12/10/2018

Celebration of Life service for Ronald George Post, 77, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, December 28, 2018, at Good Hope Baptist Church, Timpson, TX with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating. Mr. Post passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at his residence under the care of Heart to Heart Hospice in Timpson, TX after a sudden illness.

Born October 3, 1941, in Butler, PA, Ronald George Post was the son of the late William L. Post and Mona Jean (Watt) Post Burns. Ron was a proud member of the U.S. Navy (1959) and served in the Naval Reserve thru 1965. Ron began working overseas and lived in many foreign countries including South America and Europe, where he was a Safety Engineer among other supervisory roles and retired from ABB Lummus. Ron and his late wife, Lynda Kay Post, traveled the world together and enjoyed life at home together on "the farm". Ron enjoyed spending time with his friends on the “forum” and with his dog named Tootsie that his granddaughter, Kylie, gave to him. Ron shared many great memories of his world adventures, stories about his lifelong friends, Steve and Britt Williams and his travels with his beloved wife, Lynda Kay. “Poppy Posty” also assured his granddaughter, Whitley Williams during his last moments with us that he would be rocking his great granddaughter, Sophie in his arms when he arrived to heaven. Ron was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church in Timpson, TX.

Survivors include children: Clay (Valerie) Post, Jesse (Misty) Post, William "Bill" Post (and wife) who reside in Germany, Craig Post, Patrick Post, William Todd Pitman, Robin Cantrell (Doye) and Jill Serralde (Armando); Grandchildren: Alfred Layne Cantrell, Whitley Elizabeth Williams (Taylor Ray Williams), Jasmine Nicole Hardwick (Kannon Hardwick) , Kylie M. Post, Armando Manuel Serralde, II, Kaylee Post, Jonah Post and honorary grandchild, Jamie Moore; great granddaughter, Tayley Callyn Williams; Sister, Nancy (Post) Daughtery of Butler, PA and Brother in law, Joe Wayne (Nelda) Hughes of Woodville, TX. 

In addition to his parents, Ronald George Post was preceded in death by his wife, Lynda Kay Hughes Post; brother, Larry J. Post and great granddaughter, Sophie Tallyn Williams.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The American Lung Association (online) or Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery Fund: 1813 FM 2667, Timpson, TX 75975.

12/10/2018

James Bryant Deason was born March 2, 1938 in Shelby County, Texas to W.S. (Bud) Deason and Stella May Deason. He died December 8, 2018 in Henderson County, Texas.

He is survived by sons:
James Ray Deason
Jerry Lee Deason & wife Michelle
Mark Deason
John Deason
Billy Deason

Daughters:
Elizabeth Cox & husband Frank
Felicia Long

11 Grandchildren, 16 Great-Grandchildren, 1 Great-Great-Grandchild

Brother: Jerry Deason & wife Linda

Sister: Ruby Colle and Clauda Pierce

Long time friend Diane Malone

Host of nieces, nephews & friends

Preceded in death by wife Margaret Deason

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.

12/07/18

Edna Lentz, 95, formerly of New Ulm, MN, died Thursday, December 6, 2018 at The Arbor in Nacogdoches, Texas.

She is survived by: 
Children: 
Thomas (Kathy) Lentz of Stacy, MN
Joan (Daun) Harris of Timpson, Texas 
Richard Lentz and friend Lori McDermott of New Ulm, MN

Granddaughte: Linnea (Tim Mattsson) Lentz

Great-granddaughter: Mary Beth (Tyler Rablin) Zins

Great-grandson: Ben Zins and fiancee’ Ann Zontelli 

and nieces and nephews.

She was born on February 2, 1923 in Milford Township, Brown County, to Hans and Alma (Svensson) Larson.  She attended elementary school at District 14 in Brown County and graduated from New Ulm High School in 1939 and Mankato State Teachers College in 1943.

She married Wallace Lentz August 30, 1944.  They lived on East Medicine Lake for five years before moving to Milford Township where they farmed until retiring in 1982.  While living in Milford Township, Edna taught school in Districts 29, 50 and 181.

She was preceded in death by husband, Wallace; daughter Mary Lentz; granddaughter Deborah (Lentz) Zins; brothers Axel, Carl, Fritz and Alfred; and sisters Lenea, Lily, Alice and Della.

A memorial service to celebrate Edna’s life will be held at a later date.

The Lentz family is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.lairdfh.net.

12/04/2018

Dorothy Mae Green, 69 of Timpson, passed away Monday morning, December 3, 2018 at her residence in Timpson.

Wake is Friday night from 6pm to 8pm at Clayton Temple Church of God in Christ in Timpson, Texas. Funeral service is Saturday, December 8th at 1pm at First Assembly of God in Timpson. Lay in state from noon to 1pm at church. Interment is at Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson with Supt. Marvin Jackson officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Nicole (Bobby) Hill of Houston
Artrezious (H.P.) Williams of Timpson

Sons:
Kevin Whittaker of Timpson
Tracy Whittaker of Timpson

5 Grandchildren
9 Great-Grandchildren

Brothers:
Rev. George Willie Grace of Timpson
Rev. Willie Alvin Grace of Timpson

Sisters:
Jessie Faye (Frank) Chimney of Timpson
Elizabeth Rose Williams of Timpson

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

12/04/2018

Wedia Francis Thomas King, 78 of Garrison, passed away at Lexington Place in Nacogdoches, Texas on November 30, 2018.

Wake is Friday night from 6pm to 8pm at Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas. Funeral service is December 8, 2018 at 11am at Sweet Union Baptist Church in Garrison, Texas. Interment will be Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson with Rev. Billy Gardner officiating.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Ennis Earl King and wife, Commella of Garrison
Willie Ray King and wife, Karen of Garrison

6 Grandchildren
9 Great-Grandchildren

Sisters:
Linda Bryant of Garrison
Sarah Thomas of Garrison
Gloria Johnson of Houston

Brother, Manuel Thomas of Houston

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

12/04/2018

Antonio Jaso Aguilar, 28, of Center, Texas, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Center. He was born on April 30, 1990 in Nacogdoches to Tereso Jaso Aguilar and Sharon Gail Goings Aguilar. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Tony grew up in Shelby County. He received his GED and had hopes of attaining a certificate in auto mechanics. Tony loved working on and restoring vehicles. He also had a talent and passion for the piano. He always enjoyed playing piano for his family. Tony’s most treasured moments were spent with his fiancé, Shelby and her daughter. He looked forward to meeting his daughter that was soon to be born. Tony will be dearly missed by his closest family and friends.

Tony is survived by:
Parents:
Tereso and Gail Aguilar

Fiancé:
Shelby Rodriguez and daughter, Aliana Penelope Zelaya

Daughter:
Azalea Pearl Aguilar

Siblings:
Christopher Wayne Hancock
Judith Lynn Aguilar
Barbara Jean Aguilar
April Michelle Hancock
Victor Manuel Aguilar

Grandparents:
Leon Goings
Johnnie Cook
Macaria Vasquez

Great-grandmother:
Johnnie Cassell

Nieces and Nephews:
Kaylee and Eli Olivas
Bella Carlton
Emma Grace Aguilar
Liam Hancock

Aunts and Uncles:
Jose Vasquez
Miguel Vasquez
Sophia Aguilar
Vicki Lout
Sheila Powdrill
Special “Auntie” Sondra Dutton
Bobby Howell Cassell

Tony is preceded in death by his grandfather, Pascual Vasquez; great-grandfather, Howell Cassell; uncle, Ricky Leon Goings and cousins, Michael Powdrill, Jason Redmon, Austin Underbrink and Penny Hughes.

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

11/30/2018

On Sunday, November 25, 2018 Guy E. Pilgreen II passed away at MD Anderson Hospital after a long hard fought battle with cancer at the age of 54.

Guy was born on February 25, 1964 in Houston, Texas. As a teenager the family made the move to the small town of Tenaha where he attended Tenaha High School. He was a 1982 graduate of Tenaha High School, and supporter of the Tenaha Tigers who he still enjoyed attending games each year as they make their playoff run. He began his family here in Tenaha and eventually returned to his roots of the city living out his remaining years in the Houston area. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and always making them smile. He spent time enjoying and sheering on his favorite teams the Astros, Texans, and the Rockets and if he couldn't make it to the games you could find him hanging out with friends and watching at one of his favorite hangouts Sam's Boat in Seabrook. Guy was also an active member of the Houston Livestock Rodeo committee where he worked with ticket sale. He spent the last few years traveling as he worked as a sales rep for Guest Supply where he made many new friends in his coworkers as well as numerous clients. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include:

Son:
Chris Pilgreen of Tenaha

Daughters:
Brandy Eubank and husband, Jonathan of Tenaha
Taylor Pilgreen of Corpus Christi

Grandchildren:
Harley Eubank
Jaxson Eubank
Shelby Eubank
Landon Wood

Sisters:
Vivian Eugenia Pilgreen Crush
Linda Albanese
Elaine Scheffler

Nieces:
Shay Albanese McDonald
Lorena Mallot
Michele Zavala

Nephews:
Donald Scheffler II
Johnny Crush

Aunt:
Tommie Christian

Numerous cousins, great nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by parents Guy Eugene Pilgreen and mother Ruth Autry Pilgreen.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday December 1, 2018 at Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha.

11/26/2018

Amber Nicole Pierce, 37, of Timpson, Texas, passed away November 25, 2018, in Timpson, Texas. Memorial service will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 1, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Timpson, with Bro. William Dee Daniel officiating.

Amber Nicole Pierce was born September 7, 1981 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was raised in Timpson, Texas and graduated from Timpson High School Class of 2000. Amber’s most treasured moments were spent with her children, Macy Bug and Destiny. They were the lights of her life. Amber also had a passion for makeup. She loved to do her own and found pleasure in beautifying others as well. People that knew Amber well would claim that “selfies were her thing.” Every chance she got, she would stop and snap a quick pic of herself and any friends or family that were with her to document the memory. She enjoyed keeping up with her friends on Facebook, but if she could, Amber preferred spending real time with friends and family. The laughter and love shared in those moments will be cherished forever. Amber was a member of First Baptist Church Timpson.

Survivors include:

Parents:
William Bubba Lee and wife, Tracy
Linda Roberts and husband, Larry Burton

Fiancè, Curtis Choates

Daughters:
Destiny Pierce
Macy Lee

Sisters:
Tina Smith and husband John
Tabitha Adams

Brother, Michael Lee and wife Cynthia

Nephews: Branden Massey, Nathan Snow, John Austin Smith

Cousins: Chris Lee and wife Brittany, Tommy Lee and wife Jessica, Renee Massey, Angela Smith, Jennifer Ross, Steven Ross, Zach Hooper; Charlie Metcalf, Jimmy Metcalf, Shane Metcalf, Dakota Metcalf;

Numerous other cousins

Grandmother: Marsha Tomlinson

Special Family and Friends: Tiffany Newman, Krista Warr, Angel Lee, Kim Tarver, Kristen Lee

Aunts: Patricia Broadway, Sarah McCauley and husband Jack

And a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

Amber is preceded in death by her aunt Joyce Metcalf; grandparents, Tommy and Marie Lee; and niece, Mindy Smith.  

To convey condolences online, please visit www.mangumfh.net

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

11/24/2018

Walker (Dub) Coyle will be laid to rest at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 25, 2018, at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, TX, at the age of 96. 

Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, Center, TX, beginning at 11:00 a.m. He died of natural causes at Holiday Nursing Home. He is met in heaven by his loving wife, Eva, and sons, Ben & Kelly, along with various family members. He had a wonderful life in which he loved his family, his garden, and working with heavy equipment. He was a WWII veteran, he served the United States while stationed in USA, China, and India. 
He was born in Billings, Oklahoma, to Ovadee Coyle and Matilda McAnhan Coyle, January 27, 1922. 

His remaining legacy is with:
Son: Keith Coyle (wife Renee) and family

Daughter: Ann Calzada and Family, and the late Kelly’s daughter, Angela Coyle. 

He loved living in Center and was known and loved by many. His family would like to thank all that made him smile, by bringing him coconut cream pies, cinnamon rolls, and visiting him. He was a good strong loving man who put everyone else’s needs before his own. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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

11/23/2018

A funeral service for Jerry Dean “Buddy” McGee, 63, of Joaquin, TX, will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Rose-Neath Chapel in Mansfield. Pastor Bob Latham of Antioch Baptist Church in Mansfield will be officiating. A visitation will be held Friday, November 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the chapel.

Buddy was born February 21, 1955 and passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018. He is preceded in death by his father Pat McGee, his sister June Cockrell, his father-in-law Eddie Binning and mother-in-law Vera Binning, and his step-son Jason Neal.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Rosemary McGee; daughter April Booker and husband Daniel; step-daughter Melissa Pickett and husband Mickey; sister Sheila Parker; brother Kevin McGee and wife Susan; grandchildren Collin and Kylie Booker; step-grandchildren Megan Caughern, and Morgan Pickett; and step-great-grandchildren Christian Miller and Caleb Caughern.

Honoring Buddy as pallbearers will be Daniel Booker, Jeremy Binning, Johnathan Bryant, Scott Creasy, Clint Parker, and Stephen McGee. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Binning, Tim Hass, and Chris Cockrell.

Services under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Mansfield, Louisiana.

11/23/2018

Talmadge Sharp passed away November 15, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

Our family circle has been broken; a link gone from our chain. Though we’re parted for a while, we know we’ll meet again. 

Mrs. Geneva Sharp’s husband of 68 years; and Talmadge Sharp, Jr, Cleophus Sharp, Sandra Sharp and Benita Sharp’s father, Mr. Talmadge Sharp peacefully departed this life November 15, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Sharp’s family will receive visitors, Sunday, November 25th, 2018 from 4 to 6pm in the Rose Chapel of Mabrie Memorial Mortuary.

His life will be celebrated at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 8775 Flagship Dr., Houston, Texas, on Monday, November 26th at 11am. Interment will be Tuesday, November 27th at 11:30am at Houston National Cemetery.

In addition to his wife, sons and daughters, cherishing his memory are daughter-in-law, Rene Ferrell Sharp; 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and many dear relatives and friends.

Final arrangements entrusted to Mabrie Memorial Mortuary, 5000 Almeda, Houston, Texas 77004.

11/23/2018

Virgil Beckham, 80, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Rev. Eric L. Garrett and Rev. Joe Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

Mr. Beckham was born December 24, 1937, in Joaquin, to Howard Beckham and Grace Guy Beckham. He retired from the City of Houston as a Chief Structural Inspector. Mr. Beckham was a member of Logansport Missionary Baptist Church in Logansport, Louisiana.

He is survived by
Wife: Ola B. Beckham of Joaquin, Texas

Children:
Denise Garrett and husband, Eric, of Lake Village, Arkansas
George Beckham, Jr. and wife, Ashley, of Bullard, Texas
Cara Kneisly and husband, Craig, of Katy, Texas

Grandchildren:
Amanda Gibson
Hannah Gibson
Landen Beckham
Chase Kneisly
Ciara Kneisly
Brylee Beckham
Bransen Beckham

Great Grandchildren:
Isabella Kate
Elliana
Julliette

Sisters:
Martha Daw
Nora Vaughn
Grace Grille

Preceded in death by
Wife: Melba Beckham

Pallbearers will be Daniel Bradley, Brandon Kessler, Chase Kneisly, Landen Beckham, Bryan Gibson and Cameron Gibson. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Brooks, Rushing Lambert and Ricky Daw.

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

11/20/2018

Barbara Ann Lindley, 76, of Grand Cane, Louisiana, passed away on November 19, 2018 in Shreveport. She was born on July 29,1942 in Orange, Texas to Travis Monroe Sample and Avis Snider Sample.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, November 23, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Barbara grew up in the New Harmony Community and graduated with the Shelbyville High School Class of 1960. She ran into a young gentleman in a diner in Center one day by the name of David K. Lindley. An immediate spark led to marriage in 1964 and the two remained faithfully by one another’s side until David’s passing in 2013. Barbara loved her country and was not ashamed of her patriotism. Two of her three sons served their country honorably and one retired from the Air Force. She also had numerous nephews who served in other branches such as the Army and Navy. Barbara loved to do arts and crafts. During her stay at the nursing home, she would make crosses, hearts and angels that the staff and residents alike would thoroughly enjoy. Her real passion was crocheting. Barbara would create some of the most beautiful projects with her crochet needles in hand. Anyone who knew Barbara would describe her as a “big talker.” She would strike up a conversation with everyone who met her and could spend hours sharing stories and laughter. She was an active member of New Harmony Baptist Church.

Barbara is survived by:

Sons, James Lindley and wife, Sandra of Center
Clint Lindley and wife, Michelle of Grand Cane, Louisiana
Travis Lindley of Henderson, Nevada

Sister, Vickie Sample Martin of Shelbyville

Brother, David Sample and wife, Sandi of Center

Sisters-in-law:
Mildred Moretti of San Antonio
Dianna K. Foster of San Antonio

Grandchildren:
Jamie Lindley and wife, Amy
Robert Lindley and wife Jennifer
Christian Fayeth Lindley
David Allen and Duste Lindley

Great-grandchildren: Madalyn, Robert V. “Beaux,” Jr., Sarah Lindley and Evelynn Lindley

And numerous nieces and nephews. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, David K. Lindley and her parents, Travis and Avis Sample.

Honorary pallbearers are John Austin Ford, Jamie Lindley, Robert Lindley, David Lindley and Beaux Lindley.

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

11/20/2018

Patricia Ann Moore (62) of Center, Texas died Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Medical Center Emergency, Center, Texas. Mrs. Moore was born on September 8, 1956.

Funeral service will be Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at 1:00pm. Pastor, Brandon Owens will be the officiating. Visitation is Friday, November 23, 2018, from the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Hicks Chapel (804 Martin Luther King Drive.) Committal is at Pleasant Grove Cemetery and repass is at Pleasant Grove Fellowship Hall.

She is survived by: 

Husband: Lonzo Moore of Center, Texas

Son: Jason (Lakisha) Moore of McKinney, Texas 

Daughter: Linda (Torion) Johnson of Nacogdoches, Texas

Grandchildren:
Jamison Moore of Center, Texas
Cedric Butler of McKinney, Texas
Jayla Hunt of McKinney, Texas
Samuel Johnson of Nacogdoches, Texas

Father: L.C. Washington of Center, Texas 

Siblings:
Ricky Radway of Tyler, Texas
Ruby Radway-Sinz of Tyler, Texas
Joyce Radway of Tyler, Texas
O.C. Hewitt of San Antonio, Texas
Rita Hewitt of San Antonio, Texas
Irene (Johnny) Gray of Tenaha, Texas 

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 

11/20/2018

Willie Jewel Garrett, 65 of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Dallas. No wake will be held. Funeral service Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Triumph First Pentecostal Church, Shelbyville, Texas. Interment at Bennett Chapel Cemetery Shelbyville, Texas with Bishop Zep Swindle officiating.

She is survived by:

Son, Jeffery Garrett of Shelbyville

Grandson, Jeffery Garrett, Jr, of Tyler

Sisters:
Patricia (Elton) Chumbley of Shelbyville
Brenda (J.J.) Hill of Shelbyville

Brother, Johnny Ray Garrett of Shelbyville

Services entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

11/16/2018

Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral service for Mr. MacArthur Goodwin (76) of Marshall, Texas. Funeral service will be Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Hicks Chapel, at 11:00am. Mr. Goodwin was born April 14, 1942. Mr. Goodwin died Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Good Shepard Hospital in Marshall, Texas. 

Mr. Goodwin is survived by:

Sisters: Eddie Ruth Goodwin and Ola Mae Gardner of Center, Texas; Berta Mae Cartwright of Dallas, Texas; and Ella Reen Suell of Portland, Oregon 

Sister-in-law: Helen Goodwin of Center, Texas 

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935

11/15/2018

Born July 23, 1988, in Nacogdoches, TX, Kaalob Levi Fleming was the son of the late Mickey and Sheila Fleming. He departed from this world on November 11, 2018. He was a 2006 graduate of Timpson High School and studied finance at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Survivors include his brothers: Jason (LeeAnn) Fleming of Longview, TX, Michael Stacy (Jennifer) Fleming (Corpus Christi, TX), sister Casie Spivey (Robbie), girlfriend Katie Worsham, Uncle Hilton Walker, nephews Tyler and Caleb Fleming, Jack Harris, Landon Green and nieces Madison Fleming, Holly Shrell, Heather Baker, Jaylan and Audrey Parsons and numerous friends he made along this journey.

Levi was preceded in death by parents Mickey and Sheila Fleming, sister Leigh Erica Harris, grandparents Hap and Mattie Fleming and Hilton and Buena Walker.

Levi was one of a kind. His smile could light up a room and his laugh was contagious. He had a love for many things in this life from spending time with his nieces and nephews to hanging out with friends and making new friends wherever he went. He loved to play softball and keep up with the latest episode of Game of Thrones. He was an avid Tom Brady fan and loved his Patriots. He held a special place in his heart for his two fur babies Baxter and Kipper. 

Services for Levi will be at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, TX. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5-7 pm. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Laird Funeral Home. Graveside services to follow at Blair Cemetery in the Blair community, Timpson.

Pallbearers will be Mitch Bell, Blake Bell, Cole Milford, Rick Oliver, Timothy Bush, Kaleb Amos, Chris Oliver, and Glennard Tilley.

11/15/2018

Ada Jane Wells Essery, 85, of Tenaha, passed away November 12, 2018, in Carthage.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 16, 2018, Old Center Baptist Church in Tenaha. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Old Center Baptist Church with Bro. James Granberry, and Bro. Dale Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Essery was born October 30, 1933, in Gary, to Esker Johnson Wells and Vinnie Maudess Rodgers Wells. She was a member of Old Center Baptist Church in Tenaha. She loved the Lord and praising him with songs. She loved her family deeply, being surrounded by them and cooking for them. She welcomed all visitors into her home and made them all feel at home. She retired from Armstrong Flooring in Center, TX, where she put in 25 years of service. She went on to help her husband in the mowing business until he passed. She was not one to remain idle. She began to sit for several people residing in Healthcare facilities. She lived her last few years playing BINGO and other games. She was quite competitive. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 

She is survived by
Children:
Mary Head and husband, Bobby, of Gary
Mark Essery and wife, Kristy, of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Melissa Donohue and husband, John, of Florida
Kimberly Smith and husband, Ray, of Florida
Steven Essery of Carthage
Katherine Gradberg and husband, Jeremy, of Gary
David Head and wife, Kelli, of Gary

Great-Grandchildren:
Amelia
Alaina
Alex
John
Dalton
Rebekah
Dylan
Hayley
Violet
Amy
Abby

Great-Great-Grandson: Jonathan

Preceded in death by
Husband: R.V. Essery
Sons: Timothy Essery, Luke Essery
Daughter-in-law: Lucretia Chadwick Essery
Granddaughter: Amanda Nicole Head
Sisters: Lula Mae Kornegay, Ann Langford, Ruby Fae Gibbs
Brother: Frank Esker Wells

Pallbearers will be David Head, Steven Essery, Dalton Smith, Lamar Hall, Matthew Hall and Duane Gibbs. Honorary pallbearers will be Dylan Essery, Johnny Gibbs, Buddy Hall, John Donohue, Wade Rector, Ray Smith, Jeremy Gradberg and Alex Ford.

Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas.

11/14/2018

Vivian L. Campbell, 91, of Center, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 16, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Bobby Warr officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be held prior to service time, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Mrs. Campbell was born March 11, 1927, in Shelby County, to Lewis Johnson and Trudie Gilchrist Johnson. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by
Husband: Earl Campbell of Center

Son: Rickey Campbell of Spring

Sister: Ura Lovell of Center

Nephew: Don Lovell of Center 

Numerous other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Roger Campbell
Parents: Lewis Johnson and Trudie Gilchrist Johnson
Brother: Fred Johnson

Pallbearers will be Gauge Sample, Hunter Sample, Briar Sample, Jax Haislip, Mike Scarbrough and Jerryl Adams. Honorary pallbearers will be Roscoe McSwain, Steve Watts, Stephen Fults, Gordon Smith, Billy George Smith and Larry Berg.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. Herman Cemetery Fund, c/o Jerryl Adams, 670 CR 1190, Center, Texas 75935.

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

11/13/2018

Burley Don “Coach” Lamb, 83, of Center, Texas, passed away on November 12, 2018 in Carthage. He was born on February 21, 1935 in Tyler, Texas to Gerald Cecil Lamb and Pauline Shipp Lamb Holley.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home with Bro. Rob Merriman officiating. Interment will follow at Neuville Cemetery. A memorial service will also be held in Tyler at a later date. 

A visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

Burley grew up in Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School with the class of 1954. He then continued his education at Stephen F. Austin State University where he eventually received his Masters Degree in Education. Burley was also enlisted as a member of the National Guard Reserves. He devoted his life to serving others, especially in his calling as an educator. Burley worked as a teacher, a coach and a principal during his career, and his positive influence and leadership is embedded in the thousands of students he had the privilege to mentor. Each is a walking testament of his kindness, compassion and humility. “Coach,” as his students referred to him, was a man of great character and integrity who believed in the betterment of mankind and oneself. He worked hard to instill not only educational lessons or athletic ability, but also valued teaching students how to be a person of good rapport. One of his former athletes stated, “Coach didn’t just teach us to play the game of football. He taught us how to stand as men in life.”

Burley spent much of his time leading young lives to a positive future, but his real passion resided with family. He married the love of his life, Carolyn on February 23, 1991. The two shared a beautiful 27 years together filled with adventures, some tribulations, but overflowing with joy and love. Spending time with his children and grandchildren were the moments that mattered the most. Burley believed that those precious memories were of the highest quality and to treasure them above all. He did find time to step away from the busy schedule in education to enjoy the outdoors. Burley loved to play golf. He also spent time hunting, fishing and gardening. A fun hobby that took Burley and Carolyn on a few of their adventures was antique shopping and refinishing the hidden treasures they’d find. If he wasn’t out and about on his days off, you would definitely find him in the kitchen cooking or catching a football game on TV. Even when he wasn’t on the field, Coach was still at it on the sideline in his living room. Burley never met a stranger, and he left everyone he encountered better than when they met. His strength, passion and illuminating presence will be deeply missed.

Burley is survived by:

His beloved wife, Carolyn Lamb of Center

Daughters:
Karen Horton and husband, Eric of Tyler
Sharon Van Cleave and husband, Robert of Dallas and Tyler
Laurie Prachyl and husband, Danny of Ennis

Brother, Jerry Lamb and wife, Marilee of Whitehouse

Sister-in-law, Joan Andrews of Center

Mother of his children, Barbara Dozier of Tyler

Grandchildren: Ashley Emerick of Dallas; Braxton Van Cleave and fiancé, Danielle De Los Santos of Dallas; Bailey Van Cleave of Dallas; and Payton Prachyl of Ennis

Nieces and nephews: Piper Andrews, Melanie Bybee, Kimberly Reynolds, Larry Lamb, Kerry Lamb, Randy Lamb and Jerry Lamb

Great niece and nephew, Ariel Amburn and Dallas O’Donnell

A host of other family and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Lamb and Pauline Lamb Holley; brothers, Gerald Lamb and Kenneth Lamb; brother-in-law, Bud Andrews; Brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dale and Anne Horne; mother-in-law, Gertrude Horne Buck; nephew, Gary Lamb.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Faulkner, Glenn Johnson, Ray Griffin, Billy Bob McAdams, Mike Walker and Vince LaNoue.

Honorary pallbearers are Weldon Boles, William Rouse, Bill Billingsley, Charles Standley, Bobby Collins, Joe Tom Schillings and Joe Ross.

Memorial donations can be made to Shelbyville Baptist Church Youth Ministry, 5030 ST HWY 87S, Shelbyville, Texas, 75973.

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.

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