04/26/2019

Nelwyn Mae Head passed away on April 26, 2019, in Garrison. She was born on September 25, 1933, to Kelly Ramsey and Emma Bowden Ramsey on her grandparent’s farm in the Old Center Community. She grew up in Tenaha, Texas, graduating from Tenaha High School in 1952. She attended business school in Shreveport and later moved to Houston to work as a secretary. She returned to Tenaha to care for her father and worked as a telephone operator.

She married Billy Head on May 17, 1958, and enjoyed 19 years of marriage before he passed away suddenly in May of 1977.

They had one son, Bobby Head, born in 1961. Mrs. Head worked as a retail manager and later as a healthcare professional. She enjoyed painting, playing the piano, crafts, her family, gardening, and growing flowers.

She is survived by:

Son, Bobby Head of Gary, TX

Daughter-in-law, Mary Head of Gary, TX

Grandson, David Head of Gary, TX

Granddaughter-in-law, Kelli Head of Gary, TX

Great-granddaughter, Raelynn Head of Gary, TX

Granddaughter, Katherine Gradberg of Gary, TX

Great-granddaughter, Amy Gradberg of Gary, TX

Great-granddaughter, Abby Gradberg of Gary, TX

Grandson-in-law, Jeremy Gradberg of Gary, TX

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 29, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Dale Walker officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center.

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

04/26/2019

James “Bill” Childs, 82, of Center, passed away Friday, April 26, 2019, in Livingston.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at Powdrill Cemetery with Bro. Fred Childs officiating.

Mr. Childs was born November 23, 1936, in Center, to Larry Lewis Childs and Hazel Ellis Childs. He retired from the United States Military, where he served in both the Marine Corps and Air Force. Living at the river and fishing were what Mr. Childs enjoyed and he loved his grandchildren unconditionally.

He is survived by his sons, Jim Childs of Corrigan, John Childs of Texas; grandchildren, Melissa Long of Livingston, Jessica Cockrell of Apple Springs, Brittany Childs of North Carolina, Randy Childs of Lufkin, Brandy Graham of Lufkin; 7 great grandchildren; sister, Jean Bailey of Nacogdoches; brother, Bob Childs of Ohio; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

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

04/23/2019

Danise LaShun Nobles (45) of Center, Texas, died April 17, 2019 at her residence. Mrs. Nobles is a 1992 graduate of Center High School. Danise was born on February 13, 1974.

Funeral service will be Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at 2:00pm. 

Visitation is Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (State Highway 96 North CR 4356 Center, Texas) from the hours of 12 noon to 1:50pm. Committal is at Westview Cemetery Center, Texas.

Danise is survived by:

Husband, James Jackson of Center

Son, SeDarrin Nobles (Kiara) of Lufkin, Texas

Daughters:
Kajasmine Nobles of Center
Malyaia McCollister of Center
Amaya Jackson of Center

Mother, Mary Nobles of Center

Siblings:
Sherrie Nobles (Emerson Evans)
Avis Nobles
Sandrell Jackson (Y.D)
Larry Slaughter (Linda)
David Lister

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary at 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935. www.hicksmortuary.net

04/23/19

Funeral service for Howard Ivin Stokes, 95, of Nacogdoches, will be at 2:00PM Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, with Bro. John McGuire and Bro. Hal Rymel officiating. Interment will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison.  Mr. Stokes passed away on April 22, 2019 in Nacogdoches. He was born on January 28, 1924 in Garrison, Texas to the late Albert Stokes and Thelma Carroll Hill.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Garrison Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Howard was born and raised in Garrison, Texas.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army during WW2.  He returned to his hometown and worked as a mechanic for many years.  He farmed throughout life.  Howard enjoyed gardening as his health permitted.  His favorite past times were those spent riding in various trail rides and picking his violin while playing in the country music band he was a member of.  He served many roles at Appleby Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church, while he was very active at each.  Those that knew Howard knew he was a kind, loving, gentle person.  He was that person that touched everyone he met in a special way.  Howard was a Master Mason for more than 55 years.  

He is survived by:
His daughter: Sandra McMichael

Grandchildren: 
Debbie Hightower
Kenneth McKee
Howard McMichael
Edward McMichael
John McKee

Numerous great-grandchildren

Sister: Linda Stokes

Numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Howard is preceded in death by his wife, Janet Stokes; parents, Albert and Thelma Carroll Hill Stokes; daughter,

Barbara Jane McKee; brothers, Charles Lynville Stokes, James Stokes; and sister, Dorine Garrett.
To convey condolences or sign an online register please visit www.garrisonfh.net.

04/22/2019

Dianne Lynch Livingston was born in Center, Texas on September 16, 1950. She entered Heaven’s gates on April 21, 2019.

Her great ambition in life was to be the best wife, and kind of mother she never had, and have the close family devotion that she longed for growing up.

She married the love of her life, Ricky, at 16 years of age, and together raised two sons, Wesley and Bryan. Dianne was long time dedicated member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church. A loving mother and homemaker, Dianne was a remarkable cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends, most especially for Sunday dinner. Dianne was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as grandma.

Dianne is survived by:

Husband, Richard Livingston of Center

Son, Bryan Livingston and wife, Amanda of Center

Daughter-in-law, LaResa Livingston of Center

Sister, Brenda Sue Wooley of Ft. Worth

Half-brothers:
Don Taylor of Houston
Dean Taylor of Houston
Bill Moore of Houston

Step-brother, Sambo Molina of Houston

Step-sisters:
Annette Railey of Houston
Tammy Molina of Houston

Grandchildren:
Cash Livingston
Darin Livingston
Leah Livingston
Ryan Hall
Bailey Heflin

Mother-in-law, Adell Livingston of Center

Brother-in-laws:
James Livingston and wife, Catherine of Center
Chuck Livingston and wife, Heather of Lufkin

Sisters-in-law:
Debbie Sanford of Center
Donna Lynch of Shelbyville

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Lynch and Dolly Molina; sons, Gregory Scott Livingston and Wesley Livingston; infant granddaughter, Brooklyn Livingston; father-in-law, Jim Livingston; and brother-in-law, Jerry Don Lynch.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams and Bro. Don Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Darren Wiggins, Shad Lout, Rolando Castro, Colton Brown, Nic Wheeler and Malcolm Brown.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

For the Funeral Service for Dianne Livingston, in lieu of flowers the family has requested a charitable donation to go to Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

04/21/2019

Calvin Samuel Foy Sr., 64, of Center, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Nacogdoches.
Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2019, at Foy Cemetery in Robert, LA with Bro. Jason Hebert officiating.

Mr. Foy was born August 23, 1955, in Independence, to Ernest Foy and Albertine Lavign Foy.  Mr. Foy enjoyed working with his cattle, working on his cars, building all types of things, and spending time with family and friends.  Mr. Foy was of the Pentecostal faith.

He is survived by:
His children: 
Patty Meaux and husband Keith of Longview
James Furra and wife Gina of Center
Calvin Samuel Foy Jr.
Jessica Dillard and husband Bryan of Center
David Furra of Center

Grandchildren
Michigan, Bryce, and Chase Foy
Hunter, Ryder, and Dallie Jo Dillard
Kayla Furra
Bryson Lee
Nathan and Keith Meaux Jr.

Siblings: 
Elaine Bardwell of Robert, LA
Sue Coyne Of Robert, LA
Patricia Edward of Springfield, LA
Leo Foy of Baptist, LA

Special aunt: Sarah Lavigne of Longview

Many nieces and nephews; a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Calvin Samuel Foy Jr., David Furra, James Furra, Hunter Dillard, Bradley Bardwell, and Albert Foy. 

Honorary pallbearer will be Ryder Dillard.

Preceded in death by parents, Ernest Foy and Albertine Lavign Foy; brothers, Darrell Foy and Cecil Foy.

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

04/21/2019

Dennis “Rooster” Shaeffer passed away on April 18, 2019 in Shelbyville,TX. 

Dennis was a United States Coast Guard veteran, serving as a Tactical Law Enforcement Officer. He proudly served his community and his country doing supply, disaster, and rescue operations during hurricanes Florence and Harvey with the Cajun Navy Relief, Texas Native team, and BearPaw TacMed. 

He had pride in his family and his community, serving to honor both during his service in the Coast Guard as well as during his time working urban disaster response. He had a great sense of duty toward those he helped, and made it his personal mission to help as many people as possible in their time of need, no matter the cause, while serving with honor and integrity.

He was a proud family man whose family was always on his mind as he was helping others. His heart was always with his beautiful wife and children as he served. 

He was also a highly acclaimed bass player with John Cessac and the Texas Outlaws, and played because of his love of music. 

Dennis was proceeded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Hannah Shaeffer and Nestor and Maria Labrada, his uncle Fernando Labrada and his beloved dog Dallas.

He is survived by:
His loving wife: Linsey

His two children: 
Jacob
Landry

His father: Dennis and mother Lucy

His brothe: Daniel and wife Geri

His in-laws: Peggy and Jasen Watlington

Brother-in-law: Gage Watlington

His dogs: Moosie and Buddy

His best friends and band mates: 
John and Kaleb

Many aunts, uncles, cousins, many friends as well as his friends he worked with in Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement, as well as disaster relief and activism.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, April 24th 2019 at 2pm at Watson and Sons Funeral Home, 1554 Tx-7 Center, TX 75935

Donations in honor of Dennis can be made to Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, Somi Sek Village Base Camp, C/O Juan Mancias, 1250 Roemer Lane, Floresville, Texas 78114

Fair Winds and Following Seas to a beloved husband, father, and friend.
Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

04/18/19

Kenneth Johnson, Sr., 75, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on April 11, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on August 27, 1943 to William A. Johnson and Leatris E. Hicks Johnson. A private memorial will be held at a later date. Kenneth grew up in Port Lavaca, Texas and graduated from Calhoun High School. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he valiantly served his country in the Vietnam War. Kenneth thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and spent much of his time hunting and shooting guns. 

He is survived by:
His son: Kenneth H. Johnson, Jr.

Daughter: Tiffany M. Johnson

Sister: Sandra Patis

Grandchildren: Jared Mika and Mackenzie Mika.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Leatris Johnson.

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

04/17/2019

Walter Anderson, 73, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Houston.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Old Home Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Hollis Bass officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Mr. Anderson was born January 30, 1946, in New Gulf, Texas, to Elmer David Anderson and Velma Dee Gaddis Anderson.  His hobbies included hunting and riding horses.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Anderson; children, Lisa Turner and Gary Stone, Theresa Hohmann and husband Robert, Deeann Green and husband James, Diann Gansky; grandchildren, Angela Turner, Christopher Mowery, Chelsey Wolf, Dustin Wolf, Jamie Green, Haley Hohmann, Andy Hohmann; great grandchildren, Hunter, Nathan, Briar, Ryder, Caden, Gabriel; sister, Hazel Prazak; brother, Thomas Anderson.

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

04/15/19

Damon Jones, 66, of Center, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 19, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Rev. Karen Jones officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Mr. Jones was born July 17, 1952, in Joplin, Missouri, to Dalton Smith Jones and Eva Jean Brittain Jones.  He loved music, astronomy, and computers.

He is survived by:
His sister: Leisa Webster and husband Jeff of Center

Brothers: 
Dalton Jones
Roderick Jones and wife Lisa

Nieces and nephews: 
Audrey Parker and husband Terry of Center
Davis Kline and wife Cyndi of Center
Julia Reynolds and husband Chris of Center
Colbey Jones and wife Kaleigh of Center
Madalyn Anderson and husband Mark of Mexia

Numerous great-nieces and nephews

Best friend, David Masterson

Preceded in death by his parents, Dalton Smith Jones and Eva Jean Brittain Jones.

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

04/15/19

Martin “Marty” Craig Tipton, 59, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on April 14, 2019 in Timpson, Texas. He was born on February 20, 1960 in Houston, Texas to Harvey Tipton and Beth Bush Tipton. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Timpson with Bro. Dee Daniel officiating. Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery. 

A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 AM prior to the service on Tuesday, April 16,2019 at First Baptist Church in Timpson.

Marty grew up in Timpson where he spent the most precious and treasured moments of his life with his family. His most trusted canine companion that was always by his side was his dog, “Coco.” Marty had a passion for music and was a talented pianist. He also had in interest in old cars and in his spare time enjoyed fishing. He was an excellent cook and loved any time spent in the kitchen. One of his most admirable qualities was his heart for others. Marty always reached out to lend a helping hand to the less fortunate. 

Marty is survived by:
His son: Scott Tipton and wife, Gena

Daughter: April Cook

Parents: Harvey “Tip” and Beth Tipton

Brothers: 
Robert S. Tipton and wife, Donna L.
Dondi D. Tipton and wife, Donna K.

Best friend and companion: Douglas D. Walker

Grandchildren: 
Reagan
Zack
Mallie
Baylon

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, other family and friends

 The family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.taylorfh.net

04/14/2019

Audrey Faye (Furra) Taylor passed away at Twin Lakes Nursing Home in San Augustine, Texas on April 13, 2019. She was born May 21, 1930 in Nacogdoches County Texas to Grady and Ada (Byrd) Furra. She was married to the love of her life John Byron Taylor on April 2, 1949.

Funeral will be at Liberty Hill Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas on Monday April 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior and burial at Antioch Cemetery in San Augustine, Texas. Brother Robert Prothro will conduct the services.

Audrey is survived by a son John Taylor Jr and wife Mary of Port Neches, a daughter Belinda Coulter and husband Lafher of San Augustine, a grandson Henry Coulter and wife Cynthia of The Woodlands, a great grand-daughter Madison Coulter of The Woodlands, Special Friend Carrie Washington, step-grandson Jason Beck, numerous nephews, nieces and friends. Audrey worked at Texaco in Port Arthur, Texas for several years and then was a housewife. She was a member of the Eastern Star for 64 years, a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church and before that served as a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, as an active member of the PTA serving as President for several years and later volunteered at San Augustine Elementary School for 5 years. Audrey loved her Lord and Savior, family, friends, birdwatching, bowling, sewing and shopping.

She is preceded in death by her husband John Taylor, parents Ada and Grady Furra, sisters Mavis Muller, Adelle Bobo and Bobbie Galloway, sister in law Mamie Ruth Shofner and nephew Melvin Bobo Jr, niece Karla Taylor, and great nephew David Bobo.

Pallbearers are: Walter Shofner, Ronnie Muller, Leroy Golden, Gary Muller, Jason Beck and Mark Bobo.

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

04/12/2019

James Edward Flori

James Edward Flori, 79, of Timpson, Texas passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.  Born November 28, 1939, in Colorado to the late George Flori and Dorothy (Bartels) Flori.
Funeral service will be held at 1 PM on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas, with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating.  Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.  

Visitation will be held prior to the service on Monday April 15, 2019 beginning at 12 PM, at Taylor Funeral Home.

James was born and raised in Colorado.  He joined the United States Navy in 1955, and proudly served his country for over 23 years before retiring.  James was a Senior Chief Petty Officer in the Navy.  He was commended with many medals during his service.  After retiring from the Navy, James opened and operated A1 Air Conditioning Services in Marshall, Texas for many years.  

James was an avid race car driver and loved any and everything about race cars.  He also enjoyed traveling.  James was a concealed handgun instructor teaching many about protection.  He was a collector of swords of many styles, and mini race cars.  James had a love for music. He showed this love by sponsoring a band at the Hayride in Carthage, and he was a proud supporter of the Tex Ritter Hall of Fame.  James found great joy spending time with his pal “Lexie”, family and friends.  

He is survived by:
His loving wife: Patricia Ritter Flori

Children: 
Thomas (Tommy) Flori and wife Colleen
Tammy Beck and husband Tim
Eddie Gibbs and wife Vicki
Earl Gibbs and wife Paulette
Patricia Nicholson and husband Larry
Betty Looney and partner Carla
Sharon Hall and husband Jimmy

Sister: Georgie Boyce

His pal “Lexie”

22 grandchildren

26 great grandchildren.  

James is preceded in death by his parents, George and Dorothy (Bartels) Flori; brother, Ervin Flori.

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.

04/12/2019

Irene Strong Vaughn, 65, of Center, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Longview.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Travis Lee and Robert Strong officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Mrs. Vaughn was born October 29, 1953, in Center, to Billy Strong and Margie Strong. She worked at Walmart in Center, where she retired. As a hobby, she enjoyed playing the piano. Mrs. Strong was a loving mother, nanny, sister, and wife. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Glynn Vaughn; children, Travis Lee and wife Brandi, Michelle Clark, Thomas Lee and wife Michelle; grandchildren, Aubree Lee, Kandace Lee, Kameron Lee, Kaden Lee, Cheyennee Clark, Justin Clark, Zack Clark; great grandchild, Dixie Clark; brother, Bobby Strong and wife Rebecca; sister, Billie Bright; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Lee; parents, Billy Strong and Margie Strong.

Pallbearers will be Cheyennee Clark, Justin Clark, Zack Clark, Kameron Lee, Keith Clark, and Jacob Wheeler. Honorary pallbearer will be Kaden Lee.

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

04/11/2019

Friends and Family are invited to the memorial services for Joycelyn Marie Todd to be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 at her residence located at 2076 County Rd 4789 in Timpson, TX 75975 at 1:00pm. Joy passed away peacefully in Missouri City, TX on Monday, April 8, 2019. 

Born October 19, 1931, in New Iberia, LA, Joycelyn Marie Robicheaux was the daughter of the late Clarence (Jack) Robicheaux and Yola Louviere Robicheaux. When Joy was 22, while working for Ford, her brother Carroll set her up on a blind date with William (Bill) H. Todd.   Joy and Bill were married a year later on May 29, 1955 in New Iberia. They raised their five children in Houston, and eventually retired to Timpson, TX in 1986.

While it was an adjustment moving to the “country”; Joy met some wonderful people who shared in her love of gardening, playing bridge and quilting. She enjoyed hosting dinners and high teas for family and friends over the years. She loved arts and crafts, such as painting and sewing. Joy loved being surrounded by family at the “farm” and keeping her ten grandchildren for extended visits. 

After the death of her husband, Bill, Joy moved to Missouri City, where she loved watching her beloved Astros and Texans on TV as well as attending games. Some of her favorite past times included playing chicken foot, card games, watching old movies and going out to eat. Joy was an avid reader, spending most of her days curled up with a good book. She was extremely charismatic and personable; Joy loved a good joke and never met a stranger.

Joy is survived by: 
Her children: 
Donna Todd
Lysa Donalson and husband Tom of East Bernard, TX 
Michelle King and husband Ty of Mercer Island, WA.
William H. Todd, Jr. and wife Susan of Jacksonville, TX 
David Todd and wife Carole of Houston, TX

Grandchildren: 
Meredith Todd and wife Monica of Huntsville, TX
Nicholas King
Jonathan King
Caitlin Todd
Braden Horn Todd
Riley Todd
Kurt Todd
Wyatt Todd
Bryce Todd 
Kyle Todd

Great-grandchildren: 
Michelle Ward
Hadley Dobson
James Ward
Addison Donalson

The family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson.

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

04/10/2019

Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas and Johnson Funeral Home (5730 Calhoun Houston, Texas 77021) are announcing funeral service for Dr. Charles Edward Tatum Ph.D. of Houston   

Dr. Tatum passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.  He was born on February 25, 1931.  Dr. Tatum has been known for his publications such as, Mount Zion: In the Shadow of a Might Rock; The Osby Family Genealogy; Midnight: Before the Dawn; Shelby County: In the East Texas Hills; and other noted publications. Dr. Tatum was a native of Center, Texas and a graduate of C.H. Daniels High School. He received his B.A. and M. Ed. Degree for Prairie View A&M University; his M.A.T and M.S degrees for Indiana University; and his Ph.D. Michigan State University.

Funeral service will be Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Metropolitan Christiana Methodist Church (8955 South Fwy Houston, Texas 77051) at 12:00 noon. Rev. George Cartwright will be officiation.    

Dr. Charles Tatum is locally survived by:
Brother: Willard I. McClelland 

Sister-in-Law: Myrtis M. McClelland

Nephew and Niece: C. Anthony McClelland and Kristi R. McClelland

1st Cousins: Oscar Bell, Larry Osby, Lenard Osby, and Arlinda Osby

Special Friends:  Eula White, Baby Lou Gardner, Norma Lister, and others 

Visitation: Saturday, April 13 at Metropolitan Christian Methodist Church at 11am-12-noon. 

Committal: Monday, April 15, 2019 at Houston National Cemetery, at 2pm

04/08/2019

Funeral services for Jeanette C. Brittain, 72, of Lufkin, will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Horace Fletcher officiating.  Interment will follow in Ryan Chapel Cemetery in Diboll. 

Mrs. Brittain was born January 9, 1947 in Corrigan, Texas, the daughter of the late Gleno (Cook) and Homer Bishop Crain. She died Sunday, April 7, 2019 in a Lufkin hospice facility.

Mrs. Brittain had operated Jan’s Ceramics for more than 10 years and was also a retired Hallmark distributor. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.  Mrs. Brittain loved to paint, loved to fish, and loved her dogs. She had lived in Lufkin for more than 43 years.

Survivors include:
Husband of 43 years, John Brittain of Lufkin

Sons:
Calup Shepherd and wife Stephanie of Pearland
Michael Shepherd of Lufkin
Brad Shepherd of Corrigan
Tim Shepherd and wife Johnna of Beaumont

A number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Teresa Ann Morton; and a brother, James Robert Crain.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Casper, Lee Johnson, Jason White, Jerry Meece, and Dobber Bass.

The family will receive friends and loved ones from 5pm to 7pm Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.  

Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors

04/08/2019

Delbert Wheeler, 86, of Houston, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Houston.
Funeral service will be Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Minister Norris Dudley officiating.  Interment will follow at Powdrill Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will be held prior to service, beginning at noon.

Mr. Wheeler was born September 27, 1932, in the Arcadia Community of Shelby County to John Edwin Wheeler and Cletis Goolsby Wheeler. “Cotton,” as he was known, grew up a farmer’s son, planting and growing just about anything. He had a great love for John Deere tractors. Later, he joined the United States Air Force and worked as an aircraft mechanic. This experience led him to a 35 year career with CRC Corporation. He began there as a mechanic, then acquired his corporate pilot license, and went on to fly over 10,000 hours for the company. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors. Given everything he was able to accomplish, his most prized accomplishment was his family. Mr. Wheeler loved his family more than anything.

He is survived by:
His children: 
David Wheeler and wife Sheila of Willis
Debra Smith and husband Mark of Hockley

Grandchildren: 
John Wheeler of Willis
Cameron Smith of Hockley
Regina Wheeler of Willis
Melissa Reed of Willis

Great grandchildren:
Olivia
D.J.
Elaina
Jensen
Raegan
Madelyn
Rylan

Sister: Fonda Burgay

Nieces: 
Phyliss Griffin
Sharon Burgay

A host of other family and friends

Preceded in death by the love of his life, Donna Wheeler; parents, John Edwin Wheeler and Cletis Goolsby Wheeler.

Pallbearers will be John Wheeler, Rick Brown, Cameron Smith, Brandon Griffin, Kevin Reed, and Ken Griffin.

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

 

04/08/2019

Fred Fermon McDaniel, 83, of Tenaha, Texas passed away on April 5, 2019 in Beaumont, Texas. He was born on August 8, 1935 in the Bobo Community of Shelby County to Fred Jackson McDaniel and Dovie D. Keith McDaniel. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery. 

A visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Fred grew up in Timpson where he attended Timpson ISD before enlisting in the United States Army. As a teen, Fred met Mary Tindol and the two became friends enjoying one another’s company. Friendship grew into love and after Fred returned home from the military, he married Mary on August 13, 1960. Fred and Mary had a beautiful and blessed marriage for 58 years. Fred was a carpenter by trade and loved doing woodwork. He was very crafty and creative. He also loved spending time in the outdoors soaking in God’s creations while fishing and gardening.

Fred was a man of many talents, two of which were painting and playing guitar. More than any activity, job or hobby, Fred treasured his moments surround by his grandchildren. They were his true pride and joy. No matter what Fred was doing, you could guarantee he would be giving 110% of himself. He was a selfless and caring individual who had a love for the Lord, his family and the numerous people he met throughout his life. 

Fred is survived by:
His beloved wife, Mary McDaniel

Son: Jeffrey Mark McDaniel and wife, Angie

Daughter: Sonya Kay Gunter and husband, Tommy

Brother, Vanard McDaniel

Grandchildren: 
Sara Garcia and husband, Mario
Emily Underbrink and husband, Justin
Craig Wittenburg
Justin McDaniel and wife, Lizeth
Macey Holloway and husband, Jerrod
Taylor McDaniel
Asher McDaniel
Thomas Gunter
Jessica Gunter
Gregg Gunter and wife, Katherine
Christy Dagle and husband, Donnie
Shannon Gunter

Great-grandchildren: 
Jackson Holloway
Nash McDaniel
Emilyn Underbrink
Elijah Underbrink
Jesse Garcia
Maddox Garcia
Milan Garcia
Milania Garcia
Brinley Gunter
Mackenzie Gunter
Nathan Carroway
Dylan Dagle
Brenon Girlinghouse
Ashlyn Girlinghouse
Cedric Ford

Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Dovie McDaniel; sisters, Lois Amburn, Ruby Nichols, Thelma Danley and Azel Caldwell.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Gunter, Craig Wittenburg, Justin McDaniel, Justin Underbrink, Jesse Garcia and Jerrod Holloway. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Belrose, Carl Goodwin, Larry Russell and James Adams. 

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

04/05/2019

Maxie L. Coody, 68, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Coody was born April 4, 1950, in Saline, Louisiana, to James Coody and Maudie Lucky. He retired from the United States Army after serving three tours in Vietnam and later retired from KLLM Trucking. He loved guns, hunting, and animals. Mr. Coody was a member of VFW Post 8904 in Center and First Baptist Church of Haslam.

He is survived by:

Children:
Sean Anthony Coody of Coushatta, Louisiana
Gregory Coody and wife, Amanda, of Jonesboro, Louisiana
Aaron Cole Coody and wife, Kayla, of West Monroe, Louisiana
Amanda Marie Noble and husband, Adam, of Leavenworth, Kansas

Grandchildren:
Amber Nicole Koerner of Denver, Colorado
Randon LeBlanc and wife, Summer, of Jonesboro, Louisiana
Devin LeBlanc of Jonesboro, Louisiana
Lauren Coody of Jonesboro, Louisiana
Madison Coody of Jonesboro, Louisiana
Kelsi Coody of West Monroe, Louisiana

Great-grandchildren:
Granger LeBlanc of Jonesboro, Louisiana
Gunner LeBlanc of Jonesboro, Louisiana

Brothers, Billy James Coody and wife, Gudrun, of Henderson, Nevada

Douglas Coody and wife, Rhonda, of Joaquin, Texas

Sister, Ruth Coody of Joaquin, Texas

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his mother, Maudie Lucky Huntley; brother, Ben Coody; stepfather, James Huntley.
Pallbearers will be Myron Mazie, Bryant Shipley, Mason Mustard, Jeff Sharp, Dan Madueno, and Todd Maestretti. Honorary pallbearer will be Shad Reece.

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

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