school there until the rural schools went to Timpson. Growing up on Saturday nights, the Churchman sisters could be heard singing on the radio, they would also sing at church and funerals when requested. She attended church at Highway Tabernacle and Corinth Baptist Church. She kept on singing her specials for as long as she was able. 

In the summer of ’58 she met the love of her life, Billy Bob, who tagged her with the nickname “His East Texas Pine Knot.” The summer of ’59 they were married on the family farm. They started their family and had three kids; Robert, Ben, and Linda. Sherry had careers from making screens to sewing robes for Sears and Roebuck, working in the public from selling fish, gas to hamburgers. She was known by many names Sherry Ruth, Mama, Gee, Granny Sherry, and Yah Yah, the greatest of all was caregiver she served so many in the most difficult seasons of their lives, the phone rang and she went with love and a willing heart. She loved to cook, go camping, playing 42, and skipbo. Some of her favorite sayings were “Happy Tears”, “Love you more”, and “Boo, I gotcha you.” To say she will be truly missed doesn’t even come close… 84 will never be the same without her.

Sherry is survived by:
Her children: 
Robert Frazier
Ben Frazier
Lind Todd and her husband, Joseph

Grandchildren: 
Jacob Todd and wife, Leigh
Lyndsay Williamson and husband, Jordan
Samuel Todd
Chris Hollnagel
Kelly Frazier
Kelsey Frazier
Thomas Frazier

16 great-grandchildren

Numerous nephews and nieces

Special “second daughter”, Donna Cargill

She is preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Eva (Kelsey) Churchman; 6 brothers and sisters; her husband, Bill Frazier; daughter-in-law, Tammy Frazier; grandson, Dustin Hollnagel; granddaughter, Samantha Jo Frazier; and special friends, Lee and Pearlene Castleberry.  

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.

02/02/2022

Uethel G. Hayes departed this life on January 25, 2022, in Tyler Texas at the age of 88.

She was born on July 7, 1933 in Center, Texas to the late Ira Goodwin and Faydell Hamilton Smith. She attended public school in Center in her adolescence. A dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother, Mrs. Hayes never met a stranger. She understood hospitality and generosity; everyone was welcomed at her table.

Viewing is 2pm until 8pm on Friday, February 4, 2022  at John R. Harmon Undertaking Company, Tyler, Texas. Homecoming service is at 1pm on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Center.

She is preceded in death by parents, Ira Goodwin and Faydell Hamilton Smith; husband, Howard Lee McCarty; children, Don Goodwin, Larry Goodwin, Sherry Goodwin, Terry Goodwin, and Jerry Goodwin; siblings, Shirley Mosely, Doc Hollis Goodwin, Velma Pettie, Juanita Roland, Asie B. Goodwin, and Charles Goodwin.

She is survived by:

Children:
Velma R. Goodwin
Ira G. Goodwin, and Billy G. Goodwin

Granddaughter, Chedena Hayes

Godsons:
Mike Dobson
Jameel Fraizer

Siblings:
Margie Goodwyn
Betty Jo Cook
Lula Mae Cook
Claudia Goodwin
Rommie Lee Goodwin
Patsy Ann Goodwin
Larry Wayne Goodwin

A host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and friends.

Services are entrusted to John R Homan Undertaker Company in Tyler and Community Funeral Home in Center.

02/02/2022

James Edward Cox, 71, of DeBerry, Texas, passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2022. He was born on December 11, 1950, in Center, Texas to the late Jasper Henry and Lizzie Clara Parker Cox.

He graduated from Shelbyville High School with the class of 1970. Mr. Cox married Martha Ann Ray on May 17, 1974, at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in DeBerry where he has been a longtime member. He worked for 28 years at Texas Utilities/Luminant Mining until his retirement in 2010. Mr. Cox was a Mason and a member of the Sam Houston Lodge #32 in Shelbyville. He also served as a volunteer fireman at the Intercommunity V.F.D. for many years.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jaime Cox Halcumb and brothers, Billy Joe Cox and Dewey Cox.

He is survived by:

Wife of 47 years, Martha Cox of DeBerry

Son, Matthew Clay Cox and wife Brandy of DeBerry

Daughter, Kristen Stuka and husband Wally of Houston

Grandchildren:
Braxton Cox and wife Cassie
Kaylee Cox
Emily Halcumb
Grace Halcumb
Jacey Roper
Josey Roper
Carter Stuka

4 great-grandchildren

Brothers:
Tommy Cox, Sr. of Shelbyville
Dudley Cox and wife Viva of Shelbyville

Numerous other relatives and a host of friends also survive.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rusty Kilpatrick officiating.  Interment will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery with Masonic Rites by the Sam Houston Lodge #32. The family will receive friends from 5-7 on Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Braxton Cox, Dylan Mercer, James Hill, James Mercer, Jeremy Ray, and Jeff Halcumb.

Memorials may be made to Shady Grove Cemetery Association, c/o Gene Parker, 4291 F.M. 1794 East, DeBerry, Texas 75639.

A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.

02/01/2022

Jackie Ray Kirkwood, 66, of Tenaha, Texas passed peacefully Saturday, January 29, 2022, in Houston.

Born September 2, 1955, in Dallas, Jackie is the son of Wanda Lee Wolfe and Harley Ray Kirkwood.  

Jackie earned his Bachelor of Science, Agriculture Education and Master of Science, Agriculture, degree and retired as a Principal. He served seven years in the Naval Reserves, then transferred to the United States Air Force Reserves where he served for 18 years. Jackie was a Deputy City Marshall for Tenaha for 12 years. Most recently, he was serving Shelby County as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4.

Jackie loved spending time with his grandkids. His hobbies included hiking, hunting, running, and watching the Aggies.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Tenaha, where he taught Sunday school and served in many other capacities.

Left to cherish his memory:

Wife, Valarie Kirkwood of Tenaha

Children:
Krista Lee and husband Clint Stutts of Malakoff, Texas
Jeff Kirkwood and wife Shanna of LaVernia, Texas
Justin Kirkwood and wife Margaret Joy of Vidor, Texas

Stepdaughter, Miranda and husband Chris Shadburn of Stanley, Louisiana

Grandchildren: Logan, Hunter, Caleb, Aubrey, Gabriel, Abigail, Michael, and Samuel Kirkwood

Sister, Kathleen and husband Mark Gunter of Wylie, Texas

Brother, Gary Kirkwood of Athens, Texas

Also, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by his granddaughter, Molly June Kirkwood; and parents, Wanda Lee Wolfe and Harley Ray Kirkwood.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., visitation to begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 5, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. John Whitworth officiating. A private family graveside service will follow at Old Union (Wild Cat) Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Gideons, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800; www.gideons.org.

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

02/01/2022

Lela Janice Ware Windham, 83, of Campti, Texas passed peacefully January 30, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. 

Visitation will be Thursday, February 3rd, at 5:00 pm at Watson Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Services will be 10 am, Friday, February 4th, at Watson’s, and will be officiated by Bobby Warr and Derrell Bennett. Interment will be held directly after at Sardis Cemetery. 

Born February 22, 1938 to Doris Olene Fountain Roberts and Dewey Arlon Ware, Janice was a woman of fierce determination and infinite love. She spent a majority of her years with her cherished husband, Brother Pat Windham. The pair were married March 21, 1953, and were blessed to see 68 love filled years together. They used these years to spread their unyielding faith in God through the church, and their devotion to family amongst their kinfolk. God’s gift to Janice was an affinity toward nurture. She was the kind of woman who could cook away your troubles and heal your aches with hugs. An unrivaled motherly figure that leaves behind huge shoes for the women in her family to fill, but she also leaves behind recipes, stories, and much more to teach them how. Her motherly love knew no bounds, and every child she met became as near and dear to her as one of her own. That bond of family, direct or not, is what mattered most to Janice. She shrouded those most cherished by her in a love that transcends a lifetime and will follow her family forever. Those who knew her were blessed beyond measure, because to know Janice was to be loved immeasurably. 

She is survived by:

Husband, Pat Windham

Children:
Dale Windham and wife Terry of Sardis
LaRee Greer of Campti
Micah Windham and wife Claire of Patroon
Patti Helander and husband Chance of Crosby

Sister, Sandy Bennett and husband Derrel of Denning

Sister-in-law, Shirley Shofner and husband Joe of Center

Grandchildren:
Robin Greer and fiancé Tracy
Shelby Duncan and husband Troy
Son Windham and wife Chelsea
Justin Windham and wife Wendy
Tiffani Noble and husband Zach
Abby Lawson and husband Craig
Whitley Helander
Tori Windham
Caleb Helander and fiancé Nicole
Wyatt Windham and wife Ciara
Sam Windham
Clay Helander
Molly Windham

The grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

22 Great-grandchildren

6 Great-great-grandchildren 

2 expected Great-great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by:
Father, Dewey A. Ware 
Mother, Doris Olene Fountain Roberts
Step Father, Issac Clyde Roberts 
Father in Law, Laurie W. “Son” Windham
Mother in Law, Zelma N. Windham
Brother, Dwight E. Ware 
Brother, Billy D. Ware 
Son in Law, Richard Greer

Our family would like to extend special thanks to Medical Center of Nacogdoches, Angels Care Home Health, and especially Kim Davis.

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

01/30/2022

Fonda Alicia Polley, 55 of Center, Texas, died on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at UT Hospital in Tyler, Texas. Mrs. Polley was born to the late Charles and Patricia Polley in Center, Texas on September 11, 1966.

Graveside service will be on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at McWilliams Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas at 1pm. Rev. Jeremy Moore will be officiating.

Visitation is on Friday, February 4, 2022, at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 1pm to 5pm and family visitation from 5pm to 6pm. Committal is at McWilliams Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas.

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

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Adria Polley of Center
Andria Hubbard of Center

Grandchildren:
Caleb Parker of Center
Kaylen Parker of Center
Markovan Ratcliff of Center

Sisters:
Brandii Polley
Vivian Cartwright (Clifton) 

Nephew, Derek Everett

Nieces:
Ava Polley
Alexandria Patton
Dereka Everett

Great-Nephew, Derek Everett III

Uncles:
Douglas Himes
Stanley Himes

Aunts:
Felshia Cochran
Shannon Suber

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.

01/30/2022

Charles Edward Wimberly, 86, of Huxley, promoted January 29, 2022. Born March 25, 1935, in Huxley, Charles is the son of Maggie and John J. Wimberly.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 31, 2022, at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.  Bro Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Michael McArthur will officiate.

He is survived by:

Loving wife, Cora Chandler Wimberly

Daughters:
Rhonda Jackson
Gayle and husband Zack Warr
Brenda and husband Tommy Johnson
Holly and husband Tod Hufferd

Grandchildren:
Rodney Warr and wife Krista
Rhonda and husband Wade Daniel
Matt Warr and wife Brooke
Tyson Johnson and Alysse
Tory Johnson
Kennedy Hufferd

Great-grandchildren:
Banner Warr
Connon Warr
Farris Warr
Gracie Wagnon
Gavin Daniel
Brantley Baldridge
Axle Warr
Atlas Warr

Preceded in death by parents, Maggie and John J. Wimberly; sisters, Doris Basset and LaVerne Wimberly.

Pallbearers will be Tyson Johnson, Rodney Warr, Matt Warr, Wade Daniel, Gavin Daniel, and Connon Warr.

Our family would like to extend special thanks to Affinity Hospice Nurses, Sara Lloyd and Mallory Martinez, and to exceptional caregivers, Laquita Williams, Shana Bearden, Paula Porter, and Tonja Williams.

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

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