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07/30/2014

Jaunita Grace, age 62, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday morning, July 26, 2014, at her residence in Shelbyville. Funeral services will be held at 11am Friday, August 1, 2014 at Todd Springs Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Texas. Interment will be a McWilliams Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas with Rev. Simmons Officiating.

She is survived by:

Husband, Alton Grace of Shelbyville

Sister, Lamerle Yarbrough of Timpson, Texas

Brother, Bluford Tailfire of Shelbyville, Texas

Sister-in-law, Terry Johnson of Houston, Texas

Aunts:
Annie Ruth Walker of Center, Texas
Pauline Cartwright of Shelbyville, Texas
Bettey Cartwright of Shelbyville, Texas

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


07/29/2014

Amanda Kay Haney, 22, of Timpson, TX passed away on July 27, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Mrs. Charlotte Metcalf officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Taylor Funeral Home from 5-8 PM.

Amanda was born in Nacogdoches, Texas on April 8, 1992, to Mr. Stanley Haney and Mrs. Lisa Watson Green. Amanda grew up in Timpson, Texas and graduated from Timpson High School in 2010. Amanda enjoyed hanging out with her friends, playing softball, and she had a talent for taking pictures. She was very outgoing, never met a stranger. Amanda was a rebel with a very big heart. In her mother’s words “Amanda loved with everything she had”. She worked as a nurse aid at Pinegrove Nursing Center.

Amanda is survived by her father Stanley Haney; mother, Lisa Watson Green of Tenaha, Tx; step father, Robert Green of Tenaha, Tx; brother, Bobby Bray of Tenaha, Tx; sister, Michelle Haney of Tenaha, Tx; step brother, Jeremy Green of Tenaha, Tx; step sisters, Tiffany Green and Cassi Green both of San Augustine, Tx.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Jimmy and Patsy Watson and Betty Burgay.

Pallbearers will be Allen Ramsey, Jeremy Green, Shelby Green, Anthony Potter, Domingo Almaraz, Lee Caryl, Jonathan Salas, and Chase Lee.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


07/28/2014

Anita Worsham, 79, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Mike Cross and Bro. Harold Hanson officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Ms. Worsham was born July 6, 1935 in Hardy, Arkansas. She was employed for over twenty years at Fair Store in Nederland. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star for over fifty years and also a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin. Ms. Worsham loved reading and gardening.

She is survived by
Sons:
W. Dale Worsham and wife, Sherry of Houston
David L. Worsham and wife, Veronica of La Grange
Richard L. Worsham and wife, Gena of Nederland

10 Grandchildren

5 Great Grandchildren

Sister: Carolyn Maxwell and husband, Carl of Shreveport, Louisiana

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Billy Jack Worsham
Mother: Mary Anderson

Pallbearers will be Wade Worsham, David Worsham, Christian Worsham, Jordan Worsham, Camron Worsham, Ken Kay, Phil Worsham, Keith Lee and Steve Strauss.

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


07/27/2014

Bobbie Jean Foster, 70, of Timpson, Texas, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at her home in the Tennessee Community, Timpson, Texas. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Thad Mills, B. A. Morris, P. A. Dubose, and Justin Coburn officiating. Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 -8:00 PM, Monday, July 28, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson.

Born January 18, 1944, in Silsbee, Texas, Bobbie Jean Foster was the daughter of the late Harold Lamar and Alma (Jarvis) Bussey. Bobbie graduated from San Augustine High School and attended Massey Business College. She and Guy Foster were married May 2, 1969. Bobbie retired after 33 years as a dietician with Timspon ISD. She was also a member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church for 44 years where she taught Sunday School and BTC.

Survivors include her husband Guy Foster of Timpson; daughter Connie Richard and husband Bobby of Joaquin, TX; sons, Kevin Foster and wife Evelyn of Tenaha, TX, and Rodney Foster and wife Sharla of Timpson; brother David Bussey of Center, TX; sisters-in-law, Jimmie Bowlin of Carthage, TX, Anita Singleton and husband Herbert of Conroe, TX, and Eva Joy Meaux and husband Jerry of Carthage; brother-in-law William Ray Foster and wife Bell of Tenaha; 11 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Dolores Evelyn Russell, 76, of Center, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 28, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. D.J. Dickerson and Bro. L.D. Eddins officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

Ms. Russell was born September 24, 1937 to Freddie Edward Hargraves and Roxie Eudora Hargraves. She was employed at the Center auction barn for several years. During her free time, Ms. Russell loved to play 42. She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by
Children:
Terry Windham and husband, Dale of Center
Evelyn Eddins and husband, William of Center
Doyle Gerald Russell Jr. of Center

Grandchildren:
Shelby Duncan and husband, Troy
Son Windham and wife, Chelsey
Christy McDonald
Justin Windham and wife, Wendy
Robin McDonald
Gerald Russell
Jessie Clark and husband, Colby
Wayne Russell and wife, Kimberly
Trent Russell and wife, Shannon
Nathan Russell

A host of well-loved great grandchildren

Brother: Harvey Hargraves

Sister: Judy Davis

Sister-in-law: Betty Russell

A number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Doyle Gerald Russell Sr.
Parents: Freddie Edward Hargraves and Roxie Eudora Hargraves
Sister-in-law: Shirley Hargraves
Brother-in-law: Rayford Russell

Pallbearers will be Son Windham, Trent Russell, Justin Windham, Nathan Russell, Gerald Russell and Wayne Russell.

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


07/25/2014

Willie Earl "Tuffy" Tarver, age 68, passed away July 18, 2014. He was born August 13, 1945 to Reverend Willie and Lucy Tarver.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm Friday, July 25, 2014 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Booker T. Washington Dr., Tenaha, with interment to follow at St. John Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. Officiating will be Reverend Alfred Berry.

"Tuffy" moved to Tenaha, Texas from Timpson, Texas were he continued his education at Booker T. Washington High School in Tenaha, Texas. He later married Ms. Johnnie Ray Washington and to this union one child was born. He was employed by Anderson Saw Mill for several years. He worked many other jobs in his life time until his health got bad.

He leaves to cherish his memories

Wife, Johnnie Tarver of Tenaha

Sister, Lou Willie Cooks of Tenaha

Daughters:
Doyle Joe Tarver of Center
Mita Washington of Tenaha

Step-daughters:
Mische and Latrice Tarver of Tenaha

Two Grandchildren:
Vatera Tarver of Center and Sha'Korey Thomas of Carthage

Six Great Granchildren and three Step-Grandchildren

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Willie and Lucy Tarver; a brother, Willie J. Tarver; a grand-daughter, Shunda Collins; and one brother-in-law.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home.


07/21/2014

Virginia Belle Lee, 88, of Garrison, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 in Garrison.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 21, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Garrison Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rick Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Garrison. After the service, lunch will be served in the fellowship hall of Garrison United Methodist Church.

She was born January 26, 1926 in the Cedar Bluff Community, south of Garrison to D.L. Hancock and Rosa Belle Peterson Hancock. She was a retired school teacher, a member of Garrison United Methodist Church, and a lifelong resident of the Garrison area.

She is survived by
Son, Michael Roby “Mitch” Lee and wife Vionette Delgado Lee of McKinney

Grandsons:
Michael Tanner Lee of Allen
Hughston Hancock Lee of Allen

Sisters:
Elizabeth Hancock of the Kingtown community southeast of Nacogdoches
Betty Aiken and husband John of the Cedar Bluff community

Niece, Angela Weems and husband Scott of the Cedar Bluff community

Nephews:
Darrell Hancock and wife Diana of Kingwood
Danny Hancock and wife Glennette of Lonoke, Arkansas

Great Nephews and Great Nieces:
Adam Martin Hancock of Houston
Andrew Martin Hancock and wife Michelle of Kettle Falls, Washington
Bonnie Renee Sedgebeer and husband Jay of Little Rock, Arkansas
Jonathon Tyler “J.T.” Weems of Garrison
Abby Danielle Weems of Garrison

Six great-great nieces and nephews

And a host of cousins and friends

Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by:
Parents, D.L. Hancock and Rosa Belle Peterson Hancock
Husband of almost 52 years, James Roby Lee
Brother, John D. Hancock

Memorial donations may be made to the Garrison United Methodist Church


 

07/19/2014

Mary Jane Carter (Nee Lister), 77, a resident of Chowchilla for over 60 years, was born on September 22, 1936 in Shelbyville, Texas. She was the second of three daughters born to Sidney Lister and Bernice Lister (nee Roberson). During Mary’s early childhood years the family lived in Center, Texas. The family moved to California when Mary was six years old. Mary and her sisters went to school in Firebaugh and Red Top.

Mary was a seasonal employee at Tri-Valley Growers in Merced, California for 20 years and was employed with Madera Glass Company in Madera, California for 15 years before retiring in August 2003.

Her leisure activities included fishing, gardening, barbequing, listening to music (country, blues, R&B and gospel), the occasional trip to Table Mountain Casino to try her luck at the slot machines, and relaxing with her family and friends. Mary also enjoyed reading and watching educational programs on television as well as the local and national news to stay up to date on current events.

Mary will be greatly missed by her family and close friends. She leaves behind to continue their life journey without her her younger sister Lula Mae Evans, and her five children: Jackie Smith, Michael Smith, Mark Carter, Carolyn Carter Nixon and Michelle Carter; seven grandchildren: Michael Jr., Monique, Divina, Cortney, Eva, Delaney and Zachary, and several great-grandchildren; her stepchildren: Grace Carter Douglas, Lula Carter Terry, Anita Carter, Harold Carter and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as a host of nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Sidney and Bernice, older sister Mona Brown, her husband Kermit Carter and step-sons Johnnie Carter and Leroy Carter.

Visitation

Thursday July 24, 2014, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Sterling & Smith Funeral Directors, Inc. - Fresno

Graveside Service

Friday July 25, 2014, 10:00 AM at Chowchilla District Cemetery


07/18/2014

Alfred L. Hudgins, 92, of Longview, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Longview.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Cold Springs Baptist Church in Garrison with Bro. Bill Jones officiating. A military honors graveside service will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison under the direction of VFW Post 8904.

Mr. Hudgins was born November 18, 1921 in Nacogdoches County to Walter O. Hudgins and Allie Anderson. He served in the United States Army and was of the Baptist Faith.

He is survived by
Daughter: Carolyn Pondant and husband, Dom of Marshall

Sons:
Carl Hudgins and wife, Carol of Grandbury
Stephen R. Hudgins and wife, Connie of San Antonio
John D. Hudgins and wife, Janelle of Longview

Eleven Grandchildren

Nineteen Great Grandchildren

Three Great Great Grandchildren

Brothers:
Elmer “Bubba” Hudgins and wife, Bessie of Botaw
Frank Hudgins and wife, Elaine of Palestine

Sisters:
Clara Mittleman of San Antonio
Louise Hall and Bob Freeman of San Angelo
Margie Starr of Round Rock
Barbara Coggin of San Antonio

Preceded in death by
Wife: Evelyn Elizabeth Hudgins
Parents: Walter O. Hudgins and Allie Anderson
Two Brothers
Eight Sisters

Pallbearers will be Dominick Pondant III, Jason Pondant, Brandon Hudgins, Stephen Hudgins, Todd Hudgins and Brandon Hood. Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Despault, Nick Pondant and Dana Andrews.


07/17/2014

Susan JoAnn Sanford, 64, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor, Steve Noble officiating. Burial will follow at Borders Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be Friday, July 18, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born October 27, 1949 in Houston to Brealon and Betty (Moore) Sanford. She was a member of the New Life Church in Center. She worked for Moccasin Manufacturing & Import Company for many years.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Brealon and Betty Sanford & Great Nephew, Jordan LeBlanc.

She is survived by:

Children:
Louis Underbrink, IV of Center
Barrett Underbrink & wife, Jeneva of Center
Wimberley Underbrink of Center

Grandchildren:
Justin Underbrink & wife, Emily of Center
Alecia Roberts & husband, Frank of Center
Austin Underbrink of Center
Chelsey Windham & husband, Son of Huxley
Mikaela Stone & fiancé Patrick of Center
Laela York & husband, Corey of Center
Kaylee Underbrink of Center
Kurstan Underbrink of Center
Kannon Woodhatch of Center

Great Grandchildren:
Mason Louis Roberts & his brother, Logan Neal Roberts, to arrive in September 2014
Emilyn Jayne Underbrink of Center
Kenleigh & Kamille Windham of Huxley
Alyssa York of Huxley
Shannon & Ashely Roberts

Sister, Edith LeBlanc & husband, Maison of Center

Brother, Brealon Allen “Buddy” Sanford of Center

Nieces & Nephews:
Mary Stites & fiancé, Rooster Besserman of Center
John LeBlanc & wife, Sherry of Center
B.A. “Sandy” Sanford & wife, Kasie Jo of El Dorado, Ark
Joey Sanford of Lufkin
Brandie Benedetti & husband, Michael

Father of her children, Urban Louis Underbrink, III of Victoria

Pallbearers: Justin Underbrink, John LeBlanc, Joseph LeBlanc, Hugh Halstead, Jax Sanford & Camden Sanford

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


07/16/2014

Julius Ray Cogswell, age 83, formerly of Center, passed away on July 6, 2014 in Mountain City, Tennessee. He was born in Center, Texas on September 3, 1930 to Ed Cogswell and Lena Mae Shillings Cogswell. He worked for many years as a sheet rocker in the Beaumont, Orange area.

Mr. Cogswell was cremated and no services are planned.

He is survived by

Wife, Bobbi Cogswell of Mountain City, Tennessee

Daughters
Mitzi Hays of Crystal Beach
Tonya Guillotte of Orange

3 Grandsons

Brothers
Billy Cogswell of Center
Harold Cogswell and wife Joyce of Shreveport, LA
Lynn Bueke Cogswell of Garrison

Sisters
Hazel Metz of Orange
Linda Lawler of Longview

Sister-in-law, Nelda Shillings Brown of Center

Several nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by brothers, Barney Cogswell, Alton Cogswell, Benton Cogswell, Leon Shillings; sisters, Elna Lout and Claudia Mae Martin and parents.

Crematory services were handled by Heritage Cremation, Mountain City, Tennessee.


07/15/2014

Patricia Ann Crawford, 75, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Powdrill Cemetery with Mike Worsham officiating.

Mrs. Crawford was born July 23, 1938 in Houston to Robert L. Kirkwood Sr. and Ruthe Gore. She was a member of White Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Husband: Don Crawford of Center

Children:
Thomas Ashley Kinsel, Jr. and girlfriend, Rebecca of Ft. Stockton
Ruthe Ann Porter and husband, Jeff of Waco
Patricia Allison Merchant and husband, Kenny of Panama City, Florida

Grandchildren:
Amber Mcgehee and husband, Wesley of Pleasanton
Arin Kinsel of Leander
Jeffrey Porter of Dallas
Lindsey Porter of Dallas
Thomas Ashley “Tres” Kinsel III of San Antonio
Brandi Brown and husband, Chad of Nacogdoches
Lisa Eddins and husband, Daniel of Lufkin
Joel Crawford of Timpson
Cody Crawford of Timpson

Great Grandchildren:
Jonathon Mcgehee
Brendon Mcgehee
Jewels Kinsel
Diamond Brock
Kerin Brock
Logan Brown
Cayman Brown

Brothers:
Robert L. Kirkwood, Jr. of Hondo
William Kirkwood and wife, Mary of San Antonio

Sister: Royce Woodard of Houston

Stepfather: Benjamin Holleman of Houston

Mother-in-law: Earleene Crawford of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Mother: Ruthe G. Holleman
Father: R. L. Kirkwood Sr.
Brother: David Kirkwood

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


J. Tom Steele of California died July 8, 2014, in his home on his 78th birthday. A military service will be held Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Rose Hills Mortuary in Whittier, CA.

Tom was born in Center to J.T. and Docia Bishop Steele on July 8, 1936. He grew up in Timpson and Center and joined the Marines at a young age. He was a heavy equipment operator in California for many years.

He is survived by his children, Jim, Debbie, and Tracy of California, six grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Local survivors include nephew, Charlie Mac Bussey and nieces, Mary Lou Lout of Center and Barbara Windham of Bossier City, LA and their families.

Condolences and memorials may be sent to www.rosehills.com


07/14/2014

Frances Lee Ingram, 92, of Jasper formerly Shelby County, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Rayborn Healtcare & Rehab in Jasper.

Private Family Graveside will be 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

She was born June 16, 1922 in Lavon, Texas to Robert P. and Ada K. (Trout) Duke.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Robert & Ada Duke, Husband, Carl Ingram & Daughter, Glonda Sharp.

She is survived by:
Husband:
Larry Squires of Jasper
Son & Daughter-in-law:
Douglas & Davina Koger of Mesquite
Son-in-law:
Ken Sharp of Little Rock, Ark
2 Grandsons:
West Humphries of Santa Monica, CA
Jason Koger of Mesquite
2 Granddaughters:
Tonja Crosby of Austin
Mandy Hartstein & husband, Spencer of Hickory Creek, Texas
Great Grandchildren:
Jake Humphries, J.C. Crosby & Michelle Crosby
Ariana & Ivy Hartstein

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


07/11/2014

Funeral services for Mr. Jerry Wayne Bruton, 55, will be Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 1pm. Services will be held at First United Smyrna Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas. Rev. Derek Rholes will be officiating. Mr. Bruton died Friday, July 4, 2014.

He is survived by
Wife: Denise Bruton

Mother: Christopher Fay Williams of Admore, Oklahoma

Sons: Jerald Bruton of Oklahoma & Derail Taulton of Oklahoma

Daughters: Antonette Christopher of Texas & Shinika Fagan of Oklahoma

Due to road construction on Martin Luther King:
Traveling in from the South: detour from Martin Luther King to Nobles Street, then to Garrett Street.
Traveling in from the North: detour from Martin Luther King to Hopkins Street, to Garrett Street, to Jennings Street, and then back to Garrett Street.

Burial will be at Timpson City Cemetery, Timpson, Texas

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas


07/10/2014

Fred Carter Green, 79, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Center.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the home of Danny & Cheryl Green. The family will have a private graveside service at a later date.

Mr. Green was born August 31, 1934 in Shelbyville to Vessie Caraway Green and Mary Leigh Carter Green. He served in the United States National Guard and was a member of IBEW Local 569, San Diego, California. Mr. Green loved working in his garden. He always had a big vegetable garden, fruit trees and beautiful rose bushes. He was also an avid fisherman for many years.

He is survived by
Wife of 61 years: Bessie Lou Green of Shelbyville

Children:
Danny Green and wife, Cheryl of Shelbyville
Ron Green and wife, Donna of Lafayette, Louisiana
Theresa Stem and husband, Bill of Boise, Idaho

10 Grandchildren

15 Great Grandchildren

Brother: Vance Green and wife, Betty of Shelbyville

Sister: Johnnie Price of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Daughter: Susan Green
Parents: Vessie Caraway Green and Mary Leigh Carter Green
Sisters: Mary Ellen Sapp, Fay Green, Vernell Williams

*Directions to Danny and Cherly's house from Center:
Hwy 87 South to Shelbyville, then FM 417 East towards Huxley, then stay on 417 to the LEFT at the intersection of FM 417 and FM 2694, then 10 or 12 miles to RIGHT on FM 139, then about a mile or so, stay RIGHT at the Y, then LEFT on CR 2008 (first dirt road to the left past the Y, less than a mile), then the road will make a right curve onto CR 2029, as soon as you make the curve, you'll see our place on the left at the end of the road.
Google maps will get you close using "Creek2 2029" our home number is 936-368-2832 if you get turned around. See y'all Sunday.

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


Johnny Maurice Gee, 86, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Twin Lakes Care Center in San Augustine.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 11, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with Bro. Roy Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Neuville Cemetery in the Neuville Community of Shelby County.

Mr. Gee was born June 22, 1928 in Center to Sidney Gee and Bonnie Lucille Bailey Gee. He was the owner and operator of Gee Lumber Company from 1950 until 1992 and was also instrumental in supplying lumber during the early stages of the poultry industry in Shelby County. Mr. Gee was a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by
Wife: Ethel Gee of center

Children:
Linda Miller and husband, Dr. Keith of Center
Mike Gee and wife, Stacy of Center
David Gee of Center
Richard Gee of Center

Grandchildren:
Reid Miller and wife, Courtney of Little Rock, Arkansas
Ryan Miller of Los Angeles, California

Sister: Helen Hall and husband, James of Angels Camp, California

Special Friend: Pauline Counts of Hemphill

A number of nieces, nephews and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Sidney Gee and Bonnie Lucille Bailey Gee

Pallbearers will be Ricky Andrews, Josh Snider, Archie Lee Swindle, Bobby Waller, Don Jackson and Randy Robertson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Glen Conway, Verlon Hooper, Roosevelt Swindle and Elbert Bailey.

Memorial donations may be made to the Neuville Cemetery Fund and Fannie Brown Booth Library.

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


Perry Honea, 72, of Garrison, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 11, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Garrison with Bro. Bill Jones, Larry Williams and Bro. Curtis Herrington officiating. Interment will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison.

Perry was born May 13, 1942 in Nacogdoches County to Calvin Honea and Bonnie Barnhart Honea. He graduated from Garrison ISD in 1961 and went on to further his education at Stephen F. Austin University, where he graduated in 1965. Over the years, Perry was employed with SIC Finance Company in Lufkin, Perry Honea Grocery in Garrison, Stone Fort Bank in Nacogdoches, Chireno Bank in Chireno and Mangum Funeral Home in Center. For the past fifteen years, he has been a loyal and valuable employee of Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center and Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. Perry was a member of the Garrison School Board for 10 years, a charter member of Garrison Fire Department and EMT, a member of Garrison Lions Club and the Shelby County Cruisers.

He is survived by
Wife: Linda Honea of Garrison

Son: Brad Honea and wife, Jennifer of Garrison

Daughters:
Traci Stokes and husband, Pete of Garrison
Jenni Bernard and husband, Lance of Garrison

Grandchildren:
Laci Hairgrove and husband, Trent
Trent Stokes
Ally and Abby Bernard
Gracie and Lanie Honea
Kloe and Karli Stokes
Tiffany Shaw and husband, Jerry
Lindsay Kopycinski and husband, Larry
Will Solomon and wife, Rikki

Great Grandchildren:
Jasper, Jaxon, Jagger, Luke, Cole, Collyn

Brother: Bobby Honea and wife, Dee of Nacogdoches

Sister: Nelda Honea of Spring

Father-in-law: Bud Williams of Garrison

Brother-in-law: Larry Williams and wife, Tara of Garrison

Sisters-in-law:
Phyllis Melton and husband, Mike of Garrison
Penny Holloway of Garrison

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

His family at Watson & Sons Funeral Home

Preceded in death by

Parents: Rev. C.L. and Bonnie Honea
Brother: Billy Honea
Sister: Margaret Ann Honea
Mother-in-law: Addie Mae Williams

Pallbearers will be Trent Stokes, Trent Hairgrove, Jerry Shaw, Larry Kopycinski, Wade Collins, Matt Holloway, Rory Honea, Roger Honea, Jimmy Matlock, Colby Machaud, Andy Newell and Jeremy Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Strong, Lamar Jones, Bubba Stokes, Roger Cranford, Rusty Cook, Tutts Stoddard, Kenny Poindexter, Watson & Sons Funeral Home Staff and Shelby County Cruisers.


7/09/2014

Mrs. LaVerne Thruston was born in Pt. Arthur, Texas, on October 11, 1921. She entered into rest on July 8, 2014 at Green Acres of Center. She was a retired homemaker. She lived with her husband, who precedes her in death, most of their lives in the Spring Hill community of Nacogdoches county.

She is survived by her children,

Daughter: Laura Sue Butler Rowe & husband Charles Rowe, of Center.

Son: Martin Wallace Thruston & wife Isabel, of Santa Barbara, California.

Grandchildren: Jason Butler & wife Helen: and Jennifer Butler Jones & husband Kevin.

5 great-grandchildren: Brooke Butler, Tiffany Butler, Collin Jones, Ryan Jones, and Camille Jones.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Brittian Allen Thruston. Up until her move to the nursing home, they were both active church members and supported many projects, especially concerning the youth. She will be missed by many who called her Mother, Mema, and Great-Gran. She showed love to all every day.

Services will be held at Cason Monk Funeral Home in Nacogdoches at 3 pm with visitation at 2 pm on Monday, July 14 with interment at Pilgrim Rest cemetery in Martinsville. Pallbearers will be Barham Rhodes, Larry Poe, Joe Bill Mettauer, Burton Brown, Kevin Jones and Charles Rowe. Honorary pallbearers will include Rayford Green, and Claydron Balch.

Online condolences may be offered at www.casonMonk-Metcalf.com Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965


Robert Lee Creech, 58, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Twin Lakes Nursing Home in San Augustine.

Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Newburn Cemetery in Center with Bro. Sam Wheeler officiating. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born June 8, 1956 in Center to J E and Ima Jean (Coleman) Creech.

He is preceded in death by his Father, J E Creech, Mother, Ima Jean Creech, Grandparents, Burrette & Iva Mae Creech.

He is survived by:

Daughter:
Melissa Jones & husband, Jason of Carthage

2 Grandchildren:
Brandon & Olivia Jones

Brother:
Johnnie Creech of Center

Sister:
Martha Martin

Aunt:
Rozelle Creech Smith of Houston
Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


07/08/2014

Patsy Ruth Thomas, age 61, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 at her residence in San Augustine, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11am Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Reed Chapel Baptist Church with interment at Greer Cemetery with Rev. David Mosby, officiating.

Final viewing for friends of the family will be held before the service from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Visitation will be held at 12:30pm until 6:30pm on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Garner and Son Chapel.

She is survived by:

Son, Brandon Thomas (and wife, Sheresa) of Lufkin, Texas

3 Grandchildren

5 Brothers
Vernon Thomas, Sr. (and wife, Maxine) of Silsbee, Texas
Grady Thomas (and wife, Florene)
Earnest Thomas, Sr. (and wife, Dorothy)
Jerry Thomas Sr.
Kenny Thomas, Jr. of San Augustine, Texas

3 sisters
JoAnn Watts (and husband, Addie Lee) of San Augustine, Texas
Theresa Wright (and husband, Lynwood) of Los Angeles, CA
Velma Barnes (and husband, Jo) of Houston, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.


Patricia L. Parker, 81, of Bexar County, Texas, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 in Haughton, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, July 11, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery in Shelbyville. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Mrs. Parker was born December 26, 1932 in Bexar County, Texas to Floyd Alsie Salmon and Bertha Helen Ramsey Salmon. She was a longtime resident of Lytton Springs, Texas and Osan, South Korea.

She is survived by
Husband: Donald L. Parker of Center, Texas

Children:
Georgia McCotter of Shreveport, Louisiana
James Berridge of Haughton, Louisiana
Lisa Pearson of Haughton, Louisiana
Michael Berridge of Bossier City, Louisiana

5 Grandchildren

7 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Parents: Floyd Alsie Salmon and Bertha Helen Ramsey Salmon
Brother: C.E. Salmon

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


07/07/2014

Mary Ann Dailey, 78, of High Island, formerly of Huxley, died Friday, July 4, 2014 at Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. She was born on November 21, 1935, in Huxley, to Nona Gladys Green and George Washington Vaughn. She was a retired dietician supervisor with High Island Independent School District.

Mary Ann enjoyed cooking, family, friends, holidays, and family gatherings. She especially enjoyed watching golf, game shows, and the New Orleans Saints.

Mrs. Dailey is survived by her husband of fifty-nine years, George W. Dailey; sons, Bobby Dailey and Linda Hadley of Kerrville; Darrell Dailey and his wife, Belinda, of Alvin; and Lonnie Dailey and his wife, Annette, of High Island; daughter, Donna Bertolino and her husband, Jackie, of High Island; grandchildren, Sean, Dean, Wayne, Michelle, Heather, Crystal, Jackie Jr., and Clint; seventeen great-grandchildren; brothers, Thurman and Gordon; sisters, Madge, Barbara Jeff, and Rhonda; and numerous nieces; nephews; and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, James Arnold and Dexter.

The family would like to thank two special ladies who assisted in providing care, Juanita and Brenda; and Texas Home Health Hospice.

A gathering of Mrs. Dailey’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Broussard’s, with interment to follow at High Island Cemetery, High Island.

Services are under the direction of Broussard's Mortuary.


07/04/2014

Lisa Marie Whittley, age 43 of Center, passed away Thursday, July 03, 2014 in Shreveport, LA after a brief illness.

Services will be at 1pm Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Sardis Pentecostal Church with Bro. Todd Jenkins, Bro. Lamar Rash & Bro. Shane Clifton officiating. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 5pm until 8 pm at Mangum Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Brandon Shofner Memorial Cemetery in Center (located next to the Sardis Pentecostal Church).

Lisa was born January 20, 1971 in Center, Texas to parents, Edwin & Madie Whittley. She graduated from Hudson High School, and then attended Texas District Bible College for 3 years. She was a member of the Sardis Pentecostal Church where she taught a children’s Sunday school class. She has worked for Center Wal-Mart for the past 15 years and was currently a training coordinator.

Among her survivors include:
Parents, Edwin & Madie Whittley of Center

Brother & Sister-in-law:
Bill & Misti Whittley of Center

3 Nephews:
Truit Whittley, Christopher Whittley & Taylor Whittley all of Center

2 Aunts:
Patsy Austin of Stonewall, LA
Diane Porter & husband, Jack of Shelbyville

Members of her Sunday school class

Numerous Cousins, Relatives & Friends

Pallbearers:
Jonathan Jenkins, Garrett Jenkins, Truit Whittley, Christopher Whittley, Michael Sowell,
Lynn Burns, Bradley Ford, Bryan Sonmor, Michael Ray Sowell & Bill Whittley

If you would like to make a contribution to the family for expenses you may contact Shelby Savings Bank, 111 Selma St, Center, TX (phone: 936-598-5688)

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas
You may sign the online guestbook at www.mangumfuneralhome.com


Juanice Wheeler Powell, 85, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014 in San Augustine. She was born May 28, 1929 to Don and Barksdale Tyer Wheeler. She was born at home on Pearl Street in Center. Juanice’s birth was followed by the birth of two brothers, Richard Don and Gilbert Gene Wheeler.

Juanice graduated from Center High School in 1946, attended Stephen F. Austin State College earning Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education, with Supervisor and Administrator Certificates. She taught third grade for Center ISD for seven years. She was employed by Shelbyville ISD for 23 years teaching second grade that learning is fun. She retired in 1990.

Juanice transferred her church membership from the First Christian Church to the First Methodist Church in Shelbyville in 1960. She served as a Sunday School teacher, chairman of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, Memorial Committee, Historical Committee Trustee and others. She was a member of the Second Mile Club and a life member of the Stephen F. Austin Alumni Association. Juanice enjoyed the San Augustine Duplicate Bridge Club and any foursome-the players as much as the bridge. She enjoyed exercise classes, tap dancing, sharing recipes and most kinds of music. Most of all she loved and cared for her family and tried to make their lives better.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 Pm, Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Nathan Hodge officiating. Interment will follow in the Shelbyville Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Powell will be Don Wheeler, Doug Wheeler, Brett Wheeler, Josh Powell, Marcy Bradberry and Bob Howard. Honorary pallbearers will be the congregation of Shelbyville First Methodist Church.

She is survived by:
Husband, James Irl Powell of Shelbyville

Sons:
Greg Powell of Shelbyville
Timothy Irl Powell and wife Donna of Odessa

Grandson, Joshua Irl Powell and wife Ashlee of Odessa

Great Granddaughter, Charlotte Avery Powell of Odessa

Brother, Richard Don Wheeler and wife of Ojai, California

Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by;
Parents, Don and Barksdale Tyer Wheeler
Brother, Gilbert Gene Wheeler
Daughter, Sheila Powell

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 5010 Waco, Texas 76708-9989.

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


07/03/2014

Mr. Clarence Earl (Jim Bo) Jordan, 78, of Center passed away Wednesday evening, July 3 at Pine Grove Nursing Center in Center.

Visitation will be held Saturday July 5, from 11am - 12-noon at Todd Springs Baptist Church in Shelbyville with Rev. Marlin Cloudy officiating.

Mr. Jordan is survived by:

Sister: Baby Lou Gardner

Daughters:
Debbra Johnson, and husband, Glen of Center
Janice McKnight of Conroe, TX.
Lisa Michelle Pitts of Longview, TX.

3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren


07/02/2014

Christine Green Paxton, 84, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Family requested a cremation and no Services are planned. Her cremains will be buried next to her husband at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha.

She was born March 23, 1930 in Shelby County to Major and Mary Green.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Major and Mary Green, Husband, Alfred Paxton, Son, Allen Paxton & Brother, Maurice Green.

She is survived by:
Daughter:
Cynthia Paxton Byrd & husband, Van Champion of Center

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

In Lieu of flowers family request donations for funeral expenses can be made to Shelby Savings Bank, Center, Texas in the name of her daughter, Cynthia Byrd

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


07/01/2014

Joe Stephen “Stevie” Bush, 52, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Kerry Green and Rev. Edward McRae officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Stevie was born September 19, 1961 in Center to Joe P. Bush and Selma Faye Killen Bush. He was a longtime, loyal and valued employee of Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

He is survived by
Parents: Joe and Selma Bush of Shelbyville

Sister: Cheryl Kaul and husband, Ralf of San Marcos

Grandmother: Mary Killen of Shelbyville

Nieces:
Brittany Smith of Center
Brandi Smith of Xenia, Ohio

Great Nieces:
Halle Adams of Center
Alexxis Allender of Xenia, Ohio

Aunt: Jerrie Killen of Shelbyville

Uncle: Charles Killen of Shelbyville

Preceded in death by
Grandparents: Euell and Willie Bush, George Killen
Aunt: Glenda Killen

Pallbearers will be Bobby Watson, Scott Watson, Cameron Copelin, Paul Taylor, Darrel McDaniel, Ralf Kaul, Howard Davis and Mike Furlow. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

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

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06/30/2014

Judy (Milford) Ramsey, 66, of Timpson, Texas, passed away June 29, 2014, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Rev. Carla Reed and Rev. Rick Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home.

Judy Milford Ramsey was born December 3, 1947 in Center, Texas to the late William Arthur Milford and Emma Candace Ramsey Milford. She was the youngest of three children - a brother, James Harold Milford and a sister, Linda Askins. Judy grew up in the Shady Grove community of Timpson and attended Shady Grove Methodist Church. Soon after graduation from Timpson High School, she married the love of her life, Ken Ramsey. As a little girl, Judy’s greatest ambition was to marry the love of her life and become a wife, mother and homemaker and that dream was fulfilled with the birth of two baby boys, Kenneth Stephen Ramsey and Nathan Weldon Ramsey. She was blessed to have two sweet daughters-in-law which she referred to as her daughters, and four precious grandsons that she adored. Judy always felt blessed that she was able to raise her family here in Timpson and be near her parents through their aging years.

Survivors include her husband Kenneth Ramsey of Timpson; sons Stephen Ramsey and wife Chrissy of Diana, TX, and Nathan Ramsey and wife Hannah of Timpson; brother James H. Milford and wife Jean of Longview; sister Linda Askins and husband Charles of Timpson; 4 grandsons: Taylor, David, Tristan, and Jordon; special family, Betty Crump and Sharon Stewart; and numerous other relatives.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, TX, is in charge of arrangements.


Clayton Moore Taylor, 53, of Timpson, Texas, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014, in Nacogdoches, TX. Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carla Reed and Rev. Jean Ferraro officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Wednesday, July 2, at Taylor Funeral Home.

Clayton Moore Taylor was born January 9, 1961, in Marshall, TX. He was the son of the late Thomas Edgar “Ted” Taylor, Jr. and Kathleen Moore Taylor. Clay graduated from Timpson High School in 1979 and worked with automotive parts for over 35 years, the majority of this time with Toledo Automotive in Center, TX . He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Timpson, and the Sons of the Republic of Texas.

Survivors include his mother Kathleen Moore Taylor of Timpson; brother Tom Taylor and wife Nancy of Prattville, AL; nieces, Allison Taylor of Denver, Colorado, and Elaine Taylor of Columbia, Missouri; and cousins, Mary Adams and husband Glenn, Melvin Moore, Jr. and wife Jan, Diana Moss and husband Marty, Rial Taylor and wife Cindy, and Bret Taylor and wife Christy.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, TX., is in charge of arrangements.


Edith Gardner, (105) of Center, Texas passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Green Acres Nursing Center. Mrs. Gardner’s funeral services will be Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 11am at the Mt. Zion CME Church. Elder Johnny Wilson will be officiating.

Survived by:

Son, Gilbert Booker Coleman (Odell) of Lawton, Oklahoma

Grandchildren:
Gilbert Coleman (Ida) of Dallas, Texas
Steven Coleman (Rowlett) of Dallas, Texas
Andre Brown (Jada) Chicago Illinois
Ricky Coleman of Houston, Texas
Pamela Coleman of Houston, Texas
Anita Scott (Willie) Lawton, Oklahoma

Niece, Zelma Lathan of Center, Texas

Visitation will be at Hicks Chapel, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from the hours of 6:00pm- 8:00pm
*Due to Martin Luther King Drive being under construction:
Traveling from the North: Detour to Nobles Street to Garrett Street
Traveling from the South: Detour to Hopkins Street to Jennings Street

Burial will be at Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas
Repass Mt Zion CME Church
Services Entrusted to Hicks Mortuary


Alma Jean Dundon, 86, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Green Acres Nursing Home.

Her wishes were to be cremated and No services are planned.

She was born April 28, 1928 in Huntington, WV to Dennis and Ethel (Ellis) White.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Dennis & Ethel White and Husband, John N. Dundon.

She is survived by:
Daughter:
Betty Snyder & partner, Helen Potter of South Carolina

Son & Daughter-in-law:
John & Sherie Dundon of Center

Grandchildren:
Heather Lloyd & husband, Mel of Florida
Frank Dundon & wife, Brenda of Ohio
Trishea Thomas of Seabrook
John E. Dundon & wife, Bridget of Seabrook

Great Grandchildren:
Terry Lloyd & wife, Samantha, Ashley Lloyd, Emily Lloyd, Misa Lloyd & husband, Caleb,
Jonathan Dundon, Sidni Dundon & Owen Dundon
Gage Thomas & Gavin Thomas
Nathan Dundon

2 Great Great Grandchildren:
Jaxon Lloyd & Ezra Lloyd

Twin Sister:
Betty

Sisters:
Helen, Lois & Barbara

Brothers:
Dale & Dawn

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas.


Arrie Fay McGee Rawlings, 88, of Houston, formerly of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 30, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Joaquin with Bro. Paul Silvey officiating.

Arrie Fay McGee Rawlings was born March 16, 1926 in Center to William E. “Monk” McGee and Dora V. Walker McGee. She graduated as salutatorian from Center High School and went on to further her education at Houston Business College. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Joaquin.

She is survived by
Daughter: Carla Fay Rawlings Estrada and husband, Ralph of Houston

Son: Bryan Wesley Rawlings of Jacinto City

Grandchildren:
David “Van” Hailey and wife, Amanda of Lamesa
Tammy L. Pearson of Pasadena
Jennifer D. Yarberry and husband, David of Tyler
Vanessa E. Pearson Hoehn and husband, Patrick of Pasadena
Rafael G. Estrada Jr. and wife, Samantha of Lake Jackson
Steven W. Rawlings of Columbus, Ohio
Travis E. Rawlings of Jacinto City

8 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Husband: James W. Rawlings
Daughter: Georgia L. Rawlings Pearson
Great Granddaughter: Anna Marie Burch
Parents: W.E. “Monk” and Dora McGee
Brothers: William Guy McGee, Ellis McGee, Thomas Earl McGee

Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Burch, David Yarberry, Brandon Upshaw, Alex Burch, Travis Rawlings and Patrick Hoehn. Honorary pallbearers will be Steven W. Rawlings, Grant Yarberry and Rafael Estrada Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pine Ridge Cemetery Fund at Texas State Bank, PO Box 1069, Joaquin, Texas 75954.

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


06/28/2014

Buster Ford, 78, of Center, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 30, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Ford was born July 11, 1935 in Bentonville, Arkansas. He served in the United States National Guard. Mr. Ford was an avid outdoorsman and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by

Children:
Jackie Ford and wife, Terry
Timothy Ford and wife, Kaye
Rick Ford and wife, Teresa
Phillip Ford and wife, Lori

Grandchildren:
Michael Ford
Eric Ford
Tyler Ford
Jennifer Yates and husband, Wesley
Holly Groves and husband, Brad
Christopher Ford
Kristi Rosas and husband, Isaac
Bradley Ford
Jordan Ford and wife, Lainey
Curtis Ford
Lanie Truitt
Lexie Truitt
Kate Ford
James Ford

Great Grandchildren:
Shayla Ford
Michael Ford
Kaidence Ford
Trinity Ford
Haleigh Ford
Paisley Ford
Jacob Rosas

One Sister

One Brother

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Violet Duke Ford
Father-in-law & Mother-in-law: Rayford and Ollie Mae Duke
One Brother

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


06/26/2014

Betty Ruth Slatten, 68, of College Station formerly of Center, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan, Texas.

Services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born February 28, 1946 in Center to Denton and Blanche (Stephenson) Haley. She graduated from Center High School in 1964. She was a retired technical editor. She was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church, College Station.

She is preceded in death by her Father, Denton Haley.

She is survived by:

Daughter: Haley Beth Williams & husband, Caleb of College Station

Grandchildren:
Casey Williams
Ava Grace Williams

Mother: Blanche Haley of Center

Brother: Denny Haley of Center

Aunts:
Faye Elder of Shreveport
Minnie Lovejoy of Center

Uncle: Carl Stephenson & wife, Patty of Houston

Numerous Cousins & Other Relatives

Pallbearers: David Chadwick, Burton Brown, Josh Payne, Rob Payne, Rick Wiedeman, Corby Howard, John Henry Holloway & Nathan Phelps

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Jeremy Rick Sims, 33, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Kerry Green and Bro. Barry Rankin officiating. Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Jeremy was born July 30, 1980 in Nacogdoches to Rickie Sims and Elizabeth Cagle. He was a member of Dreka United Pentecostal Church in the Dreka Community of Shelby County.

He is survived by
Daughter: Millie Sims of Center

Father: Rickie Sims and wife, Mary of Shelbyville

Mother: Elizabeth Sitton and husband, Buddy of Woden

Sister: Brittany Lummus of Woden

Brothers:
Dewayne Sims and wife, Kristal of Meridian
Rick Foehner and wife, Kelly of Shelbyville
Jamie Dutton and wife, Angie of Houston
Josh Dutton of Center
Aaron Sitton of Nacogdoches
Brian Sitton of Baytown

Grandmother: Lue Margaret Sims of Shelbyville

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Grandparents: Ward Sims, Zera Cagle, Clifton Cagle
Uncles and Aunts: Randy Sims, Mary Sims, Howard Sims, Ray Cagle

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


06/25/2014

Betty Doris Taylor, 80, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 27, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham and Bro. Doug Stone officiating. Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mrs. Taylor was born March 5, 1934 in Mansfield, Louisiana to Allen Bryan English and Clara Lord English. She was a member of Center Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Husband of 62 years: Doyl Taylor of Joaquin

Daughters:
Betty Ann Cockrell and husband, David of Longview
Gayle Green and husband, Jerry of Hallsville

Grandchildren:
Rachel Stallard and husband, Jack of Kilgore
Lance Cockrell and wife, Jessica of Tyler
Casey Cockrell and wife, Amie of Springhill
Jeremy Green and wife, Jonette of Shreveport, Louisiana
Jacob Green and wife, Anansa of Appleby
Jordan Elizabeth Green of Lubbock

Great Grandchildren:
Kyle Stallard
Connor Cockrell
Nathan Cockrell
Elizabeth Cockrell
Benjamin Cockrell
Evan Cockrell
Josiah Green
Elijah Green
Josephine Green

Brother: Harold English and wife, Frances of Keithville

Brother-in-law: Ray Fisher of Pelican

Sister-in-law: Faye Ashley of Joaquin

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Parents: Allen Bryan English and Clara Lord English
Sisters: Jean Adkinson, Mildred Fisher
Brothers: J.C. English, Fred Roland English

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


Funeral services for Mrs. Jane Golden, 83 of Carthage, Texas will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Southside Baptist Church with Dr. Kirby Hill officiating. A private family burial will be in the Shelbyville Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Family visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6–8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Golden passed away June 24, 2014 in Longview, Texas.

Mrs. Sarah Jane Swanzy Golden was born July 25, 1930 in Nacogdoches, Texas to the marriage of Bob and Mae Billingsly Swanzy. Jane was raised and schooled in Center and graduated from Center High School with the class of 1949. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics from Stephen F. Austin State University and later received her Master’s in Education from Sam Houston State University. Jane met and later married D.D. Golden on December 22, 1952 and together they celebrated 61 years. Mrs. Golden retired from Livingston High School where she taught Home Economics for many years, was a member of the Service League of Carthage and a member of Southside Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Robert Swanzy and a sister Martha Sue Swanzy.

Mrs. Golden is survived by her loving husband, D.D. Golden of Carthage; children, Dennis Golden and wife Kimberly of Carthage, Dixon Golden and wife Melody of Center, Suzon Cloud and husband Dan of Carthage, Gary Golden and wife Jeanette of Hemphill; brother, David Swanzy and wife Maelinda of Center; grandchildren, Dan Cloud, Sarah Darnell, Allison Grant, Denny Golden, Lauren Golden, Lindsay Golden, D.D. Golden, L.E. Golden, Kasey Golden, Rob Golden, Kurt Golden, Drew Golden; great grandchildren, Mitchell Grant, Jaime Grant, Will Cloud, Madison Cloud, Gavin Golden, Easton Golden; nephew, Davy Swanzy; nieces, Betsy Swanzy, Caroline Jean Brewer; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Dan Cloud, Drew Golden, Rob Golden, Gary Golden, Ryan Grant and Daryl Darnell. Honorary pallbearers will be Linda Snow, Bill Golmizer, Bill Brady and Kevin Cook.


Ora Verdell "Bubba" Christopher, Jr., 46, of Nacogdoches, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, June 27, 2014 at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Nacogdoches County. Interment will follow at Shady GRove Cemetery in Nacogdoches County.

He was born May 4, 1968 in Nacogdoches to Ora Verdell Christopher Sr. and Helen Miller Christopher. Mr. Christopher loved being "Pappy" and enjoyed the time he was able to spend with his precious grandchildren. "Bubba" was a man of few words, but spoke through music.

He is survived by
Wife: Cheryl Christopher of Nacogdoches

Children:
Jessica Baker and husband, Randy of Weatherford
J.D. Christopher and wife, Kerry of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Braiden, Kaidy and Ella Baker

Mother: Helen Christopher of Nacogdoches

Father: Verdell Christopher of Nacogdoches

Brothers:
Ronald Miller and wife, Betty of Nacogdoches
Steve Christopher and wife, Rhonda of Nacogdoches
Joey Christopher and wife, Lindsay of Nacogdoches

Sisters:
Tresa Ady and husband, Tony of Nacogdoches
Kim Sherrod and husband, Tim of New Caney

Mother of his children: Davina Morgan of Buffalo

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

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


06/24/2014

Jessie Lee Bishop, 70, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014 at McClelland Community Church in Shelbyville with Bro. Chris Collins officiating. Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Mr. Bishop was born July 13, 1943 in Manchester, Tennessee to Everett Bishop and Lorene Long Bishop. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by

Wife: Ruth Bishop of Shelbyville

Children:
Jack Bishop and wife, Sybil of Estill Springs, Tennessee
Anita Evans of Cowan, Tennessee
Bobby Allgood of Cleveland
Larry Allgood and wife, Lisa of Porter
Randy Allgood of Cleveland

Grandchildren:
Bridget Magby
Savannah Bishop
Erin Allgood
Randell Allgood

Great Grandchildren:
Bobby Allgood
Ashton Magby
Corbin Magby

Brothers:
James (Bill) Bishop and wife, Fay of Manchester, Tennessee
Harold Bishop of Winchester, Tennessee

Sister: Lynda Bishop of Hillsboro, Tennessee

Sisters-in-law:
Alice Ansley of Gary
Jerrie Chandler of Shelbyville

Pallbearers will be Homer Jones, Bill White, Max Carl, Nathan Pruitt, Tom Ansley and Roby Runnels.

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


Jane Frances Young Smith, 86, of Garrison, Texas went home to the Lord on June 23, 2014, at the Hospice of East Texas. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at First Baptist Church Garrison, 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 28, with Brother Jeremy Pruitt officiating. The deacons of First Baptist Church are honorary pallbearers. A reception will follow in the church Christian Life Center. A private grave side service will be held at a later date.

Born January 26, 1928 on the family farm near Garrison, Jane was the only child of Gus W. and Jessie Jopling Young. Jane accepted Christ when she was 12 years old at an outdoor summer revival, then quickly found her place in God’s service. She taught Sunday School – which she considered her spiritual gift – for 61 years, until 2012. She especially loved teaching the Dorcas class at First Baptist Church in Garrison.

After several years living on the family farm, Jane and her parents moved “in town” to a home on Garrison’s Main Street. She attended Garrison schools, graduating as valedictorian in 1944. In 1948, she earned a BA degree from Baylor University. That same year she married a handsome Baylor man, Ernest Duane Smith. Duane’s work took them for a short while to Baltimore, Maryland and then to Garland, Texas for 20 years. While living in Garland, Jane taught junior high school English for 8 years and third grade Sunday School. Jane and Duane’s only child, Gregory Duane Smith, was born there, in 1958.

In 1971, the family returned to Garrison, where Jane stayed busy at First Baptist Church wearing may hats: Sunday School teacher, church clerk, building/decorating committee member, and church trustee. Jane was a charter member of the Greenwood Cemetery Association, serving as its secretary and treasurer for almost 40 years.

While in her 70's, Jane decided she could do more, so she ran for election to the Garrison City Council, where she served her community for six years. One highlight of her life was being selected as Garrison Citizen of the Year in 2008. Jane also cherished her 80th birthday celebration, attended by over 100 family and friends.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, and by Duane in 1997. After Duane’s death, Jane designed and built a new home on the Main Street lot where she had grown up. She often commented that life is a circle and that she was so happy to be back where she started, in the town she loved so much.

Cherishing Jane’s memory are her son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Treacey Smith, her beloved grandchildren, Nolan Smith and his wife, Stacy, Caroline Smith, and Sarah Smith, and a beautiful great-granddaughter, Catherine Smith. Also Jane’s cousins, Nannette Collins and Nelcene Phillips, who were like sisters to her.

Jane’s family wishes to thank her dearest friends, Veralene and Elmer Edgmon, for always being there, whatever she needed.. The family also wishes to thank the four wonderful women who stayed with Jane during the last year of her life - June Barclay, Patsy Coulter, Johnnie Ruth Jopling, and Barbara McDonald. Jane’s greatest wish was to stay in her home. They gave her that gift.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Garrison Building Fund, Box 99, Garrison, TX 75946 or to the Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

Jane’s prayer for everyone she knew and loved comes from Numbers 6:24 - 26: “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”


06/23/2014

Jean Nielsen, 76, of Center, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Ms. Nielsen was born March 25, 1938 in Joaquin to Jimmy and Annie Hogan. She loved reading her Bible, listening to country music and taking care of her pet dogs. She was a member of Jackson Baptist Church in Joaquin.

She is survived by
Sister: Gracie Forsythe of Center

Sisters-in-law:
Yvonne Hogan of Conroe
Ruth Hogan of Conroe

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Husband: Conrad Nielsen
Father: Jimmy Hogan
Mother: Annie Hogan
Brothers: Floyd Hogan, James Hogan

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


Marlin Thompson, 59, of Garland, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Baylor Medical Center in Garland.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Sholar Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Ricky Null officiating.

Mr. Thompson was born November 4, 1954 in Center to Steve Horace Thompson and Iva Nell Moore Stevens. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Mother: Iva Nell Moore Stevens of Garland

Children:
Marlin Anthony Thompson of Center
Sara Barton and husband, Larry of Center

Grandchildren:
Christian Barton
Jason Barton

Brothers:
Marcus Thompson of Garland
Rodney Thompson of Forney

Sisters:
Mary Thompson of Carthage
Lois Hamilton of Tawakoni
Gay Nell Null of Garland

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Father: Steve Horace Thompson
Sister: Iva Irene Keiser

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


06/21/2014

Clara Risinger, Clara Risinger, 79, of the East Hamilton Community, peacefully passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family to be with our Lord and Savior.

Services will be 4:00 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Calvin Hancock and Bro. Joe Jones officiating and Eulogy by Grandson, Lee Risinger. Burial will follow at East Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born August 15, 1934 in Shelby County in the Neuville Community to Hardy Stanley and Eppie Irene (Graves) Stanley. She worked as a nurse for the Center Sanitarium & Herman Hospital in Houston for many years. She was also a telephone repair clerk for Southwestern Bell Telephone Office. She was a member of the Dunnigan Missionary Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Hardy and Eppie Stanley, Son, Ricky Lynn Risinger, Brother, Robert Lee Stanley, Infant Brother, Infant Sisters, Special Friend & Sister-in-law, Evie Lou Miller.

She is survived by:

Husband of almost 60 years, Travis Risinger of the East Hamilton Community

Grandson, Lee Risinger & wife, Shaunna of the East Hamilton Community

Great Granddaughter, Hannah

Sister, Ruth Cooper & husband, Earl of Orange

Special Niece, Debbie Cooper McHugh & husband, Timmy of Houston

Special Nephew, Doyle Miller & wife, Annie of the East Hamilton Community

Nieces:
Becky Byley & husband, Roy of Woodville
Pam Cooper Toney & husband, Rorey of Orange

Great Niece (Namesake), Charlie Claire Clement

Numerous Great Nieces & Nephews and Loving Friends

Pallbearers: Tommy Cox, Dudley Cox, Rory Risinger, James Ray Risinger, Timmy McHugh & Jimmy McHugh

Honorary Pallbearers: Edward Risinger, Robert Risinger, Tom Swearengen, Lamar Smith & Marlon Risinger

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Betty Ponder, 87, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014 at her residence.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Long officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. until service time at Mangum Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Benton, Illinois.

She was born December 11, 1926 in Ewing, Illinois to Floyd and Lena (Batts) Polan. She was a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Floyd and Lena Polan, Son, Michael W. Ponder, Sisters, Francine, Mary Louise and Jo Nell.

She is survived by:

Husband of 69 years, Solon “Wayne” Ponder of Joaquin

Daughter, Francis Nealy of Seattle, WA
Daughter, Debra Goodwin of Sparks, Nevada

Son, Floyd Dale Ponder & wife, Mari of San Antonio

Grandchildren: Benjamin Nealy, Travis Ponder, Rachel Ponder, Elliott Goodwin, Bradley Goodwin, Russell Goodwin & Tiffeny Ponder

Great Grandchildren: Cheyenne Lewis, Brandon Lewis, Alexis Nealy, Carter Nealy, Landon Ponder, Connor Goodwin, Kinsley Ponder & Mackenzie Goodwin

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


06/20/2014

Velma Odell Smith, 92, of Center, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 23, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Moore and Rev. Mervin Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery in Center.

Ms. Smith was born August 4, 1921 in Shelby County to John Selmer Luman and Eunice Anderson Luman. She loved to cook supper every Saturday night for her family. Ms. Smith was devoted to her family and loved the Lord. She was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by
Children:
Betty Sue McSwain and husband, Gene of Deadwood
Jeanene Porter of Deadwood
Gene Edward Smith and wife, Mila of Center

Son-in-law:Rev. Mervin Scott and wife, Vivian of Deadwood

Grandchildren:
Beverly Smith and husband, Darwin
Shelia Chandler Burns
Joel Graves and wife, Deanna
Ken Graves and wife, Heather
Karen Halstead and husband, John
Janet Ritter and husband, Blake
Neil Graves
Valerie Smith
Laci Porter Doan and husband, Matt
Reese Edward Smith and wife, Stephani
Scotti Smith

14 Great Grandchildren

10 Great Great Grandchildren

Sisters:
Vaudine Adams of Center
Vastine Folsom of Center

Brother: James Verlon Luman of Center

Special cousin: Adell Livingston

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Homer “Jack” Smith
Children: Douglas Wayne Smith, Linda Joy Scott, Kathy Ann Smith
Sons-in-law: Danny Porter, Aubrey Graves
Great Grandson: Jaysen Graves
Parents: John Selmer Luman and Eunice Anderson Luman
Sister: Vernice Holt

Pallbearers will be Joel Graves, Ken Graves, Reese Smith, Matthew Chandler, Gene Edward Smith and Neil Graves. Honorary pallbearers will be Verlon Luman, Lester Hacker, Darwin Smith, Gene McSwain and Jay Petty.

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


Hoy McMahon, 99, of Center, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014 at Holiday Nursing Home in Center.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m., at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins and Lynn Warner officiating. Interment will follow at North Jericho Cemetery in Center.

Mr. McMahon was born September 28, 1914 in Kirbyville to Hamp V. McMahon and Ellie McMahon. He served on the Center ISD School Board and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by
Children:
Linda Moody and husband, Tommy of Center
Tommy McMahon and wife, Frances of Center
Jimmy McMahon and wife, Judy of Dallas

Grandchildren:
Michael McMahon and wife, Linda, Jan Storrs, Scotty McMahon, Brad Moody and wife, Kaylyn

Great Grandchildren:
Summer McMahon, Aaron McMahon, Macy Moody, Gracie Moody, Jonathon Storrs, Matthew Storrs

Stepdaughters:
Belinda Warner of Houston and husband, Lynn
Beverly Harper of Houston

Numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren

Niece: Marjorie Culver of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Nephew: Billy Ray Parker of Atlanta, Georgia

Preceded in death by
Parents: Hamp V. McMahon and Ellie McMahon
Wife: Avis Holt McMahon
Wife: Etheline Mason McMahon
Sisters: Bea Rains, Lela Parker

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


Virginia “Jinkie” Lummus, 76, of Orange, passed away on June 17, 2014, at Vidor Nursing and Rehab in Vidor.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Toney Miller of First United Methodist Church in Nederland. Burial will follow at King Cemetery in Hartburg, Texas. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday June 20, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Owlet Green, Texas, on August 2, 1937, she was the daughter of Orbie Welch and Avie Elaine (Richardson) Welch. Virginia worked at Riverside Supermarket, Big B Donuts, The Fairstore, Danny’s Foodcenter, and Walmart. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Jinkie is preceded in death by her sister, Mattie Mae Williams; brother, Charles Ray Welch; daughter-in-law Tammy Risinger; grandson, Ryan Paul Risinger; and granddaughter, Constance Eileen Chisum.

She is survived by her children, Rory Risinger Sr. and wife, Lana of Patroon, Texas, Ramona Chisum and husband, Paul of Little Cypress, Texas, and Rebecca Green of Huntsville, Texas; grandchildren Rachelle Risinger, Rory “Bubba” Risinger, Jr. and wife, JoAnn, Sarah Chisum, Keith Chisum and wife, Courtney, Stephen Green, Joshua Green, Logan Holbrook, and Lindsey Holbrook; great-grandchildren, Gracie, Alexis, and Gabriel Chisum Wesley and Shelby Jellison, and Sylvia Risinger; brother, Walter Welch and wife, Heidi; sister, Jeanie Moore and husband, Bill.

Serving as pallbearers will be Rory Risinger Sr., Rory Risinger Jr., Paul Chisum, Stephen Green, Keith Chisum, and Logan Holbrook. Honorary pallbearers are Joshua Green, Wesley Jellison, and Gabriel Chisum.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association: 700 North Street, Suite M Beaumont, TX 77701.


06/19/2014

Deborah Jean Scott-Hurst of Center, Texas, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the age of 60 years, 4 months, and 25 days.

Deborah was born January 25, 1954, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and had been a longtime resident of East Texas. She was a nutritionist and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.

Her survivors include her son, Justin Hurst and fiance Courtney Bullard of San Marcos, Texas; her mother, Marjorie Scott of Houston, Texas; and two sisters, Marjorie Bartlett of Houston, Texas, and Patricia Eagar of Maui, Hawaii.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlon Hurst; her father, Kempner Scott; and her sister, Victoria.

Funeral services are set for 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment will follow at Maroney Cemetery, located off Hwy. 7.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Cason Monk-Metcalf.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to JRDF on line at www.jrdf.org or by mail to 3420 Executive Center Dr. Ste #108, Austin TX 78731-1625 in an effort to help fight Type 1 Diabetes.

Arrangements are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.


Constance Bernice Rousseau Weber, 92, of Huntsville, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 20, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Cold Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison.

Ms. Weber was born June 15, 1922 in Longstreet, Louisiana to Travis Dave Rousseau and Pearl Weatherly Mosby. She was a member of East Houston Baptist Church in Houston.

She is survived by
Children:
Connie Sandel and husband, John of Huntsville
Glenn Weber and Linda Clancy of New Waverly
Gilda Ann Ballard and husband, Donny of Porter
Carl Weber and wife, Pearl of Coldspring
Sheila Schindler and husband, Larry of Huffman

Grandchildren:
Clint Sandel
Charlotte McGaughey
Raymond M. Weber
Rhonda Hosch
Nikki Hammet
Chance Ballard
Carl Weber
Kelley Ferrer
Colette Palmer
Leslie Kopecky
Marisa Wilson
Gina Batts

15 Great Grandchilren

3 Great Great Grandchildren

Sisters:
Opal Chandler of Garrison
Ann Janette Westbrook of Louisville
Florine Parker of Kilgore

Preceded in death by
Father: Travis Dave Rousseau
Mother: Pearl Weatherly Mosby
Stepfather: Jim Mosby
Husband: Carl Raymond Weber
Daughter: Ramona Danette Batts
Brothers: Hollis Rousseau, Buster Mosby
Sisters: Evelyn Rousseau Cargill, Pat Manning

Pallbearers will be John Sandel, Donny Ballard, Joe Chandler, Chance Ballard, Carl Weber, Clayton Kopecky, Zack Hosch and Max Hosch. Honorary pallbearer will be Raymond M. Weber.


06/16/2014

Mrs. Mary Grace McNeil Greer, age 71, passed away from this earth on June 12, 2014 at her home. She was born on July 12, 1942 in San Augustine County to parents William Lawrence McNeil and Gladys Molly Poindexter McNeil.

A funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel with Rev. Gary Paschel officiating. Interment will follow at Cushing Cemetery in Cushing, Texas. Active pallbearers will include Michael Knous, Steve Lawrence, Bryan Best, Darrell Rose, Clinton Layton, and Fred Burnaman, Mitchell McCoy, and Mark Greer.

Friends and family are invited to open visitation from 12:00 to 6:00 on Tuesday, June 17 at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. Family will be present from 6:00- 8:00 pm.

Grace is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Seborn William Greer,Jr.; sister Rothy Carmel "Daisy" McNeil Murray; and brothers, Willie Marcus McNeil and Roy Arnold McNeil.

She is survived by her sons, Brent Greer and wife Glenna, Seborn William Greer III and wife Susan; grandsons, Ryland "Roo" Greer, Micah Luke Greer; granddaughters, Myla Corbin Greer, Malena Paige Greer, Megan Elisabeth Greer; sisters, Dicie Louise McGowan, Jimmie Ester Lawrence; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary Greer was known affectionately as Grace and her life exemplified that name in her very nature. She was soft spoken, kind, generous, loving, playful and fun loving to all she came in contact with. Grace was an encourager to her friends and family. She often sent notes, poems, and scriptures that were personal to encourage someone who was having a down day. She was crafty and when she was in a project everyone got to experience her zeal. She especially loved plaster and decopage coffee cans. She loved spending time with family and friends and was especially famous for her chocolate oatmeal brownies!!

Memorial contributions may be offered to Chi Alpha Ministry, PO Box 838 Waxahachie, Texas 75168.


06/15/2014

Lonnie “L.J.” Chance Jr., 85, of Center, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 19, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Mt Herman Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Chance was born May 15, 1929 in Shelby County to Lonnie Lawrence Chance and Ora B. Spurlock Chance. He retired from Houston Police Department after more than twenty-two years of service. Mr. Chance later moved home to Shelby County, where he retired as Chief Deputy of Shelby County Sheriff’s Department after eleven years of service. He was currently serving as a Community Service Coordinator for both Shelby and Panola Counties.

He is survived by
Sons:
Gary Chance and wife, Debbie of Magnolia
Wendell Chance and wife, Becky of Center

Sister: Fleta Warr Hill of Friendswood

8 Grandchildren

12 Great Grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Lonnie Lawrence Chance and Ora B. Spurlock Chance Warr
Wife: Billie Jo Chapman Chance
Stepson: Donald Ray Milam
Brothers: Maxie Nolan Chance, Claude Chance, Larry L. Chance

Pallbearers will be Don Eric Milam, Justin Chance, Lynn Rogers, Jeff Dommenge, Gene Koonce and Glen Chance.

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


James “PA” Richard Stokes, 73, of Garrison, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. Graveside service will follow at 12:00 noon at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Garrison with Bro. Jeremy Pruitt officiating.

Mr. Stokes was born September 6, 1940 in Nacogdoches to Willie Vernon Stokes and Rosie Bell Garrett Stokes. He loved the Texas Ranger’s Law Enforcement and enjoyed reading and collecting Ranger memorabilia. Mr. Stokes was baptized into the Baptist faith in 1970 by Bro. Honea and was also associated with the Jehovah’s Witness faith.

He is survived by
Wife: Sylvia Stokes of Garrison

Children:
James Randle Stokes and wife, Melanie of Garrison
Julie Renee Stokes of Garrison

Grandchildren:
Brent Baldridge
Bradley Baldridge
Casey James Stokes
Ashlyn Stokes
Alissia Adair Stokes
Jade Stokes

Great Grandchildren:
Dixie Rae Baldridge
Brantley James Baldridge
Austin Reid Stokes

Brothers:
Robert Earl “Bubba” Stokes and wife, Gayle of Garrison
Jessie Stokes and wife, Judy of Garrison

Sister: Sharon Green of Garrison

Sisters-in-law:
Earlene Liles of Clayton
Karen Jo Flint of Garrison

Nephews:
Wayne, Pete and Jerry Stokes
Mike, Greg and Scott Liles

Nieces:
Angie, Kandy, Jessica and Dusty

Preceded in death by
Parents: Willie Vernon Stokes and Rosie Bell Garrett Stokes

Pallbearers will be Wayne Stokes, Jerry Stokes, Pete Stokes, Mike Liles, Steve Berthlot, Greg Liles and Scott Liles.

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


Clifton O. Boniol, 72, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 16, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center with Bro. Pat Windham officiating.

Mr. Boniol was born May 16, 1942 in Center to Walter Boniol and Ruth Williams Boniol. He was an avid outdoorsman. Mr. Boniol was a member of Center Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

He is survived by
Wife: Mary Boniol of Center

Children:
Tammie Lawrence and husband, Danny of Center
Rodney Boniol and wife, Kim of Center
Jeff Boniol and wife, Jeanne of Red Oak
Kristal Walker of Center
Kevin Boniol of Center
Clifton James Boniol of Center

Nine Grandchildren

Brother: Michael Manungram and wife, Rose of Center

Sisters:
Norma Rudd of Center
Gaynell Wilburn and husband, Jimmy of Center
Janice Churchman and husband, Max of Tenaha

Brother-in-law: James Williams of Gilmer

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Walter Boniol and Ruth Williams Boniol
Sister: Mary Williams
One Infant Brother

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


Lexa Willoughby Whitton, 82, of Timpson, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Holiday Nursing Home.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Burial will follow at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, June 16, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born July 24, 1931 in Shelby County to Luther and Jenny (Byrd) Willoughby. She was a member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her Parents, Luther and Jenny Willoughby, Husband, TJ Whitton, Son, John Whitton, Son, Roger Whitton, Great-Grandson, Shone Whitton, Daughters-in-law, Edith Whitton and Peggy Whitton.

She is survived by:

Children:
Annette Bradshaw & husband, Dale of Timpson
David Whitton of Joaquin
Cecil Whitton & wife, Kay of Timpson
Joyce Wolfe & husband, Ronnie of Timpson
Frances Miller & husband, Rick of Pasadena

Daughter-in-law:
Zaundra Whitton of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Tammy Worsham, & husband, Arvin
Jeremy Whitton
Jennie Alvis & husband, John
Marsha Bradshaw
Joseph Bradshaw
Rhonda Villarreal & husband, Luis
Kim Griffin& husband, Bill
Michael Whitton
Angela Whitman & husband, Goldman
Crystal Berg & husband, Lydell
Kevin Whitton & wife, Tammy
Kenneth Redmon & wife, Michele
Pamela Whitton
Gary Whitton & wife, Brittany
Kenneth Whitton & wife, Lauren
Joshua Whitton & wife, Angela
Zoie Whitton
Jaime Wolfe
Rohnni Jo Wolfe
Elizabeth Wolfe
James Wolfe
Ricky Miller &wife, Kristy
Shelly Miller

40 Great Grandchildren and 6 Great Great Grandchildren

Pallbearers will be Grandsons: Jeremy Whitton, Joseph Bradshaw, Kevin Whitton, Kenneth Redmon, Gary Whitton, Kenneth Whitton, Joshua Whitton, James Wolfe and Ricky Miller

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


06/13/2014

Thomas Edward “Junior” Sparks, Jr., 91, of Timpson, TX, passed away June 12, 2014, in Nacogdoches, TX. A graveside service for Mr. Sparks will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, June 15, 2014, in County Line Cemetery, Timpson, with Rev. Brian Simmons officiating. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

Born March 4, 1923, in Rusk County, TX, Thomas Edward Sparks, Jr. was the son of the late Thomas Edwin Sparks and Ora Lee Barnes Sparks. After graduating from Timpson High School, Junior served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He and Elma Brown were married September 24, 1949, in Shreveport, LA. In 1987 Junior retired from Union Carbide as a lead burner. During his years in Texas City, he was a member and Sunday School teacher at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church and coached several youth baseball teams

Junior was a wonderful Christian dad and adoring PawPaw. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of his life. He loved telling stories of his flying exploits during World War II.

He is survived by

Daughters Drucilla Dickey and husband Gary of Nacogdoches, TX
Sandra Simmons and husband Billy of Texas City, TX
Sara Cornett and husband Charlie of Missouri City, TX

5 grandchildren:
Brian Simmons and wife Cheryl
Kevin Simmons
Heather Jannett and husband Corey
Courtney Adams and husband Justin
Justin Cornett

4 great grandchildren:
Ethan Simmons
Gavin Simmons
Lincoln Jannett
Rylie Adams
and 1 on the way

Special friend Margery Massey

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

In addition to his parents, Thomas Edward “Junior” Sparks was preceded in death by wife Elma Brown Sparks, son Thomas E. “Eddie” Sparks, III, and brothers Rayford and Lloyd “Pete” Sparks.

Donations may be made to County Line Missionary Baptist Church, c/o David Sparks, 3375 Hwy 84 West, Timpson, TX 75975 or a charity of your choice.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, TX, is in charge of arrangements.


06/12/2014

Sarah JoAnn Chantland, 75, of Center, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 16, 2014 at Clayton Cemetery in Panola County.

Ms. Chantland was born August 18, 1938 in Sheridan, Arkansas to John W. Ashcraft and Della Allen. She was a member of American Legion Post 318 in Koran, Louisiana. Ms. Chantland enjoyed sports, traveling, socializing, throwing parties, cooking and just about any activity where she was surrounded by family and friends.

She is survived by
Daughter: Cheryl Green and husband, Danny of Shelbyville

Sons:
Johnny Henshaw and wife, Kim of Yorktown, Virginia
Robert D. Schuler and wife, Sue of Kellogg, Minnesota

Grandchildren:
Jimmy Henshaw and wife, Desiree of Dover, Delaware
Jennifer Jacob and husband, Nick of Charlottesville, Virginia
Robert D Schuler Jr. and wife, Cassie of Wisconsin
Anita Jo Trevino of Corpus Christi
Manny Trevino of Corpus Christi

Great Grandchildren:
Josh Henshaw
Addyson Henshaw
Mason Schuler
Tyler Schuler

Special Step Grandchildren:
Amy Green Warton
Emily Green Willis
Matthew D. Green

Niece: Della Rhea Holley of Little Rock, Arkansas

Numerous other nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Parents: John W. Ashcraft and Della Allen
Daughter: Nancy Ann Trevino
Husbands: J.C. Henshaw, Dale Schuler, Clifford Chantland
Brothers and Sisters: James Hershal Ashcraft, Glen Ashcraft, Opal Louise Holmes, Oma Blackwell, Frank Lee Ashcraft, Yuba Marie Freeman, Neggie Mae Bettis

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


Lula Belle Pierce David, 94, of Logansport, LA, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, June 12, 2014. She was born in Shepperd, Texas May 30, 1920 to Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Pierce.

Services are being held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Logansport. Visitation will be held Friday, June 13, 2014 from 5 until 9pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 2pm followed by burial at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport, LA.

She is survived by:

Daughters Ozelle Ariola of Houston and Deborah Wilkinson and husband Howard of Logansport, LA.

Daughter-in-law Sandra David of Logansport, LA.

Grandchildren
Paige Gates and husband Kristopher of Logansport
Miki Dyess and husband Joey of Houston
Kevin Ariola of Decatur, TX
Brooke Lowe and husband Bradley of Logansport
Francie Woods and husband Lance of Logansport
Dandi Holloway of Joaquin, Tx
Chance David and wife Julie of Joaquin, TX
Courtney Averett and husband Brian of Logansport

Great-Grandchildren
Jordan and Kaden Lowe; Shelbi Hutto and husband, Michael; Morgan Dyess; Haley and Sally Ariola; Willie, Katie and Bonnie Woods; Lilly and Hadlee Averett; C.J. and Justin Collier; Bryar Holloway; and Lucinda David

Special niece and nephew, Jerry and Nelta Anderson

Special friend, Veador McClure and Johnny Pearl Austin

8 Great-Great-Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews

She is preceded in death her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Pierce; husband, W.B. "Hookie" David; daughter, Joyce Wooden; son, Freddie Paul David; son-in-law, Elwyn Ariola; grandson, Willie Ariola; silbings - Doshie Fisher, Lawrence Pierce, Sr., Frank "Red" Pierce, and Essie "Dimples" Rogers.

She was an avid gardener, quilter, and homemaker. She loved being outdoors and raising cattle. L.B. loved flowers and reading the Bible. She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and she left her mark on everyone she met. She was always cooking something and don't ask what it was unless you wanted to hear 'what the little boy shot at'.

Special thanks to Louisiana Home Care, Mansfield for their wonderful nurses and staff.

"Don't spend your money on flowers because only a rose will do."

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


Leon Allen (75) of Center, Texas, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Mt. Zion CME Church at 1:00pm. Rev. Billy Gardner will be officiating.

Survivors:
Wife: Linda Allen of Center, Texas
Son: Antonio (Denise) Allen of Lavergene, Tennessee
Daughter: Loura (David) Hunt of Nacogdoches, Texas
Brothers: Jerry (Joyce) Lathan & Ira Jackson of Center, Texas
Hughie (Doris) Allen of Orange, Texas

Grandchildren: Andrea Pleasant, Kolby Pleasant, & Marlo Allen

Great-Grandchildren: Zy’Keis Fields, Kaden Fields, Mar-Keith Mergerson Jr., Ce’Riyah Fowler, & Keviana Moody
Aunt: Mary Ella Gardner

Visitation will be at Hicks Chapel on Friday, June 13, 2014 from the hours of 5pm to 7pm. Due to road construction on Martin Luther King, detour from Martin Luther King to Nobles Street, then to Garrett Street.

Burial will be at Westview Cemetery.
Repass will be at Mt. Zion CME Church

Services are under the direction of Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas.


06/11/2014

James Edward Webb, 74 , went home to be with the Lord on Friday May 30th, 2014 in Webster, Texas. James was born in Shelbyville, TX to Frost and Etta Mae Webb on June 26,1939.

James is survived by daughter Lateena Webb of Baytown, TX; son James Birdette Webb of Huntsville , TX and stepsons, Alton Thomas Pollock and Dondi Lee Pollock Hyatt and Sheba Lafawn Pollock (deceased) and 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

He is also survived by his siblings Helen McKanna of Houston, Jimmie Lee Wimberly, Homer Joe Webb of Marble Falls, TX, Patsy Maki of Tyler, Eunice Bourgeois of Houston, TX, Mary Letulle of Marble Falls, TX, and Sue Webb of League City TX.

We will all miss James with our deepest love and compassion for being a loving father and brother.

Throughout most of James' life he was a 'Mr. Fix-it' man but became a master technician for Lennox Air Conditioners and all other major appliances. As a result of his experience and expertise he taught refrigeration and air condition at Lamar University in Beaumont, in the technical and continuing education department. Being adept at repairing washers and dryers earned him his nickname "Magtag" by his friends and customers.

James was a Christian and loved the Lord, he touched many lives through his love and generosity and was loved by everyone. The family extends a special thanks to the staff and management of Regency Village Care in Webster, TX for their care, friendship and compassion during James' seven years following a stroke resulting to respiratory illness and congested heart failure.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, the 14th of June at 11.am, at McClelland Community Church in McClelland, TX 75973, CR 2571, off of HWY 147.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to McClelland Community Church. P.O. Box 1173, Center, TX 75935. Ref; James Edward Webb.


06/10/2014

Funeral services for George Ray Matthews, 77, of Livingston, Texas, will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 12, 2014 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, Texas with Bro. Ray Matthews and Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment will be held at 2:30 PM, Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas. Visitation will be held at 5:00 PM, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 also at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, Texas.

Mr. Matthews was born on February 22, 1937 in Joaquin, Texas and passed away on June 8, 2014 in Livingston, Texas. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, during the Vietnam War, serving from 1956-1971; he retired from the military. He celebrated 54 years of marriage with his wife, Linda Sue (Ray) Matthews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Turner and Lois (Bolton) Matthews; and sister, Baby Girl Matthews.

He is survived by:

Wife, Linda Matthews of Livingston, Texas

Daughters and sons-in-law
Rebecca Thomson and Carl of Livingston, Texas
Mary Neely and Timothy of League City, Texas

Son and daughter-in-law, George Ray Matthews Jr. and Kristy of Ellisville, Mississippi

Grandchildren: Rachale Bulanek, Christopher Matthews, Sarah Neely, Caleb Neely, Naomi Neely, Bryan Matthews, and Jared Matthews

Great-granddaughter, Evelyn Bulanek; brothers, Jimmy Matthews of Center, Texas and Johnny Matthews and wife Madeline of Kingwood, Texas

Along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Mr. Matthews will be escorted to his grave by pallbearers, Joseph Matthews, Jud Matthews, Jim Matthews, Brandon Matthews, Christopher Matthews, Kory Bulanek, Melvin Sheffield, and Tim Neely. Honorary pallbearers: Jared Matthews, Bryan Matthews, Johnny Thomson, and Caleb Neely.

Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements


Zera Christene Armstrong Cagle, 92, of Center, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 13, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Dewayne Sims officiating. Interment will follow at Shelbyville Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Ms. Cagle was born March 31, 1922 to Henry V. Armstrong and Della Dean Smith Armstrong. She loved gardening, crocheting, talking on CB radios and spending time with family. Ms. Cagle was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Center.

She is survived by

Children:
Christene Cagle Borders, wife of the late Gene Borders
Rosemary Cagle
Marquette “Mark” aka Poss Cagle and wife, Barbara
Francine “Liz” Sitton and husband, Buddy
James Clayton “J.C.” Cagle and wife, Susan
John Henry Cagle and wife, Cynthia

Grandchildren:
Gena Borders Porterfield, wife of the late Danny Porterfield, Delicia Borders Eaves and husband Larry Joe, Christy Borders Mills and husband Ronnie, Angelia Shuptrine Lenes, Paul Shuptrine and wife Ruth, Ronny Williams and wife Crystal, John Hutto, Vanessa Selman and husband Mike, Sarah Berry and husband John, Dewayne Sims and wife Kristal, Jeremy Sims, Brittany Lummus, Aaron Sitton, Brian Sitton, Jessica Cagle Merritt and husband Justin, Ashley Cagle, Clayton Cagle, Jeffrey Cagle, Cortney Cagle Hughes and husband Chad, Emily Cagle Halstead and husband John, Allison Cagle, Tara Davenport and husband Josh, Christy Slay and husband Brandon

Great Grandchildren:
Rece Porterfield and wife Ashley, Rena Porterfield Horton and husband Brian, Blake Smith, Jasa Rodgers, Caleb McDonald, Joshua McDonald, Taylor Mills, Kristen Lenes Hooten and husband Timothy, Jared Lenes, Joshua Shuptrine and fiance' Sable Bass, Coty Shuptrine and fiance' Joshua Helstern, Jaxson Williams, Liam Williams, Xanden Hutto, Khlyer Hutton, Isabella Selman, Hayden Aguliar, Hunter Berry, Brooklyn Berry, Jarron Sims, Gavin Sims, Delayna Sims, Millie Sims, Jaxon Merritt, Kayla Hughes, Michael Hughes, Tyler Hughes, Jaycee Hughes, Jaeliegh Hughes, Hayden Pate, Emma Pate, Rylan Halstead, Madison Halstead, Jodi Davenport, Wendi Davenport, Clayton Davenport, Leland Davenport, Mathis Slay, Taylor Slay

Great Great Grandchildren:
Payton Alexander, Braden Alexander, Keithan Horton, Kage Horton, Tanner Hooten, BABY Hooten :), Jordan Lenes, Jaden Lenes, Jamey Bass

Sisters:
Nelda Lawson and husband, Willard
Frances Hanson

Special Friends:
Francesca Jenkins
Kelly Berry

Preceded in death by
Husband: Clifton Edward Cagle
Son: William Raymond “Ray” Cagle
Grandchild: Cheree Borders Smith
Sisters: Sybil Armstrong Curbow, Agnes Rector
Brothers: Max Neil Armstrong, R.L. Armstrong, Gerald Fayne Armstrong

Pallbearers will be Terry Caudle, Steve Caudle, Wayne Hendricks, Kirk Holloway, Jeff McDaniel, Rece Porterfield, Paul Shuptrine and Jeremy Sims. Honorary pallbearers will be Willard Lawson, Larry Joe Eaves, Josh Shuptrine, Jared Lenes, Clayton Cagle, Jeffrey Cagle, Rickie Sims, Blake Smith and Shane Steitler.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ms. Cagle’s name to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, Texas 75701.

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


A life honoring graveside service for Ernest Hogg, 98, will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Kountze, TX. Visitation with family and friends will be Friday, June 13, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Lumberton Family Funeral Home.

Ernest died on June 9, 2014. He was born November 9, 1915, in Beaumont, TX to George and Beulah Hogg.

He loved when his children and grandchildren would visit, was mild mannered, had a good sense of humor, and never complained or had anything bad to say about anyone. Ernest as a young man, along with his cousins, would hop trains and travel with the hobos. The difference was they had money in their pockets, so they would sneak off to eat on their own. A lover of sweets in general, chocolate was Ernest’s favorite. While in Chicago he went into U. S. Steel and was hired on the spot. Never mind he was unsure of what they’d hired him to do, it was a warm place to work, and he would figure it out! He went on to work for Sun Pipeline and Pinewood Country Club before retiring. Ernest married Ruby in 1958 and cared for her many years through illnesses until her death, as well as his brother, Vernon. He always had a garden where he enjoyed tending his flowers. His Dad told him “If you have a baby girl, I will buy you a new car.” He never got that car…

Left to cherish his memory are sons, Robert Hogg and wife, Lisa, of Carthage, TX, Frank Brannon and wife, Michelle, of Simonton, TX, Robert ‘Bobby’ Brannon and wife, Beverly, of Vidor, TX, Donald Hogg and wife, Lavinda, of Carthage, TX, Cleve Hogg and wife, Patti, of Carthage, TX, Steve Hogg of Longview, TX, and Gary Hogg and wife, Dana, of Lumberton, TX; eighteen grandchildren; and twenty-nine great-grandchildren.

Ernest was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Spoonemore Hogg; son, Raymond Hogg; parents; brother, Vernon Hogg; and sister, Lela Hogg.


06/09/2014

Bonnie Davis Belrose, 79, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in the Sardis Community of Shelby County.

Ms. Belrose was born July 1, 1934 in Shelby County to Herman Davis and Annie Campbell Davis. She was a member of Sardis Missionary Baptist Church in the Sardis Community of Shelby County.

She is survived by
Children:
Jerry Belrose of Kyle
Beth Wall and husband, Drew of Red Oak

Grandchildren:
Corey Belrose of Center
Sissy Belrose of Seminole, Oklahoma

Great Grandchildren:
Caley Belrose of Center
Carissa Belrose of Center
Kendall Perkins of Seminole, Oklahoma
Cason Belrose of Center

Brother: Buck Davis and wife, Mae of Center

Brothers-in-law:
Jim Belrose and wife, Linda of Center
A.B. Belrose of Port Neches
Robert Belrose of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Forest Belrose
Son: Danny Belrose
Parents: Herman and Annie Campbell Davis
Sisters: Joy Oswalt, Grace Hutto, Nack Duncan, Barbara Graves
Brother: Billy Davis
Great Granddaughter: Zoie Prislac

Pallbearers will be Billy Clyde Davis, Sonny Davis, Lynn Davis, Howard Davis, Clifton Porter, Anthony Clark and Bubba Lee. Honorary pallbearers will be Drew Wall, Jim Belrose and Jose Acuna.

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


Martha Ann Crippen, 81, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Holiday Nursing Home in Center.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Powdrill Cemetery in Shelby County with Don Williams officiating.

Ms. Crippen was born November 2, 1932 in the Arcadia Community of Shelby County to Robert “Bob” Jefferson Powdrill and Laura Belle Ballard Powdrill. She was a member of Hurst Street Church of Christ in Center.

She is survived by
Son: Jack Ramsey Crippen and wife, Bonnie of Quinlen

Grandchildren:
Nicolle Noske and husband, Jason of Wood Creek
Thomas Sims and wife, Sandra of Joaquin
Toby Sims of Quinlen
Tonya Sims of Quinlen
Bradley Bowns of Conroe

Great Grandchildren:
Haylee Noske of Wood Creek
Henley Noske of Wood Creek
Landon Noske of Wood Creek
Bayleigh Malone of Quinlen
Brayden Malone of Quinlen
Ashton Sims of Joaquin
Emma Sims of Joaquin
Chloe Sims of Joaquin

Sister: Jane Cooper of Center

Sister-in-law: Odessa Powdrill of Garrison

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Parents: Robert “Bob” Jefferson Powdrill and Laura Belle Ballard Powdrill
Husband: Jack Crippen
Brothers: Howell Powdrill, Robert Powdrill
Sisters: Billie “Mama Bill” Tillotson, Marie Smith, Frances LeGrone, Johnnie Weeks, Robbie Hartt

Pallbearers will be Bradley Bowns, Thomas Sims, Tony Powdrill, Shane Cooper, Danny Williams and Joe Williams. Honorary pallbearer will be Johnny Stanley.

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


06/05/2014

Betty Sue Bridges Bailey, 80, of Center, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014 at her residence. She was born August 6, 1933 in Center to Odie Eugene Bridges and Louis Adams Bridges. Ms. Bailey retired from Farmers State Bank, where she worked in the bookkeeping department for over 30 years. She also volunteered for many years at The Rainbow Room in Center. Ms. Bailey was a member of Lone Star Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 6, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn, David Chadwick and Rev. Terry Goodnight officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Larry Warren, John Ward, Michael Warren, Brad Hinton, Danny Bruce Bailey Jr., Danbert Collum, Clayton Hinton and John Dillon. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Strong, Kenneth Hardy, David Chadwick, Mike Powdrill, Bro. Johnny Allen, Monk Peace and Ronnie Graves.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Tamie Warren and husband, Larry of Center
Bridgette Ward and husband, John of Center

Grandchildren:
Dena Hinton and husband, Brad of Center
Danny Bruce Bailey Jr. of Center
Krista Warren and husband, Michael of Center
Danbert Collum of Center
Michelle Dean of Oklahoma

Great Grandchildren:
Harley Layne Hinton
Clayton Hinton
Kyla Warren
Jacob Rueg

Sisters-in-law:
Sue Corbell and husband, Billy Jack of Huxley
Myrle Bridges of Center

Special Niece: Renee Bridges of Center

A number of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Edward Bruce Bailey
Daughter: Sonya Renee Bailey
Son: Danny Bruce Bailey
Parents: Odie Eugene Bridges and Louis Adams Bridges
Brother: Billy Bridges
Son-in-law: Sammy Dean
Nephews: Billy Gene Bridges, Jr., Odie Bridges

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


Harold Dean Clark, 79, of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at home, surrounded by loved ones. He was born August 8, 1934 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma to Ira Leonard Clark and Beatrice Davis Clark. Mr. Clark served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He loved fishing, gardening and planting flowers.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Watkins and Jeffrey Watkins.

He is survived by

Daughter: Kelly Kroll and husband, Lester of Center

Grandchildren:
Andrew Kroll of Center
Adreana Kroll of Center

Sisters:
Karen Locke of Palo Minto
Ann Richardson of Rockwall
Betty Shamley of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma

A number of nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Louise Clark
Parents: Ira Leonard Clark and Beatrice Davis Clark

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


Alex E. Cravey, 91, of San Diego, California, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2014 in his home in Ranch San Diego, California. He was born September 8, 1922 in West Hamilton, Shelby County, Texas to Nathan Alexander and Alice Jean Blum Cravey. Mr Cravey served in the United States Navy during WWII and was a member of Disabled America Veterans. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Mae Getz Cravey, his daughter Elaine Cravey and a number of brothers and sisters. Alex lived most of his life in New Mexico and California.

Alex loved his children, Clark Cravey, of 29 Palms, California, his three daughters Lisa Cravey, Diana Cravey and Elaine Cravey all of San Diego. He is also survived by his sister Lawanda Bell of Rancho Cucamonga, California as well as his loving nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A private interment will be held at West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas and a memorial service will be planned at a later time

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


06/04/2014

Funeral services for Margie Neal Rush, 84, of Burke will be held Friday, June 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Cindy Doran and Reverend Becky Love officiating. Graveside committal will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the Sample Cemetery in Shelby County.

Mrs. Rush was born November 23, 1929 in Shelbyville, Texas to Jack and Atta (Sample) Strickland, and died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at her residence. She had resided in Angelina County most of her life.

She was a devoted wife of 53 years and a loving mother and grandmother. She opened her home and heart to all who entered her life. Her greatest joy was her family, not only hers but many others. Her funny, witty personality and beautiful smile brought laughter and sunshine to those around her. She made everyone feel loved with her big heart, words of wisdom, and her delicious cooking...especially biscuits!

Mrs. Rush was a faithful member of Burke United Methodist Church and was a great inspiration, setting a Godly example to all. Her strength and faith were a shining light in the darkest of days.

She was a homemaker for most of her life, but worked outside the home at Perry Brothers, D.H. Walker’s, Piggly Wiggly and Brookshire Brothers.

Mrs. Rush served at the V.F.W. Post 1836 in Lufkin for many years and was a Past President. She was also a lifetime member of the Livingston V.F.W. and had served as the District 19 V.F.W. President. She was also a member of the D.A.V. and volunteered at the V.A. Clinic in Lufkin.

Survivors include her children, Linda Cayton and husband Nathan of Lufkin, Mike Rush and wife Debbie of Carrollton, Pam Burnette, Patsy Colbert and husband Bobby, all of Burke, and John Rush and wife Cherry of Burke; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a number of nieces and nephews; and numerous extended family she was mother to.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Zusle Rush, Jr.; son, Mark Rush; son-in-law, Reverend Jerry Burnette; granddaughter, Stacy Smith; and sisters, Jackie O’Sullivan and Laverne Rice.

Pallbearers will be Scott Cayton, Jeromy Burnette, Wesley Burnette, Bradley Smith, Matt Rush, Aaron Rush, Zane Rush and Pvt. Caul Reynolds, U.S. Army.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald Cayton, Daniel Rush, Steven Burnette, Terry Colbert and Todd Baker.

The family extends special thanks for their loving care to Trinity Mission Health & Rehabilitation of Diboll and Affinity Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stacy Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Patsy Colbert, 2931 Tidwell Road, Diboll, Texas 75941.

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

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

Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.


Albert E. Browning, age 92, lifelong resident of Winnsboro, LA (Franklin Parish), passed away, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Twin Lakes Nursing Home in San Augustine, Texas.

Services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home Chapel , Winnsboro, LA, with burial to follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Winnsboro, LA.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home from 5pm until 8pm.

Mr. Browning was born October 6, 1921 in Franklin Parish, LA to parents, John William Browning & Bertha (Tyndell) Browning. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a military police, where he served in all five major campaigns. He is most known in Winnsboro, LA for his inventions, to which five of those he held the US patents for. He was a farmer and he raised cattle. He worked many years for the USDA where he was a cotton classer. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church, Winnsboro, LA.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John William Browning & Bertha Tyndell Browning, his daughter, Ruby Jean Netherland, four brothers; R.J, John Henry, Lenoid, & James Browning and 3 Sisters; Annie Lee Melton, Betsy Dorton, and Katherine Reeves.

He is survived by:
Wife, Ruby (McCoy) Browning of San Augustine, TX (formerly of Winnsboro, LA)
Daughter & Son-in-law: Patricia & Glenn Heintschel, Sr. of Shelbyville, TX
7 Grandchildren:
David Hemphill & wife, Belinda of Shelbyville
Danny Hemphill & wife, Connie of Winnsboro, LA
Joe Hemphill & wife, Carla of Wisner, LA
Sarah Stokes & husband, Denton of Vicksburg, Mississippi
Ann Newsom & husband, Gene of Delhi, LA
Dwayne Netherland & wife, Lonnie of Ruston, LA
Terry Netherland of Winnsboro, LA

20 Great Grandchildren
6 Great Great Grandchildren

3 Sisters-in-law:
Pearl Langston of Jackson, Mississippi
Jewel Templeton of Monroe, LA
Katherine Barber of Chase, LA

Honorary Pallbearers will be Grandsons:
David Hemphill, Danny Hemphill, Joe Hemphill, Dwayne Netherland & Terry Netherland

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


06/02/2014

Funeral service for Mr. Robert E. “Bob” Tinkle, Sr., 81, of Gary, TX, will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Dr. Josh Walters officiating. Interment will follow in County Line Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home. Mr. Tinkle passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Nacogdoches, TX.

Born September 1, 1932, in Long Branch, TX, Robert E. “Bob” Tinkle, Sr. was the son of the late Homer Tinkle and Madge Faye Hudman Acrey. After graduating from Mt. Enterprise High School, Bob was a car salesman for Ford Motor Company for over 30 years. During this time, he also enjoyed drag racing for Ford Motor Company. Other activities that brought much pleasure to Bob included ranching, gardening, attending gospel singings, supporting his favorite basketball team – the Gary Bobcats, and attending First Baptist Church, Timpson.

Survivors include his son, Bobby Tinkle and wife Robyn of Gary, TX; daughters, Pansy Tinkle of Timpson, DeAnn Elliott of Georgia, and Kellie Brittain and husband Jake of Zavalla, TX; brothers, James Acrey of Gary and Joe Mack Acrey of Houston; sisters, Lorene Nix of Mt. Enterprise, Billie Faye Davis of Houston, and Virginia Churchman of Carthage; 14 grandchildren: Robby Tinkle, Ryan Tinkle, Jennifer Batton, Jessica Black, Gary E. Crenshaw, Jr., Joanna Crenshaw, Jeramey Elliott, Twink Ritter, Beau Hicks, J. D. Hicks, Avri Cisneros, Jase Barnett, Cole Brittain, and Emmi Brittain; 8 great grandchildren: Brantley Aviles, Madelyn Tinkle, Taylor Ridgway, Kendall Ridgway, Emilee Black, Kaitlyn Black, Cameron Crenshaw, and Azaria Ritter; and 2 great great grandchildren: Cora Squier and Autumn Monroe.

In addition to his parents, Bob Tinkle was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Tinkle, sister Dorothy Reese, and infant sister Lois Faye Tinkle.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


Elton "Brad" Bradley McSwain, 63, of Hemphill, died Friday night in the Lufkin Memorial Hospital. He was born in Center, Texas, to Elton and Melba Parrish McSwain. Brad was a tool pusher in the oil fields and a member of the Old Salem Baptist Church, Center, Texas.

He is survived by his wife Linda McSwain of Hemphill, his sons; Alex McSwain of Hemphill, Nicholas McSwain and Vicki of College Station, his daughter Jeanna McSwain of Bunker Hill, Indiana, his brother Kery Grant McSwain of Center, his sisters; Judy Beth Wright and Marsha Jones, both of Center, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Brad was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Terri Ferguson.

Visitation will be from 5:00PM until 8:00PM, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in the Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr St., Hemphill, Texas. Funeral services well be at 10:00AM, Monday, June 2, 2014, in the Starr Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Old Salem Cemetery, Center, Texas.


06/01/2014

Ira Ware “DUB” Fenley, 83, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014 at his residence. He was born November 28, 1930 in San Augustine County to Ira Fenley and Effie Mae Ware Fenley. Mr. Fenley served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center with Bro. Steve Noble officiating.

He is survived by
Wife: Carolyn Sue Fenley of Center

Sons:
Mike Fenley of Center
Marty Fenley of Missouri
Glyn Fenley of Houston
Tommy Fenley of Houston

Daughter: Brenda Darlene Hyde of Houston

Sisters:
Mae Stottes and husband, Donice of Center
Joyce Lucas and husband, J.C. of New Caney
Jo Ellen Bush and husband, Charles of Marshall, Arkansas

4 Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Parents: Ira Fenley and Effie Mae Ware Fenley
Daughter: Krystal Joyce Fenley
Son: Jimmy Fenley
Brother: Gene Fenley

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

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05/31/2014

Edward M. Markl Jr., 87, retired automobile dealer and long-time Fort Worth resident, passed away peacefully the morning of May 31, 2014 surrounded by his daughter and son.

Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 9, 2014 with the Rev. Michael Hale officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice, which Ed would have wanted and which he did quietly behind the scenes, during his lifetime.

Ed was born January 21, 1927 in Wyandotte County in Kansas. He was a loving husband to his late wife, Pamela, for 56 years, a loving father to his two children, a respected businessman in the community, a WWII veteran and a true gentleman in every sense of the word.

Ed’s family was in the automotive business in Kansas since the mid 1920’s, following in the footsteps of his late father in one of the oldest GM franchise dealerships in the country, until Ed sold the GM dealership in the late 1970’s.

He purchased the Mercedes-Benz/Rolls Royce franchise in Overland Park, Kansas and served as the President of the Rolls Royce Dealers Council and was awarded the ‘Order of The Silver Lady’ for having one of the outstanding Rolls Royce dealerships in the country. He sold the dealership in the late 1980’s.

After working in the automotive business in southern, California, Ed and Pam moved to Fort Worth to be near their children at TCU and Ed was an account sales executive for Franklin Electric for some 10 years before retiring.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Martin Markl, Sr. and Teresa Markl and beloved wife, Pamela Sue Markl.

Survivors include his daughter, Cynthia A. Brown and husband Burton Brown of Center, Texas and son, Marty Markl and wife, Ann of Boyd, Texas, along with a brother, John Robert Markl of Scottsdale, Arizona plus many nieces and nephews.

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


05/30/2014

Finis Bell, Sr. 95, of Garrison, Texas passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at his residence. Visitation will be at Hicks Chapel, Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Services will be Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Hicks Chapel at 2:00pm. Burial will be on June 3, 2014 at 9:00am in Houston, Texas at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038. Rev. James Bell will be officating.

Mr. Bell is survived by:
Son:
Finis Bell, Jr of Houston, Texas

Brothers:
Robert Bell of Garrison, Texas
Rev. James Bell and wife Shirley of Houston, Texas

Sisters:
Louise Bolton of Seattle Washington
Lucille Jones and husband O’Neal of Garrison
Dorothy Roberts and husband Ozen of Garrison
Archie Moffett and husband Simmie of Garrison
Christine Bell all of Garrison
Lillie Grimes and husband Bob of Washington
Lillian Walker of Washington
Margie Wilkerson and husband Eddie of Washington
Patsy Greer and husband Weldon of Center

*Due to Martin Luther King Drive being under construction: Detour from Martin Luther King Drive to Nobles St, to Garrett Street, & to 804 Martin Luther King Dr. (Hicks Mortuary)

Services under the direction of Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas.


05/29/2014

Alvin William, Dorner, 91, of Center previously from Haskell, Texas, went to meet his Lord God on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

Graveside Service will be 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Willow Cemetery in Haskell, Texas with Rev. Troy Culpepper officiating. Visitation will be Friday, May 30, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

The product of German descent and the embodiment of the strong –willed, determination, and spirit that is needed to be a farmer, Alvin Dorner embraced and often fought the land and nature to provide for his family and help his friends. He became a resident and farmer in Haskell, Texas in 1945 and continued as such until he retired at the age of 82 when he moved to Center, Texas. Alvin Dorner’s deep love for the land that he tilled and for the country that it symbolized, led him into military serviceduring World War II. In the service of his country from 1942 to 1945, he flew 33 missions as a tail-gunner with his plane and crew leading three of those missions. As a staff sergeant of the US Air Force,he faced death and witnessed the death of others with the fortitude and bravery that few of us can imagine. Although this took a severe toll on his spiritual well-being because of his strong belief in the Ten Commandments, he continued to strive for what he considered good and right. Alvin Dorner always strived to impart to others those attributes of good and right. He will truly be missed by those who knew and loved him.

He is preceded in death by his German parents, Albert William Dorner & Katherine Meinen Dorner, his first wife, Virginia McCarty Dorner, his baby girl, Barbara Ann Dorner and his adopted son, Alvin Wayne Dorner.

He is survived by:
Wife: Margie Slatter Dorner of Center & members of her family

Sister:
Lucille Prokisch

Nephews:
Ronnie and Dean Prokisch & their wives

Daughter:
Kathie and husband Henry Alvin Sherman, Jr.

Daughter-in-law:
Linda and husband Mike St. John

Grandchildren:
Alichia and husband Paul Warren
Rhonda and husband Bobby Howard
James Boatman

Great Grandchildren:
Alvina Sherman
Baron Hendrix
Tyler Howard
Matthew
Emily Howard
Maison Boatman

Great Great Grandchildren:
Kyliegh Moats
Kyrain Moats

Pallbearers: James Boatman, Bobby Howard, Paul Warren,Barron Hendrix, Russell Beakley & Richard MathisIn

Lieu of flowers, Family requests donations can be made In Memory of Alvin Dorner to Lakeside Village Assisted Living, 1468 Loop 500, Center, Texas 75935.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com.


05/28/2014

Joe David Daniel Bullard Sr., 59, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. He was born January 24, 1955 in Springhill, Louisiana to Odell Bullard and Annie Rae Beshea Bullard. Mr. Bullard served in the United States Army.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service, with military honors, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Rocky Mount Cemetery in the Rocky Mount Community of Louisiana.

He is survived by
Wife: Barbara Bullard of Center

Sons:
J.D. Bullard and wife, Kelly of Bossier City, Louisiana
Daniel Culver of Nacogdoches
James Bullard and wife, Lillie of Johnson City, Tennessee

Daughter: Christina Bullard of Johnson City, Tennessee

12 Grandchildren

Brothers:
Mac Bullard and wife, Betty Jean of Sarepta, Louisiana
Ray Dell Bullard of Nacogdoches
Maston Andrew Louis Bullard of Blanchard, Louisiana

Sisters:
Annie Elaine McDaniel and husband, Leroy of Denham Springs, Louisiana
Patty Sue Holdiness and husband, John of Magnum, Louisiana
Katie Louise Lanclos and husband, Francis of Clinton, Louisiana
Tammy Adams of Shreveport, Louisiana

Preceded in death by
Parents: Odell Bullard and Annie Rae Beshea Bullard
Sister: Elizabeth Gay Bullard Brayant

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


Robert (Dick) Lee Johnson, 84, of Center passed away Monday morning, May 26, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Mr. Johnson will lay-in-state on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 10am to 11 am at Triumph Center. Visitation will be Friday, May 30, 2014 from 7pm to 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, TX.

Interment will be at Westview Cemetery in Center, TX. with Bishop Howard Cloudy officiating.

Mr. Robert Lee Johnson is survived by
Daughter: Alice Dock of Center

Sons:
Carl Johnson, and wife, Louise of Center
Robert Lynn Johnson, and wife Emma Joan of Center
Charles Johnson of Dallas
Glen Johnson, and wife, Debra of Center
Bobby Johnson, and wife, Della of Center
Tommy Johnson of Center

Sister: Dessie Manning of Los Angeles, CA.

Brother: Jessie Sims of San Augustine, TX.

18 Grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren

Brother-in-law: Kent Jones of Center


Bianchey Faye Goodwin, 75, passed away on Monday May 26, 2014 in Fort Worth, TX.

Memorial services will be held at 1pm on Saturday May 31, 2014 at Pleasant Grove Baptist in Center, TX with Pastor Liz Tatum officiating.
Mrs. Goodwin was born in Center, TX. on December 1, 1938. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mazena and L.Z. Goodwin; siblings, Willie Glen Goodwin, Rev. Billy Ray Goodwin and Bennie P. Goodwin-Tatum.

She is survived by her beloved children and grandchildren, Valerie Goodwin, Sonja Betts and husband Carl (Anthony Wilson) and Patrick Goodwin and wife Kathryn; Kendall White and Avery Goodwin; eight sisters, and one brother, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

Services are under the direction of Guardian Funeral Home and Community Funeral Home.


05/25/2014

Funeral services for Mr. Sammy R. Dillon, 62, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, TX, with Bro. Eric Pledger officiating. Interment with Masonic graveside rites will follow in Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, TX. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Taylor Funeral Home. Mr. Dillon passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Garrison.

Born May 31, 1951, in Houston, TX, Sammy R. Dillon was the son of the late Hayden Dillon and Billie Ruth Cantrell Dillon. He was a graduate of Timpson High School, a member of Park Place Masonic Lodge, Houston, a life member of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, Houston, and a member of First Baptist Church, Timpson. Sammy Dillon had been a contractor in environmental services.

Survivors include mother Billie Ruth Dillon of Nacogdoches, wife Pam Dillon of Nacogdoches; son Kirk Dillon and wife Haley of Nacogdoches; daughter Natisha Allen and husband Kyle of Timpson; grandchildren: Taylor Morris, Paytin Dillon, Tyler Morris, Megan Dillon, Taran Morris, Liam Dillon, and Lukas Allen; brothers Danny Dillon, Mike Dillon and wife Pat, and Tony Dillon; and sister Tina Lightfoot and husband David.

Sammy was preceded in death by his father Hayden Dillon, daughter-in-law Tara Dillon, and brothers Wayne, Joe, and David Dillon.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Drive, Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.



Funeral services for Janie McSwain Johnson, of Cleveland, Texas will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014, in the chapel of Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas with Rev. Buddy Johnson and Dr. Gene Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in Old Salem Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Mrs. Johnson passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014, surrounded by her family, at her home in Cleveland, Texas.

Mattie Janie Johnson was born January 10, 1921, in Shelby County, Texas to Lee and Ethel McSwain. Janie was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Conroe, Texas.

Janie is survived by her son, Rev. Buddy Johnson and wife, Taffy of Waxahachie, Texas; two daughters, Jane Edwards and husband, Gene of Ft. Worth, Texas and Jean Anderson of Cleveland, Texas; nine loving grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Maxine Jernigan and Christine Mahan of Center, Texas; one brother, Bobby McSwain and wife, Connie of Irving, Texas and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Grady Johnson; one sister, Luna Waller and one brother, Earl McSwain.

Serving as pallbearers are her grandsons, Scott Johnson, Ben Johnson, Jon Johnson, Alan Johnson, Tommy Rose, Zane Copeland, Prentice Anderson, Jared Anderson, Tommy Gaskins, Adam Anderson and Andy Anderson. Honorary pallbearers will be Warren G. McSwain, Oren Warr, J.C. McSwain, Doyle Luman, Howard Johnson and Bro. Thomas Monroe.

In lieu of flowers, it was Janie’s desire that memorial donations be made to Baptist Missionary Association of America, Mexico Missions, PO Box 30910, Little Rock, Arkansas 72260.

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


05/22/2014

Mrs. Anita Louise Rhodes passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Nacogdoches, Texas, at the age of 67.

Louise was born Jan. 23, 1947, to parents James Buford Box and Vinnie Dorline Cranford Box. She grew up in the Timpson area, graduating from Timpson High School and Massey Business College.

Louise has lived in the Central Heights area of Nacogdoches County for more than 20 years.

She was a loving and faithful daughter, wife, mother, and Granny to her family. She had a strong heart, which helped her fight a hard 25-year battle. She's now at rest in the arms of Jesus.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Buford "Mike" Box; and granddaughter, Megan Hailey.

Her survivors include her husband, William F. "Bill" Rhodes; son, Lindy Cordell Hailey and wife Kailie; daughter, Kerri Lynn Martin and husband Joshua; her mother, Dorline Box; grandchildren, Brad Hailey and wife Ariel, Lane Hailey, Paige Hailey, Jillian Martin, Katy Martin, and Kamden Martin; and brothers, Billy Ray Box and wife LaEdra and James Box and wife Elaine.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 22.

Services are set for 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, with Bro. Josh Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Rock Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Brad Hailey, Lane Hailey, Gary Adkison, Chris Box, Brian Box, and Robbie Box.

Louise's family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society , 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, TX 75904-3358.

Arrangements are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches, Texas. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.


Jane Roberts Perry, 92, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. She was born August 30, 1921 in Reese to Jerry Roberts and Louise Boles Roberts. Ms. Perry graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1939. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star and Rachel Bible Class of First Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ed McRae officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Chad Solieu, Kaleb Smith, Chris Karschnick, Marty Askew, Kevin Askew and Bruce Britt. Honorary pallbearers will be Reid Peace and Brayden Britt.

She is survived by
Children:
Wayne Perry and wife, Barbara of Center
Sue Dumatrait and husband, Billy of Ragley, Lousiana
Janice Askew and husband, Leon of Gilmer

Grandchildren:
Teresa Britt of Center
Dana Evans of Timpson
Marty Askew of Austin
Kevin Askew of Winnsboro
Jennifer Karschnick of Ragley, Louisiana
Jaymie Solieu of Lake Charles, Louisiana

10 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Husband: Troy Perry
Brothers: Wilburn Roberts, Darel Roberts, Wayne Roberts
Sisters: Jean Chapel, Florein White

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


Annie Fay (Jack) Johnson, 84, of Center, passed away Tuesday May 20, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 7-8pm at the Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, Texas. Lay-in-state will be held from 10-11 Saturday morning May 24, 2014 at the St. Paul Baptist Church in Center, Texas. Services will be held directly following the lay-in-state with Bishop Howard Cloudy officating. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery Center, Texas.

Survivors include:

Husband: Robert Johnson

Daughter:
Alice Dock of Center

Sons:
Carl Johnson of Center
Robert Lynn and wife Emma Jean Johnson of Center
Charles Johnson of Dallas
Glen and wife Debra of Center
Bobby and wife Della Johnson of Center
Tommy Johnson of Center

Brother:
Kent Jones of Center

18 Grandchildren

35 Great Grandchildren

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral home, Center, Texas.


James Derek (Do Right) Belin, 46, of Center, passed away Monday, May, 19, 2014 in Huxley Texas. Visitation will be held Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, Texas. Services will be held Saturday May 24, 2014 at 12 noon at the Center Triumph Church in Center, Texas with prophetess Lydia Osby officating. Interment will follow at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas.

Survivors Include:

Wife: Chinita Belin of Center

Daughter:
Jamine Belin of Center

Brothers:
Joe Belin and wife Daphne of Houston, Texas
Travis and wife Tracey Belin of Center

Sister:
Tonya Belin of Center

Granddaughter:
Ayla Belin of Center

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Mr. Carl “Julio”Brown, age 75 of Timpson, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Green Acres Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.

Graveside service will be Friday, May 23, 2014 at 2pm at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center with
Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating. There will not be any visitation.

Mr. Brown was born March 26, 1939 in San Augustine County to Parents, Jake Brown & Vena (Holloway) Brown. He graduated from Chireno High School. He worked as a truck driver for Central Freight for many years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jake & Vena Brown, 4 Brothers, Alfred Brown, Morris Brown, Clarence Brown, & Norris Brown and 2 Sisters, Mattie Doyens, and Denny “Ruth” Brown and Special Step son, James “Jim” Brown.

He is survived by:

Wife, Linda (Ceal) Brown of Timpson

5 Grandchildren:
Morgan Baker of Timpson
Raina Baker of Timpson
Ryan Paul Baker of Timpson
Chandler Burgay of Timpson
McKenzie Burgay of Timpson

Great Grandchildren:
Kane Baker, Kase Baker, Ryder Baker & Avery

Brothers & Sisters:
Paul Brown & wife, Lorri of Garrison
Nolan Brown & wife, Gaye of Nacogdoches
Wayne Brown & wife, Lamerle of Douglas
Harley Lester Brown of Longview
Archie Brown of Alabama
Ivern Shaw of Blackjack

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

Brother-in-law: Frank Ceal of Highlands

Pallbearers: Morgan Baker, Ryan Paul Baker, Chandler Burgay, James Howland, Joey Jernigan & Stephen Burgay
Honorary Pallbearers: Patrick Shaw & Eric Perry.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


05/19/2014

Daniel Harrington, 67, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at his residence. He was born October 7, 1946 in Kaplan, Louisiana to Dewey Harrington and Paula Gaspard Harrington. Mr. Harrington enjoyed motorcycling, cooking and watching Texans football. He was of the Catholic faith.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Reynolds Cemetery in the Dreka Community of Shelby County with Bro. Kerry Green officiating.

Pallbearers will be Tod LaVergne, Don Younker, Ryan Kutner, Marty Byrd, Phillip Pryor, Gilbert Liscano and Brock Pryor.

He is survived by
Wife: Shirley Harrington of Shelbyville

Daughters:
Penny Younker and husband, Don of Houston
Michelle LaVergne and husband, Tod of Port Neches
Danelle Galloway of Kent, Washington
Rachelle Pryor and husband, Phillip of Nederland

Son: John Harrington of Groves

12 Grandchildren

4 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Parents: Dewey Harrington and Paula Gaspard Harrington
Granddaughter: Barra Kutner
Brothers: Floyd Harrington, Robert “Bobby” Harrington

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


05/17/2014

Iva Nell Fields, 93, of Orange and formerly of Center, passed away on May 14, 2014, at Sabine House in Orange.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. A graveside service will be at 3:00 p.m. at Patroon Cemetery in Patroon, Texas.

Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Patroon, Texas, on August 24, 1920, she was the daughter of Ollie Burette Whitten and Della Mae (Lout) Whitten. Nell worked as a machine operator at Equitable Bag Company in Orange for ten years, and later retired from Herider Farms in Center. She loved her family and was a wonderful cook.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Thomas F. Talbert and Robert Louis Fields; parents, Ollie Burette and Della Mae (Lout) Whitten; brothers, Carl Whitten, T.E. “June” Whitten; sisters, Sibyl Dover, Laverne Whitten, Lovis Kellum, and Hazel Whitten.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy Smith and husband, J.W. of Orange, Robbie Talbert Gunderson and husband, Dr. Clark of Lake Charles, LA, and Billie Talbert Skinner and husband, Charles of Orange; grandchildren, Jeffrey Smith of Orange, Simone Smith Moore and husband Sam of Orange, Jill Skinner of Vidor, Ashley Gunderson of Lake Charles, LA, and Dr. Camille Gunderson of Oklahoma City, OK; great-grandchildren Mackenzie Moore of Lake Charles, LA, Stephanie Moore of Los Angeles, CA, Brennon Moore of Orange, Brianna Beckley of Vidor, and Nadia Gunderson of Lake Charles, LA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to United Way of Orange County, 1506 W. Park Avenue Orange, TX 77630.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the staffs at Sabine House and River City Hospice for their excellent, loving care of Mrs. Fields.


05/16/2014

Robert Yarbrough, age 81, of Garrison, passed away Wednesday morning, May 14, 2014 at his residence in Garrison, Texas. Visitation will be held from 6pm until 8pm Friday, May 16, 2014 at Community Funeral Homes in Timpson, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at New Liberty Baptist Church, Garrison, Texas. Interment to follow at New Liberty Cemetery, Garrison, Texas with Rev. Cedric Grace officiating.

He is survived by

Daughter, Johnnie (Gerald) Nash of Center, Texas.

Son, Trayland Johnson

5 Grandchildren and a host of neices and nephews.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.


Michelle (Mikki) Jame Mueller. 53, of Tenaha, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014 at her residence. She was born October 21, 1961 in St. Clair, Michigan to Bruce Lewis and Pat Shaver. She was of the Lutheran Faith.

Graveside service will be held at 4:00pm, Saturday, May 17, 2014 at New Prospect Cemetery in Timpson with Bro. Ed McRae officiating.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Mueller, Brian Lewis, Ben Shaver, Dustin Muller, Laurie O'Neill and Chris Lewis Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Lewis, David Lewis, Ralph MAta and Gary Lewis.

She is survived by

Daughter: Laura Mueller of Tenaha, TX
Son: Bobby Mueller of Tenaha, TX

Mother: Pat Shaver of Tenaha, TX
Father: Bruce Lewis of Escanaba, MI

Aunts:
Kathy Hawk of Tenaha, TX
Joanie Shaver of Tennessee

Brothers:
Brian Lewis & Lucy of Tenaha, TX
David Lewis of Escanaba, MI

Sister:
Cindy & Dale Delatte of Tomball, TX

Uncle: Ben Shaver of Tennessee

Nephews: Chris Lewis and Rudy Delatte

Preceded in death by:
Husband: Robert Mueller
Two sons Hoss Cunningham and Brannon Cunningham


05/13/2014

Evelyn Frances Chandler Frazer, 82, of Center, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Nacogdoches. She was born November 26, 1931 in Galena Park to Lawrence Homer Chandler and Myrle Evelyn Bigham Chandler. Ms. Frazer was a member of McClelland Community Church in Shelby County.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins officiating. Interment will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Brazoria Cemetery in Brazoria.

Pallbearers will be Tom Curtis Ansley, Yance Flores, Bobby Lawrence Allgood, Larry Allgood, Randy Allgood, Matthew Trevino and Tom Paul Chandler II.

She is survived by
Children: Carol Ann Davis of Brazoria

Grandchildren:
James Dewayne (Bubba) Davis and wife, Dianna of Brazoria
Ann Ellington and husband, Roger of Brazoria

6 Great Grandchildren

6 Great Great Grandchildren

Sisters:
Ruth Bishop and husband, Jessie of Shelbyville
Alice Ansley of Gary
Jerri Ann Chandler of Shelbyville
Billie J. Briggs of Van Vleck

Nanny’s Special Children:
Matthew Trevino
Savannah Trevino
Tom Paul Chandler II
Yance Flores

A number of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Parents: Lawrence Homer Chandler and Myrle Evelyn Bigham Chandler
Husband: James Edward Frazer
Brothers: Homer Dean Chandler, Noble Ray Chandler, Tom Paul Chandler

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


Miriam Adams Jernigan, 83, of Center, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. She was born August 20, 1930 in Shelby County to Flint Thomas Adams and George Ann Samford Adams. She was of the Baptist faith.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Willie Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Micky Ray, Misty Ray, Liza T Powers, Thomas Jernigan, Todd Jernigan, David Adams, Mark Simmons, John Simmons and Melissa Marcantel. Honorary pallbearers will be Lucas Powers, Melinda Sims, Mallory Sims.

She is survived by
Children:
Rickie Paul Jernigan of Center
Reba Ann Powers and husband, Harry of Amarillo
Rebecca Towns and husband, Mike of Center
Woodie Jernigan and wife, Shina of Center

Grandchildren:
Micky Ray and wife, Melinda Howard Ray of Kingwood
Misty Ray of Center
Melissa Marcantel and husband, Brandon of Zachary, Louisiana
Melinda Sims and husband, Brent of Center
Lucas Powers of Olean, New York
Liza T Powers of Houston
Liberty Powers and wife, Kassie of Amarillo
Lydia Powers of Lake Charles
Thomas Jernigan of Center
Todd Jernigan of Center
Brittany Blunt of Center
James Winkler of Center
Lisa McLawchlin and husband, Kevin of Timpson

12 Great Grandchildren

Daughter-in-law: Vivian Jernigan Ford of Center

Sister-in-law: Betty Adams Simmons of Nacogdoches

Preceded in death by
Husband: Paul Jernigan
Son: Fern Jernigan
Parents: Flint Thomas Adams and George Ann Samford Adams
Brothers: John R. Adams, Robert F. “Bob” Adams, F.T. Adams, Jack Alford
Sister: Lucille Jernigan

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


Michael Drake Tapley, infant son of Michael Tapley and Sarah Smith, passed away Monday, May 12, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. He was born Monday, May 12, 2014.

Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014 at White Rock Cemetery in Center with Bro. Don Windham officiating.

He is survived by
Parents: Michael Tapley and Sarah Smith of Center

Brothers:
Jaden Tapley of Tatum
Conner Tapley of Tatum
Kamden Tapley of Tatum

Step Brother: Chandler Smith of Logansport, Louisiana

Grandparents:
Rhonda Cotten of Center
Mona Smith of Logansport, Louisiana

Great Grandmother: Lois Chandler of Center

Great Great Grandmother: Louise Dent of Center

Aunts:
Brooke Williford and husband, Jason of San Augustine
Nikki Smith and husband, Jeremy of Center

Great Uncle: Blaine Tapley of Shelbyville

Cousins:
River Williford of San Augustine
Daylon Smith of Center

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


Paul Revere Warren was born in Center on August 10, 1917 and passed away at age 96 on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Orange. He was the son of Mac Duff and Annie Brinkley Warren.

Paul’s father, Mac Duff, was the first graduate of Stephen F. Austin (SFA) State University. While his father was enrolled at SFA, Paul was one of the young students that participated in the learning lab classes which trained future teachers.

Paul’s mother, Annie Brinkley Warren, was Postmaster in Neuville, when the trains still made regular stops there.

To attend high school, Paul rode his horse 10 miles, from Neuville to Center.

Paul always had many stories to share and scars to show from his adventures, jumping and crawling through the barbed wire fences to swim in the creeks on the way home from school.

As a young man, Paul worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps (which he himself referred to as “The Tree Army”) which built parks all over the state of Texas. One of the best-known parks is Boykin Springs in The Angelina National Forest located near Sam Rayburn Lake.

While attending SFA, Paul met and married Annie Mae Craig in 1936. It came as a surprise to the couple when they realized their wedding day fell on Halloween!

During World War II, Paul was in the Merchant Marines, stationed in Catalina Island, California. While he was on duty his only child, Frances Ann Warren Henley, was born in Center.

After leaving the Merchant Marines, the family moved to Orange, where Paul worked at Livingston Shipyard as a locksmith, then at DuPont Sabine River Works as a machinist, until he retired.

Paul was a mechanic and could work on most any automobile or piece of machinery. He enjoyed gardening, yard work along with following and investing in the stock market.

Paul Warren was preceded in death by his wives, Annie Mae Warren and Margarette Wilkinson Warren, and by his daughter, Frances Ann Warren Henley.

Paul is survived by his son-in-law, Duane Henley Sr.; 4 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren,
grandson, Duane Henley, Jr. of Dallas; his children Trevor, Georgia, and Lily; grandson, Paul Henley of Orange,; his family, Glenetta (wife), children, Alana, Taylor, Cory and Shelby; grandson, Jeff Henley, Sr. of Austin; his family, Marla (wife), children, Erin and Jeffrey Jr., and granddaughter, Laura Henley Quigley of Pacifica, CA; her family, Peter Quigley (husband), children, Pierce and Abigail.

A Christian Graveside Ceremony and Burial will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Hallsville Cemetery in Hallsville, Texas.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Duane Henley Sr., Duane Henley, Jr., Paul Henley and Jeff Henley, Sr.


05/12/2014

James Harold Black Sr., 91, of Palestine, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Palestine. He was born February 8, 1923 in Alto to Templeton Black and Edna Phares. Mr. Black was a member of Tyre Lodge #198 in Tennessee Colony and also a member of Scottish Right, Shriners and VFW Post #3907. He was of the Baptist faith.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. A graveside service, with military honors, will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Salem Cemetery.

He is survived by

Wife: Paula Kimbro Black of Palestine

Son: Ronald Black of Deer Park

Daughter: Cindy Tindol of Houston

Grandchildren:
Tommy Black of Midland
Stephanie Stephenson of Midland

4 Great Grandchildren

2 Great Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Parents: Templeton Black and Edna Phares Black
Sons: Donald Black, Richard Black, James Black Jr.
Brother: Morris Elmer Black

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


Infant Dixie LeeAnn Graves, born and passed away on May 7, 2014 at UTMB Galveston, Texas.

Graveside Service will be 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 at Strong Cemetery with Bro. Billy Windham officiating.

She is the daughter of Kirk & Amanda Shofner Graves of Shelbyville.

Granddaughter of R.E. "Bubba" Shofner of Shelbyville and Janet & Tom McLeod of Shreveport, LA

Great Grandmother, JoAnn Shofner

She is also survived by 3 brothers, Trey, Bailey & Paxton Graves

Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins & Other Relatives

She is preceded in death by paternal Grandparents, Nim Graves & Kay Patterson, and Great Grandfather, Pete Shofner.

Pallbearers:
Trey Graves, Bailey Graves, Paxton Graves & David McLeod

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


05/11/2014

Charles “Charley” Roy Chase, 78, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Nacogdoches. He was born August 26, 1935 in Kirbyville to Charles Edward Chase and Lucille Burwick Chase. Mr. Chase served in the United States Army from 1961 until 1967.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service, with military honors, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

He is survived by

Sons:
Richard Chase and wife, Patricia of Center
Roy Edward Chase and wife, Cindy of Beaumont

Daughters:
Jana Leija and husband, Rene’ of La Porte
Shirley Metz and husband, Tommy of Baytown

8 Grandchildren

11 Great Grandchildren

Special Friends: Tina & Tommy Powell of Shelbyville

Preceded in death by
Parents: Charles Edward Chase and Lucille Burwick Chase
Daughter: Grace Ann Chase
Grandson: Chad Sims
Granddaughter: Alicia Chase Benoit
Brother: Billy Chase
Sister: Wanda Chase Smith

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


J. D. Walton, 80, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014 in San Augustine. He was born August 16, 1933 in Idabel, Oklahoma to Dorris Downy Walton and Wynona Coon Walton. Mr. Walton served in both the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Mr. Walton was a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Stanley, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 12, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Kimberly Walton of Galveston
Michelle Smith and husband, Darren of Joaquin
Mickey Estes and husband, Eddie of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Adam Estes and wife, Kayla
Dakota Smith
Carlie Smith
Elijah Smith
Ethan Brandon
Marlea Brandon
Michael Estes
Jax Smith

Sisters:
Mickey Young and husband, Doug of Buna
Patricia Nunley and husband, Junior of Gilmer
Bernice Cooper and husband, Noble of Gilmer

Brothers:
Joe Walton and wife, Joan of Ben Wheeler

Sisters-in-law:
Jan Wolle of South Dakota
Linda Newman of Gary
Belva Spiva and husband, Clayton of Willis

Numerous other relatives

Close Family Friends:
Freddy Kawaja
Tony Powdrill

Preceded in death by
Wife: Barbara Walton
Parents: Dorris Downy Walton and Wynona Coon Walton
Brothers: James “Bull” Walton, Mike Walton
Father-in-law & Mother-in-law: Adam and Ruth Bayer
Brother-in-law: Buck Newman

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


05/10/2014

Ruth Laverne Fountain Akridge, 90, of Center, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 in Carthage. She was born July 15, 1923 in Nacogdoches to James Obie Mancil and Nettie Fussell Mancil. Ms. Akridge was a member of Center United Pentecostal Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Monday, May 12, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Kerry Green and Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery in Center.

She is survived by
Children:
Joe Fountain and wife, Delores of Center
James Fountain and wife, Diane of Joaquin
Paula Rogers and husband, Rick of Oakhurst

Sister: Shirley Morgan of Naples, Florida

Stepchildren:
Carolyn Fenley and husband, Dub of Center
Susan Toomer and husband, Jimmy of Woden
Billy Akridge and wife, Jan of Center
Gene Akridge and wife, Zandra of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Lisa Hailey and husband, David of Timpson
Cindy Fontenot and husband, Jamie of Groves
Jason Fountain and wife, Cathy of Crosby
Joey Fountain and wife, Iletha of Center
Brian Fountain of Brooklyn, New York
Megan Clark of Columbia, Missouri

Great Grandchildren: Olivia LaCroix, Timothy Simoneaux, Fred Robinson, Jonathon Robinson, Alissa Hailey, Abbey Hailey, Mitch Fountain, and Leah Fountain

Great Grandchild: AJ LaCroix

A Number of Step Grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: James Obie Mancil and J.I. (Slim) Akridge and Nettie Naomi Akridge
Husbands: John Mitchell Fountain and Luther Bill Akridge
Son: Billy Eugene Fountain
Sister: Lessie Mae Fountain
Brothers: James Allen Mancil and Edward Cecil Mancil
Great Grandchildren: Addison Brooke Hailey and Ashley Nicole Fountain
Stepchildren: Benny Jo Akridge, Jimbo Akridge, Danny Akridge, and Joyce Chandler

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


05/09/2014

Funeral service for Elizabeth Ann Hooper, 80, of McKinney, TX, (formerly of Timpson, TX) will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Bro. Mario Osby and Orval Miller officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 -8:00 PM, Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home. Ms. Hooper passed away in Frisco, TX, on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Born October 12, 1933, in Shreveport, LA, Elizabeth Ann Hooper was the daughter of the late Ed and Edna (Sayer) Hooper. After graduation from Timpson High School in 1951, she worked at various businesses in town for over 40 years, where her smile and humor touched many lives. After suffering a debilitating illness in later life, she moved to the Frisco area to be closer to her youngest son. While there, her newfound talent for poetry and art brightened the lives of those around her. Liz touched many people in her life, and she will be loved and missed by all.

Survivors include sons, Kim Parkman and wife Frankie of Marshall, TX, and Brad Parkman and wife Michelle of McKinney, TX; grandchildren: Tracy Woods, Rachael Payne, Cody Parkman, Channing Elizabeth Parkman, and Chaz Anderson Parkman; and great grandchildren: Kate and Daniel Overstreet, Joseph and Zack Stallone, and Preston Parkman.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Jonathan Earl Swindle, age 38, of Shelbyville, life ended tragically on May 4, 2014. He was born July 5, 1975, in Shelby County, TX to Archie and Clarice Swindle. A viewing will be held from 12 noon until 8pm on Friday, May 9, 2014. No funeral services are planned and he will be cremated.

Survivors include:

Son, Jadavion Swindle

Brothers:
Levard (Heidi) Swindle
Gerald Swindle

Sister, Lisa Hill

Nephews, Christavious Swindle and Xavier Hill

Nieces, Janesha Swindle and Jasmine Swindle.

He also leaves behind numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and great friends. He will be truly missed.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Dorothy and Ranzie Swindle.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


05/08/2014

Jose Gorgonio Valencia-Ramirez, 84, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at his residence. He was born January 9, 1930 in Veracruz, Mexico to Agustin Valencia and Marcelina Ramirez.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 9, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will follow at 4:00 p.m. at Strong Cemetery.

He is survived by
Wife: Maria Vicencia Santes Salazar of Mexico

Daughters:
Eduarda Valencia of Mexico
Maria Jesus Valencia of Mexico

Sons:
Raymundo Valencia Santes of Center
Nieves Emigdio Valencia of Shelbyville
Jose Valencia of Center
Jose Gorgonio Valencia of North Carolina

Grandchildren:
Raymundo Valencia of Huxley
Cristian Valencia of Center
Angelica Valencia of Center
Dana Karen Valencia of Shelbyville
Felipe Valencia of Center

Six other grandchildren of Mexico

Ten Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Parents: Agustin Valencia and Marcelina Ramirez

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


05/07/2014

Stanley Wayne Lewis of Leasburg, Missouri was born to the union of Woodrow W. “Tuck” and Dorothy S. (Higgins) Lewis on March 4, 1950 in St. Louis County, Missouri and left from this life on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the age of 64.

Stan owned and operated Sample Enterprises a Trucking, Brokerage and Contractor Company. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1969 – 1973, a member and Past Commander of Cuba VFW Post #7147, VFW All American Commander and American Legion Post #522. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.

Stan is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers Jim, Elmer “Lee” and Ed Lewis.

Those who are left to treasure his memory and to continue his legacy are his wife Delia (Stilwell) Lewis of Leasburg, Missouri; four children Joy and husband Robbie Sullivan of Center, Texas, Pamela and husband Ben Wesley of Oakley, Michigan, Jenell Kamler of Cuba, Missouri, Stanley Wayne and wife Casie Lewis, Jr. of Smithville, Missouri; eleven grandchildren Crystan Lake, Casson and wife Britlee Sullivan and Chesnie Sullivan, Shaina and husband Scott Schneider, Anne and Hannah Wesley, Lillian and Evan Kamler, Keely, Gwendalyn and Jonathan Lewis; seven great-grandchildren Cobey and Shailey Forester, Brantley and Emberley Lake, Fallon Sullivan, Leigha and Benjamin Schneider; two sisters Betty Green and Mary Lewis both of Gerald, Missouri; two brothers Jerry and wife Judy Lewis of Castlewood, Missouri, Donald and wife Linda Lewis of Union, Missouri; sister-in-law Betty Stilwell of Harding, Nebraska; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2013 2:00 p.m. at the VFW Post #7147 704 E. Washington St. Cuba, Missouri. As per his request, Stan will be cremated.

If desired, memorials would be appreciated to the American Cancer Society.

The Mizell Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Lewis family.


05/06/2014

Bobby Stone, 75, of Jones Creek passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014 at his residence. He was born on August 6, 1938 in Rusk County to his parents Charles and Clara Stone.

Bobby was a machinist for Dow for 32 years. He was a proud member of the Lake Jackson Masonic Lodge #1317 and the Velasco Eastern Star Lodge #220. He enjoyed coaching little league for many years, was an avid hunter and always enjoyed fishing. Through all the years Bobby's pride and joy were always his grandsons.

He is survived by his loving wife Peggy Stone, one son; Keith Stone and wife Pam, one sister; Doris Lamb and husband Richard, two grandsons; Trent Stone and wife Ricy and Cody Stone and wife Mary, great grandchildren Kylee and Triston and one more great granddaughter Kalyn on the way.

Bobby is preceded in death by his parents, son; Charlie Stone, one brother Charles Roy Stone and one niece Dr. Carla Degges.

Visitation will be at Stroud Funeral Home, Monday, May 5, 2014 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Funeral service will be at Stroud Funeral Home, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Rodney Coates officiating. Bobby will be laid to rest at Caledonia Cemetery in Garrison, Texas. Graveside service will be at the Caledonia Methodist Church on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will start at 10:00 AM till service time.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of IPH Hospice for all their care.

Online condolences may be sent www.stroudfuneralhome.com.

The family has asked in lieu of flowers please give donations to Emmanuel Baptist Church at P.O. Box 1055-C in Clute, TX 77531.


05/05/2014

Graveside service for Mrs. Marian M. Gentry, 85, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Mrs. Gentry passed away Monday, May 5, 2014, in Center, TX.

Born January 28, 1929, in Shelby County, TX, Marian Mims Gentry was the daughter of the late John Mims, Sr. and Mary Cozart Mims. She was a member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son James Ray Gentry; sister Lorene McEntire of Timpson; 2 grandchildren, Beth Sanchez and husband Jose of California and Cheryl Gentry and Thomas Martin of Wylie, TX; 8 great grandchildren: Jacob Cameron Sanchez, Gabrielle Elisha Sanchez, Salvador Angel Sanchez, Rickey Pilar Sanchez, Michelle Bryant, Eddie Martin, Brianna Martin, and Sean Martin; 2 great great grandchildren: La’Kai and La’Kayla Daniel; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

In addition to her parents, Marian Gentry was preceded in death by husband Hubert Gentry,
3 brothers, and 4 sisters.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX, is in charge of arrangements.


05/01/2014

Billie Jane Edwards, 83, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center. She was born April 11, 1931 in Kemp to Artie Ephraim Elston and Mae Tildy Tanner Elston.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 5, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Visitation will be held an hour prior to service time.

She is survived by
Granddaughters:
Penny Garcia of Center
Shelly Gonzales of Joaquin

Grandson: Kenneth Robertson and wife, Meagan of Tenaha

Great Grandchildren:
Robyn Lane
Angel Gonzalez

Great Great Grandchildren:
Caleb Robertson
Rebecca Robertson
Matthew Robertson
Joseph Robertson
Jaylon Lane
Rihana Lane
Ava Rae Lane

Nieces:
Marie Scaliantine
Teresa Elston

Nephew:
Terry Elston
Ricky Elston

Preceded in death by
Husband: Paul Edwards
Daughter: Georgia Jones
Parents: Artie Ephraim Elston and Mae Tildy Tanner Elston
Brother: Van Elston
Nephew: Gary Elston

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


Tommy Rector, 48, of Center passed away Tuesday morning April 29, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. A wake will be held on Friday night, May 2, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, TX. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Baptist Church in Center, TX on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11am. Interment will be at Westview Cemetery in Center, TX with Pastor Freddie Wilson officiating.

He is survived by

Wife: Lagina Rector of Center, TX

3 Daughters:
Latundra Rector of Center, TX
LaRhonda Garrett, with husband, Carlos of Shelbyville, TX
Tamara Harris, and husband, Jeremiah of San Augustine, TX

9 Grandchildren

1 Sister: Paulette Holcombe of Houston, TX

2 Brothers:
Billy Wayne Rector, and wife, Wanda of Dallas, TX
Johnny Wayne Rector, and wife, Kathy of Dallas, TX

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Sally Lawson, 86, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Port Arthur. She was born September 29, 1927 in Noble, Louisiana to Ebbie Laurie Windham and Nancy Zelma Squires Windham. Ms. Lawson loved to bake and spend time with her family. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Sardis Cemetery in Center with Bro. Pat Windham and Bro. Chad Lawson officiating.

Pallbearers will be Scott Lawson, Chad Lawson, Shane Lawson, Tyler Lawson, Mark Lawson Jr., James McKay, Dennis Reading and Ricky Hopkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Perry, Aaron Perkins and Daniel Weems.

She is survived by
Daughter: Pam Lawson of Port Neches

Sons:
Randy Lawson and wife, Bonnie of Groves
Harold Lawson and wife, Bonnie of Groves
Melvin Lawson and wife, Rachel of Groves
Mark Lawson and wife, Debbie of Groves

Grandchildren:
Kimberly Davis of Port Neches
Kristal McKay and husband, James of Vidor
Scott Lawson and wife, Ronia of Houston
Shane Lawson and wife, Stephanie of Port Neches
Jennifer Perkins and husband, Aaron of Longview
Heather Reading and husband, Dennis of Groves
Miranda Lawson of Groves
Misty Hopkins and husband, Ricky of Groves
Haley Perry and husband, Jacob of Groves
Mark Lawson Jr. and wife, Rachel of Port Neches
Chad Lawson and wife, Angela of Austin
Tyler Lawson of Austin

Great Grandchildren:
Caitlin Davis, Caleb Davis, Joshua Davis, Mackenzie Degeyter, Brayden Degeyter, Kourtlin McKay, Lori Elle McKay, Connor McKay, Sophie Lawson, Tanner Lawson, Grace Lawson, Joel Lawson, Lawson Perkins, Laney Jo Perkins, Reese Reading, Evan Hopkins, Jaxton Perry, Daylin Lawson, Reagan Lawson, Berit Lawson, Emma Lawson, Bryson Reading

Brother: Pat Windham and wife, Janice of Center

Sisters:
Doris Whitley of Center
Shirley Shofner and husband, Joe of Center

Brothers-in-law:
Billy Lawson of Center
Tommy Lawson and wife, Clyde of Joaquin
Darrell Partlow of Center

Sisters-in-law:
Ruby Hughes and husband, Charles of Center
Wynnell Lawson of Center
Leonna Lawson of Baytown
Nadine Lawson of Center
Judy Carrington of Center

Special Niece: Peggie Watson Williams

Special Nephew: Bobby Watson

Numerous other nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Husband: Joel Halbert Lawson
Parents: Ebbie Laurie Windham and Nancy Zelma Squires Windham
Brothers: Melvin Thomas Windham, Donald Ray Windham
Sister: Annie Ruth Windham Watson
Brothers-in-law: Doyle Watson, Alan Whitley, Glen Lawson, Happy Lawson, Forrest Lawson, Bud Cockrell, Earnest Carrington
Sisters-in-law: Oleta Cockrell, Mildred Partlow, Jean Lawson

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Sally Lawson’s name to the Sardis Cemetery Association.

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


Anne Goodwyn Horne, 64, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 01, 2014 at her home in the Neuville Community.

Graveside Service will be 2pm, Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Neuville Cemetery in Center with Bro. Lamar Rash & Bro. Ed McRae officiating. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 5pm until 8pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born October 24, 1949 in Shelby County to Parents, Ray E. & Martha (Stotts) Goodwyn. She was a member of Sardis Pentecostal Church. She retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone where she worked for over thirty years. She is preceded in death by her Parents, Ray E. & Martha Goodwyn, Son, Jason Dale Horne, and Sister, Angie Chamberlain.

She is survived by:

Husband, Dale Horne of Center

Son & Daughter-in-law: Ray & Kerri Griffin of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
Keni Griffin Bradshaw & husband, Jake of Center
Kelsi Griffin of Shelbyville
Kaci Griffin of Shelbyville

Great Grandson: Jason Tate Bradshaw of Center

3 Sisters:
Martha Rae Wolf of Tennessee
Sue Babin of Beaumont
Pat Jernigan of Shelbyville

2 Sisters-in-law:
Carolyn Lamb & husband, Burley of Center
Joan Andrews of Center

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Melvin Crawford, age 59, of Center, Texas passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014 at his residence in Center, Texas.

Visitation will be Friday, May 2, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Garner & Son Chapel.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Baptist Church in Center, Texas. Interment will be at St. John Cemetery with Rev. Winston Kilbes, officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife: Lena Crawford of Center, Texas

Son: Joseph Tarver of Center, Texas

Daughters:
Aretha Williams of Fort Worth, Texas
Brandi Tufts of Fort Worth, Texas
Celena Tarver of Center, Texas

6 Grand Children

3 Great-Grand Children

Brother: Daniel Crawford Jr. (Valorie S.) of Garland, Texas

Sister: Alice Richards Horn of Pineland, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.


Jose Garcia-Broca, 34, of Center, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014 in Ohio. He was born December 8, 1979 in Mexico to Miguel DeLaCruz and Nelli Garcia Broca.

Funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, May 3, 2014 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Center. A visitation will be held two hours prior to service time. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Craig Wittenburg, Jeff McDaniel, Tommy Gunter, Justin Underbrink, Justin McDaniel, Diego Caraveo, Gabriel Caraveo and Ivan Meneses.

He is survived by

Wife: Sara Garcia of Center

Sons:
Jesse Miguel Garcia of Center
Preston Maddox Garcia of Center

Mother: Nelli Garcia Broca of Mexico

Sisters:
Paulina Garcia of Mexico
Margarita Garcia of Mexico
Miguel Garcia of Mexico

Preceded in death by
Father: Miguel DeLaCruz

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

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04/30/2014

Harriett Russell, 66, of Nacogdoches, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Nacogdoches. She was born May 27, 1947, in Center to Simon Russell and Margaret Cammack Russell. Ms. Russell graduated from Center High School in 1965. She was a devoted Christian lady, who genuinely dedicated her life to her love of the Lord. Ms. Russell was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 2, 2014, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Steve Russell officiating. Interment will follow at Clever Creek Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Randy Russell, Dillon Windham, Bret Windham, Rodney Collette, Gerald Parker and Michael Neuwirth.

She is survived by

Daughters:
Dr. Marcia (Bridwell) Edson and son-in-law, Jeff, of Murray, Kentucky
Angela (Bridwell) Ford and son-in-law, Gary, of Nacogdoches

Brothers:
Dudley Russell and wife, Lisa, of Katy
Larry Russell and wife, Barbara, of Center
Glynn Russell and wife, Sandra, of Center

Sisters:
Paula Russell Thurmond and husband, Ron, of Sugarland
Vicky Russell Hudson of Center

Nieces:
Kimberly Russell
Deeann Russell McMullen
Alicia Russell
Sarah Russell
Lindsey Thurmond Guevara
Kristi Russell Tucek
Elise Russell Neuwirth
Destiny Russell
Jill Hudson Parker
Leah Hudson Collette

Nephews:
Jason Russell
Randy Russell
Adam Thurmond

Preceded in death by
Parents: Simon Russell and Margaret Cammack Russell

Her family would especially like to thank her devoted care providers, Deborah Calhoun and Sharon Culpepper; Accolade Hospice, particularly Jessica McMillian and Ruby Tutt; and Magnolia Court Assisted Living Center.

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


Pam White, 53, of Center, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. She was born July 22, 1960 in Dallas to Bobby Joe Jones and Shirlene Moore Jones. Ms. White was currently a Board Member of Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Director of Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 2, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Windham and Bro. Cecil Chesser officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Smith, Bobby Waller, Cecil Chesser, Donald Hicks, Allen Jones, David Yates, Mark Jones and Mike Jones.

She is survived by
Sons:
Joey White and wife, Tera of Shelbyville
Josh White of Center

Grandchildren:
Kayla White of Shelbyville
Caitlynn White of Shelbyville
Kylee White of Shelbyville

Parents: Bobby and Shirlene Jones of Center

Sister: Wendy Hicks and husband, Donald of New Mexico

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Brother: Kenneth Jones
Sisters: Terry Jones, Beverly Campbell

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

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


04/29/2014

Calvin Monroe “Pete” Cates, 82, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. He was born August 22, 1931 in Jackson, Mississippi to Clifton Cates and Josephine Tanner Cates. Mr. Cates enlisted in the United States Army in 1954 and was honorably discharged on July 10, 1960, having earned the rank of Corporal. He later worked in Dallas as an iron worker for thirty years. He was a member a Masonic Lodge in Mississippi and also a member of Ephesus Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Ephesus Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

He is survived by
Nieces:
Regina Martin of Jasper, Georgia
Janice Cates and husband, Jay of Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Sister-in-law: Tereasa Cates of Jasper, Georgia

Cousin: Ellis Olsen of Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Reid Cates

Special Friends:
Jimmy & Paula Lout of Shelbyville
Josh Lout and wife, Bridgett and family of Shelbyville
Stacy Lout and family of Shelbyville
Jack Lout and wife, Martha of Center
Frank Weber of Chicago, Illinois

Preceded in death by
Wife: Shirley Cates
Parents: Clifton Cates and Josephine Tanner Cates
Brothers: James Cates, Junior Cates
Niece: Arlene Cates

A special thanks to Robin Goodwin and the Holiday Nursing Home Staff for their compassionate care.

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


04/27/2014

Janet Paulette Wilson, 59, of Center, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014 in San Augustine. She was born January 24, 1955 in Houston to Glenn Hobson Lawson and Wynnell Hammers Lawson. Ms. Wilson was a member of McClelland Community Church.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Antioch Cemetery in Center with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Johnny Lewis officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Pallbearers will be Jason Wigington, Jesse Jones, Robert Quigley, Landon Vindrine, Will Lawson and Andrew Wilson.

She is survived by

Son: Andrew Wilson and wife, Amanda of Marshall

Granddaughter: Kaleigh Wilson of Marshall

Mother: Wynnell Lawson of Center

Brother: Jerry Lawson of Center

Sister: Jenny Ray Fancher of Center

Nephew: Glenn Allen Ray and wife, Lacy of Center

Niece: Brandy Fortney and husband, Eric of Taylor

Great nieces and nephews: Michael Ray, Kendal Ray, Kylie Smith, Cameron Fortney, Malaina Ray

Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other family

Preceded in death by
Husband: Donald “Red” Wilson
Father: Glenn Lawson
Brother-in-law: Richard Fancher

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


Funeral service for Trenton Deloy Parks, age 1, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Woodland Christian Church, Timpson, with Rev. Roy Platt officiating. Interment will follow in Folsom Chapel Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson. Trenton Parks passed away April 27, 2014, in Nacogdoches, TX.

Trenton Deloy Parks was born February 5, 2013, in Crockett, Texas, to parents David Aaron Parks and Leanne Janette (Fox) Parks. He is also survived by brother Trevor Parks of Timpson; grandparents Cecil Parks of Timpson, Debbie Parks of Sedalia, MO, and Dion and Shanna Schoening of Timpson; great grandparents Flavia Langley of Porter, TX, Joe Parks, Sr. of Riverside, TX, and Frank and Bonnie Fox of Onalaska, TX; uncle Daniel Parks and wife Erica of Timpson; aunt Andrea Fox of Houston; and cousins Landon and Kirstie Parks of Timpson.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Ronald Hoyt Patterson, 64, of Center, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center. He was born October 19, 1949 in Center to Hoyt Patterson and Elaine Hardy Patterson. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Powdrill Cemetery in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.

He is survived by
Sons:
Tyler Patterson of Tyler
Sean Patterson of Houston
Jason Patterson of Alaska

Four Grandchildren

Sisters:
Florine Rudd and husband, Carl of Jackson, Tennessee
Deborah Beckers and husband, Doug of Port Neches

Preceded in death by
Parents: Hoyt Patterson and Elaine Hardy Patterson

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church for youth summer camp.

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


Kenneth Burt "Bubba" Koonce, 60, of Houston passed away April 19, 2014. Ken was born February 20, 1954 to Billie Jean Chandler Koonce and Bertie Delton Koonce in Center, Texas. Ken graduated from Center High School in 1972 and he attended the Stephen F. Austin State University.

Ken moved to Houston in 1973 and married his wife of 40 years, Barbara. That same year, Ken started his 40 year Telecommunications career with Southwestern Bell in 1973 and went on to work with several other notable companies in Houston. Ken was proud to have earned all 4 BICSI certifications; RCDD, NTS, OSP, and WD. Ken enjoyed working on the family farm in Waller, TX and vacationing in his favorite place on Earth, Hawaii.

Ken is preceded in death by his mother, Billie Jean Koonce.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Koonce; his father, Bertie Koonce; his daughter, Sarah Johnson and husband Garrett; his son, Alan Koonce; his brother, Keith Koonce and wife Delilah; his sister, Kelly Parker and husband Donald; his granddaughter, Rebekah Rose Johnson; his nieces, Elizabeth and Emily Koonce; and his nephews, Cole Parker and Joel Koonce.

Ken also leaves behind his faithful four-legged office companions, Boo Radley, Petey, and Piper.


Cindy Hargrove Sharp, 49, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014 at her residence. She was born May 10, 1964 in Center to Johnny Hargrove and Frances Shull Hargrove. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jeff Spring and Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Pallbearers will be Jared Hargrove, Cody Miller, Bimbo Sharp, Jeff Sharp, Joey Lawson, Charlie Sharp Jr., Troy Shofner and Jamie Carroll. Honorary pallbearers will be Brad Stanley, Wade Alvis and James David Carroll.

She is survived by
Husband: Richard Sharp of Joaquin

Daughter: Kasey Hargrove of Joaquin

Sons:
Richard Sharp Jr. “Little Man” and wife, Kristina of Joaquin
Jamie Carroll of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Klayton Lewis
Christian Lewis “EZ”
Paislee Sharp

Sisters:
Kim Bridges of Center
Jessica Hargrove of Shelbyville

Brother: Jared Hargrove of Shelbyville

Father: Johnny Hargrove and wife, Connie of Shelbyville

Aunt: Shirley Brittain of Huxley

Special Friends:
Penny Hughes
Debra Brawley Sharp

Special Cousin: Troy Shofner

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Mother: Frances Hargrove
Brother: John Hargrove

A special thanks to Mrs. Rita and the staff of Accolade Hospice for their loving compassionate care.

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


Mary Mixon, 71, of Huxley, resident of Pine Grove Nursing Home, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ed McRae, Bro. Gayle Odom & Bro. Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until service time at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born September 22, 1942 in Panola County to Virgil and Myrtle (Scarborough) Emmons.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Virgle & Myrtle Emmons, Husband, Art Mixon and Brothers, Billy Emmons & Johnny Emmons.

 

She is survived by:

2 Daughters:
Jeanie Matheny of Huxley
Renee Dorsey of Huxley

5 Grandchildren:
Bridgett Gooch of Shreveport
Gina Jones & husband, Aaron of Shreveport
Skyler Gilpatrick of Sayre, OK
Conner Gilpatrick of Huxley
Brooke Dorsey of Huxley

3 Great Grandchildren:
Lee Howell, B.J. Wyatt & Cheyenne Wyatt

3 Sisters:
Nelva Jean Wallace of Henderson
Juanita Dean LaGrone of Deadwood
JoNell LaGrone of Deadwood

Father of Children & Special Friend:
J.B. Dorsey of Huxley

Special Friend:
Hazel McKenize of Center
Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers:
George Matheny, Aaron Jones, Dale LaGrone,
Sammy Emmons, Lynn Emmons, Paul Harvey Emmons,
Joe Wallace & Billy Hill Emmons

Honorary Pallbearers:
Jesse Haywood Wallace, Randy LaGrone, David LaGrone & Roy Gene LaGrone

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Marilyn Kay Vaughn, 66, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was born June 7, 1947 in Pineville, Louisiana to Leo Buchanan and Helen Brown Buchanan. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 28, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Joseph Pemberton and Bro. Bobby Warr officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Pallbearers will be Scott Schroeder, Tyler Schroeder, Garrett Schroeder, Tara Vaughn, Mitch Gunn and Rachel Gunn. Honorary pallbearers will be Dudley Cox, Alvis Buckley, Royce Buckley, O.L. “Tootie” Hendricks, Jerry Cockrell, Steve Jeans and Larry Buckley.

She is survived by
Husband: J.C. Vaughn of Shelbyville

Daughter: Charlotte Gunn and husband, Keith of Biloxi, Mississippi

Mother: Helen Buchanan of Pineville, Louisiana

Sisters:
Dottie Hall and husband, Buddy of Enola, Pennsylvania
Barbi Kokemor and husband, Mark of Pineville, Louisiana

Stepchildren:
Clay Vaughn of Huxley
Pamela Schroeder and husband, Rick of Pasadena

Grandchildren:
Rachel Gunn, Mitch Gunn and wife Jody, Tara Vaughn, Tyler Schroeder, Scott Schroeder, Garrett Schroeder

Great Grandchild: Mckenize Langford

Special Friend: Gina Jacobs

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Father: Leo Buchanan
Brother: Charles Buchanan

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fannie Brown Booth Library, 619 Tenaha Street, Center, Texas 75935 and Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center, 220 Field Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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


04/26/2014

Jack C. Barron, 101, of Center, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. He was born October 6, 1912 in Center to Claude Elmo Barron and Kate MClendon Barron. Mr. Barron graduated from Center High School in 1929. In 1933, he graduated from Texas A & M, where he was second in his class. Mr. Barron worked as a forest ranger, a highway engineer and a surveyor. He owned and operated Builders Supply Company on Shelbyville Street for more than forty years. He served on the Center City Council and was a member of the Texas A & M Century Club. Mr. Barron was a member of First Baptist Church in Center, where he served as a longtime deacon and Sunday school teacher.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Carl Smith officiating. A visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until service time at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

He is survived by

Daughter: Polly Smith and husband, Larry of Center

Granddaughter: Lois Anne Bessinger and husband, Glenn of Longview

Grandson: John Richard Lane of Corpus Christi

Preceded in death by
Wife: Mae Walling Barron
Son: Jack W. Barron
Parents: Claude Elmo Barron and Kate MClendon Barron
Sisters: Ila Sue Barron Massey and Kathryn Barron Meadows

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Barron’s name to First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935 or Fannie Brown Booth Library, 619 Tenaha Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Clyde Wayne Adams, 65, of Center, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 17, 1948 in Shelby County to C.W. Adams and Dixie Marie Emanis Adams. Mr. Adams enjoyed fishing, hunting and working on his bulldozer. He loved his family and especially enjoyed the time spent with his precious grandchildren. Mr. Adams was a member of Folsom Chapel Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Lamar Rash, Bro. Herald Dement and Bro. Henry Hughes officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Brian Hendricks, Richard Tomlin, Jody Porter, Clifton Porter, Donnie Adams, James Cassell, Jason Burch, Darrin Wiggins and Chad Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Adams, Joe Porter, Kerry Emanis, Don Wheeler, Robert Eaden, Brian Denby and the Men of Folsom Chapel Baptist Church.

He is survived by
The love of his life: Pat Adams of Center

Son: Chad Adams and wife, Hollie of Joaquin

Daughter: Patti Redmon and husband, Bobby of Center

Grandchildren:
Cody Denby of Center
Brent Denby of Center
Haley Denby of Center
Caren Adams of Joaquin
Callie Adams of Joaquin
Cierra Adams of Joaquin

Sisters-in-law:
Pennie Cassell of Shreveport
Jeanene Porter of Deadwood
Evelyn Porter of Center

Brother-in-law: Joe Porter of Center

Uncle: Billie Emanis and wife, Jeanette of Lafayette, Louisiana

Aunt: Peggy Adams of Garrison

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: C.W. Adams and Dixie Marie Emanis Adams
Father-in-law: Aaron Porter
Mother-in-law: Hersey Belrose Porter

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


04/25/2014

Funeral service for John Cohron Bush, Jr., 70, of Clayton, TX, will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, April 28, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Rev. Dock Lazarine officiating. Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be 3:00 – 5:00 PM, Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home. Mr. Bush passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, in Longview, TX.

Born January 29, 1944, in Orange, TX, John C. Bush, Jr. was the son of the late John C. Bush, Sr. and Lura Doris Heaton Bush. He graduated from Timpson High School in 1962 and after graduation from Panola College, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University. He was a salesman for many years and then enjoyed farming and ranching. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Clayton, Timpson Masonic Lodge 437, and was also a shriner.

Survivors include wife Angela Davis Bush of Clayton; sons: Todd Bush and wife Cindy of Timpson, Tim Bush and wife Janelle of Timpson, Trevin Bush and wife Janice of Cadiz, Kentucky, and Sean Bush and wife Sondra of Timpson; daughters: Leslie Wood and husband Matt of Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Ashley Hall and husband Rick of Austin, TX; brother, Tommy Bush and wife Annette of Gary, TX; sisters: Beth Tipton and husband Harvey and Sandra Brownlow and husband Keith, all of Timpson; 18 grandchildren: Katie, Tyler, and Maggie Bush, Timothy and Shelby Bush, Whitney Yother and husband Eric, Paige, Trent, Caleb, and Abby Bush, Cameron, Wil, Kyle, Celine, and Celeste Bush, Madison and Eric Wood, and Hudson Hall; and great grandchildren Candyce and Cadyence Yother.

To convey condoloences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


04/24/2014

Eugene D. Blount, Sr., 87, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014 at his home.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Word of Faith Church in Joaquin with Rev. Melba Rogers, Rev. Rennie Baker & Rev. Chris Welch officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born January 8, 1927 in Shelby County to Girard Basil and Dorinda (Coyle) Blount. He served in US Navy. He was a member of Willow Grove Community Church. He owned and operated Blount Barber Shop in Haslam which began in 1954 where he was known as the “flat top specialist”, he also opened barber shops in Shelbyville and Gary.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Girard and Dorinda Blount, Granddaughter, Alaina Claire Blount, Brothers, Avery Blount & Leo Blount and Sisters, Shirley Crocker & Atrell Blount.

He is survived by:

Wife of 67 years, Bernie Beth Blount of Joaquin

Children:
Eugene D. Blount, Jr. & wife, Betty Kay of Joaquin
Sissy Morgan & husband, Phinis of Waxahachie
Linda Ruth Martin & husband, Donnie of Humble
Ronnie Blount & wife, Jan of Waxahachie
Ricky Blount & wife, Ginny of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Gena Blount Bunn & husband, Travis of Longview
Dorinda Blount Williams & husband, Jonathan of Houston
Kelli Blount Falk & husband, Steve of San Antonio
Jeff Morgan & wife, Brande of Waxahachie
Niki Smith & husband, Chris of Leander
Jeremy Martin & wife, Amber of Humble
Lindsey Jones & husband, Matt of Humble
Major Keith Blount & wife, Jennifer of Adana, Turkey
Kevin Blount & wife, April of Arlington
Courtney Bodine & husband, Dr. Trevor Bodine of Prosper
Camille Blount Stanfield & husband, Scott of Tyler
Lewis Blount of Joaquin

21 Great Grandchildren

2 Brothers:
Cline Blount & wife, Patsy of Shreveport
Bo Blount & wife, Janice of Shreveport

Sister, Bobbie Ruth Blount McCaskell of Denver, CO

2 Sisters-in-law:
Jimmie Baker of Waxahachie
Lyndal Gunter & husband, Perry of Houston

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Pallbearers: Jeff Morgan, Jeremy Martin, Major Keith Blount, Kevin Blount, Lewis Blount, Travis Bunn, Jonathan Williams, Steve Falk, Chris Smith, Matt Jones, Trevor Bodine & Scott Stanfield

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Michael Joe Hutto, 61, of Center, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 at New Hope Cemetery in Center.

He was born May 27, 1952 to Joe and Minnie Lucy (Graves) Hutto. He graduated in 1971 from Center High School.

He is preceded in by preceded in death by his Parents, Joe and Lucy Hutto.

He is survived by:

6 Daughters:
Amy Hutto Street of League City
Amber Hutto Isbell
Michelle Hutto
Brandy Hutto of Carthage
Alicia Hutto of Carthage
Kaytee Hutto of Carthage

10 Grandchildren
Numerous Cousins & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


04/23/2014

Lorene Garrett, age 79, of Center, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home. She will lay in state from 10am until 11am on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 with services at 11am at St. Paul Baptist Church, Center, Texas. Interment will be at West View Cemetery, Center, Texas with Pastor Freddie Wilson officiating.

She is survived by:

Nephews:
James Moore of San Augustine
Steve Moore of Nacogdoches

Niece, Lannette Scott of Center

Host of Relatives and Friends

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Leroy Blunt, age 59, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday morning, April 20, 2014 at San Augustine Memorial Hospital. He will lay in state from 1pm until 2pm on Saturday, April 26, 2014 with services at 2pm at Bennett Chapel Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Texas. Interment will be at Bennett Chapel Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas with Evangilist Kenneth Jefferson officiating.

He is survived by

Wife, Alice Blunt of Shelbyville

Daughter, Shalonda Moore of Center

Grandchildren, Kadarious Moore and Saniya Moore, both of Center

Brothers:
MacNeil Blunt of Houston
O'Neal Blunt of Houston
Donald Ray Blunt of Houston
David Goffney of Houston

Sisters
Nancy Sexton of Houston
Olivia Brinson of Houston
Evian Jenkins of Houston
Ardella Huffman of Houston
Antionette Doublin of Houston

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Funeral Services for Mr. Rufus Dennis Pilot Sr. (69) of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Center, will be Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 11:00AM. Services will be held at Hurst Street Church of Christ located at 110 Hurst Street, Center, Texas. Mr. Pilot died April 16, 2014, at Lexington Place Nursing Center in Nacogdoches, Texas. Bro Samuel Bailey will be officiating.

Survivers:

Son: Rufus Pilot Jr. of Dallas, Texas

Daughters: Jennifer Garrett of Shreveport, Louisiana and Carolyn Jackson (Scott) of Dallas, Texas

Brother: Edmond Pilot of California

Sisters: Jo Lynn Poe and Ailene West all of California.

Visitation will be Friday, April 25, 2014, at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Burial will be at Westview Cemetery.

Repass will be at Loop 500 Church of Christ located at 3216 Loop 500 East, Center, Texas 75935.


Lee O. Jackson, age 78, of Houston, TX, formerly of Center, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. He was born May 12, 1935 to Webb and Lucille Kindle Jackson in the East Hamilton Community in Shelby County, Texas. He was the youngest of nine children. He united with the East Hamilton Baptist Church at an early age and served faithfully until he relocated to Houston, TX at the age of 17. Lee O. joined the U.S. Army after graduating from high school. He returned to Houston after completing his tour of duty and worked for Shell Oil until he retired several years ago.

He was united in holy matrimony to Bernice Hubert in August 1970.

He was preceded in death by his wife Bernice H. Jackson, his step-daughter Gertie Hubert Turner, both parents (Webb & Lucille Jackson); his four brothers - Cleveland Jackson, Henderson Jackson, Sylvester Jackson, and C. B. Polley and three of his sisters - Ollie Haley, Minnie B. Martin, and Revatta Sanders.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his sister Lola Chumbley of Houston, TX, his step-son Wayne Hubert and family of Corrigan, TX and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He will be remembered for his candor, generosity, and his quick wit.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:00pm at Johnson Funeral Home located at 5730 Calhoun Road, Houston, Texas. The interment will be at Lilly Island Cemetery, Barnes, Texas.


4/22/2014

Logan Joel Simmons, 6, of Center, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at LSU Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born June 27, 2007 in Nacogdoches to Michael Simmons and Sarah McCarty Simmons. Logan was currently a first grade student at Excelsior ISD. He loved playing outside, especially if it included swimming, jumping on his trampoline and riding his bicycle. Logan’s favorite movie was “Despicable Me” and his favorite song was “Happy.”

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 28, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Steve Noble and Bro. Johnny Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches County.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Dale McCarty, Ronnie James McCarty, B.J. Williams, Terry Littrell and Bobby Alexander. Honorary pallbearers will be Jaxon Williams, Jakeb Williams and Stephen Bentley.

He is survived by
Parents: Michael and Sarah Simmons of Center

Sisters:
Breonna Simmons of Center
MaKenna Simmons of Center

Grandparents:
Rhonda Alexander of Corrigan
Ronnie McCarty of Nacogdoches
Kay Williams of Nacogdoches
Kennith Simmons of Tawakoni

Great Grandparents:
Ann and Robert Malnar of Corrigan
Wesley Alexander of Nacogdoches
Betty and Walter McCarty of Nacogdoches
Woody Simmons of Tawakoni

Great Great Grandparents:
Margarette Kinder of Cleveland

Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and loving friends

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


Danny Flournoy, 81, of Center, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at his residence. He was born March 12, 1933 in DeQueen, Arkansas to William Clinton Flournoy and Dora Ethel Taylor Flournoy. Mr. Flournoy served in the United States Army. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014 at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Chapel from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Anderson II, Jimmy Rhame, Stephen Hix, Leonard Lopez, Kris Dockens and John Chisenhall. Honorary pallbearers will be Douglas Flournoy and Pat Nichols.

He is survived by
Sons:
Andy Flournoy and wife, Michelle of Center
Wesley Flournoy and wife, Janet of Center

Daughters:
Dannette Flournoy of Nashville, Arkansas
Pam Flournoy of Nashville, Arkansas

Grandchildren:
Michael Flournoy and wife, Erin
Shonda Flournoy
Crystal Chisenhall and husband, John
Yolanda Weaver
Nikki Williams
Douglas Flournoy
Jimmy Anderson II
Karissa Flournoy
Hannah Flournoy
Reagan Flournoy
Kaitland Anderson

Great Grandchildren:
Andrew Flournoy
Anna Flournoy
Lilly Chisenhall
Gavin Chisenhall
A’niya Jackson
Kylie Williams

Sister: Billie Ann Shepherd and husband, Bobby of DeQueen, Arkansas

Nephews:
Gary Flournoy of DeQueen, Arkansas
Ricky Flournoy of DeQueen, Arkansas

Special Friend: Josephine Nichols of Center

Preceded in death by
Wife: Ozelle Flournoy
Daughters: Tanna Flournoy, Kristy Flournoy, Kim Flournoy Weaver
Sons: Danny Ray Flournoy, Bobby Flournoy
Brother: Ed Flournoy
Sisters: Lucy Sabastion, Marie Brian

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


04/21/2014

Shelby Ray Crump, 67, passed away April 19, 2014, in Webb City, Missouri. Born September 28, 1946, in Timpson, TX, Shelby Crump was the son of the late Charles Ray Crump and Annie (Gregory) Crump Smith and stepfather Harold Lloyd Smith. Shelby graduated from Timpson High School in 1965 and was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He and Gayla Simon were married on December 13, 1987.

Survivors include his wife Gayla, daughter Leah Marie Crump Dailey and husband Charles Dailey, Jr., their children Jacob Issac Dailey and Braden Alexander Dailey, and their grandsons Leon Hart Dailey and Bentley Alexander Dailey, and son Raymond Lloyd Crump. Also surviving are daughters, Denise Simon and Andrea Wagner and son Anthony Simon, and their children Christian Soard, Olivia Dawson, Jarrod Richardson, Benjamin, Jaymen, Shelby, and Cole Wagner, and their seven grandchildren; brother Gregory Dean Crump and wife Rachel; and sister Drewan Smith Nugent and husband Glen; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A memorial graveside service will be held at11:00 AM, Friday, April 25, 2014, in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, TX.


Elaine Goodman Squyres, 89, of Nacogdoches, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014 at her residence. She was born July 11, 1924 in Melrose to Jim F. Goodman and Carrie Lee Ricks Goodman. Ms. Squyres served in the United States Army during World War II. She was a member of East Main Church of Christ in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Ellis Reynolds officiating. A military honors graveside service will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park under the direction of VFW Post #8904. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

She is survived by
Daughter: Linda J. Fenton and husband, Jimmy of Nacogdoches

Daughter-in-law: Beth Finklea of Houston

7 Grandchildren

6 Great Grandchildren

Sister: Lois Dockens of Livingston

Preceded in death by
Husband: Burton Squyres
Son: Robert W. Finklea
Sisters: Effie L. Dupree, Gladys Singleton

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


Thomas Jefferson Anding Sr., 82, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center. He was born July 21, 1931 in Franklin Parish, Louisiana to William Ralph Anding and Dottie Elizabeth Linder Anding. Mr. Anding loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Bruce Kunkle officiating. Interment will follow at Sholar Cemetery in Joaquin.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Peek, Jeremy Peek, Shelby Sullivan, Roy Anding Jr. and Ricky Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Anding and Mark Wallace.

He is survived by
Children:
William Anding and wife, Barbara of Joaquin
Carla Williams and husband, Jerry of Joaquin
Thomas Anding Jr. and wife, April of Joaquin

Step Children:
Vicki Burr of Joaquin
Georgia Peek of Huxley
Lisa Franks of Joaquin
A.J. Price Jr. of Joaquin
Shelby Sullivan of Joaquin

Sisters:
Gracie Girod of Olla, Louisiana
Norma Meredith of Olla, Louisiana

Brothers:
Rayford Anding of Joaquin
R.J. Anding of Arkansas
LeRoy Anding of Houma, Louisiana

5 Grandchildren

12 Step Grandchildren

6 Great Grandchild

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: William Ralph Anding and Dottie Elizabeth Linder Anding
Brothers: Cecil Ray Anding, William Edward Anding
Sisters: Ann Brown, Edna M. Wallace
Nephews: Lavon Wallace, Bobby Blackman
Nieces: Shirley Wallace, Carolyn Wallace, Evelyn Wallace, Amanda Street

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


04/16/2014

John William Elliott was born January 14, 1933 in Lumberton, North Carolina to Earl Carlton Elliott and Susan Rankin Elliott, and passed away April 10, 2014. He served with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, and later became a welder.

Mr. Elliott is survived by his son, David Elliott and wife, Jennifer; daughters, Marcie Smith and husband, Dudley; Jo Anne Molitor and husband, Rodney.

A memorial service was held at 12:30 pm, Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Grapeland Country Club in Grapeland, Texas.

Please visit Mr. Elliott’s memorial webpage at www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com, where you can share memories and leave condolences for his family.


04/15/2014

Dalton Wayne Williams, 19, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 in Joaquin. He was born January 4, 1995 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to Vernon Williams and Stephanie Fletcher Pridgen. Dalton attended Cool Springs Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery in Shelby County.

Pallbearers will be James Carroll, Caleb Harville, Shelby Runnels, Dru Smith, Phillip Smith, Will Smith, Michael Cash and Eli Kinman.

He is survived by
Father: Vernon Williams of Joaquin

Mother: Stephanie Fletcher Pridgen of Joaquin

Brothers:
Sterling Clinton Williams of Joaquin
Dustin James Pridgen of Joaquin
Stefan Lane Pridgen of Joaquin

Grandparents:
Huey & Becky Fletcher of Joaquin
Debra Waller of Joaquin
Virginia Kay of Joaquin

Great Grandparents:
Edith Swan
Lucille Fletcher

Niece:
Bentley Williams of Joaquin

Cousins:
Gage Alan Cash of Joaquin
Haley Kole Cash of Joaquin

Preceded in death by
Grandfathers: Lee Waller, John Clinton Williams, Vernon Swan
Great Grandparents: Henry P. Fletcher, Lela Parker, Emmitt Elige Parker

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


Marie Cannon Manning of Center, Texas passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 in Waco, Texas after a short illness. Born in Shelbyville, Texas on July 26, 1921 to Henry Edwin Cannon and wife, Allene Morrison Cannon, Marie's maternal grandparents, Willie and Susan Anthony Morrison helped her mother raise Marie and her younger brother, Hershel Cannon, after the death of her father.

Marie married C.A. Manning in 1939 and moved from Shelbyville to the James Community, moving into a home her husband constructed for his bride with lumber cut at his family's sawmill. They lived in their home until C.A.'s death in 1997, raising their daughter, Renee Manning Johnson of Marlin, Texas.

Marie loved to design clothing, sew, read and cook. She spent many happy years with C.A. maintaining an immaculate yard and gardens. She was a Bible School and Sunday School teacher at First United Methodist Church in Center, where her future son-in-law was one of her 4-year old students. Marie was a Girl Scout leader, a charter board member of the Fannie Booth Brown Library, a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and an active member of the Center Roughrider Band Boosters.

In her later years, Marie moved to Waco, Texas to be near to her daughter, Renee. She was an active member of the Stilwell Retirement Residence community.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and both of her brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Renee Manning Johnson and husband, Steve; by two grandsons, William Manning Johnson and wife, Erika, of San Antonio, Texas, and Spencer James Johnson of Washington, D.C.; by her nephew, Barry Cannon and wife, Diana, of Kerrville, Texas; and niece, Sue Cannon, of Pensacola, Florida. She was also survived by her husband's nieces and nephews: Walter Manning and wife, Ellen; Johnnie Sue Schaper; Joyce Anson and husband, George; Mary Jane Grant; and John Walker and wife, Diane.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M on Thursday, April 17 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, also at Watson and Sons, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

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


Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014, at a 2:00 p.m. service in Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel for Florence Jeansonne, age 59, the former Florence Wedgeworth, who passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Evangeline Oaks Guest House in Carencro.

The Rev. Brandon Trott, pastor of New Beginnings Fellowship Church, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Jeansonne was a native of Baskin and a resident of Breaux Bridge. She enjoyed fishing and shopping, but her love and passion was taking care of her family.

Survivors include her husband, John Jeansonne of Breaux Bridge; one son, John Keith Jeansonne and his wife, Ashley, of Breaux Bridge; three daughters, Michelle Champagne and her husband, Thomas, of Breaux Bridge, Tabitha Sumstine and her husband, Bryan, of Center, TX and Jody Amy and her husband, Brett, of Magnolia, TX; her mother the former Margie Watkins; seven grandchildren, Alec Champagne, Cyndi Sumstine, Caty Sumstine, Joe Sumstine, Mason Sumstine, Kaylie Jeansonne and Braxton Amy; two brothers, Alton "Bubba" Wedgeworth of Gilbert and Keaven Wedgeworth of Baskin; and two sisters, Trudie Boudreaux of Baskin and Veretta Wedgeworth of Winnsboro.

She was preceded in death by her father Ray Wedgeworth and one brother, Keith Wedgeworth.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 11:00 a.m. Wednesday until 10:00 p.m. and will continue Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the family for services to 104 North Pine St. Lafayette, La 70501.

Melancon Funeral Home of Carencro, 4117 North University Avenue, (337) 896-6366, is in charge of arrangements.


Marleta Todd Chadwick, 94, died peacefully, on April 14, 2014. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Center with Rev. Carl Smith and Rev. Michael Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening, April 16, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born February 14, 1920, in Celeste, Texas to Marvin and Leta Henslee Todd. She attended public schools in Celeste, college in Commerce, Texas and was an active member of the First Methodist Church of Celeste.

She met J. Carroll Chadwick while he was pastoring the First Baptist Church of Leonard at a church social. The two married February 22, 1942, in Greenville. Shortly after, she moved to Center where Carroll had already begun his ministry at the First Baptist Church. Together, they served the citizens of East Texas until his death on October 8, 1973. She will be best remembered for her service for more than 70 years in the children’s area of Sunday School, teaching in the Beginners’ Department and welcoming infants into the Cradle Roll. Whether in her home or in Fellowship Hall, Mrs. Chadwick was known for her hospitality. Much of her ministry was connected to her kitchen, where she could prepare chicken spaghetti for 500 just as quickly as she could make strawberry shortcake for a gathering of four. Many in Shelby County have had the opportunity to sample her creations that included countless sandwiches for Sunday night activities at the church, dozens of cookies for wedding receptions and anniversaries, special meals for the deacons and their families, snow cones for Vacation Bible School, and refreshments for her beloved WMU.

In addition to her numerous church activities, Mrs. Chadwick was an active member of the Center Garden Club, the Women’s Reading Club, and the Center Music Study Club. Her contributions frequently included service as an officer, judge at flower shows and Home Demonstration contests, and presenter at various organizational programs. She did all with a cheerful heart, creative talent, and willingness to share.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, David Henslee Todd; her foster parents, Felton and Lucille Sparks; and Carroll, her husband of 31 years.

She is survived by their three children, David Chadwick and wife, Deborah, of Center; Martha Lou Scott and husband, Larry, of Waco; and Carleta Sandeen and husband, Michael, of Houston. She is also survived by grandchildren, Cullen Chadwick Sandeen of Washington, D.C.; Jackson Montgomery Sandeen of Houston; Caroline Boss Chadwick of Center; Blake Duvall Sandeen of Houston; and Elizabeth Blair Chadwick of Center; nephews and nieces; and cousins. She also leaves her attentive caregivers, Stella Carroll, Gloria Peterson, and Martha Daw.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Center, the Chadwick Endowed Scholarship of East Texas Baptist University, the Chadwick Family Endowed Scholarship at Baylor University, or Fannie Brown Booth Library in Center.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Leavis Thompson was born to the parentage of Kizzella Netherly Collins and Oliver Thompson on April 9, 1935 in Center, Texas. He passed away at the age of 78 on April 6, 2014. Mr. Thompson was a resident of Garland, Texas at the time of his passing.

He accepted Christ at an early age at East Liberty Missionary Baptist Church in Center, Texas.

He attended school at East Liberty. His mother, two brothers, Ira Polley and Tommy McWilliams, one sister Murline Collins, two sisters-in-law Louise Polley and Jackie Polley preceded him in death.

Upon moving to Dallas, Leavis worked various jobs. He retired from All Tex Plumbing Company as a truck driver.

He met and married Betty Joyce Wright in the late sixties. To this union four children were born: Stephanie (Bobby) Dunlap, Jacqueline, Deborah, Christopher (Mallori) Thompson. Also to cherish his memory are three grandchildren, Matthew, Ashton, and Maia. Siblings: Clarence Polley, Willie (Mary) Thompson, Claudie (Annie) Hooper, McArthur (Sarah) Burns, Janie Harp, Purline Mitchell, and special aunt Francis Netherly. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral serivces were held Friday, April 11, 2014 at Singing Hills Funeral Home with Dr. Gahlen Warren, Eulogist. Interment followed at Singing Hills Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas.

Services are under the direction of Singing Hills Funeral Home, Dallas, Texas.


Kaleigh JaNae Jenkins, age 4 months, was born on November 18, 2013 at Good Shepherd Medical Center to the proud parents of James and LaMetra "MeMe" Jenkins.

Kaleigh went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Her survivors were:

Parents, James and LaMetra Jenkins

Siblings: ZaMarkus Moton, Ellis Ray Hoyt, Jamie Jenkins, Justin Jenkins, Kenneth Jenkins, James Jenkins, Tommy Lee Jenkins, Leslie Holman, Elizabeth Jenkins, and LaShanzdoil Harris.

Grandparents: Billy and Kathryn Cartwright, and the late Ennis and Lurlean Jenkins

Visitation will be Friday, April 18, 2014 from 6pm until 8pm at Community Funeral Home. Services for Kaleigh will be at 1pm Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Loop 500 Church of Christ, in Center, Texas and Larry Howard will be officiating.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Blake M. Schoenfelt, age 64, of Timpson, Texas, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014, at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Mr. Schoenfelt was born May 20, 1947, in Ohio. He had worked as a truck driver in the Houston, Texas, area several years before moving to Shelby County, Texas.

Private arrangements were conducted under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.


Sally Elwanda "Wanda" Deason Dewey passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Willowbrook at the age of 65.

She was born November 27, 1948, in Carthage, Texas, to parents Cecil Deason and Laura Richards Deason. Wanda was reared on a farm and attended school in Garrison.

She had worked at Nacogdoches Medical Center in the medical records as well as unit clerk. She enjoyed rearing her three children and grandchildren. Wanda loved her children to a fault and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed a variety of hobbies which were craft related.

Wanda was married to Larry Bailey and he preceded her in death.

Her survivors include her son, Michael W. Bailey and wife Monica of Nacogdoches; son, Larry Wayne Bailey and wife Jolene of Gaston, South Carolina; daughter, Paula Bailey Hicks of Nacogdoches; brother, Robert B. Deason of Nacogdoches; sister, Annie R. Linder of Nacogdoches; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services are set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches with Chaplain Fred Bird officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Shelby County.

Pallbearers: Bobby Deason, Billy Deason, James Sanchez, William Linder, Colton Jernigan, and Brent McMillan.

Visitation will be 6-8 pm. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Cason Monk-Metcalf.
Arrangements are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.


04/14/2014

Kimberlie Flournoy Weaver, 49, of Waco, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Waco. She was born November 7, 1964 to Daniel Flournoy and Ozelle Causey Flournoy. Ms. Weaver was a member of Mt. Calvary Full Gospel Church in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Pallbearers will be John Chisenhall, Wesley Flournoy, Kris Dockens, Tim Jackson, Jason Weaver, Chris Weaver and Bryan Weaver. Honorary pallbearers will be Andy Flournoy and Floyd Parsons.

She is survived by
Children:
Jason Weaver of Dallas
Nicole Menchaca and husband, Bud of Mason
Christina Pruitt and husband, Chris of Hewitt
Chris Weaver of Timpson
Crystal Chisenhall and husband, John of Center
Yalonda Weaver of Waco

Grandchildren:
Dylan Weaver, Bryan Weaver, Dakota Elliott, Morgan Menchaca, Maci Menchaca, Ace Menchaca, Tyler Williams, Bryahna Pruitt, Payton Pruitt, Lilly Chisenhall, Gavin Chisenhall, A’niya Jackson

Father: Danny Flournoy of Center

Brothers:
Andy Flournoy of Center
Wesley Flournoy and wife, Janet of Center

Preceded in death by
Granddaughter: Kaley Jean Lee
Mother: Ozelle Causey Flournoy
Sisters: Kristi Flournoy, Tanna Flournoy
Brothers: Bobby Flournoy, Danny Ray Flournoy

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


Graveside services for Royce B. Haight, 78, of Zavalla will be held Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Old Home Cemetery in Joaquin with Brother Joel Hitchcock officiating.

Mr. Haight was born May 28, 1935 in Shelby County, Texas to Ellis and Juanita (Pickard) Haight, and died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at his residence. Formerly of Vidor, he had resided in Zavalla for 15 years. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a pipefitter with the Pipefitters Local Union 195.

Survivors include his mom, Juanita Day of Zavalla; sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Lyndia Haight of the Wildwood Community and Michael and Donna Haight of Simsboro, Louisiana; and grandchildren, Ryan Haight, Garrett Haight and John Curtis Haight.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ellis Haight; wife, Martha Haight; and brother, Billy Haight.

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

Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.


Patricia Polley 73, of Center died April 10, 2014, in Nacogdoches, Texas at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be Friday, April 18, 2014, at 1:00pm at Mt. Zion CME Church, Jeremy Moore will be officiating. Burial will be at McWilliams Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas.

Survivors are:

Daughters, Fonda Polley & Brandii Polley all of Center, Texas

Step-Daughter: Vivian Polley, Cartwright (Clifton) of Tenaha, Texas

Brothers, Douglas Himes (Barbara) of Dallas, Texas & Standley Himes of Center, Texas

Sisters, Feleshia Cochran of Ft. Worth, Texas & Dr. Shannon Suber of Dallas, Texas

6 Grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren

Visitation will be Thursday, April 17, 2014, from the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Hicks Chapel.

Services are under the direction of Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas.


James Del Butler, born July 10, 1965 passed away on April 11, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He will be greatly missed by:

Wife, Kelly Butler

Children: Samuel Butler, Jacob Butler, Jordan Butler and Madison Butler

Parents, James H. and Darlene Butler

Grandparent, Auda Boles

Siblings: Casey Butler, Jeff Butler and Tracy Butler

Father-in-law and mother-in-law, T.W. and Diane Sample

and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Monday, April 14, 2014 at Brookside Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be conducted at 9:00 am Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Brookside Funeral Home Grand Chapel. Graveside service will be at 3:00 pm Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Sample Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas under direction of Mangum Funeral Home. Military honors will be given under the direction of VFW post 8904.


04/13/2014

Doris Faye (Windham) Scott, 77, of Timpson, TX, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Timpson. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Bro. B. A. Morris officiating. Interment will follow in Weaver Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, April 15, at Taylor Funeral Home.

Born August 14, 1936, in Center, TX, Doris Faye Scott was the daughter of the late Larrie Ellington Windham and Bertha Lucille (Solomon) Windham. Doris Faye graduated from Timpson High School in 1954 and married Bennie Mack Scott of Timpson. She was a member of New Columbia Missionary Baptist Church, Timpson, where she was church pianist for many years. Doris Faye retired as a secretary for Timpson ISD after many years of faithful service.

Survivors include son Rex Scott and wife Mechael of Waskom, TX; daughters, Susie Crelia of Nacogdoches and Renee’ Faulkner of Appleby; brother David Windham and wife Anita of Marshall, TX; brother-in-law Jimmy Scott and wife Sharon of Lake Jackson, TX; sister-in-law Estelle Burgay of Timpson; 4 grandchildren: Jeremy Crelia and wife Juliah, Ashley Bueton and husband Adam, Erika Scott and husband Bradlee, and Emily Scott; 5 great grandchildren: Brannon Brooks and Laurie Ellington Bueton, Alexandra and Noah Crelia, and Rex Bradlee Scott.

Doris Faye Scott was preceded in death by parents Larrie and Lucille Windham and husband Bennie Mack Scott.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975 is in charge of arrangements.


04/12/2014

Imogene Green, 90, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Smith and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born June 3, 1923 in Shelby County, Texas to Robert Gilbert and Ethel (Reynolds) Shull. She was a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Robert Gilbert Shull & Ethel Shull Lovell, Husband, Delbert Green, 3 Brothers, Lavonne Shull, Douglas Lovell & Jessie Lovell.

She is survived by:

Daughter: Neva Jean Foshee & husband, Jerry of Joaquin

Son: R.D. Green & wife, Cindy of Carthage

Grandchildren & Great Grandchilden:
Milissa Foshee & fiancé, Sherif Gowelly of Dallas
Suzanne Selby & husband, Dale of Coppell & their children, Charlotte & Colin
Stephanie Farr & husband, Jeff of Saginaw & their children, Libby & Audrey Farr
Kim Casey & husband, Kent of Dallas & their children, Peyton, Lila & Ben

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Special Friend of the Family: Patsy Lowe of Joaquin

Pallbearers: Billy Green, Dan Furlow, Robert Shull, Larry Miller, Don Shull, Thurman Vaughn, Truman Wimberly & Rodney Dean

Family request donations can be made to Jackson Cemetery Fund or Heart to Heart Hospice.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


04/11/2014

Joyce Williams, 84, of Center, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Her wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned.

She was born March 31, 1930 in Shelby County to W.O. and Velma (Davis) Smith who precede her in death and she is also preceded in death by Son, Terry Williams.

She is survived by:

Brother: William Douglas Smith of Denton

2 Grandchildren of California

Among her local survivors is cousin, James “J.O.” Davis

Numerous other Cousins

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Thomas Ray Buckley, 72, of Center, passed away Thrusday morning, April 10, 2014 in Dallas. Wake will be 6pm until 8pm Friday, April 18, 2014 at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Funeral services will be at 11am Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Bethleham Baptist Church, Mansfield, Louisiana with Pastor John Murphy Jones officiating.

He is survived by

Wife, Eliza Buckley of Mansfield, Louisiana

Host of Children and Grandchildren

Brothers
Joe Siah Robertson of Pheonix, Arizona
Clifford Capiti of Nacogdoches
Tommy Capiti of Nacogdoches

Sisters
Margie Gaines of Houston
Sharon Williams of Nacogdoches

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Billy Burke Osby, age 69 of Center, passed away Saturday night, April 5, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. A wake will be Friday, April 11, 2014 from 6pm until 8pm at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Services will be held at 1pm Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Center Triumph Church, Center, Texas. Interment to follow at Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Bishop W.C. Martin officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Debra Osby of Houston, Texas

Brothers:
Floyd Osby, Jr. of Center
Irvin Osby of Center
Rubel (Evelyn) Osby of Center

Sister, Dorothy Bonaparte of Center

Significant other, Lucille Bazile of Shelbyville

Daughters:
Debra Joones of Houston
Reba Porodin of Nacogdoches
Lora Bonaparte of Houston
Lisa Jackson of Center

Son, Charlie Earl Jackson of Shelbyville

Host of grand children and great grand children.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


04/09/2014

Hugh H. Fleming, 94, of Huxley, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014 in San Augustine. He was born January 4, 1920 in Huxley to William Penn Fleming and Estelle Estes Fleming. Mr. Fleming served in the United States Army during World War II. He retired as a refinery operator for Union Oil in Nederland. Mr. Fleming was a board member at First United Pentecostal Church in Center, where he was a faithful church member for over thirty years. He loved his church. Mr. Fleming also enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing dominos and singing.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 at First United Pentecostal Church in Center with Bro. Bruce Kunkle and Bro. Edward McRae officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Pallbearers will be Richard Tomlin, Brandon Penick, Mike Lengl, Jeff McDonald, Donnie Belrose and Wayne Hendricks.

He is survived by
Son: Jerry Fleming and wife, Tonhia of Huxley

Grandchildren:
Alanna Fleming of Dallas
Derrick Lightfoot and wife, Jacy of Center
Lance Lightfoot of Joaquin

4 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Wife: Sally LaMerle Shofner Fleming
Sisters: Rena R. Fleming Oswalt, Fleta V. Fleming Strong, Ada Fleming Permenter, Laura L. Fleming Harvey
Brothers: Asa M. Fleming, Elzie Fleming, Gerald W. Fleming, Everette J. Fleming, J.T. Fleming, Burton C. Fleming

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


Jimmie Devo Parks, Sr., 79, of Center, passed away Wednesday, April 09, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Noble officiating. Burial will follow at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Friday, April 11, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born January 5, 1935 in Missouri to William Bryant and Ethel (Cooper) Parks. He served in the US Air Force. He was a member of Spann’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He worked as a truck driver for many years.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, William and Ethel Parks, Wife, Ima Jean Parks, Son, Jimmie Devo Parks, Jr., Brothers & Sisters, Captola Fodge, J.D. Parks, J.B. Parks, Bunch DeRoush and Lois Mills.

He is survived by:

5 Children:
Charles Parks & wife, Sherry of Center
Shelby Tyre Pope of Center
Susan Windham & husband, Jamie of Center
Rose Ramirez & husband, Herman of Center
Lance Parks & wife, Tonya of Center

Grandchildren:
Kevin Rushing & wife, Samantha, Gabriel Parks & Darlene,
Rachel Chase & husband, Josh, Sarah Parks,
Joshua Parks & Kandace, Shannon Denby & husband, Brad,
James Tyre & wife, Nina, Tina Pardo & husband, Jaime, Jody Windham,
John Parks & wife, Briget, Angie & Corey Sigler,
Adam Ramirez, Tori Ramirez and Devin Waller

Great-Grandchildren:
Dylan, Zachary & Brannon Denby, Conner & Brently Tyre, Kasen Sigler,
Kingston Hurst, Cody Arrington & wife, Sidney, Isaac Cain Rushing,
Jacob, Caleigh & Annaleah Chase, Harmony & Melody Sommers,
Layla Parks, Prince Gabriel Parks, Michael Price, Desera Myron,
Summer Windham & Alexis Hargitt, Whittney Pierce & Starr Pardo

Special Family Friend:
Dorothy Murphy of Center

Brother:
John Parks of Morehouse, Missouri

Sister:
Hilda McClung of Sikeston, Missouri

Brother-in-law:
Joe Spann of Cleveland

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Pallbearers:
Charles Parks, James Tyre, Adam Ramirez, Kevin Rushing,
Jody Windham, Corey Sigler, Brad Denby & Josh Parks

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


04/06/2014

Patricia Gayle Gandy Permenter, 73, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2014, at her residence. She was born May 28, 1940 in Many, Louisiana to John Windol Gandy and Ruby Lee Davenport Gandy. She was a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Buck Eugene Furlow and Bro. David Long officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be David Haddox, Anthony V. Gugliuzza, Cory Haddox, Richard Pinkston, Anthony J. Gugliuzza and Clay Gandy. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Griffin, Hugh Daw, Larry Kay, Buren Lowe, Bill Irish and Grady Haddox.

She is survived by
Husband: Dennis G. “Gus” Permenter of Joaquin

Son: Dennis L. Permenter of Joaquin

Granddaughter: Mallory Permenter of Joaquin

Grandson: Richard Pinkston and wife, Elizabeth of Center

Numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Daughter: Johnnie Gayle Permenter
Father: John Windol Gandy
Mother: Ruby Lee Davenport Gandy
Sisters: Lucille Gugliuzza, Wanza Nell O’Brien
Brother: Jerome Gandy

Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of the Pines, 1504 West Frank Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75904.

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


04/03/2014

Brian Williams, 73, of Center, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at his residence. He was born March 16, 1941 in Beckenham, England to Maurice Ronald Williams and Dorthea Jane Finch Williams.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Bobby Warr and Bro. Billy Warr officiating. Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery in Center.

He is survived by
Son: Adam Brian Williams of England

Daughters:
Louise Claudette Burton of England
Natasha Louise Williams of Houston

Grandchildren: Ashley, Emma, Connor

Special Friend: Connie Lengl

Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law: Oren and Millie Warr of Center

Sister-in-law: Myra Wright of Bridge City

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Parents: Maurice Ronald Williams and Dorthea Jane Finch Williams
Wife: Nell Williams

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


Thurman Ross “T.R.” Golding, age 94, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 3, 2014. He had a peaceful passage at his home in Center, surrounded by his family. T.R. was born in the Huxley, Golding Shores Community on September 24, 1919 to Joel Eddie and Maude Harvey Golding. He was a Sergeant in the United States Air Force, where he served from 1941 until 1945. T.R. was later employed as an operator of a sulfur recovery unit with Gulf Oil Corporation in Port Arthur, where he retired after thirty years and seven months of service. He was a past secretary of the Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149 in Center, a life endowed member of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Knight Commander Court of Honor. T.R. was a past patron of Order of the Eastern Star, Newburn Chapter #1135 and a member of the Center Chapter #348. He was a past president of the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, past president of Noon Optimus Club and past member of Breakfast Lions Club. His hobbies included fishing, traveling and family gatherings. T.R. enjoyed helping children with special needs through the Optimus Club and Shrine Hospital in Shreveport. He was a member of Dr. Hooker’s Bible Class at First Baptist Church in Center. Not only was T.R. a father to his four daughters, he was also a loving daddy to his three stepchildren.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Center with Grandson, Chad Lawson, officiating, followed by Masonic Rites under the direction of Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149. A military honors graveside service will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley under the direction of VFW Post #8904.

Pallbearers will be members of the Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Lawson Jr., Tyler Lawson, Mark Lawson Sr., Steven Frioux, Austin Glaze, Calvin Christian, Johnny Palmer.

He is survived by
Wife of 35 years: Doretha “Dot” Golding of Center

Daughters:
Sandra Golding Palmer and husband, Johnny of Nacogdoches
Patricia Golding Elizondo and husband, Joe of San Antonio
Susan Golding and Glen Schweitzer of Asheville, North Carolina
Debbie Golding Lawson and husband, Mark, Sr. of Groves

Step Daughters:
Carole Sonmor of Houston
Judy Addison Glaze and husband, A.J., of Stanley, Louisiana

Step Son: Robert Addison of Winnie

Grandchildren:
Kim Nix Knox of Nacogdoches
Angela Nix Sturm and husband, Chris of Austin
Kristen Frioux of Enid, Oklahoma
Steven Frioux and wife, Saundra of Irving
Mark Lawson Jr. and wife, Rachel of Port Neches
Chad Lawson and wife, Angela of Austin
Tyler Lawson of Austin

Step Grandchildren:
Lee Sonmor of Houston
Kyle Sonmor of Houston
Angelia Glaze of Logansport, Louisiana
Austin Glaze of Logansport, Louisiana
Jennifer Palmer LaGrone of Austin
Christie Council of Three Rivers

Great Grandchildren:
Camden Knox
Colby Knox
Chloe Grace Knox
Whitney Lingelbach
Saressa Frioux
Daylin Lawson
Reagan Joy Lawson
Berit Lawson
Emma Lawson

Step Great Grandchildren:
Matthew LaGrone
Megan LaGrone
Madison LaGrone
Mackenzie LaGrone
Brodie Darilek
Sadie Eichler

Great Great Grandchild: Lucia Knox

Sister: Maxine Golding Christian of Tenaha

Sister-in-law: Beth Golding of Winnie

Precious Red Poodle: Sandy

Preceded in death by
Parents: Joel Eddie Golding and Maude Harvey Golding
Brother: G.L. Golding
Sister: Lona Belle Golding Wheeler
Brother: Eddie Eugene Golding
Mother of his children: Hazel Fields Golding Loyd

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607 or a charity of choice.

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


Funeral services for Colleen Frances Linebarger, 70, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday, April 4, at Taylor Funeral Home. Mrs. Linebarger passed away Thursday, April 03, 2014, in Nacogdoches, TX.

Born September 21, 1943, in San Francisco, CA, Colleen Frances Linebarger was the daughter of the late Francis Edward O’Brien and June Ellen (Gilman) O’Brien. She worked for many years as a certified nurse’s aide. Colleen O’Brien married the love of her life, Michael Linebarger, on December 9, 1967, and moved to Texas in 1984. She loved her family and especially enjoyed attending her grandkid’s many activities.

Survivors include her sons, Matthew Linebarger and wife Elizabeth of Tenaha and Christopher Linebarger and wife Crystal of Timpson; daughters, Tamara Linebarger and James Edison of Timpson and Tonie Schaffer and husband Bryan of Center Point, Alabama; brothers, Thomas O’Brien and wife Gloria of Pacheco, CA, and Gerald O’Brien and wife Lorraine of McArthur, CA; sister Theresa O’Brien and wife Pam McFarland of Portland, OR; and 9 grandchildren: Ryan Palmer, Holly Linebarger, Luke Linebarger, Colin Linebarger, Carlee Linebarger, Megan Linebarger, Jedidiah Edison, James Schaffer, and Jordan Schaffer.

In addition to her parents, Colleen Linebarger was preceded in death by husband Michael Linebarger and sister Cynthia Cantrell.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX, is in charge of arrangements.


Hannah K. Williams, 83, passed away March 30, 2014. She was born August 21, 1930 in Dayton, Texas.

Hannah is survived by her sons, Ralph Williams, and wife Kim, and Barry Dean Williams; grandchildren, Charles “Charlie” Williams, Joshua Nathaniel Thiel, Christopher Matthew Thiel, Caleb Williams, Benjamin Williams, Nathaniel Edward Williams, Carrie Warren, and Brooke Warren; as well as numerous other family and friends.

Hannah is preceded in death by her husband, Dean Williams; sons, Charles Williams and Frank Williams; and Lois Yvonne Warren.

Visitation will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble, from 12 noon to service time at 2pm, interment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park.


04/01/2014

Ruth Ima Burkett was born September 28, 1918 in Broaddus, Texas and passed away on April 1, 2014 at her home in Lufkin. She was the last living sibling of the family of Charles and Allie Burkett. Ruth had one sister, Dellie, and eight brothers, I.V., R.D., Charles (“Cutter”), Elmer, Adonis, Ollie, Foster and Herman.

Ruth met and married R. Frazar Estes (deceased 1980) of Merryville, LA in 1938. Their union produced three sons, Robert F. (and wife Eleanor) of Lufkin , John H. of Lufkin and G. David (and wife Gina) of Center. She is also survived by five grandchildren and was preceded in death by one granddaughter. She is also survived by five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruth was a member of Loop 287 Church of Christ, Lufkin, and resided at 2204 Palmore Rd. with her son John. Until her advancing age intervened, she was a marvelous homemaker, good neighbor and friend to all whose lives crossed paths with her life.

A family graveside service for Ruth was held at Broaddus Cemetery on April 2, 2014, where she was interred beside the love of her life, Frazar.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Ms. Willow Dean Teal, age 74, of San Augustine, Texas. Ms. Teel passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at True Vine Baptist Church. Interment will be in Greer Cemetery. Visitation and wake will be from 12:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014 at Garner & Son Chapel.

Survivors include:
Son: Darren G. Teal (Mi Kun) of Universal City, Texas

1 Granddaughter: Jasmine N. Teal of Hawaii

1 Grandson: Kim Jaehwan of Hawaii

1 sister: Annie Faye Berry (John Henry) of Center, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.


Dorothy Jean Lawson, 80, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at her residence. She was born February 2, 1934 in Shelby County to Raymond Smith and Bertha Swan Smith. MeMee enjoyed cooking and fishing, but above all, she loved watching her grandchildren participate in their activities. She was a member of Lone Cedar Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Hiram Melton and Bro. Chris Welch officiating. Interment will follow at Lone Cedar Cemetery in Joaquin.

Pallbearers will be Wade Lawson, Matt Lawson, Lance Lawson, Brock Lawson, Blake Gamble and Bill Mason.

She is survived by
Sons:
John Paul Lawson and wife, Dixie
Mike Lawson and wife, Melissa

Grandchildren:
Casey Gamble and husband, Blake
Wade Lawson
Matt Lawson and wife, Monica
Ryan Lawson
Lance Lawson
Brock Lawson

Great-Grandchildren:
Tucker Gamble
Allison Gamble
Grayson Gamble

Best Friend: Irada Oates

Preceded in death by
Husband: John R. “June” Lawson
Parents: Raymond Smith and Bertha Swan Smith
Sisters: Dessie Burkett Kale, Deva Smith Mason
Brothers: Rance Smith, Spencer Smith

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lone Cedar Cemetery Fund.

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


Funeral services for Caitlyn Brianne Jones, 22, of White Oak, will be 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in the Welch Chapel with Dr. Richard Hollingsworth officiating. Burial will follow in Restland Cemetery in Teneha, Texas. Caitlyn passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Children’s Hospital in Dallas.

Caitlyn was an amazing young lady with the spirit of an angel. She lit up every room with her smile. It was impossible for anyone to be in a bad mood when Caitlyn was around. Caitlyn was full of life and enjoyed many hobbies and interests. She was an avid reader, loved animals, especially horses, and thrived at water sports. Caitlyn’s love of God took the number one place in her life. She was a member of Alpine Presbyterian Church and was active in its youth program.

As a graduate of White Oak High School, she was a member of the Roughneck Band and was a percussionist. She was also a member of East Texas Angel Network and was Neal McCoy’s #1 fan.

Caitlyn is survived by her loving family:

Her parents, Mark and Shana Jones

Brother, Tucker Jones of White Oak

Grandmother, Mary Paxton of Center, Texas

Grandparents, Paul and Anne Jones of Center, Texas

Aunts and uncles: Kim Marshall, Patrick Paxton, Terry and Leon Aldridge

Cousins: Morgan Marshall, Tristin Paxton and Dawson Paxton;

And several other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Caitlyn was preceded in death by her beloved grandfather, Charles "Pepaw" Paxton; great-grandmother, Joyce "Memaw" Scott; aunt, Sue Walker; and best friend, Ryan Johns.

The family will receive friends Monday, March 31, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home, 4619 Judson Road.
Memorials may be made to the East Texas Angel Network, P. O. Box 9544, Longview TX 75608.


Funeral service for Mrs. Ailene Lilly, 85, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Dennis Lilly officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday, April 4, at Taylor Funeral Home. Mrs. Lilly passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Garrison, TX.

Born September 2, 1928, in Panola County, TX, Ailene Lilly was the daughter of the late Johnny R. and Dorinda (Priester) Thompson. She and Orren Leon Lilly were married May 2, 1953. Ailene’s life was her family and she loved taking care of them. At a young age, she helped care for her brothers and sister. Later she lovingly cared for her husband and her own children. She was a great wife, a great mom and grandmother, and always a “rock” for her family. Her vegetable and flower gardens brought enjoyment and beauty to her family. She loved to cook and enjoyed sharing her great meals not only with family, but with whomever might stop by for a visit. One of her greatest joys was attending sporting events or any activities in which her children or grandchildren were involved, and she was always their biggest fan. Ailene was also a member of Stockman Methodist Church.

Survivors include sons, David O. Lilly of Timpson, Danny Lilly and wife Sharon of Timpson, and Dennis Lilly and wife Patty of Garrison; daughter Dorinda “Lulu” Warren of Nacogdoches, TX; 10 grandchildren: Greg Lanier, Samantha Nix, Clint Lilly, Lindsay Lilly, Cory Lilly, Curtis Watson, Casey Warren, Lance Lilly, Koye Lilly, and Tyler Lilly; and 10 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Ailene Lilly was preceded in death by husband Orren Leon Lilly, son Dean Lilly, 6 brothers, and 1 sister.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.

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03/31/2014

Bobby Glen Rash, 75, of the Campti Community of Shelby County, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 at his home. He was born May 3, 1938 in San Augustine to Meck Rash and Lillie Mae Taylor Rash. Bobby was married to the love of his life, LaNell, for 55 years of which he adored. He had a passion for gardening and sharing his produce with family and friends. He also enjoyed hunting and trotline fishing. The annual camping trip that Bobby and the family looked forward to was spent on Lake Sam Rayburn every July, where wonderful memories were made with extended family and friends. Mr. Rash worked in construction as an iron worker/boiler maker from the age of eighteen until June of 2013. He loved his coworkers, but above all, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, who were the highlight of his life. He was a member of Sardis Pentecostal Church in the Sardis Community of Shelby County.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Sardis Pentecostal Church in Center with Bro. Lamar Rash, Bro. Todd Jenkins and Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow at Brandon Memorial Cemetery in the Sardis Community of Shelby County.

Pallbearers will be Vic Cooper, Wesley Rhame, Ray Griffin, Mike Lengl, J.J. Fanguy, Matt Miller, Donnie Moody, Jon Schillings, Ronnie Belrose, Todd Clark, Ryan Wilburn, Daniel Rash, Shannon Shofner, Leo Belrose and Tyler Belrose.

He is survived by:

Wife: LaNell Rash of the Campti Community of Shelby County

Daughter: Lisa Eaves and husband, George of Campti Community of Shelby County

Grandson: G.B. Eaves of Shelbyville

Granddaughters:
Amanda Eaves of Shelbyville
Ashley Cortinez and husband, Patrick of Logansport
Raina Rash Wheless of Logansport

Brother: Kenneth Rash and wife, Martha of Shelbyville

Sisters:
Mammie Ener and husband, Winfred of Milam
Iva Nell Miller of Center
Wanda Price and husband, Kenneth of San Augustine
Martha Dennis of Huntington
Betty Rhame and husband, Jimmy of Center

Special Mother-in-law: Zannie Gay Belrose of Center

Sisters-in-law:
Lillian Shofner of Center
Melba Rodgers of Joaquin
Kathryn Schillings and husband, Joe Tom of Shelbyville

Brothers-in-law:
Lonnie Belrose and wife, Connie of Center
Lester Belrose and wife, Teresa of Center
Leo Belrose of Center

Special niece and nephew: Kerri and Ray Griffin

Special nephew: Bubba Collins

Numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Terry Glen Rash
Parents: Meck Rash and Lillie Mae Taylor Rash
Sister: Francis Collins
Father-in-law: Ray Belrose
Brothers-in-law: Gene Miller, Harold Collins, Oliver Shofner, Mike Rodgers

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Brandon Memorial Cemetery Fund, 6034 FM 414, Center, Texas 75935.

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


03/29/2014

Royce Lee Williams, 64, of Center, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014 at his residence. He was born March 28, 1950 in Center to R. L. Williams and Era Faye Jones Williams. Mr. Williams was retired from the City of Center where he served as a firefighter for over twenty years.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, March 31, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County.

Pallbearers for Mr. Williams will be John Alvis, James Alvis, Jason Alvis, Caleb Stracener, Wade Alvis and Keith Byndom. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Center Fire Department.

He is survived by;
Sons,
Eric Williams of Center
Justin Williams of Center

Daughter, Jaclyn Eaves and husband, Doug Jr. of Tenaha

Grandchildren;
Khloe Williams, Ayden Eaves and Haylee Eaves

Nephews;
John Alvis, James Alvis and Jason Alvis

Niece, Jennifer Jackson

Mother of his children, Mary Walker of Center

Numerous other relatives and a host of friends

Preceded in death by;
Parents, R. L. Williams and Era Faye Jones Williams
Sisters, Linda Alvis and Helen Burch
Brother, Robert Lee Williams
Granddaughter, Ariel Williams
Brothers-in-law, Tommie Alvis and Paul Burch

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


Ronald Loy Williamson, 78, of Simpson, Louisiana, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Longview. He was born January 16, 1936 in Port Sulphur, Louisiana to Eugene L. Williamson and Thelma J. Hicks Williamson. Mr. Williamson served in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1962. He was an Eagle Scout and Boy Scout Leader. He was member of a Shreveport Astronomy Club, Southwest Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, N.H. Bray Masonic Lodge #208 in Slagle, Louisiana, Annacopa Shrine, Simpson Baptist Church and the Simpson VFD, where he previously served as fire chief.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Pine Island Cemetery in Simpson, Louisiana with Bro. Jeremy Blocker officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at Simpson Baptist Church.

He is survived by
Children:
Daniel Williamson of Joaquin
Amanda Jones and husband, Kenneth of Center

Grandson: J.T. Jones of Center

Numerous other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Eugene L. Williamson and Thelma J. Hicks Williamson
Brother: Leroy Williamson

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


03/27/2014

Dewey H. Rash, age 71, of San Augustine, passed from this life late Friday evening, March 21, 2014, in San Augustine. A native of Houston, he was born to Pauline (Newton) Rash and Dewey Rash on August 11. 1942. He worked as a Contractor doing Roofing.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel in San Augustine, Texas. Cremation will occur afterwards, and interment will be in the Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County.

He is survived by, Son, Dewey Hermon Rash and his wife, Darlene of San Augustine; Daughter, Gayla Miller and his wife, Michael of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Dillon Rash, Aceton Rash, and Coby Melton; and a great-grandchild, Trinity Page Rash; His Brothers, Thomas Rash and his wife, Connie of Camp Verde, Arizona; Billy Rash and his wife Dorothy of Lufkin and Paul Rash of Lufkin; Sisters, Betty Ramono of Oklahoma; Jeanette Buck and her husband, Tommy of Houston, and Pam Rash of Houston.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Pauline and Dewey Rash; his wife, Ann Rash; daughter, Nikki Rash; brother, Harvel Gene Rash and Sisters, Laverne, and Ola Sue.

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


Audrey Williams, age 93 of Nederland formerly of Joaquin passed away, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at her home in Nederland.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Jackson Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Kenneth Rogers and Bro. David Long officiating. Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, March 28, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born July 27, 1920 in Shelby County to Lee Jackson Ellis and Mary Lela (Carpenter) Ellis. She was member of the Jackson Missionary Baptist Church for many years and a member of the Faith Baptist Temple of Port Neches.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Lee Jackson and Mary Lela Ellis, Husband, Forrest C. Williams, Brother, Otho Ellis and Sisters, Bertha Latimer, Lillian Mitchell & Erma Rogers.

She is survived by:

2 Sons:
Forrest Williams of Salem, Arkansas
Jerry Williams & wife, Jean of Nederland

Granddaughter:
Leanne Marie Williams of Nederland
Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Ruthelma Lou Adams, 88, of Center, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Rock Haven Nursing Home in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Newburn Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service on Sunday from 12:00 noon until service at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born November 10, 1925 in Taft, California to Wylie and Lavada (Samford) Braden. She worked for the City of Center as a secretary for 14 years, Executive secretary for the Fairchild Law Firm for 17 years, First National Bank for 3 years and Hawkeye Hunting Club for 7 years.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Wylie and Lavada Braden and Husband, O. V. “Bill” Adams, Special Aunts, Thelma Stephens & Ivie Samford, Mother-in-law & Father-in-law, Vannie Mae Adams & Robert Braxton “Bob” Adams and Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law, Denny & Mary Lou Adams.

She is survived by:

2 Sons:
Gale Adams of Nacogdoches
Riley Adams of Nacogdoches

Daughter:
Lou Evelyn Adams of Center

Brother:
J.W. Braden & wife, Bobbie of Center

Grandchildren:
Blake Adams of Nacogdoches
April Taylor & husband, C.J. of Houston

Great-Grandson:
Christian Adams of Nacogdoches
Nieces & Nephews:
Brad Braden
Julie Braden
Nancy Platzner & husband, Todd & their daughter, Samantha
Susan Hobbs & husband, Dr. Tim Hobbs & their 3 Children, Mollie, Rachel &Nathaniel
Lisa Myers & husband, Larry of Center
Randall Adams & wife, Arcie of Houston

Pallbearers:
Gale Adams, Riley Adams, Blake Adams,
C.J. Taylor, Lon Holloway & Randall Adams

Honorary Pallbearers:
Christian Adams

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


03/26/2014

Funeral services for Kelvin LaShane Brown, 44, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Longview, will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at Parkview Baptist Church, 2014 S. Green Street, in Longview. Burial will be in McWilliams Cemetery in Center, Texas at 2:30pm.

Mr. Brown was born November 18, 1969, in Center. He died Saturday, March 22, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. Kelvin attended Pine Tree schools in Longview.

Visitation will be noon-8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, with family hour from 6:30-8 p.m., at MD Funeral Home, 1229 S. High Street in Longview, and one hour prior to the services on Friday at the church.

Arrangements are by Dearion & Davis Funeral Parlor in Gladewater.


03/25/2014

Audrey Williams, age 93 of Nederland formerly of Joaquin passed away, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at her home in Nederland.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Jackson Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Kenneth Rogers and Bro. David Long officiating. Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, March 28, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born July 27, 1920 in Shelby County to Lee Jackson Ellis and Mary Lela (Carpenter) Ellis. She was member of the Jackson Missionary Baptist Church for many years and a member of the Faith Baptist Temple of Port Neches.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Lee Jackson and Mary Lela Ellis, Husband, Forrest C. Williams, Brother, Otho Ellis and Sisters, Bertha Latimer, Lillian Mitchell & Erma Rogers.

She is survived by:

2 Sons:
Forrest Williams of Salem, Arkansas
Jerry Williams & wife, Jean of Nederland

Granddaughter:
Leanne Marie Williams of Nederland
Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Charles (Hundy Bear) Earl Hester, 63, of Center passed away on Thursday morning, March 20, 2014 in San Augustine Memorial Hospital. A wake will be held at Community Funeral Home Chapel from 6pm to 8 pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Services will be on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 1pm at Triumph Church in Center, TX.

Charles Earl Hester is survived by:

Brothers:
C.W. Gillaspie, of Center
Bennie Ray Gillaspie, of Center
Tommy Lee Lathan, and wife, Sandra, both of Center

Sisters:
Lillie Helen Thedford, and husband, Fredrick, both of Center
Ella Faye Gardner, of Center
Della Mae Johnson, and husband, Bobby both of Center

Son: Michael Williams, of Center

Daughter: Latoya Jackson, of Lufkin

Interment will be at Westview Cemetery in Center, TX with Bishop Howard Cloudy officiating.


Ja'merion La'Vincent Roe Gray, 12 of Tenaha, TX passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014 at ETMC Carthage. A wake will be held Friday, March 28, 2014 from 7-9 at Community Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be on Saturday March 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Benford Chapel Baptist Church in Tenaha, TX. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery in Tenaha, TX with Pastor Joseph Hall Sr. officiating.

Ja'merion La'Vincent Roe Gray is survived by:

Mother - Cassandra Horton of Tenaha, TX

Father - Rodney Gray of Tenaha, TX

2 Sisters -
Melisa McCollister of Center, TX
Latishana Gray of Tenaha, TX

2 Brothers -
Rodney Gray of Tenaha, TX
Devante' Gray of Center, TX

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home.


Cynthia Gail (Adams) Hutto, age 42, of Center, Texas, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Services will be 3pm, Thursday, March 27, 2014, Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Belgard officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 6pm until 9pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born September 22, 1971 in Center, Texas to parents, Bobby Joe & Shirley ( Wilkerson) Adams.
She is preceded in death by her Father, Bobby Joe Adams, Grandmothers, Hattie Lucas & Selma Jordan, Grandfathers, George Wilkerson & Vernon Adams.

She is survived by:

Husband: Rayford Hutto of Center

Mother: Shirley Adams of Center

3 Children: Bobby Hutto, David Hutto & Chris Hutto all of Center

2 Grandchildren on the way

Brothers & Sisters:
Montie Jo Adams of Center
Bobby Adams & wife, Diane of Center
James Lee Adams & wife, Martha of Nacogdoches
Sylvia Ann Adams of Center
Annette Gill & husband, Ricky of San Augustine
Jerry Moore

Nieces & Nephews: Dakota Lee, Destiney Lynn & Christopher Wayne, Marilyn, Heather, Doris & Kimberly

Great Nieces & Great Nephews: Heather Lynn, A’Quira, Amber, Alex & Kalia

Uncle & Aunts:
Cecil Adams & wife, Jeanette of Nacogdoches
Billy Wayne Adams of Center
Betty Rushing of Louisiana

Pallbearers: Chris Hutto, Michael Langley, Wade Mosely, Hunter Shofner, Jerry Moore, Dakota Adams, Ricky Gill & David Hutto

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


03/24/2014

Willie Sam “Bill” Denby, 73, of the Dunnigan Community, Shelbyville, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014 at East Texas Medical Center, Tyler, Texas.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ken Dickerson and Bro. Lamar Denby, Jr. officiating. Graveside service will follow at Patroon Cemetery with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Don Windham officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born August 10, 1940 in Denby Town (Shelby County, Texas) to Clarence and Lela Mae (Wilburn) Denby. He retired from Deep East Texas Electric Co-op after 50 years of service. He was of the Baptist Faith.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Clarence and Lela Mae Denby, Brother, Lamar Denby, Sr., Sister & Brother-in-law, Larlee & Troy Garrison, Brother-in-law, James Wyatt, Brother-in-law, Buddy Risinger, Mother-in-law & Father-in-law, Earl & Nellie Windham and Grandson-in-law, Derek Moore.

He is survived by:

Wife of 53 years: Betty Windham Denby of the Dunnigan Community

Children:
Tony Denby & wife, Marla of the Dunnigan Community
Earlene Mitchell of Gooberhill
Timmy Denby & wife, Lori of Lout Town

Special Grandchildren:
Tera White & husband, Joey of the Dunnigan Community
Jarrod Denby & wife, Lauren of the Dunnigan Community
Sheri Moore of Huxley
Dalton Mitchell of Gooberhill

Step-Grandchildren: Haley, Brittnie, Cayla & Cody Risinger

Great-Grandchildren:
Kayla, Caitlynn & Kylee White
Abigail, Lily & soon to be born, Elijah Samuel Denby
Ryan, Dallas & Braylen Moore

2 Sisters:
Ruby Risinger of Gooberhill
Delsia Powell & husband, Bob of Gooberhill

Sisters-in-law:
Nettie Lee Windham of Shelbyville
Frances Denby of Huntington

Brothers-in-law:
Don Windham & wife, Linda of Gooberhill
Billy Windham & wife, Carol of the Dunngian Community

Pallbearers: Glenn Allen, Alton Craig, Johnny Ford, Marlon Ford, Ricky Lout, Chad Norton, Winston Tompkins & Doug Turk

Honorary Pallbearers: Ricky Mitchell, Lamar Norton, Edward Risinger, Robert Risinger, Lamar Smith, Gerald Stewart, Tom Swearengen & Jerry Willey

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Donald Ray Stephenson, 75, of Timpson, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. He was born December 25, 1938 in Lovelady to Henry Melvin Stephenson Sr. and Evelyn Amanda Allee Stephenson. Mr. Stephenson served in the United States Army. He loved the outdoors and particularly enjoyed his horses. He was also an avid fisherman. Mr. Stephenson was a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in Rusk.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jerry Green officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Zion Hill Cemetery in Lovelady.

Pallbearers will be Dustin King, Tommy King, Billy Dickerson, Marty Mikesh, Keith Stephenson, Elvis Rawlinson and David Lawhorn Sr. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Johnson, Abraham Richardson, Christopher Booker, Cody Booker and David Lawhorn Jr.

He is survived by
Wife: Mary Stephenson of Timpson

Children:
Rusty Stephenson and wife, Sherry of Dayton
Nikki Johnson and husband, Jeff of Dayton
Debra Vick and husband, Frank of Silsbee
Thomas King of Timpson
Angelia Palmer and husband, Tim of Silsbee
Tammy Mikesh and husband, Martin of Timpson
Billy Dickerson of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Kimi and Robert Richardson
Keith Stephenson
Jacob Johnson
24 other grandchildren

39 Great Grandchildren

Great Great Grandchildren:
Abraham Richardson
8 other great great grandchildren

Brother: Henry Melvin Stephens Jr. of Baytown

Sister: Betty Garcia of Pearland

Preceded in death by
Parents: Henry Melvin Stephenson Sr. and Evelyn Amanda Allee Stephenson
Brother: Wilbur Stephenson
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Olga Mims Hughes, 74, of Timpson, TX, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, in Timpson. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Bro. Cliff Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 -8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home.

Born March 22, 1940, in Shelby County, TX, Olga Hughes was the daughter of the late John Mims, Sr. and Mary Cozart Mims. She graduated from Timpson High School in 1958 and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Timpson. Olga served as dispatcher of Timpson Emergency Services for many years. Even though she was always busy working or “on call”, Olga enjoyed her family and found time for painting and crafts.

Survivors include:

Husband, Gerald Hughes of Timpson

Son, David Hailey and wife Lisa of Timpson

Daughter, Debbie Golden and husband R. J. of Center

Daughter-in-law, Jill Hailey of Timpson

Stepdaughters: Ellen Kennon and Patricia Merliss, both of Dallas

Sisters, Lorene McEntire and Marian Gentry, both of Timpson.

Grandchildren: Holly Mikesh and husband Stacey, Ryan Golden, Misty Lilly and husband Jay, Rusty Nix and wife Morgan, Greg Hailey and wife Michelle, Alissa Hailey, Abbey Hailey, Christi Kennon, Adrian Merliss, and Anna Merliss

Great grandchildren: Kennedy Mikesh, Korbyn Mikesh, Jacie Lilly, Jake Lilly, Jackson Lilly, Hunter Nix, and Brycen Nix.

In addition to her parents, Olga Hughes was preceded in death by husband James “Bill” Hailey, son Billy Hailey, granddaughter Addison Hailey, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Annabella Raiyne Byrd, 7 ½ months old, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014 at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ron Luman officiating. Burial will follow at Good Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

Annabella was born August 6, 2013 in Crockett, Texas. She loved going to church at Center Bible Fellowship.

She is preceded in death by her Great Grandfather, Steve Bryan.

She is survived by:

Parents: Korey & Keisha Byrd of Center

Big Brother: Peyton Byrd of Center

Big Sister: Valerie Byrd of Center

Grandparents:
Patricia Byrd & Bill Barcheers of Center
Carl Emerson of Logansport
Glen Byrd of Joaquin
Dorothy & Bill Gattis of Joaquin

Great Grandmother: Barbara “Big Nanny” Bryan of Broaddus

Uncles & Aunts:
Kerry & Laurie Bryan of Lawton, OK
Shaunda Byrd of Joaquin
Chasity Lovett of Hemphill
Shelby Emerson of Logansport
Vernon Emerson of WA

Numerous Other Aunts, Uncles & Cousins

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Funeral service for Eunice Hardin, 98, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Joshua James Jones, great grandson, and Dr. Josh Walters officiating. Interment will be at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Bean Cemetery, Kirbyville, TX. A visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Monday, March 24, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home. Mrs. Hardin passed away March 22, 2014, in Garrison, TX.

Born December 13, 1915, in Timpson, Eunice Hardin was the daughter of the late Herman and Lena
(Johnson) Balew. She worked as a bookkeeper for Woolworth’s for many years and also found time for taking care of her family and many hobbies. Eunice loved to read, play 42, cook, and crochet. She was a talented seamstress and was blessed with a “green thumb”, as evidenced by her beautiful flower gardens.
Eunice attended Woodland Christian Church and Highway Tabernacle in Timpson.

Eunice Hardin was the first of six generations living at the time of her death. Survivors include her daughters, Doris Pass Hicks and husband Guy of Nacogdoches and Virginia Pass Bonnett and husband Ed of Timpson; grandchildren, Pansy Tinkle of Timpson, Rickey Neel, of New Caney, TX, Jerri Jones of Timpson, and James R. Bonnett of Tomball, TX; great grandchildren, Jennifer Crenshaw Batton, Jessica Crenshaw Black, Gary Crenshaw, Joanna Crenshaw, Sharlynn Neel Ventura, Paten Neel, Erin Jones Moore, Joy Jones, Caleb Jones, Joshua Jones, Taylor Bonnett, Kim Jones Beckham, and Kyle Jones.

Also surviving are great great grandchildren Taylor Ridgway, Kendall Ridgway, Emilee Black, Kaitlyn Black, Cameron Crenshaw, Grahm Ventura, Rickey Neel, Elaina Neel, Emma Moore, Geoff Beckham, Maddie Beckham, Zachary Beckham, Shelby Jones, Mary Jones, and MacKensie Jones; and great great great grandchildren, Cora Lynn Squier, and Autumn Monroe Smith.

In addition to her parents, Eunice Hardin was preceded in death by husbands Thomas Pass, Ted Powell, Alva Nix, and Ray Hardin; sister Maudie Smith; and brothers, Billy Balew, Nathan Balew, and Donald Balew.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


03/22/2014

D.S. (Shug) Jones, 94, of Center, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born October 19, 1919 at home on Tenaha Street in Center to Pleasant Dalton and Dollie Blanche Jones. He had two younger siblings Julia Page and Joe Louis. He graduated from Center High School at age 16 and then attended Bryan Military Academy. He transferred to University of Texas in Austin. D. S. left school and began some of his many adventures. He sold Bibles door to door and hitch hiked across the country, beginning in Baltimore, MD.

He later returned to Center and began working for Bryan Bailey at Chat- and-Chew. At the age of 19 he became a business partner in a drug store/café located on the Center square. Prior to the attack of Pearl Harbor he joined the Army Air Corp. He witnessed the invasion of North Africa.

After returning home he went into the wholesale firework business in several states. He then married Eva Jean Brittain and shortly thereafter began a family. The late fifties to the early seventies he owned Moccasin Manufacturing and Import Company located in Center where he manufactured moccasin shoes and many different household items. He had many trucks distributing goods to a ten state region. He traveled overseas to obtain goods sold or used in his business often saying that he had been around the world eight times. He was one of the first major employers of women in Shelby County. In the late sixties he went into the restaurant and motel business. In 1983 he opened Surplus Sales where he was a familiar face until 2011.

He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Center, Texas.

Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Julia Page Jones Cochran, brother in law Roy Cochran, and his wife Eva Jean Brittain Jones.

He is survived by:

His brother, Joe Lewis Jones and wife Ann.

His children:
Dalton Brittain Jones of Center
Damon Jones of Center
Leisa Jones Webster and husband Jeff
Roderick Jones and wife Lisa

Grandchildren:
Audrey Parker and husband Terry
Davis Kline and Cyndi
Julia Reynolds and husband Chris
Madalyn Jones
Colbey Jones

Great Grand Children: Zander Kline, Kendyl Kline, Kamon Parker, and London and Lily Parker

Various niece and nephews

In lieu of flowers please donate to First United Methodist Church of Center, Alzheimer Association, or Center Roughrider Scholarship Fund.

Visitation will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center on Monday, March 24, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until service time. Graveside service will follow at 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 24, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Rev. Joel McMahon officiating.

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


Donnie Terrell Parker, 62, of Orange passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.

Donnie was born on February 26, 1952 to parents Myrtle Jean (Permenter) Reeves and Clayton Donnie Parker. He had lived in the Orange area from 22 plus years and worked in construction as a welder for many years. He was a veteran serving his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. Donnie loved watching sports. He was a loving husband, son, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend who will be missed dearly by all.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clayton Donnie Parker.

Donnie is survived by his wife, Janice Parker of Orange; mother, Jean Reeves of Center; daughter, Leslie Brown of La Porte; Chris Brown and wife, Sherry of Orange; sisters, Jena Fuller and husband, Steven, Debra Diverdi and husband, Derek both of Center; brother, Clint Parker of Center; grandchildren, Damian Haines, Caleb Janise, Jordan Terrell Brown, Jaden Brown and a large extended family.

A visitation will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014 from 5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2 pm at Folsom Chapel Cemetery in Center. Condolences may be sent for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com. Dorman Funeral Home 8808 Highway 87 North, Orange, Texas 77632-0536 (409) 746-2161 office.www.dormanfuneralhome.com


03/21/2014

Wanda Mayo Koonce, 83, of Timpson, TX, passed away March 20, 2014, in Nacogdoches, TX. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, March 24, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Bro. Roy Platt officiating. A visitation for family and friends will begin at 10:00 AM before the service.

Born February 4, 1931, in Lake Providence, LA, Wanda Koonce was the daughter of the late James Earl and Clara (Hughes) Boyd. She was a graduate of Jeff Davis High School in Houston, TX. Wanda Koonce spent her life providing a home for her family and enjoyed her years spent in the Silas Community near Timpson.

Survivors include her husband, Bertie Koonce of Timpson; sons, James Henning of Austin, TX, Raymond Henning and wife Debbie of Mt. Home, Idaho, and Lee Henning of Pineland, TX; daughter, Karla Henning of Timpson; stepsons, Keith Koonce and wife Delilah of Center and Kenneth Koonce and wife Barbara of Houston; stepdaughter, Kelly Parker and husband Donald of Shelbyville, TX; 6 grandchildren: April Ramsey, Logan Henning, Jarrod Henning, Krystal Wheeless, Brandon Eaves, and Kenny Snyder; and 15 great grandchildren.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents James and Clara Boyd; husbands, Lawrence Henning and Ocie Mayo; and brother Lynn Boyd.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


03/20/2014

Robert Lee Barnett, 82, of Center, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. He was born August 28, 1931 in Center to Calvin Bernard Barnett and Maggie Elizabeth Turner Barnett. At age 17, Mr. Barnett, too young to enter the Marine Corps, enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served in the Vietnam War, during which time he was stationed at Cam Ranh Bay. Mr. Barnett travelled throughout Vietnam installing communication systems for all branches of the Military. He retired from the United States Air Force after twenty years of service.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 24, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating. A military honors graveside service will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Honorary pallbearers will be Junior Hawkins and Robert Earl Waters.

He is survived by:

Daughters:
Wanda Jones and husband, Stan of Center
Carolyn Knapp and husband, Richard of Albany, Oregon

Son: Michael Barnett and wife, Ursula of Rathdrum, Idaho

Grandchildren:
Kevin Barnett and wife, Jessica of Idaho
Melissa Carlino and husband, Matthew of Maine

Great Grandchildren:
Malachi Carlino of England
Claire Carlino of England
Silas Robert Barnett of Idaho

Nieces:
Diane Moore and husband, Greg of Cypress
Mary Mugnier and husband, Mike of Conroe

Numerous cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Zettie Marie Barnett
Parents: Calvin Bernard Barnett and Maggie Elizabeth Turner Barnett
Brother: Donald Dee Barnett

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


Shirley Marie Collins Williams, 78, of Shelbyville passed away on March 13, 2014. Services were held at Community Funeral Home Chapel on Monday March 17, 2014. Williams was born on October 17, 1935. She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Gladies Thomas; one brother, Luther Byrd; two neices, Alice Macon and Marie Wright; and one nephew, Earl Macon.

Williams laves to cherish her memories: one special friend, Jack Cartwright; two brothers, Willie Kellum of Denver Colorado; and L.J. Kellum of Texarkana. One sister, Nevagene Sanders; neices and nephews, LD Field; Jerome McClelland, and wife, Con Cynthia; Alicia Holman, and husband, Christopher; Charles McClelland, and wife, Almerica; Gregory Macon, and a host of great-great neices and nephews, relatives and friends. All of Shelby County.

Active Pallbearers were Howard Cartwright, Jacorey McClelland, Lawrence Cartwright, Jerome McClelland, Elton Chumbley, and John McCowin.

Honorary Pallbearers were Jack Cartwright, Willie D. Kellum, L.D. Fields, Greg Macon, L.J. Kellum, and Charles McClelland.

Interment is at Bennett Chapel Cemetery Shelbyville, Texas.


Henry Lee Cooper, 94, of Center, TX. passed away on Friday morning, March 14 at San Augustine Memorial Hospital. A memorial will be held at Kingdom Hall located on Loop 500 in Center on Saturday, March 22 at 1pm. Cooper was born to Cora Brinson on January 18, 1920 in Shelby County.

Cooper is survived by grandsons Tommy Lee Lane of Ervin, TX. and Lawrence Lane of San Augustine, TX. She was cremated.


03/19/2014

Tony O. Ware, 39, of Center died Saturday, March 15, 2014. Services for Mr. Ware will be Saturday, March 22, 2014, at East Liberty Baptist Church in Center, Texas, at 1:00pm. Rev. Curtis Archie will be officiating.

Survivors:

Mother: Ella Faye Ware of Center, Texas

Son: (2) Xavier Ware and Ja'Brayln Ware of Center, Texas

Daughter: (2) I'Ceyonna Ware of Center, Texas & Nakia Roland of Timpson, Texas

Sister: Teresa Arline of Center, Texas

Brother: Reginald Ware of Houston, Texas

Visitation will be at Hicks Chapel of Friday, March 21, 2014, from the hours 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Interment will at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas.


03/17/2014

Robbie Hartt, 91, of the Arcadia Community of Shelby County, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Pleasant Springs Nursing Home in Mount Pleasant. She was born December 20, 1922 in the Arcadia Community of Shelby County.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Powdrill Cemetery in Shelby County with Ms. Hartt’s son, Don Williams, officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the graveside service from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Pallbearers will be Mark Middleton, Matt Middleton, Michael Middleton, Martin Middleton, Donald Williams, Ronald Williams, Joey Williams and Aaron Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Middleton and Jack Crippen.

She is survived by

Daughter: Brenda Middleton and husband, Mike of Fort Worth

Sons:
Donald Williams and wife, Brenda of Mount Pleasant
Ronald Wayne Williams and wife, Donna of Harleton

Step-sons:
Lynn Hartt and wife, Jeannie of Center
Robert Hartt and wife, Teresa of Garrison
Glenn Hartt and wife, Iwana of Appleby

Step-daughter: Tammie Dutton and husband, Ronnie of Sherman

Grandchildren:
Mark Middleton, Matthew Middleton, Michael Middleton, Martin Middleton, Holly Clark, Jason Williams, Joey Williams, Aaron Williams, Jennifer Street, Christina Williford, Christopher Hartt, Holly Hartt, Heath Hartt, Jessica Hartt, Jason Marr, Jeremy Marr

Great Grandchildren:
Maci Rose Middleton
Micah Allen Middleton
And many more great grandchildren

Sisters:
Martha Crippen
Jane Cooper

Sister-in-law: Odessa Powdrill

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: H.L. “Sonny” Hartt
Parents: Robert Jefferson Powdrill and Laura Bell Powdrill
Step-daughter: Nancy Williams
Sisters: Billie Tillotson, Marie Smith, Frances LaGrone, Johnnie Fay Weeks
Brothers: Howell Powdrill, Robert “Bob” Powdrill

A special thanks to Martha Crippen and Mike Middleton for their special compassionate care.

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


Earl Lee McSwain, 80, passed away March 15, 2014 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born August 14, 1933, the long-awaited first son of Lee and Ethel McSwain. He spent his first years in the Old Salem community, attending school at Camp Worth and later in Center. After he lost his father at a young age, he helped his mother operate McSwain’s Grocery and raised chickens. He was drafted into the Army, spending most of his tour of duty in Germany.

A believer in the Lord, he was a member of Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church. After working in plant farms, he decided to start his own business. He and his wife Evelia operated Earl’s Nursery on Hwy 7 West for several decades, providing customers with flowers, shrubs, and vegetables for planting. He loved to tell stories and was quite good at it. Most of his tales were of his escapades as a young man and a soldier. Everyone in the family remembers the fall off the chicken house into the bull nettles, passing out while reading a gory western, the fight with the dog and the prized green Mustang. He was proud of his Scottish roots and thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Scotland with his brother Bob. Earl had a soft spot for animals, especially their poodle Dolly Parten and their cat Doofus. Faithful to the tenets of AA, he spent years helping others do the same.
He was very proud of his granddaughters and loved the attention they gave him. He was close to all his family and was "Bubba" and "Unk" to all.

He is survived by granddaughters, Betty Jo McCabe of Wylie, Dawna Jo Majcher and husband Ryan of Ft. Worth and great-grandchildren Evie Gillis and Bronson McCabe. He is survived by four siblings, Janie Johnson of Cleveland, Maxine Jernigan and Christene Mahan of Center, Bob McSwain and wife Connie of Irving and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Evelia, his sister Luna Waller and his stepson Bobby Jo Inman.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Watson and Sons with burial following at Old Salem Cemetery. Officiating will be his nephews, Bro. Eddie Lee Mahan and Bro. Buddy Johnson. Music will be by his cousin, Bro. Aubie McSwain, and neighbor Alice West.

Pallbearers will be nephews Sammy Mahan, Robert McSwain, Royce Lynn Johnson, Lynn Johnson, Gary Anderson and Ben Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are Doyle Luman, J. C. McSwain, Jerry Mahan, Glynn McSwain, Oren Warr, Maurice Langford, Wayne Bittick, John Winder and Royce Lawson.

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


Ben Gene Cooper, 83, of Coronado, CA, died January 18th 2014, with David Rothwell, life-long friend, by his side at Berland Home Care in Chula Vista, CA. He was the son of the late Osa and Josephine Cooper and was born in Timpson, Texas on March 19, 1930. Ben grew up in the Weaver Community where he attended Weaver Elementary School and the New Columbia Missionary Baptist Church. He graduated from Timpson High School in 1946 and from Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College in 1949. He began his teaching career at Redland High School in Angelina County.

Ben had his M.Ed and taught the accelerated math classes at Coronado High School from 1960-1992. He was chairman of the math department and contributed significantly to the development of the mathematics curriculum of Coronado High School. In 1962 his students entered the Mathematical Association of America’s Annual Examination and placed in the upper 10% of their region consecutively for over six years. Ben was also a coach and organizer of the school’s math team. In 1982, the Coronado Association for Gifted Students awarded him teacher of the year.
Ben was very passionate about teaching and inspired students to pursue higher education. He was a hard worker and really cared about his students. Ben was always available before and/or after school to help any student with their studies. Twice he taught a sixth math class when the normal load was five. He even taught the first calculus class offered and it was during his prep period.

Besides his dedication to his students and teaching, Ben really enjoyed traveling. Each summer he would take off to some fascinating destination, such as Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. In 1959-60 Ben had the opportunity to teach in Uganda, Africa and while there was able to travel extensively in South and East Africa.

Ben’s other hobby and passion was breeding exotic birds. When he retired from teaching, he concentrated on this fascinating hobby and was very successful. Ben even gave lectures and wrote articles on his technique and success of exotic bird breeding. Lastly, Ben appreciated his life-long friends and colleagues and enjoyed going out to lunch with them. He was a remarkable, well traveled and educated man dedicated to his friends and family and will be missed greatly!

Ben Cooper is survived by relatives in Texas: his sister Wanda Cooper Dull; nephew Dwayne Dull, DDS, his wife Louise and their two children, Dana and Lisa; nephew Donald Lawrence Dull, his wife Sandy, and their two children, Jeremy and Deric; five great-great nieces; and one great-great nephew. Also surviving is his adoptive family of over 36 years, David Rothwell of San Diego; Elaine Rothwell of Palm Desert; Nannette and John Fanelli and their three children, Jackson, Ryan, and Grace, all of New York; Jennifer and Hollis Glenn and their two children, Estelle and Harrison Cooper, all of Denver; and Brianna Rothwell of San Diego.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 3:30 PM, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Dixon Cemetery, Timpson, TX. For additional information concerning the graveside service, please contact Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, TX, 936-254-2424.


03/13/2014

Donna Wilburn, 72, of Center, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. She was born August 31, 1941 in Ft. Seale, Oklahoma to Lee Collum and Lorene Poole Collum. Mrs. Wilburn retired from Farmers State Bank after 32 years of service. She was a member of Center Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, March 14, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham and Bro. Gordon Vaughn. Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.

Pallbearers will be Travis Wilburn, Sawyer Wilburn, Grant Wilburn, Ryan Wilburn, Daniel Rash, T.K. Flores and Jeffrey Wilburn.

She is survived by:

Husband: Price Wilburn of Center

Sons:
Ronald Wilburn and wife, Berinda of Shelbyville
Timbo Wilburn and wife, Bambi of Center
Keith Wilburn and wife, Susan of Silverton

Grandchildren:
Audra Wilburn
Natalea Wilburn
Amber Wilburn
Grant Wilburn
Bailee Wilburn Rash and husband, Daniel
Sawyer Wilburn
Travis Wilburn
Victoria Wilburn Flores and husband, T.K.

Great Grandchildren:
Zoee Wilburn

Aunt: Mae Furlow of Shelbyville

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Husband: James Phillips
Parents: Lee Collum and Lorene Poole Collum
Brother: Jerry Collum
Grandson: Justin Wilburn

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


03/11/2014

Gladys Diane Warr, age 77, lifelong resident of Center, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Center, Texas.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 2pm on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Fairview Cemetery in Center.

She was born on April 12, 1936 in Shelby County, Texas to Winston Roger “Winkie” Warr & Gladys Juliet (Boothe) Warr. She worked as a bank clerk at Farmers State Bank, Center, TX for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Center.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Winston “Winkie” & Gladys Warr and one sister, Patsy Warr.

She is survived by:

Her twin brother, Dr. Winston Warr & wife, Diana of Tucson, AZ

Sister, Vickie Warr of Center

Nieces & Nephews:
Winston Warr, III & wife, Renee
Carter Warr
Amy Warr & husband, Roberto Ricci
Anna Warr

Great Nieces & Great Nephews:
Cristina Ricci
Isabella Ricci
Athena Warr
Hiram Corbett

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Sue Hale, 72, of Splendora, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Houston. She was born January 11, 1942 in Marshall, Arkansas to Claude Milton Hale and Letha Mae Foshee Hale. She was a member of San Augustine Assembly of God.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 14, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Dunnigan Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Pallbearers will be Nicholas Collums, Hunter Young, Terry Powell, Cody Graham, Richard Oxner, Chris Oxner, Troy Caldwell and Erin Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Powell, David Harris, Tim Collums and Larry Oxner.

She is survived by

Children:
Larry Oxner of Spring
Suzanne Collums and husband, Tim of Sheridan, Arkansas
Michelle Harris and husband, David of Splendora

Grandchildren:
Maggie Oxner
Vickie Oxner
Salina Young
Nicholas Collums
Richard Oxner
Christopher Oxner
KC Caldwell
Terry Powell
Michael Powell
Andi Graham

10 Great Grandchildren

Sisters:
Betty Risinger and husband, Robert of Shelbyville
Donna Hale of Cleveland

Brother: James Hale of Patroom

Preceded in death by
Parents: Claude Milton Hale and Letha Mae Foshee Hale
Son: Keith Oxner

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


03/10/2014

James Randall “Toby” Robicheaux, 64, of Nacogdoches, TX, passed away January 19, 2014, in Nacogdoches. Memorial mass will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, March 15, 2014, at St. Mary of the Epiphany Catholic Church, 3072 US Hwy 59 S, Timpson, TX, with Father Luis Vidarte officiating. A time of visitation and remembrances for family and friends will be from 2:30 -3:30 PM on Saturday at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, TX.

Born November 12, 1949, in New Iberia, LA, James Randall Robicheaux was the son of the late Clarence Jack Robicheaux and Yola Louviere Robicheaux. He was a graduate of Hanson High School and attended SLI. Randy was an avid reader of car magazines. When a friend or relative was looking to buy a new car, they would go to Randy for his expert advice.

Survivors include his sister Joycelyn Robicheaux Todd of Sugar Land, TX (formerly of Timpson); brother Ronald John “Ronnie” Robicheaux; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

In addition to his parents, James Robicheaux was preceded in death by brothers Carroll John Robicheaux and Kerry Michael Robicheaux.

The family requests that in place of flowers or plants, donations be made to the Spinal Research Foundation, https://spinerf.org. To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX, is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia Carrol Daniels Green, 53, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Tyler. She was born July 14, 1960 in Vidor to Opaline Daniels.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Troy Neal Terrell officiating. Interment will follow at Lone Cedar Cemetery in Joaquin.

Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Evans, James Robert Wagstaff, Robert Floyd, Steve Russell, Hunter Wagstaff and Aaron Smith. Honorary pallbearer will be John Paul Wagstaff.

She is survived by:

Husband: David Allen Green of Joaquin

Daughter: Amber Opaline Evans of Athens, Alabama

Grandson: Jeffrey Evans, Jr. of Athens, Alabama

Sisters:
Debbie Parker of Cotton Port, Louisiana
Bobbie Floyd of Tenaha
Jeanie Brunson of Dallas

Brother: Rex Allen Clevenger of Liberty

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Father: James Glyn Daniels
Mother: Opaline Daniels
Brother: Kenneth Clevenger Jr.
Sister: JoAnn Estes

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


03/09/2014

Sue Smith, 80, of Center, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center. She was born February 3, 1934 in Shelby County to H.L. Smith and Opal Ann Harris Smith. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Center and a longtime employee of Farmers State Bank.

Graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

She is survived by
Daughter: Lynda Lee Hernandez of Garland

Daughter-in-law: Melissa Lee of Center

Grandchildren:
Victoria Lee of Center
Harrison Lee of Center
Jackolyn Stacy
Carmelo Hernandez
Carolyn Hernandez
Lydia Hernandez
Carlos Hernandez
Carmen Hernandez

Sister: Margarite Hathorn of Center

Brothers:
Larry Smith and wife, Polly of Center
Steve Smith and wife, Lynda of Dallas

Preceded in death by
Parents: H.L. Smith and Opal Ann Harris Smith
Son: Ric Lee
Grandson: Richard Grayson Lee
Sister: Martha Stevenson

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:
Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library
619 Tenaha Street
Center, Texas 75935

First Baptist Church
117 Cora Street
Center, Texas 75935

Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation
7240 Chase Oaks Blvd.
Plano, Texas 75025

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


03/07/2014

Wendy Curbow Pinkston, 41, of Nacogdoches, passed away Wednesday March 5, 2014 in Nacogdoches Texas. She was born on September 28, 1972 in Carthage Texas to Doyce and Betty Curbow. Wendy was a member of the Mt. Union Baptist Church of Garrison.

Visitation will be held on Sunday March 9, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home from 12:30 to 2:00. Funeral Services will be held directly following visitation.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Whitney Rhodes of Timpson, Texas
Candace Rhodes of Douglas, Texas

Son: Kolten Rhodes of Douglas, Texas

Granddaughter: Natalie Miles

Sisters:
Nancy Finchum of Nacogdoches, Texas
Darla Boatwright of New Mexico
Casey Curbow of New Mexico

A host of neices, nephews, and friends

Preceded in Death by
Parents: Doyce and Betty Curbow

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


03/06/2014

Ruby Bell Bryan, 89 year old resident of Heartsworth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Vinita, died on Monday, March 3, 2014. She was born on August 21, 1924 in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma to Robert E. and Zula Elmira (McCullough) Wilkerson. Bell graduated high school in Webbers Falls. She lived in Bartlesville for 25 years, also in Fredricksburg, Texas, and Broken Arrow, before moving to this area to be closer to family. Bell was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as Grand Matron, She was very proud of her time served.

She was married to James Paul Bryan on January 25, 1964, he preceded her in death on January 5, 1994.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, five brothers and four sisters.

The family includes nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Friday March 7, 2014 at the Luginbuel Funeral Home in Vinita.

The graveside funeral will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee, with Pastor Gina Lee Jackson officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.honoringmemories.com. Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Home in Vinita.


03/05/2014

Loretta Childress, 70, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at her residence. She was born February 5, 1944 in Buna to Hervy Watson and Virgie Alvis Watson. She loved her family and most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

She is survived by
Husband of 51 years: Charles Childress of Joaquin

Son: Todd Childress and wife, Crystal of Logansport

Grandchildren:
Dane Childress and Monica Fonville
Brandon Childress and wife, April
Cody Childress
McKenzie Chapman and husband, Bryant
Amanda Shadix
Luke Childress
Diamond Childress

Great Grandchildren:
Hayven Chapman
Carleigh Chapman
Bailey Shadix
Cadance Shadix
Charles
Hunter
Lane
Emerald
Levi

Brother and sister -in-law: Thomas and Donna Childress

Preceded in death by
Parents: Hervy and Virgie Watson
Son: Michael Childress

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


03/04/2014

Jordan LeBlanc, 19, of Timpson, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 in Carthage. He was born in Center on September 9, 1994 to John LeBlanc and Sherry Parker LeBlanc. Jordan was a member of the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department having received the “Rookie of the Year” Award in 2013. He was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Center and had recently been attending the Carthage United Pentecostal Church. Jordan loved his church and his family. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved working on computers.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, March 7, 2014 at First United Pentecostal Church in Center with Rev. Steve Harris, Rev. Dennis Landtroop and Bro. Tim Dunn officiating. Interment will follow in the Borders Cemetery in Shelby County.

Survivors include:

Parents, John and Sherry LeBlanc of Center

Fiancé, Ashley Clifton of Timpson

Brother, Joseph LeBlanc and wife Haley of Timpson

Sister, Jasie LeBlanc of Center

Paternal Grandparents, Maison and Edith LeBlanc of Center

Maternal Grandparents, Wayne and Floye Parker of Center

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

A Host of Friends

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


Angela Clark Corbell McCaa, born in Center, departed this earth on March 4, 2014 at Healthsouth, Care Hospice, Conroe, Texas. She was born August 8, 1957 in Center, Texas to Willis Brady and Dorothy Mae Clark. She is preceded in death by her parents, Willis Brady and Dorothy Mae Clark, and brother, Larry Brent Clark all of Shelby County, Texas. Angela is of the Baptist Faith.

Memorial services shall be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11am, in her childhood home located at 5069 FM 414 in the Campti Community, Shelby County, Texas located 5 miles on the left. Services will be held by Brother Billy Windham.

Survivors:

Husband, Jerry McCaa from Florida

Son, Will Corbell and wife, Laura, of the Woodlands, Texas.

Two Grand Children: Ashton and Cooper Corbell

Brother, Blain Clark and wife, Kim, of Shelby County

To sign an online guestbook, visit http://www.mcnuttfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of McNutt Funeral Home, Conroe, Texas
(Photo: Angela, on the far left, with her family)


03/01/2014

Earline Hart LeBlanc Walles, 90, of Silsbee, Texas, left this earth gracefully and peacefully on February 28, 2014, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. Earline was born to Robert M. and Jewel Hart, on March 15, 1923, in Beaumont.

She graduated from Vidor High School in 1940. After raising three daughters, she furthered her education and received her B.S. and M.Ed. from Lamar University. Earline worked as a teacher, educational diagnostician, and early childhood coordinator for Vidor ISD until her retirement.

She is survived by her husband, Jacob L. Walles; her daughters, Paula Williamson of Houston; Madeline Gill and her husband, Glenn, of Joaquin; Darlene Bales of Beaumont; Eleanor Drake and her husband, Dee, of Vidor; Peggy McNeely and her husband, James, of Vidor; and Debbie Harmon and her husband, Don, of Vidor; thirteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend gratitude to her good friend and neighbor, Billie Jones.

Earline was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jack and C.M. Hart; sisters, Tommie Lou Carr and Mary Ann Hargraves; her husband of fifty-five years, Joseph P. LeBlanc; grandson, Max Lemoine; and stepdaughter, Mary Brooks.

Earline’s sweet smile, loving nature, and wicked sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her.

A gathering of Mrs. Walles’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2014, at Broussard’s, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.

Complete and update information may be found at www.broussards1889.com.

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02/28/2014

Infant, Bentley Banks Samford, 8 weeks old, of Tenaha, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014 at ETMC Carthage.

Services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Keele officiating. Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born December 31, 2013 in Nacogdoches to Nicholas Samford and Ashley Cumby.

He is preceded in death by his Great Grandfathers, Billy Samford and James Conway.

He is survived by:

Parents: Nicholas Samford & Ashley Cumby of Tenaha

Sister: Brooklyn Angel Cumby

Brother: Ashton Chase Lee Cumby

Grandparents:
Ronald & Rhonda Samford of Tenaha
Teresa & Tommy Barber of Duncanville

Great Grandparents:
Patricia & James Barber
Brenda Powell
Shirley Samford

Aunts & Uncles: Krystina Duron & husband, Salvador, Brittney Barber, Chase Cumby & Jacob Samford

Great Aunts & Great Uncles: Jenny Newcomer, Verna Holt & husband, Tony, Dana Strain, Sherry Soape, Susan Taylor, Chris Barber, Sammy Samford, Vicky Rankin, Kenneth Conway & wife, Tracy & Jamie Walker & husband, Cody

Cousins: Karen McKay, Crystal Perez, Nichole Kayser, Jennifer Kayser, Jessica Kayser, Emily Good, Hayley Potter, Kayla Wilkinson, Brandi Taylor, Matt Channel, Colby Channel, Drew Perez, Stephanie Samford, Justin Samford,Sean Rankin, Treasure Rankin, Zachary Rankin, Ashley Rankin, Kammeron Conway, Kennedy Conway & Aiden Walker

Numerous Other Aunts, Uncles, Cousins & Friends

Pallbearers: Ryan Arwine, Justin Samford & Zack Rankin

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


02/27/2014

Bonnie D. Lindemann Royal, 88, of Webster, Texas formerly of Joaquin, passed into the loving of our Lord on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born on December 24, 1925 in Tenaha to Lottie and Arthur “Bud” Cox. She moved with her family to Joaquin in 1936. She moved to Houston in 1953 and was employed at “Downtown Foley’s Terrace Tearoom” where she retired after 31 years and returned to Joaquin where she lived until the death of her husband and was a faithful member of Haslam Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Arthur “Bud” and Lottie Cox, her Husband of 60 years, Bennie Lindemann, and Sister and Brother-in-law, Francis and Fredy McDaniel.

She is survived by:

Husband and Final Love of her life: Chandler “Chan” Royal of Webster

Son: Charles F. Lindemann & wife, Rose

Step-Daughters:
Susan Saunders & husband, Peter
Teresa “Tere” Royal

5 Grandchildren:
Charles E. Lindemann
Christopher R. Lindemann & wife, Tina
Mike Saunders & wife, Shannon
Joe Saunders & wife, Marissa
Katherine Haight & husband, Tim

3 Great Grandchildren: Matthew Haight, Skylar Saunders, Presley Haight

Brother: Ernest “Ernie” Cox

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


John Dean Pilkington, 79, of the Paxton Community, Tenaha, Texas, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at his residence.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele officiating. Military honors will follow at Ramah Cemetery under the direction of Barksdale Air Force Base. Visitation will be Friday, February 28, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born February 27, 1934 in Blackwell, OK to Vern and Gertrude Sue (Moore) Pilkington. He served in United States Air Force for 4 years. He worked for Louisiana Pacific in Logansport, LA for many years. He was member of the Ramah Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Gideon’s International.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Vern and Gertrude Pilkington and four Brothers, Paul Pilkington, Curtis Pilkington, Doyle Pilkington & Leman Pilkington.

He is survived by:

Wife: Lich “Lynn” Thi Pilkington of the Paxton Community

Daughters:
Donna Mori of San Francisco, CA
Phuong Warren & Harold Albright of Gilmer
Linh “Lynn” Pilkington of Texarkana
Minh “Mun” Kelley & husband, Jared, Jr. of Centerton, Ark

Son: Glenn Pilkington of Longview

Grandchildren:
Jennifer Romick & husband, Michael of Spokane, WA
Jessica Warren of Longview
Sarah Kelley of Centerton, Ark
April Kelley of Centerton, Ark
John Warren & wife, Tara of Longview
Brittany Albright, Brenna Albright, Ally Albright & Blake Albright

Adopted Grandson: Jacob Samford

Great Grandchildren:
Adrya Henson & Justice Warren
Layla

Sister-in-law: Betty Pilkington

Nephews:
Douglas Pilkington & wife, Kristine
Steve Pilkington & wife, Vicki

Niece: Debra Hardy & husband, Michael

Great Nephews & Great Nieces:
Tyler Pilkington & wife, Angelle, Marshall Pilkington, Wesley Pilkington
Kyle Hardy & Stefan Hardy
Dylan Pilkington & Family

Great Niece: Danica Brown

Great Great Nieces: Charlotte Pilkington & Alice Pilkington

Special thank you to Angela Hurst with Heartsway Hospice, Gideon Brothers and the men of Ramah Baptist Church.

Pallbearers: Tim Bowden, Eugene Bowden, Bob Lacher, Curtis Dromgoole, Ronnie Samford, Ryan Arwine, Ronnie Kellar & Don Dial

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Jane Ellen Arnold, of Center, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Tyler, Texas. She was born August 26, 1937 in Center, Texas to Davis Waterhouse and LaVerne Lane Waterhouse. Mrs. Arnold worked in Center as a nurse for over 50 years in the clinics of Dr. Hunter Mallory, Dr. Stephen Sayers, and Dr. Netherly. She finished her career as plant nurse for Center Hallmark. She was a member of the Shelby County Historical Society and President of the Westview Cemetery Association, where she was instrumental in the Cemetery being awarded a Historical Marker by the State of Texas. Mrs. Arnold was a member of Bright Morning Star Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 3pm to 7pm on Friday, February 28 at Hicks Mortuary in Center. Funeral services will be held at 1pm., Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by:

Son: Billy D. Harris and wife Beverly of Beaumont, TX

Daughters:
Pamela Martin and husband Joseph of Nacogdoches
Tammie Caraway and husband Keith of Tyler

Grandchildren: Kevin (Kim) Harris; Brittanie (Stephen) Lister; Donovan Harris, Xavier Harris, Jordan Caraway, and Hannah Harris

Great Grandchildren: Jadyn Harris, Alexis Lister, Ahzion Williams and Paisley Harris

Siblings: Patsy Stephenson, Ida Allison, Debra Davis, Vickie Jackson and David Waterhouse Jr.

Also a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends

Preceded in death by:
Parents: Davis and Laverne Waterhouse
Husband: James H. Arnold
Son: James Arnold, Jr.
Great Grandson: Harold C. Harris
Sisters: Annie M Pitts and Shirley Dupree
Special Parents: W. C. and Rouena Polley

Services are under the direction of Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas.


02/26/2014

Alex Emil Henderson, aka “Chu-Chu”, age 25 of Geneva, Texas. Mr. Henderson passed away Saturday Morning, February 22, 2014 at his home in Center, Texas. 

Services will be Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1pm at Reed Chapel Baptist Church. Rev. A. J. Collins, Officiating. Interment to follow at Corinth Cemetery, Sexton, Texas

Visitation will be Friday, February 28, 2014 from 12:30pm until 6:30pm at Garner & Son Chapel

Survivors are:

Mother, Linda Henderson Giles of Geneva, Texas

5 Brothers:
Allen T. Henderson of Bossier City, La
Cedric Holman (Sonja) of San Augustine, Texas
Chris Jones of Palestine, Texas
Lil Randle Jr. Johnson of Fort Worth, Texas
Steven Giles (Patricia) Lufkin, Texas

Sister, Shereta Rochelle Giles of Lufkin, Texas

God Sisters, Latasha and LaToya Johnson of Lufkin, Texas

Special Friend, Angel Gentry of Center, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.


02/25/2014

Donald L. “Don” Burt, 84, of Center, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. He was born December 23, 1929 in Alto to James T. Burt and Edna Latham Burt. Mr. Burt served in the United States Army. He retired as a Forman for International Paper Company, where he was employed for thirty-four years. Mr. Burt was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 28, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Mark Burt, Roger Burt, Lee Schlemmer, Matt Boren, Bobby Hairgrove and Brandon Burton. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Haynes and Loyd Lytle.

He is survived by:

Wife of 58 years: Grace Burt of Center

Daughters:
Kathryn Leigh Burton and husband, John of Canton, Georgia
Janet Hairgrove and husband, Billy of Center

Grandchildren:
Ethan Hairgrove of Center
Adam Lyle Burton of Canton, Georgia
Brandon Lee Burton of Ball Park, Georgia
John Thomas Samuel Burton of Canton, Georgia

Great Grandchildren:
Jerimah Burton of Canton, Georgia
Ryder Burton of Canton, Georgia

Brothers:
Vernon Burt and wife, Jeanne of Silsbee
Billy Burt and wife, Sammie of Jasper

Sister-in-law: Sybil Burt of Nacogdoches

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


2/21/2014

Sarah Pearl Godwin Stephens, 87, of the Logan Community in Panola County, TX, passed away on Friday morning, Feb. 21, 2014, in Carthage. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham officiating. Interment will follow in Deadwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Sarah Pearl Godwin Stephens was born on Apr. 29, 1926, in Hope, Arkansas to the late Melvin Hartwell and Eugenia Turnage Godwin. Mrs. Stephens married James Fred Stephens on Dec. 4, 1945, in Houston, TX and he preceded her in death on March 27, 1982. She loved hunting and fishing. Mrs. Stephens was a former member of the Order of the Easter Star #1058 in Houston. She was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Stephens was also preceded in death by four brothers, Lynn Elvin Godwin, Ben Ervin Godwin, Alvin Franklin Godwin, and Clyde Farley Godwin and three sisters, Mattie Belle Shires, Thelma Pauline Bice, and Exa Doris Eason.

Mrs. Stephens is survived by one son, James Riley Stephens and wife Brenda of Shelbyville; one daughter, Mary Louise Kelly and husband Henry of Fair Play; one brother, Melvin Harold Godwin and wife Becky of Clayton; one sister, Emma Louise Godwin Donald Corley of Carthage; 5 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great- grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers will be James Dean Stephens, Jeff Stephens, Jimmy Stephens, Cody McFadden, Tim Kelly, and Chad Kelly.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are Jesse Stephens, J. J. Stephens, Dakota Stephens, and Dusty Stephens.

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


Randall Porter, 61, of Austin formerly of Center, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 in Austin, Texas.Graveside Service will be 1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Sardis Cemetery with Ms. Melba Rogers officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born September 9, 1952 in Shelby County to A.E. “Elton” and Doris (Elliott) Porter.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Elton Porter.

He is survived by:

Mother, Doris Porter of Center

3 Sons:
Matt Porter of Center
Jon Porter & wife, Lindsay of Center
Samuel Porter of Center

Grandchildren: Zoie & Gage Porter

Sister, Janice Porter of Center

Brothers:
Michael Porter & wife, Sharon of Center
Mark Porter of Dallas
Numerous Nieces & Nephews

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


2/20/2014

Wanda Lamerle Askew Enmon, 84, of Groves, passed away February 19, 2014 at her residence. She was born September 6, 1929 in Shelbyville to Eugene Askew and Bessie Hagler Askew. Ms. Enmon was a Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Center Chapter #348.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Mike Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Larry Askew, Christopher Lout, Leon Askew, Trey Marino, Johnny Reynolds and Michael Reynolds.

She is survived by:

Children:
Diana L. Bellard of Groves
David L. Lout and wife, Jan of La Porte
Tom Enmon and wife, Collean of Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Loren Enmon of San Marcus
Lynn Marino and husband, Joey of Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Lesa Funk and husband, Danny of Ponchatoula, Louisiana

14 Grandchildren

15 Great Grandchildren

Sister: Helen J. Lout of Center

Preceded in death by
Parents: Eugene Askew and Bessie Hagler Askew
Husband: Edgar “Cootie” Enmon
Brother: Homa Askew
Sisters: Pauline Askew, Maurine Mitchell

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


2/19/2014

Frank James, 83 of Timpson, passed away February 18, 2014 in Timpson, Texas. He was born June 12, 1930 to Frank Morse Fenley and Joda Lillian Bebee in Houston, Texas. He was retired from L.S. Mitchell Company and a member of Highway Tablenacle.

Visitation will be held from 10am until 11:30am Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Services will be held at 1:30pm Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas with Bro. Douglas McDonald and Bro. Jimmy Nix officiating. Interment will be at Caledonia Cemetery, Rusk County, Texas.

He is survived by:

Son, Kenneth James & wife, Caroline, of Longview, Texas

Daughter, Joy Darnell & husband, Rick, of Arlington, Texas

Grandchildren: Daniel Knitter, Antalie Woods, Jessica Kemmerling, and Matthew James

Great Grandchildren: Kevin and Tyler Kemmerling

Host of other nieces, nephews, and friends

Preceded in death by wife, Audrey Louis James married for 53 years; wife, Etta James; and 1 brother, Jimmy James.

Pallbearers: Daniel Knitter, Matthew James, Chris Woods, Jeff Kemmerling, Chad Crump, and Nicholas Crump

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


2/18/2014

Warren Albert Roquet, 93, of Houston, passed away Monday, February 17, 2014 at Methodist Hospital in Houston. He was born August 23, 1920 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Aloysius “Albert” Roquet and Mary Heintz Roquet.

Mr. Roquet graduated from Owensville, Ohio High School in 1938, University of Cincinnati in 1947 with a Degree in Business Administration (BBA) and Southern Methodist Law School in Dallas, Texas in 1948 with a law degree (J.D.). On October 23, 1944, he married Miss Gwen Worsham. He was employed by Shell Oil Company from August of 1948 until he retired in 1981. He worked in the Land, Pipeline, Legal, Public Affairs, Government Affairs and Insurance Departments. From 1981 until 1985, he engaged in consulting work as a Petroleum Land and Legal Consultant.

Mr. Roquet joined the United States Air Force in August of 1942 and served as a Navigator with the 491st Heavy Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force in England until 1945. He remained in the Air Force Reserve until he retired from duty at the rank of Colonel. He was a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers in the late 1970’s and a charter and life member of the Silver Falcons of the United States Air Force Academy since 1974.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

He is survived by
Wife of 69 years: Gwen Worsham Roquet of Houston

Children:
Paul Roquet and wife, Jeanine of College Station
Katherine Wilson and husband, Mark of San Antonio

Grandchildren:
Kevin Goodall of Knoxville, Tennessee
Kristin Palafox of San Antonio
Amy Adkison of Dallas
Melissa Wood of Dallas
Andrea Harper of College Station
Brandon Roquet of College Station
Eric Roquet of College Station

Great Grandchildren:
Ethan Palafox
Olivia Palafox
William, Emma, Trevor and Caleb Adkison

Numerous nieces and nephews

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


Irvin Lee Throckmorton, 90 of Timpson, passed away February 8, 2014 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born June 6, 1923 to Charles B. Throckmorton and Virginia (West) Throckmorton in Richmond, VA. He was a member of Caladonia Baptist Church and was retired from the Air Force.

Services were held at 1:45pm on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas. Interment was at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas. A private family visitation Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1:00pm.

He is survived by:

Sons:
Stephen Throckmorton of Monroe, LA
Jerry Throckmorton and wife, Candy, of Timpson, TX

Daughters:
Patricia Boswell and husband, Don, of Timpson, TX
Jill Throckmorton of Timpson, TX

Grandchildren: Angel Anderson, Vincent Throckmorton, Paul Throckmorton, Jerry Lynn Throckmorton, Mikayla Stevens, Kody Ramey, Karalyn Ramey, Angela Mullins and Jason Mullins

10 Great Grandchildren, 4 Great Great Grandchildren

Sister, June Talley of VA

Host of other nieces, nephews and friends

Proceded in death by wife, Barbara Throckmorton; parents; 2 sons, Barry & Jon Throckmorton; 3 brothers and 1 sister

Funeral services under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.


2/17/2014

James W. Wheeler, 87, of the Aiken Community of Shelby County, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014 at his residence. He was born April 10, 1926 in Garrison to Weldon Simpson Wheeler and Annie Della Nelson Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler served in the United States Army. He was the owner and operator of Wheeler Radiator Shop for many years. Mr. Wheeler was a member of the National Rifle Association, Golden Eagles, VFW Post #8904 and White Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with William Eddins officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Mr. Wheeler’s Grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Parmer, Tommy Harris, Don Bush and John Gray.

He is survived by
Wife: Charlsie Wheeler of the Aiken Community of Shelby County

Children:
Jamie Parmer and husband, Don of Chireno
Charles Wesley Wheeler of the Aiken Community of Shelby County
Laura Harris and husband, Tommy of Center
Susan Bush and husband, Don of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Clay Parmer and wife, Kristi
Chance Parmer
Cole Parmer and wife, Lacey
Sky Parmer
Carey Agnew and husband, Scott
Heather Walker
Eric Paxon and wife, Barbara
Michelle Jay and husband, Kevin
Kathryn Shofner and husband, Vic
Lesley Cockrell and husband, Lonnie

Great Grandchildren:
Rann Parmer, Rhett Parmer, Lauren Parmer, Callie Parmer, Case Parmer, Chandler Parmer, Cy Parmer, Jake Vardeman, Madison Agnew, Blane Agnew, Maci Walker, Emma Walker, Presley Walker, T.J. Paxon, Sean Paxon, Elizabeth Paxon, John David Jay, Rylee Jay, Taylor Amburn, Cam Amburn, Bryce Cockrell, Reese Cockrell

Sister: Velma McLeroy of Center

Sisters-in-law:
Gladys Wheeler Davis of Austin
Helen Wheeler of Wimberly

Numerous other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Weldon Simpson Wheeler and Annie Della Nelson Wheeler
Brothers: Hubert Wheeler, Oran Wheeler, Eula Wheeler
Sisters-in-law: Cornelia Lawson, Jean Burns
Son-in-law: John H. King
Daughters-in-law: Nelda Wheeler, Darlie Wheeler

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


2/16/2014

Billy Mac Walton, 73, of Center, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born March 7, 1940 in Center to Montie Walton and Margaret Windham Walton. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Johnny Lewis and Bro. Buddy Gray officiating. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Walton, Simon Stanley, Lucas Cougler, Nathan Lynch, Michael Walton and Jim Dearman. Honorary pallbearer will be Phoenix Cougler.

He is survived by
Wife of 51 years and 9 months: Lenora Jean Walton of Center

Sons:
Terry Walton and wife, Barbara of Center
Marty Walton and friend, Andree of Harlingen

Grandchildren:
Carla Stanley and husband, Simon of Center
Sherry Cougler and husband, Lucas of Center
Daniel Walton of Center
Beth Lynch and husband, Nathan of Center
Misty Kirkland of Arlington

Great Grandchildren:
Haleigh Lynch of Center
Phoenix Cougler of Center
Bryleigh Lynch of Center
Kynleigh Walton of Center
Kaitlynn Stanley of Center

Brother: Sam Walton and wife, Becky of Stanley, Louisiana

Brother-in-law: Mark Batts of Joaquin

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Parents: Montie Walton and Margaret Windham Walton
Daughter: Belinda Walton Kirkland
Infant Brother

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


Eddie Sue Burnaman Stanaland, 84, passed away February 14, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born June 28, 1929, to Harland and Ruth Burnaman. She was raised in the Shady Grove community.

She attended the Nacogoches schools and graduated from Stephen F. Austin College with a business degree. She taught at Garrison High School and Big Sandy High School on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation. She also worked for Dr. C.C. Young, DVM, Anderson Grain as bookkeeper, and Sherwin-Williams as bookkeeper. After 36 years, she retired on September 7, 2013, from Sherwin-Williams. She was a member of North Street Church of Christ.

She married Robert Stanaland on Februrary 16, 1962, and they were married for 51 years before his death on November 27, 2013.

She is survived by children, Terry Stanaland and wife Tammy, Elizabeth Channel and husband Larry, Melinda Stanaland, and Bobby Stanaland and wife Daphne, all of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Ettie, as her grandchildren called her, is survived by Steven Stanaland, Melissa Skelton, Michael Kressin, Misty Kressin, Rebecca Dillon, Jacob Dillon, David Burkhalter, Nathan Burkhalter, Shelby Stanaland, and Kaelyn Stanaland; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Sue is also survived by sisters Harlene Muckleroy of Center, Texas, Lillie Ross of El Paso, Texas, and Helen Brown of Nacogdoches, Texas; and nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Sue was preceded in death by parents, Harland and Ruth Burnaman; husband, Robert Stanaland; and brother, Fred Tucker Burnaman.

Pall bearers will be Fred Taylor Burnaman, Ken Muckleroy, Fred Yanoush, Rusty Brown, Nathan Burkhalter, Jacob Dillon, and Scott Coyle.

Visitation will be Monday, February 17, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel with Minister Bill Sherrill officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Hospice of East Texas, American Cancer Society, or The Harvest House.

Arrangements are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.


2/15/2014

Ray Nell Jones Bailey, 82, of Center, passed away Friday, February 14, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. She was born October 14, 1931 in Garrison to John (Huey) Jones and Lillian Strong Jones. She was a member of Mt. Herman Church of Christ.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 17, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with L.D. Eddins officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Roger Bailey, John Barbe, Richard Tomlin and Lee Sowell.

She is survived by
Husband: Ovias (Pete) Bailey

Son: Ovias Michael Bailey

Sisters:
Patricia Webb and husband, Dr. James Webb
Linda Barbe and husband, Bo
Jerry Sowell and husband, Robert

Sisters-in-law:
Charlotte Bailey
Betty Bailey
Dora Jean and Bill Livingston
Hoyt & Dale Bailey
Billy Bailey & Charmin

Special Nephew: Roger Bailey

Numerous nieces and nephews

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


2/14/2014

Ricky Claude Jackson, 56, of Center, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. He was born June 10, 1957 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Claude Jackson and Virginia Paddie Jackson.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Gary Stripling, Mitch Partin, Waylon Mott, Steve Thornberg, J. Hayes and Keith Askew. Honorary pallbearer will be Ricky Harkness, Randy Dimsdle and Shawn Ranford.

He is survived by:

Daughters:
Shellie Hayes and husband, Zane of Center
Kelsie Jackson of Center

Grandson: Bryce Hayes of Center

Granddaughter: Brynlee Hayes of Center

Mother: Virginia Alexander and husband, Wayne of Houston

Sister: Diane Gilcrease of Columbus

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Claude Jackson
Wife: Teresa Jackson

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to help with final expenses.

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


2/13/2014

John T. Gordon, 51, of Dennison, Texas, passed away Thursday, February 6, 2014 at his home. He was born December 18, 1962 in Irving, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, February 15, 2014 at American Funeral Services, 4312 W. Crawford, Dennison, Texas 75020.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Samantha Schroeder of Center
Ashleigh Schroeder of Center

Grandchildren:
Braileigh and Treydan

Father:
Jimmy Gordon of Dennison

Services are under the direction of American Funeral Services, Dennison, Texas.


2/12/2014

Annie Irene Mayfield, 94, of Center, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Center in Center. She was born June 17, 1919 in Huxley to Virgil C. Strong and Fleta Fleming Strong. Ms. Mayfield was a charter member of Center First United Pentecostal Church.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 14, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Edward McRae, Rev. Eric Bolenbaucher and Rev. Andy Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Pallbearers will be Keith McRae, Mark Strong, Damon Mayfield, Chris Davis, Ricky McCauley and George Riffe.

She is survived by
Son: Larry Mayfield and wife, Lynda of Orange

Daughters:
Mavis McCauley of Orange
Shirley McRae and husband, Bro. Edward McRae of Center

Grandchildren:
Donna Graves and husband, Travis
Gail Riffe and husband, George
Ricky McCauley
Keith McRae and wife, Sami Jo
Sheri Neal
Damon Mayfield and wife, Jessica
Darla Bolenbaucher and husband, Eric

Great Grandchildren:
Jennifer Davis and husband, Chris
Christy Burton and husband, Nicholas
Jordan Riffe and wife, Devyn
Alicia McRae
Blaine McRae
Chris McRae
Nicole Neal
Angela McCauley
Paul Davidson
Dawson Mayfield
Peyton Logsdon
Ethan Logsdon
Spencer Logsdon
Gracie Bolenbaucher
Emma Bolenbaucher

Great Great Grandchildren:
Hunter, Ryleigh, Hayley, Bailey, Frasier, Sophia
Sisters:
Lottie Hammitt of Orange
Louise Pickering of Vidor

Brothers:
G.W. Strong and wife, Bettie of Center
Rev. Elzine Strong and wife, Doris of Lufkin

Sisters-in-law: Margie Strong of Center

Brother-in-law: Steve Wooten of Orange

Preceded in death by
Husband: Melvin Mayfield
Parents: Rev. Virgil C. Strong and Fleta Fleming Strong
Brother: Billy Tom Strong
Sisters: Mildred Wooten, Estelene Hill, Mozelle Redquardt
Son-in-law: Kenneth McCauley
Great Great Granddaughter: Hadley Lynn Davis

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


2/11/2014

Bobby Lynn Harkness, longtime resident of Center, passed away at age 70 on Monday, February 10, 2014, at Shady Acres Nursing Home in Newton, Texas, following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Bobby was born in Center on July 23, 1943 to Hazel Emma Williford and Raleigh Harkness. He spent much of his youth at the home of his grandparents Homer and Daisy Williford in the James Community northeast of Center. Bobby attended Center schools and James Community Church of Christ before leaving home at the age of 18 to enlist in the U.S. Air Force. During the Vietnam War era, he served 4 years in the Air Force security police at Strategic Air Command bases in Havre, Montana; Minot, North Dakota; and Offut, Nebraska.

Bobby used his GI bill to pursue specialized training in radio broadcasting. He spent several years of his productive adult life as a radio announcer and disc-jockey in New Orleans, as well as smaller radio markets, including KDET in Center. Bobby also obtained licenses to operate large offshore vessels and made a successful career as ships captain for some of the largest petroleum companies operating along the Gulf Coast.

Bobby is survived by his daughter, Christina of Prentiss, MS, two granddaughters, Jacqueline Renee Crater and Kathy Lynn Crater, also of Prentiss, his sisters Joyce LaBoyteaux of Newton, TX and Gloria Lyons of Theodore, AL, his brother Philip Doyle of Fort Worth, TX, and dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Bobby touched many lives and was loved by a great many folks. His happiest times were with his family and friends, playing his guitar and singing old time country songs. He will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held in Center at a future date to be announced later. Those wishing to make donations to Alzheimer's Association in Bobby's name may do so at www.alz.org.


Donald “Red” Wilson, 64, of Center, passed away Monday, February 11, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born February 9, 1950 in Dallas County to Earl Wilson and Loue Ellen Pruitt Wilson. Mr. Wilson served in the United States Marine Corps. He attended McClelland Community Church in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. A military honors graveside service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Antioch Cemetery in Shelby County under the direction of VFW Post 8904 and Bro. Buddy Gray.

He is survived by:

Wife: Janet Wilson of Center

Son: Andrew Wilson and wife, Amanda of Marshall

Granddaughter: Kaleigh Wilson of Marshall

Siblings: Charles, Wesley, Michael, Earline, and Mary

Mother-in-law: Wynell Lawson of Center

Sister-in-law: Jenny Ray Fancher of Center

Brother-in-law: Jerry Glenn Lawson of Center

Niece: Brandy Fortney and husband, Eric of Taylor

Nephew: Glenn Allen Ray and Lacy White of Center

Five Great Nieces, One Great Nephew, numerous other relatives, and a host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Earl and Loue Ellen Wilson
Stepmother: Dorothy Wilson
Stepfather: Calvin McFarland
Father-in-law: Glenn Lawson
Brother-in-law: Richard Francher

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


2/10/2014

Loyce Yvonne Andrews Johnson, 79, of Center, passed away, Monday, February 10, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born May 16, 1934 in Shelby County to S.H. and Adelle (Tomlin) Andrews. She was member of First Baptist Church of Center.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, S.H. and Adelle Andrews, Brother, Doug Andrews, Sister, Dorothy Fenley & Brother-in-law, Gene Fenley and Brother-in-law, C.B. Gilchrist.

She is survived by:

Husband: Fred Johnson of Center

Daughters:
Pam Sanford & husband, Darrell of Center
Karen Albert & husband, Darrell of Center

Grandchildren:
Scott Sanford & wife, Allison of Center
Kirk Sanford & wife, Kelli of Center
Todd Albert of Center
Jill Albert of Center

Great Grandchildren: Jaxon & Maddox Sanford & Madelyn Sanford

Sister: Mauddie Gilchrist of Center

Sister-in-law: Ura Lovell of Center

Sister-in-law & Brother-in-law: Vivian & Earl Campbell of Center

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers: Scott Sanford, Kirk Sanford, Todd Albert, Cody Matlock, David Gilchrist & Shane Fenley

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


2/09/2014

Graveside service for Mr. Marion O’neil “Bo” Whiteside, 60, of Gary, TX, will be Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson with Bro. Garth LaGrone officiating. Mr. Whiteside passed away Friday, February 7, 2014, in Gary.

Born July 11, 1953, in Cleveland, TX, Marion O’neil “Bo” Whiteside was the son of the late Edison Rudolph and Addie Mae (Windham) Whiteside. He graduated from Longview High School in 1971 and was a welder.

Survivors include his sons, Randy Whiteside and wife Carrie of Rush Springs, OK, and Jason Whiteside of Gary; brothers, Kenneth Whiteside of Timpson and James Whiteside of Longview; sisters, Patsy Bright of White Oak, TX, and Betty Shields of Longview; and grandchildren, Austin, Mallory, Jacob, and Colton Whiteside.

Marion “Bo” Whiteside was preceded in death by his parents, brother Steven Russell Whiteside, and granddaughter Jacqueline Whiteside.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX, is in charge of arrangements.


2/07/2014

Robert "Bob" Groce, 73 of Garrison, passed away February 5, 2014 in Garrison, Texas. He was born February 16, 1940 to Lewis Leo Groce and Mabel Frances (Moyer) Groce in Wasco Co. Oregon. He was a member of Arlam Baptist Church in Garrison.

Visitation will be held 5pm until 7pm on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home. Services will be at 2pm Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Arlam Baptist Church will Bro. Darrell Pollard officiating. Interment to follow at Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.

He is survived by:

Wife, Cynthia Groce of Garrison, Texas

Daughter, Jackie McCreary of Corsicana, Texas

Sons:
Matt Groce of Garrison, Texas
Tim Groce of Coos Bay, Oregan
Kevin Groce of The Dallas, Oregan

Step-Sons:
Sean Raiford of Houston, Texas
Donnie Hensley of Garrison, Texas
Jerry Duke of Garrison, Texas

Step-Daughter, Jody Stephens of Timpson, Texas

Sister, Lois Cant of Indiana

Brother, Ray Groce of Oregon

16 Grandchildren

Host of other relatives and friends,

Preceded in death by wife, Sally Groce; Parents, Lewis Leo Groce and Mabel Frances Groce; daughter, Debby Groce; 1 son and 1 grandson

Pallbearers: Matt Groce, Jimmy Mills, Sean Raiford, Donnie Hensley, Tim Groce, Jerry Duke

Honorary Pallbearers: Blake Hensley, Gavin Duke, Hayden Jordon

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


2/06/2014

Funeral service for Robert E. “Bobby” Molloy, 89, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 8, 2014, at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation with family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday, February 7, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson. Mr. Molloy passed away Thursday, February 06, 2014, in Timpson.

Born February 2, 1925, in Timpson, TX, Robert Earl Brittian “Bobby” Molloy was the son of the late Samuel Houston and Lola Mae (McFadden) Molloy. He was a 1943 graduate of Timpson High School and served in the U. S. Navy from 1943 – 1946. On March 18, 1947, he and Ruby Winnie Gary were married in Timpson. Bobby attended the University of Texas and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1950. He was a mechanical engineer with Gray Tool Company in Houston, was chaplain for Timpson American Legion Post #90 for many years, and was a deacon at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Ruby Winnie Molloy of Timpson; sons, Randall Earl Molloy and Larry Keith Molloy and wife Melonia, all of Timpson; grandchildren, Kevin Molloy and wife Erin, Stefanie McDonald and husband Greg, Isaiah Molloy, and Cpt. Jeremiah Soape, U.S. Army, and wife Holly; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

In addition to his parents, Robert “Bobby” Molloy was preceded in death by daughter-in-law Roma Molloy and numerous brothers and sisters.

To convey condolences online, please visist www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


2/05/2014

Funeral services for Walter Arnold Hendricks, Jr., 86, of Lufkin will be held Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Roger Doyle and Bro. Vic Bass officiating. Interment will follow in the Glendale Cemetery.

Mr. Hendricks was born February 13, 1927 in Beaumont, Texas to Edith Mae (Priddy) and Walter Arnold Hendricks, Sr. He passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

Mr. Hendricks resided in Lufkin most of his life. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II. He was an accomplished gunsmith and also a machinist for Lufkin Industries. Mr. Hendricks was a member of the Lufkin First Christian Church.

Survivors include his loving wife of 66 years, Irene Flurry Hendricks of Lufkin; sons and daughters-in-law, David Hendricks of Lufkin, Ralph and Jan Hendricks of Houston, Ronnie and Laurie Hendricks of Nacogdoches and Joe and Kay Hendricks of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Dunn of Houston and Judy and Roger Doyle of Center; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Lynn Kornegay of DeSoto; great-aunt, Major Lillian Frances Priddy; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Andrew Michael Hendricks; sister and brother-in-law, Jeane and Byron Smith; and son-in-law, Glen Dunn.

Pallbearers will be Scott Moore, Michael Whitehead, J.R. Hendricks, David Hendricks, Ralph Hendricks, Ronnie Hendricks, Joe Hendricks and Chaplain Roy Wright.

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday evening at the funeral home.

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


Lee Esco Rhame, 88, of Center, passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at his residence. He was born June 17, 1925 in Shelby County to Bernard Rhame and Charlsie Holt Rhame. Mr. Rhame served in the United States Navy. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Full Gospel Church in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Sardis Cemetery in the Sardis Community of Shelby County with Bro. Don Windham officiating.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Rhame, Kris Rhame, Ronnie Peace, Wayne Lewis, Bryan Jansen and Dustin Hearne.

He is survived by
Son: Jimmy Rhame and wife, Betty of Center

Daughters:
Sue Jansen and husband, David of Center
Tammy Lewis and husband, Wayne of Center

Grandchildren:
Wesley Rhame
Kristopher Rhame and wife, Rachael
Bryan Jansen and wife, Angie
Amy Windham and husband, Frankie
Ashley Lewis
Kim Hamlin Bryan

Great Grandchildren:
Colton Rhame
Colob Chisenhall Rhame
Drake Jansen
Emily Hearne
Dustin Hearne
Kaylee Reynolds

Brothers:
Maurice Rhame and wife, Elizabeth of Lufkin
Leon Rhame and wife, Cheryl of Port Neches

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Bernard Rhame and Charlsie Holt Rhame
Daughter: Cathy Hamlin Rhame
Granddaughter: Cathy Lynn Hamlin
Brother: James Edward Rhame
Sister: Jean Peace

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


2/03/2014

Lessie Sowell, 81, of Center, passed away Friday, January 31, 2014 at Holiday Nursing Home in Center. She was born September 26, 1932 in Nacogdoches County to Lee Monroe Moore and Emma Shaw Moore.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Holiday Nursing Home in Center.

She is survived by
Children:
Marvin Sowell and wife, Brenda of Center
Isaac Sowell and wife, Gayla of Ore City
Darryl Sowell of Nacogdoches
Sharon Barnett of Sherman
Barbara Emerson of Rusk
Johnnie Mae Sowell of Nacogdoches
Calvin Bennett of Texas
Jamie Bosquez of Waco
Matt Bennett of Texas

Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives

Sisters:
Virginia Sargent of Nacogdoches
Curly Moore of The Woden Community of Nacogdoches

Brother: Gus Moore of Chireno

Preceded in death by
Parents: Lee Monroe Moore and Emma Shaw Moore
Sisters: Bessie May Shaw, Mrs. Lee Fussell
Brothers: Dick Moore, John Moore

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


2/2/2014

Bernice Adkison Hudman, 85, of Timpson, Texas, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2014, at her home in Timpson. Born August 24, 1928, in Center, TX, she was the daughter of the late Elzie Carl Adkison and Dollie Hendricks Adkison. She graduated from Timpson High School in 1945, and on August 12, 1947, she and Noble Hudman were married in Timpson.

Bernice Hudman’s life was centered around her family. She loved caring for her family, providing delicious food for family and friends, quilting with her friends at Timpson RSVP, and traveling to Colorado.

Survivors include her sons, Jeff Hudman and wife Ann of Longview, TX, and Chris Hudman of Athens, TX; daughters, Johnnie Nix of Mt. Enterprise, Barbara Green and husband Mike of Timpson, and Judy Ritter and husband Bobby of Timpson; brothers, Bobby Adkison and wife Fay of Garrison, TX, and Charles Adkison of Houston; sisters, Sue Cox of Nacogdoches, and Barbara Lindsey of Stafford, TX; sister-in-law Barbara Adkison of Alvin, TX; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Bernice Hudman was preceded in death by husband Noble Hudman, 2 brothers, 1 sister, a son-in-law, 1 granddaughter, and 3 great grandsons.

A visitation for family and friends will begin at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at Woodland Christian Church with funeral service beginning at 11:00 AM. Officiating will be Grandson Kyle Green and Bro. Elmer Mathews, and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements

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1/30/2014

Funeral services for Jerry D. Pinner, 74, of Allentown will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Clayton McClendon, Reverend Mark Green and Reverend Kevin Prince officiating. Interment will follow in the Antioch Cemetery in Ratcliff, Houston County, with Reverend Bailey Alders officiating.

Mr. Pinner was born January 15, 1940 in the Allentown Community of Angelina County, Texas to Sam and Mary Elva (Allen) Pinner, and died Thursday, January 30, 2014 at his residence. He was a lifetime resident of Angelina County. Mr. Pinner was ordained in the UPCI and worked as a Dental Tech for 52 years. He was a member of the Christian Life Center.

Survivors include his wife, Joy Pinner of Allentown; son, Ray Lynn Pinner of Lufkin; daughter, Jerry Gail Pinner of Lufkin; grandchildren and their spouses, Mitzi and Michael Norton of Nacogdoches, Evan D. Cain of Joplin, Missouri, Ashley Faye Case of Lufkin, Dylan Pinner of Huntington, Colyn and Tabatha Pinner of Pollok, Logan Pinner, Landon Pinner, both of Huntington, Joey Landers of Pollok and Jessica Landers of Seattle, Washington; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Hayden, Hagan, River, Kaylynn and Xavier; brother and sister-in-law, Reverend Ray and Portia Pinner of Lufkin; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Phillip Landers of Pollok; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, D. Ann Cain; and parents-in-law, A.J. and Louise Kelsey.

Pallbearers will be Dylan Pinner, Colyn Pinner, Logan Pinner, Landon Pinner, Joey Landers and Michael Norton.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Golden, Ray Saxton, Steve Edwards and Willie Wade.

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.
Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.


1/29/2014

Kynleigh Michelle Fontenot, infant daughter of Ray Fontenot and Kara Chambliss Fontenot, of Huxley, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Ft. Worth. She was born Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with Bro. B.J. Windham officiating.

She is survived by
Parents: Ray and Kara Fontenot of Huxley

Brother: Harvy Fontenot of Huxley

Grandparents: Phillip and LeAnne Chambliss of Huxley

Grandmother: Sharon Fontenot of Fawil

Grandfather: George Fontenot of Jasper

Great Grandmother: Patricia Dean of Huxley

Great Grandparents: Burren “Benny” and Betsy Chambliss of Joaquin

Great Grandfather: Glenn Goodwin of Fawil

Great Grandparents: Carl and Linda Hopson of Bon Weir

Aunts and Uncles:
Nolan and Heather Chambliss of Huxley
Chris and Sarah Fontenot of Jasper
Matthew Fontenot of Fawil
Mark Fontenot of Fawil

Cousins:
Hannah Fontenot of Jasper
Sophia Fontenot of Jasper
Amanda Fontenot of Jasper

Preceded in death by
Great Grandfather: Clinton Lee Dean
Great Grandmother: Sandy Goodwin

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


Sherri Diane Hitt Stamper, 60, of Houston, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014 at her residence. She was born May 6, 1953 in Houston to Walter James Hitt and Lorene Spencer Hitt. Sherri loved the Lord and was particularly interested in the prophecies of the Old Testament. She traveled to the Holy Land, where she felt blessed to walk where Jesus walked. She was a member of Bibles for China and supported several other missions. Sherri loved to cook and feed all of her family and friends. Everyone especially loved her homemade chocolate Wesson Oil Cake. Sherri loved people and was always helping someone in need. This past Thanksgiving and Christmas, she cooked for neighbors who did not have any family with whom to celebrate. Sherri was a 911 operator for the city of Houston and was dearly loved by all of her co-workers. She was one of the sweetest ladies and will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service.

She is survived by
Brother: Stephen Hitt and wife, Mary of Pearland

Nieces:
Tera Theriot and husband, Patrick
Kera Hitt of Houston

Nephews:
Mitchell Hitt of Houston
Jeremy Hitt of Pearland

Great Nephews:
Kameron Meza
Nathan Meza
Garrett Theriot

Aunts:
Ann Hitt of Center
Norma Lout of Center
Doris Magness of Magnolia
Jeanene Hart and husband, Royce of Gilmer

Several cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Walter James Hitt and Lorene Spencer Hitt

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


Rodney Windham, 56, of Center, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Graveside Service will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Pine Ridge Cemetery with Bro. Jack Forbis, Bro. Steve Phillips and Bro. Frankie Mathis officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born June 6, 1957 in Mansfield, LA to Paul Delbert Windham and Lillian Walker.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Paul Windham, 2 Sisters, Layne Powledge and Phyllis Claybrook and Nephew, Kevin Gray.

He is survived:
Mother:
Lillian Wallace of Center

Son:
Dusty Windham & fiancé’ of Austin

2 Grandchildren:
Kylie Whittington
Shane Windham

3 Sisters:
Daphne Fisher & husband, Mike of Shreveport
Pamela Walker & husband, Vernon of Galloway Community
Jennifer Windham of Grand Cane

Step-Mother:
Gloria Windham of Grand Cane

Special Friends:
Cindy Poellnitz of Huxley
Bruce Daniels of Huxley
Sue & Norman O’Pry of Joaquin
James Peirce of Gary

Numerous Nieces, Nephews & Cousins

Aunts & Uncles
Mary Anderson & husband, Tim of Center
Roy Gene Walker &wife, Mae of Monroe, LA
Paul Wayne Walker & wife, Brenda of Stanley, LA

Pallbearers:
Bruce Daniels, Robert Prichard, Jerry Dale Windham, Martin Windham, Robby Claybrook, Chester Dawson & Larry Dixon

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Mary Frances Snow (Nana), age 75, of Chandler passed away at midnight on Jan. 27, 2014 at UTHSC with her loving family at her side. Frances was born Sept 19, 1938 to Perry and Grace Smith of Center Texas. She married Charles Holcomb in 1958 and found her lifelong passion – her family.

In 1972 Frances married Robert W. Snow and moved to Tyler where she continued her career in the banking industry while caring for and raising a family. A highlight of her career was serving as Vice President of Peoples National Bank. She later joined Superior Auctioneers of San Antonio and worked there until she retired in 1992 returning to East Texas. Frances was a long time active member of West Lake Baptist Church where she was loved by many. Frances enjoyed being outdoors, cooking and spending time with her family. She was a blessed recipient of a kidney transplant 16 years ago. She was known as a spiritual giant by those who knew and loved her, she laughed every day, (even when she did not feel like it) and took full advantage of a life made possible by a generous organ donor.

Frances is survived by her husband, Bob, of Tyler; son, Mike Holcomb and wife Norma, of Houston, daughter in law, Regina Holcomb Stephenson of Brownsboro, step daughter, Nikki Heitzeberg of Katy; sisters, Virginia Lemoine or Center, TX, Odessa Weaver of Mt. Enterprise, TX; brother, Ray Smith of Center, TX; grandchildren Justin Lawson, Christen Haldeman, Ashton Trammel, Chad Holcomb, Cole Holcomb, Whitney Bauman and Daniel Heitzeberg; 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Randy Holcomb and brothers, Wayne Smith and Jerry Smith.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home, 12053 State Highway 64 West, Tyler. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday January 31, 2014 at Westlake Baptist Church, 1439 Highway 315 South, Chandler, TX. Interment will follow at Tyler Memorial Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff of ETMC – 2WestC for the many years of love and care that you have provided for Nana, and special thanks to Dr. Steven Potter who adopted Nana as his own.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org/donate


Leouis "Lil Momma" Byrd was born in Ashville, North Carolina on April 20, 1924 to Will and Dora Gentry and went to be with the Lord on January 29, 2014. She was raised in Bodcaw Louisiana where she lived until she married Ernest Jessie Byrd on October 31, 1943. Together they had 10 children. In 1962 the family moved to Carrollton where they became members of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church. This would be where she spent the next 30+ years as the head of the nursery school.

She retired at the age of 74.

She is survived by her four children, Elaine Wilson and husband Kenneth of Dallas, Cynthia Favors and husband K.E. of Winnsboro, Donald Byrd and wife Karen of Corsicana, Tommy Bryd and wife Janet of Dallas; three sisters, Judy Taylor, Susie Feazel and Dodie Gentry; two brothers, James Gentry and Everett Gentry; thirty-nine grandchildren and great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friend Miss Wright.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ernest Jessie Byrd in 1993; six children, Jack Byrd, Guy Byrd, Jerry Byrd, Lola Byrd, Patsy Byrd and Tina Byrd.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 8:00 am Friday, January 31, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dennis Webster officiating. Burial will be 3:00 pm at Sardis Cemetery, Center, Texas.

An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home - Corsicana, Texas


1/28/2014

Preston Hickman, 85, of the Galloway Community of Panola County, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Azle. He was born August 30, 1928 in Shelby County to John Terry Hickman and Dena Mae Ramsey Hickman. Mr. Hickman served in the United States Army. He was a member of Galloway Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 31, 2014 at Old Home Cemetery in Joaquin with Rev. Mervin Scott and Chaplain Arnold Shrewsbury officiating.

He is survived by:

Daughter: Yvette Good and husband, Randy of Haslet

Son: John Hickman and wife, Sonya of The Woodlands

Grandchildren:
Matthew Good and wife, Deserae
Case Hickman
Cherish Hickman

Great Grandchildren:
Grace May
Braden May
Presley Rae Good
Blake Good

Brothers:
Charles Hickman and wife, Marie of Zavalla
E.W. Hickman and wife, Nina of Magnolia, Arkansas

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many beloved friends

Preceded in death by:

Parents: John Terry Hickman and Dena Mae Ramsey Hickman
Wife: Anese Hickman

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


1/27/2014

Billie Jo Wallace, 86, of Center, passed away Sunday, January 25, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. She was born January 6, 1928 in Haslam, Texas to Jewell Wicker and Beedie Lura Covington Wicker. Ms. Wallace was a member of the Timpson Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson. She was a caring grandmother, loving mother, the best wife and woman of God that family and friends had ever known.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday, January 27, 2014 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson. Funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Monday, January 27, 2014 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Interment will follow at Timpson Missionary Baptist Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be members of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be Verbon Jr. Pate, Jerry Pate and Joe Neal Wallace.

She is survived by

Children:
Terry Dale “Doc” Wallace and wife, Peggy of White Oak
Cynthia Ann Hill and husband, Ernest of Conroe
David Clint Wallace and wife, Carol of Buda

Grandchildren:
Jimmy Johnson and wife, Michelle of Montgomery
Karen Diane Mendez and husband, Doug of Tomball

Great Grandchildren:
Heather Hall, Braden Johnson, Annika Johnson, Julia Mendez and Carter Mendez

Preceded in death by
Husband: Benjamin “Bud” Wallace
Parents: Jewell and Beedie Wicker

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


1/26/2014

Joe Davis Foster, 81, of Ft Worth, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Van, Texas. He was born March 24, 1932 in Center to Joe Foster and Catherine Davis Pinkston. Mr. Foster served in the United States Air Force from 1957 through 1960. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Center and served Shelby County as an attorney for many years.

He is survived by
Son:
Davis Foster & wife Debbie of Van, TX

Daughter:
Catherine Hitt & Husband Dwayne of Fort Worth, TX

3 Grandchildren:
Trey Foster, Cory Foster, Bryan Foster

Mother of His Children:
Mary Edith Foster of Center, TX

A host of friends

Preceded in death by:
Daughter: Caren Foster Butler
Sister: Teeta Walker
Mother: Catherine Davis Pinkston
Father: Joe Foster

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


Ray Mills, 82, of Wichita Falls, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in Wichita Falls. He was born on May 6, 1931 in Center, TX to the late Lennox Ray Mills and Verna Wilson Mills. Ray was married for 59 years to Ann Whitt Mills. He was a Building Maintenance Engineer at the Atrium Building in Wichita Falls for 32 years and was a member of the Field and Stream Association.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Mills of Wichita Falls; three children, Vernon Mills and wife Janice of Wichita Falls, Alice Combs and husband Garry of Wichita Falls and Rocky Washburn and wife Kay of Aurora, CO; two grandchildren, Allison Dickerson and Angie Valdez; two great grandchildren; one sister, Geneva Graves of Center, TX.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Graveside services will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Crestview Memorial Park with Rev. Harvey McMurry officiating. Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls or the charity of choice.

Funeral services provided by Hampton Vaughan at Crestview Memorial Park, Wichita Falls, TX


Bernardine Hailey Creech, 87, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Caldwell, Texas. She was born September 30, 1926 in Shelby County to O.L. Parker Jr. and Lois Wilburn Parker. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Newbern Chapter #1135 and First Methodist Church in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 27, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Carla Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Hailey, Connor Fox, Craig Hailey, Boyd Pharis, Justin Herzog and Jordan Herzog.

She is survived by
Daughter: Paulette Snell and husband, Debbs of Dime Box

Sons:
Tommy Hailey and wife, Sandy of Houston
Ricky Hailey and wife, Shelia of Hockley

Daughter-in-law: Jackie Hailey of Tomball

Grandchildren:
Paula Fox and husband, Mark of Pettus
Rhonda Pharis and husband, Boyd of Dime Box
Stacy Herzog and husband, Paul of Dime Box
Tina Doyle and husband Darrel of Tomball
Craig Hailey and wife, Sara of Magnolia
Rachel Hailey of Austin
Ryan Hailey of Houston
Crystal of Lufkin

Great Grandchildren:
Paige Fox of Pettus
Connor Fox of Pettus
Logan Pharis of Bryan
Colton Pharis of Bryan
Justin Herzog of Dime Box
Jordan Herzog of Dime Box
Dallas Doyle of Tomball
Katie Doyle of Tomball
Bryce Hailey of Tomball
Ashley Hailey Tomball
Melissa Hailey of Tomball
Jenna Hailey of Tomball
Khyle Hailey of Tomball

Sister: LaWanda Reynolds of Buna

Brother: Spencer Parker of Shelbyville

Brother-in-law: Nolan McDonald of Shelbyville

Preceded in death by
Husband: Loyde M. Hailey
Husband: James R. Creech
Son: Maurice Hailey
Grandson: DeWayne Hailey
Parents: O.L. & Lois Parker
Sisters: Marceline Green, Virginia McDonald

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


1/24/2014

A memorial service for Eva Lucille Bryant will be held in Angleton Texas on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Mrs. Bryant passed away on December 10, 2013 at her residence in Rusk, Texas. Crematory arrangements were taken care of by Wallace-Thompson in Rusk Texas. She was born October 16, 1942 in Houston Texas to parents Freda Vance and J.W. Vance. She is preceded in death by her parents, and her daughter, Wendy Michelle Bryant. Survivors include son James Calvin Bryant and wife Tammy in Conroe Texas, granddaughter Jessica Ann Self of Center, grandson J.B. Bryant of Center. Please contact J.B. Bryant at jamesbbryant@gmail.com for further details and directions to memorial service.


Sandra Arlene Hollis, age 56 of San Augustine, Texas passed away early Monday morning, January 20, 2014 at her residence in San Augustine, Texas. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church in Denning, Texas. Interment will be at Shiloh Cemetery with Bro. Randy Mills officiating.

She is survived by:

Husband, Samuel S. Hollis of San Augustine, Texas

1 Son, Jonothan Hanson (Kara) of League City, Texas

1 Daughter, Crystal Davis of San Augustine, Texas

1 Grand Daughter, Emily Davis of San Augustine, Texas

2 Grand Daughters
Emily Davis of San Augustine, Texas
Jamie Vetal of League City, Texas

1 Grand Son, Mathew Rawlins of League City, Texas

1 Great-Great Grandson, Bentley Vetal of League City, Texas

Mother , Arlinda Winn of Leggett, Texas

4 sisters: Deborah Kelley; Linda Jo; Frida; and Joyce

A Longtime family friend , Bill Grant of Huntsville, Texas

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner & Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.


1/23/2014

Alfred “A.J.” Sorsby, 84, of Huxley, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born December 21, 1929 in Houston to Jack Blount Sorsby and Thelma Collier Sorsby. Mr. Sorsby served in the United States Air Force. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. He was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church in Shelbyville. Mr. Sorsby was an electrician by trade and served on the Houston Fire Department.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 27, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. A Military Honors graveside service will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Pallbearers will be: Will Tyler, Ricky Smith, Wayne GoldBerry, Don Orr, David Conley, William Anding and Matt Smith.

He is survived by
Sons:
Carl “Bubba” Hatcher and wife, Goldie of Logansport, Louisiana
Randy Lewis of Houston
Ronney Lewis of Houston

Grandchildren:
Luke Hatcher of Center
Preston Hatcher of Houston

Step Grandchildren:
Chrissy Hall of Pittsburg
Annie Jo Hatcher of Logansport, Louisiana

Step Great Grandchildren:
Ashleigh Byrd of Joaquin, TX
Kara Hatcher of Houston
Emaley Hall of Pittsburg
Colby Hall of Pittsburg
Trenton Hatcher of Logansport, Louisiana

Best Friends his Dogs: Lucy and Lacy

Sisters:
Betty Sorsby Smith of Coolidge
Joyce Sorsby Conley of Cypress
Gladys Sorsby Hargrove of Mexia

Special Niece: Linda Gail Greene of Shelbyville

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by:
Wife: Jean Strong Sorsby
Son: Kim Allen Sorsby, Terry Hatcher, Russell Hatcher
Parents: Jack Blount Sorsby and Thelma Collier Sorsby
Brothers: Earl Dean Sorsby, Howard C. Sorsby, Kenneth R. Sorsby

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


1/22/2014

Brandon Bernard Buffington, infant son of Whitley Griffin and Waddell Bernard Buffington, Jr., of Timpson, TX, was born and passed into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Survivors in addition to his parents are grandmothers, Annette Griffin and Cynthia Buffinton; grandfathers, Benjamin Cary, Waddell Buffington, Sr., and Randy White; aunts, Cierra Buffington and Cheyenne Green; uncles, Charvon Griffin and Javon Griffin; great aunt Ebony Griffin; and cousins, Dale Buffington, Aja Buffington, Dereon Griffin, Kha’tya Harris, and Dae’shaun Robinson, all of Virginia.

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


Betty J Adams, 82, passed away on Monday, September 9, 2013. She was born April 16, 1931 in Tenaha, Texas, daughter of the late Noble and Clotile (brown) Alford. Betty and her husband, Bob, lived in Center in the Antioch Community for many years before moving to North Carolina and Indiana.

Betty was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in North Carolina and Cedars of Lebanon church.

She is survived by her 2 sons, Jimmy Adams, Robert (wife Marie) F Adams; daughter, Mary Joy Meadors; brother, William "Dee" (wife Anne) Alford; 2 sisters, Jackie Allen, Tula Browning; 6 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Adams; son, Jay Lynn Adams; and daughter-in-law, Aurelia Ann Adams.

Family and friends were received on Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 1pm to 3pm at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home, Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3pm, with Pastor Danny May officiating.

Interment followed in the Riverview Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.

Contributions may be made to the Shriner's Burn Institute.


1/21/2014

Iris M. Allen, 80, of Center, passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center. She was born August 8, 1933 in Dewville to Roy Vance McLean and Rachael Lakey McLean. She was a loving mother, grandmother and caregiver to her loved ones.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham and Bro. Sam Wheeler officiating. Interment will follow at Shelbyville Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Pallbearers will be Alan Ray, Bill Hairgrove, Don Wheeler, Larry Warren, Michael Warren, Roy Peace, Shane Ray and Terry Yates.

She is survived by
Sons:
Terry Allen and wife, Jan of Joaquin
Michael Allen of Center

Brother: Alton McLean of Center

Sisters-in-law:
Shirley Carter of Shelbyville
Marilyn Allen of Natalia

Grandchildren:
J.B. Raymond and wife, Jennifer of Center
Alyse Allen of Carthage
Christina Fulsom of Carthage

Great Grandchildren:
McKynzie Bush of Center
Justin Raymond of Center
Jaxon Raymond of Center
Avery Prudhomme of Carthage
Landon LaGrone of Carthage
Kali Fulsom of Carthage

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: J.T. “Bubba” Allen Jr.
Parents: Roy Vance McLean and Rachael Lakey McLean
Brother: Donald V McLean
Special Aunt: Eva Lakey

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Heart to Heart Hospice
209 Christie Street
Lufkin, Texas 75904

American Cancer Society
PO Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

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


Rhonda Schmutz Davis, age 48, of Canyon Lake, Texas, formerly of Center, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 at her home in Canyon Lake.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Rhonda was born April 13, 1965 in Alexandria, LA to parents, Donald & Judy (VanDusen) Schmutz. Rhonda was a 1983 graduate of Center High School.

She is survived by:

Son, Cassidy Schmutz & wife, Nana of Tyler

Daughter, Amber Luzko & husband, Sergey of Nebraska

Grandson, Ryan Schmutz of Tyler

Parents, Don & Judy Schmutz of Huxley

3 Brothers:
Randy Schmutz & wife, Amber of Stephenville
Ricky Schmutz & wife, Grace of Huxley
Rodney Schmutz & wife, Meshell of Joaquin

Nieces & Nephews

Best friend, Nicky of Canyon Lake

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


1/20/2014

Herbert H. Coleman, of Sinton, Texas, went home to be with The Lord on January 19, 2014 after a three year battle with terminal lung cancer. He was 80.

Herb was born August 30, 1933 and was the oldest of six children born to Henry and Ruth Coleman. He grew up and lived most of his life in East Texas. On June 16, 1979, Herb married Patricia Surginer and moved to Sinton, Texas.

Herbert was a truck driver until 1992. After his first battle with cancer, he retired from truck driving. Soon thereafter, Herb began driving a school bus for Sinton ISD. He drove many years, received many awards, but mostly grew to love his “kids”.

He was a longtime member of the Sinton chapter of the Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. #1012 and a prayer leader in his church. Herb loved The Lord with all his mind, with all his soul, and made it his mission to spread the plan of salvation.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Surginer Coleman; daughter Angelia Coleman Anderson and son-in-law Layne Evan Anderson; three step-sons and daughters-in-law who he loved as his own: Raymond Everette O’Neal, Jr. and Laqueta O’Neal; Kenneth Dean O’Neal and Debbie O’Neal; Billy Bob McAdams and Lisa McAdams; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Maebel Coleman; brothers John D. Coleman and Eugene Coleman; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death are his parents, Henry and Ruth Coleman; sisters Betty Davis and Imogene Coleman; step-sons Jimmy McSwain, Randy McAdams and Kenny McAdams.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 5PM to 7PM at Resthaven Funeral Home in Sinton, Texas. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 9:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Sinton Cemetery.


Tommy Franklin Hughes, 82, passed away peacefully in his home in Arlington on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Wade Funeral Home, to be followed by a graveside ceremony in Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington. Visitation: A viewing will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wade Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank Heart To Heart Hospice of Fort Worth for the outstanding support and care they provided during this difficult time.

Tommy was born Nov. 18, 1931, in Center to Ira Hughes and Mildred Kimbro Hughes. After retiring from the United States Air Force as a master sergeant, Tommy worked as a construction superintendent, building many of the homes in the Arlington community. Tommy was an avid gardener and took great pride in maintaining his beautiful yard. He also enjoyed fishing, watching westerns, and spending time with his family.

Tommy was preceded in death by his loving wife, Tommie Jane Hughes; sisters, Marie Croft, Dee Lout and Lottie Favale; and son-in-law David Buller.

Survivors: Tommy is survived by his sons, Billy Hughes and wife, Debbie, Randy Hughes and wife, Marzee; daughters, Pam Buller-Buckley and husband, Steve Buckley, and Kim Cramer and husband, Sean; grandchildren, Brad, Stephanie, Whitney and Chloe; great-grandchildren Ryan, Mackenzie, Conner, Ryley and Carter; and his loving nieces and nephews.


Jimmy Don Rucker, 71 of Garrison passed away January 16, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Jimmy was born on July 14, 1942 in Garrison, TX to Jessie L. Rucker and Grace (Yarbrough) Rucker. He was employed by K.L. Barton & Sons Tie Company and attended Garrison High School & Stephen F. Austin University

He is survived by

Sons: Tracy Rucker & wife Laura of Nacogdoches, Texas & Cory Rucker & wife Jennifer of Garrison, TX.

Daughter: Terri Rucker Miller & husband Michael of Kingsbury, Texas

Grandchildren: Jeremy, Dustin, Carly, Savannah, Jace & Madelyn Rucker

Great Grandchildren: Hunter, Rylie, Taylor & Hailey

Host of other Aunt, uncles, nieces, nephews, & friends.

He is preceded in death by: wife Glenda Rucker, son; Robert Rucker, parents; Jessie L & Grace Rucker.

Pallbearers: Gary Corley, Coady Curbow, Michael Miller, Jimmy Barton, Neel Farris, and Adam Barton.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 5:00-7:00pm at Garrison Funeral Home.

Services will be Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 2pm. Minister: Brother. S.R. Arrington will be officiating.

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


William Lloyd Adkison, 52, of Lufkin passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Lufkin Memorial Hospital.

Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, 2014 at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Timpson with Pastor, Lesly Wilkinson and Pastor, Sherman Hoot officiating.

He was born October 27, 1961 in Woodville, Texas. He worked as a heavy equipment operator in the logging woods.

He is preceded in death by his Step-Mother, Opal Adkison, Step-Sister, Debra Castillo & Step-son, Chris Allen.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Regina Adkison of Lufkin
Step-Children:
Jennifer Allen of Lufkin
Jacob McDuffie & Lisa of Lufkin
Father & Step-Mother:
L.D. & Mary Adkison of Diboll
Step-Sisters:
Susie Hicks & husband, Donnie of Kennard
Katie Smith & husband, Red of Corrigan
5 Grandchildren
Brother-in-law:
Richard Palmore of Lufkin
Brother-in-law:
Jerry Jones & wife, Suzie of Hudson
Mother-in-law:
Georgia Palmore
Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Aunts & Uncle
Special Uncle & Aunt:
Tommy & Doris Adksion
Special Thank you to Nephew, J.D. Christopher Flores and Eddie Castillo for all of your help.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


01/17/2014

Richard Alan Boehm, 60, of Center, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Father, Jose Vidarte officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until service time at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born December 24, 1953 in Mauston, Wisconsin to Ralph and Kathryn (VanDusen) Boehm. He worked at Brookshire Brothers in Joaquin for many years where he was the manager of dairy and frozen department. He was of the Catholic Faith.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Ralph & Kathryn Boehm and Nephew, Brian Hanson.

He is survived by:

Brothers & Sisters:
Barbara Neal & husband, James of Center
June Borders & husband, Mack of Center
Ralph Boehm of Center
Joan Hayes & husband, J of Center
Dennis Boehm of North Carolina
Karen Boehm of Huntsville
Leonard Boehm & wife, Kate of Center
Andrew Boehm & wife, Donna of Deer Park

Numerous Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews & Great Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers: Steven Neal, Michael Neal, Zane Hayes, Keith Askew, Shawn Lonergan & Matthew Boehm

Honorary Pallbearers: Taylor Morris, Tyler Morris & Bryce Hayes

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Orville W. Dean, 79, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Walnut Creek Baptist Church. Interment: 5 p.m. Saturday in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Center.

Orville was born in Poolville on Nov. 19, 1934. He was a United States Air Force veteran. He retired from Coca-Cola USA in 1996. Orville was a member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and hunting.

Orville was preceded in death by his parents, Aura and Retha Dean.

Survivors: Wife of 59 years, Joan Dean; daughter, Mona and husband, Craig Lindsey; son, Russell Dean and wife, Robin; grandchildren, Ross Lindsey and wife, Lindsey, and Ryan Dean; great-grandchildren, Maverick Lindsey and Maddox Lindsey; sister, Naomi Harrison and husband, Bill; niece, Duana Dial; and great-nephew, Jordan Dial.

Services under the direction of Greenwood Chapel, Greenwood Funerals-Cremation. View and sign guestbook at www.star-telegram.com/obituaries


Pastor Marlin Freeman, 76, of Center, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014 at his residence. He was born August 15, 1937 in Independence County, Arkansas to Walter Freeman and Bertha Ward Freeman. Pastor Freeman moved to Shelby County in 1975. He pastored Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Center for several years. In 1983, he founded Heritage Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as Pastor until his death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 20, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Mike Oliver and Bro. Roy Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Beaird, Kenneth Campbell III, Kevin Lindsey, Jesse Campbell, Dale Brown and Kyle Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Glynn Freeman, Michael Webb and Pastors of Missionary Baptist Churches in Shelby County.

He is survived by

Wife: Margaret Gould Freeman of Center

Daughters:
Kathy Freeman Beaird of Houston
Cindy Freeman Lindsey and husband, Rick of Center
Karen Freeman Campbell of Center

Grandchildren:
Dan Beaird
Stephen Beaird
Melissa Beaird
Kevin Lindsey
Laura Lindsey
Sara Lindsey
Kolten Lindsey
Kenneth Campbell III and wife, Brittney
Jesse Campbell and wife, Jennifer

Sister: Wanda Sumpter of Richardson

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

A host of friends and church family

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


01/16/2014

Lucille Harvey, 75, of Logansport, LA, passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014 at her residence. She was born May 28, 1938 in Logansport, LA to Wright Burkett and Mittie Lee Strong Burkett. Mrs. Harvey enjoyed reading, quilting and crocheting. She was known for the beautiful white afghans that she crocheted as wedding gifts. She was happiest when she was in the company of her family, especially her precious grandsons, who called her Honey.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, TX. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Lance Cypert officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley, TX.

Pallbearers will be Johnathan Harvey, Jerred Harvey, Trey Harvey, Eddy Settle, Daniel McSwain and Andy Winham.

She is survived by
Husband of 52 years: Johnny H. Harvey of Logansport, LA

Sons:
Anthony Harvey and wife, Judy of Carthage, TX
Mike Harvey and wife, Cheryl of Huxley, TX

Grandsons:
Johnathan Harvey and wife, Kristine of Joaquin, TX
Jerred Harvey of Huxley, TX
Trey Harvey of Carthage, TX

Sister: Jo Settle of Stonewall, LA

Brother: Jerry Burkett and wife, Betty of Henderson, TX

Brother-in-law:
Rodney Harvey and wife, Connie of Joaquin, TX
Thomas Harvey and wife, Kay of Joaquin, TX

Aunt: Alma Furlow of Logansport, LA

Special Friend: Kaye Coker of Logansport, LA

A number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Wright Burkett and Mittie Lee Strong Burkett
Father-in-law and Mother-in-law: John Eddie Harvey and Edna Jane Harvey
Brother-in-law: Glenn Settle

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Logansport, PO Box 380, Logansport, LA 71049.

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


Gladys Opal Reeves, 93, of Center, passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. She was born April 16, 1920 in Shelby County to William Henry Gilchrist and Martha Izora Glenn Gilchrist. She was a past President of Shelby County Senior Citizens Association. Ms. Reeves was a member of South Richey Baptist Church in Pasadena, where she was enrolled in the Mary Margaret Class.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Donnie Weatherly officiating. Interment will follow at Adams Cemetery in Galloway.

Pallbearers will be Johnathon Cothren, Jaeson Turner, James Watson, John Thompson, Jerry Conway and Daniel Carter. Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Holley, Douglas Eaves Sr. and Eddie Carter.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Sandra Rowell of Center
Dianne Cothren of Center

Daughter-in-law: Diane Yeary of Pasadena

Stepsons:
Charles Nagel of Vidor
John Austin Nagel of Vidor

Son-in-law: Daniel Carter of Deadwood

Grandchildren:
Kelli Eaves and husband, Douglas
Sharla Holley and husband, Roger
Michael Cothren
Wendy Carter
Eddie Carter
Wesley Thompson
John Thompson
Jack Nathan Thompson and wife, Lezlye

Great Grandchildren:
Johnathon, Kaitlyn, Jaeson, Jeremy, Dalton, Jax, Delaney, Amber, Rachel, Danielle, Shelby, Amber, Wendy, Jerry

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: William Henry Gilchrist and Martha Izora Glenn Gilchrist
Brothers & Sisters: Seymore, Carlis, Trudy, Adele, Corinne, Deloris, Dick
Three Wonderful Husbands: John Morris Yeary, Homer Nagel, Ed Reeves
Son: Billy Yeary
Step-daughter: Jeanette Carter, Brenda Bethard
Step-son: Allen Heartley

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Dianne Cothren, 287 CR 3734, Center, Texas 75935.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Carroll “Durwood” Russell, 54, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014 in Panola County.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Eugene McBride and Patrick Pinkston officiating. Burial will follow at Old Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, January 17, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born September 29, 1959 in Center, Texas to John Durwood Russell and Cynthia Louise Carroll. He worked in the oil field for many years and was currently employed at the County Barn in Joaquin, Precinct 3. He was a member of the Joaquin Masonic Lodge.

He is preceded in death by his Father, John Russell and Mother, Louise Carroll.

He is survived by:

Wife: Cheryl Russell of Joaquin

Children:
Thomas Carroll Russell
Amber Grace Russell
April Mehraban & husband, Ali of Atlanta, GA
Barbara Russell of Deadwood

Grandchildren:
Ava & Rose Mehraban

Brother: John Dennis Russell & wife, April of Joaquin

Sisters:
Cynthia Denise Hendricks of Timpson
Bridgette Dennette Kellar & husband, Kevin of Carthage

Nieces & Nephews:
Kristy Russell, R.J. Sanders & Tiffany Mayfield
Bobby Hendricks, Jr. & Kyle Hendricks
Trey & Kelsey Chism

Sister-in-law: Alice Simpson & husband, Scott of Huntsville, AL

Nephews: Preston & Peyton Simpson

Pallbearers: Bobby Hendricks, Jr., Kyle Hendricks, Trey Chism, Doug Cogswell, R.J. Sanders & Travis Rodgers

Honorary Pallbearers will employees and co-workers of the County Barn in Joaquin, Pct. 3

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


01/15/2014

Glenda Owens Wallace, 91, of Center, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center. She was born November 22, 1922 in Shelby County. Ms. Wallace was of the Baptist faith.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home one hour prior to service time.

She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Maggie and Truitt Powdrill; five sisters and six brothers.

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


Funeral services for James Frederick Boley 79 of Logansport, LA will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00pm at Willow Grove Community Church in Joaquin, TX. Rev. Melba Rodgers will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 5:00pm Friday, January 17, 2014 until time of service.

James was born on November 13, 1934 in Shreveport, LA. He entered into eternal rest on January 11, 2014 at Lifecare Hospital in Shreveport, LA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Mildred Boley, Buna and George Baxter; and son James “Andy” Boley.

He is survived by his wife Fe P. Boley; daughter Deborah Boley Dubose and husband Michael; grandchildren Devin Boley, Dawlton Boley, Kenneth Cunningham, David Dubose, Zakkery Dubose.

Honoring him as pallbearers will be Foster Gamble, Ernie Howsey, Randy Moncrief, Leon Horton, Mike Higgs, Herb DalSanto, Johnny Gamble, William Gamble, Frankie Wheeler.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Logansport, LA


01/14/2014

Jason “Scott” Hutchins, 45, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014 in Lufkin. He was born September 18, 1968 in Center to Darrell Lee Hutchins and Sarah Wynell Wright Hutchins.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Pat Windham and Bro. Ozay Ford officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery. Visitation will be held two hours prior to service time.

Pallbearers will be Vernon Williams, Dayne Widdon, Jacob Kay, Reid Nichols, Cole Gray and Mark Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackie Cooper, Nolan Cooper and Howard Davis.

He is survived by
Children:
Zachary Scott Hutchins of Joaquin
Liza Kay and husband, Jacob of Joaquin
Madelynn Hutchins of Joaquin
Maddox Hutchins of Joaquin

Mother: Sarah Wynell Hutchins of Joaquin

Grandson: Eli Hutchins

Brothers:
Rowdy Hutchins and wife, Rose of Joaquin
Darrell Lee “Jinx” Hutchins II and wife, Cristi of Joaquin

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Father: Darrell Lee Hutchins
Special Cousin: Jake Wright

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


Jerry Alford, 77, of Center, passed away Monday, January 13, 2014 in Lufkin.  She was born May 10, 1936 in Huntington to Sam Donnell and Connie Donnell.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Chris Burris officiating.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Penny Barchet and husband, Bill of Pueblo, Colorado
Royalene McEachern and husband, Edward of San Augustine
Kay Nichols of Huntington
Mary Raimond and husband, Oliver of Tenaha

Sons:
Nicky Nichols and wife, Kelly of Smithville
Noble Alford and wife, Pam of Center
James Alford of Corinth
David Alford and wife, Terri of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Joe McCallum and Crissy, John McCallum, Alex Barchet, Nicki Lee Altmann and husband, the late SSG US Army Staff Sergeant Joseph, Scott Nichols, Seth Nichols, Ashley McEachern, Clint McEachern Kendra Arnold and husband, Joseph, James Michael Decker and wife, Fara, Joseph Michael Graves and wife, Katie, Amber Adair and husband, Scott, Khristina Snider and husband, Josh, David Wayne Alford and wife, Mary, Kellie Walker and husband, Noah

Great Grandchildren:
Reece McCallum, Tatum McCallum, Maddie McCallum, Autumn McCallum, Joe McCallum Jr., Joseph Mahon Graves, Abby Elle Graves, James Madden Walker, Mackenzi Alford, Jesse Snider, Blake Walker, Bella Kate Alford

Brother: Sam Donnell and wife, Tootie

Sisters-in-law:
Tulia Browning of Aqua Dulce
Betty Adams of Moores Hill, Indiana
Jackie Allen of Henderson

Brother-in-law:
William Dee Alford and wife, Ann of Moores Hill, Indiana

Preceded in death by
Husband: James Alford
Grandsons: Bryan Lee McEachern, Cody Wayne Alford
Granddaughter: Susie Elizabeth Decker
Mother: Connie Donnell
Father: Sam Donnell
Brother: John Alford
Sister: Marie Shannon
Sisters-in-law: Christera Holloway, Alice Deloney, Lenora Hughes

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Hospice of the Pines Inpatient Unit
1201 W. Frank
Lufkin, Texas 75904

San Augustine County Cowboy Church
PO Box 280
San Augustine, Texas 75972

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


01/12/2014

Maxine Edge Sims Miller, 90, of Longview, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 in Longview. She was born October 3, 1923 in Huxley to Henry Edge and Mattie Lou Smith Edge. Maxine enjoyed working in her garden and flower beds, and she also enjoyed canning. Maxine loved spending time with her precious grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Folsom Chapel Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service.

She is survived by
Children:
Brenda Barr and husband, Fred of Longview
Reito Sims and wife, Carmen of Venezuela
Ronnie Sims of Austin
Phyllis King of Austin

Grandchildren:
Bill Schilhab
Brett Barr
Hershel King
Joshua King
Levi King
Krystal Sims
Catherine Sims

Brothers:
J. Frank Edge and wife, Velma of Lufkin
James Edge and wife, Nale of Clute
Paul Edge of San Francisco, California
Lyndon Edge and wife, Viki of Rogers, Arkansas
Dale Edge and wife, Elizabeth of Pflugerville

Sister: Jackie Miller of Center

Best Friend: Her dog, Pretty

A host of friends, including several new friends of Longview

Preceded in death by
Husband: Calvin Miller
Daughter: Nelda Schilhab
Sister: Joyce Adams
Brother: H.W. Edge, Jr.

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


01/11/2014

Edwin Pate Hughes, 84, of Pasadena, Texas, went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2014, in Pasadena, Texas. He was born on April 25, 1929, to Luther Adolphus and Maudie Dee Dillen Hughes, in Timpson, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law, William Otis and Mary Evelyn Hughes; niece, Lynda Kay Post; and great-nephew, Robert Hughes.

He is survived by:

His loving wife, Florence Shirley Hughes

Daughters and sons-in-law:
Laura Dee Hughes Swartz and husband Alan, of Flint, Texas;
Martha Florence Hughes Silos and husband Isaac Jr. of La Porte, Texas;

Son, David Pate Hughes, of Pasadena, Texas

Granddaughters: Meghan Lynn Swartz, Sabrina Florence Silos, and Mandy Elisabeth Silos;

Nephew, Joe Wayne Hughes and wife Nell

Great-nieces: Robin Cantrell, Jill Serralde, Misty Post, Lisa Phelps

Great-nephews: Todd Pitman and Rodney Hughes.

Pate graduated from Timpson High School in 1947. He served in the Army during the Korean War, and was stationed in both Korea and Japan. He later married Florence Shirley Etheridge on June 13, 1959, and was blessed with 54 years of marriage. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad, Shell Oil Refinery Laboratory, Sheffield Steel Company, and the United States Postal Service. He retired after 27 years as a faithful letter carrier. During his earlier years, Pate enjoyed drawing plans for 2 houses, and built most of them himself. He also loved to garden, graft pecan trees, feed the birds and the squirrels, and play 42 dominoes. He was a faithful Deacon and member of South Main Baptist Church, Pasadena, for 55 years. He also served as a Family Life Center volunteer. He was a kind, gentle man with a great love for His Lord, and is now enjoying His eternal presence. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, January 12, 2014, at Rosewood Funeral Home, 3939 Pasadena Blvd., Pasadena, Texas.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2014, at South Main Baptist Church, 4300 East Sam Houston Pkwy. S., Pasadena, Texas 77505. A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Blair Cemetery, in Timpson, Texas with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating.

Any donations may go to the Deacon Crisis Fund at South Main Baptist Church, Pasadena, Texas.

Graveside services will be under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, TX.


01/10/2014

Leo Keating, 87, of Burleson, TX, passed away Friday, January 3, 2014. Services were held Wednesday, January 8, at Mountain Valley Funeral Home Chapel, Joshua, TX. Interment was in Laurel Land Memorial Park, Ft. Worth.
Leo Keating was born December 2, 1926, in Panola County, Texas, to Jim Richard and Emma Odessa Burks Keating. He was preceded in death by his wife, Oleta McClure Keating, 2 sisters, Donella Jimmerson, and Marie Simpson; and 3 brothers, Harold Keating, Glen Keating, and Doug Keating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in memory of Leo Keating, to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. 4072, Pittsfield, MA, 01202.

Leo was a longtime Burleson area resident, having spent time working on the MKT (Katy) Railroad. He was retired from Burleson Independent School District, and a member of Boulevard Baptist Church. Leo was a special Dad and Granddad, whose family time was very important to him. He loved to garden, and excelled in woodworking.

Survivors: sons, Mitchell Keating, and wife, Donna, of Burleson, Jerry Keating, and wife, Mary Lou, of Alvarado, Gary Steven Keating, and wife, Jamie, of Alvarado; daughters, Paula Smith, and husband James, of Burleson, Ruth Keating and husband Barry Allen, of Burleson; grandchildren, Jim Mitchell Keating, James Smith, Jr., Julie Benton, Blake Keating, Zack Thompson, Jake Keating; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Jo Ann Gary, Lanette Els, Lillie Chadwick; and many other extended family and friends.


Mrs. Bennie Roberts, age 79, longtime resident of San Augustine, passed from this life early Monday morning, January 6, 2014, in San Augustine.

Bennie was born to Ocie (Simmons) Harvey and Burl Harvey on December 30, 1934, in San Augustine County, Texas. She was a long-time employee of the San Augustine Tribune,the local weekly paper in San Augustine, as a Type Setter. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Broaddus.

In lieu of memorials, the family has requested donations be made to the First Baptist Church, 207 Buchanan Street, Broaddus, Texas 75972, or Hospice of East Texas.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014, in the First Baptist Church, Broaddus, Texas with Dr. W. Wayne Barth and Alton Shaw officiating. Interment will be in the Harvey Cemetery in Broaddus.

Her survivors include, Daughter, Debbie Ekman and her husband, Denny of San Augustine; Grandchildren, Joseph Hilliard and Jacquelyn Evans and her husband, Larry; Great-Grandchildren; Dakota, Justin, Savanna, Koree, and Katie Hilliard; Emily and Jacob Evans; Sister, Beverly Albrecht of Nacogdoches.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Ocie (Simmons) Harvey and Burl Harvey; her beloved Husband, Gordon Earl Roberts; daughter, Jean Marie Roberts; Brother, Carl Harvey and Sister, Joy Lassiter.

Pallbearers will include, Joseph Hilliard, Jim Blackwell, Steven Hayes, Joe Rives, George Russell, and Herman Shofner.

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com


Mrs. Norma Adle Murray, age 94, was born March 17, 1919, in San Augustine County, Texas to the late Vera Hubbard Holloway and Ada Jewel (Pate) Holloway. She entered into rest in San Augustine on January 1, 2014.

Mrs. Murray was a member of the Attoyac Baptist Church.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her daughters, Lynda Jo Layton and husband Clifton of Lufkin, Letta Shaver and husband Larry of Garland; sons, Gaylon Murray and wife Cindy of Sabine County, Roy Murray and wife Patsy of San Augustine, Hughlon Murray of Chireno; Kenneth Murray of Chireno, Gerald Murray and wife Yvonne of Chireno; grandchildren, Dana, Lana, Suzy, Summer, Chrissy, Melinda, Mandy, Brent, Brad, Chad, Meredith, Forrest, Ashley, Holly, Aaron, Brooke and Kiley; numerous great-grandchildren; aunt, Faye Mills of San Augustine County; and numerous other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vera Hubbard and Jewel Holloway; husband, Taylor Bentley Murray; son, Bennis Murray; sisters, Ferry Snider and Tiny Doyen; brothers, Joe, Cliff, W.K. and Jimmy Holloway.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014, 10:00 A.M., Attoyac Baptist Church with Bro. Skipper Eberlan officiating. Visitation will be Friday, January 3, 2014, 5:00 til 8:00 P.M., Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Attoyac Cemetery.

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com


Mrs. Martha Ann (Forse) Carson, age 70, of Deer Park, Texas, passed from this life on Sunday, January 5, 2014, in Pasadena, Texas.

Martha was born to Louvenia (Eppes) Forse and Hollis Forse on April 13, 1943, in San Augustine County, Texas. She was a graduate of San Augustine High School in 1961. A Graduate of Stephen F. Austin State College in 1964. (Bachelor of Business Adminstation) and a Graduate of the University of Houston in 1970 (Masters of Education) Thereafter, she was an Educator teaching mainly in the Conroe and Humble Independent School District, teaching Mathematics and Computer Literacy. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014, in the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine. Stephen Wiggins will officiate. Interment will be in the Chinquapin Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas. Visitation will be from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2014, in the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.

Those who are left to cherish her memory include, her son, Kevin Carson of Deer Park; Sister, Mary Finch of Slidell, La., and Father-in-law, James Carson of Spring.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Louvenia (Eppes)and William Hollis Forse.
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Online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com


Jerry Dewayne Hewitt, 46, of Shelbyville, Texas passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2014 at San Augustine Memorial Hospital in San Augustine, Texas. Services will be held 11am Monday, January 13, 2014 at Triumph 1st Pentecostal Church in Shelbyville, Texas with Bishop Roosevelt Swindle to officiate. Interment will follow at Lane Town Cemetery, San Augustine, Texas

He is survived by:

Mother: Floria Mae Hewitt of Shelbyville, Texas

Father: Jimmy Earl (Jeanie) Hewitt of Shelbyville, Texas

Sons:
Derrick Gardner of Center, Texas
Eric Gardner of Center
Cortez Bennett of San Augustine, Texas
Andre Suell of Center
Corwin Suell of Center

Daughter: Katlyn Suell of Center, Texas

3 Grandchildren

Brothers:

Billy (Pauline) Hewitt of Shelbyville, Texas
James Earl (Gloria) Hewitt of Shelbyville, Texas
Charles (Sherinaka) Hewitt of Shelbyville, Texas

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


Mrs. Helen Ruby Evans, 73 of Tenaha, Texas passed away January 8, 2014. Services will be held 2pm Sunday, January, 11, 2014 at St. Johns Baptist Church in Tenaha, Texas with Pastor Chandler Pettis to officiate. Interment will follow at St. Johns Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Clifford Evans of Tenaha, Texas
Keith Evans of Bossier City, LA
Emerson Evans of Center, Texas
Myron Evans of Dallas, Texas

74 Grandchildren, 78 great Grandchildren and 1 great great Grandchild

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


Community Funeral Home of Timpson, Texas announces funeral services for Lavanna Bussey, 62, of Timpson will be held Sunday, January 11, 2014 1pm at Wallace Chapel Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas with Pastor Cedric Grace to officiate. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Lavanna Bussey passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center, Nacogdoches, Texas.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Lasonnia Hooper of Timpson
Michelle Riggans of Timpson
Rosalyn Crawford of Center
Chantel Bussey of Tyler
Nannetta Bussey of Timpson

Sons:
Oscar Garner of Dallas, Texas
Willie Garner of Timpson
Robert Osby of Lufkin, Texas

22 Grandchildren and 23 Great Grandchildren

Sisters:
Juanita (Marvin) Young of Dallas, Texas
Kathy Page Hooper of Lufkin, Texas
Tammie Page of Dallas, Texas
Caressa Dixion of Nacogdoches, Texas
Marcie Caraway of Austin, Texas
Shone Horne of Austin
Land Horne of Austin

Brothers:
Billy (Ree) Page of Center, Texas
Willie Ray Page of Lufkin, Texas
Robert Kenneth Page of Grand Praire

Sister-in-Law: Lavern Page of Nacogdoches, Texas

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Timpson, Texas.


Cora Lee Morris, 88, of Tyler passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014 at her residence in Tyler, Texas. Services will be held 2pm Saturday, January 11, 2014 atTriumph 1st Pentacostal Church Shelbyville, Texas with Bishop Roosevelt Swindle to officate. Interment will follow at Bennett Chapel Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas.

She is survived by:

Son: Kirsky Dock of Tyler, Texas

15 Grandchildren

20 Great Grandchildren

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


Jefferson (Newt) Jenkins, 57, of San Augustine, Texas passed away Tuesday morning at this residence in San Augustine, Texas.

Wake will be held Friday night, January 10, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Funeral services will be 1pm Saturday, January 11, 2014 at New Hope Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas with Rev. James Jenkins to officiate. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery, San Augustine, Texas.

He is survived by:

Wife: Sue Lean Jenkins of San Augustine, Texas

Sons:
Steven (Megan) Holman of San Augustine
Chris (Alicia) Holman of Shelbyville, Texas
Anthony (Pat) Holman of Beckvile, Texas
Cedric (Kim) Holman of San Augustine
Scotty Garrett of Shelbyville, Texas
Scotty Garrett, Jr of San Augustine

Daughters:
Tunya Berry of San Augustine
Annie (Eddie) Smith of San Augustine, Texas
Melodie Pilot of Shelbyville

19 Grandchildren

Brothers:
Mathis Jenkins of San Augustine, Texas
Johnny (Debra) Jenkins of San Augustine, Texas

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


Mrs. Glynn Dean Jones, 56, of Boggy Community of San Augustine, Texas passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Lufkin Memorial Long Term Care.

Funeral services will be held 11am Saturday, January 11, 2014 at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, San Augustine with Pastor Daniel Holman to officiate. Interment will follow at Boggy Cemetery, San Augustine, Texas.

She is survived by:

Husband: Bobby Jones of San Augustine, Texas

Sons:
Triscia Jones of Minnesoto
DeShundra Jones of San Augustine
Terrell Jones of San Augustine
Paul Jones of San Augustine
Tyler Jones of San Augustine
Jay Price of San Augustine

2 grandchildren

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.


Mary Lou Adams, 84, of Center, passed away Friday, January 10, 2014 at Garrison Nursing Home.

Graveside Service will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fairview Cemetery in Center with nephew, Chris Watlington officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:30 at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born January 18, 1929 in Horace, Kansas to Ferrel C. and Elizabeth D. (Huddleston) Watlington. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone as a switch operator for many years. She retired from Farmers State Bank after 27 years. She was a member of First Christian Church in Center.

She is preceded in death by her Father, Ferrel Watlington, Mother & Step-Father, Elizabeth & Jack Clark, Husband, Denny Adams, Brothers, Kenneth Watlington, Billy Earl Watlington, & Jackie Watlington & wife, Reba and Brother-in-law, Bill Adams.

She is survived by:

Daughter: Lisa Myers & husband, Larry of Center

Son: Randall Adams & wife, Arcie of Houston

Grandchildren:
Wesley Myers & wife, Cathy of Center
Matthew Myers & wife, Kristina of Tucson, AZ
Kathryn Adams Gordon & husband, Matt of Fort Worth
Josh Adams of Euless

Great Grandchildren:
Madeline, Taylor & Tanner Myers
Skyler, Aiden & Dylan Myers
Wyatt Gordon

Brothers & Sisters-in-law:
Cecil Watlington & wife, Virginia of Center
Jay Randall Watlington & wife, Jo Ruth of Lufkin
Lavell Watlington of Center
Gloria Watlington of South Carolina
Ruthelma Lou Adams of Nacogdoches

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers: Matthew Myers, Wesley Myers, Josh Adams, Kathryn Adams Gordon, Chris Watlington & Jasen Watlington

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Kay Elizabeth Powers, 61, of Garrison passed away January 8, 2014 in Lufkin, Texas. She was born September 10, 1952 in Milwaukee, WI to Thomas Burks Remondino and Doris Werner Remondino. She was a homemaker.

No services are planned at this time.

She is survived by:

Husband: Robert Powers of Garrison, Texas

Mother: Doris Remondino of Milwauke, WI

Son: Gerrod Powers of Irving, TX

Brothers:
Peter Remondino of Phoenix, AZ
Jim Remondino and wife Theresa of Milwaukee, WI

Sister: Annie Pepinbrink of Wilwaukee, WI

Brother-In-Law: Howard Lee Powers of Garrison, TX

Sister-In-Law: Jeannette Pollard and husband Dewayne of Onalaska, TX

Special Friends:
Tootsie Llaso of Garrison, TX
Tracie Chapman of Timpson, TX

Host of nieces, nephews and friends

Preceded in death by father, Thomas B. Remondino

Funeral services under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.


01/09/2014

Allen Lane Abbitt, 75, of Pollok, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at his residence. He was born February 23, 1938 in Minden, Louisiana to Metz Abbitt and Susie Peavey Abbitt. He was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Abbitt’s wishes were to be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later time.

He is survived by
Daughter: Barbara Pike of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Mark Campbell
Taylor Cole
Candace Abbitt
Alexis Abbitt
Brooke Abbitt

Mother of his children: Andrea Abbitt of Joaquin

Preceded in death by
Parents: Metz Abbitt and Susie Peavey Abbitt
Son: Mark Abbitt

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


Rodney William Bragg, 56, of Huxley, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014, in San Augustine. He was born August 13, 1957, in San Augustine to David Eldon “Dot” Bragg and Evelyn Marie Williams Bragg. He was a member of Lydia Baptist Church in Huxley.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 10, 2014, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Pallbearers will be Sarge Bragg, John Clark, Herbert McMiller, Henry Stephens, John Jernigan and Wilton Parks.

He is survived by
Wife: Jammie Bragg of Huxley

Sons:
Corey William Bragg and wife, Sherry of Huxley
Colton Lee Bragg and wife, Taylor of Huxley
David Eldon Bragg of Huxley

Grandchildren:
Rachael Bragg of Huxley
Ida Bragg of Huxley
Jacob Bragg of Huxley
Ashton Bragg of Huxley

Great Grandchild: Chandler Bragg of Huxley

Brother: Jerry Williams of Florida

Sisters:
Pansy Gray of Garrison
Linda Beth Adams of Port Arthur
Martha Lee Hagar of Milam
Dorothy West of Silsbee

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: David Eldon “Dot” Bragg and Evelyn Marie Williams Bragg
Brothers: Henry Eldon “Sonny” Bragg, Donnie Bragg, Ronnie Bragg

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


01/06/2014

Bruce Riley Samford, Sr. was born August 14, 1937 in Tenaha, Texas, and died January 6, 2014 at his home in Timpson, Texas.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Bruce graduated in 1956 from Tenaha High School where he played football, basketball and ran track.  He began a long and successful career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company at a young age, retiring after thirty years of service.  Bruce was a member of Timpson Masonic Lodge #437 for forty-three years and was also a Shriner.  He was elected Justice of the Peace for Precinct Five, serving for thirteen years.  He also was the Municipal Judge for the City of Timpson until he became ill in 2011.

Bruce was very involved in the community where he served on the school board for Timpson ISD for six years.  He was a big Bear Backer, enjoying his children and grandchildren in their endeavors.  Pappa would occasionally cross over to cheer for the Kilgore Bulldogs.  Bruce was always a Texas Longhorn fan and was extremely proud to have grandchildren attending UT.  His Longhorn pride ran so deep that his grandchildren made him an “Honorary Longhorn” with a tile brick in his honor at the UT Alumni Center for all to see.  Texas Fight!

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Hoyal Samford and Ella Marie Tidwell, his father and mother-in-law Marcus and Emily Powers, and his loving grandparents Nugent and Cleo Samford by whom he was raised.  Bruce is survived by his loving wife of fifty-five years, Patricia Powers Samford.  He is also survived by his children Sandie Crawford, Terrie Nix and husband Milt, Jerrie Strahan and husband Robbie, and Bruce Riley Samford Jr. and wife Tina, all of Timpson.  He is survived by his dearly-loved grandchildren: Jessica Strahan of Los Angeles, CA, Emily Crawford of Austin, Marcus Nix of Timpson, Mallory Strahan of Nacogdoches, Macy Nix of Austin, and Olivia Stokes and husband Taylor of Timpson; great grandson, Lynk Riley Stokes, of Timpson; sister Carolyn Hairgrove; and nephew Stephen Hairgrove of Grapevine. 

As a beloved husband and family man, he will be sorely missed by friends and family alike.

Funeral service for Bruce Riley Samford, Sr. will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at First Baptist Church, Timpson with Dr. Josh Walters and Bro. Elmer Mathews officiating.  Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson.  Visitation for family and friends will be 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bradley Allen, Bobby Hamblin, Lloyd Grier, Doug Barr, Duncan Connell, Gary Rholes, Kerry Newman, and Hubert Walton.  Honorary pallbearers are Larry Crawford, L. G. Allen, Charles Joe Hughes, David Pike, Leonard Hughes, George Butts, Jerry Bob Nix, Sidney Galbreath, and Johnnie Earl Robinson.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylor.net.  Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, TX, is in charge of arrangements.


Maxilene Thorn, 86, of Washington D.C., formerly of Center, Texas, passed away Friday, January 3, 2014, at her residence. She was born January 26, 1927, in Center to John Crocker and Alvie Fults Crocker. Maxilene was the thirteenth child of thirteen children, and she was the last survivor of her generation.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 10, 2014, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

She is survived by
Son: James Travis Thorn of Washington D.C.

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Husband: Travis Thorn
Son: Charles Howard Thorn
Parents: John Crocker and Alvie Fults Crocker
Twelve Siblings

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


Johnny Cook, 74 of Garrsion, Texas passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 3:00pm in Nacogdoches, Texas.

He was born in Tularose, New Mexico on January 19, 1939 to Robert (Bob) Cook and Lilly (Daughtery) Cook. He worked as a heavy duty mechanic.

He is survived by

Wife: Linda Cook of Garrison, TX

Daughters: Connie Cook & husband Bryan of Michigan
Lisa Cook & husband Dana of Houston, TC

Sons:
Tracy Cook & wife Kristi of Garrison, TX
Johnny V. Cook & wife Amy of Garrison, TX.
Robert Cook & wife Shelley of Garrison, TX
Kevin Cook of Garrison, TC

Grandchildren:

Jim Osburn, Rob Osburn, Dakota Cooper, Chad Seber, Madison Seber, Triston Cook, Dillon Cook, John Tanner Cook, Jacob Cook, Brittany LeAnn Westbrook, Brittay Gail Lee, Destiny Westbrook, Bryson Ray Cook, Kaitlyn Westbrook, Jasee Lee, Shelbie Smith

Sisters:
Jane Jordan
FN Cook

Brother:
Jack Cook

Numerous Great Grandchildren

Visitation will be Sunday, January 5, 2014 1:30 to 3:00pm at Garrison Funeral Home. Services will be Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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


John "Buddy" Williamson, 84 of Garrison, TX passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014 in Garrison, TX. He was born on January 21, 1930 in Garrison, Texas to John G. Williamson and Fennis (Corley) Williamson and worked as a self Dairy Farmer.

He is survived by

Daughter:
Gina Peters & husband Randy of Longview, TX

Son:
Jon Williamson & wife Jeri of Garrison, TX

Grandchildren: Ryan Williamson & wife Brenna
Cade Williamson & wife Lyndsey
Taylor Williamson
Scott Peters & wife Gilliam
Mark Peters & wife Amanda
Veronica Rountree & husband Bret
Chris Peters
Tarker Price
Keith Peters

Great Grandchildren 10

Sister: Laverne Cordell of Douglas, TX
Host of other nieces, Nephews and friends.

Preceded in death by parents; 1 daughter; Kelli Kay Williamson

Pallbearers will be Elmer Edgmon, Lane Barton, Jimmy Ray Cranford, Bob Barton, JJoey Cranford, Jessie Stokes.

Visitation will be Monday, January 6, 2014 from 10am to 11am.

Services will be Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11am at Garrison Funeral Home Chapel in Garrison, TX. Burial to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Garrison, TX.


01/03/2014

Joe W. Samford, 89, of College Station, passed away January 2, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan, Texas. He was born June 3, 1924 in Center, Texas. He was the only son of the late Eli and Velma Samford. He served this great country with honor and bravery in the Second World War as a member of the 10th Mountain Division. He was a man of great kindness and strength, a loyal and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Quisenberry Samford.

He is survived by his son, Donald; daughter-in-law, Sandra Burleson Samford; his granddaughter, Amanda Samford Holmes, her husband Kevin and their three children, Mary, Gabriel and Anna Marie. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Glenda Sue Conner and husband, Jerry, as well as a host of devoted nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center with Tim Perkins officiating.

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


Albert Louis Reynolds, Sr., 63, of Center, passed away Friday, January 03, 2014 at Trinity Nursing & Rehab in San Augustine, Texas.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Harville officiating. Burial will follow at Asbury Chapel Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born June 16, 1950 to V.A. and Alma (Cooley) Reynolds. He was a member of Logan Full Gospel Church.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, V.A. and Alma Reynolds, Brother and Sister-in-law, Virgil and Betty Reynolds, Brother, Jerald Reynolds and Brother, Stacy Reynolds.

He is survived by:

Wife: Judy Reynolds of Center

Daughter: Teresa Reynolds Jones & husband, Scott of Carthage

Sons:
Albert Reynolds, Jr. of Flint
Kevin Haley of Center
David Haley & wife, Rebecca of Center
Joey Haley & wife, Sunshine of Joaquin
Jeffrey Haley of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Corey Hagler, Samantha Hagler, Casey Jones,
Kayla Jones, Tyler Reynolds, Megan Reynolds,
Justin & Jody Haley, Lauren & Morgan Haley,
Alexis Miller & husband, Dalton, Chase Haley & Oliver Haley

2 Great Grandchildren:
Braileigh Alford and Trevor Miller
Numerous Brothers-in-law, Sisters-in-law and Nieces and Nephews

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Graveside service for Charles Wayne Bushiey, 62, of Timpson, TX, will be at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, with Bro. Cliff Hughes officiating. Visitation with family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson. Mr. Bushiey passed away January 2, 2014, in Timpson.

Born September 20, 1951, in Timpson, TX, Charles Wayne Bushiey was the son of the late Joseph L. Bushiey and Flozell Powdrill Bushiey. Charlie was a graduate of Timpson High School and worked as a welder. He loved the Stockman Community where he grew up and spent his life enjoying his East Texas home.

Survivors include brothers Bobby Joe Bushiey of Carthage and Louie Bushiey and wife Vicki of Joaquin; sister Beth Bushiey and Mickey York of Commerce, TX; nieces Donna Bookman, M’Chelle Cadenhead, and Shauna Bushiey; nephews Joey Bushiey and Justin Bushiey; and several great nieces and nephews. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Flo Bushiey, nephew Jeffrey Bushiey, and great niece Faith Marie Bookman.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


01/02/2014

Carl T. Campbell, 86, of Port Arthur, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014 in Beaumont. He was born September 4, 1927 in Huxley to Jim Fred Campbell and Callie Furlow Campbell. Mr. Campbell served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Stonegate Missionary Baptist Church in Port Arthur.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Carroll Cemetery in Shelby County.

Pallbearers will be Carl Smith, Robert Smith, Mike Scarber, Marty Scarber and Ricky Campbell.

He is survived by
Son: Mark W. Campbell of Port Arthur

Sisters:
LaMerle Davis of Houston
Louise Greer of Shelbyville
Ann Scarber of Huxley
Kay Ballard of Mont Belvieu

Brothers:
Earl Campbell of Center
Crit Cambell of Shelbyville

Aunt: Helen Caroll of Goose Creek, South Carolina

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Wife: Joyce Ann Campbell
Parents: Jim Fred Campbell and Callie Furlow Campbell
Sister: Nina Smith
Brothers: Marshall Campbell, James “Sonny” Campbell, Robert Campbell, Check Campbell

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


Doris L. Thompson, 70, of Center, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. She was born October 20, 1943 in Center to A. E. Wagstaff and Evie Lou Anthony Wagstaff. Ms. Thompson was employed at Tyson Foods, where she worked as an accounting clerk. She was a member of New Hope Congregational Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Donald Weatherly officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

She is survived by

Children:
M. C. “Bubba” Metcalf and wife, Janet of Tenaha
Johnny Metcalf and wife, Renee of Deadwood
Billy Ray Thompson Jr. of Center

Grandchildren:
Rana Metcalf
Jake Metcalf
Kyla Metcalf
Kaylee Metcalf
Caleb Metcalf
Lani Metcalf
Ashley Metcalf
Hunter LaGrone
Jasey Metcalf

Sisters:
Billie Hooper
Mary Guidroz
Ima Hendricks
Linda Rachal

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Her entire Tyson Foods Family

Preceded in death by
Husband: Billy Ray Thompson Sr.
Parents: A.E. “Buddy” & Evie Wagstaff
In-laws: Adrian & Gladys Thompson
Brother: Jerry Wagstaff
Step-son: Ray Thompson

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Hope Congregational Methodist Church, 404 Park Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Brenda Lois Walker Davis “Gee-Gaw”, 71, of Center, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013 in San Augustine. She was born February 12, 1942 in Abilene to Herbert Eugene Walker and Jessie Crow Walker. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Dawna Lynn George of Center
Teresa Davis and Stephen May of Hurst

Sons:
Ben Davis of Houston
Blaine Davis of Spring

Grandchildren:
Elizabeth May of Hurst
Shaylon Dawn George of Center
Shamry George of Center
Dalton George of Center
Courtney Davis of Houston
Brooke Davis of Houston
Koby Davis of Houston
Samantha Hill of Florida
Gabriel Davis of Florida

Great Grandchildren:
Autumn Moody
Waylon George
Jaylon Worsham
Ilove George
Summer George
Raylon Worsham
Gage Quinones

Sister: Melinda Crow Tyler

Brother: Wesley Walker

Preceded in death by
Parents: Herbert Eugene Walker and Jessie Crow Walker

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

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12/30/2013

Donald E. Vance, 83, of Nederland and Nacogdoches, passed away, Monday, December 30, 2013 in Port Arthur, Texas.

Services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bob Baggett officiating. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery with military honors provided by VFW Post 8904. Visitation will be Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until service time at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born October 6, 1930 in Washington State to Ernest Vance and Mabel (Guild) Bortz. Don's military service in the navy sparked a love for travel that stayed with him his entire life. He visited every corner of the globe for both work and pleasure. His career in the aerospace industry afforded him the opportunity to deliver much value to the world. He was an instrumental component in the technological development of our nation, working on everything from the Apollo rockets to Air Force One. His attraction to all things technical stayed with him throughout life, he mastered the IPAD while his peers still fought with their VCR's. He never truly retired, preferring to stay involved, active and employed in the family business until the day of his death. He lived in Nederland, TX with his devoted wife of over 61 years, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Don lived his life on his own terms. He was fiercely independent, amazingly accomplished, extraordinarily brilliant and he loved his life and his family to the fullest measure.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Ernest Vance, Mother & Step-Father, Ed and Mabel Bortz and Brother, Fred Vance.

He is survived by:

Wife:
Evelyn Vance of Nederland & Nacogdoches

Son:
David Vance of Beaumont

Daughter:
Theresa Smith of Nederland

Daughter:
Judy Nichols & husband, Michael of Nederland

Son:
Doug Vance of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Karl Vance & wife, Emily, David Ryan Vance,
Burkley Orion Smith & wife, Lucinda,
Alleah Perkins, April Nichols & Christopher Nichols

Great Grandchildren:
Elexis Switezer
Phoenix Ashton-Orion Smith
Kristopher Andrew Vance

Brother:
Richard Vance of Phoenix, AZ

Nephew:
Gary Vance of Phoenix, AZ

Brothers-in-law & Sisters-in-law:
Herbert Baggett & partner, Jan Olney of Prescott Valley, AZ
Oliver Baggett & wife, Gloria of Santee, CA
Robert “Bob” Baggett & wife, Connie of Lufkin

Pallbearers:
David Ryan Vance, Karl Vance, Kenneth Baggett, Michael Nichols, Cody Baggett and Burkley Smith

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Memorial services for Charles Edward Lassiter, Sr., age 77, of Center, Texas will be held at 4 PM, Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Laird Funeral Home Chapel in Nacogdoches with family and friends officiating. Charles was born September 14, 1936 in RockPort, Texas, the son of Edward Lassiter and Beaulah Lassiter and passed away Friday, December 27, 2013 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Charles joined the military as a Merchant Marine in the United States Navy setting a maritime career foundation to which he retired as the Captain of an oil ship. Charles loved his family, kids, grandkids and great grandkids along with his canine companions. He will surely be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Charles is survived by his sons, William Lassiter and wife, Katrina of West Columbia, Texas, Johnny Lassiter of San Saba, Texas and Patrick Sparks and wife, Amy of Baltimore, Texas; daughters, Shannon Guynes and Jaimie Fausett and husband, Lewis, all of Center, Texas; many grandchildren; sisters, Margaret, Elizabeth and Christine; as well as a host of extended family and good friends.

In addition to his parents, Edward and Beaulah, Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene (Fisk) Lassiter and a son, Charles Lassiter, Jr.


William R. "Sonny" Corley, 90 of Garrison, Texas passed away on December 27, 2013 at his residence in Garrison, TX. He was born on January 13, 1923 in Nacogdoches County, TX to Adkin Corley and Anna (Welch) Corley. He was a self employed farmer and rancher and attended First Baptist Church in Garrison, TX.

He is survived by

Wife: Dena Fay Corley of Garrison, TX

Son: Ted Corley & wife Stacy of Garrison, tX

Daughter: Lisa Porter & husband Johnny of Nacogdoches, TX

Grandson: Eric Corley & wife Jessica

Granddaughters: Casey Corley Davidson & husband David
Corley Porter Jobe & husband Aaron

Great-grandchildren: Piper, Jobe, Tori Jobe and Deanna Davidson

Sister: Eve Porterfield & Gladys Edmonds

Preceded in death by baby daughter; Vicki Lynn Corley
Parents; Adkin & Ana Corley
Grandparents: Charlie & Roxanna Corley
Step-Mother: Foyce Corley
4 brothers, 2 sisters

Pallbearers: Eric Corley, Aaron Jobe, David Davidson, Huey Hancock, and Joe Langford.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 29, 2013 from 4-6pm and Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, TX. Services will be held Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11am at First Baptist Church in Garrison. Ministers, Bro. Jeremy Pruitt and Dr. Gerald Edwards will officiate. Burial to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Garrison, TX.

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


John Elms Jr., 59, of Long Beach, California, passed away Monday, December 16, 2013 in Norwalk, California. He was born June 16, 1954 in Morenci, Arizona. He served in the United States Navy.

A military honors graveside will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Lone Oak Cemetery in Shelby County under the direction of VFW Post 8904.

He is survived by
Sons:
Jared Elms of Oregon
Tommy Elms of Oregon

Daughter: Christin Nicole Elms of California

Father: John Elms Sr. of Tenaha

Mother: Ann Elms of Tenaha

Sister: Judy Kull and husband, Roger of Cave Creek, Arizona

Brother: Rick Elms and wife, Brenda of Humble

Numerous other relatives

A host of friends

Services are under the direction of Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


12/29/2013

McCoy & Harrison Funeral Home and Hicks Mortuary announce services for Mrs. Velma Mae Tatum, 87 of Houston, Texas. Mrs. Tatum died Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Cornerstone Hospital in Houston, Texas. Funeral services will be Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Metropolitan CME Church in Houston, Texas, 8955 South Fwy, Houston, Texas, at 11:00am. Rev Anthony Reed & Dr. Louis Jackson will be officiating.

Survivals are:

Husband, Dr Charles Tatum of Houston, Texas

Son, Yoshida Tatum of Richmond, Virginia

Brother-in-law, Willard McClelland of Center, Texas

Sister-in-law, Myrtis McClelland of Center, Texas

Niece & nephew, Kristi & Anthony McClelland of Center, Texas

Visitation will be at 10:00am at The Metropolitan CME Church in Houston, Texas

Burial will be at The US National Cemetery, 10410 Veteran Memorial Dr., Houston, Texas


12/26/2013

Willie Ray Deason, 78 of Garrison, Texas passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013 in Garrison, Texas. He was born February 25, 1935 in Shelby County to Willie Samuel Deason and Stella May (Gage) Deason.

Visitation will be Friday, December 27, 2013 from 12:30pm to 2pm. Services will be held Friday, December 27, 2013 at 2pm at Garrison Funeral Home. Burial to follow at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison.

He is survived by:

Sisters:
Clada Pierce of Carthage, TX
Mattie Johnson of Garrison, TX
Ruby Colle of Garrison, TX

Brothers:
James Deason of Athens, TX
Jerry Deason and wife Linda of Garrison, TX

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

He is preceded in death by:
Parents: Bud and Stella Deason
Sister: Dorothy Colle

Pallbearers will be Sam Deason, Ricky Colle, DeWayne Huff, David Pierce, Randy Hunter, Wayne Huff, Daniel Pierce, and Billy Deason.

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


Rickey Lynn Bolton, age 55, of Beaumont, formally of Shelby County, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Beaumont.

His wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be 2pm, Saturday, December 28 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William Aaron Bolton & Ruby Bolton.

He is survived by:
Son:
Brandon Bolton of Silsbee
Daughter:
Hunni Harrington & husband Chris of Mandeville, LA
Daughter:
Kandi Bolton-Wion of Silsbee
3 Brothers:
Gerald Bolton & wife.Deb of Lindale
Glen Bolton & wife, Sue of Huxley
Billy Bolton & wife, Pam of Center
Grandchildren:
Caleb & Blake Bolton
Kelsi Wion & Jeremy Wion, Jr.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


12/23/2013

Graveside service for Marilyn Yvonne (Ceal) Rhodes, 76, of Garrison, TX, (formerly of Nacogdoches, TX) will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, TX, with Dr. Josh Walters officiating. Mrs. Rhodes passed away Monday, December 23, 2013, in Garrison.

Born February 18, 1937, in Timpson, TX, Marilyn Yvonne Ceal Rhodes was the daughter of the late James Hubert and Jessie (Hughes) Ceal. After graduating from Timpson High School, Yvonne began her career as a telephone operator. She worked for Southwestern Bell, then AT&T, and finally Stephen F. Austin State University, for a total of 30 years. Yvonne was a member of University Baptist Church, Nacogdoches.

Survivors include her son Danny Rhodes and wife Lora of Lindale, TX; 2 brothers, James Ceal and wife Dorothy and George Ceal and wife Kathy, all of Longview; and brother-in-law Randy Molloy of Timpson.

In addition to her parents, Yvonne Rhodes was preceded in death by husband Benny Ray Rhodes and sister Roma Ceal Molloy.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Hardie Devon Leavell of Timpson, 74, passed away on December 6, 2013 and was cremated on December 9, 2013. There were not any services or memorial services held.

He was born on July 13, 1939 in Old Mesilla, New Mexico to the son of Hardie Duncan Leavell and Elisa Lopez Leavell and grew up on a farm in Harlingen, Texas.

Mr. Leavell attended Santa Rosa High School in Santa Rosa, Texas.

Mr. Leavell worked for Brown and Root for 30 years in Houston and Showcase Systems of Carthage for 4 years. Mr. Leavell retired in 2010.

Mr. Leavell was preceded in death by his parents Hardie Duncan Leavell on 12-11-1949 and Eliza Lopez Leavell on 12-27-1977. Mr. Leavell was preceded in death by sister’s Ramona Balderas on 04-03-2000, Stella Ash on 05-06-2010, brother Filiberto “Gilbert” Lucero on 09-16-2006, daughter Kandee Sue Leavell 01-08-1984, nephew Jonathan Wayne Leavell 07-21-2007 and his twin sister Yvonne Leavell in 1939.

Mr. Leavell is survived by five children. Sons David Devon Leavell and wife Karen of Ponchatoula, LA., William “Billy” Lee Leavell of Livingston, Daughter Devonna Michelle Leavell of Livingston, LA. And Twin Son and Daughter Michael Paul Kennedy of Timpson and Michelle Dawn “Shelly” Kennedy Landreneaux and husband Kevin of Carthage.

Mr. Leavell is survived by six grandchildren; Michael Anthony Leavell and Christopher Dalton Leavell both of Livingston, LA, Chance Bailey Leavell and Dawson Lane Leavell both of Ponchatoula, LA., Brian Truman Landreneaux of Tyler and Faith Daniel Landreneaux of Carthage.

Mr. Leavell has one Great Granddaughter Nattlie Nicole Leavell of Livingston, LA.

Mr. Leavell is also survived by Sister Laura Lavan Leavell Lee, Brother-in-law Gary Lee of Tyler, Brother Lloyd Bentsen Leavell and Sister-in-Law Donna Leavell of Baycliff and Brother Julian “John” Lucero, Jr, Sister-in-Law Aurora of Lamesa.

Mr. Leavell’s nickname was Frency, he was honest, trustworthy, kind hearted, hardworking, prideful man and his passion was fishing.

Has numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Leavell will be sorely missed by all of his loving family.

If desired, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


Clovis E. Furlow, 84, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013 at his residence. He was born December 25, 1928 in Huxley to Emmitt Furlow and Violet Lavelle Dean Furlow. Mr. Furlow served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Lydia Missionary Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 27, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Luke Garrett and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.

Pallbearers will be Richard Furlow, Trey Searcy, Timothy Marshall, Andrew Marshall, Daniel Mandigo and Jack Vaughn. Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Robinson, Larry Scarborough, Dave Jackson, Jake (Shorty) Furlow, L.C. Furlow, Dan Phillips, Jimmy Sledge and Gerald Wilburn. Alternate pallbearers will be Keith O’Rear and Larry O’Rear.

He is survived by
Wife: Mae Furlow of Shelbyville

Son: Richard E. Furlow and wife, Sharon of Warren

Daughters:
Fran Lynch Sledge of Shelbyville
Linda Lynch Marshall and friend, Keith Tamplin of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
Billy (Trey) Searcy and wife, Christina of LaPorte
Brenda Mandigo of Friendswood
Timothy Marshall and wife, Jennifer of Shelbyville
Andrew Marshall of Shelbyville
Adam Carr of Florida
Christopher Carr of Houston

Great Grandchildren:
Hadley Mae Searcy, Hannah Grace Searcy, Kimberly Ann Crumpley, Brandy Maye Mandigo, Morgan Lee Mandigo, Daniel Jacob Mandigo, Clovis Andrew Marshall (Cam)

Great Great Grandchildren:
Joseph Mata, Jessah Crumpley, Makenna Crumpley

Brothers:
Bert Furlow and wife, Janice of Shelbyville
James Furlow and wife, Joan of LaPorte

Sister: Mozell Scarborough and husband, Larry of Pasadena

Sister-in-law: Helen Furlow of Shelbyville

Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Emmitt Furlow and Violet Lavelle Dean Furlow
Brother: Milton Furlow

Memorial donations may be made to:

Michael J. Fox Parkinson Foundation
Grand Central Station
PO Box 4777
New York City, NY 10163-4777
800.708.7644
www.michaeljfox.org

American Cancer Society
PO Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718
800.227.2345
www.cancer.org

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


12/19/2013

Johnny Raymond Powell, 79, of Center, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Mt. Pleasant Health Care in Mt. Pleasant.

Graveside Service will be 9:00 a.m. Monday, December 23, 2013 at White Rock Cemetery.

He was born September 21, 1934 in Mineola, Texas to O W and Gertrude (Boykin) Powell.

He is survived by Friends & Relatives.


Faye Robison Haniotis, 99, of Carrolton formerly of Huxley and Shreveport, passed away, Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Elmcroft of Irving in Irving.

Graveside Service will be 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley with Bro. Clifford Craver officiating.

She was born in Water Valley, Mississippi, June 27, 1914 to Sidney and Odelle Robison. Her family moved to Okmulgee, Oklahoma in 1918 where she lived until 1943 when she married Jim Haniotis who was in the air Force. They moved to Shreveport, La. She and Jim retired in 1980 and moved to Huxley, TX. She was a winning skeet shooter, winning several competitions and championships. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Sidney and Odelle Robison, Husband of 55 years, Jim Haniotis, Son, Henry Haniotis, 4 Brothers and 1 Grandson.

She is survived by:
Daughter:
Lois Fletcher of Bremerton, Washington
Daughter-in-law:
Janie Stewart of Olney, TX
Sister-in-law:
Virginia Robison of Tulsa, Ok
7 grandchildren
11 great-grandchildren
7 great-great-great children
Numerous Nieces and Nephews

In lieu of flowers, please make a donations in memory of Faye Haniotis to:
Vitas Hospice Care, 2425 Texas Drive, Irving, TX 75062

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Robert Devon Jacobs, 70, of Center, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

Services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham and Bro. Jim Jacobs officiating. Burial will follow at Old Union Cemetery in Tenaha. Visitation will be Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born September 5, 1943 in Shelby County to D. H. and Vivian Marie (Smith) Jacobs. He worked as a mechanic for the Ford Motor Company in Center for many years.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, D.H. and Marie Jacobs and Father-in-law, Marvin McPherson.

He is survived by:

Wife:
Phyllis Jacobs of Center

Children:
Angie Jacobs McDaniel & husband, Jeff of Center
Scott Jacobs & wife, Tammie of San Augustine
Joy Jacobs & Tim of Center

Grandchildren:
Justin McDaniel
Macey McDaniel
Taylor McDaniel
Asher McDaniel
Shelby Jacobs
R.T. Jacobs
Jessi Jacobs
Dallas Dempsy

Sisters:
Margaret Ann Cox & husband, Larry of La Porte
Marsha Snider & husband, John of Marshall
Pat Ford of Nacogdoches

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Brother-in-law: Charles “Pete” McPherson of Kilgore

Mother-in-law: Annie McPherson of Center

Pallbearers: Jim Jacobs, Tim Jacobs, Dewayne Jacobs, Jeremy Ford, Robert Ruddell, Justin McDaniel, Jeff McDaniel & Ronnie Mills

Honorary Pallbearers: Hutch Hutcherson & Jimmy Bradshaw

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Elzie C. Nelson, 89, of Timpson, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. He was born April 6, 1924 in Timpson to Charles Nelson and Hattie Beatriss Graves Nelson. Mr. Nelson served in the United States Air Force.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Lance Cypert officiating.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Donna Nelson Christ of San Antonio
Shirley Nelson Sadler of Center

Grandchildren:
Troy Joseph Christ
Brooke Christ Hoffman
Seneca Shawn Sadler
Brandy Knight
Jessica Wilcox
Brian Hoffpauir

Brother: Gordon Nelson of Timpson

Preceded in death by
Wife: June Doyce Smith Nelson
Son: Paul Conrad Nelson
Parents: Charles Nelson and Hattie Beatriss Graves Nelson
Brother: Joe Emmitt Nelson

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


Hazel Winfrey, 81, of Timpson, Texas passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in Garrison, Texas. Hazel was born in Appleby, TX on February 24, 1932 to Rual McBride and Laura (Durrett) McBride.

She is survived by

Sons

Jack Wayne & wife Lynn of Henderson, TX
Henry Tolver Winfrey of Timpson, TX

Daughters

Carol Laine Tidwell & husband James of Concord, TX
Presellia Ann Pipes & Husband Jessie of Timpson, TX
April Westbook & husband Billy of Garrison, TX
Sheila Winfrey raised by Mrs. Winfrey of Kilgore, TX

Sister:
Sally Westbook of San Antonio, TX

Number of grandchildren and great grandchildren

Host of other relatives and friends

She is proceeded in death by; husband; Jackie Winfrey, parents, 5 brothers, 1 sister, 2 sons; Robert & Jerry Winfrey, 2 grandchildren, Janice Smelley and Blake Elliott Winfrey.

Pallbearers will be Prescilla Pipes, Seth Westbrook, Jack Wayne Winfrey, Sheila Winfrey, Joel Pipes, Jessie James Pipes.

Honorary Pallbearers: Henry Winfrey, Charles Waller & Michael Waller.

Visitation will be Friday, December 20, 2013, 12:30 - 2:00 at Garrison Funeral Home. Services will follow.

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


Dorothy Jean Garrett , a beautiful black haired baby girl, was born on July 12, 1944 to loving parents- Minnon (L.D.) Garrett, Sr. and Dortha Thompson Garrett, of Shelbyville , TX . Ms. Garrett accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior, at a very young age. She was Baptized in the ‘old church’ by the Rev. T. J. Ingram. Throughout her life she was devoted to her church family and served faithfully and enthusiastically in whatever capacity or office she was assigned.

Dorothy graduated from East Liberty High School in 1961. After High School, she completed training at Shelby County Hospital and became a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Ms. Garrett had a determination to follow through on any project or assignment she was given. As a devoted member of East Liberty Baptist Church, she served as Youth Director, Vice President of Mission, Secretary of the Community Choir, Church Secretary, and she loved to play (bang) on the piano and sing.

In the eyes of her family and friends, she was an inspiration, a devoted sister, and a very special Aunt- bringing strength and stability to her surroundings-wherever she went. Dorothy Jean was a ‘Mother’ to so many. She sincerely believed that families who prayed together, stayed together. She would help anyone if she could, and all who knew here knew that she would always be there for them, no matter what. She always had a special passion for serving our youth and the elderly.

Dorothy Jean was preceded in death by her mother and father, one brother, and a sister. She is survived by one brother, Howard Ray (Mary) Garrett, three sisters- Clem (Willie Ira) Lathan, Wonda Faye (Charles) Miller, Mary Catherine Thompson, and one Aunt-Ozell Garrett. She also leaves to mourn her passing six nieces, five nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Saturday at 10am at East Liberty Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Texas. Services will take place after visitation at 11am. Interment will follow at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville, TX. Pastor Curtis Archie will officiate.

“ A wonderful Life you’ve lived… So much of yourself you’ve given…

You have lived a life of LOVE…


12/18/2013

Melba Fults, 66, of Center, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. She was born October 13, 1947 in Shelby County to J. P. Ramsey and Era Richards Ramsey. She was a member of Hurst Street Church of Christ.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 20, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Hershell Bradshaw, Stephen Fults, James Fults, Lee Sowell, Brent Sowell and Spencer Eaves. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Scates, Justin Murphy and Craig Perez.

She is survived by
Husband: Thomas Fults of Center

Children:
Tina Sowell and husband, Lee of Center
James Paul Murphy and wife, Heather of Center
Sean Murphy of Stranton, Pennsylvania
Sonja Hoffman and husband, William of Fred
Chad Murphy and wife, Anna of Pearsall

Step-sons:
James Fults and wife, Paula of Center
Stephen Fults and wife, Stephanie of Center

Grandchildren:
Brent Sowell and wife, Haylee
Brittany Sowell
Kimberly Craig and husband, Tony
Justin Murphy
Adrian Perez
Emanda Perez
Craig Perez
Jacobb Murphy
Alana Murphy
Caden Murphy

Step Grandchildren:
Emily Fults
Ashley Fults

Great Grandchild: Kaylynn Craig

Sister: Altha Faye Socia and husband, Jimmy of Nacogdoches

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Father: J. P. Ramsey
Mother: Era Ramsey
Brother: James Franklin Ramsey
Nephew: Jason Ramsey

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


Funeral service for Reba Lucille (Hooper) Anderson, 85, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, December 21, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Timpson, with Dr. Josh Walters and Rev. Bill Beckham officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation with family and friends will be from 11:30 AM until service time at 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church. Mrs. Anderson passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013, in Houston, TX.

Born July 30, 1928, in Timpson, TX, Reba H. Anderson was the daughter of the late Marshall Edgar and Gladys (Beckham) Hooper. Reba graduated from Milbey High School in Houston, TX, where she received a full scholarship to Rice University. After attending Rice University, Reba spent 17 years driving a school bus for the Pasadena ISD. She then began a career in law enforcement with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, then the Texas Department of Public Safety, and retired from Houston Metro Police Department as a sergeant. During this time she received two life-saving commendations.

Reba returned to Timpson in 1996 where she served as Timpson City Judge, was a member of Timpson Genealogical & Heritage Society, and a member of Timpson First Baptist Church. Reba’s love of reading was instrumental in her becoming involved in efforts to obtain a new public library for the citizens of Timpson.

Survivors include her daughters Gael Denner and husband Harold and Patsy Ener and husband Dale, all of Houston; sister Marsha Tomlinson of Timpson; 4 grandchildren: James Jones, Jr., Melanie Polley, Kenzie Denner, and Kyle Denner; 7 great grandchildren: James Jones III, Hannah Jones, David Billey, Brandon Billey, Shane Billey, Kai Polley, and Riley Polley; and 2 great great grandchildren: Tristan Billey and Zadak Denner.

In addition to her parents, Reba Anderson was preceded in death by husband Andy Anderson and sister Norma Jean Epps.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


12/17/2013

Amanda Dell Hanna, 39, of San Augustine, Texas passed away Friday, December 13, 2013 in San Augustine, Texas. She was born December 2, 1974 in Port Lavaca, Texas to Roy Lee Tindol and Brooksie Gailen Griffin Tindol. She was a homemake and a member of San Augustine United Pentecostal Church.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 10am til service. Service will follow in Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel at 12 noon with Bro. Michael Dickerson and Father Boles officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas.

She is survived by:

Husband: Tamer Hanna of San Augustine, Texas

Children:
Mena Hanna of San Augustine, Texas
Eric Hanna of San Augustine, Texas

Parents: Roy and Brooksie Tindol of San Augustine, Texas

Brothers:
Johnny Tindol and wife Jolene of Joaquin, Texas
Ricky Tindol and wife Diane of Shelbyville, Texas

Sister: Sylvia McDonald of Timpson, Texas

Nieces and Nephews: Ryan McDonald, Shelby Tindol, Jessica Tindol, and Mitchel Tindol

She is preceded in death by an infant sister, Susan Tindol

Online obituary and condolences posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com
Arrangements under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine, Texas


Hicks Mortuary announces funeral service for Mrs. Cynthia Denise Jackson, (53) of Center will be Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:00pm. Mrs. Jackson’s services will be at Triumph the Church and Kingdom at 908 Daniels St, Center, Texas. Elder Howard Cloudy will be officiating. Mrs. Jackson died Monday, December 16, 2013 at San Augustine Memorial in San Augustine, Texas.

Mrs. Jackson’s survivors are:
4 Sons:
Roderick Gardner wife Afrikina , Thomas Gardner wife Debra, Quinnon Gardner, & Dennis Jackson all of Center.

14 Brothers:
James Lowe wife Chenetta, James Whitsey, LaMillican Johnson wife Keisha , Tristan Gardner, & Michael Hubbard, of Center, Texas; Jessie Gardner wife Debra , Elbert E. Kelly wife LaChandra, Henry Kelly, of Houston, Texas; Samuel Gardner & Mark Hubbard wife Shelia of Nacogdoches, Texas; Elbert Kelly, Jr of Silsbee, Texas; Robert Kelly & Renord Gardner of Beaumont, Texas; and Eshawn Randle of Lufkin, Texas

9 Sisters:
Sharian Jackson husband Willie D., Annie Whitsey Johnson, & Felisha Gardner of Center, Texas; Jo Ann Batist husband Milton of Houston, Texas; Ora D Kelly husband Jerry of Silsbee, Texas; Jenitha Kelly husband John & Sabrina Williams of Beaumont, Texas; Bonnie Hubbard & Brenda Johnson husband Edmond of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Special Friend:
Randy Calhoun & Dennis Jackson

Visitation will be at Hicks Chapel Friday, December 20, 2013 from 7pm-9pm.
Burial will be at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas.

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary.


Funeral services for Ronald Dale Channel, 57, of Nacogdoches will be Friday, Dec. 20th, at 2 PM at the Dickie Allen Funeral Home Chapel in Cushing with Rev. Todd Jenkins, Rev. Lamar Rash, and Rev. John Wahl officiating. Burial will follow at McKnight Cemetery in Cushing.

Mr. Channel died Monday in Houston. He was born January 6, 1956 to Gordon and Era Mae McKnight Channel in Nacogdoches, TX. He was a lifelong resident of Nacogdoches. He was a member of Calvary Temple Church in Mt. Enterprise and worked highway construction for many years. Mr. Channel is preceded in death by his Parents and Brother Jackie Channel, Sr.

Survivors Include:

Brothers and Sisters-in-law:
Ronnie and Margie Channel – Nacogdoches, TX
Steve and Charline Channel – Center, TX
Stephen and Amy Rowlett – Colorado

Sister and Brother-in-law:
Rhonda and Todd Rowlett – Livingston, TX

Sister-in-law:
Frances Channel – Nacogdoches, TX

10 Nephews and 5 Nieces

Pallbearers – Stevie Channel, Shane Channel, Brian Hill, Ronnie Hill, Jason Hill, and Teeter Channel, Chance Tarnow, and Albert Chancellor
Honorary Pallbears – Kenneth Hoffart, Michael Sowell, Jerry White Jr., Charles Ray Honea, and Michael Robinson

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19th, from 5 – 9 P.M. at the funeral home in Cushing.


Bobby Edward Griffith was born on December 11, 1937 in Knox City, Texas, and passed away peacefully in his home on December 16, 2013. He is preceded in death by his father Melvin Edward Griffith, mother Winnie Lolita Griffith, brothers Melvin Edward Griffith, Jr. and Jimmy Howard Griffith, sister Ima Lee Brown, and father-in-law J. W. Ross.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Ross Griffith, daughter La Donna Lacy and husband John, son Terry Griffith and wife Victoria, grandchildren Jonathan and Samantha Lacy (his little dipper), and Emily “Shhweetie” Griffith. Surviving brothers are Jerry Don Griffith and Joe Erwin Griffith of Davilla, Texas, numerous nieces and nephews, and mother-in-law Laura Ross of Timpson, TX.

Bobby worked as a milkman at Foremost Dairy in Houston where he met his wife, Doris, and they enjoyed 55 years of marriage. During this time, he left Foremost and became a butcher for 35 years. After retiring, he then became a much loved school bus driver for Spring Branch I.S.D. for the last 18 years. His hobbies were sports, traveling, painting, carpentry, fishing, and being around his family and his dogs. He was a very devoted and loving husband, father, granddad, and “Uncle Bob”, and will be terribly missed. He was also a member of Fairbanks Masonic Lodge #1363 in Houston.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please send a donation in his memory to the Houston SPCA at http://www.houstonspca.org/.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Rd., Houston, TX 77055. Funeral service, 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Waltrip Chapel. Interment, 1:00 p.m., Friday, Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, TX.


Robert Leslie Clifford, Jr. DVM was born July 18, 1921, in Panola County, Texas out of DeBerry, the only child of Robert L. Clifford and Mabel Tiller Clifford. He died on December 17, 2013 at 92 years young at the family farm.

Whether you knew him as “Sonny” as his relatives did, “Bobby” (classmates), “Cliff” (fellow servicemen), “Doc” (business associates), or “Bob” (adult friends), you always knew where he stood and what he stood for. Bobby went through his entire 11 years of school at Elysian Fields, graduating in 1938. He then attended Stephen F. Austin earning his undergraduate degree in 1942. While at SFA he lettered in track as a distance runner and participated in many other campus activities. He remained a loyal supporter of SFA throughout his life. In early 1942, Cliff enlisted in the U.S. Navy to fight for his country in World War II. He quickly became an officer and was assigned to the U.S.S Leedstown and deployed to the South Pacific. On shore leave in April 1943, he married his college sweetheart, Willie Dee Williams, who rode a bus 40+ hours to Ft. Myers, FL to unite with him. After the war, he went to Texas A&M to achieve a degree in Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1949 and entering private practice in Lufkin and then Mexia. In 1955, Doc went to work with the Poultry Extension Service of the State of Texas (Texas A&M) and moved to Center. He operated his lab as a Poultry Pathologist until the mid-1970’s, then taking over as the Executive Vice-President of Rite Care, Inc. From then until his retirement in 1996, he served the Poultry Industry in the private sector. In 1991, he achieved the industry’s highest honor, the Golden Feather Award for his work in avian medicine. In retirement Bob was active in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and the Methodist Texas Conference, attending the annual conference in Houston each year. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Willie. Bob is survived by his son, Robert L. Clifford III (Rob) and his wife, Vicki, of Santa, Fe, New Mexico; daughter, Rev. Carol Clifford Turner and husband, David Turner of Palestine, Texas; grandchildren, Clifford Turner and wife, Ricka, of St. Louis, Mo., Leslie Turner of Austin, Robert Greyson Clifford of Breckenridge, CO, and Stephen Daniel Clifford and wife, Jennifer of Nelson, B.C.; and great-grandchildren, Aman Clifford and Ruth Clifford.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1174 CR 328, DeBerry, TX (hwy. 79 and CR 328, between DeBerry and Panola, TX) with Bishop Ann B. Sherer-Simpson, Rev. Bill Denham, and Rev. Terry Cashion officiating under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. Interment with military honors will take place at the Panola-Mt. Zion Cemetery adjoining the church grounds under the auspices of the Center V.F.W. Post 8904. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers are his little league “boys” Leonard Yarbrough, Taylor Bush, John Wayne Thompson, Greg Powell, John Pigg, Jim Truitt, Bob Pigg, and Wade Fox.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Heart’s Way Hospice, 437 W. Panola St., Carthage, TX 75633 or Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 274, Panola, TX 75685.

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


12/16/2013

Joyce Hardy, also known as Mama Joyce, 83, of the Patroon Community, Shelbyville, Texas, passed away Monday, December 16, 2013 at Cypress Glen Nursing Home in Port Arthur.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Welton Blackmon officiating. Burial will follow at Liberty Hill Memorial Gardens in San Augustine County. Visitation will be prior to the service Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. until service time at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born July 4, 1930 in San Augustine County to Walter and Myrtis (Horn) Williams. She was a member of Patroon Baptist Church for many years.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Walter and Myrtis Williams, Husband, Lamar “Coot” Hardy, Grandson, Brandon Hardy, Sister, Wylma Jean Williams and 3 Brothers, Royce Williams, Edgar Williams & Vernis Williams.

She is survived by:

Children:
Kenneth Hardy & wife, Kathy of Center
Wylma Hardy Beckham & husband, Delbert of Center
Richard Hardy & wife, Cheryl of Harleton
Laurel Hardy Daily & husband, George of Bridge City

Grandchildren:
Amber Alvarez
Brooke Dykes & husband, Chris
Dale Beckham
Robin Hardy Hay & husband, Zack
Dustin Hardy & wife, Shaina
Kalin Hardy & wife, Anna
Landin Hardy
Brandy Daily Lang & husband, Chris
Shane Daily & wife, Rebekah

Great Grandchildren:
Aubrey Alvarez, Sawyer Dykes,
Caden Hay, Grant Hardy, Reese Hardy
Jake Hardy, Graham Daily & Eli Daily

3 Sisters-in-law:
Nelda Williams
Jeannine Williams
Dorothy Williams
Special Friend:
Kay Goodwyn

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers:
Zack Warr, Rodney Warr, James Goodwyn, Jimmy Strong, Fred Borders & Kenny Eberhard

Honorary Pallbearers:
Joe McCary and Jerry Wiley

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Bettye Barlow, 80, of Center, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013 in Lufkin. She was born October 7, 1933 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Peano Norried and Melva Hayes Norried. She was of the Baptist faith.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Buckner Cemetery in Center.

She is survived by
Husband: Bobby Barlow of Center

Daughters:
Cindy Theut and husband, Steven of Cypress
Denisa Barlow of Center

Sons:
Roy Dale Marshall of Huntsville
Jimmy Barlow of Phoenix, Arizona

Sister: Joy Bratton and husband, Morris of Carrollton

Grandchildren:
Andi and Tommy Jackson of Cypress
Stephanie Theut of Cypress
Josh Theut of Cypress
R.W. Marshall and wife, Whitney of Jasper
Scotty Marshall and wife, Brandi of Jasper
Kandi and T.J. Smith of Jasper
Alexis Barlow of Center

Numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Peano Norried and Melva Hayes Norried
Step-Mother: Truschel Norried

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


12/12/2013

Eldon Ray Hendrix II "Skip", 29 of Center, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in Sabine Parish, Louisiana. Services were held Sunday, December 8, 2013 at St. Paul Church in Center, Texas at 1:00 P.M. with internment at St. Paul Cemetery, Pelican, Louisiana. He was born on April 22, 1984 in Shreveport, LA to Eldon Hendrix Sr. and Carolyn Hendrix-Moore. Skip confessed Christ as his savior at an early age at Saint Joseph Baptist Church in Pelican, LA.

In his early childhood, Eldon attended both Pelican All Saints and Mansfield Elementary schools. However, he was a member of the Center High School graduation class of 2002. Skip furthered his educationat Navarro Junior College, but later joined the U.S. Armed Forces from 2003-2006 becoming a veteran of the Iraqi War. Eldon and Latisha Swindle were joined in marriage during this time from 2004 to 2009.

After Eldon's tour in Iraq, he returned home and was an employee of Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Center Independent School District (C.I.S.D.). Skip Hendrix left C.I.S.D. to attend Panola College where he was awarded a Certificate of Completion for professional truck driving.

Eldon was preceeded in death by his grandparents: Johnny Hendrix Sr., Earnestine Hendrix, Willie S. Lee, Johnny Moore and Earline Moore.

Eldon leaves to cherish his memories:

Parents, Carolyn & Jeremy Moore and Eldon Hendrix, Sr.

Grandmother, Margie Lee

Children: Jakaden Nash-Hendrix, Jakaila Swindle, DeQuaylon Hendrix, Semaria Hendrix, Eldon Hendrix III, Kimorah Williams, Taraji Hendrix, and Christian Hendrix

Siblings: Terrance & Rokesha Allen, Heather Hendrix, Jaquala Moore and Janequia Moore

A host of relatives and friends.

The family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many expressions of love, concern, and kindness show to them during this hour of bereavement. May God bless and keep you.

Services under the direction of Jenkins Funeral Home, Mansfield, Texas.


12/11/2013

Agustin Balderas, 73, of Center, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Nacogdoches. He was born May 27, 1940 in San Gabrial Guanavato, Mexico to Jesus Balderas and Josephina Balderas. He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 12, 2013 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Center. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Feliciano Gallegos, Alberto Solis, Rosendo Gallegos, Jose Angel Solis, Deigo Gallegos and Juan Vielma.

He is survived by
Wife: Rosa Balderas of Center

Sons:
Gerardo Balderas of Mexico
Feliciano Gallegos and wife, Norma of Nacogdoches
Rosendo Gallegos and wife, Frances of Center
Diego Gallegos and wife, Mireya of Nacogdoches

Daughters:
Florentina Balderas of Mexico
Soledad Balderas of Mexico
Adela Espinosa and husband, Jesus of Mexico
Ofelia Solis and husband, Alberto of Joaquin
Consuelo Vielma and husband, Juan of San Antonio

Grandchildren:
Martin, Isabel and Jorge Fuentes
Teresa Gallegos
Chloe Maldonado
Rosendo Gallegos Jr.
Jose Angel Solis
Delia Solis
Perla Solis
Catherine Solis
Erik Gallegos
Diego Gallegos Jr.
Emily Vielma
Jaime Vielma

Preceded in death by
Parents: Jesus Balderas and Josephina Balderas

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


12/10/2013

Floyd “Dean” Cuzick, Jr., age 45 of Rockwall, TX, passed away December 5, 2013. He was born February 27, 1968 in Duval, FL, to Floyd Sr. & Vikki Swanson Cuzick. Dean married Stacy Stelmar on November 28, 1992 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rowlett, TX.

Dean proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dean graduated from Timpson High School in 1987. After joining the Army, he successfully completed U.S. Army Ranger School, Airborne Parachutist training, the Special Forces qualification course, Polish language training, and Air Assault training. He spent an assignment in Germany with the 3rd Armored Division and then was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. His Green Beret team deployed on specialized missions to Turkey, Italy, Canada, and Norway, where he learned the techniques and methods of instructing foreign soldiers.

In 1996, after nine years as an enlisted man, he commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Defense branch of the Army, specializing in both Patriot and SHORAD missile systems. As an officer he served with 108th Air Defense Artillery at Fort Bliss, Texas, HQ Company Commander 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York and Bagram AB, Afghanistan, ROTC Instructor at Valley Forge Military College in Pennsylvania, US Army Liaison to the General of the Polish Army in Afghanistan, Executive Officer of the US/NATO Commando Training School in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Executive Officer of the US Army Recruiting Battalion in Irving, Texas. He earned his Master’s Degree through the University of Management & Technology. Major Cuzick retired after serving for 23 years. His awards included the Bronze Star and the Expert Infantry Badge.

He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years: Stacy Cuzick; daughters: Sara, Emily and Marissa Cuzick, all of Rockwall, TX; father: Floyd Cuzick of Center, TX; sisters: Rebecca Turisk & husband Larry of Goose Creek, SC, and Cindy Sanford & husband Jerry of Center, TX; and parents-in-law: Thomas Sr. & Ellen Stelmar of Rockwall, TX. Dean was preceded in death by his mother.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00am, Monday, December 16, 2013 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 950 Trails Parkway, Garland, TX, with Rev. Joseph Meehan officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon at the funeral home from 2:00 to 5:00pm, with a Rosary and Vigil at 4:00pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria,VA 22312.


12/9/2013

Robbie Lynn Chandler, 48, of Nacogdoches, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in Nacogdoches. He was born June 24, 1965 in Center to Charles H. Chandler and Joyce Marie Luman Chandler. He was of the Baptist Faith. Mr. Chandler was a beloved Son, Brother and Friend.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center with Bro. R. B. Elumbaugh officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Pallbearers will be Kodie Bailey, Ryan Chandler, Jordin Fountain, Fred Grant, Charlie Fountain and David Parnell. Honorary pallbearers will be Bo Chandler and Charles Bond.

He is survived by
Brothers:
Ricky Chandler and wife, Lecia of Joaquin
Randy Chandler and wife, Monica of Center
Ronald Chandler and wife, Misty of Center

Sisters:
Relissa Bailey and husband, Shane of Nacogdoches
Rachelle Chandler and husband, Charles Bond of Nacogdoches
Rhonda Chandler of Gun Barrel City

Nieces & Nephews:
Bo Chandler
Ryan Chandler and wife, Jessica
Randi Kay Chandler Faulkenberry and husband, Josiah
Brody Chandler
Jake Chandler
Shelby Chandler
Ashlie Chandler
RJ Chandler
Kodie Bailey
Shayna Bailey Tucker and husband, Richard
Kortni Bailey and fiancé David Parnell
Jordin Fountain
Charlie Fountain
Aybree Bond
Kylar Bond
Chance Bond

Great Nieces & Nephews:
Kaesyn Kennedy, Baylee Tucker, Mia Chandler, Cole Chandler, Kimber Tucker, Presley Parnell, Kinzley Chandler

Numerous aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Charles H. Chandler and Joyce Marie Luman Chandler
Niece: Brittany Joyce Murdock

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


Starlin May, 91, of Harlingen formerly James Community, Center, Texas, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 at his residence.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Steve Wiggins officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday, December 13, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born January 17, 1922 in Joaquin to George and Linnie (Wagstaff) May. He served in the US AirForce as a mechanic. He retired from Champlin Petroleum Co.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, George & Linnie May, Wife, Mary May, Grandson, Michael May & Brothers & Sisters.

He is survived by:

Son: Vic May & wife, Carolyn of Virginia

Son: Michael May & wife, Joyce of Joaquin

Daughter: Christy Quinn & husband, Dean of Houston

Daughter: Mary Jane Mullere & husband, Jean of Harlingen

Son: Charles Smith & wife, Nina of New Braunfels

Grandchildren: Mark May, Trevor May, Vickie Lyn May; Conner & Graham Quinn; Cindy Richter & husband, Randall; Charles Robert Mullere, Starla Hughston & husband, Sam; Darla Tilden & husband, Jerry

Twin Sister: Ruth Huntington of Sugarland

Pallbearers: Charles Robert Mullere, Sam Hughston, Jerry Tilden, Randall Richter, Landon Richter & Trevor May

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Guadalupe Almaguer, 42, of Center, passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013 in Tyler. He was born January 20, 1971 in Celaya, GTO to Crecenciano Almaguer Gonzalez and Maria Consuelo Moreno Perez Almaguer. He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary beginning at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 13, 2013 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Center with Father Jose Luis officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Juan Gomez, Miguel Beltran, Luis Alamguer, Crecenciano Almaguer, Albino Garcia, Socorro Abella, Jorge Leon, Rolando Cuevas, Roman Flores, Emanuel Espino and Juan Cervantes.

He is survived by
Wife: Laura Abella of Center

Children:
Elena Almaguer of Center
Fernanda Almaguer of Center

Brothers:
Silvano Almaguer of Mexico
Jose Almaguer and wife, Graciela of Center
Salvador Almaguer and wife, Flor of Bryan
Israel Almaguer of Mexico
Saul Almaguer and wife, Beatriz of Center

Sisters:
Joaquina Almaguer of Mexico
Angelica Almaguer of Mexico
Maria Almaguer of Mexico
Rosa Almaguer of Mexico
Consuelo Almaguer of Mexico
Yuliana Almaguer of Mexico

Brothers-in-law:
Socorro Abella and wife, Teresa of Wisconsin
Eduardo Abella and wife, Gabriela of Center
Gustavo Abella of Mexico
Jaime Abella of Mexico
David Abella of Mexico
Javier Abella of Mexico

Sisters-in-law:
Maria C. Abella and husband, Roman of Center
Claudia Abella of Mexico
Eva Abella of Mexico

Father: Crecenciano Almaguer

Mother-in-law: Elena Abella

Father-in-law: Antonio Abella

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by:
Mother: Consuelo Almaguer

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


Patsy Ruth Clark, 76, of Center, TX (formerly of Timpson, TX) passed away Monday, December 09, 2013, in Center, TX. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, December 12, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Orval Miller officiating.

Born July 24, 1937, in Center, TX, Patsy Ruth Clark was the daughter of the late Oris and Lois (Agnew) Clark. Patsy’s parents lovingly cared for her at home as long as they were able and then she received excellent care at Holiday Nursing Center in Center, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jack Clark, and two infant siblings. .

Survivors include her aunt Lois Ross of Garrison, TX; niece Wendy Clark Cook of Austin, TX; and a host of cousins.

To convey condolences on line, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, TX, is in charge of arrangements.


Connie Fay (Barrett) Stokes, 91 of Mt. Enterprise, Texas, passed away Friday, December 6, 2013 in Mt. Enterprise. She was born February 6, 1922 to Joseph Barrett and Emma (Bailey) Barrett in Nacogdoches County.

Visitation will be held at 12:30 until 2:00pm on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Services will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Holly Springs Baptist Church with interment to follow at Dixon Cemetery. Officiating will be Bro. Elmer Mathis and Bro. Homer Murray.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Bobby Joe Stokes and wife, Louise, of Avondale, AZ
Iven Stokes and wife, Betty, of Timpson, TX
Richard Stokes and wife, Terry, of Sherman, TX
Eddie Stokes and wife, Barbara, of Bloomburg, TX

Daughters:
Nadine Beard and husband, Roger, of Mt. Enterprise, TX
Gaynell Young and husband, Bob, of Congress, AZ

12 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild

Brother: Jessie Barrett and wife, Billy Jean, of Paris, TX

Sister: Mary Bell Whitton of Shreveport, LA

Host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by husband, Cecil Stokes; both parents; grandson, Bubba Thacker; great granddaughter, Crystal Rao; 2 sisters and 5 brothers.

Pallbearers: Kenny Beard, Timmy Beard, Daniel Linn, Wayne Stokes, Elmer Moore, Leo Beard, and Bob Young.

Honorary Pallbearers: Bobby Joe, Iven, Richard, Eddie, Bracy, Dustin, Travis and Steve.

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


12/6/2013

Bernice Wilburn, 91, of the Patroon Community of Shelby County, passed away Friday, December 6, 2013 at Colonial Pines Nursing Home in San Augustine. She was born September 26, 1922 in Noble, Louisiana to David Harrison Elliott and Willie Lee Windham Elliott. She was a member of Patroon Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Mike Belgard officiating. Interment will be at Patroon Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Michael Tompkins, Keith Tompkins, Bradley Wilburn, Shawn Smith, Robert Wilburn, Scott Wilburn, Larry Wayne Wilburn and Kenneth Wilburn.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Louise Tompkins and husband, Wyman of San Augustine
Joyce Smith of Canton

Sons:
Travis “Tappy” Wilburn and wife, Delma of Center
Carroll Wilburn and wife, Virginia of Patroon
Larry Wilburn and wife, Sabrina of Bullard

Grandchildren:
Peggy Collins, Michael Tompkins, Keith Tompkins, Shellie Burns, Bradley Wilburn, Stacy Alexander, Shawn Smith, Robert Wilburn, Scott Wilburn, Jennifer Helms, Larry Wayne Wilburn, Jody Matthews, Kenneth Wilburn

31 Great Grandchildren

8 Great Great Grandchildren

Brother-in-law: Jesse Parnell Wilburn of Brookeland

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Husband: Horace Wilburn
Infant Child
Parents: David Harrison Elliott and Willie Lee Windham Elliott
Brother: Little David Elliott
Sisters: Willie Dee Dockens, Iva Gay Elliott

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Patroon Cemetery, 18853 Hwy 87 S, San Augustine, Texas 75972.

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


12/05/2013

Jean DuBose Ballard, 78, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2013 at her residence in Tenaha. She was born September 6, 1935 in Tenaha to Jennings Osward DuBose and Reba Ray Ware DuBose. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Tenaha Chapter and First United Methodist Church in Tenaha.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Tenaha with Rev. Charles Williams and Rev. Carla Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Woods Cemetery in Tenaha.

Pallbearers will be Raymond Harper, Chuck DuBose, Crockett DuBose, Ronny DuBose, Donny DuBose, Keith DuBose, Mack Anthony, Gary DuBose, Reagan Anthony, Jennings Ray Harper and Rodney DuBose.

She is survived by
Husband: Stacy Ballard of Joaquin

Son: Howard Ballard and wife, Elaine of Tyler

Granddaughters:
Amanda Leigh Napier and husband, Kevin of Forney
Melanie Ann Ballard of Tenaha
Amber Renee Jones and husband, Marshall of McKinney
Crystal Nicole Ballard of Denver, Colorado
Danielle Destiny Sharp of Hope, Michigan

Great Grandchildren:
Jacob, Levi, Mackenzie, Madeleine, Michael, Kaleb

Sisters:
Martha Virginia Byrd
Mary Sue Chreene

Brothers:
David Edward DuBose Sr.
Benjamin Winford DuBose
Luther Ray DuBose

Sister-in-law: Maurice Ballard

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Parents: Jennings Osward DuBose and Reba Ray Ware DuBose
Sister: Claudia Marie Harper
Brothers: William “Bill” Ware DuBose, Bryan Alton DuBose, Jennings Osward DuBose Jr., Jennings Maurice DuBose
Sons: Michael Lee Ballard, Daniel Bryan Ballard
Grandson: Daniel Lee Ballard

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Woods Cemetery, c/o David Fleming, 127 CR 4262, Tenaha, TX 75974.

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


Charles Henry Hinton, 87, of Center, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at his residence.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham and Chaplain Paul Evans officiating. Graveside will follow at Shelbyville Cemetery with military honors under the direction of Local VFW Post 8904. Visitation will be Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born October 13, 1926 in Shelby County, Texas to Henry and Annie (Brady) Hinton. He served in the US Marine as a corporal and participated in action against the Japanese in Okinawa. He was wounded in Okinawa and received the Purple Heart Award. He retired from the Texas Highway Department. He enjoyed working on his farm and taking care of his cattle until his death. He was a life member of the Disabled Veterans of America, VFW Post #8904, American Legion, Purple Heart Association and the Purple Heart Foundation.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Henry and Annie Hinton, Wife, Billie Holt, Infant Son, Bobby Hinton, Son, Hugh Hinton and Nephew, George Melvin McDaniel.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Thelma Hinton of Center

Sons:
Larry Hinton of Center
Brad Hinton & wife, Dena of Center

Grandchildren:
Harley Layne Hinton of Center
Clayton Brady Hinton of Center
Charles Hugh Hinton & John Ross Hinton of Ohio

Great Grandchild:
Addison Hinton of Ohio

Sister:
Alice Hall of Center

Daughter-in-law:
Debra Hinton of Ohio

Nephews:
Martin Wayne McDaniel of Palestine
Stephen Oates & wife, Susie

Nieces:
Margaret Ann Goings of Center
Renee McDaniel of Center
Terry Jean McAda

Sister-in-law & Brother-in-law:
Pauline & Harold Oates

Numerous Great Nieces & Nephews, Cousins, Family & Friends

Special & Lifelong Friend:
Dave Jackson

Pallbearers:
Patrick Nethery, Michael Bill Taylor, John Shofner
Stephen Oates, Chuck Bailey & Michael Warren

Honorary Pallbearers:
George Shull, Pete Flournoy, Bob Parker,
Walt Baty, Ford Brown, Jr. & W.H. Britt

In lieu of flowers family requests that donations can be made to one of the following; Disabled American Veterans, Wounded Warriors or VFW Post 8904 Center, Texas.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


James H. Duncan, 82, of Columbus, Mississippi formerly of Jasper and Shelby County, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013 at his residence.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Dreka Pentecostal Church in Shelbyville with Bro. Danny Lewis and Bro. Theron Smith officiating. Following the service military honors will be given at Duncan Cemetery under the direction of Fort Hood Army Base.

He was born January 7, 1931 in Shelby County to William H. and Sally (McMahon) Duncan. He retired from the US Army after 20 years of service. He also worked for the US Postal Service and the water treatment plant at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina and he also retired from Campbell Soup (Sumter, S.C.) where he worked for many years. He was a member of Gateway Tabernacle in Kirbyville TX.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, William & Sally Duncan; Sister, Syble Shue; Sister, Avis German Chapman; Sister, Edna Golden; Brother, Edelvis Duncan; Sister, Ruth Minchew; Sister, Freddie Lee Nowell, Brother, Ernest Duncan, Sister Arlene Smith & Brother Carlton Duncan.

He is survived by:

Wife: Lois (Starr) Duncan of Columbus, Mississippi

Son: James “Jimmy” Duncan, Jr. & wife, Daeng of Fayetteville, NC

Daughter: JoAnne Beall & husband, Alan of Columbus, Mississippi

3 Grandchildren:
Leah Drummond and husband James
Amanda Harrell
Lauren Starr Beall

Brother: William “Bill” Duncan, Jr. of Columbus TX.

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Mr. James Alton Allen (89) of Center, died December 3, 2013. Mr. Allen died at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas. Funeral services will be Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 1:00pm at Triumph The Church and Kingdom Church of God In Christ, 908 Daniel St, Center, Texas. Elder Cleon Williams will be officiating.

Mr. Allen is survived by:

Son:
Adrian Allen and wife Faye of Shelbyville, Texas

Sister:
Mary Ella Gardner of Center, Texas

7 Grandchildren

Visitation will be Friday, December 6, 2013 at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 6pm-8pm.

Burial will be at Thompson Cemetery.


12/04/2013

Robert Stephen “Stevie” Webb, 75, of Center, passed away while surrounded by his family on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. He was born February 21, 1938 in Center to Lomax Webb and Versie Pate Webb. Steve attended Center High School and graduated in 1956. He attended Panola College and Stephen F. Austin. He later served in the United States Army. Steve worked for Land of Pines Dairy Products and as a distributor for Toms, where he retired in 2000. After retirement, he continued to raise and breed cattle and work at Center Livestock. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons and buddies. He took pleasure in cooking for friends and family. His favorite pastime was taking care of his cattle. Steve was a member of First Baptist Church of Center and also the Bible Class. He was involved in numerous community activities such as Center Little League, 4H, Kiwanis and Center ISD school board. Steve was a loving and caring husband, father and friend. His grandchildren were the joy and delight of his life. He will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 8, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Michael Hale and Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Michael Spells, Stephen Neuville, Tom Watkins, Bobby Griffin, Nathan Pike, Allan Metcalf and George Stubblefield. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Warr, Joe Shofner, Cecil Watlington, John Walker, George Burns, Bertis Wells and Don Bush.

Survivors include
His loving wife of 51 years: Betty Webb of Center

Sons:
Barry Webb and wife, Michelle of Timpson
Darren Webb and wife, Wendi of Garrison

Granddaughters:
Emily Webb of Fort Smith, Arkansas
Taylor and Mallory Webb of Garrison
Tatum Greer of Timpson

Grandson: Trace Greer of Woden

Great Granddaughters:
Aubrey, Averi and Addisyn Greer of Woden

Sisters-in-law:
Mildred Webb of Center
Johnnie Smith and husband, Millard of Milam
Linda Horton and husband, Joe of Hemphill

Nephews:
Keith Webb of Center
Lomax Webb of Center

Numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins

Preceded in death by
Parents: Lomax Webb and Versie Pate Webb
Brother: Eugene Webb

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Stevie Webb CHS Memorial Scholarship Fund at Farmers State Bank in Center.

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


Cooper Brittian Porter, 73, of Lufkin, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in Lufkin. He was born January 26, 1940 in Tenaha to John Rogers Porter Sr. and Cynthia Elizabeth Brittain Porter. Mr. Porter served in the United States Army. He attended St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Lufkin.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Pat Windham and Bro. Steve Killam officiating. Interment will follow at Folsom Chapel Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until service time.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Porter, Chance Porter, David Firesheets, Shane Hagler and John Richards.

He is survived by
Son: Johnny Ray Porter of Vilonia, Arkansas

Grandsons:
Jacob Brittain Porter of Vilonia, Arkansas
Jared Mason Porter of Vilonia, Arkansas

Sister: Jo Watlington and husband, Jay of Lufkin

Sister-in-law: Jeanine Porter of Lovington, New Mexico

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Infant Daughter: Brittany Jo Porter
Parents: John Rogers Porter Sr. and Cynthia Elizabeth Brittain Porter
Brothers: Edward Bryas Porter, John Rogers Porter Jr., Ted Porter, Billy Porter
Sisters: Fran Mena, Belva Porter

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


12/2/2013

A funeral service for Mrs. “Dolly” Avis Joy Harris, 89, of Forney, TX, formerly of Carthage, TX, will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Central Baptist Church in Carthage with Dr. William Everett and Rev. Steve Jackson officiating under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center, TX. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Harris passed away on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 30, 2013, in Forney.

“Dolly” Avis Joy Stephenson Harris was born on June 9, 1924, in San Augustine County, TX to the late Robert Frank and Maude Richards Stephenson. Mrs. Harris graduated from San Augustine High School with the class of 1942. She married Robert Allen Harris, Sr. on May 3, 1945, in Center, TX and Mr. Harris preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1987. Mrs. Harris worked for Southwestern Bell in Houston from 1943-1947, National Biscuit Co. from 1949-1968, and taught pre-kindergarten in Pearland from 1975-1994. While in Pearland, she was a member of the First baptist Church for 24 years where she taught GA's, Sunday school, and sang in the choir. Mrs. Harris moved from Pearland to Carthage in 1994 and she became a devoted member of Central Baptist Church where she was a member of the Silvertones and the Strummers. In 2008, she moved to Forney to live with her daughter and family. She was a Godly woman who led by example. She didn't need any fan fair or recognition. She was happy serving her Lord and it didn't matter the task. Whether being a caregiver, a loving mother and grand mother, or chopping onions for Wednesday service, she left behind a wonderful legacy for family and friends. In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Harris was also preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. Harris is survived by one son, Allen Harris of Pearland; one daughter, Denene Guess and husband David of Forney; three grandchildren, Brittany Dodson and husband Tyler and Dakotah, and Mackenzie Guess; one brother, Carl A. Stephenson of Houston; and three sisters, Minnie V. Lovejoy of Center, Blanche Haley of Center, and Faye Elder of Shreveport. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many friends also survive Mrs. Harris.

Serving as pallbearers are Gerald Burns, Ken Andrus, J.W. Cayce, Bill Price, Sammy Moore, and Walter Weston. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Sam Raley, James Gossett, and Fred Overton.

If desired, memorials may be made to the Central Baptist Church, Library, 220 W. Sabine, Carthage, TX 75633 or Odyssey Hospice Care, 2824 Terrell Rd, Suite 500, Greenville, Texas 75402.
A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.

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11/30/2013

Lillie Jewel Whitton, 93, of Center, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013 at Green Acres Nursing Home.

Graveside Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Mt. Herman Cemetery with Bro. Don Moore officiating.

She was born December 18, 1919 in Shelby County, Texas to Joe and Emma (Dickinson) Luman.

She is preceded in death by Parents, Joe & Emma Luman, Husband, Jesse Adkison, Son, J.W. Adkison and Husband, James Elton Whitton.

She is survived by:

Grandson:
Jason Adkison of Center

Great Grandson:
Jesse Adkison of Center

Step-Son:
E.J. Whitton & wife, Johnnie of Longview

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Mrs. Jo Vere Steadman Enmon, 95, of Center, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013 at Green Acres Nursing Home.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Clever Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, December 2, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born May 25, 1918 in Powhatan, LA to Jeff and Edna (Bass) Steadman.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Jeff & Edna Steadman, Husband, Clyde H. Enmon & Son, James Enmon.

She is survived by:

Children:
Clyde Enmon, Jr. of Center
Richard Enmon of Ponchatoula, LA
Daughter-in-law:
Jeanette Enmon of Slidell, LA

Grandchildren:
Wendy LeBlanc & husband, Michael of Chalmette, LA
Susan Poincot & husband, Llyod of Houma, LA
Mel Enmon of Metarie, LA
Lisa Enmon of Center
Richard Enmon, Jr. of Germany
Jennifer Enmon of Germany
Heather Enmon Gallagher & husband, Jeremy of Missouri
Derek Enmon & wife, Laurie of Slidell, LA

Numerous Great Grandchildren

Great Great Granddaughter:
Violet LeBlanc

Numerous Nieces & Nephew

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


11/27/2013

E.J. Bridwell, 93 , of the Aiken Community, Center, passed away, Wednesday November 27, 2013 at Knopp Nursing Home in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Jim McDonald and L.D. Eddins officiating. Burial will follow at White Rock Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, November 29, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born February 17, 1920 in the Aiken Community to Jacob Monroe and Era (Bush) Bridwell. He retired from Olan Mathison Chemical Co. He attended Mt. Herman Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Jake & Era Bridwell, Wife, Edna Bridwell, 3 Sisters, Cleo Russell, Letha Mae Bush & Jane Carr.

He is survived by:

Daughter & Son-in-law:
Jackie & Doug Bashrum of Fredericksburg, Texas

Grandchildren:
Scott Bashrum & wife, Donna
Mark Bashrum & wife, Vivian

Nieces & Nephews:
Linda Castilaw & husband, Charles
Ann Bloodworth & husband, Bill
Benny Russell & wife, Thelma
Jean Adams & husband, Steve
Ed Bush & wife, Diane
Mike Bush & wife, Sheila

Numerous Other Relatives & Friends

Pallbearers:
Charles Castilaw, Ed Bush, Benny Russell, Steve Adams, Mike Bush & Chris Castilaw

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


11/26/2013

Nellie Webb, 83, of the McClellan Community of Shelby County, passed away Monday, November 25, 2013 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center. She was born August 6, 1930 in Shelby County to Robert L. Cummings and Adell Goings Cummings. She was a member of New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. B. J. Windham officiating. Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Mayfield, Lee Baker, Keith Mayfield, Tracy Collins, Jack Armstreet and Bernard Metcalf.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Sharon Baker of Shelbyville
Margaret Mayfield and husband, Ken of Houston

Son: Tommy Baker and wife, Cristie of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Amy Collins and husband, Tracy of Tenaha
Keith Mayfield and wife, Jeanie of Maxwell
Lee Baker and wife, Kelly of Carthage
Kevin Mayfield and wife, Diana of Porter

Great Grandchildren:
Ashlee, Gracie, Chesney, Hunter, Christian, Emma, Ryan Elizabeth, Jordon, Mackenzie, Braxton, Lindley

Brother: George Cummings and wife, Rachel of Cushing

Preceded in death by
Husband: Alto Baker
Husband: Douglas Webb
Parents: Robert L. Cummings and Adell Goings Cummings
Sisters: Ima Dean, Dorothy Windham
Brother: Bob Cummings
Nephews: J.E. Dean, Clinton Dean, Jimmy Cummings

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


11/25/2013

Margie Evelyn Ray Gay, 66, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, November 24, 2013 at ETMC Tyler. She was born April 23, 1947 in Monroe, Louisiana to Ezra Jewel Ray and Ethel Eskew Ray. Ms. Gay loved working with plants and animals. She was a loving Mom and Grandma and will be dearly missed by all. She was of the Church of Christ faith.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Haslam with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating. Interment will follow at Joaquin Cemetery in Joaquin.

She is survived by
Sons:
Ronnie Lane Gay of Center
Kennie Wayne Gay of Timpson
John Paul Gay of Joaquin
Donny Ray Gay of Joaquin

Daughter: Cristy Lyee Thomas of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Randy Raybun Gay
Troy Wayne Gay
Nicholas Lane Gay
Hannah Rose Gay
Jessie Gay
Mackenzie Cheyenne Thomas
Olivia Madison Gay
Madilynn Grace Gay
Katlin Page Thomas
Lilly Kate Gay
Zachary Carlton Thomas

Sisters:
Bobby Ray
Helen Ogle
Dorothy Overfelt
Brenda Lewis

Brother: Jerry Ray

Cousin: Thomas Ray

Preceded in death by
Parents: Ezra Jewel Ray and Ethel Eskew Ray
Husband: Jerry Gay
Sister-in-law: Wanda Gay Harris

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


Jose Luis Tovar, 50, of Tenaha, passed away, Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Carlos Rangel officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

He was born January 19, 1963 in Moncloa, Mexico to Vicente Tovar and Delfina Guzman. He was a member of the St. Mary of Epiphany Catholic Church in Timpson.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Vicente Tovar.

He is survived by:
Mother:
Delfina Tovar of Tenaha

Brothers &Sisters:
Jose Joel Tovar & wife, Maria of Tenaha
Maria E. Tovar & husband, Jose of Tenaha
Jose Refujio Tovar of Tenaha
Ramiro Tovar of Tenaha
Jose Guztavo Tovar & wife, Maria of Tenaha
Maria Rico & husband, Jose Rico of Tenaha
Angelica Sandoval & husband, Ciro of Tenaha
Vicente Tovar & wife, Yesenia Mejia of Tenaha
Jose Guadalupe & wife, Erika Tovar of Tenaha
Israel Tovar of Tenaha
Delfina Rico & husband, Arturo of Tenaha
Maria Perales & husband, Orlando of Tenaha
Isidro Martinez of Tenaha

Numerous Nieces & Nephews & Great Nieces & Nephews & Cousins

Uncle:
Manuel Guzman of Tenaha

Pallbearers:
Ramiro Tovar, Jose Refujio Tovar, Ciro Sandoval,
Pablo Sandoval, Jose Gustavo Tovar, Jose Guadalupe,
Vicente Tovar, Josue Sandoval & Salmon Sandoval

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


11/24/2013

Amanda Leigh Pierce, 31, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013 in Tyler. She was born May 26, 1982 in Salem, Arkansas to David M. Pierce and Tammy S. Taylor Pierce.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Karl Moore and Bro. Robert Remedies officiating.

She is survived by
Daughter: Whitney Pierce of Austin

Mother: Tammy S. Pierce of Joaquin

Sisters:
Misty Remedies and husband, Robert of Joaquin
Crystal Norris of Lufkin

Niece: Autumn Remedies of Joaquin

Nephews:
Robbie Remedies of Joaquin
Caleb Remedies of Joaquin

Grandfather: Doyle Taylor of Salem, Arkansas

Numerous cousins

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Father: David M. Pierce
Uncle: Barry Pierce
2 Grandmothers
1 Grandfather

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


Oscar McDaniel Jr., 83, of Tenaha, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013 at his residence. He was born March 23, 1930 in the Woods Community of Panola County to Oscar McDaniel Sr. and Thelma Bowden McDaniel. Mr. McDaniel served in the United States Army and was a member Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha, where he served as an usher.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 25, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Josh Ramsey, David Lea, Frank Shafer, Cary McDaniel, Phillip Shafer, Ronny Lea, Craig Gray and Terry Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris McDaniel and the deacons and members of Mr. McDaniel’s Sunday School Class.

He is survived by
Wife of 59 years and 8 months: Norma Alyne Ramsey McDaniel of Tenaha

Sons:
Chris McDaniel and wife, Debi of Tenaha
Cary McDaniel and wife, Susie of Coushatta, Louisiana

Daughters:
Cheryl Brown and husband, Terry of Longview
Caren Gray and husband, Craig of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Darren Krieghauser, Pepper Lea, Dana Irwin, LaRae Carter, Christian McDaniel, Christiana Elmer, Cari Ann Ramsey, Traci McDaniel, Cara McDaniel, Lauren Brown

Great Grandchildren:
Brittney, Elijah, Emory, Eden, Titus, Avery, Belle, Greg, Lucky, Syerra, Madelyn, Savannah, Ryder

Sisters:
Opal Shafer and husband, Watson of Franklyn
Frances Lee and husband, Ronny of Jacksonville

Preceded in death by
Parents: Oscar McDaniel Sr. and Thelma Bowden McDaniel
Brothers: James McDaniel, Jasper McDaniel
Sister: Ruth Chambers

A special thanks to Josh Ramsey, Bro. Keith Keele, Craig Gray, HeartsWay Hospice and Members of Ramah Baptist Church for your kindness and compassionate care for Mr. McDaniel.

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


11/22/2013

Kenneth Mettauer passed on away Wednesday, November 20, 2013 peacefully of natural causes in his home at the age of 72. He was born March 2, 1941, to parents Douglas and Sue Seale Mettauer, who preceded him in death. Kenneth was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

Memorial services for Kenneth Mettauer will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Melrose United Methodist Church on Texas Hwy. 21 in Melrose with CLM Carol Postell officiating. Private burial was at Lower Melrose Cemetery.

He leaves a brother, John Mettauer, and many cousins and friends in the Nacogdoches, Shelby, and San Augustine Counties area.

Donations to the Melrose Cemetery Fund (2264 County Road 338, Nacogdoches, TX 75961-0777) would be greatly appreciated. He worked tirelessly for many years to help maintain the cemetery.

Services are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.


Paul Whitton, 86, of Cleveland, formerly of Center, passed away Friday, November 22, 2013 at his residence. He was born April 15, 1927 in Shelby County to Eli Whitton and Gertie Patterson Whitton. Mr. Whitton was stationed in Japan during his time of service in the United States Army. He later was employed with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, where he retired after several years of service. Mr. Whitton attended Sardis Pentecostal Church until he moved to Cleveland and attended Christian Cowboy Fellowship.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County with Mr. Whitton’s son, Bro. Bo Whitton, officiating.

He is survived by
Sons:
Bo Whitton and wife, Carolyn of Cleveland
Mike Whitton and wife, Maggie of Naples
Ronald Paul Whitton of California

Grandchildren:
Casey Whitton
Jay Whitton and wife, Misty
Lacey Whitton
Deborah Carter
Ryan Paul Whitton
Sarah Whitton
Rachael Whitton

Great Grandchildren:
Hunter, Heath, Kylee, Hayden, Ava

Next of Kin:
E.J. Whitton
Ray Smith
J.R. & Virginia Lamoine
Odessa Smith
Frances Smith

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Parents: Eli Whitton and Gertie Patterson Whitton

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


11/21/2013

Muriel Wiltshire, 81, of Center, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2013 at her residence.

Her wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service may be held at a later time.

She was born August 12, 1932 in Sabine Pass, Texas to George and Nola (Vice) Huffman. She was of the Pentecostal faith and attend Center United Pentecostal Church. She was a housewife.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, George & Nola Huffman, Husband, Gerald Wiltshire, Nephew, Robert Flanigan, 6 Brothers & Sisters, George Huffman, Jr., Robert Huffman, Frank Huffman, Linda Flanigan, Mae Surette & Katie Golden.

She is survived by:

Daughter:
Wanda Brown & husband, James of Center
Nicol Shedd & husband, John of Center

5 Grandchildren:
Gary Spradlin & wife, Linda
Gerald Spradlin
Brennan, Darren & Paige Shedd
Ricky Broussard

4 Great Grandchildren:
William, Braydyn & Jared Spradlin
Helana Spradlin
Kacey Lane Broussard

Niece:
Tammy Flanigan of Center
Robin Flanigan

Nephew: Ronald Flanigan of Jasper

2 Great Nieces: Amanda & Elizabeth Flanigan

Great Nephew: Joshua Crowe

Numerous Other Nieces & Nephews & Great Nieces & Great Nephews

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


11/20/2013

Ruth Smith, 96, of Center, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Whispering Pines Lodge in Longview.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Scrimpshire and Cecil Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born June 10, 1917 in Shelby County, Texas to Thomas Douglas and Minnie Ima (Shillings) Watson. She was a longtime member of Hurst Street Church of Christ and currently a member of Northside Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Tom & Minnie Watson, Husband, George R. “Jiggs” Smith, Grandson, Michael Craig Smith, Brothers & Sisters, Seldon Hampton, Clyde E. Watson, Eleanor Harrison, Dr. Tom Watson & Billye Byrnes.

She is survived by:

Daughter & Son-in-law: Sue & Jerry Williams of Longview

Son & Daughter-in-law: George “Ray” & Melinda Smith of Longview

Grandchildren:
Jerry Williams
Angelia Scrimpshire & husband, Mike
Meshelle DeHart & husband, Brian
Kristy Snider & husband, Terry
Stephanie Martin
Brian Smith

15 Great Grandchildren: Mallory Williams & husband, Dean, Alyssa & Michaela Scrimpshire, Michael Smith, Justin DeHart, Chloe DeHart & Victoria DeHart, Brittany Snider & Alicia Snider, Chelsi Martin, Mary Amanda Martin & Casey Jean Martin, Bo Patrick Smith, Daxton Conner Smith & Gray Smith

Numerous Great Great Grandchildren

Numerous Nieces & Nephews & a host of friends

Pallbearers: Jerry Smith Stewart, Jerry Williams, Jr., Brain Patrick Smith, Rex Richards, Allen Pennick & Dean Williams

Honorary Pallbearers: Dave Jackson & Clovis Furlow

The Family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Nell McGenney and Debbie Pickett for the special care they have shown to their family over the past several years.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Tommye Ann Rudd Morris was born January 26, 1936 and passed away April 26, 2013. She was a 1953 graduate of Center High School.

There will be a ceremony of love for her -- symbolized by the scattering of her cremains -- on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Center, Texas.

To read her obituary, click here.


Irene Dock (75), of Center died November 15, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in San Augustine, Texas. Funeral services for Mrs. Dock will be Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11:00am at Triumph The Kingdom Church of God In Christ in Center, Texas. Rev. Billy Earl Gardner will officiate.

Mrs. Dock is survived by her son Dwynne Gray of Center, Texas and daughter Ramona (Arnet) Boyd of Center, Texas.

Grandchildren: Datron Dock (Audrea) of Prosper, Texas; Crystal Boyd, Trese Boyd, Courtney Dock, and Michael Todd Dock Jr. of Center, Texas. Ashley Gray of Dallas, Texas and Steven Gray of Midland, Texas.

Visitation will be Friday, November 22, 2013 from 6-8pm

Burial will be at Westview Cemetery.

Services will be entrusted to Hicks Mortuary.


11/18/2013

Allie Rea Brown Hughes, 90, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, November 18, 2013 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was born April 13, 1923 in Shelby County to John Allen Sample and Sallie Latham Sample. In 1962, Allie Rea and her husband, Alvin Brown, moved to Houston, where they resided for 10 years. They owned and operated several service stations in the Houston area. After returning to Shelby County, she was employed with Bruce Hardwood Flooring, where she later retired after several years of service. Ms. Hughes was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, where she was involved in a singing group. She had a beautiful voice and enjoyed ministering through music to three local nursing homes each week.

Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Larry Chandler officiating. Interment will follow at West Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Pallbearers will be Craig Estes, Michael Smith, James Gazaway, Danny Gazaway, Danny Joe Brown and Benjamin Gazaway. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Dean and Gary Lightfoot.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Donna Nordin and husband, Ted of Fort Worth
Barbara Kirsch and husband, Tom of Shelbyville
Paula Delores Psihudakis and husband, Nikolas of Houston

Granddaughter:
Sherry Howard and husband, Jeremy

Grandsons:
Michael Smith and wife, Brenda
James Gazaway and wife, Stephanie
Danny Gazaway
Ben Gazaway

9 Great Grandchildren

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Daughter: Sandra Gail Brown
Husband, of 57 years: Alvin Brown
Husband: Samuel Hughes
Parents: John Allen Sample and Sallie Latham Sample Alexander
3 Sisters
4 Brothers

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


Shelia Ann Espinosa, 52, of Center, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in San Augustine. She was born November 17, 1960 in Center to Lamerla Ayres. She was a member of New Life Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013 and from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Steve Noble officiating.

She is survived by

Husband: Jeff Espinosa of Center

Mother: Lamerla Ayres of Center

Brother: Ralph Ayres & wife, Jacquelin of Center

Mother-in-Law: Celia Cornelison of San Augustine

Sister-in-Law: Tracy Seal of Center

Aunt: Betty Travis of Bossier City, Louisiana

Preceded in death by
Grandparents: Bertha and George Dickinson
Uncle: Gene Dickinson
Stepfather: Ronald Ayers

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


Roma Jolley, 78, of Longview, passed away, Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Clairmont Nursing Home in Longview.

Graveside Service will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at New Hope Cemetery in Center.

She was born February 22, 1935 in Sherman, Texas to George and Lorena (Berry) Gable. She worked as a jailor for Travis County.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, George & Lorena Gable; Husband, Junior Lee Jolly, Sr.; Son, Junior Lee Jolley, Jr. ; and 5 Sisters and 1 Brother.

She is survived by:

Children:
Ralph Jolley & wife, Berlinda of Austin
Norma Marie Alonso & husband, Juan of Longview
Kenneth Jolley, Jr. & wife, Cindy of Longview

A Host of Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren & Great Great Grandchildren

Numerous Nieces, Nephews & Cousins & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


11/15/2013

Lucresia Henderson, 84, of Tenaha passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013 at her residence in Tenaha, Texas.

A wake will be held Friday, November 15, 2013 from 6 - 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, Texas and funeral services will be Saturday, November 16, 2013 1pm at St. John Baptist Church in Tenaha, Texas with pastor Chandler Pettis to officiate. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery in Tenaha.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Amos (Mary) Henderson of Houston, Texas
Alvin (Pamela) Henderson of Center, Texas
Jessie (Vivian) Henderson of Kirbyville, Texas
Curtis (Malinda) Henderson of Timpson, Texas

Daughters:
Claudia (Roosevelt) Bell of Tenaha, Texas
Diane Henderson of Longview, Texas
Jo Ann (Troy) Shephard of Nacogdoches, Texas
Marache Floyd of Tenaha, Texas

32 Grandchildren, 69 Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great Great Grandchildren

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Marilyn Ann Fields, 58 of Center, Texas passed away Monday, November 11, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 1pm at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center, Texas with Rev. Daniel Holman, Sr. to officiate.

She is survived by:

Husband: Stephen Fields of Shelbyville, Texas

Son: Ellis Ray Hoyt of Center, Texas

Daughters:
Arnita Faye McKever of Kentucky
Beatrice Lutrice Pittman of Center, Texas

Mother: Beatrice Bratchett of San Augustine, Texas

Father: J.T. Bratchett of San Augustine, Texas

Sisters:
Minister Glenda (Jerry) Whitaker of San Augustine, Texas
Mary (David) Parks of San Augustine, Texas

Brothers:
James Hoyt of San Augustine, Texas
Otis (Paula) Hoyt of San Augustine, Texas

18 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


11/12/2013

Paula Vanette Todd, 41, of Center, passed away Friday, November 8, 2013 in San Augustine. She was born August 2, 1972 in Long Beach, California to Morris D. Todd and Hazel Hill Todd.

At the request of her family, Ms. Todd has been cremated and no services are planned at this time.

She is survived by
Sons:
Johnathon Dale Owen of Garrison
Caleb B. Graves of Center

Mother: Hazel Dunn of Center

One Brother

One Half Brother

Three Step Sisters

One Step Brother

Step Mother: Judith Todd of Missouri

Preceded in death by
Father: Morris D. Todd
Sister: Teresa Evans

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


11/11/2013

Betty Lavada Scates, 68, of Center and longtime resident of Pine Grove Nursing Center, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. She was born November 30, 1944 in Center to Elmo Rains and Annie Chandler Rains. She was a member of White Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ed McRae and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

She is survived by
Husband, of 51 years: James D. Scates of Center

Son: Randy Scates and wife, Tammy of Martinsville

Daughter: Cindy Barrett and fiancée, David Eubank of Center

Grandchildren:
Cassidy Scates
Ryan Scates
J.T. Scates
Michelle Scates
Jonathan Burris
Kristy Barrett
Sara Duvall
J.W. Barrett

Great Grandchildren:
Jailei, Gavin, Ashton, William, Abbie, Joshawa, Emily, Aiden, Mackenzie

Sister: Sally Bunce of Arizona

Brothers:
Gilbert Rains of Aiken
Rex Rains of Waterman

Special Family: Wayne Houghton

Preceded by
Parents: Elmo Rains and Annie Chandler Rains

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


Julienne Hughes, 73, of Center, passed away, Friday, November 8, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Memorial Graveside will be 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Sardis Cemetery with Bro. Jack Forbis officiating.

She was born March 21, 1940 in Liberty, Texas to James Ozroe and Evelyn (Grubbs) Hughes.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, James & Evelyn Hughes.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Allan Rivers & wife, Mary of Palestine
James Ozroe Rivers & wife, Susan of Urbana, Ohio
Jay Rivers & wife, Julie of Gladewater

7 Grandchildren

13 Great Grandchildren

3 Sisters

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Doris Alford, 77, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Cornerstone Hospital in Bossier City, Louisiana. She was born May 22, 1936 in Nacogdoches County to Tommie Ritnour and Almeda Sholar Ritnour. She was a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 11, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Johnny Lewis, Bro. Fred Alford and Bro. Sam Alford officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Michael Alford, Daniel Ryan Alford, Ron Miller Jr., Trey Addison, Colton Risinger, Ruston Miller and David Carroll.

She is survived by
Sons:
Darrell Alford and wife, Gay of Joaquin
Tommy Alford of Center

Daughters:
Joyce Miller and husband, Ronald of Joaquin
Brenda Risinger and husband, Clinton of Huxley

Grandchildren:
Kenny Michael Alford
Daniel Ryan Alford
Ron Miller Jr.
Christa Watson
Erica Addison
Jessica Addison
Trey Addison
Colton Risinger

16 Great Grandchildren

Brothers:
Melvin Ritnour of Conroe
Donald Ritnour of Dayton

Sisters:
Shirley Cockrell of Arizona
Lois Glaze of Pearland

Numerous other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Tommie Ritnour and Almeda Sholar Ritnour
Husband: Freddie Joe Alford
Daughter-in-law: Verna Alford
Brothers: Pete Ritnour, Earl Ritnour

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


11/08/2013

Madison Ramblin Niemtschk, 17, of Garrison, Texas passed away November 6, 2013 in Shreveport, LA. She was born September 3, 1996 in Nacogdoches to Bryan Niemtschk and Shawn Rambin. She was a student and of the Baptist faith.

A memorial service will be held Monday, November 18, 2013 2pm at Arlam Baptist Church with Bro. Darrell Pollard to officiate.

She is survived by:

Mother, Shawn Rambin of Garrison, Texas

Father, Bryan Niemtschk and wife Pansy of Carthage, Texas

Grandparents:
Floyd "Buddy" and Donna Rambin of Garrison, Texas
Darlene Shepherd and Sonny of Shepherd, Texas

Uncle: Floyd Rambin II and wife Tracey of Garrison, Texas

Great Grandmother: Mary Ellen Rambin of Garrison, Texas

Brother: Michael Fountain of Carthage, Texas

Sisters:
Sylvia Hodge of Gary, Texas
Kacey Hodge of Carthage, Texas
Anjelica Mattinel of Gary, Texas

Aunt: Jennifer Johnson of Crosby, Texas

Host of other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by boyfriend: Collin Williams of Carthage, Texas


11/07/2013

Rev. Robert Drew Warr Jr., 72, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. He was born January 10, 1941 in Nacogdoches to Robert Drew Warr Sr. and Addie Viola Kelley Warr. Robert grew up in Nacogdoches and graduated from Nacogdoches High School. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephen F. Austin University and later earned a Masters of Theology from Jacksonville Baptist Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas. Robert was a retired Baptist minister and pastored five churches during the years of his ministry. He most recently attended First United Methodist Church in Joaquin, where he held the title Pastor Emeritus. Robert had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved reading and he read a variety of subjects, especially Biblical history and theology. He also enjoyed painting, drawing and other artwork. He is best remembered for chalk talks, which were very inspiring.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 10, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Joaquin with Rev. Randy Smith and Rev. Dock Lazarine officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center. A visitation will be held two hours prior to service time at First United Methodist Church in Joaquin.

He is survived by
Daughter: Karen Kay Evans of Joaquin

Grandson: Steven Robert John Evans of College Station

Sister-in-law: Shirley Burnaman McKinney of Etoile

Brother-in-law: Doyle M. Burnaman and wife, Emmline of Etoile

Special Friend: Patricia Suhr of Joaquin

Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Robert Drew Warr Sr. and Addie Viola Kelley Warr
Brother: Robert Milton Warr
Sister: Cecile Jeannine Warr Smith
Wife: Glendan Marie Burnaman Warr
Son-in-law: John Lawrence Evans

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


Mrs. Lorene Sanders Adams, 99, of Timpson, Texas, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013 at her home in Shelby County, Texas. Mrs. Adams was born February 6, 1914 in the Harris Community of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana to Goode and Onie Sanders. She was one of six children. Mrs. Adams and her husband were lifelong members of the Baptist Church and lived most of their lives in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Minden, Louisiana.

Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years, Gordon E. Adams; two brothers; two sisters; and two children, James E. Adams and Mrs. Jacquelyn Shipp.

She is survived by her daughter, Jean McMullen and husband, Bill; her brother, Glen Sanders and wife, Mary of Shreveport, Louisiana; 8 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Arrangements are under the direction of Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


11/06/2013

Funeral services for Mrs. Becky Gooch Long, 48, of Henderson, will be held at 10 am on Friday, November 8, 2013 in the chapel of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home with Rev. Joseph Pemberton and Jason Zedlitz officiating. Interment will take place at 1 pm on Friday at Strong Cemetery in Huxley, under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Long passed from this life on November 5, 2013 at her residence. She was born February 1, 1965 to the late Dal Gooch and Carolyn Linton Gooch and has been a lifelong resident of Henderson. Becky was a cosmetologist and a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by: father, Dal Gooch.

Survivors include: mother, Carolyn Sellers of Henderson; children, Billy Tyler Jr. and wife Megan of Rogers, Ark., Christina Tyler of San Augustine, and Travis Long Jr. and wife Hanna of Center; sister, Kim Zedlitz and husband Mike of Tyler; step-brother, Dean Gooch of Henderson; grandchildren, Libe and Travis Tyler; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Pallbearers will be Johnathan Zedlitz, Jason Zedlitz, A.J. Marcil, Johnny Clinton, Dwanye Miley, and D.J. Ihlenfeldt. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Zedlitz, Travis Long Sr., Kevin Clinton, Dean Gooch, and Danny Ihlenfeldt.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawfordacrim.com.


11/05/2013

Funeral services for Mr. Carlos Garcia, 55, of Timpson, TX, will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013, at 3:00 PM at St. Mary of the Epiphany Catholic Mission in Timpson with Father Jose Luis officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation will be held at the family residence.

Laird Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, is in charge of arrangements.


11/04/2013

Mrs. Elsie Vonciel Ward, age 86, of Nacogdoches, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

She was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Shelby County, Texas, to parents Robert and Lillie Lee Ward.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.B. Ward; sons, Raymond and Melvin Ward; daughter-in-law, Glenda Ward; granddaughter, Dana; two brothers; and one sister.

She is survived by her sons, Nathan Ward and wife, Connie, of Tyler, Bill Ward and wife, Frances Ward-Rogers, of Nacogdoches, Dwayne Ward and wife, Sandy, of Wilson, N.C., Randy Ward and wife, Kimberly, of Nacogdoches, Gary Ward and wife, Charlene, of Diboll; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, LaVerne Ward of Diboll, Faye Jones and husband, Dean, of Lufkin; many beloved family members and friends.

Elsie was devoted to her family and church family. She was active in the VFW and DAV of Nacogdoches, Texas. She loved cooking and was well known for her tea cakes, cakes, and biscuits that were enjoyed by many in the community.

Services for Elsie Ward will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches, with the Rev. Jubal Cannon of Greater Faith Tabernacle and the Rev. Gary Ward officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Family and friends are invited to visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

Pallbearers are grandsons Kevin Ward, Tim Ward, Darren Ward, Randall Ward, Justin Ward, and Brandon Ward.

Online condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches.


Funeral service for Lynda Kay Hughes Post, 68, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, November 7, 2013, at Good Hope Baptist Church, Timpson, with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating. Interment will follow in Blair Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson. Mrs. Post passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013, in Nacogdoches, TX.

Born September 30, 1945, in Nacogdoches, TX, Lynda Kay Hughes Post was the daughter of the late William Otis “Slim” Hughes and Mary Evelyn Powell Hughes Bradshaw. Lynda was a graduate of Longview High School and had worked as a sales manager for Alfred Conhagen in LaMarque, TX. She returned to family roots in Timpson where she built a home on her grandparents’ property. She was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church, Timpson.

Lynda was blessed with an artistic, creative talent. This talent allowed her to gift family and friends with beautiful paintings and jewelry. She was a true “rock hound” and spent many happy hours hunting for and collecting rocks. Lynda’s wanderlust was fulfilled as she and husband Ron not only traveled in the U.S. but also lived in South America and Europe. She was able to visit many countries while in Europe, enjoying the art and beautiful country. Her love of flowers was continued at her home in Timpson with beautiful vines surrounding her porch.

Lynda’s time spent with family and friends brought her the most happiness, especially the time spent with her grandchildren. Whether at her home, at the lake, or on the river, her grandkids had a great time with Grandmere. Her dogs Mister and Max also brought her much comfort during the last few months.

Survivors include husband Ronald G. Post of Timpson; children: William Todd Pitman of Palestine, Robin Lynn Cantrell and husband Doye of Timpson, Jill Suzanne Serralde and husband Armando of Palestine, and Jesse and Misty Post of Scottdale, PA; grandchildren: Alfred Layne Cantrell, Whitley Elizabeth Cantrell, Jasmine Nicole Serralde, Armando Manuel Serralde II, and Kylie Post; brother Joe Hughes and wife Nell of Timpson; uncle Pate Hughes and wife Shirley of Pasadena, TX; aunt Betty Carter of Cleveland, TX, and the Brat Pack: Anne, Cyndi, Janis, and Susan.

In addition to her parents, Lynda Hughes Post was preceded in death by grandparents L. A. and Maudie Hughes, stepfather Ancell Bradshaw, daughter Angela Pitman, and nephew Robert William Hughes.

To convey condolences on line, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


11/01/2013

Wanda Smithhart, 75, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, November 1, 2013 in San Augustine. She was born February 8, 1938 to John T. Harvey and Myrtle Watson Harvey. She was a member of Jackson Baptist Church in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

She is survived by
Sons:
James Patrick Smithhart of Joaquin
Michael Smithhart and wife, April of Joaquin

Daughter: Renee Blackwell of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Denise Blackwell
April, Michael and Brent Bridges
Kenneth Earl Blackwell, Jr.
Ty Smithhart
Michael Douglas Smithhart, Jr.
Benjamin Smithhart
Allison Smithhart

6 Great Grandchildren

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: John T. Harvey and Myrtle Watson Harvey
Sons: Joseph Smithhart and Mark Smithhart

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

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10/31/2013

Graveside Services for Vivian Jane Weems of Tyler will be held on Saturday, November 2nd 2013 at noon in Timpson, Texas at Woodlawn Cemetery, with arrangements to be provided by Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson.

Ms. Weems waited to pass Saturday, October 26th until surrounded by her two sons and lifelong friends Don & Patsy Hays; only days after celebrating her 67th Birthday.

Born October 22nd 1946 in Timpson to James William Burrows and Vivian Margaret Ramsey Burrows, her roots, grown in the rich history that is East Texas; her Grandparents William Marvin and Susie Jane Ramsey were early Shelby County pioneers, and her paternal Grandparents Elmer and Genie Burrows were both natives of Garrison in Nacogdoches County.

A beautiful soul who overcame many obstacles, she attended school in Timpson and Houston before the family ultimately pronounced Henderson to be its new home. Living there for many years she graduated with the Class of ’64, where she developed many friendships that survived the test of time.

Her career began at Fitchene Manufacturing in Henderson and included time with Rusk-Cherokee Community Action Program before moving to Houston where she ultimately retired from Bank One in the mid 90’s. It is also during this time that she met one of her dearest friends; Marsha Haas.

Throughout her life she always managed to stay busy. With hobbies and interests which included everything from sewing and quilting, cooking, scrapbooking, reading, and even power tools (As evidenced by the assortment of saws and drills). She was a sponge that always wanted to do or learn new things! Since moving to Tyler she also became involved with the local American Legion Post 12 Ladies Auxiliary and she always looked forward to any outing across the border to Bossier City. Especially if it were to include her great friends; Patricia Murr, Wanda Barber, or Pam Cox Coward.

With all of the above in mind, her true passions in life were her family and friends; and not unlike every other female of her generation, she most certainly was always in love with Elvis Presley.

She was preceded in death by her Parents and Grandparents, older brother Jimmy Burrows, her larger than life Uncle Tim and Aunt Jane McPherson, and Cousins Karen McPherson Cook and Jeff McPherson whom she always loved.

She is survived by her sons; Scott Weems of Tyler and James Weems of Atlanta, Ga., her baby brother Marvin and his wife Star Burrows of Farmers Branch, Sue Burrows of Carrollton. Other family members that held her heart for all of her days included: cousins - Gay and Brian McPherson, Billy Wade Burrows, Lynne Hughes, Kathy Hunter, Denise Hunter Barnes, nephews - Brad Burrows, Danny Weems, Brad Weems and Blake Weems, nieces -Brenda Patterson and Alexis Hull. Debbie and Elton Weems and especially our God Parents, Don and Patsy Hays! And most assuredly she loved her fur Babies which dotted the different times of her life. Just to name a few would include the current clan of Tippi, Jenna and Lizzie. Her heart was huge and she felt the love from and for more people than we can possibly think to acknowledge. Please know that she is looking over you all with an open heart.

We will always Love this Amazing and Beautiful woman with our whole hearts!

In her memory and in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Ladies Auxiliary of Post 12’s American Legion in Tyler or the Humane Society of East Texas.


Mrs. Tracy Chumbley (51), died at her residence Monday, October 28, 2013. Funeral services will be Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 1:00pm at Mt. Gillion Baptist Church in Center, Texas. Rev R.L. Cotton officiating.

Mrs. Chumbley is survived by:

Husband: Claudie Chumbley of Center, Texas

Sons: (6) Damien Davis of Nacogdoches, Texas
Nicholos Davis of Center, Texas
James Dodd Jr. of Nacogdoches, Texas
Howard Dodd of Timpson, Texas
Maurice Dodd of Center, Texas
Christina Dodd of Timpson, Texas

Daughter: Evyone Dodd of Center, Texas
Brother: Stacy Johnson of Nacogdoches, Texas
23 grandchildren

Wake will be Friday, November 1, 2013 at Hicks Chapel from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Burial will be at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas
Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary in Center, Texas


10/30/2013

Lawrence Eugene Kunze, 85 of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. A Memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, Center, Texas, at 2pm November 3, 2014 in fellowship hall.

A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Rev. Terry Goodnight, pastor of Lone Star Baptist Church, Center, Texas, officiating.

Lawrence was born on January 5, 1928 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to Fred and Fannie (Collier) Kunze. He grew up in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma and attended school in Broxton, Oklahoma, graduating from Broxton High School in 1946. He married Ladean Gee on November 1, 1947 in Binger, Oklahoma and they lived on a farm in the Broxton Community. He worked in the oil fields in Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah before returning to Oklahoma, living in Apache. He worked for Dolese Bro. and his family served the Indian Mission in Apache. In 1965, the family moved to Lawton and he owned and operated Lawrence Painting for several years. He and his wife, later moved to Texarkana where Lawrence worked in construction at a local hospital. They moved to Benton, Louisiana. He was a member of the Red River Baptist Church of Benton where he was ordained a deacon in the early 1990’s. They moved to Tenaha, Texas in 1999 and served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Center, Texas where he was also a member. He enjoyed reading and working puzzles. He was a member of the Gideons International.

He is survived by his wife, of 65 years, Ladean, of the home; two daughters and sons in law, Jane and Rick Thompson, of Tenaha, Texas and Judy and Lloyd Wiggins, of Marlow, Oklahoma; his brother and sister in law, Warren and Jewell Kunze, of Cyril, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Danny and Joeann Wiggins, Terry and Shanna Goodnight, David and Angela Wiggins, Michael Goodnight, Joshua and Mandy Goodnight, Traci and Chris Fread, Angie and James Rhodes; 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a baby sister, and three brothers, Orville Kunze, Dwight Kunze, and Harold Kunze.

Memorial contributions may be made to WWW.Gideons.Org or mail contributions to Duncan Gideons at P.O. Box 846, Duncan, Oklahoma 73534.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.


10/29/2013

Verna Payne Alford, 74, of Center, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at her residence. She was born January 6, 1939 in Jasper to Daniel Payne and Dessie Kincel Payne. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 1, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Wayne Alford officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

She is survived by
Husband: Tommy Alford of Center

Sons:
Don Allen Barclay and wife, Melissa of Pineland
Rodney Barclay and wife, Joyce of Crockett

Grandchildren:
Jonathan Seth Barclay and wife, Melanie of Nacogdoches
Lauren Emily Barclay Hanzel and husband, Justin of Hemphill
Ty Hanzel
Jennifer Amy Mullins of Dallas
Britney Lynn Mullins

Half Brothers & Sisters:
Ray Couey and wife, Becky of Newton
Gene Couey and wife, Lavinia of Woodville
Christine Whitney and husband, Kenneth of Burkeville
Marie Lawson of Newton

Mother-in-law: Doris Alford of Joaquin

Brother-in-law: Darrell Alford and wife, Gay of Joaquin

Sisters-in-law:
Joyce Miller and husband, Ronald of Joaquin
Brenda Risinger and husband, Clinton of Huxley

Numerous nieces and nephews

Very Special Friends:
“Chris” Hunt
Margie Ruddell

Preceded in death by
Parents: Daniel Payne and Dessie Kincel Payne Couey
Brother: Leon Payne
Sister: Avil Hopson
Great Grandson: Brandon Mullins

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


10/28/2013

Shirley Ann Smith Brazil, 72, of Center, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013 at San Augustine Memorial Hospital in San Augustine. She was born November 18, 1940 in Palestine to Homer Marshall Smith and Daisy Nell Shinn Smith. She was of the Baptist faith.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating. Interment will be held at Houston National Cemetery.

She is survived by
Sister: Barbara Reynolds and husband, Jimmy of Center

Brother: Marshall W. Smith of Center

Nephew: Gregory Smith of Dallas

Nieces:
Dmitri Cottingham and husband, Kelly of Houston
LeaAnn Phillips and husband, Stephen of Nacogdoches
Michelle Bradberry of Dallas
Marsha

Numerous great and great great nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Husband: Alfred “Tex” Hughes
Husband: Roy Daniel “Dan” Brazil
Parents: Homer Marshall Smith and Daisy Nell Shinn Smith
Brother: Homer Dewayne “Dennie” Smith

A special thanks to Pine Grove Nursing Home for assistance and healthcare provided to Shirley.

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


Cecil Pearl Wall, age 72, longtime resident of San Augustine, passed from this life late Thursday, October 24, 2013, in San Augustine County.

Cecil was born to Ada Bell White and Willie Lee White on March 13, 1941, in Shelby County, Texas. She was employed as a Nurse Aid. She was a homemaker, she loved being a homebody, she loved the outdoors, and family was the most important part of her life, and she was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2013, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with Bro. Leo Wright, and Bro. Ted Jacks officiating. Interment will follow in the Old Salem Cemetery in Shelby County, Texas. Visitation will be Saturday evening, October 26, 2013 from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas.

Those who are survived by her include, Her husband of 57 years, John Thomas Wall of San Augustine; Her children, Cherry and Clay Mathis of San Augustine; Willie and Susan Wall of San Augustine of San Augustine; Connie Thornton and Jose Javier of San Augustine; Charles (Hoss) and Linda Thornton of San Augustine; Her grandchildren, April and Randy Wilson; Leslie and Travis Jordan; John and Gerri Mathis; Cayla and Mauricio Lara; Wesley Wall and Bradley (Tater) Wall; Great-grandchildren, Madison Burrow; Olivia Lara; J.T. Wilson; Jacob Jordan (Cole); Mathew Lara and Wyatt Mathis; Sister, Patsy Ruth (White) Coulter; Brothers, Richard Earl and Florien Wall; Charles Donald (Don) and Lorene (Parker) Wall and Sister-in-law, Shirley Wall.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ada Bell White and Willie Lee White; Mother-in-law and father-in-law, Claxton and Jeffie Wall; granddaughter, Cesaley Thornton.

Pallbearers will include, Larry Baker, Tom Thornton, Larry Kinney, Brent Ellis, Cory Thornton, Jason Cartwright, Julian Lara and Geoff Reeder; Honorary Pallbearers will include, Paul Booth, Terry Ellis, Joe Fitts, Ted Frazier, Wardlow Oliver, Bill Warner, Fayne Warner, and Royce Wall.

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.timeformemory.com/wymanroberts


10/27/2013

Erma Thomson Scull, 65, of Tenaha, passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 at her residence. She was born November 22, 1947 to D. P. Thomson and JoAnn Smith Thomson. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Tenaha.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 27, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Russ Atwood officiating. Interment will follow at Scull Family Cemetery in Tenaha. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

Pallbearers will be Mark Hixson, Ben Dial, Keith Martin, Scott Moore, Frank Kilpatrick and Jeff Weesner. Honorary pallbearers will be Bo Morris, Chuck Roberson and Kendall McDonald.

She is survived by
Husband of 47 years: John Dale Scull of Tenaha

Sons:
John Drue Scull and wife, Suzanne of Tenaha
Terry Stephen Scull and wife, Alison of Center

Daughter: Dee Ann Starr and husband, Greg of Texarkana

Grandchildren:
Charles Drue Scull
Alayna Grace Scull
Molly Leann Scull
Christopher Daniel Starr
Jessica Abigail Starr
Katie Nicole Starr
Caroline Clay Scull
Sarah Estelle Scull
Laura Anne Scull

Brothers:
S.L. Norris and wife, Leann of Peoria, Arizona
Jack S. Norris, Jr. and wife, Linda of Kennedale

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Father: D.P. Thomson and wife, Jo
Mother: JoAnn Norris

Memorial donation may be made to First Baptist Church, Tenaha.

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


Marvin McCormick, 55, of Carthage passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 at East Texas Medical Center in Carthage, Texas.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. E.J. Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Brookland Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born January 13, 1958 in Center to Marvin Frank McCormick, Sr. and Edna (Evans) McCormick.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Marvin Frank McCormick, Sr. and Edna (Evans) McCormick.

He is survived by:

Children:
Kerri Phelps & husband, Brian of Henderson
Jeff McCormick of Henderson
Kelli Romero & husband, Dana of Louisiana
Chad McCormick & wife, Lisa of Joaquin
April Ham & husband, Michael of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Scarlet & Levi McCormick
Molissa & Drew
David, Austin, Kourtney & Dalton
Xander & Rileigh
Ryder & Holden

Sister: Carolyn LaGrone & husband, Mike of Deadwood

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


10/25/2013

Ronald Hill, 64 of Center, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

He was cremated and no services are planned at this time.

He was born June 28, 1949 to Johnnie Marie Brown Harvey.

He is preceded in death his Mother, Johnnie Harvey, Grandmother, Myrtle Brown and Brother, Doug Sims.

He is survived by:

Wife: Debra Hill of Center

3 Children & 5 Step Children
Several Grandchildren

6 Brothers & Sisters:
Richard Brown of Cuero
Laura Kann & husband, Don of Cuero
Debbie Jones of Center
Mark Harvey & wife, Sandra of Center
Rodney Harvey of Arizona
Caleb Harvey & wife, Paula of Center

Sister-in-law:
Chris Sims

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Margie Ruth Box, 79, of Nacogdoches, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. She was born May 21, 1934 in Center to Alvin Cagle and Addie Clark Cagle. She was a member of Northside Church of Christ in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bob Cannon officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Steve Caudle and wife, Sherry of Nacogdoches
Terry Caudle of Carthage

Stepdaughters:
Kadie Brown and husband, Tim of Portland, Oregon
Monica Bohlman and husband, Ron of Joshua

Grandchildren:
Chris Caudle
Bobby Jones
Rachel Collins and husband, Bruce
Monique Shewmaker
Ricky Gorum
Windy June Sigler and husband, Gary
Jay Snider
Stephanie
Chad
Britnee

Great Grandchildren:
Emmet Collins
James Rogers
Samantha Rogers
David Morgan
Anthony Shewmaker
Joyslen Shewmaker
Hazel Gorum
Hannah Sigler
Trinity
Rylie
Kameron
Reagan
Riley

Mother-in-law: Katherine Whittaker of Nacogdoches

Preceded in death by
Husband: Max Box
Parents: Alvin Cagle and Addie Clark Cagle
Sister: Ann Braxton
Brother: Billy Ray Cagle

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


Jack W Andres, Sr., 84 of Logansport, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2013.

Services are pending at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Logansport, Louisiana.


Kenneth Edward Gardner (52), of Houston, Texas died October 17, 2013 at a local hospital in Houston. Kenneth services will be at Greater Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 8901 Jensen Drive, Houston, Texas. Visitation will be from 9am-11am; the services will follow at 11:00am at the Greater Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.

Local survivors are:

Uncles: Tom Gardner of Shelbyville, Texas & Lucky Gardner of Center

Aunt: Betty Sanders of Center, Texas

Burial will be at Rosewood Cemetery in Houston, Texas

Services are under the direction of Lockwood Funeral Home, Houston, Texas. Obituary announced by Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas.


Willie Frank Elliott, age 81 and a resident of Splendora, Texas since 1967, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013 at Kingwood Medical Center. He was born July 30, 1932 in Tenaha, Texas. He comes from a family of 5 girls and 7 boys. He served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and steadfast friend.

He is survived by his sons, Willie F. and Diane, Joe David; daughter, Dolly Anna Ruth; brother, Kernie and Mac; sisters, Doris, Delmar, and Kat; grandchildren, Kelli, Amanda, Willie F. III, David, Matt, Andy.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 25, 2013, 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Chapel. Interment will be at Wimberley Cemetery in Huxley, Texas.


10/24/2013

Nancy Jenkins, 79 of Center, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013 at her residence. Wake will be Friday, October 25, 2013 from 6pm until 8pm at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 1pm at Center Triumph Church with interment to follow at Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas with Bro. Larry Howard officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Gail Mitchell of Center
Deborah Jenkins of Center
Dalene Jenkins of Houston

Granddaughter, Shaletra Asley (Shun) who she raised as her own

6 Grand Children, 9 Great Grandchildren

Uncles:
Tom Gardner of Shelbyville
Lucky Gardner of Center

Aunt, Better Sanders of Center

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Funeral service for Mary Marie Simpson, 93, of Center, formerly of Mt. Enterprise, will be held at 2:00 PM , Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, with Bro. Darrel Owens and Bro. Gary Nolan officiating. Visitation will begin at 12:30 PM, Saturday, also at Taylor Funeral Home. Interment will follow in County Line Cemetery, Timpson. Mrs. Simpson passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013.

Born June 25, 1920, in the County Line Community of Panola County, Marie was the daughter of the late Jim Richard Keating and Odessa Burks Keating. Marie graduated from Timpson High School after which she married Red Simpson on December 14, 1940, and she spent her life as a loving wife and homemaker. While Red and Marie had no children, her many nieces and nephews filled the void and became like her own children. She spent many years attending all the special moments in their lives.

Survivors include brother, Leo Keating, Burleson, TX; sisters, Lillie Chadwick of Nacogdoches, TX, JoAnn Gary, of Timpson, TX, and Lanette Els, of Center; nephews, Richard Gary of Tomball, TX, Mark Gary of Spring, TX, Bradley Els of Spring, Jimmy Smith of Nacogdoches, Donald Smith of Center, Mitchell Keating, of Burleson, Jerry Keating of Alvarado, TX, Steven Keating of Alvarado and Woody Keating of Mt Enterprise, TX; nieces, Nancy Kathryn Richard of Spring, Barbara Crouch of Baytown, TX, Dayla Hill of Cypress, TX, Paula Smith of Burleson, Ruth Keating-Allen of Burleson, Susan Nolan of Garrison, Kimberly Pleasant of Nacogdoches and Linda Herrera of Albuquerque, New Mexico; as well as a host of great-nieces and nephews and good friends.

In addition to her parents, Marie Simpson was preceded in death by husband L.D. “Red” Simpson; brothers Harold Keating, Glen Keating and Douglas Keating; sister Donella Jimmerson; nephews, James Jimmerson and Clifton Keating, and niece Betty Cole.

To convey condolences online please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of the arrangements.


10/23/2013

Hunter Bradshaw, 91, of Center, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born May 24, 1922 in Center to Benjamin Bradshaw and Clemmie Williams Bradshaw. Mr. Bradshaw served in the United States Army. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church of Christ.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Van Hutches officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Hunter Dean, Jesse Wiggins, Jared Wiggins, Billy Warren, Tim Bradshaw and Larry Molloy. Honorary pallbearers will be Bro. Burke Bounds, Joe McSwain and Jackie Hilton.

He is survived by
Wife: Clara Bradshaw of Center

Daughters:
Terry Rice and husband, Loyd of Longview
Brenda Dean and husband, Bobby of Center

Grandchildren:
Tammy Bridwell of Longview
Bobby Hunter Dean of Center
Brandy Dean of Windsor, Colorado

Great Grandchildren:
Amber Bussey of Longview
Ashley Bridwell of Longview

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Parents: Benjamin Bradshaw and Clemmie Williams Bradshaw
Brothers: John Bradshaw, Marvin Bradshaw, Ira Bradshaw
Sisters: Ada Hollis, Vada Anthony

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


Tommy Jefferson, 62, of Center, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Longview Regional Medical Center in Longview. He was born December 5, 1950 in Winnfield Parrish, Louisiana to Alphia Edna Flenor Jefferson. He was a retired businessman and past owner of Auto Collision Specialists. Tommy loved spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies included bird hunting, working with hunting dogs and flying airplanes. He was of the Baptist faith.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 25, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Windham, Bro. Don Murphree and Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Jesse Wilburn, Ricky Fowler, Bruce Yarbrough, Nathan Yarbrough, Robert Stanfield, Lowman Russell and Wesley Allen Warr. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Watson, Jack Adams, Teddy Hopkins, Bobby Warr and Ali Sheikh.

He is survived by
Wife of 42 years: Becky Jefferson of Center

Son: Justin Jefferson and wife, Christina of Center

Grandchildren:
Alysen Brook Jefferson
Justin Trent Jefferson

Sisters:
Mary Ann Locke of Center
Betty Collins of Center

Mother-in-law: Dorothy Parker of Center

Brothers-in-law:
Orell Parker Jr. and wife, Juanita of Center
Tony Parker and wife, Donna of Center

Special Parents: Jimmy & Myrline Bradshaw

God sent angels: Bobby, Nancy & Wesley Warr

A number of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Quintin L. Jefferson
Mother: Alphia Edna Jefferson

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


Johnny Dewayne Bledsoe, 54, passed away October 14, 2013. He was born to the union of Cleo and Verna Bell Bledsoe on May 26, 1959 in Joaquin, Texas. Johnny married Carolyn Booker and to this union one child was born but he raised her previous two kids as his own.

Services were held Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11am at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Joaquin, Texas with Pastor Kenneth Booker officiating. Interment at Haslam Cemetery, Haslam, Texas.

Johnny is preceeded in death by his parents: Cleo and Verna Bell Bledsoe; brother, Vernon Charles Bledsoe; brother, Ray Bledsoe; and brother, Jerry Wayne Bledsoe.

He leaves to cherish his memories:

Wife, Carolyn Bledsoe

Children:
Latonya Duncan (Cory)
Madrid Johnson (Tyria)
Johnny MarChello Bledsoe (Tori)

Brothers and Sisters:
Shirley Bledsoe of Joaquin
Douglas Bledsoe of Joaquin
Betty Bledsoe of Joaquin
Glenda Bledsoe of Joaquin
Kurt Bledsoe of Joaquin

Sister-in-laws:
Audrey Hamson of Mansfield
Arvadia Washington (Kenneth) of Shreveport, LA
Artavia Goodwin (Wayne) of Benson, LA

Brother-in-laws:
Namon Booker of Mansfield
William Booker of Mansfield
Donnie Booker of Houston

Aunts:
Dora House of Joaquin
Ester Norris of Joaquin
Ruby Allen of Houston
Betty Taylor of Houston

Uncle, John Henry Bledsoe of Joaquin

Eight grandkids and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home.


10/22/2013

Justan Holman Johnson was born on October 8, 1989 to the parents of Jerome Johnson and Kim Holman at the Shelby Regional Hospital in Center, Texas. He gave his life to Christ at an early age. His life ended on October 15, 2013 in Beaumont, Texas at the Baptist Hospital. He left this earth surrounded by family. He graduated from Center High School with the Class of 2008. Justan also attended Tyler Junior College and Williams Montoya Job Corps University, Guthrie, Oklahoma where he received several degrees.

Services were held Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 1pm at Triumph Kingdom of God, Center, Texas with Apostle Ke'Vric Wiggins officiating. Interment was at Thompson Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas.

Justan leaves behind a great family that includes:

His father, Jerome Johnson of Hot Springs, Arkansas

His mother, Kimberly Bobb and stepfather Jessie Bobb

Son, Colton Holman

Brothers:
Trevarius Johnson
Terence Jerome Johnson
Jaettlyn Johnson
Jercorion Johnson

Mother Figure, Kasaundra Thrower

Grandparents:
Charles and Era Johnson of Center, Texas
Junaita and Rodgers Segura of Beaumont, Texas

Great grandmother, Pauline Johnson

Aunts and Uncles:
Lyndia Osby and husband Cedric of Center, Texas
Charles Johnson and wife Hope of San Augustine, Texas
Christopher Johnson of Nacogdoches, Texas
Shaquita Holman of Houston, Texas
Candace Holman of Houston, Texas

Host of cousins, friends, and special friends.

Proceeded in death by great grandmother, Dorothy Mae Garrett.

Pallbearers: Michael Cloudy, Brian Gillaspie, Carlos Garrett, Eddie Edwards, Ahmad Chumbley, Jacorey Johnson, Anthony Bell, Trenton Patton and Tristan Patton.

Honorary Pallbearers: Charles Johnson, Jr, Christopher Johnson, Terence Jerome Johnson, Jaehlyn Johnson, Delandrick Standley, Colton Holman, Trevarius Johnson, Jercorion Johnson, Gregory Standley, and Curtron Thedford.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Johnnie Yarbrough Brown, 58, passed away October 16, 2013. A celebration of life was held Monday, October 21, 2013, at 11am at First Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas with Bishop W.C. Martin officiating and Apostle William Nash reading the Eulogy. Interment was at Antioch Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

She was born on March 3, 1955 in Shreveport, LA to the late Mr. Emmitt Ray and Mrs. Johnnie Dean Yarbrough. She attended and graduated school at Timpson Colored High School, Timpson, Texas. She went on to pursue an Associate Degree in Cosmetology from Panola Junior College. She worked for herself for a number of years. She went on to work for Nabisco until she retired.

She was preceded in death by her Father and Mother, Emmitt Ray and Johnnie Dean Yarbrough, and her grandmother, Clara Macon.

She leaves to cherish her memories:

Her husband, Fred Brown

Sons and Daughters-in-law:
Fredarian and DeShonda Yarbrough
Fredoneus and Beverly Sterns Yarbrough
Fredrick and Scottie Yarbrough

Daughters:
Vickie and Tony Yarbrough
Tiayanna Brown
Keoisha Brown

Sons:
Terrance Brown
Tevin Brown

Brothers:
Tony Yarbrough
Emmitt W. Yarbrough
Kenneth S. Yarbrough

Sisters:
Lucy (Allen) Gossett
Angie Alexander
Linda (Earl) Randel
Connie Yarbrough
Peggy Greer Walker

A very special friend, Lois (Dot) Taylor.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


10/21/2013

Phillip Durham, 87, of Center, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013 at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born May 26, 1926 in Alto to Timothy Durham and Emme Redd Durham. Mr. Durham served in the United States Army and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts. He was of the Assembly of God faith.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Vic Bass officiating. A military honors service will follow under the direction of VFW Post #8904. A visitation will be held an hour prior to service time at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

He is survived by
Daughter: Sue Walker of Joaquin

Granddaughters:
Debra Warlick husband, Chris of Pendergrass, Georgia
Stacey Reid and husband, Brice of Los Angeles, California

Sisters:
Zelda Saxton
Bonnie Hill

Brother: John Durham

Sister-in-law: Evelyn Durham

Great Grandchildren:
Tatum Warlick
Will Warlick
Briggs Warlick

Special Friends:
Geneva Redd
Rachel Addison

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Son: Larry Wayne Durham
Granddaughter: Karen Fulmer
Parents: Timothy Durham and Emme Redd Durham
Son-in-law: Mark Walker
Sister: Mariam Greenville
Brothers: Tim Durham, Wade Durham

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


10/18/2013

Douglas Allen Bridwell Jr., 73, of Center, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. He was born December 12, 1939 in Timpson to Douglas Allen Bridwell and Irene Oliver Bridwell.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 20, 2013 Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Michael Hale officiating.

He is survived by
Son: Jeff Bridwell and wife, Cindy of Center

Daughter: Pam Alford and husband, Noble of Center

Special Friend: Joan Andrews of Center

Granddaughters:
Michelle Bridwell and fiancé, Luc Allen
Cherry Bennett and husband, Brandon

Grandson: Justin Bridwell

Great Grandchildren:
Dustin & Autumn Bennett

Preceded in death by
Parents: Douglas Allen Bridwell and Irene Oliver Bailey

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


10/17/2013

Mrs. Della Roberts (88) of Center, Texas, died October 15, 2013 at Green Acres Nursing Center in Center, Texas. A Memorial Service will be Saturday, October 19, 2013, 11:00am at Hicks Chapel. Rev. Valencia Edner will offer encouraging words.

Mrs. Roberts was a long time nurse at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, Memorial Hospital in Center, and Holiday Nursing Center in Center, Texas.

Mrs. Roberts' is survived by:

Daughter, Frankie (Jimmy) Arnold of Center, Texas
Son, Allan "Lanny" (Amanda) Bonaparte of Missouri City, Texas

Grandchildren: Marketta (David) Edmond, Jeffery Arnold, Syretta (Walter) Barnes, Talsa Kindle, Christopher Bonaparte, and Sonia (Valton) Harris

Great Grandchildren: Markeiisha (Marco) Alonzo, Bandon (Teresa) Brinson, Kristi Arnold, Isaac (Chelsea) Trotty, Clineecia Trotty, Jakhiry (Jeniece) Buckley, Jalacia Jenkins, Jaylon McCollister, and JaSaud Andrews

Great-Great Grandchildren: JaKeridyn Simon, Jacilyn Trotty, and Jamya Trotty

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary.


10/16/2013

Graveside service for Hardy Lee Bearden, 72, of Nacogdoches, TX, formerly of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 21, 2013, at Blair Cemetery, Timpson, with Bro. Elmer Mathews officiating. Mr. Bearden passed away October 16, 2013, in Nacogdoches.

Born September 3, 1941, in Conroe, TX, Hardy Bearden was the son of the late Benjamin Hardy Bearden and Winnie Fonville Bearden. He was a 1959 graduate of Timpson High School and also graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University. Hardy was a Wal-Mart Store Manager while living in Portland, Oregon, and also worked in the wholesale distribution of optical products serving customers in the southeastern U.S. He attended Good Hope Baptist Church when he returned to his hometown of Timpson.

Survivors include his wife Shirley Bearden of Boken Arrow, OK; son Mark Lee Bearden and wife Tammy of Katy, TX; daughters Brenda Pagel of Conroe, TX, and Debra Shelton of Spring, TX; 3 grandchildren: Katy and Connor Pagel and Savannah Bearden; brother-in-law Charles Fletcher of Nacogdoches; nieces Jennifer Shafer of Nacogdoches and Rebecca Fletcher of Clearwater, FL; and cousin David Shepherd of Fairfax, VA.

In addition to his parents, Hardy was preceded in death by his brother Benjamin K. Bearden and sister Martha Fletcher.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


10/15/2013

Debbie Marie Stevenson, 58, of Center, entered into eternal rest Tuesday morning, October 15, 2013 at her residence. She was born April 4, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Floyd Schell and Jean Blumrick Schell. Debbie was the much beloved wife of Neal Stevenson of Center; loving mother to her sons, Eric Wayne Stevenson of Center and Joseph Toner of Houston and her daughter, Belinda (Nathan) Lazarine of Houston. She was the grandmother of Nick and Rileigh Toner of Houston.

Debbie was an employee of Shelby Savings Bank for many years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Center, where she was in the hand bells ensemble and on various committees. Debbie also enjoyed participating in the Shelby County Relay for Life.

She was much loved by family and friends and will be deeply missed. The family would like to acknowledge special thanks to the employees of Shelby Savings Bank, Duecker Rubber Service and Debbie’s dear friend, Susan Giroir of Houston, who provided much love and support during this difficult time.

Debbie is survived by her father, Floyd (Truusje) Schell; step-father, Paul Blumrick; sister, Donna (Rick) Morgan; brother, Steve Schell; brother-in-law, Gary (Temple) Stevenson; step-brother, Paul Blumrick Jr.; step-sister, Renae Poteet; nieces and nephews, Shawn Thomas, Samuel and Sarah Stevenson, Amy Workman, Melissa Morgan, Kelly Diedrich and Samantha Morgan.

Debbie was preceded in death by mother, Jean Blumrick and sister, Diana Thomas.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Center with Rev. Joel McMahon officiating.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718.

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


Katie B. Cole, 89, of Pasadena, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Holiday Nursing Home in Center.  She was born March 16, 1924 in Timpson to William Thomas Baker and Arie Richards Baker.  She was of the Methodist Faith.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 18, 2013 at Shady Grove Cemetery in Timpson with Bro. Rick Anderson officiating.

She is survived by
Son: Ronnie Cole and wife, Frances of Pasadena

Granddaughter: Jennifer Cole of Pasadena

Great Grandchildren:
Lucas
Taryn

Nephews:
Phillip H. Baker and wife, Janell of Timpson
Tommy Moore and wife, Jane

Preceded in death by
Husband: H.M. Cole Jr.
Parents: William Thomas Baker and Arie Richards Baker
Sisters: Erel Baker Laake, Uradee Baker Dockrell, Thelma Baker Moore, Yvonne Baker
Brother: Walter Thomas “Jack” Baker

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


10/14/2013

Donald Gene Bates, 71 of Wharton, Texas, formerly of Tenaha, entered into eternal rest on October 8, 2013. He was born February 7, 1942 in Tenaha, Texas to Oliver and Mattie Lou Bates. He passed away two hours before his beloved wife Lynn Bates who was by his side until the end. Theirs was a true love story.

Don is preceded in death by his parents and brother George Bates.

Don grew up in Tenaha in a loving family. Don was an outstanding high school athlete excelling in football, basketball, and track. Don graduated from Tenaha in 1960. Don received a football scholarship from Sam Houston State University and majored in physical education. Don played tight end and played on Sam Houston’s 1964 NAIA National Championship football team. Don received his undergraduate degree and followed with a Masters in Kinesiology. Don married his college sweetheart, twirler / dancer Lynn Rodgers on August 20, 1966. His football coaching jobs took them to Hitchcock, Lumberton, Brownsville, and Wharton ISD’s, as well as to Sam Houston State University, Ranger Junior College, and Wharton County Junior College. Don also worked in the construction industry selling specialty building materials. He worked for Hungerford Brick Company for a few years and the last 26 years with R. M. Rodgers, Inc. (Houston). Don set an example of physical fitness as he ran the Houston, San Francisco, and Boston Marathons. He ran, worked out and rode bicycles for decades. He also won a state doubles horseshoe-throwing tournament. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and deer hunting. He loved his time and friends at the deer lease. His legacy is that of teacher, coach, and friend. Whether in sports, business or life he enjoyed helping others. Being a mentor and role model was his gift. Don’s sense of humor made him endearing to all who were around him. He will be missed.

Don Bates is survived by his sister Sara Stupic (Cleveland, Ohio) and niece Judy Schnelle and husband Jerry (Springtown, Texas) and their son Justin his wife Patricia and children Ally, Hannah, and Ian and daughter Jana Lynn Whitsitt her husband Justin and children Tyler, Andrew, Stephanie, and Andi Lynn and nephew Michael Bates (Corpus Christi) and children Sean and Matthew.

A Memorial Service for both Don and Lynn will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm at the Wharton High School Auditorium, 1 Tiger Avenue, Wharton, Texas 77488. Reception will follow at the Holy Family Life Center, 2009 Briar Lane, Wharton, Texas 77488.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation at www.lymphoma.org. A memorial website has been established at ilasting.com where testimonials may be entered and links to the charitable foundation may be found.


10/11/2013

Bob Shelton Cook, 73, of Center, passed away Friday, October 11, 2013 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center. He was born October 25, 1939 in Shelby County to Jeff Davis Cook and Lois Shelton Cook. Mr. Cook served in the United States Army.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

He is survived by
Daughter: Lisa Miller and husband, Richard of Center

Sons:
Mike Cook of Lufkin
Thomas Beard of Mt. Enterprise

Grandchildren:
Bradley Cook
Colby Miller
Jerimy Cook
Matthew Cook
Lindsey Cook

A number of great grandchildren

Sister: Brooksie Bearden of Timpson

Preceded in death by
Parents: Jeff Davis Cook and Lois Shelton Cook
Brother: Charles Cook
Sister: Delores Ballard

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


10/09/2013

Mr. Richard Husband, age 87, longtime resident of San Augustine County, passed from this life Wednesday morning, October 9, 2013, in San Augustine.

Richard was born to Hollie (Pinkston) Husband and James A. "Gus" Husband on November 21, 1925, in San Augustine County, Texas. He was employed as a Cement Finisher working in Construction. He was a good Christian, where he loved God, his church, and he loved his family. He was a disciplinarian and taught his children to respect the Biblical precepts. He loved the outdoors, he enjoyed hunting and gardening. He loved to working construction making cement blocks tables with antique glass on top. He was a self taught harmonica player and loved to sing Christian music. He was a member of the Gloryland Pentecostal Church in San Augustine County, Texas.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013, in the Wyman Robert Memorial Chapel, with Bro. Jerry Kirby officiating. Interment will follow in the Upper Chireno Cemetery in Chireno. Visitation will be Thursday evening, October 10, 2013, from the hours of 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wyman Robert Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine County, Texas.

His survivors include, Son, Charles Richard Husband of San Augustine; Daughters, Lynda Faye (Husband) Holt and her husband, Robert of Nacogdoches; Rose Ann (Husband) Smith and her, husband Berl of San Augustine; 13 Grandchildren; 12 Great-Great Grandchildren, and 5 great-great-great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her Sisters-in-law, Ruth Hensarling of Dayton; and Alma Berwick of Beaumont.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Hollie (Pinkston) Husband and James A. "Roe" Husband; his wife, Dorsett Faye (Wyatt) Husband of 44 years, in 1989; Son, Doyle Husband; Brothers, Herman, Neil, James (Roe) Husband; and a Sister, Viola Wall.

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.timeformemory.com/wymanroberts.


10/08/2013

George “Johnny” Dollar, 72, of the Woodland Shores Community, Joaquin, Texas, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Windham officiating. Burial will follow at North Jericho Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born March 27, 1941 in Glenwood, Arkansas to Leroy and Lettie Dollar.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Leroy & Lettie Dollar, Wife, Linda Dollar & Daughter, Elizabeth Jo Dollar.

He is survived by:
Daughters:
Rhonda Coody & husband, Doug of Joaquin
LaDonna Smith & husband, Robert of the McClelland Community
Grandchildren:
Rhiana Smith
Lacey Cartwright & husband, Ben
Thomas Parry & Demi
Joe Lee Dollar
Great Grandchildren:
Gavin, Trevin & Devin Cartwright
Kalynda Smith
Lucy Diamond Parry
Numerous Other Family & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


10/06/2013

Hazel Gerturde Perkins, 92 of Tenaha, formerly of Garrison, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2013 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born September 16, 1921 in Harrison County to Clearance C. Copeland and Maude (Maples) Copeland.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 12:30pm until 2 pm before service at Garrison Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Officiating will be Bro. Douglas McDonald. Interment will be at Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Willard Perkins and wife, Cathy, of Friendswood, TX
Jerry Perkins of Tenaha, TX

Grandchildren: Barry Perkins, Kevin Perkins, James Perkins, Shawana Brittan and Shelly McQueen

15 Great Grandchildren

8 Great Great Grandchildren

Host of other relatives and friends

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


10/05/2013

Judy Wallace, 69, of San Augustine, passed away Friday, October 4, 2013 at Twin Lakes Care Center in San Augustine, Texas.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in San Augustine with Father James Rowland officiating. Burial will follow at Saint Augustine Cemetery in San Augustine. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born September 26, 1944 in Bay City to John and Elsie (Sosolik) Machacek. She was a member of the St. Augustine Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, John & Elsie Machacek, Husband, Charles Wallace and Brother, Bill Machacek.

She is survived by:

2 Sons:
Brian Wallace & wife, Tina of San Augustine
John “Howie” Wallace & wife, Kim of Bremond

Grandchildren:
Brandon, Sara, Ethan, Westly, Dillon & Kody

Brother: Johnny Machacek & wife, Joan of Humble

Brother: Danny Machacek & wife, Sue of Brazoria

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

A very special thank you to Twin Lakes Care Center for the love and care that they shown over the pasted 9 years.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


10/03/2013

Benjamin Morris Bowlin Jr., 80, of Gary, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. He was born February 14, 1933 in Tenaha to Benjamin Morris Bowlin, Sr. and Elsie Katheryn Godwin Bowlin. Mr. Bowlin was a member of Tenaha Masonic Lodge #737 in Tenaha, a member of the Board of Farm Bureau for over 20 years and a member First United Methodist Church in Tenaha.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Ramah Missionary Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Jimmy Bowlin officiating. A masonic graveside service will follow at Ramah Cemetery under the direction of Tenaha Masonic Lodge #737. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

Pallbearers will be Donald Monroe, Ronnie Fleming, Paul Bowlin, Rex Pittman, Billy Reeves and Steven Aucoin. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Tenaha Masonic Lodge #737.

He is survived by
Wife: Frances Ware Bowlin of Gary

Son: Bryan Bowlin and wife, Terry of Tenaha

Daughter: Beverly Bowlin Martin and husband, Keith of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Krystal Martin, Kaylan Martin, Emily Bowlin Warr and husband, Matt;
Kelly Martin, Wade Bowlin

Great Granddaughter: Lilia Martin

Sisters:
Juana McCann of Stonewall, Louisiana
Mary Ann Griffin and husband, Cody of Ville Platte, Louisiana
Yvonne Sternes and husband, Glen of Houston

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Son: Benjamin Lamar Bowlin
Parents: Benjamin Morris Bowlin Sr. and Elsie Katheryn Godwin Bowlin
Brothers: Warren Mack Bowlin, Ted Wayne Bowlin

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


10/02/2013

J.O. Norred, 69, of Center, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin after a lengthy illness. He was born December 11, 1943 in Sweetwater to Martin Norred and Alva Grace Holcomb Norred. He was the third of five children. Mr. Norred received his Bachelor’s Degree from McMurry University in Abilene and went on to receive a Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He worked toward his Doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Mr. Norred was a Past President in Rotary Clubs in Melrose, New Mexico and Clayton, New Mexico. He was a past member of the Ministerial Alliance of Clayton, New Mexico and a member of Clayton Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Norred was also a member of the Bethany World Prayer Center, where he sang in the choir and was also involved in numerous other ministries. He pastored United Methodist Churches in East Texas, West Texas and New Mexico for twenty-three years and was most recently a member of New Life Church in Center. Mr. Norred loved the Lord and had a great desire to serve Him all of his life. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 4, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Steve Noble officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

He is survived by
Wife: Laurel Norred of Center

Son: Guy Norred of Chicago

Daughter: Paula Wheeler and husband, Christopher of Shelbyville

Granddaughter: Arianna Wheeler

Brothers:
Sims Norred of Snyder
Martin Norred of McMinnville, Oregon

Sister: Karen Armadillo of Oregon

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Martin Norred and Alva Grace Holcomb Norred
Brother: N.B. Norred

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


Mildred Oliver, 72, of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at Twin Lakes Care Center in San Augustine. She was born May 3, 1941 in Shelby County to John Wesley Oliver Sr. and Elva Forsyth Oliver. She was a member of Hillcrest Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

No funeral service will be held.

She is survived by

Sisters:
Nelda Shillings Brown and husband, Eugene of Center
Ruth Gandy of Conroe
Doris Grace and husband, Robert of Onalaska

Brother: John Wesley Oliver, Jr. and wife, Fairy Jeanette of Tenaha

Sister-in-law: Margaret Oliver of Timpson

Special Nephews:
Mark Oliver
Justin Oliver

A number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: John Wesley Oliver Sr. and Elva Forsyth Oliver
Brother: Wayne Oliver

A special thanks to the staff and friends at Twin Lakes Care Center in San Augustine for your loving care.

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


10/1/2013

Howard “Buddy” Townsend, 92, of the Paxton Community, passed away Monday, September 30, 2013 at Holiday Nursing Home.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery with military honors under the direction of United States Navy Honor Guards. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born September 27, 1921 in the Paxton Community to Henry and Ethel (Fields) Townsend. He graduated from Tenaha High School. Buddy served in US Navy during WWII. He worked for Shell Oil for 20 years. He had a chicken farm, cattle, drove a school bus, worked for the forestry service and he also worked for G.D. Well Svc as a pumper after retirement. He was a member of the Paxton United Methodist Church. Alongside has wife they ran the Joaquin Senior Nutrition Center for many years. He loved to play forty two. On October 22, 2010, Buddy was inducted into the Tenaha Hall of Honor. Buddy was a die-hard Tenaha Tiger fan, in December of 2012 Holiday Nursing Home carried him to the Cowboy Stadium to watch the Tenaha Tigers play for the State Championship football game.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Henry and Ethel Townsend, Mother of his children, Juanita Townsend, Sister, Marie Adams, Brothers, Bruce Townsend, Alton Townsend, James Townsend & Stanton Townsend.

He is survived by:

Wife: Lillie Townsend of Paxton Community

Son: J.D. Townsend & wife, Janis of Plantersville

Daughter: Lu Ann Jordan & husband, Murphy of Longview

Grandchildren:
Matt Jordan & wife, Lynn
J.D. Townsend, Jr. & wife, Karen
Stephen Townsend & wife, Angie
Charlie Townsend

4 Great Grandchildren

Sister: Geraldine Jordan of Oklahoma

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Step Children:
Elizabeth & Mike McCoy of Pasadena
Nancy Thompson of Virginia
Robert Thompson of Austin
Numerous Step Grandchildren & Step Great Grandchildren

Sister-in-law: Lula Mae Hartley of Carthage

Brother-in-law: Jesse Roe & wife, Amber of Carthage

Pallbearers:
Curtis Dromgoole, Ed Dromgoole, Matt Jordan, Stephen Townsend, J.D. Townsend, Jr., & Charlie Townsend

Honorary Pallbearers: Keith Knight, Joe Fiedler, John Pilkington & Gene Hutto
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The family would like to thank Nurses, Staff & CNAs of Holiday Nursing Home especially Station 3 and Heart to Heart Hospice.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Jeffery Lynn Bowlin “Jeff” died Sunday, September 29th at his home in Dallas.

He was born in Timpson, Texas, Dec. 21, 1946 where he graduated from Timpson High School. He excelled as one of the Timpson Bears football team. He graduated from Panola Jr. College and Stephen F. Austin College. After college he served in the U. S. Air Force followed by employment in Dallas. Jeff worked in auto service for several dealerships in Dallas, ending his career working for Southwest Kia.

Preceded in death by his parents Lovell and Diamond Bowlin, he is survived by Amy Elizabeth Bowlin, his devoted wife for 31 years. He was blessed with two sons, Matthew Bryan and Christopher Joseph, of Dallas, and one daughter, Brittany Edith Bowlin of Austin. He was also survived by sisters Lovell Joyce Harvey of Baton Rouge, and Diane Tolmachoff of Silsbee, nieces & nephews: Ted Harvey, Tina Harvey Davis, Brandiane and Heather Keith, and 7 great nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Tuesday, Oct. 1 6-8 PM at Sparkman Crane Funeral Home in Dallas.

Funeral services were held at 2 PM, Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church, Timpson, TX with Reverends Justin Coburn and Dale Reed officiating. Pallbearers were: Johnny Williams, Steve Rivera, Jerome Crawford, Mike Ross, Biff Jones, John Ramos, and Ted Harvey. Burial was held at the Timpson Missionary Baptist Church cemetery. The family wishes to thank all our friends and family for their prayers and well wishes during this sad time. We especially want to thank all the ladies at Timpson Missionary Baptist church for the wonderful food they prepared for the family prior to the service.

To register online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of local arrangements

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09/30/2013

Verna Bell Bledsoe, 87 of Joaquin, passed away Friday, September 27, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. A wake will be held from 6pm until 8pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, October 2 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Joaquin, Texas. Interment will be a Haslam Cemetery, Haslam, Texas with Pastor Sherman Graham officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Shirley Bledsoe of Joaquin
Betty Bledsoe of Joaquin
Glenda Bledsoe of Joaquin

Sons:
Douglas Bledsoe of Joaquin
Johnny Bledsoe of Mansfield, LA
Kurt Bledsoe of Joaquin

Sister: Dora House of Joaquin

A host of Grand, Great Grand, and Great Great Grand Children.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Charlotte Pierce, 95 of Garrison, passed away Monday, September 30, 2013 in Hemphill, Texas. She was born March 24, 1918 to Ottis Caldwell and Della Culberson Caldwell of Garrison. Visitation will be held prior to funeral services from 12:30pm until 2:00pm Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Services will start at 2pm and interment will be a Weaver Cemetery.

She is survived by:

Daughters:
Joyce Moon of Anahuac, TX
Catherine Parker and husband, Bob, of Hardin, TX

Sons:
Buddy Pierce and wife, Earline, of Pineland, TX
Ivan Pierce and wife, Linda, of Martinsville, TX

13 Grandchildren, 30 Great Grandchildren, 6 Great Great Grandchildren

Daughter-In-Law: Mary Pierce of Lufkin, TX

Host of other relatives and friends

She is preceded in death by husband, Winfrod "Wimp" Pierce; son, Kenneth Pierce; 2 brothers; and 7 sisters.

Pallbearers are Brad Moon, Scott Moon, Cassey Pierce, Kevin Pierce, Bryan Pierce, Raymond Sanders, and Val Rich.

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


John G. Askew, 57, of Center, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2013 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born November 4, 1955 in Houston to Thomas Sims Askew and Doris Lillian Goodman Askew. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 30, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Pallbearers will be James McVeigh, Joseph McVeigh, Gary Lee, Norberto Musico, Brian Askew and Chester Flowers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis Leggett, Bill White, Bernard Metcalf, James Tyre, Johnny Haessly, Shane Fenley and Brethren of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

He is survived by
Wife: Rosa Cockrell Askew of Center

Daughters:
Amy Askew McVeigh and husband, James of Pearland
Deanna Askew Musico of Center

Sons:
John Thomas Askew and wife, Ashton of Center
Norberto Musico of Center

Special Daughters:
Tiffany Worsham Schillings of Center
Brandi Killen of Center

Special Sons:
Shane Fenley of Center
Austin Haddox of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Logan McVeigh, Joseph McVeigh, Clair McVeigh, Chloe Musico and Adrian Musico

Brother: Gary W. Lee and wife, JoAnn of Rosharon

Preceded in death by
Parents: Thomas Sims Askew and Doris Lillian Goodman Askew
Brother: Robert Hamilton
Sister: Anna Askew Wall

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


Graveside service for Mr. Joe Bill Nelson, 89, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, September 30, 2013, in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson with Orval Miller officiating. Mr. Nelson passed away Saturday, September 28, 2013, in Nacogdoches, TX.

Born February 29, 1924, in Timpson, TX, Joe Bill Nelson was the son of the late U. S. Nelson and Fannie Williamson Nelson. He was a graduate of Timpson High School and served in the U. S. Army. Mr. Nelson had worked as a salesman and was a member of First Baptist Church, Timpson.

Mr. Nelson was preceded in death by his parents U. S. and Fannie Nelson and sisters Ben Jean Nelson and Frances Fox.

To register online please visit www.taylor.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


09/28/2013

Thomas “Tom” Marshall Helms, Jr., age 64 of Center, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Services will be 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Byrd & Bro. Marion Huckaby officiating. Burial will follow at Clever Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born December 3, 1948 in Skagway, Alaska to Thomas Marshall Helms, Sr. &Pauline Bynum Helms. He worked for Center Fixture Operations for many years and he was also a school teacher. He was a member of Neuville Baptist Church where he was a deacon.

He is preceded in death by infant Sister, Sally Helms.

He is survived by:
Wife of 43 years:
Jeannene Askew Helms of Center
2 Children:
Thomas Mark Helms & wife, Jennifer of Rockwall
Lori Helms Krull of Rowlett

Grandchildren:
Jenna, Tyler & Conner Helms
Ethan Krull

Parents: Tom, Sr. & Pauline Helms of Carthage

Sisters:
Sue Shabo & husband, Rick of Cameno Island, Washington
Dawn Jacobs & husband, Ronnie of Searcy, Arkansas
Lori Walters & husband, Ed of Aubrey

Brother: George Patrick Helms of Carthage
Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Pallbearers will be Deacons & Trustees of Neuville Baptist Church:
Billy Dickinson, Lonnie Traxler, Marshall Windham, Ronnie Perry, Charles Conway, Sherl Sanders, Ronnie Hagler, James “Hopper” Waller & Benny Joe Smith
Honorary Pallbearers: Charles Hall & Charlie Smith

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Travis O'Daniel Hooper, age 82, of Huntington passed away Friday, September 27, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Shelby County. Mr. Hooper was a U.S. Army veteran and had worked as a laborer.

Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Edna and Walter Terrell of Trinity, Shirley Slaughter and Ken Hicks of Huntington, and Mary and Bill Bardwell of Lufkin; son Richard Hooper of Pollok; step-children, Carol Branton of Nacogdoches, Danny Bridges of Lufkin, and Arthur Bridges of Huntington; brother, Verlon Hooper of Center; sisters, Essie Soape and Vivian Luman, both of Aiken; 12 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carter and Vernice Hooper; and a sister, Dessie Knight.

Graveside services are set for 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at White Rock Cemetery on Hwy. 7 in Shelby County with Bro. Garrel Faulkner officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.


09/27/2013

Norma Lydia Lout, at 90, went to be with the Lord on September 26, 2013 in Baytown, TX. The cause of death was cancer.

Norma was born on December 17, 1922 in Fort Morgan, Colorado to Carl and Lydia Wessel. Norma served in the Army from November 17, 1944 through March 13, 1946. Norma had basic training Iowa. She departed the US May 20, 1945 then served in France and Belgium. Norma was honorable discharged from (TEC-5) 490 Reinforcement Co. on March 13, 1946 at Camp Philip Morrin in France. Then she remained in Antwerp, Belgium as War Department Civilian Postal Clerk. Norma met and then married Sam Lout in Antwerp, Belgium on July 16, 1946. Then they returned to the US in December 1946.

Norma resided in Center (Campti), Lufkin, and Baytown, TX. While living in Center, she attended Sardis Missionary Baptist Church. She served as the pianist, organist, and church clerk. While living in Lufkin, she became a member Harmony Hill Baptist Church.

Norma is survived by:
Daughter and son in law, Frances and Charles Carenza
Son and daughter in law, Tommy and Patti Lout
Daughter and son in law, Carolyn and Billy Eneks
Daughter and son in law, Nelda and Edwin Parker
Daughter and son in law, Tammie and John Luttrell

Grandchildren: Sandy Farr, Brad Faulk, Ashely Holcombe, Tim Lout, David Lout, Rebekah Lout, Mandy Strickland, Andy Norton, Junior Parker, Mickey Parker, and Karie Luttrell, and 22 great grand children.

Sister: Leona McClure of Palos Park, Illinois.

Preceded in death:
Parents: Carl and Lydia Wessel
Husband: Sam Laurie Lout
Sisters: Helen Wessell and Edith Seimers
Son in law - Larry Norton

A memorial service will be held for Norma Lout on October 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Grace Baptist Church in Lufkin, TX.

Norma was a very sweet Mama, grandmother "Mema", sister, and mother in law. She had many talents which are oil painting, sewing, playing piano and organ, baking, and she loved her cross word puzzles. She was a very Godly woman who prayed and read her Bible daily. She will be greatly missed.


Bob Brooks Ballard III, age 58 formerly of Center, passed away at his home in Bellaire, Texas on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

Services will be held Monday, September 30th, at 11am at New Beginning’s Room located at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.

Interment will be Tuesday October 1, 2013 at 11:30 am at Carroll Cemetery in Shelbyville Texas.

Bob is survived by his wife Gigie of Bellaire

Daughters:
Jessica Benison and husband Brooks of Logansport, La.
Celeste Boggs and husband Brian of Buchanan, Virginia.

Son: Benjamin Ballard and wife Jennifer of San Antonio, Texas.

5 grandchildren: Carlton McCoy, Dawson Benison, Ethan Benison, Valarie Ballard, and Moriah Ballard

Services will be provided by Claire Brothers Funeral Home


09/26/2013

Funeral services for Mr. Howard Ray Parks will be Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 3pm at Macedonia Baptist Church, 150 Macedonia Lane, Hemphill, Texas with Rev. H.F. Johnson, Eulogist. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery, Hemphill under the directions of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas. Visitation will begin on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 2pm until 8pm at Sid Roberts Funeral Home. He was of the baptist faith and was employed with Walmart in Nacogdoches for 20 years.

He leaves to cherish his memories:

Brothers and Sisters:
Richard and Cynthia Parks of Beaumont, TX
Ricky and Lisa Parks of Pineland, TX
David and Mary Parks of San Augustine, TX
Wilton and Wanda Parks of San Augustine, TX
Jeff Parks of Pineland, TX
Gerald and Janet Thomas of Hemphill, TX
Gary and Debra Parks of Hemphill, TX
Reggie Parks of Hemphill, TX
Angie Simmons of Hemphill, TX
Felisha Parks of Hemphill, TX
Donald Richards of San Diego, CA
Howard O'Brian and Anna Garcia of San Diego, CA
Paul and Sissy Parks of Orange, TX

Special God brother: Charles Swindle of Lufkin

A host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends


Randall Eugene Miller, 52, of Haughton, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013. He was born September 22, 1961 at Barksdale Air Force Base to Carl Henry Miller and Barbara S. Adams Miller. Mr. Miller retired from the United States Air Force after 23 years of service. Following his retirement, he worked 9 years in the Civil Service of the Air Force. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. Mr. Miller was of the Baptist faith.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. A military honors graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.

Honorary pallbearer will be Darren Vaughn.

He is survived by
Mother: Barbara S. Miller of Haughton, Louisiana

Brother: Carl Henry Miller Jr. of Austin

Sister: Sonja K. Buckman and husband, Jay of Melbourne, Florida

Nephew: David Allen Harrell of Melbourne, Florida

Special Aunt: Jan Akridge and husband, Billy of Center

Aunt: Iva Nell Miller of Center

Uncle: John Adams and wife, Mary Kay of Port Arthur

Special Cousin: Darren Vaughn of Center

Numerous cousins and other relatives

Special Pets: Lucy & Sparky

Preceded in death by
Grandparents: John & Johnnie Adams, Byron & Mae Miller
Father: Carl Henry Miller Sr.
Uncles: Darrell Vaughn, Eugene Miller, Eddie Sherrell
Aunt: Kathryn Vaughn

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


Deborah Ann Cartwright, 52 of Tenaha passed away Monday evening at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Services will be held Saturday, September 28th, at 11am at Benford Chapel Baptist Church in Tenaha, TX. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery in Tenaha, TX. Rev. Chandler Pettis will officiate.

Deborah is survived by her husband Bobby Cartwright of Tenaha.

Son: Shoneta Thomas St. and wife Christie of Tenaha

Daughter: Sherretta Thomas of Tenaha

Stepsons: Deshia and wife Veronica Jackson of Willis, TX
Darren Medlock of Shelbyville

Stepdaughter: ShiQuita and husband Dennis Arthur of Silsbee, TX

11 grandchildren

Sisters: Joy and husband Asie Goodwin of Tenaha, TX
Oudia Brock of Tenaha, TX
Rose and husband Micheal Lloyd of Houston, TX

1 Brother: Micheal and wife Laquita Watts of Tenaha, TX


09/25/2013

Funeral services for Mr. William “Bill” Wells, 81, of the Woods Community of Panola County, Texas will be 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Green and Rev. Rodney Puryear officiating. Family visitation will be two hours prior to the service from 2-4:00 p.m. Burial will follow in the Woods Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Mr. Wells died September 24, 2013 in Carthage, Texas.

Mr. William Donald “Bill” Wells was born March 15, 1932 in Cleveland, Texas. He was one of five children born to the marriage of Sherman Dudley and Faye Irene Dovall Wells. He was raised and schooled in Cleveland, graduating from Tarkington Prairie Schools and received his Bachelors from Sam Houston State University. Bill was owner and operator of Lufkin Supply retiring in 1995. He married Patricia Rue Pitts February 2, 1995 and they celebrated 18 years of marriage. Mr. Wells was a longtime member of the Harmony Hill Baptist Church in Lufkin and later the Woods New Hope Baptist Church. Bill was an equestrian enthusiast and cutting horses were his love. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Assoc., American Cutting Horse Assoc., and National Cutting Horse Assoc. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Gayle “Jim” , Sherman Kenneth and Roy Donald Wells, son, William Donald “Clint” Wells, Jr., Joe Ben Ritter and son-in-law, Donald Squier.

Mr. Wells is survived by his loving wife, Pat Wells of Woods Community, children, Amber Carole Squier of Cleveland, Harriet Ann Modisette of Granbury, Cleve Donald Wells and wife Jana of Burleson, Delinda Lee Wells of Joshua, Blake Ritter and wife Janet of Paxton, sister, Dolly Wells Dill of Cleveland, sisters-in-law, Doris Wells of Eunice, LA, Nicki Wells of Pensacola, FL, grandchildren, Eric, Shelley, Kyle, Kaci, Tyler, Jennifer, Rylee, Presley, Josh and Zack, six great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Serving as pallbearers will be, Blake Ritter, Matthew Wells, Karl Keller, Karl Keller, Jr., Kyle Modisette, and Eric Squier.
The family requests memorials to the Marian Place Education Fund or the Woods Cemetery Assoc. An online guestbook can be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com


09/24/2013

Delton Bowers Pate, 77, of Center, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013 at his residence. He was born February 19, 1936 in Linn to Delton Pate and Irene Pate. He was a graduate of Life Bible College in Los Angeles, California.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

He is survived by
Wife: Juana Pate of Center

Son: Donald Fredrick and wife, Debra of Thornton, Colorado

Grandchildren:
Noah Pate
Nathan Pate

Step Grandchild: Desiree Kelley

Cousin: Truman Hyden and wife, Opal

Preceded in death by
Parents: Delton Pate and Irene Pate
Son: David Johnathan Kelley

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Children of the Night, 14530 Sylvan Street, Van Nuys, CA 91411 or Jews For Jesus, 60 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-5895.

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


Funeral Services for Mrs. Hattie Mae Bennett Taylor, (60) formally of Center, now of Jacksonville, Texas, will be Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church at 1:00pm. Mrs. Taylor died Thursday, September 19, 2013 at East Texas Medical Center in Jacksonville, Texas. Rev. Luke Hamilton will be officiating.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by:
1 Son: Fredrick Dewayne Bennett of California
1 Daughter: Jacquelyn Roberts of Jacksonville, Texas
1 Brother: Ervin Lee Bennett of Center, Texas
4 Sisters: Lyla Ann Pennington of Grand Cane, Louisiana
Cheanette Rena (James) Lowe of Center, Texas
Francis Mae Eaden of Center, Texas
Ella Doneer Bennett of Center, Texas

Visitation will be at Hicks Chapel Friday, September 27, 2013 from the hours of 5pm-8pm.
Burial will be at West View Cemetery in Center, Texas.
Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary.


09/23/2013

George E. Gibbs, 83, of Timpson, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013 at his residence. He was born May 7, 1930 in Gary to George K. Gibbs and Lillie Esther (Taylor) Gibbs. Mr. Gibbs was of the Presbyterian faith.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. Interment will follow at Tennessee Cemetery in Timpson. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Craig Gibbs, Matthew Gibbs, Bradley Brice, Bryan Guice, Cody Bowman and Dewayne Gibbs. Honorary pallbearers will be David Need, David Milford, Burk Moreland and Saad B. Qamar.

He is survived by
Wife: Patricia Ritter Gibbs of Timpson

Sons:
Eddie Gibbs and wife, Vickie of La Porte
Earl Ray Gibbs and wife, Paulette of Houston

Daughters:
Patricia Nickolson and husband, Larry of Porter
Berry Louise Looney and partner, Carla Holt of San Antonio

Step-Daughter: Sharon Hall and husband, Jimmy of Porter

Brother: John Gibbs of Timpson

Sister: Sally Coleman of McKinney

Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren

Very special friend: Sally

Preceded in death by
Parents: George K. Gibbs and Lillie Esther (Taylor) Gibbs


Lois Annette (King) Burleson, 82 of Pineland, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013. She was born February 9, 1931. Lois graduated from Pineland High School in 1949 where she excelled in all subject but was most recognized for her skills as the point guard for the basketball team. After graduation, Lois moved to Beaumont, Texas where she met her husband and father to her children, Donald Chenier Sanders, Sr. They were married on August 3, 1949. The Sanders lived primarily in the Golden triangle area while the children grew up. They moved to Austin, Texas in the summer of 1970 where Lois took an administrative assistant potion with the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (TDMHMR) and eventually rose to be the Manager of the department of Design and Construction. It was at TDMHMR where Lois met Donald Ray Burleson a retired Airforce Major. After seven years of dating she finally agreed to married him on February 8, 1980. Lois and Ray retired from the State of Texas, taking about 15 years to travel around the United States and at least one trip abroad. They settled in the El Paso area until Spring of 2008 when they moved to Temple, Texas. Both were placed in an Alzheimer's facility in May 2012. Lois loved to cook, sew and be with family. She was an amazing mother and friend to whom her smile, laugh and sense of sassy humor will live on forever.

She is survived by:

Husband: Major Donald Ray Burleson, retired USAF

Siblings: Bobbie Jean (King) Rugg, Sister married to Richard Rugg, and James Allen King, Brother married to Billie Jean Taylor King, and Sister, Mildred Marilyn King

Children: Donald Chenier Sanders married to Gail Copps Sanders and Linda Ann (Sanders) Newsom

Grandchildren: Nathan (Nate) Allen Sanders, Dalin Aubrey Newsom, Ariel Elise Newsom, Michael Turner married to Jackie Turner, Sabrina Hosford married to Tim Hosford, Tiffany LeCombe married to Ben LeCombe, and Kenny Stepuchin

Great Grandchildren: Layla Rose LeCombe, George Hosford, Cameron Turner, Devin Turner, Dallas Turner, and Taylor Turner

Preceded in death by: James Elijah King, Father; Armanda Lee (Trower) King, Mother; Joyce King, Sister; Donald Chenier Sanders, Sr., Husband

At the request of Lois, a wake honoring her life will be held at a later time.


Don Herman Hataway,51, born and raised in Tenaha, currently of Joaquin, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 at East Texas Medical Center in Carthage after a brief illness.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Larry Lampley officiating. Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born January 4, 1962 to Donald Gene Hataway and Bobbie Ann Lampley. At the age of 17, Don started out working for his Uncle Bob Hataway driving 18 wheelers. He drove 18 wheelers for 34 years and he owned and operated Hataway Trucking with seven 18 wheelers. He was married to the love of his life Brenda for 28 ½ wonderful years. Don was a loving husband, father, papaw and an outstanding friend, he would give you the shirt off of his back for anybody in need and he never met a stranger.

He is preceded in death by his Mother, Bobbie Ann Murrell, Step-Father, Joe Murrell, Sister, Donna Jean Peace, Brother-in-law, Randall Peace, Grandmother & Grandfather, A.M. “Tobe” & Odessa Hataway, Granny Bea & Papaw Herbert Lampley, Mother-in-law, Mary Frances Bass, Father-in-law, Ray Addison and Niece, Silver Addison.

He is survived by:
Wife: Brenda Hataway of Joaquin

Son: Matt Herman Hataway & wife, Amanda of Joaquin

Daughter: April Nicole Hataway & fiancé, Ben Emerson of Joaquin

Grandson: Matthew Hataway, Jr. "Lil man" of Joaquin and one on the way.

Daddy: Donald Gene Hataway of Tenaha

Brother: Ronnie Hataway of Fort Worth

Brother-in-law: Sammy Ray Addison & wife, Bonnita of Wichita Falls

Sister-in-law & Best Friend: Sherri Ann Addison of Center

Aunts & Uncles:
Pam & John Gray of Tenaha
Larry & Ann Lampley of Center
Bob & Carol Hataway of Fort Worth
Janice & Will Kimble of Dallas

Nieces & Nephews:
Tarah Rudisill & husband, Jason of Nacogdoches
Reagan Link & husband, Kevin of Center
Hilary Peace of Center
Christy & William Allen of San Augustine
Nathan Peace of Center
Sammy Ray Addison Jr. & wife, Carrie of San Augustine

Great Nieces & Great Nephews:
Haven Nicole Allen of San Augustine
Kimberly Addison & Jessica Addison of San Augustine
Braxton Rudisill of Nacogdoches
Carson Gilbert Link of Center
Zachery Addison of San Augustine
Payton Ray Allen of San Augustine

Special Cousin:
Fannie Watson of Tenaha

Numerous Cousins & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Oleta Lawson Cockrell, 93, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 at Holiday Nursing Home in Center. She was born August 8, 1920 in the Antioch Community of Shelby County to Hobson Lawson and Lela Jones Lawson. Oleta graduated from Center High School in 1937 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin University. She was married for 52 years to Bud Truitt Cockrell, who preceded her in death. Oleta was a retired teacher, having taught in Aldine ISD and Joaquin ISD. She was a member of Joaquin First Baptist Church for over 60 years, where she served faithfully as a Sunday school teacher, church clerk and WMA leader. Oleta was known for her quilting and cooking skills, most especially her delicious cream corn.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Joaquin. Interment will follow at Joaquin Cemetery in Joaquin.

Pallbearers will be Oleta’s grandson, grandsons-in-law and great grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters and great granddaughters.

She is survived by
Daughter: Carolyn Daw of Center

Sons:
Truitt Cockrell and wife, Barbara of Cleburne
Steve Cockrell and wife, Joyce of Joaquin

5 Grandchildren:
Stephanie Doyen of Porter
Suzanne Hunt and husband, Eric of Coppell
Teresa Mathews and husband, Spencer of Kountze
Truitt Cockrell Jr. and wife, Lori of Erin, Tennessee
Katrina Yerger of Oak Island, North Carolina

8 Great Grandchildren:
Austin Cariker, Justin Cockrell, Nicholas Cockrell, Kennedi Mathews, Reagan Mathews, Kelsie Yerger, Shelbye Doyen, Jackson Hunt

Brothers:
Billy Lawson of Center
Tommy Lawson and wife, Clydie of Joaquin

Sisters:
Ruby Hughes and husband, Charles of Center
Judy Carrington of Center

Brother-in-law: Darrell Partlow

Sisters-in-law: Sally Lawson, Wynnell Lawson, Leona Lawson, Nadine Lawson, Odene Cockrell

A number of nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Husband: Bud Truitt Cockrell
Parents: Hobson Lawson and Lela Jones Lawson
Granddaughter: Angela Daw
Son-in-law: Sam Daw
Sister: Mildred Partlow
Brothers: Joel Lawson, Glenn Lawson, Hap Lawson and Forriest Lawson
Sister-in-law: Jean Lawson

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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


Marie Adkison, 86 of Trinity formerly of Center, passed away Friday, September 20, 2013 at East Texas Medical Center in Trinity.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Jacobs officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born July 23, 1927 in Shelby County to Thomas Elmer Taylor and Nellie Mae (Haley) Taylor.

She is preceded in death by her Father, Thomas Elmer Taylor, Mother, Nellie Mae (Haley) Taylor Boydston, Husband, Auvie Edward Adkison, Son, Tommy “TomTom” Adkison, Son, Ronnie Lynn Adkison, Step-Father, James Edward Boydston, Son-in-law, Jimmy H. Jacobs, Brother, Cecil Maurice Taylor & Sister, Learline Young.

She is survived by:
Daughters:
Jimmie Nell Lee & husband, Thomas of Trinity
Kathy Jean Jacobs of Center
Donna Marie Adkison of Willis

Sons:
Edward Devon Adkison & wife, Yan Jun of Sugarland
David Maurice Adkison of Center

Grandchildren:
Robin Amanda Brock & husband Tommy & their children; Alex Taylor Brock, Drew Jameson Brock & Jack Christopher Brock
Ashley Allison McDonald & husband, Mace & their children; Devin Isabelle McDonald & Knox Everett McDonald
Jim Jacobs & children; Bryon Jacobs & Mhegan Jacobs & her son, Jase Payne
Tim Jacobs & daughter; Cecily McMahon & husband, Matthew & son, Ruger McMahon
Dewayne Jacobs & wife, Ashlie & their children; Tristan, Karista, Peyton & Presli
Jon Adkison
Jody Adkison & children
Ronald Adksion

Step Grandchildren:
Barbara Hand & husband, John & their children; Alek Hand, Samantha Hand, Charlie Hand, Nicholas Hand, Joe & Zach Hand & Luke Hand
Michael Lee & wife, Kathrine & their children; Logan Newlan, Corryn Newlan & Hannah Lee

Sister:
Norma Jean Smith & husband, Robert of Spring

Niece:
Robin Smith

Nieces & Nephew:
Joyce, Judy, Ricky & Herbert of New Mexico

Pallbearers:
Jim Jacobs, Tim Jacobs, Dewayne Jacobs & Jon Adkison

Honorary Pallbearer:
Bryon Jacobs

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


09/18/2013

Mr. Louis William Boykin, age 64 of Center, Texas passed Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

A wake for Mr. Boykin will be Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm at Community Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 22, 2013 2pm at Benford Chapel Baptist Church in Tenaha, Texas with Rev. Joseph Hall, Sr. to officiate. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas.

He is survived by:

Daughters:
Lindrel Boykin (Eric) of Carthage, Texas
Casandra Boykin (Bruce) of Houston, Texas
Artisha Roland of Center, Texas

Sons:
Gabriel Lynn Boykin of Carthage, Texas
Louis Boykin (Karmeisha) of Carthage
Kendrick Boykin (Dane) of Jennings, LA
Othis Roland (Sherri) of Logansport, LA

17 Grandchildren and 1 great grandchild

Sisters:
Ruthie L. Johnson of Carthage
Annie Simon of Carthage
Della Boykin Winn of Shreveport, LA
Earnestine Boykin of Carthage
Glennie Holland (RL) of Beckville, TX
Mardell Turner of Carthage
Betty Sue Boykin of Carthage

Brothers:
Tommy Boykin of Carthage
Henry Boykin of Tenaha, TX

Services are under the directions of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas


Robert Wayne Belrose, Jr. aka “Bobby”, was a resident of Lumberton, Texas for thirty-one years. Born to Robert and Martha Belrose, in Center, Texas, he was raised in Port Neches and was a Port Neches graduate. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served four years.

He married his best friend Charlotte on December 12, 1982 and they had three children.

Bobby was a cabinet maker who worked side by side with his wife and they had a wonderful life together. Bobby enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids rather they were watching his favorite TV shows, “Pawn Stars” or “Storage Wars”. He was a man of few words who loved his family. Even though he didn’t have much, he always gave to his wife, children and grandkids, who always came first. Bobby also had a bit of a wild side and loved his motorcycles. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, son and friend. He will be greatly missed by many. Another angel that earned his wings.

Bobby is preceded in death by his mother, Martha Greene Belrose; and brother, Donald Ray Belrose.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his loving wife, Charlotte; their three children, Stoney, Shonneeke and David, and Jamie and her husband Chris, all of Lumberton, Texas; seven grandkids, Cassie, Jolie, Elijah, Hannah, Breeah, Brennen and Taylor; his father, Robert Belrose, of Center, Texas and Bonnie Belrose, of Center, Texas; uncles, Jimmy Belrose and his wife Linda of Center, Texas and AB Belrose of Port Neches; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Under the directions Of Lumberton Family Funeral Home, Lumberton, Texas.


Robert W. Byrd, 53, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at his residence. He was born December 21, 1959 in Nacogdoches to Houston Simpson Byrd and Frances Bridwell Byrd. Mr. Byrd was a member of Pine Ridge Baptist Church. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Pine Ridge Baptist Church in Joaquin with Bro. Mark Wolfe officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Joaquin.

Pallbearers will be Dane Childress, Brandon Childress, Cody Childress, Preston Byrd, Brandon Byrd, Dustin Byrd and Chester Byrd. Honorary pallbearers will be Scotty Cummings, Lance Cummings, Lynn Stephens, Bobo Cummings, Holden Cummings and Bill Gattis.

He is survived by
Wife: Tina Byrd of Joaquin

Mother: Frances Byrd of Joaquin

Daughter: McKenzie Chapman and husband, Bryant of Joaquin

Sons:
Dane Childress and Monica Forville of Joaquin
Brandon Childress and wife, April of Joaquin
Cody Childress of Joaquin
Preston Byrd of Carthage

Grandchildren:
Charles, Hunter, Emerald, Lane, Levi, Chloe, Hayven, Paisley, Carleigh

Brothers:
William Byrd and wife, Peggy of California
Glenn Byrd of Joaquin
Steve Byrd and wife, GeGe of Joaquin
Michael Joe Byrd and wife, Teri of Joaquin

Sisters:
Mary Russell of Nacogdoches
Patricia Byrd of Joaquin

Mother-in-law: Rosie Myers of Joaquin

Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins

Preceded in death by
Infant Son: Robert Houston Byrd
Dad: Houston Simpson Byrd
Brother: James Byrd

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


Funeral services for Mrs. Linda  McCollister (52) of Center will be Saturday, September 21, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Tenaha, Texas at 2:00pm. Mrs. McCollister died at Pine Grove Nursing Center on Wednesday, September 18, 2013.  Rev. Joseph Hall Jr. will be officiating.

Mrs. McCollister’s survivors are:

2 Sons:
 Christopher (LaKesia) Evans of Center, Texas
Chavis McCollister of Dallas, Texas

5 Daughters:
Tashira McCollister of Center, Texas
Katina Evans of Center, Texas
Roshayla McCollister of Center, Texas
Lillian McCollister of Center, Texas
Sara Lynn Isaac of Center, Texas

2 Brothers:
Kenneth McCollister of Oklahoma
Frank McCollister of Timpson, Texas

3 Sisters:
Eva Thompson  of Tenaha, Texas
Rose Robertson of Tenaha, Texas
Mary McCollister of Center, Texas

Grandchildren:
ShaDerica Gregory, Chavis Gregory, Christopher Caraway, Jaliah Evans, Tamia Evans, Makiah McCollister, Jamarion Evans, DeAdrick Foote, Jabralyn Evans, Christyc’e Barnes, and Brintley McCollister

Great-Grandchildren:
Ariana Jones

Visitation will be at Hicks Chapel on Friday, September 20, 2013, from the hours of 5-7p

Burial will be at St. John Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary


Delton Bowers Pate, 77, of Center, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013 at his residence. He was born February 19, 1936 in Donna to Delton Pate and Irene Pate. He was a graduate of Life Bible College in Los Angeles, California.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

He is survived by
Wife: Juana Pate of Center

Son: Donald Fredrick and wife, Debra of Thornton, Colorado

Grandchildren:
Noah Pate
Nathan Pate

Step Grandchildren: Desiree Pate

Cousin: Truman Hyden and wife, Opal

Preceded in death by
Parents: Delton Pate and Irene Pate

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


Betty Reynolds, 63, of Carthage passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dennis Landtroop officiating. Burial will follow at Adams Cemetery in Panola County. Visitation will be Friday, September 20, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born June 22, 1950 in Shelby County to Smith and Willie B. (Bounds) Pinkston. She was a member of the Carthage United Pentecostal Church in Carthage.

She is preceded in death by Parents, Smith & Willie Pinkston, Husband, Virgle Reynolds, Brother, Douglas Pinkston and Niece, Brenda Adkinson

She is survived by:
Son:
Terry Reynolds of Carthage
Sister:
Dorothy Foley & friend, Nolan Gray of Carthage
Niece:
Debra & Ricky Cole of West Point, Mississippi
Nephew:
David Adkinson of Shreveport
Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law:
Albert & Judy Reynolds of Center
Great Nieces & Great Nephews:
Amanda Adkinson and Crystal Adkinson of Shreveport, LA
Kevin & Allison Cole of Natchitoches, LA
Numerous Other Family and Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Lt. Col. V.E. Wilson, USAF retired, passed away Friday, September 6, 2013. He was born August 1, 1917. He was raised in Center and attended Stephen F. Austin State University. Following graduation in 1940, he joined the Army Air Corp Flying Cadet program. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in March 1942. He met his beloved Ann in 1945 when he was stationed at Boca Raton Army Air Field. They married less than a year later and their romance lasted 63 years. Col. Wilson served in the USAF for 24 years, retiring to Biloxi, MS in 1965. He and Ann had two daughters, Jayne and Sue.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; and wife, Ann Myers Wilson.

Col. Wilson is survived by daughters, Jayne Stewart and husband SMSgt Robert G. Stewart, USAF retired, Sue McCullough and husband, Russell; and grandchildren, Sara Pitey, Will McCullough and Ben McCullough.

You are invited to sign the guest book at www.porterloring.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Porter Loring Mortuary North.


09/17/2013

Roy Gene “Bubba” Loosmore of Santa Fe, TX, age 66, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, September 14, 2013 with family at his side. He was born in Pasadena, TX on November 10, 1946 to Roy Loosmore and Rose Mary Windham.

Bubba worked as a heavy equipment operator for most of his life, and thoroughly enjoyed running a tractor or crane; it didn’t matter which. He was an avid hunter and gardener and enjoyed raising animals and taught anyone who wanted to gain his knowledge. He was an amazing, giving and fearless man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew (Timothy Wade Galloway). He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Leann Yancy Loosmore; 4 children, his daughter Tonya Ray, his son Beaujames Loosmore (wife Julie) and their daughter his only grandchild Evie, his daughter Lacy Jean Petermann (husband Joseph) and daughter Kelly Ann Loosmore; and 2 sisters, Sue Bailey (husband George) and their sons, Ray Black and Matt Bailey and sister Annette Vining (husband Steve) their daughter, Rose Mary Galloway (her three sons, Alex, Jose and Eli). Extended family members, Johnny and Mary Rouse, Joyce Ann Painter, Joe Dees, Tonya Longenbaugh, John Michael Rouse and Patricia Hill and Russell Walker and numerous others, he called friend or loved one.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed at www.SchmidtFuneralHome.net. Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 1508 East Avenue, Katy, Texas 77493.


09/16/2013

Dorothy Pullen, 93, of Houston, passed away Monday, September 16, 2013 in Humble. She was born July 27, 1920 in Ackerman, Mississippi to James Thomas Power and Ethel Brewer Power. She was a charter member of First Baptist Church in Shelbyville. She had most recently attended First Baptist Church in Humble.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

She is survived by
Son: Dan Pullen and wife, Vickie of Houston

Daughter: Kathy Imfeld and husband, David of Choctaw, Oklahoma

Grandchildren:
Jonathan Pullen
Daniel Pullen and wife, Dorothy

Preceded in death by
Husband: B.G. Pullen

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


Funeral services for Mrs. Kathy Ann Sparks, 60, of Henderson, will be held at 2 pm Monday September 16, 2013 in the chapel of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Simpson and Rev. Johnny Newton officiating. Interment will follow at County Line Cemetery under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 pm Sunday, September 15 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Sparks passed from this life on September 12, 2013 at Hospice Homeplace in Tyler. She was born February 6, 1953 in Panola County to the late John V. and Corene Soape Hooker. Kathy had been a homemaker until she went to work for the city of Henderson as the Administrative Assistant to Tourism and Main Street, a post she held for seven years. Kathy and Maxie have been married for 41 years, and she loved the Lord and her family. Kathy was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Corene Hooker.

Survivors include: husband, Frank Maxie Sparks of Henderson; son, Justin Sparks and wife Mary of Jacksonville; daughters, Stephanie Sparks Riddle and husband David of Henderson, and Lee Ann Willis of Mt. Enterprise; brothers, Van Hooker and wife Jenny of LaRue, and Pike Hooker and wife Nancy of Longview; sister, June Roberts and husband Cole of Carthage; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Brenda and Ronnie Bradbery; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Walter and Vicky Sparks; and grandchildren, Myndi, Joshua, Maxie Pearl, and Mason Riddle.

Pallbearers will be Adam Ward, Jeffery Hooker, Jonathan Hooker, Grady Hambrick, Tripp Griffin, Tony Bradbery, and Terry Bradbery. Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Sparks, Michael Sparks, and Tyler Sparks.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawfordacrim.com.


09/15/2013

Funeral services for Mr. Walter Perry Davis, 52, of Joaquin will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Granbury officiating. Burial will follow in the Sholar Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Family visitation will be 6-8:00 p.m. Monday night at Hawthorn Funeral Home. Mr. Davis died September 13, 2013 at his home in Joaquin.

Mr. Walter Perry Davis was born May 5, 1961 in Upshur County, Texas to Lawrence Paul and Velta Faye Broadus Davis.

Walter was schooled in Pine Tree schools and worked as a roofer and carpenter. He loved baseball, the outdoors and fishing. He is preceded in death by his father, brother, Jerry Davis, and daughter, Ivy Davis.

Mr. Davis is survived by his mother, Velta Bordner of Joaquin, son, Buddy Paul Davis of Kilgore, daughter, Stephanie Davis of Kilgore, half sisters, Pamela Ringold of Bel Aire, Samantha Davis of Carthage and Buffy Davis, three grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. An online guestbook can be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com


09/12/2013

David Eugene (Salty) Brothers, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, fun-filled friend, and Christ follower was called home on September 9, 2013 after a fourteen year battle with Alzheimers. Those who knew David remember him for his infectious sense of humor and his ability to make every day an occasion to laugh and be happy. He had a quick wit, a real love of people and a deep-seated integrity.

David was born in Stranger, Texas, on August 18, 1927, to Robert T. and Sadie Brothers. David's family moved to Marlin, Texas when he was young and he graduated from Marlin High School. After graduation, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during and after W.W. II. David obtained his bachelor's degree in 1952 from his beloved alma mater, Baylor University. Upon graduation, he was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and spent the next 38 years there holding various management positions in the business office and marketing division.

On February 9, 1957, David married the love of his life, Martha Peters, from Timpson, Texas, and they began their journey of 56 years together. From this union was born two sons, David Jr. in 1959, and Scot in 1960. David was the boys' Little League manager or coach for many years. He also served as a PTA president while they were in elementary, junior high and high school.

David and Martha's years of marriage were filled with love and adoration for each other. David was dedicated to his family and serving the Lord as a Sunday School teacher/director and in many other capacities.

David was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his sisters, Edna Fay Lindsey and Ethel Martyr, and two brothers, Robert Brothers and Taylor Brothers. He is survived by his wife, Martha, of Sugar Land, Texas, sons, David Brothers, Jr., and wife Ann of Sugar Land, Texas, and Scot Brothers and wife Kim, of Germantown, Tennessee, and four wonderful grandchildren, Sara Beth, Rebecca (and her husband Jeff Laschober), Kristina and Ben. He is also survived by one brother, Billy Brothers of Dayton, Texas.

A memorial service will be held for David on September 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Sugar Land Baptist Church, 16755 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas. Burial will be in Timpson, Texas, at the Buena Vista Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Buena Vista Cemetery Association, 3442 CR 4916, Timpson, Texas 75975.


09/11/2013

William Sean Cole, 45, of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2013 in Tyler after a long battle with cancer. He was born January 11, 1968 in Tyler to William Franklin Cole and Bobbie Carol Carter Cole. He attended Dixie Elementary and John Tyler High School. After graduation, he attended Tyler Junior College. Sean worked for many years as a long haul truck driver for Packerland. He retired from truck driving after a disabling back injury and was continuing his education at Stephen F. Austin University. Sean loved spending time with his son, Nathan. He was a member of Spanns Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Noble officiating. Interment will follow at Spanns Chapel Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Brent Gimble, Lee Roy Loughmiller, Todd Cooper, Yancy Rounsavall, Jim Leach and Rick Tuell.

He is survived by
Son: William Nathan Cole of Center

Father: William Franklin Cole of Tyler

Sister: Melanie Parker of Holly Lake

Nieces:
Blaire Parker
Megan Parker

Mother of his child: Elizabeth Noble of Center

Special Friends: Ken & Billie Dutke

Preceded in death by
Mother: Bobbie Carol Carter Cole

Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, Texas 75701.

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


09/10/2013

Patsy Jean Smith, 69, of Logansport, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2013 in San Augustine. She was born November 6, 1943 in Tenaha to Albert John Smith and Era Ethel Haley Smith. She attended Beulah Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. David Permenter officiating.

Pallbearers will be Cody Matlock, Steven Hodges, Josh Long, John Pope, Steve Burns and Mike Strong.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Lou Hodges of Nacogdoches
Becky Pope of Joaquin
Terry Shields and husband, Keith of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Steve Hodges
Jessica Hodges
Josh Long
John Pope and wife, Angela
Jeremy Pope and wife, Tiffany
Heather Eshliman and husband, Jonathon
Cody Matlock
Matthew Shelton
Justin Shields and wife, Lauren
Keith Shields and wife, Kathy
Brittany Gilchrist and husband, Wesley

14 Great Grandchildren

Special Friend: Kenneth Harvey of Logansport, Louisiana

Preceded in death by
Son: John Michael Shelton
Parents: Albert John Smith and Era Ethel Haley Smith
Sisters: Edna Baker and Laverne Ballard
Brother: John Paul Smith

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


Charlie “Billy” Byndom, Jr., age 68 of Center, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at his home. Wake for family and friends will be held from 7pm until 9pm on Friday, September 13 at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas. The body will lay in state from 10am until 11am prior to funeral services being held on Saturday, September 14 at 11am at Gates Chapel Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Texas. Interment to follow at Gates Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Frankie Cooper officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Lou Ester Moore Byndom of Center

Son, Felix L. Byndom of Center

Daughter, Leslie Byndom-Bell and husband, Anthony, of Center

Granddaughter, Beyonce Bell

Grandsons, Antavian Bell and A’Braylon Bell of Center

Sisters:
Cassie Mae Cartwright of Shelbyville
Minnie Stansberry of Shelbyville
Girtha Swindle and husband, Roosevelt, of Shelbyville
Mildred Faye Gardner of Shelbyville
Ira Dean Lister of Shelbyville

Brother, V.K. Byndom and Estherlene of Center

Sister-in-law, Ella Mae Byndom of Shelbyville

Brother-in-law, Tommie Gene Land of Shelbyville

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Funeral service for Mellie June (Dickerson) Yarbrough, 75, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, September 13, 2013, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Orval Miller officiating. Graveside service will follow at 12 Noon in Deadwood Cemetery, Panola County, TX. Visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Thursday, September 12, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Home.
Ms. Yarbrough passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2013, in Center, TX.

Born June 18, 1938, in Carthage, TX, Mellie June Yarbrough was the daughter of the late Lawrence Clifton Dickerson, Sr., and Mellie Briggs Dickerson. She graduated from Carthage High School and attended Stephen F. Austin State University. June enjoyed various occupations throughout her life. She taught school while living in Alaska and was a poultry farmer for 40 years in the Stockman Community of Shelby County. During this time she also owned and operated a business and drove a school bus for the Timpson Independent School District. Even though she was always busy, she found time to enjoy family get togethers and take Sunday afternoon drives to visit family and friends.

Survivors include her sons Edward Yarbrough and wife Deborah of Belcher, LA, and Mark E. Yarbrough of Timpson; daughter Pam L. Yarbrough of Timpson; brothers Larry N. Dickerson and wife Allie of Lafayette, LA, and Charles C. “Brick” Dickerson and wife Vickie of Carthage, TX; sister Wanda Nell Belcher of Vermont; grandchildren Daniel E. Yarbrough and wife Ryan of Haughton, LA, and Joseph A. Yarbrough and wife Callie of Baton Rouge, LA; soon to arrive in November, great grandson Knox Yarbrough; and numerous other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, June Yarbrough was preceded in death by brothers Lawrence C. Dickerson, Jr., and Arthur “Tuffy” Dickerson.

The family wishes to give special thanks to the wonderful caregivers at Holiday Nursing Center, Center, TX, especially Alexis Young for her loving support.

Condolences may be conveyed online at www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Evangelist Missionary Dorothy M. Garrett, 72 of Beaumont passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2013 in Beaumont, TX.

Services will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 1:00pm at Center Triumph Church. Visitation will be held from 11:00-1:00pm on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Center Triumph Church. Bishop Howard Cloudy Sr. to officiate.

She is survived by

Three daughters Juanita (Rodgers) Segura of Beaumont, TX.
Yolanda Holman of Beaumont, TX.
Chinta (Danny) Spikes of Lufkin, TX

Two sons

L. Louis (Andrea) Garrett, Jr. of Flint, MI
Arthur Lee Holman of Center, TX

Eight Grand Children and Ten great-grand children.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home.


09/09/2013

Jimmie Lou Holsey, 79, of Cushing, formerly of Center, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. She was born June 2, 1934 in Tenaha to J. G. “Jake” Lilly and Lottie B. Hooper Lilly. Ms. Holsey graduated from Joaquin High School and went on to further her education at Elliott’s Business School in Shreveport, Louisiana. She later became a secretary at McLeroy & McLeroy Law Firm, where she retired after several years of service. Ms. Holsey was a member of Center Bible Fellowship.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Joaquin Cemetery in Joaquin.

She is survived by
Daughter: Janise Permenter of Cushing

Granddaughter: Brandi Haltom and husband, Elliott of Central Heights

Grandson: James Edwards Scooter of Cushing

Great Grandchildren:
Taylor Denney
Skylar Denney
Dylan Denney
Ethan Haltom

Brother: Tommy J. Lilly and wife, Tillie of Joaquin

Misty Wise and children:
Jorydan Wise
C. J. Wise
Kenzie Wise
Xander Wise

Special Friend: Carol Ramey and family of Nacogdoches

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: J. G. “Jake” Lilly and Lottie B. Hooper Lilly
Husband: James Holsey

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Joaquin Cemetery Association, PO Box 236, Joaquin, Texas 75954 or a charity of your choice.

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


09/08/2013

Lonnie B. Cox, 88, of Center, passed away Friday, September 6, 2013 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center. He was born October 29, 1924 in Mineral, Texas to Earnest Weston Cox and Susan Margaret Baugh Cox. Mr. Cox joined the United States Marine Corps, were he served during World War II. He later joined the United States Air Force in 1945 and retired in 1966. During his enlistment in the Air Force, he served in both Korea and Vietnam. Mr. Cox was a member of VFW Post #8904 in Center. He was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. Mike Belgard officiating. A Military Honors Graveside service will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Adam Cox, Richard Pinkston, Charles Rogers, Jeremy Pits, Josh Price, Chris Marchbanks, Toby Sharp, Ryan Sharp, Kyle Sharp, Allen Kimbro and Ryan Pinkston.

He is survived by
Wife: Wanda Trudy Cox of Center

Daughters:
Connie Belgard and husband, Mike of Center
Karen Sharp and husband, Bill of Garland

Sons:
Jim Cox of Center
Jeff Cox and wife, Angela of Center

Grandchildren:
Tory Rogers and husband, Charles
Jessica Price and husband, Josh of Granbury
Adam Cox and wife, Brooke of Center
Brittany Kimbro and husband, Allen of Timpson
Kristen Pinkston and husband, Ryan of Center
Loren Davidson of Center
Dana Sharp and husband, Toby of Scurry
Heather Sharp of Houston
Ryan Sharp of Dallas
Kyle Sharp of Denton
Rebecca Marchbanks and husband, Chris of Krum
Erin Pitts and husband, Jeremy of Houston
Jillian Belgard of Center
Elizabeth Pinkston and husband, Richard of Center
Darcie Hays Belgard of Center

Numerous great grandchildren

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Earnest Weston Cox and Susan Margaret Baugh Cox
Sister: Mamie Ozella Cox

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


09/06/2013

Anna Beth Butler, age 78, of Lubbock died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at Odyssey Hospice.

Miss Butler was born June 25, 1935, in Goodrich and had been a former longtime resident of Deep East Texas, where she taught at various schools. She held a master's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Her survivors include nephews, Dana Butler, Brian Butler, and Gregory Butler; and a niece, Laurie Butler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Henry Butler and Daisy Griffin Butler; and a brother, Vernon Butler.

Graveside rites are set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Sunset Memorial Park in Nacogdoches with Rev. John Bingham officiating.

Services are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches. Online memories and condolences may be offered at http://www.casonmonk-metcalf.com/.


09/05/2013

Milton Jones lived to be 86 years young. He was born to Walter and Opal Jones of San Augustine, Texas on December 17, 1926, in a tent at a logging camp where his father worked. After high school he joined the Merchant Marines aboard a supply ship between the US, Korea and Japan. On December 14, 1947, he married Norma Jean Tyre from Center, Texas. He had a candy route with Tom’s, and then sold cars in Center for many years before moving to Galena Park. He bought T & J Superette grocery store from his cousin Tommy Arnold. He enjoyed working the store and visiting with his customers. After selling that store, he went to work with Tommy at his store on Bandera in North Shore. Later he went to work with Tommy’s brother, Jack Arnold, at Galena Park Motors. The last three years of his life he lived in a nursing home in Friendswood where he was well known and loved. He was a talker and loved visiting with the ladies. He enjoyed playing jokes and always had a story to tell. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Milton Jones is survived by daughters Milta Whitman and husband Jack, Leezan Grun and husband Eddie, stepdaughter Nancy Haight and husband Bob, and stepson David Jones. He was blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Milton was an only child and loved his cousins, which were more like brothers: Jack Arnold, deceased; Jim Arnold; and Tommy Arnold. Milton was a good and generous man who enjoyed life; he will be missed by many.

Graveside services were held Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Center, Texas.

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


Services celebrating the life of William “Bill” Moore will be held at 9:30 a.m. on September 6, 2013 at Rose-Neath Chapel in Bossier City, LA. Interment, with full military honors, will immediately follow at Rose-Neath Cemetery on Swan Lake Road also located in Bossier City. Visitation will be at Rose-Neath Chapel Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Bill peacefully passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2013 and will be greatly missed by family, friends, and students. The son of Elvin and Ethel Moore, he grew up in Shelbyville, TX. After graduation, Bill joined the Air Force and served his country in the Vietnam War. Upon retiring from the military, he began his second career as a math teacher. Bill thoroughly enjoyed all of his students, whom he affectionately referred to as ”turkeys” and “squirrels” and remained close to them throughout the years.

Bill was an avid golfer and was fortunate enough to play on many of his favorite golf courses. He loved his country, the Texas Longhorns, the Dallas Cowboys, but most of all his family. Left to cherish his memory are his son, Ofc. Mike Moore BCPD, of whom he was very proud and wife Carrie; his granddaughter, Sara whom he loved dearly; his loving wife, Virginia along with her son Stephen Hammett, his wife Nikki and two daughters, Ireland and Finleigh; daughter Sharron Brooks and her sons Brandon and Nicholas. He also leaves behind his sister Thelma and brother-in-law Benny Smith and a host of other relatives and friends.

Bill dedicated his life to serving others, therefore, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of choice.

Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Bossier City, Louisiana.


Alicia I Worsham entered her eternal home on September 2, 2013, at the age of 89.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2013 under the direction of her son, Rev. Jerry Worsham, with burial at New Hope Cemetery. There will be a visitation at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2013.

Alicia was born on August 28, 1924 in Panama, where she met and married the love of her life, Virgil R. “Bill” Worsham, who preceded her in death in 1993. They retired to Shelby County in 1971, where she lived until her health took her to North Carolina in 2007. She was a loving mother who was a full time homemaker and avid supporter of her children’s activities growing up, and continued with grandchildren’s activities whenever possible with a road trip. She never met a stranger and loved to visit. She was a faithful member of New Hope Missionary Church and attended daily devotions at Wedding Park after her move.

She is survived by
Daughter: Lorain & Terry Evans of Matthews, North Carolina

Sons:
Rev. Jerry & Jane Worsham of Racine, Wisconsin
Ralph Easy & Sue Worsham of Elizabeth, Colorado
Arvin & Tammy Worsham of Center, Texas

Grandchildren:
Janna & Tim Augustyn of Illinois
Jennifer & John Binkley of North Carolina
Stephanie & Brandon Thorne of Washington
Nathan & Summer Worsham of Colorado
Jessica & Ryan Doolittle of North Carolina
Joshua Worsham of Mt. Pleasant, Texas

10 Great Grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews and friends

Pallbearers will be Terry Evans, Jerry Worsham, Ralph Worsham and Arvin Worsham.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Charlotte, North Carolina, Weddington Park Assisted Living and her Texas friends for their prayer and friendship.

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


09/04/2013

Memorial services for Mr. Franklin Poskey, 76, of Nacogdoches will be held on Friday, September 6, 2013, at 10:00 AM at Laird Funeral Home with The Rev. Monsignor James E. Young officiating. Mr. Poskey passed away on August 31, 2013. He was born on December 3, 1926 to the late Abel Triana and Dora Triana.

Frank was born and raised in Nacogdoches. He married his loving wife, Ilse Wanderer Poskey, in Germany in 1961 while serving in the United States Army. He enjoyed fishing, camping and was always tinkering. Frank loved his wife more than life itself. His most special times were spending quality time with his loving kids and grandkids. Frank was known by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Frank is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Ilse Poskey; daughters, Connie Poskey of Huntsville, Lydia Spratley and husband, David of Timpson; brothers, Billy Triana and wife, Patricia; sister-in-law, Shirley Poskey; grandchildren, Tony Acosta and wife, Whitney, Chase Armstrong, Michelle Hancock and husband, Tramaine, Kirstie Adams and husband, Ruben, Tyler Carlisle and husband, Preston, Leanna Dygert, Cassidy Spratley; great grandchildren, Aleesa Adams, Kenzi Adams, Eron Scott, Isaiah Hancock, PJ Carlisle, James Maysen Carlisle, Gracelyn Acosta , Brylie Harris and (soon to be) Aiden Acosta.

He is preceded in death by his parents Abel Triana and Dora Triana; brothers, Joe Poskey and Chap Triana.

Condolences can be shared on line at www.lairdfh.net


Hicks Mortuary announces, funeral Services for Mr. Milton James Poullard (58) of Mansfield, La will be Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 12 Noon. Mr. Milton died Saturday, August 31, 2013 in the VA in Shreveport La. Services will be at Keatchie Church Of God In Christ in Keatchie Louisiana. Supt. Booker McMillion will be officiating.

Mr. Milton’s Survivors are:

Wife: Cheryl Poullard of Mansfield, Louisiana

2 Sons: Michael J. Poullard of Mansfield, Louisiana
Anthony J. Poullard

1 Daughter: Ashlee Nicole Poullard of Mansfield, Louisiana

Visitation will be Saturday, September 7, 2013, 10am-12 noon at Keatchie COGIC in Keatchie, Louisiana.

Burial will be Monday, September 9, 2013 at 10am at Northwest Louisiana Cemetery in Keithville, La.


Shirley Delores Wilburn, 81, of Brookeland, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at her residence. She was born April 30, 1932 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Claude Heydt and Bessie Osborn Heydt. She was a member of Little Flock Baptist Church in San Augustine. Ms. Wilburn was a kind and loving mother and will be sadly missed by many. She pursued a career in nursing earlier in life and spread love and hope to many. A lover of animals, Mrs. Wilburn saved many a needy creature.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. M. L. Walters officiating.

She is survived by
Husband: Jessie P. Wilburn of Brookeland

Sons:
John Wilburn of Kansas
Jessie Glen of San Antonio
Phil McNabb of Houston
Vince Bayer of Virginia Beach

Daughter: Claudia Overcast of Biloxi, Mississippi

6 Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Loving Mother: Bessie D. Heydt

In lieu of flowers, small pot plants may be sent or memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Wilburn’s name to your favorite charity.

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


Billy Clayton Warr was born September 12, 1943, to Earnest and Liddie Warr, in Shelby County, Texas. He passed from this life at 7 A.M. August 31, 2013, at his home in Tupman, California, surrounded by his family. He was 69.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Melva; his daughter, Julie Casteel, and son-in-law James Casteel. He has one grandson, Jess Casteel, and his family: Jamie, Zoey, Gage, Jake, and an unborn great grandchild that he was looking forward to being with very much.

He will be missed by his three surviving sisters and their husbands: Ruby and Ray Smith; Betty and Travis Prior; Mary and Harry Scates; and numerous nephews and nieces, and he loved every one of them.

He is a born again Christian as of 1988. That does not mean he was perfected in the flesh, but he was in the Spirit, and he loved the Lord.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, September 5, 2013 9:00 a.m at Kern River Family Mortuary 1900 N. Chester Ave, Bakersfield , CA 93308 with a burial to follow at 10:30 at Shafter Memorial Park.


09/03/2013

Posey Lee Smith, 89 of Tenaha, passed away Monday, September 2, 2013 at her residence in Tenaha, Texas. Visitation will be held Friday evening, September 6, 2013 from 6pm until 8pm at Benford Chapel Baptist Church, Tenaha. Services will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11am at Benford Chapel Baptist Church, Tenaha. Interment to follow at St. John Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas with Rev. Joseph Hall, Sr to officiate.

Mrs. Smith is survived by:

Son, Fred Walker of Tenaha

1 Grandson, 1 Granddaughter

Sisters:
Melinde Alexander of Tenaha
Bennie Smith of Tenaha

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Memorial service for Horace Wayne Bell, Sr., 62, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Orval Miller officiating. Mr. Bell passed away August 24, 2013, in Timpson.

Born December 28, 1950, in Shelby County, TX, Horace Wayne Bell, Sr., was the son of Willard D. Bell and the late Bethel (Hough) Bell. Horace Wayne was a self-employed mechanic with numerous abilities. He was a true “jack of all trades”. His talents also included playing the guitar. During the past few years, Horace Wayne loving cared for his Aunt Geneva until her death January 29, 2013.

Survivors include his son Horace Wayne Bell, Jr., of Amarillo, TX; father Willard D. Bell and his wife Josephine of Cleveland, TX; sisters Barbara Sykes of Dallas and Wendy Bell of Cleveland; stepbrother Jody of Cleveland; 6 grandchildren, all of Cleveland; cousins Janis Bass and Billie Jean Williamson of Timpson; and numerous other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Horace Wayne Bell, Sr., was preceded in death by mother Bethel (Hough) Bell, daughter Bethel Renee’ Bell, son Willard D. Bell, II, and aunt Geneva Hutto.

To convey condolences online please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, TX, is in charge of arrangements.


H. B. “Bub” Harris, Jr., of Center, passed away quietly Saturday, August 31, 2013 in Houston after a lingering illness. He was better known to his family and friends as “Bub.” He is survived by his sisters, Marge Harris Bentsen and husband Calvin of McAllen and Ann Harris Ralph of Beaumont; three nieces, Pam Bentsen Havens and husband Tim, Margo Bentsen Falb and Susie Bentsen Corrigan and husband Leo; nephew, Tommy Ralph, Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maggie and Bridges Harris of Center.

Bub was born on November 3, 1934 in Center, where he attended Center High School. He excelled in sports, particularly football and tennis and then furthered his education by graduating from Baylor University and receiving his MBA from the University of Texas in Austin. His passion for learning and striving to improve one’s self filtered down, especially to his great-nieces and nephews. Most of his life was spent in Houston, where he was involved in real estate and other investments. Besides his love for business, he enjoyed spending time with his family on the tennis court, at the Houston rodeo or sampling great restaurants. Bub was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Center. He knew the greatest legacy he could leave was his faith in God and relied upon Him to get him through the trials of his life. Bub’s desire would be his passing would be believed as a promotion and all would celebrate life and the time left on this side of heaven would be filled with love, life, kindness, generosity, and doing the right thing in all circumstances.

The family would like to express their deepest thanks to Renee McGuire and Salvador Cruz for their compassionate care and friendship. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the American Cancer Society, the First United Methodist Church in Center, Texas or the charity of your choice.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, Highway 7 East, Center, Texas. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Center with Rev. Joel McMahon officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

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


09/02/2013

Frances Roberts, 88, of Center, passed away Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Holiday Nursing Home.

Memorial Visitation will be Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born August 22, 1925 in Crossett, Arkansas to Edward and Mary (Harris) Walsh.

She is preceded in death by Parents, Edward and Mary Walsh, Husband, Harold E. Roberts and Son, William Harold “Bill” Roberts.

She is survived by:
Daughter: BJ Laird & husband, Rodolph “Spook” of Lawrence, GA

Grandchildren:
Corey Laird of Georgia
Kit Laird of Georgia
Austin Roberts of Austin
Lexie Roberts of Nacogdoches
Great Grandchildren:
Hudson Laird of Georgia
Harrison Laird of Georgia
Hanna Laird of Georgia
Lacy Laird of Georgia
Hayley Laird of Georgia

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Johnny Lamar Ricks, 85, of Center formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Briarcliff Health Center in Carthage.

His wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

He was born August 21, 1928 in Titus County to H.R. and Verna (Copeland) Ricks.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, H.R. and Verna Ricks and Brother, Jim Ricks

He is survived by:
Son: John Lee Ricks of Bayou Vista

Daughter: Debbie Moughon & husband, Joe of Bayou Vista

Sister & Brother-in-law: Margaret & Willard Parkman of Tenaha

Brother: Carol Ricks of Erie, CO

Sister: Julia Knobloch of Mt. Pleasant

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Bonnie Duncan, 86, of Center, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Select Specialty Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 3, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born January 25, 1927 to Perry and Esther Mae (Dockens) Corbell.

Preceded she is death by Father and Mother, Joe and Ima Dockens, Biological Mother, Ester Mae Danley, Brother, Tommy Lynn Holt, Brother and Sister in law, Murvel and Ira Lee Holt, Sister, Billie Hinton, Brother and Sister in law, Clarence and Dee Dockens, Son, Donnie Wheeler, Son, Ronnie Wheeler, Husband, Donald Duncan, Aunt, Eara B. Enmon, Nephew, Charles Dockens, Nephew, Dennis Holt, Friend, Geraldine (Jerrie) McClain

She is survived by:

Sister and Brother in law: Pauline and Harold Oates

Nephew, Dwayne and Amanda Dockens
Nephew, Curtis and Beth Holt
Nephew, Harold and Janet Dockens
Niece, Margie and Randy Garrett

Grand Nieces and Nephews:
Kaitlyn Simms, Kurstin, and Kade Dockens
Bryce Harris, Britain and Braiden Tyler
Stevie and Rachel Oates
Terrie and Josh McAden
Kris Kevin and DeAnn Dockens
Richard Jones, Jimmy May, Summer Covington and Miranda Knox
Larry Hinton
Yolanda Tullos

Friends:
George McClain
Ronnie and Darlene Causey
Linda Brown
Center Missionary Baptist Church

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

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08/30/2013

Charles Steptoe, age 76, of Mansfield, Texas passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013 at his residence in Mansfield.

He was born to Lonnie Ransom and Ella Elizabeth (Sowell) Steptoe December 9, 1936 in San Augustine County. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Charles is survived by his wife Mary Ann Steptoe of Mansfield: sons, Charles Richard Steptoe of Pennington, Markus Wayne Steptoe of Tomball: Stepdaughters, Cindy Thetford of Mansfield, Tammy Martin and husband Jim of Mansfield, Melinda Timpf and husband Jon of Fort Worth: Stepson, Jimmie Thomas and wife Stefanie of Mansfield: grandchildren, Justin Steptoe, Danny Thetford, David Thetford, Lori Thetford, Christy Martin Newkirk, Michael Thomas, Megan Thomas, Carissa Timpf, Lauren Timpf, Eliana Timpf: brother, Alfred Steptoe and wife Hazel of Norwood: sisters: Bennie Jo Sanford of Montgomery, Thelma Jean Havard of Wells, Novis Nell Sowell of San Augustine, Helen Jerline Barlow and husband Joe of Center, Jeanette Outterson of Conroe: 8 Great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his: parents Lonnie and Ella Elizabeth Steptoe: sisters, Hattie Mae Norwood, Pauline Downs, Oneida (Bug) Sowell: brothers, Odell Steptoe, Cecil Steptoe, Lonnie Steptoe.

Funeral Services will be Monday, September 2, 2013 in Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel at 10:00 A.M. with Bro. R.B. Elumbaugh and Dennis Clark officiating and burial in Sowell Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, September 1, 2013 from the hours of 4:00 till 7:00 P.M. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia St., San Augustine, Texas 75972

Pallbearers will be Justin Steptoe, Jim Martin, Jimmie Thomas,Darrell Barlow, Scott Outterson, Steve Collier

Please note ***Online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.timeformemory.com/wymanroberts


Funeral services for Mr. Michael Nix, 65, of Mt. Enterprise, will be held at 2 pm Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Mt. Enterprise with Rev. Dean Grigsby and Rev. Darrel Owens officiating. Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Shelby County under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 1 pm until service time on Saturday, August 31 at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Nix passed from this life on August 29, 2013. He was born November 28, 1947 in Henderson to the late Chester and Gladys Channey Nix. Mr. Nix was a coach for Mt. Enterprise I.S.D. for 35 years before retiring, and he was a faithful member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Mt. Enterprise for 54 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Merwyn Nix.

Survivors include: wife, Johnnie Nix of Mt. Enterprise; sons, Tim Nix and wife Heather of West Point, NY, and Trent Nix and wife Jennifer of Dallas; brothers, C.L. Nix and David Nix of Whitehouse, and Jerry Nix of Nacogdoches; sister, Cathy Nix of Whitehouse; and grandsons, Chaney and Elias Nix.

Pallbearers will be Brian Frazer, Clint Creel, Kyle Keeling, Greg Owens, Dylan Owens, and Joe Moore. Honorary pallbearers will be John Ash, Jackie Risinger, Steve Jones, Jimmy Hays, Ricky Keeling, Paul Moore, John Webb, Jake Porter, and Tommy Freeman.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Landmark Missionary Baptist Church at 202 W. Gregg St., Mt. Enterprise, TX 75681, and/or the Michael Nix Scholarship Fund, Mt. Enterprise High School at 301 Northwest 3rd St., Mt. Enterprise, TX 75681.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawfordacrim.com.


Mark Herring, 57 of Garrison passed away in Nacogdoches, Texas on August 30, 2013.

He was born on September 26, 1955 in Shreveport, LA to Ruel & Mable (Anders) Herring.

Graveside service will be Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Munn Erlyn Chapel in Mira, LA. Brother Robert Reneau will officiate.

Mark is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by

Wife: Pamela Herring of Garrison, TX

Son: Stanley Herring & Wife Morgan of Houston, TX

Brothers: Bill Herring & Wife Linda of Vivan, LA
James Herring & Wife Kim of Lone Star, TX

Sisters: Susan Ames & husband Allen of Naples, TX
Charolette Davenport & husband Danny of Hoston, LA

Special Brother-In-Law: Marty Reneau & wife Leigh Ann of Garrison, TX

Host of other relatives and friends.

Pall bearers: Don Davenport
Tyler Warren
Charles Stott
Bryan Dumas
Phillip Delgado
Trey Reneau

Visitation will be held Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 6-8pm at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, TX.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home.


Sidney I. Rambin who was born April 1, 1934, passed from this life early Thursday morning, August 29, 2013. He was a long time resident of Texas City, TX. He was born and reared in Garrison, Texas. He will be sadly missed by wife, Arona Ann Rambin; sons, Sidney I Rambin II, Daniel Alexander Rambin and daughter, Theresa Grace Colbert. He is also survived by step-son Mark Allemand and step-daughter, Suzanne Lummus, 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 2pm at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2pm before the service at Garrison Funeral Home. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery, Appleby, Texas.

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


Graveside services for J. J. Votaw, 91, will be held at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin TX on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Tom Howe, Senior Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Shreveport. Visitation with the family will be held Friday, August 30, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Southside.

J. J. Votaw was born April 22, 1922 in Holdenville, OK, the youngest of six, born to John J. and Venetta Broughton Votaw. He is a child of the depression, shaped by the dust bowl into a member of the greatest generation. He proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII being awarded the Good Conduct Medal, three Overseas Service Bars, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, the American Theatre Service Medal, and the Victory Medal.

He was a master woodworker making rocking horses not only for his grandchildren but may others. His days spent in his workshop were among his happiest even though the sound of his machines caused his deafness. He took great pleasure in his yard and his last chore was purchasing grass and weed seed.

J. J. married Juanel Grant and became father to Bob Holliday (Marsha), Susan Votaw Burson (Stanley) and John L. Votaw (Annette Peters); grandfather to Jason Burson, Alissa Burson Chamness (Clyde), Josh Burson, John L. Votaw, Jr., James Holliday (Charlene), Lindsey Mock (Keith). He is great-grandfather to Jason Burson II, Dylan Burson, Payton Chamness, Evan Chamness, Jett Burson, Johnathan Voataw, Micah Mock, and Ashlyn Lee. J. J. was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and great-grandson Braydon Burson.

Grandsons and grandsons-in-law will be pallbearers; honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons.

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


08/29/2013

Rachel Fountain, 88, of Center, passed away, Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. September 2, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Rose and Bro. Pat Windham officiating. Burial will follow at Old Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born August 18, 1925 in San Augustine County, Texas to James Dewey and Eva Mae (Thacker) Brown. She was a dedicated member of White Rock Missionary Baptist Church for over 60 years where she has been the church clerk, song director and played the piano and organ until her death. She graduated from Camp Worth in San Augustine County in 1943 where she was the valedictorian. Ms. Rachel worked for Excelsior school where she has been the cook, custodian, and school bus driver for many years. She also helped her husband operate their business Jack Fountain Plumbing in Shelby County.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, James and Eva Mae Brown. Husband, Homer “Jack” Fountain, Son, Homer Fountain, Jr., Daughters-in-law, Jana Fountain & Wanda Coats, Brother, J.D. Brown and Sister, Lillian McSwain.

She is survived by:

Son: Jackie Lee Fountain & wife, Teena of Joaquin

6 Grandchildren:
Randy Fountain of Center
Sheila Cosby of Center
Jeremy Fountain of Center
Jill Parker & husband, Steve of Center
Laila Chambliss & husband, Tory of Joaquin
Jodie Fountain of Center

Great Grandchildren:
Ashley Cosby, Wesley Cosby, Jr., John Kevin Cosby, Jr. & wife, Brandie, Kristen Cosby Hall & husband, Marc, Megan McShane, Jordin Fountain, Kyle Chambliss, Charlie Fountain, Case Chambliss, Schree Parker, Kaylee Parker & Chase Shields

Great Great Grandchildren:
Steven & Jaiden Mahaffey, Nevaeh Cosby,
Ada & Emily Cosby, Krista & Dylan Hall

Brother: Howard Brown & wife, Judy of Paradise Valley, AZ

Step Grandchildren:
Titus & Wendi Chambliss, Taylor & David Baez, Thatcher Chambliss

Step Great Grandchildren: Randi & Rilee Chambliss & Sage & Jose Baez

Brother-in-law: Warren McSwain of Center

Son-in-law: Jeff Coats of Center

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


William “Bill” Holt, 74, of Tyler, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in Tyler. Bill, a retired co-owner of Primo Beauty Supply Company, was born on May 27, 1939 in Center, Texas. He grew up and attended school in Center. Following high school he attended cosmetology school in Tyler. Following school he worked in Shreveport and Houston. He married Priscilla Wolf on September 7, 1963. They moved to Tyler and Bill worked for Botten-Field’s Beauty Supply. He worked there for many years before becoming a co-owner of Primo Beauty Supply. He retired in 2007 and was also a member of the NRA. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla of Tyler; daughters, Christine Holt, Heather Bush, and her husband, Judson of Lindale; as well as two grandchildren, Justin Bush and Mollie Bush.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Tyler memorial Cemetery, 12053 State Highway 64 West, Tyler. Memorial contributions may be directed to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, LA 71103 or Pleasant Retreat Methodist Church, 417 CR 1143, Tyler, TX 75704. Tyler Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery is entrusted with the arrangements.


Missionary Mercia D. Bledsoe, 80 of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, August 24, 22013 at her residence in Joaquin.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, August 30, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm at St. Peter Church of God in Christ in Logansport, Louisiana. Services will be held Saturday, August 31, 2013 at St. Peter Church of God in Christ in Logansport with Pastor Dwight Galtin officiating. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

Shee is survived by:

Daughter: Jean Knighton of Dallas, Texas

Grandchildren:
Jimmie Lee Sears of California
Carolyn Reed of Terrell, Texas

Brothers:
John Reed of Dallas
Theoro Williams of Detroit, Michigan

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Goldie Mary Frazier, 91, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in Center, TX. She was born March 8, 1922 in Esther, LA to Alex and Eleanor Cessac and was a former resident of Beaumont.

She is survived by her sons, Elliott “Buddy” Gough and his wife, Kathryn of Rogers, AR and David Frazier and his wife, Danielle, of Center, TX; daughters, Mary McAllister of Warren, TX and Rose McSwain of Center, TX; grandchildren, Aimee See, Jennifer Rowland, Austin Gough, Seth Matthews, Hunter Smith and Samuel McSwain; 6 great-grandchildren and a brother, Raywood Cessac and his wife, Alice, of Vidor, TX. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Austin Gough and Leroy Frazier, son, Charles Gough, daughter-in-law Patricia Gough, sons-in-law John McAllister and Larry McSwain and great-granddaughter, Whitley Grace Rowland.

A mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Goldie will be held Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X in Beaumont with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A rosary will be held Friday, August 30 at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home with visitation to follow.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


08/28/2013

Mertie Bonner Westerfield, 92 of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Grooms Senior Living in Plano, Texas.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Jason Canaday officiating. Burial will follow at Lone Cedar Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, September 6, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born May 11, 1921 in Shelby County, Texas to Rufus and Alma (Cox) Bonner. She has been a member of Lone Cedar Missionary Baptist Church ever since she was a little girl.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Rufus and Alma Bonner, Husband, James E. Westerfield, Son, Douglas Westerfield, Sister, Rose Gray, Sister, Gertrude Adams, Sister, Mildred Ramsey & Brother, Haward Bonner.

She is survived by:
Daughter: Margaret Quartel & husband, Don of Plano

Daughter-in-law: Cindy Westerfield Durham

Grandchildren:
Scott Quartel & wife, Sarah
Carrie Canaday & husband, Jason
Lee Ann Hightower

Great Grandchildren:
Crystal Westerfield, Aaron & Courtney Gordon,
Bradley & Zoe Quartel
Ava Canaday

Great Great Grandchild: Trinity Parker

Brother: James Ferrel Bonner

Brothers-in-law & Sisters-in-law:
Roy Westerfield & wife, Louise
Cleta Smith
Claude Westerfield & wife, Cathy

Pallbearers:
Jim Bonner, Mark Bonner, Randy Bonner, Tim Bonner, Jason Canaday, Scott Quartel

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Ronnie J. Bufford, 50, of Orange, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at UTMB Health in Galveston.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Old First Orange Baptist Church. Officiating will be Reverend Benard Woods, pastor of Faith Harbor Church in Little Cypress. A Graveside Service will be 3:30 p.m. at East Hamilton Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Orange on October 6, 1962, Ronnie was the son of Ravis Joseph Bufford and Betty Jane (Bourque) Bufford. For 16 years, Ronnie worked as a Carman at Union Pacific Railroad. He was a member of Local Union 6452 Brotherhood of Railway Carmen and a past member of Boilmakers Local 587.

Ronnie was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. He enjoyed the outdoors such as hunting and fishing and also enjoyed playing his guitar with numerous bands in the area. Ronnie will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ravis Joseph Bufford; grandparents, Sidney and Qzitte Bufford, Beulah B. Hargrave and Ophe Bufford; and sister, Sugie Lane Vasquez.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Donna Cox Bufford of Orange; mother, Betty Jane Bufford of Orange; sons, Brandon Chase Bufford and his fiancée, Victoria Lynn Smith of Lumberton, Kendon Leger of Beaumont and Ronnie James Bufford of Gary, Indiana; and daughter, Julie Bufford of Merrillville, Indiana.

He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Dylan James Bufford, Jayden Payne Bufford, Leighla Ruth Meeks, Alexander Nicolas Bufford, Amber Skye Bufford and Breighanna Jo Meeks; brothers, Rickey Bufford of Orange and Jason Bufford of The Colony, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Marie Gagnon Barton, 80, of Woodland Shores, Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 at Campti Cemetery with Bro. Ozay Ford officiating.

She was born April 30, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. She loved children, good Italian food and loved going riding to see the pretty sights. She attended Campti Church.

She was survived by:

Husband: Bill Barton of Joaquin

Step Children:
Laura Baker & Family
Johnny Barton & Family
Danny Barton & Family

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Phillip Alan "Phil" Puryear, 45 of Garrison, Texas passed away August 28, 2013 at Memorial Hospital, Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born September 24, 1967 in California to Grady Ray Puryear and Marilyn Kehr Puryear. He was a mechanic at Lunsford Garage in Garrison.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 6pm at Garrison Funeral Home.

He is survived by:

Mother: Marilyn Puryear of Bay City, Texas

Brother: Jim Puryear of Bay City, Texas

Sisters:
Symantha Puryear of Bay City, Texas
Kathy Puryear of Bay City, Texas

Friend: David Cronkrite of Garrison, Texas

A host of friends

Funeral services under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.


08/27/2013

Martha Cockrell, age 73 of Whitehouse, Texas, passed away, Monday, August 26, 2013 at East Texas Medical Center at Tyler.

Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Sholar Cemetery with Bro. John Bender officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born September 18, 1939 in Locust Bayou, Arkansas to Frank and Era (Quarles) Clemons.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Frank and Era Clemons, Husband, Donald E. Cockrell, Brother, Johnny Clemons and Sister, Rena Akers

She is survived by:

Son: Mike Cockrell of Whitehouse

Grandson: Cody Cockrell of Greensboro, NC

Sister: Nina Young of Brownwood

Brother: Lonnie Clemons of Kilgore

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


James Randall Peace, 58, of Center, passed away Monday, August 26, 2013 at Memorial Health Systems of East Texas in Lufkin.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born November 2, 1954 to J. M. and Wanda Ree (Johnson) Peace. He graduated from Center High School in 1972. Randall better known as “Peacemaker” was self-employed as a truck driver. He worked in the logging woods for many years and has hauled rock, gravel & chickens in the past.

He is preceded in death by his Father, J.M. “Cudge” Peace, Wife, Donna Peace, Grandparents, R.J. & Nettie Johnson, Grandparents, Booth & Mae Peace, Mother-in-law, Bobbie Ann (Lampley) Hataway, Uncle, Reynold Dean “Bully” Peace and Aunt, Lillie Mae (Peace) Hughes.

He is survived by:

Children:
Tarah (Peace) Rudisill & husband, Jason of Nacogdoches
Reagan (Peace) Link & husband, Kevin of Center
Hilary Peace of Center
Nathan Peace of Center

2 Grandsons:
Braxton Lee Rudisill of Nacogdoches
Karson Gilbert Link of Center

Mother: Wanda Ree Peace of Center

Father-in-law: Donald Gene Hataway of Tenaha

Uncles & Aunts:
Monk & Pat Peace of Center
Barbara & Carroll Wilson of Huxley
Numerous Cousins, Family & Friends

Special Friend: Donna Rushing of Hardin

Pallbearers:
Steve Hopkins, Justin Hopkins, David Alford, Rex Hutto, Donald Barbee & Roy Mixon

Honorary Pallbearers: Jason Rudisill & Kevin Link

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas.


8/26/2013

Mildred Allison, 84 of Houston, Texas, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013 in Houston, Texas. She was born February 21, 1929 in Shreveport, LA. Her parents were Lee Parrish and Hattie Mae Byars Fancher. She was of the Jehovah Witness faith and a homemaker.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 11am to 12 noon Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison Texas and funeral services will be at 12 noon at the funeral home with interment to follow at Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.

She is survived by:

Husband: Clyde Allison of Houston, Texas

Sons:
Henry Milton Harding and wife Dale of Houston, Texas
Russell Lendin Allison and wife Karen of Houston, Texas

Daughter: Carolia Sue Hostetter and husband Bruce of Cut & Shoot, TX

Grandchildren: Marcus, Spring Gail, Kimberly, Stewart, Sandy, Melinda, Chelsea and Daniel

Sisters:
Francis McMiIllan of Overton, TX
Marie Carter of Houston, TX

Host of other relatives and friends

Pallbearers will be her grandsons

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


Eldon Doster, 72, of Center, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Oak Manor Nursing Home in Nacogdoches. He was born January 20, 1941 in Center to Obie Doster and Ethel Wicker Doster. He was of the Jehovah’s Witness faith.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Mike Michalak officiating.

He is survived by
Wife: Brenda Doster of Center

Brother: Elmon Doster and wife, Barbara of Houston

Mother-in-law: Mary Jane Goings of Shelbyville

Sister-in-law: Laretta Dean of Shelbyville

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Parents: Obie Doster and Ethel Wicker Doster
Brothers: Herschel Doster, Harold Doster and Leon Doster

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


8/24/2013

Jimmy Dow Stilley, 75, of Timpson, passed away on Friday, August 23, 2013 in Garrison, Texas. He was born on October 19, 1937 in Timpson, Texas, the son of John Payton Stilley and Irene (Randall) Stilley. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Bro. Hollis Bass officiating. Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM also at Taylor Funeral Home.

Jimmy was a servant by heart. He served his country in the United States Army from February 1957 until December 1959. After retiring from Diamond Shamrock, he spent many years as the caretaker for the First Baptist Church of Timpson and then spent many years as well serving on the board of the Corinth Cemetery Association. He also carried this gift of serving over to his family. Jimmy also loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Old Home Baptist Church.

Jimmy is survived by his wife Sue Stilley of Timpson; sons: Randy Stilley of Houston, Kerry Stilley and his wife Sharon of Houston, Tracey Stilley and his wife Sheri of Houston, and Jesse Elliott of Timpson; by daughters: Renee Smith of Conroe, Tx, Elaine Young and her husband Ernie of Timpson and Kathy Frick of Milam, Tx; by sister: Catherine Bass and her husband Hollis of Timpson; by aunt: Myra Shepherd of Mt. Enterprise; he also leaves his legacy to his 20 grandchildren and his 4 great-grandchildren. Jimmy is also survived by a host of other close family members and dear friends.

Jimmy was preceded in death death by his parents, John Payton and Irene Stilley, by sister, Eva Nell Stilley and by his son, Stacey Stilley.

Pallbearers for Mr. Stilley will be: Byran Elliott, Cory Young, Brandon Young, Justin Young, Ernie Young, and Joshua Taylor.

Honorary Pallbearers will include: Bill Cozart, Thomas Cozart, Hollis Bass, and Bobby Stilley.

Memorial donations in Mr. Stilley’s name can be made to the Corinth Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 507, Timpson, Texas 75975.

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


8/23/2013

Donald Alvin Dickerson, 50, of Star City, AR passed away Wednesday at John L. McClellan Memorial Veteran's Hospital in Little Rock. He was born July 26, 1963 in Hemphill, TX to Vivian and Eudeline Lane Dickerson. He was a minister and missionary of Southside Baptist Church in Star City, serving in Cowie, Scotland, UK and was a lieutenant in the US Navy, graduating in 1985 from the US Naval Academy.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Dickerson of Star City; parents, Vivian and Eudeline Dickerson of Center, TX; son, Ryan McCormack of Cowie, Scotland, UK; and 2 brothers, Brian Dickerson of Mansfield, TX and Chuck Dickerson of Nassau Bay, TX.

Funeral services are 2:00PM Monday at Faith Baptist Church in N. Little Rock with Bro. Allen Hagood, Bro. Keith Rowton, Bro. Robert "Mack" Myers officiating. Visitation is 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon Monday at the church. A second visitation is 2:00 - 4:00PM Sunday at Southside Baptist Church in Star City. Pallbearers are Shawn Bai, Mike Crofford, Brian Dickerson, Bryan Lehman, Alan Myers, Rob Payne, Isaac Pettersen and Daniel Rucker. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church, Alvin Dickerson "Young Ministers" Memorial Fund, PO Box 545, Star City, AR 71667.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at www.griffinfuneralservice.net.

Memorial Service for Alvin Dickerson will be held on Thursday, August 29 at 2:30 pm, at the following location:

Providence Baptist Church
County Road 1265
Center, Texas

At 1:45 pm on Thurs, August 29 there will be a 45 minute visitation time before the Memorial Service (2:30) for Alvin Dickerson.


Roxanne Galey, 37, of Avondale, AZ died on Monday, June 10, 2013 in Hospice of the Valley in Goodyear, Arizona. Roxanne had been battling colon cancer for several years. Roxanne's body was donated to Science Care (research) and thus Roxanne lives on by allowing doctors and medical students the ability to research new life-saving medical and surgical procedures and techniques. No services are planned.

Roxanne was born in Circle City Hospital in Corona, CA on June 11, 1975 and moved to Texas with her parents in November of 1983 where she attended Center schools and graduated from Center High School in May 1995. Roxanne moved to Arizona in 1998 and lived there until her death.

Roxanne is survived by:

Dad and Mom: Sean and Joyce Permenter, Joaquin, Texas

Son: John Paul Esquivel, Avandale, AZ

Brother: Eric Permenter and fiance, Josey Mallory, Joaquin, Texas

Sister: Amie and Brad Modglin, Las Vegas, NV

Grandmother: Edgel Permenter, Arlington, Texas

Aunts and Uncles:
Mike Black, Flagstaff, AZ
Jeanette and David Oehlerking, Mesa, AZ
Eddie and Denise Black, Queen Creek, AZ
Willie and Jackie Black, Mesa, AZ
Leslie Black, Phoenix, AZ
Steve and Sandy Permenter, Joaquin, TX
Debbie and Jack Brown, Arlington, TX

Nephews:
Branson Permenter of Joaquin
Kolton Pacheco, San Diego, CA

Nieces:
Madison Modglin and Allie Modglin, Las Vegas, NV

Numerous cousins

She was preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Dorothy Black; maternal grandfather, Owen Black; and paternal grandfather, Smith Permenter.

Donations can be made to the Hopsice of the Valley in Goodyear, Arizona


Alice Deloney, 90 of Garrison, Texas passed away August 22, 2013 in Longview, Texas. She was born November 13, 1922 to Noble L. Alford and Clotile Brown Alford. She was of the Baptist faith.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 9am to 11am at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11am with Bro. Shak Arrington officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Springs Cemetery.

She is survived by:

Grandson: Mark Hamilton and wife Christina, Pittsburg, PA

Granddaughter: Debbie Young of Jefferson, TX

Great Grandchildren: Phoenix, Denver and Marverick Young; Breana, Lauren and Julia Hamilton

Sisters:
Tula Alford Browning of Agua Dulee
Jackie Alford Allen of Henderson, TX
Betty Alford Adams of Dilsboro, IN

Brother: William D. Alford of Milam, IN

Host of other nieces, nephews and friends

Preceded in death by 1st husband Noble Nail, 2nd husband Richard "Jack" DeLoney; daughter, Vivian Askley; parents, Noble and Clotile Brown Alford; 2 brothers and 2 sisters

Funeral services under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas


Edith Rivers Henderson, 93, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013 in Kaufman. She was born January 8, 1920 in Shelby County to Walter W. Hickman and Ruth Permenter Hickman. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 903 in Joaquin, Retired Teachers Association, XYZ and First Baptist Church in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Elmer Mathews officiating. Interment will follow at Old Home Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Phil Worsham, Dennis Leggett, Rodney Dean, Nolan Sholar, Steve Cockrell and Mike Wood. Honorary pallbearers will be R.D. Green, Jimmy Coulter and William Foster.

She is survived by
Sisters:
Bobbie Shaw and husband, John of Shreveport
Margarett Nash of Crandall

Nephew: Mark McElrath and wife, Cheryl of Forney

Nieces:
Tiffany Lowe and husband, Tom of Crandall
Connie Mead and husband, Doug of Sulphur

Numerous other relatives

Preceded in death by
Husband: James Rivers
Husband: Hie Henderson
Parents: Ruth & Walter Hickman
Sister: Verna Lee Pickard

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


8/22/2013

Shirley Boles Young, 76, of Center, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Bro. Michael Hale officiating.

She was born December 14, 1936 in Center to Paul and Rosa Lee (Lock) Boles. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Center.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Paul and Rosa Lee Boles and Infant Twin Sisters.

She is survived by:

Son: Randy Carroll & wife, Delisa of Center

Daughter: Virginia Permenter of Center

Son: Jeff Young & wife, Deborah of Center

Grandsons:
Richard Pinkston & wife, Elizabeth of Center
David Young of Center

Granddaughter: Mallory Permenter of Center

Great Grandchildren: Kinzley & Andrew Pinkston of Center

Brother: Bennie Boles & wife, Anita of Center

Niece: Debbie Boles of Houston

Step Brother: Ralph Edward “Butch” Campbell of Center

Numerous Cousins, Relatives & Friends

Pallbearers: Jason Snider, Chester Hutto, Lee Saenz, Dennis Permenter, Billy Poindexter & Dakotah Poindexter

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


John Wesley Parker was born February 19, 1962, in San Augustine, Texas, to J.W. and Wilma (Flournoy) Parker and entered into rest August 21, 2013 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

John was a veteran of United States Army. He was employed by a Construction Company in Garrison, Texas.
He was a member of Broaddus Masonic Lodge and was a member of Geneva Baptist Church.

John is survived by his wife Jan Parker of San Augustine; daughter Winter Parker Eastland and her husband James of Canyon Lake; son J. T. Parker and his fiance' Shelby of Carizzo Springs; stepsons Douglas Williams and his wife Tabitha of Milam, Matt Williams and his wife Heather of Lufkin; sisters Joy Nell Sowell and her husband Alfred Gene of San Augustine, Evelyn Miller and her husband Kenneth of Harkley, Sherry Lockley and her husband Fred of New Braunfels; grandchildren Wesley, Sophie, Bryleigh, Lilly, Jackson, Jordan; nieces and nephews - Michael Shane Mosley of Pasadena, Kim Harless of New Braunfels, Brandy Shulte; aunts Bennie Brookshire of San Augustine, Lanell Huff of Houston; numerous other cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Wilma and J. W. Parker; nephew Matthew Kendrick and Kevin Miller.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel with Bro. Buddy Pratt officiating and burial will follow at Sowell Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be J.T. Parker, Donald Steptoe, Ronald Bennefield, Vandy Sowell, Freddy Weeks, Anthony Quinn. Honorary Pallbearers will be Steve Dwire and Sam McGee.

Visitation will be Friday evening at the Funeral Home from the hours of 5:00 - 8:00.

Please note condolences and online obituary may be posted at www.timeformemory.com.wymanroberts


8/21/2013

Rose Maude Ware Culver, 77, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, & friend, was welcomed into Heaven by her large, and loving family who preceded her home, on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, after a valiant battle with COPD. She was born on December 30, 1935, in her fraternal home on Butler Hill, Gary, Texas, to Katie Ila Crump Ware, and Ralph Lamar Ware. She was an excellent student of the Tenaha school system where she was involved in many clubs, and her love of learning was fostered by several wonderful teachers. After graduating from Stephen F. Austin University, Class of 1957, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, Rose accepted a teaching position with the Groves Independent School District, where she taught fifth grade. She was a beloved teacher, mentor, & friend to all who knew her, and several of these students became lifelong friends. Rose Ware, meet and married the love of her life Albert Culver, at the First Methodist Church, Tenaha, Texas, on February 13, 1960, a winter storm made the nuptials very icy, and gave her a great story to tell her children, about her wedding. She was a world traveler, who could stretch a dollar by eating potted meat sandwiches, or Vienna sausage, so she could go a little farther each trip. She was an avid reader, gardener, fisher woman, student of life, lover of nature, antiques collector, neighborhood mom, Bluebird Leader, and most importantly Rose was an amazing mother, grandmother, great grandmother, a true friend to all who knew and loved her! While she never returned to teaching after giving birth to her three daughters, she continued to teach her children, neighbor kids, friends children, and strangers, about the world, to love nature, books, birds, insects, rocks, music, laughter, and one another, she was the Kool-Aid, and cookies mom, giving so much to so many that kids came from blocks away to play at The Culver Girls’ house. Rose made many lifelong friendships that brought several families together to this day; the Drakes, Goldbergs, Burmeisters, were wonderful additions to the large extended Culver and Ware families. She reveled in her children, her nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and her beloved parents making everyone feel special, and nurtured the importance of loving family.

Rose Maude, is survived by her daughters: Emily Rose Beaird, and husband, Ramon, of Florence, TX; Brenda Jane Culver, and life partner, Regina Stoneham, of Round Rock, TX; Katy Frances Wallace, and husband Grady, of Hutto, TX; Sister Frances Bowlin, and husband Morris, of Gary, TX; granddaughter Lana Welch, husband SOG Tanner Welch, of Virginia; granddaughters: Gradie Lauren Wallace, Audrey Beaird, Vicki Beaird, grandsons: Daniel Culver, Hunter Wallace, Noah Wallace, great grandsons: Logan Johnson, Turner Welch, great-granddaughters Lily Welch, her niece Beverly Kay Martin, and husband Keith; nephew Bryan Bowlin, and wife Terry of Tenaha, TX; her beloved son, Ray Cody Drake, of Nacogdoches, TX. The family would also like to thank the staff of Texas Home Health Hospice, who gave Rose exceptional care, and showered her in kindness; Nurse Emma, Chaplain Donna, Aide Lucille, Aide Carla aka (Carli) and all the other great nurses she was blessed to know!

Rose Maude Ware Culver, will be honored in a Christian Service at the Ramah Baptist Church, 131 County Road 4475 Tenaha, TX, 75974-4515, on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 10:00 AM, with Pastor Keith Keele, presiding, Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery. The family invites all to a reception following the burial at the Ramah Fellowship Hall. Visitation will be on Friday, August 23, 2013, from 2-4 PM, at Mangum Funeral Home, 420 San Augustine Street, Center, TX 75935. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the: Staff Sergeant, Lucian Adams Scholarship Fund, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, 1500 Procter Street, Port Arthur, TX 77640. Lucian was Rose’s brother in law, and both were advocates of making education available to all who want it!

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Mavis Forsyth, 81, of Port Arthur, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur.

Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. John Bender officiating.

Mavis Forsyth was born on May 15th, 1932 in Shelbyville, Texas, and was the youngest of ten children to Mildred and Edward Whiddon. She was the proud and caring matriarch to her family, and enjoyed the holidays, cooking for her loved ones, and attending church services and bible study. Mavis will be laid to rest alongside her husband and son at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

She is preceded in death by first husband Douglas Forsyth and first born son Larry Forsyth.

She is survived by sons- Keith (Jenny) Forsyth of Mauriceville, Texas, and Barry (Lois) Forsyth of Orange, Texas; daughters- Diane (Alan) Tinsley of Port Arthur, Texas and Pam (Adam) Hall of Beaumont, Texas. The beloved “MoMo” to five grandchildren: Barry Len Forsyth, Joey Hayes, April Hayes, Brittany Williams, and Marissa Forsyth; five step-grandchildren: Cory Rambo, Jeremy Tinsley, Aaron Tinsley, Lydia Hall and Sarah Hall; five great-grandchildren and ten step-great grandchildren. Survived by one cousin, Allyene Barlam, and aunt to multiple nieces and nephews.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


8/20/2013

Ron M. Lee, 67, died in Houston on August 19, 2013, after battling esophageal cancer for three and half years. Memorial Services will be held at 6:30pm on Friday, August 23, 2013 Victory & Praise Worship Center at 21907 FM 2100 Crosby, Texas. The Lee Family, in keeping with his wishes, would like for his friends to stop by and enjoy his favorite food, Barbeque and share fond memories celebrating his life.

Ron M. Lee was an identical twin and the son of Ira Evan Lee, World War II Veteran and Annie Ruth Lee (“Meme”). He grew up in Center, Texas and attended Center High School and later Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was blessed with a bigger than life personality and the art of sales came naturally to him. He was life-long salesman in the Insurance, apparel and mobile home industry. As he would always say, he “could sell an oscillating fan to an Eskimo!”

In 1966, he married his Center High School sweetheart, Billie Kathryn Metcalf. Three years later they had their only child, Michael “Cody” Lee. In 1999, he married Maria Zubia Cervantes after being single for 25 years. Though he had many trials in this life, he had a deep and abiding faith in Jesus, his Lord and Savior. Shortly before he passed, he said that, “He had decided it was time and he was going to Heaven,” and that is exactly what he did.

Survivors include: His twin brother Don M. Lee and his sister Lynn Lee of Humble, Texas; his son Cody Lee and wife Heather and his grandchildren Hudson, Sheppard, Isabella and Lola Grace of McKinney, Texas. A special thanks to Ryli Lee Davis, his niece, who out of love provided for his care in his final months.

In lieu of flowers, any donations to his Church (Victory & Praise Worship Center at 21907 FM 2100 Crosby, Texas) would be appreciated.

To convey condolences online please visit: www.cremationone.cc


Robert Glyn “Bob” Hughes, 79, of Center, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. He was born November 30, 1933 in Timpson to Vause Hughes and Jewell Crump Hughes. Mr. Hughes served in the United States Army. He was of the Baptist faith.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 23, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Michael Ramsey, Lester Hughes, Robert Ramsey, Brent Hughes, Tom H. Collins and Bobby Collins. Honorary pallbearers will be Chili Jones, Ben Clifton, Leroy Terry, Joe Ford, Doyle Luman, Chester Mills, Jessie Mims, Lowell Cooper, John Schoenrock, Johnny Covington and Jason Covington.

He is survived by
Wife: Sandra Collins Hughes of Center

Son: Lance Hughes and wife, Bridget of Timpson

Granddaughter: Holly Colleen Hughes of Timpson

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Parents: Vause Hughes and Jewell Crump Hughes
Grandson: Jacob Brent Hughes
Brother: B.W. Hughes
Sister: Berniece Hughes Ramsey

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jacob Hughes Duck’s Unlimited Fund at Shelby Savings Bank in Center.

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


Dorothy Mayhaw, 72 of Beckville, passed away Friday night, August 16, 2013 at Panola Nursing Home. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 12 noon until 2pm at Northside Christian Center Church, Carthage, Texas. Services will be held following visitation at 2pm. Interment at Walnut Springs Cemetery, Carthage, Texas with Rev. Betty Wills officiating.

She is survived by:

3 sons:
Luther Dan Mayhaw of Beckville, Texas
Doyle Ray Mayhaw of Nacogdoches, Texas
John Edd Mayhaw of Huxley, Texas

Daughter: Dora Jane Perkins of Carthage, Texas

8 Grand Children, 1 Great Grand Child

Sister: Janie Downins of Gary, Texas

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas


Bennie Dale Dunkins, 75 of Timpson, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at his residence in Timpson. Services will be held Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 1pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas with interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. Pastor Moses Donzell Hughes to officate.

He is survived by:

3 Daughters:
Glenda Woods of Alando, Florida
Rena Oliver Ware of Clear Water, Florida
Bennie Hudson of Mansfield, Louisiana

Son: Travis Duncan of Tenaha, Texas

11 Grand Children, 13 Great Grand Children

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas


8/19/2013

Mrs. Lavell Carroll, 93, of Center, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center. She was born February 15, 1920 in Toro, Louisiana to Jasper Caldwell and Myrtie Peace Caldwell. She was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church in Many, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Many, Louisiana with Bro. Elsie Walker officiating.

Pallbearers will be Darwin Carroll, Daniel Carroll, Billy Caldwell, Dennis McGaha, Jerry Johnson and Rev. Matt Haggard. Honorary pallbearer will be Steve Carroll.

She is survived by
Son: Gary Carroll and wife, Brenda of Center

Grandson: Danny Carroll of Opelousas, Louisiana

Sisters-in-law:
Cleone Carroll of Florien, Louisiana
Leona Carroll of Florien, Louisiana

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: JD Carroll
Great Grandson: Daniel Beau Carroll
Brother: OG Caldwell

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Lavell Carroll’s name to Oak Hill Baptist Church, 135 Pastor’s Drive, Many Louisiana 71449.

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


8/17/2013

A funeral service for Mrs. Velma Joy Ann Myers Wilburn, age 68, of Marshall, TX formerly of Carthage, TX, will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bob Scott officiating. Interment will follow in Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha, TX. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Wilburn passed away on Friday morning, Aug. 16, 2013, at her home in Marshall.

Velma Joy Ann Myers Wilburn was born on Aug. 29, 1944, in Shelby County, TX to the late Jesse Leon and Wylma Matilda McCune Myers. Joy attended Paxton and Tenaha Schools. She married James Harrell Wilburn on Aug. 15, 1961, in Center, TX and he preceded her in death on June 7, 2011. Joy was a former member of First Assembly of God in Carthage. She loved to sing, play the piano, and praise the Lord. Joy moved to Marshall in 2008. She was also preceded in death by an infant brother, William Lee Myers and one great-grandson Aaron Bell.

Mrs. Wilburn is survived by two daughters, Deborah Casteel and husband Chris of Marshall and Patricia Keen and husband Alvin of Friendswood; one brother, Larry Myers and wife Lisa of Center; four sisters, Gerry Jacques of Doyline, LA, Mavis Campbell and husband Adolph of Shreveport, Shirley Estes of Carthage, and Rose Crawford of Tenaha; brother-in-law, Douglas Wilburn and wife Barbara of Rusk; three grandchildren, Jamie and Sydney Bell and Kristen Grooms; and three great-grandchildren, Jimmy Bell and Lucas and Torunn Roberts.

Serving as pallbearers are Alvin Keen, Steven Moore, Roger Humphries, Phillip Humphries, Glen Wilburn, and Michael Hopkins.

If desired, memorials may be made to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.

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


Fleetia Edgar, 83, of Center, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Oak Manor Nursing Home in Nacogdoches. She was born June 3, 1930 in Harlingen, Texas to Leonard Riley and Georgia McCaskill Riley. Ms. Edgar was very active in her community. She cooked meals for Lions Club, was a member of the Garden Club and also worked with the Cancer Society. Ms. Edgar was a member of First United Methodist Church in Center for many years.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Center with Rev. Joel McMahon officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time. Interment will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Sunset Cemetery in Sunset, Texas.

She is survived by
Nephews:
Michael Riley and wife, Stephany of Mico, Texas
Ralph Riley and wife, Ramona of Marianna, Florida
Stanley Riley and wife, Stella of Martinsville, Texas

Nieces:
Karen Whittenburg and husband, Stephen of Snyder, Texas
Kathy Crum and husband, Bobby of Jonesboro, Arkansas

A number of great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Husband: Bill Edgar
Parents: Leonard Riley and Georgia McCaskill Riley
Brother: Kenneth Riley
Sister: Oleane Jackson

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


08/16/2013

J.T. Lucas, a well known and respected East Texas businessman, was born March 23, 1920, to parents Tom Lucas and Rosie Casper Lucas.

J.T., 93-years-old, passed away at his home on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 18, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches. Funeral service will follow at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel with Dr. Johnny Dammon officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, located at 5127 North Street in Nacogdoches.

Pallbearers will be Tom Lucas, Bob Lucas, Grady Stimits, Ken Langford, Charles Randall, and Dr. David Duke.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Stimits Lucas, they were married December 14, 1944, and celebrated 68 years together

Son, Doyle Lucas and wife Sandy

Grandchildren
Jared Lucas and wife Glenda

Great-Grandchildren
Carlie and Emily

Brother
Woodrow Lucas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Johnnie and Pearl; and brothers, Carl Ed, Floyd, and Marshall.

J.T. was a member of Milam Masonic Lodge #2 since 1956 and a Scottish Rite 32nd degree Master since 1973. He was also known as "the Hardware Man" for his 67 years service with Cason Monk.

Memorials may be made to Fredonia Hill Baptist Church, 1711 South Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75964.

Arrangements are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.


08/15/2013

Gene Ray Shields, 54, of Center, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. He was born August 9, 1959 in Campbell County, Kentucky to Leroy John Shields and Betty Jane Gemmer Shields. He was a member of Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 19, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Windham officiating. A masonic graveside service will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Chris Dockens, Danny Parker, Larry Weaver, Randy Grey, Steve Adams and Kevin Harvey. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Shields, Matt Harvey, Gene E. Shields, Leroy Shields and Kenny Schoubroek.

He is survived by
Wife of 35 years: Judie Shields of Center

Son: Gene E. Shields of Center

Daughter: Karen Harvey and husband, Kevin of Center

Grandchildren:
Matt Harvey of Center
Macy Harvey of Center
Mandy Harvey of Center

Brothers:
Leroy Shields and wife, Gloria of Seguin
David Shields and wife, Vicky of Center
Keith Shields and wife, Terrie of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Special Friends: Larry & Pam Weaver of Center

Preceded in death by
Parents: Leroy John Shields and Betty Jane Gemmer Shields
Nephew: Brian Shields
Father-in-law: Earl Schoubroek
Sisters-in-law: Lillie Schoubroek and Jerri Wilburn
Brothers-in-law: David Schoubroek and Eugene Schoubroek

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


08/14/2013

A memorial service for Mr. Danny L. Sims, 56, of Longview, Texas will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 10:00am at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Jason Simpson, Bro. Sonny Scarborough, Bro. Chet Strain and Bro. John Harvey.

Mr. Sims was born on January 7, 1957, in Shelby County, Texas to the late Travis Lamar Sims and Clara Odell Meyers Sims. He passed away peacefully on August 8, 2013 in Longview, Texas.

Danny is survived by

Son: Clay Sims of Center

Daughters:
Kimberly Sims Barbee of Nacogdoches
Angela McNeely of Nacogdoches

Brothers:
Ricky Sims and wife Bonnie of Center
Jeffery Sims and wife Yvette of Center

Sister: Laurie Waling and husband James of Carthage

Special Niece: Jennifer Matthews of Center

Grandchildren: Lacy Brook Sims and numerous other grandchildren

Best friend and business partner for over 20 years:
Jason Simpson and wife Michelle of Longview

Numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and good friends.

Preceded in death by Travis and Clara Sims, Wife of 21 years, Christine Sims, son, Johnny Alexander Sims, and brother, David Lamar Sims.

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


08/13/2013

Edith Esmeralda Gonzalez, 18 months old, passed away Monday, August 12, 2013 at Memorial Health Systems in San Augustine.

Services will 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 15, 2013 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Center with Father Jose Vidarte and Father Ruben officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born February 27, 2012 in Nacogdoches to Feliciano Gonzalez and Judith Contreras- Gonzalez.

She is survived by:

Parents: Feliciano & Judith Gonzalez of Center

Sister: Fatima Guadalupe Gonzalez of Center

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


08/12/2013

Adelle Rudd Chandler, age 98, passed away Monday, August 12, 2013, at Memorial Hospital, Nacogdoches. She was born June 7, 1915, in San Augustine County, Texas, to parents Carl and Addie Rudd. Mrs. Chandler was married to Earl Chandler for 72 years, who predeceased her in April 2003.

Mrs. Chandler was a very devout Christian and a lifetime member of Martinsville Baptist Church (MBC). She was a member of the Martha Sunday School Class for many, many years until all her class members were either deceased or unable to attend. She then joined the "younger" ladies class and was an active participant until about two months ago when her health began to worsen. While attending MBC she was also active in the Women's Missionary Union (WMU), Vacation Bible School, and all other activities relating to worshipping and serving the Lord. She was truly an inspiration to all who knew her and will be greatly missed by her church family.

In addition to being predeceased by her husband and parents; one son, Clarence Chandler, two grandchildren, two brothers, Joseph Buell Rudd and John Hollis Rudd, and a sister, Alma Rudd Martin, also have gone on to be with our Heavenly Father.

She is survived by four sons, Billy Chandler and wife Bessie of Houston, Fred Chandler and wife Claudette of Nacogdoches, Mike Chandler of Nacogdoches, and David Chandler and wife Susan of Nacogdoches; and also by four daughters, Earlene Smith and husband Tucker of Martinsville, Barbara England of Austin, Betty Hamilton and husband Don of Clear Lake, and Karon Young and husband Steve of Dallas; two sisters, Ann Green and Marie Green, both of Martinsville; and a brother, Wayne Rudd of Martinsville. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

She never forgot a name or a birthday of any family member and always enjoyed having family get-togethers and preparing delicious food for everyone to enjoy. Mrs. Chandler was a great role model for her family and their many, many wonderful memories of her will live on forever in their hearts.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 15, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., followed by her funeral service at 10:00 a.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel at 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches. Bro. Ronnie Sowell, a former pastor of MBC, will be conducting the service, assisted by Pastor Dee Daniel. Music will be provided by her granddaughter-in-law, Alisa Lofton. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Interment will follow at Martinsville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Martinsville Baptist Church or Martinsville Cemetery; or a charity of your choice.

Services are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North St. in Nacogdoches. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.


Funeral services for Weldon Grimsley, 94, of Winnsboro, formerly of Longview, will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home of Longview with Rev. James E. Boatman officiating. Mr. Grimsley passed away Monday morning in a Winnsboro nursing home. The family will receive friends Wednesday morning from 10-11 AM prior to the service.

Weldon was born on October 2, 1918 in Center Texas to Vollie Bruce and Littie Ann Grimsley. He was a member of the First Pentecostal Church for over 30 years and loved the Lord and it showed in his life. He owned a Bait and Tackle Shop in Center Texas for many years and owned and operated a Coin Shop in Longview as well. He was very active in the Lion’s Club and served for a while as the president. Mr. Grimsley loved the outdoors and loved hunting and fishing but he found great joy and local fame for being a beekeeper. He loved working with bees and everyone in east Texas knew him as the foremost authority on bees. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Ann Bradshaw; his sisters Ruby Peacock and Gertie Grimsley; and his brothers Choran Grimsley and Elvin Grimsley.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 73 years, Irene Grimsley; his daughter Mary Lynn Bublitz and her husband Ron; one sister, Melba Williams; his grandchildren Ken Bradshaw, Karen Ann Tinney, Paul Bradshaw, and Susan Shirley; and 8 great grandchildren.

A memorial guestbook may be signed online at www.raderfh.com.


08/11/2013

Doyle McCary, 83, of Seagoville, formerly of Center, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Town East Rehab Center in Mesquite. He was born September 2, 1929 in Shelby County to William Fletcher McCary and Vera Mae Crocker McCary. Mr. McCary served in the United States Navy. He later became a general commercial contractor and was involved in numerous military building operations throughout his career including Carswell, Dyess, Tinker, and Fort Hood. He was a loving father and in his later years Mr. McCary was a devoted great grandfather who loved spending time with his boys. Mr. McCary was a member of Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149 in Center for 57 years, a member of the Shriners over 35 years, and a member of First United Methodist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Joel McMahon officiating. A masonic graveside service will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center under the direction of Sam Samford Masonic Lodge #149.

Pallbearers will be fellow Masons.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Connie McCary Anderson and husband, Jim of Seagoville
Lisa Wighaman and husband, Buddy of Pilot Point

Son: Michael McCary and wife, Kimberly of Denton County

Ex-wife: Virginia of Pilot Point, formerly of Tenaha

6 Grandchildren

8 Great Grandchildren

Sister: Dorothy Day of Denton County

Preceded in death by
Parents: William Fletcher McCary and Vera Mae Crocker McCary
Daughter: Christy L. McCary

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


Jaime Ignacio Ceballos Garcia, 32, of Houston passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2013 in Houston.

Services will be 12:30 p.m. Sunday, August 11, 2013 at St. Theresa Catholic Church with Father Jose Vidarte officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born November 3, 1980 to Ignacio Ceballos and Griselda Garcia.

He is survived by:
Father: Ignacio Ceballos

Mother: Griselda Garcia

Sisters:
Irasema Vasquez
Tareth Leon

Nieces & Nephews:
San Juanita Vazquez, Raquel Gutierrez, Melanie Gutierrez, Heather Leon & Christopher Leon

Pallbearers:
Jose A. Gutierrez, Alfredo Leon, Martin Santiago, Hector Soria, Fernando Jurado, Alfredo Roque, Miguel Garcia & Ruben Rodriquez

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Funeral service for Elvin Mervin Gary, 86, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, August 12, 2013, at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Sunday, August 11, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson. Mr. Gary passed away Friday, August 9, 2013, in Nacogdoches, TX.

Born October 6, 1926, in Timpson, TX, Elvin Mervin Gary was the son of the late Ernest and Diamond Spradley Gary. He grew up in a large, loving family on the farm in the Corinth Community. He was a Timpson Bear, playing basketball and football. Mervin was drafted in May 1945, before his senior year at Timpson High School. He served in the Army Air Force in the Philippines during World War II and also served in the National Guard. On June 4, 1949, he and JoAnn Keating were married in Timpson.

Mervin attended Tyler Junior College and the University of Houston. He was an electrician at Continental Can Company in Houston for 31 years. Mervin was devoted to his family and while in Houston helped to coach Little League baseball. He and JoAnn moved back to Timpson in June 1984, and began to raise cattle, garden, and tend fruit trees. On June 4, 1999, Mervin and JoAnn Keating Gary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mervin was a member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include the love of his life, wife JoAnn Keating Gary; sons: Richard Gary and wife Sherry and Mark Gary and wife Nancy; daughters: Barbara Crouch and husband Melvin and Nancy Kathryn (Kathy) Richard; grandchildren: Amanda George and husband Michael, Sean Crouch and wife Tiffany, Zachary Richard and wife Kimberle, Heather Bryan and husband Michael, Krystal Zwerneman and husband Curtis, Toni Gary, Katie Kelley and husband Brad, and Travis Gary; great grandchildren: Reagan Standley, Clayton, Colton, and Caitlyn Richard, Camryn and Carson Crouch, Jordan and Carsan Zwerneman, and Ashlyn Kelley; and sisters Helen Hudson, Melma Sparks, Winnie Molloy, and Vera Brooks.

In addition to his parents, Elvin Mervin Gary was preceded in death by brothers: Melvin, Elzin, Lovis, and Jimmy Gary; brothers-in law: Norris Sparks, and Ossie Hudson; sisters-in-law: Audrey, Oneita, and Mary Gary; and great nephew Patrick Powers.

Memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 919 North Michigan Ave., Ste. 1000, Chicago, IL 60611, or Kids for Christ, Timpson Missionary Baptist Church, P. O. Box 336, Timpson, TX 75975. To convey condolences on line, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


08/09/2013

Ross Funeral Home of Houston and Hicks Mortuary of Center announce funeral service for Mr. Willie Glyn Greer of Houston, Texas. Services will be Saturday, August 10, 2013, at Ross Chapel at 10am. Graveside Services will be Saturday, Augusts 10, 2013, in Timpson, Texas at Timpson City Cemetery at 2pm.

Mr. Greer’s survivals are:

Wife, Beulah Roberts of Houston

Sisters:
Peggy Greer, Walker of Nacogdoches, Texas
Carol Sue Greer


08/08/2013

Funeral services for Mr. Calvin “Lupy” Edwards Sr., 56 of Center, TX will be held Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 2 pm at Triump The Church and Kingdom of God in Christ, 908 Daniel Street, Center, TX with Prince Howard Cloudy Sr. as Eulogist. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Center, TX under the directions of Sid Roberts Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, TX.

Lupy passed away Monday, August 5, 2013 in Nacogdoches. He was born Oct 21, 1956 in San Augustine to Willie Edwards and Orean Edwards of San Augustine, TX.

Visitations will begin on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Sid Roberts Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, TX.

Wake will begin on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Triump The Church and Kingdom of God in Christ 908 Daniel Street, Center, TX

Survivors include:

Wife-Linda Logan Edwards of Center, Tx

Children:
Tomekia Jones of Dallas, TX; Stephanie Hicks, San Augustine, TX; Calvin Edwards Jr, and Eddie Edwards of Center, TX.

Parents:
Father: Willie Edwards-deceased
Mother: Orean Edwards of San Augustine, TX

Brothers:
Clyde Edards (Rhena) San Augustine, TX
Willie Ray Edwards(Lois) Nacogdoches, TX
Cedric Edwards (Connie) Nacogdoches, TX
Elzie Edwards Nacogdoches, TX
Cecil Edwards(Jacqueline) Nacogdoches, TX
Tommy Lane Dallas, TX

Sisters:
Linda Pickens(Kenneth) San Augustine, TX
Renee Anders San Augustine, TX

And 10 Grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends.


William “Bill” Harold Roberts, age 61, of Center, passed away Thursday, August 08, 2013 at his residence in Center after a brief illness.

A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, August 11, 2013, from 2pm until 4pm at Mangum Funeral Home in Center.

Bill was born August 2, 1952 in Louisiana to Harold Edward & Frances (Walsh) Roberts. He graduated from Center High School in 1970. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983. He taught school for many years, having been employed by Nacogdoches ISD, Hudson ISD & Wells ISD. He was of the Methodist faith.

He is preceded in death by his father, Harold Roberts.

He is survived by
Mother, Frances Roberts of Center
Son, Austin Roberts of Austin
Daughter, Lexie Roberts of Nacogdoches
Mother of his children, Sharon Pinkston Roberts of Nacogdoches
Sister, Betty Jo “BJ” Laird & husband, Randolph “Spooky” of Atlanta, GA

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Thelma Scates, 97, of Center, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, August 9, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born October 21, 1915 in Tenaha to Jabus and Maude (Welch) Risinger. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Center. She loved church, yardwork and sewing.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Harrell Scates and Daughter, Dolly Scates.

She is survived by:
Nephews and Niece:
Ellen Lieux of Baton Rouge
Tommy Scates of Shreveport
Eddie Scates of Longview

Special Friends:
Tommy & Alice West of Center
Numerous Other Family & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


08/06/2013

R.J. Barrett, 79, of Nacogdoches passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at his residence.

Born Sept. 15, 1933, in Nacogdoches County, he married Sadie Randall on April 2, 1955, in Center, Texas.

R.J. worked hard all of his life. He had worked for DeWitt's in the hatchery and as feed mill manager, later retiring from a career in the timber industry.

R.J. loved riding with his DPS friends for many years chasing cars, especially with his lifelong friends Pete Baggett and Tom Maddox.

He had served as an ordained deacon at Pleasant Hill.

R.J. cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved being behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler. He traveled many miles with "The Glory Boys" and "The Faulkners" as they sang southern gospel music. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all of his heart and could not wait to go down the Gloryland Road.

His survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sadie Randall Barrett; daughters, Sherry Faulkner of Nacogdoches and Glenda Cantu and husband Edward of Nacogdoches; sons, Bones Barrett of Nacogdoches and Kenny Barrett and wife Becky of Nacogdoches; sister, Aline Wisener and husband Marlin of Rhome, Texas; grandchildren, Garrel Faulkner, Gaven Faulkner, Tiffany Howard, Sarah Fiore, J.R. Barrett, Beverly Barrett, Jessie Barrett, and Britta Scriptsick; 11 great-grandchildren; and host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Nacogdoches County with Bro. Garrel Faulkner, Bro. David Coleman, and Bro. John Spurgeon officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches.

Pallbearers will be Tom Randall, Charles Randall, Pete Baggett, Tom Maddox, Lendell Martin, and Tommy Russell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LifeCare Hospice; 320 North Street, Suite #311, Nacogdoches, TX 75961.

Arrangements are under the direction of T.A. Lane & Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches. Your online condolences and memories may be offered at http://www.casonmonk-metcalf.com/.


08/04/2013

Carter Huntington Amburn, age 7, of Center, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center in San Augustine.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2013, First United Pentecostal Church, Center, with Pastor Steve Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, August 6, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

Carter was born on May 17, 2006 in Nacogdoches to Raymond & Mollie (Langford) Amburn. Carter was a student at Center Elementary School and was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church. Carter was a precious little man. He loved Jesus and didn't mind sharing with you what he believed. In his seven years here, he left behind a great testimony. Carter was full of life. He was a happy, energetic little boy and just like a typical boy, Carter loved super heroes, fishing, hunting and tubing on the lake and he loved his family and friends. Heaven gained a lil preacher man. Carter, you will always be in our hearts and we will miss you so much and see you again soon. Rest in peace, sweet boy.

He is preceded in death by his Grandfather, Billy Amburn, Great Grandfather, Thomas Huntington Smith, Jr., Great Grandmother, Leona Virginia Amburn & Great Grandfather, Bill Tom Langford.

He is survived by:
Parents:
Raymond & Mollie Amburn of Center

Sister:
Anna Marie Karolyne Amburn of Center

Grandparents:
Barbara Amburn of Center
Carolyn (Smith) & Jimmie A. Johnson of San Augustine
Bruce E. Langford of San Augustine

Great Grandmothers:
Marie I. Smith of San Augustine
Barbara Mason of Geneva

Aunts & Uncles:
Brady S. Johnson of Lufkin
Brock H. Johnson of San Augustine
Bailey E. Langford of Lufkin
Kelly Amburn & wife, Jeannie of Shelbyville
Billy Jack & Mindy Amburn of Galveston

Numerous cousins, Great Aunts and Uncles and friends

Pallbearers will be Carter’s uncles: Brady Johnson, Brock Johnson, Kelly Amburn & Billy Jack Amburn
Honorary Pallbearers will be Carter’s special friends: Keithan Horton, Kage Horton, Colby Lout &
Lance Wilburn.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Danny Porterfield, 50, of Center, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013 in Center. He was born September 13, 1962 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Porterfield was a 1980 Graduate of Center High School, a Former Chapter President of Texas Logging Council and a member of First Pentecostal Church of Joaquin. He enjoyed racing, fishing and spending time with his grandkids.

Visitation will be held from 6:06 p.m. to 8:08 p.m., Thursday, August 8, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:02 p.m., Friday, August 9, 2013 at First United Pentecostal Church in Center with Bro. M.H. Shubert and Bro. Bruce Kunkel officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Stanley, Kenneth Hardy, Roy Mixon, Shad Lout, Flint Calloway, Keith Brown, Wayne Griffin and Gary McDonald. Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Amburn, Brandon Penick, Richard Tomlin and Jeff McDaniel.

He is survived by
Wife: Gena Porterfield of Center

Son: Rece Porterfield of Center

Daughter: Rena Porterfield Horton and husband, Brian of Center

Grandsons:
Keithan Horton of Center
Kage Horton of Center

Mother: Helen Amburn of Center

Brother: Robert Amburn of Center

Mother-in-law: Christene Borders of Center

Nephew: Blake Smith of Center

Sisters-in-law:
Delicia Eaves and husband, Larry Joe of Center
Christy Mills and husband, Ronnie of Center

Nephews:
Caleb McDonald of Center
Joshua McDonald of Center

Nieces:
Jasa Rodgers of Center
Taylor Mills of Center

Numerous other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Dad: Otis Earl Amburn, Jr.
Father-in-law: Gene Borders
Sister-in-law: Cheree Smith
Grandparents: Otis Earl Amburn Sr. and Vassie Amburn
Grandparents: Ellard Baldree and Era Mae Baldree

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brilan Horton and Keithan Horton College Funds at Wayne Christian Financial Services, 204 Houston Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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


08/02/2013

Funeral services for Mr. Lee Roy Castleberry, 77, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 10, 2013, at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church, with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Vistitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday, August 9, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson. Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Castleberry passed away August 1, 2013, in Timpson.

Born November 28, 1935, in Thornton, Texas, Lee Roy Castleberry was the son of the late Alton Castleberry and Julia Harlan Castleberry Bowman. He served in the United States Marine Corps, had been a master carpenter, member of Timpson Masonic Lodge #437, and Timpson Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his son Roy Castleberry and wife Sabrina of Huntsville, TX; brothers Johnny Castleberry of Timpson, Jim Harlan and wife Betty of Gainsville, TX, and Leslie Castleberry of Cleveland, TX; sisters Eunice Morse of Cut N Shoot, TX and Cathy Farrell and husband Art of Cleveland; grandchildren: Kirk Castleberry and wife Catherine of Spring, TX, Jessica Hensarling of Cibolo, TX, and Brayden Castleberry of Huntsville; great grandchildren: Preston, Brenden and Karson; daughter in law Barbara Castleberry and family of Cold Springs, TX; former wife Sherry Castleberry and family of Timpson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

In addition to his parents, Lee Castleberry was preceded in death by wife Annie Pearline Waggoner Castleberry, son Richard Earl Castleberry, daughter Alma June Castleberry and brother Melvin Harlan.

To convey condolences online please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


08/01/2013

Wyatt Jace Hopkins, infant son of Justin and Maegan Hopkins of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at LSU Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born Sunday, July 21, 2013 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ed McRae officiating. Interment will follow at Rosevine Cemetery in San Augustine.

He is survived by
Parents: Justin and Maegan Hopkins of Center

Brothers:
Kyle Hopkins of Center
Aiden Sanders of Center

Sisters:
Jade Hopkins of Center
Allie Hopkins of Center

Grandfather: Steve Monroe Hopkins and wife, Shawna of Center

Grandparents: John and Kim Sanders of Center

Great Grandmother: Willa Faye O’Neal of Benton, Arkansas

Numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Grandmother: Judy Michelle O’Neal
Great Grandparents: Mary Myrtle and Steven Franklin Hopkins
Great Grandparents: James and Maurine Sanders
Great Grandmother: Sandra Tillotson
Great Grandfather: Odell O’Neal

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

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07/31/2013

Carolyn Sue Walker, 72, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in Nacogdoches. She was born June 10, 1941 in Center to Neal Gillis and Joyce Holt Scott. Mrs. Walker was a retired teacher’s aide at FL Moffett in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Kenneth Verner officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Pat Paxton, Clint Crocker, Craig Crocker, Mark Jones, Dustin Bird and Joe McSwain.

She is survived by
Husband: Hershal Walker of Center

Son: Kevin Walker and wife, Angela of Nacogdoches

Step Son: Donny Walker and wife, Bonnie of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Jennifer Walker of Nacogdoches
Hannah Walker of Nacogdoches
Hunter Walker of Nacogdoches

Step Grandson: Devin Walker of Houston

Step Granddaughter: Katrina Bird and husband, Dustin of Frankston

Step Great Grandchildren:
Grant Bird of Frankston
Grace Bird of Frankston

Sister: Mary Paxton of Center

Sister-in-law: Ann Crocker of Center

A number of nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Neal Gillis and Joyce Holt Scott
Brother: Bob Crocker
Brother-in-law: Charles Paxton

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Myelodysplasia Research Fund at Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor Clinic, c/o Christina Gutierrez, 6620 Main Street Suite 11A-07.3, Houston, Texas 77030.

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


Agatha Gray Vaughn, 65 formerly from Center, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in Clovis, New Mexico. She was born on July 1, 1947 in Center to Marvin R.J. Gray and Winfrey Dell Gray. She was a 1965 graduate of Center High School.

She is survived by

Sons: Jason Everett Vaughn and wife Stacy of Illinois
Williams Shannon Vaughn of New Mexico

Sisters
Dellie Witt and husband Larry of Tampa, Florida
Leta Hutto and husband Chester of Center, Texas
Nancy Taylor and husband Robert of Tampa, Florida

Brother
Jim Bob Gray and wife Debbie of Huxley, Texas

2 Nieces
Wendy Wallace of Missouri
Laura Yanez of Center

A burial of cremains will be held at a later time in Oaklawn Cemetery.


Randy B. Sims, 54, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at his residence. He was born September 7, 1958 in Center to Ward Sims and Lue Roderick Sims. Mr. Sims was a member of Dreka United Pentecostal Church in Shelbyville. He loved fishing with his grandbabies.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 2, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Kerry Green and Bro. Barry Rankin officiating. Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Pallbearers will be Marty Pierce, Dexter Vaughn, Dwayne Kade Dockens, James Estes, Don Jackson and Chris Vaughn. Honorary pallbearer will be Mark Jackson.

He is survived by
Son: Scott Sims and wife, Kaitlyn of Center

Daughter: Elizabeth Harvey and husband, Steven of Shelbyville

Grandchildren: Nicole Harvey, Hunter Harvey, Kaylee Harvey

Mother: Lue Sims of Shelbyville

Brothers:
Allen Sims and wife, Debbie of Shelbyville
Rickie Sims and wife, Mary of Shelbyville
Benny Sims and wife, Barbara of Shelbyville

Sister: Margie Estes and husband, James of Tenaha

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Mary Sims
Father: Ward Sims
Brother: Howard Sims

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


07/30/2013

Raymond Crouch, Jr., 81, of Beaumont, passed away July 30, 2013 at Village Creek Nursing Home in Lumberton. He was born February 20, 1932 in Center to Raymond Crouch Sr. and Ethel Davis Crouch. Mr. Crouch served in the United States Army and was of the Baptist faith.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Darrel Owens officiating. Interment will follow at Newburn Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Chuck Young, Sean Crouch, Billy Wayne Weathersby, Robert Crouch, Melvin Crouch, Rodger Berton, Don Smith and Michael Crouch.

He is survived by
Son: Steven Ray Crouch of California

Daughter: Terri Lynn Crouch of California

Special Friend: Jeanette Willett of Beaumont

Sisters:
Imogene Parigi of Beaumont
Geraldine Budwine and husband, Olden of Houston

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded in death by
Parents: Raymond Crouch Sr. and Ethel Davis Crouch
Brothers: Maurice Crouch and Jake Crouch
Sister-in-law: Melba Crouch

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


Richard Wood Dupre’, 85, of Center, passed way Saturday, July 27, 2013 at his residence.

A Memorial Graveside will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Corinth Cemetery in Timpson.

He was born February 29, 1928 in Brownsville, Texas to Maurice John and Esther Modina (Wood) Dupre’. He attended Texas A&M University. He served in the US Navy for several years. Mr. Dupre’ was a commercial artist.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Maurice and Esther Dupre’, Sister, Jackie King and Brother, Ralph Dupre’.

He is survived by:

Brother: Jerry Dupre’ & wife, Marilyn of Montclair, NJ

4 Nieces, 1 Nephew

Numerous Relatives & Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Pauline L. Williams, 83, of Tenaha, passed away Monday, July 29, 2013 at her residence.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Cecil Jones and Bro. Hubert Franks officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born March 11, 1930 in Beaumont, Texas to William Millard and Georgia Mae (Wright) Leavell. She was a member of the North Street Church of Christ in Center.

She is preceded in death her Parents, William and Georgia Leavell, Son, Andy Eppler and Son, Bruce Eppler.

She is survived by:

Husband of over 50 years: Virgil Williams of Tenaha

Children:
Roger Eppler of Jasper
Anna Koonce & husband, Paul of Florien, LA
Debbie Riedy of New Caney
Pauline Herrington of Tenaha
Sandy White & husband, Roy of Haughton, LA
Brenda Campbell & husband, Marlin of Macon, Mississippi
Jayne Webb & husband, Clifton of Tenaha

28 Grandchildren

63 Great Grandchildren

1 Great Great Grandchild to be born in September

2 Sisters:
Clara Mae Crumpacker of Houston
Maxine Stanley of Pasadena

Step-Sister: Norma Larimer of Splendora

Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Pallbearers: Robert Lott, Michael Webb, Randy White, Kenneth Jordan, Gary Campbell, David Eppler, Chris White & Zachary White

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


07/29/2013

William Walter Adams, Jr., 83 of Center, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013 at East Texas Medical Center, Tyler.

His wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

He was born October 20, 1929 to William Walter Adams, Sr. and Linda Louise (Humphries) Adams.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, William Walter Adams, Sr. and Linda Adams.

Among his survivors include:
Brother & Sister-in-law:
James & Betty Adams of Greenville

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Lillie Lou Adams, 86, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary York and Bro. Ron Luman officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born April 26, 1927 in Tularosa, New Mexico to Robert E. and Lillie (Daugherty) Cook. She was a charter member of Center Bible Fellowship.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Robert E. and Lillie Cook, Husband, Rev. T.O. Adams, Son, Tony Adams, Brother, Freddy Cook, Sister, Maxine Blair, Sister, Anise Hollingsworth, Sister, Bonnie Cook, Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Stonewall Jackson Adams and Eva Adams

She is survived by:
Children:
Helen Dillon & husband, Buddy of Center
Nita Sims & husband, Richard of Center
Jerry Adams & wife, Janet of Center
David Adams of Center
6 Grandchildren:
John Wayne Dillon, Amy Sims, Jason Adams,
Amber Sims Childers & husband, Jason,
Lillian Sims Raminez & husband, Moses & Jeremy Adams
5 Great Grandchildren:
Natalie Lusk & husband, Billy
Adam Campbell, Jase Childers,
Annabelle & Erik Ramirez
2 Great Great Grandchildren:
Rorrie & Kynedie Lusk
Brothers & Sisters:
Johnny Cook & wife, Linda of Garrison
Jack Cook & wife, Suzette of Henderson
Frances Cook of Houston
Jane Jordan & husband, Cliff of Manteca, CA
Brother-in-law:
Earl Hollingsworth of Pearly
Sisters-in-law:
Peggy Adams of Garrison
Jerri Cook of Mt. Enterprise
Pallbearers:
Gene Folsom, Jason Adams, Mark Blair,
Billy Lusk, Adam Campbell & David Emanis

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


07/26/2013

Betty Tidwell, 87, of Center, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013 at her residence.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale, Bro. Carl Smith & Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born May 20, 1926 in Shelby County, Texas to Carroll and Ruth (Whittlesey) Ross. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Center.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Carroll & Ruth W. Ross, Husband of 66 years, Odis Tidwell, Daughter & Son-in-law, Kathy & Lee “Bubba” Diamond, Brother, Carroll Ross, Jr. and Sister, Jean Mills.

She is survived by:

Son: Mark Tidwell & wife, Zana of Center

Daughters:
Suzanne Taylor & husband, Leslie of Colleyville
Kelly Carlton & Vernon Carlton of Center

8 Grandchildren:
Randall Diamond, David Diamond & wife, Alaine, Andrea Joy Massey & husband, Chad, Lindsey Hibbard, Mark Alex Tidwell & wife, Nicole,Hayley Hibbard Rubio & husband, Isaiah, Leslie Taylor, Jr., & Will Carlton, IV

Great Grandchildren:
Oliver Haley, Isaiah Rubio, Justin Diamond & Hannah Diamond McCauley

Great Great Grandchild:
Morgan McCauley

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Special Friends: Susie Wright, Jordan Home Health, Accolade Hospice Nurses, First Baptist Church, Hillcrest Church, Jere Hicks Foster, Tom & JoBeth Kimbro & Vonda Tackett

In memory of special friend, David Lee

Pallbearers:
Jamie Hagler, Paul Hagler, Jeffrey Ross, Jason Williford, Michael Ross, Tim Bradshaw & Wesley Bradshaw

Honorary Pallbearers:
James Hagler, Donnie Hagler, Ronnie Hagler, Jody Ross, Jeff Ross, Mike Ross & Aubrey Wilson

If you choose to make a donation in memory of Mrs. Tidwell, you may do so to the charity of your choice.

If God did stoop to touch the rose bush whose withered blossoms float upon the autumn breeze and give it the sweet assurance of another spring time, He will not deny words of hope to the children of men when the frost of winter comes.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


07/25/2013

Benjamin Doyle “Bud” Wallace, 86, of Center, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. He was born January 8, 1927 in the Arcadia Community of Shelby County to Frank Wallace and Flossie Mae Pate Wallace. Mr. Wallace retired from the United States Air Force after twenty-one years of service. He was a member of ENON Church Builders and Timpson Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson. “Bud” loved his family and was the best husband, a great father and a true friend.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 26, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson with Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Interment will follow at Timpson Missionary Baptist Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be members of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by
Wife of 67 years: Billie Jo Wicker Wallace of Center

Children:
Terry Dale “Doc” Wallace and wife, Peggy of White Oak
Cynthia Ann Hill and husband, Ernest of Conroe
David Clint Wallace and wife, Carol of Buda

Grandchildren:
Jimmy Johnson and wife, Michelle of Montgomery
Karen Diane Mendez and husband, Doug of Tomball

Great Grandchildren:
Heather Hall, Braden Johnson, Annika Johnson, Julia Mendez and Carter Mendez

Siblings:
Margurette “Reatie” Adams
Jo Niel Wallace
Mary Sue Hagler
Marsha Lou Askew

Preceded in death by
Parents: Frank Wallace and Flossie Mae Pate Wallace
Brother: Jesse Franklin Wallace
Sisters: LaVada Mae Tees and Marquette Oliver

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Wallace’s name to ENON Church Builders Association.

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


07/24/2013

Lon Carrel Mathews, age 69, of Kemah and originally from San Augustine area, and Nacogdoches, passed from this life on Sunday, July 21, 2013, in League City, Texas.

Lon C. was born on February 16, 1944, in San Augustine, Texas, to Tommy (Griffin) Mathews and Miller Mathews. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin in 1966. In 1972, he began Mathew's Furniture in San Augustine. Lon's devotion to his faith, his family, and his business was unforgettable to all who knew him. Lon also knew how to have a good time and enjoyed hunting, racquetball, and spending time with those who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Lon could always be counted to be there for his loved ones anytime they needed him. Even in the midst of pain, he couldn't help but smile when he saw the people he loved. We can't wait to see that smile again.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, in the First United Methodist Church in San Augustine, with Pastor Dennis Land, Becky Hawkins, and Kimberly Sayles officiating. Interment will be in the Liberty Hill Memorial Garden in San Augustine. Visitation will be Thursday, July 25, 2013, from the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas 75972.

Those who are left to cherish his memory include his three daughters, and their families, Christen Sparks and her husband, Laird of Southlake, Texas, along with their daughters, Brooklyn and Stella; Katie Fanning and her husband, Trevor of Kemah, along with sons, Miller and Finn; Kim Sayles and her husband, Rob of Dallas, along with their son, Graham; Sister, Janet Mathews of Galveston.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Miller and Tommy (Griffin) Mathews.

In lieu of usual remembrances, the family has requested Memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.

Serving as Pallbearers will include, Robert Bickley, John Henly, Sammy Dance, Dan Fussell, Kim Crisp, and Greg Gulley. Honorary Pallbearers will include, Jack Mathews, Curtis Haley, Jerry Nichols, Lewis Mathews, Tommy Mathews, Mike Mangum, Richard Epps, Morris Muckleroy and Murray Mathews.


Roy Bullock Sr., 78, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. He was born December 21, 1934 in Rusk County to Willie T. Bullock and Kissie Mae Dick Bullock. Mr. Bullock attended First Assembly of God Church in Center.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.

He is survived by: Wife: Dorothy Bullock of Center

Daughter: Kathy Casey and husband, Rickey of Center

Son: Roy Bullock Jr. of Center

Stepsons:
John Wayne Vinent of Lincoln, Arkansas
Billy Ray Vinent of Lincoln, Arkansas

Sisters:
Willie Mae Fenley of Center
Ruby Bullock of Center

Brother: Robert Bullock of Center

A number of other relatives

Preceded in death by
Parents: Willie T. Bullock and Kissie Mae Dick Bullock
Nephew: Robert Glen Phillips

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


07/23/2013

James David Whitton, 75, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. He was born April 25, 1938 in Shelby County, Texas to James Elton Whitton and Irene Cooper Whitton. Mr. Whitton served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 26, 2013 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Don Moore officiating.

He is survived by
Son: David Whitton of Center

Grandson: Jesse Whitton of Paris, Arkansas

Great Granddaughter: Evie Whitton of Diane, Texas

Ex-wife: Ina Bass of Center

Step Daughter: Cherie Rudd of Center

Step Sons:
Kenneth Shahan of Center
Justin Shahan of Boston, Massachusetts

Brother: E. J. Whitton and wife, Johnnie Ruth of Longview

Step Mother: Jewel Whitton of Center

A number of nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: James Elton Whitton and Irene Cooper Whitton
Sister: Elsie Lee Willoughby

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


07/22/2013

Dortha Haley Burnett, went to be with her Lord and members of her precious family on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

She was preceded in death by: her husband Leslie G. Burnett; parents, Mary Yeates Haley & Ben Haley; brothers, Mark E Haley & wife Louise, Wray Haley & wife Fern, Carl Haley & wife Helen; sisters, Ruth Haley Beck & husband Woodrow, Opal Haley Byerly & husband Jasper; nephews, Paul Byerly, Jack Byerly, Marvin Byerly & wife Doris, John Byerly & wife Dorothy; great niece Tracy.

Dortha was born in Beaumont on June 12, 1922 where she lived most of her life. She lived 6 years in Austin, 8 years in Dallas and the last 12 years were spent in Shelby County, Texas. Dortha was active in Eastern Star work until she became ill in June of 2011. She served as Grand Esther in 1979 to 1980, Grand Warden, Grand Representatives 1963-1965 Penn. to Texas, 1980- 1982 District of Columbia to Texas, 1984 to 1986 Louisiana to Texas, Grand Chapter Committees- Credentials, Registration, By-Laws, Grievances & Appeals, many-many-many Worthy Grand Matrons appointments, 2001-2002 was the Chapter Mom and she loved each appointment, especially this one for Jimmie McMahon. She belonged to the Christian Church since 1937.

She is survived by:

Sons: Leslie Burnett, Jr. and Richard Burnett & wife Carol;

Grandchildren: Jody Burnett and his wife Suzzanne, Haley Burnett Sullivan and her husband Thomas, Dr. Brett Burnett and his wife Rachel, Austin Burnett;

Great Grandchildren: Brent Burnett, Brandon Burnett, Olivia Burnett, Bradley Burnett, Kennedy Smith, Bryan Burnett, Celab Burnett;

Special friends: Karen Burnett Snipes, Jimmie & Harold McMahon, Brooks & Beulah Speer.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home with Interment following in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Forest Lawn Funeral Home from 4:00 ?? 8:00 p.m. on Monday.

Services are under the direction of Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Houston, Texas


07/21/2013

Joseph Leon Berel, 71, of Center, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He was born February 22, 1942 in Many, Louisiana to Elmer Bo Berel and Hazel Fern McComic Berel.  Mr. Berel enjoyed hunting, fishing and helping others.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Price officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Carter Garner, Thomas McComic, Ray McComic Jr., Greg Rose, Eric Rose and Derrick Hughes.  Honorary pallbearers will be Glenn Campbell and George Jones.

He is survived by
Children:
Weena Rose and husband, Greg of Nederland
Inez Hughes and husband, Derrick of Center
Jerry Berel and wife, Cindy of Tatum

Grandchildren:
Eric Rose
Amber Rose
Autumn Hughes
Chance Law
Nicholas Precella
Gabriel Precella
Evelynn Precella

Sisters:
Patricia Berel of Shreveport, Louisiana
Sallie Williams and husband, Harold of Zwolle, Louisiana

Mother of his children: Sandra Berel of Center

Numerous nieces, nephews and other family

Preceded in death by
Infant Son: Joseph Leon Berel Jr.
Parents: Elmer Bo Berel and Hazel Fern Lewis Berel
Brother: Billy Berel

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


07/19/2013

A family graveside service for Layton Clay Keeling, infant son of Justin and Dachiele (Pierce) Keeling of Mt. Enterprise, TX, was held on Friday, July 19, 2013, in Old Shiloh Cemetery, Rusk County, Texas, with Bro. Cliff Hughes officiating. Layton was born and passed into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

Survivors in addition to his parents are sisters Landry and Lawson Keeling of Mt. Enterprise; grandparents Danny and Dinah Pierce of Mt. Enterprise and Clay and Frances Newcomb of Henderson; great grandmothers Imogene Pierce of Timpson and Hazel Keeling of Mt. Enterprise; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Layton was preceded in death by grandfather Austin Leonard Keeling, III.

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, TX, was in charge of arrangements.


07/18/2013

Margie (Hanks) Snider, age 80, resident of San Augustine County, passed from this life on July 17, 2013, in San Augustine.

Margie was born on November 24, 1932, to Effie (Harvey) Hanks and J.P. Hanks. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in San Augustine. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mr. Travis Snider, in 1998.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, in the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas 75972. Interment will be in the Liberty Hill Memorial Garden in San Augustine. Visitation will be Friday evening, July 19, 2013, from the hours of 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Wyman Roberts.

Those who are left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Linda Snider Lewis and her husband, Johnny of Center; Patricia Snider Anderson of Houston; and Vicki Snider Horton of Center; Her Mother, Effie Harvey Hanks of San Augustine; Brother, J.W. Hanks and his wife, Cynthia of Jasper; Sisters, Wilma Hanks McMillien of Geneva; Betty Hanks Collum and her husband, Charles of Vidor; Rita Hanks Doyen of Silsbee; and Novis Hanks Stringer and her husband, Wayne of DeKalb,Texas; 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mr. Travis Snider; father, Mr. J.P. Hanks; Son, Randall Lee Snider; granddaughter, Gina Snider, and a Brother, John Hanks.

Pallbearers will include, T.J. Horton, Josh Horton, Cory Anderson, Jason Snider, Brandon Lewis, and Chad Hamilton.

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.timeformemory.com/wymanroberts


07/16/2013

Carl Lee, age 70 of Huxley, passed away, Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

A Memorial service will be held at a later time in Polo, Missouri.

He was born November 30, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri to James Henry and Helen (Wilson) Lee. He worked in construction as a sheet metal worker for many years. After retiring , he had two homes and traveled back and forth from Polo, MO to Shelby County for many years, making Huxley his home for the last 8 years. He loved to hunt and fish and mostly loved his family and always had a big hug and a smile for everyone he met.

He is preceded in death in by his Father, James Henry Lee, Sister, Donna Rule and Brother, Tom Lee.

He is survived by:
Mother:
Helen Lee of Kansas City, MO
Wife:
Sharon Lee of Huxley
4 Children:
Sherri Johnston & husband, Rick of Kearney, MO
Scott Lee & wife, Trudy of Grain Valley, MO
Shannon Lee of Kansas City, MO
Donnie McGinley of Polo, MO
12 Grandchildren
2 Great Granddaughters
Sister:
Carole Aubrey & husband, Elmer of Claycomo, MO
Brother:
Jerry Lee & wife, Judith of Idaho
Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Relatives and Friends

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


07/15/2013

Joel Allen McKissick, 67, of Center, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013 at his residence. He was born April 29, 1946 in West Monroe, Louisiana to Joel Allen McKissick and Ethel Earline Bryan McKissick. Mr. McKissick served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of The Gideons, West Monroe Masonic Lodge #419 in West Monroe, Louisiana and First United Methodist Church in Center.

Joel was the life of the party who never met a stranger. He could sell ice to an Eskimo and you never wanted to bet against him--you would lose. Joel loved his projects – landscaping the yard, setting up a small pool for the grandkids, removing the pool to replace with a fire pit, buying gadgets and “very useful” items from Amazon, and the list goes on… Joel would claim he didn’t like kids, but he would be the first person playing with them and chasing them around the yard. He absolutely adored his children and grandchildren: and they dearly loved their “Dad” and “Pop.” A promise was truly special to Joel. He taught us that we should never make a promise we don’t intend to keep. He was genuine, generous, and gracious. Joel loved to dance! He would glide across the floor with his Polly, smiling from ear to ear. He will be missed.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Center with Bro. Joel McMahon officiating.

Pallbearers will be Michael Glass, Michael Lee, Steve Hawkins, Jim Payne, Rob Payne and Tim Verner.

He is survived by
Wife: Polly McKissick of Center

Son: James Allen “J” McKissick and wife, Lin of Manchaca

Daughters:
Amy Kay McKissick Lebrun and husband, Ronald of Bastrop, Louisiana
Rachel Lee Conway Hawkins and husband, Steve of Marshall

Grandchildren:
Addison Steed, Kaylee Hilburn, Clint & Molly Lebrun, Hannah Lebrun Ruffenach and husband Justin, William James Hawkins and Elizabeth Kate Hawkins.

Great Grandchildren:
Porter Lebrun and Knox Ruffenach

Sister: Gloria Darnell of Monroe, Louisiana

Father and Mother-in-law: Charles & Patricia Brittain of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Joel Allen McKissick and Ethel Earline Bryan McKissick
Sister: Jean Smith

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Mr. McKissick’s name to First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935 or www.lafuenteriviera.com.

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


Kenneth "Red Bird" Harris, 62 of Garrison, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013 in Garrison, Texas. He was born April 7, 1951 in Houston, Texas to Howard Stevenson Harris and Dorothy Jean (Little) Staine. Visitation will be 12:30 pm until 2:00pm Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Garrison Funeral Home. Services will be following visitation at 2:00 pm at Garrison Funeral Home with Bro. John Voss officiating. Interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.

He is survived by:

Son, Kyle Harris & wife, Carie of Timpson, Texas

Granddaughter, McKayla Harris of Timpson, Texas

Grandson, Ross Chandler of Carthage, Texas

Mother, Dorothy Jean Staine of Garrison, Texas

Brother, Roy Harris & wife, Sheila of Center, Texas

Grandmother, Clara Little of Garrison, Texas

Sister, Charlene Ann Peoples of Austin, Texas

Uncle, Robert "Bo" Little of Garrison, Texas

Special friend, Maurine Broadway

Host of other relatives and friends

He was proceeded in death by his father and one sister.

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


07/13/2013

Reverend Robert Charles Paige, 64 of Timpson, passed away July 4, 2013. He was born May 11, 1949 in Timpson to Travis Paige and Ruth Elma Polley Page and attended the Timpson Colored Independent School District. He united with Wallace Chapel Baptist Church at an early age. Reverend Paige married Leda Ann Tutt Paige, they were married 28 years on April 21.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2pm Wallace Chapel Baptist Church 109 Marcus St., Timpson, Texas with Pastor Derrick Rhodes, officiating and Pastor George Grace, Eulogist. Internment to follow in Smyrna Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

He was the pastor of New Liberty Baptist Church for 7 years. He worked for the City of Timpson for 25 years until his health failed him.

Preceding him in death is his father, the late Travis Paige; mother, Ruth Elma Polley Page; one son, Potaski Montaz Page; six brothers; five sisters, and father-in-law, John F. Tutt, Sr.

Reverend Paige leaves to cherish his memories: wife, Leda Ann Paige of Timpson, Texas; six children, Charles Collins (Tiffany), Attrevious Page, Rolando Collins (the late Rachanda Collins); Tash Watts Thomas (Eric Thomas); Billy Tutt (ShaToya Adams Tutt); and Marco Watts. 15 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sisters: Ruth Osby and Virginia Page both of Timpson, TX; Loretta Berry (Pastor Alford Berry) of Tenaha, TX; Brothers: Travis Page Jr., (Debra); Willie Secton both of Houston, Texas, and Charles E. Page, Jr. (Beverly Page) of Timpson, TX; Mother-in-law, Bobbie Lou Tutt of Timpson, TX. A very good friend, Reverend George Willie Grace; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Active Pallbearers:
Larry Burns, Jarral page, Roberto Bussey, Reginald Page, Anthony Curtis, and Tommy Sparks

Honorary Pallbearers:
Charles Page, James Tutt, Travis Page, Jr., John Tuff, Bobby Tutt, and Willie Section

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home.


07/11/2013

Marshall Garland “Foss” Reynolds, 69, of Buna, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Beaumont. He was born September 22, 1943 in Shelby County to Jim Bob Reynolds and Janie Marie Wagstaff Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds was retired from Ibew Local 479 in Beaumont, where he employed as an electrician for over 34 years. He was a member of Madison Masonic Lodge #126 in Orange and a member of Old Laurel Baptist Church in Buna.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Reynolds Cemetery in the Dreka Community of Shelby County with Bro. Lee Everheart officiating.

Pallbearers will be Crockett Drake, Lawrence Hughes, James Drake, Dudley Cox, Douglas Jackson and Don Jackson. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronny Lynch and Jimmie Earl Oates.

He is survived by
Wife: Wanda Reynolds of Buna

Sons:
Jim Marshall Reynolds of Buna
James Darrell Reynolds of Buna

Granddaughter: Whitney Cheree Marshall and husband, Robert of Port Neches

Sisters:
Shirley Harington and husband, Daniel of Shelbyville
Frances Bird and husband, Ray of Nederland

Brother-in-law: Spencer Parker of Shelbyville

Sister-in-law: Bernadine Creech of Center

A number of nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Jim Bob Reynolds and Janie Marie Wagstaff Reynolds

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


07/10/2013

Jayce Addison Cradeur, 17, of Center, TX died at 2:58 AM on Saturday, July 6, 2013.

Jayce was born August 30, 1995 in Lake Charles, LA and was a 2013 graduate of Center High School, where he was an Honor Roll / Banner Roll student. He was enrolled in Austin’s Paul Mitchell School. His aspiration in life was to be the next great hair stylist and open his own salon. He will always be remembered for the example he set as a son, brother, and friend. Jayce had a huge heart and was always there for others. He loved to help children and had dreams of adopting a child one day. He was a wonderful artist and enjoyed helping people to feel good about themselves. He will be missed by all as he goes on to await our next great reunion, when we shall never be separated.

Jayce is survived by his mother, Crystal Rochelle Cradeur; step-father, Earl Buckley; sisters, Lexie Marie and Kylie Nicole Vidrine; grandparents, Dallas Cradeur and Karla Racca; great-grandparents, J.D. Racca and Gayle Racca; Godfather, Roland “Chip” Pesson; Godmother, Beverly Pesson; aunts, Aimee Cradeur, Desiree LeBlanc, Dana Cradeur, Dina Cuccio, and Kathy Racca; uncles, Joseph, Jeremy, and Stephen Racca, Mike LeBlanc, and Nick Cuccio; cousins, Darian Shively, Austin, Blake, and Chad LeBlanc and Caterina Cuccio; and many more relatives and friends unlisted.

His funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 12, 2013 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Charles, LA. Reverend Chris Fuselier will officiate. Burial will follow in Grand Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM and continue on Friday from 8:00 AM until the start of the service.

Donations can be made to the family to help with expenses.

Words of comfort to the family may be left at http://www.johnsonfuneralhome.net/


07/09/2013

Thomas Perry Owens, 75, of Timpson, TX, passed away Monday, July 8, 2013, in Nacogdoches, TX. He was born June 19, 1938, in Manila, AR. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


07/08/2013

Graveside service for Leigh Erica Harris, 41, of Nacogdoches, TX, will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Blair Cemetery, Timpson, TX, with Bro. Eric Pledger officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be 12 Noon – 1:30 PM, Wednesday, at Taylor Funeral Home. Ms. Harris passed away July 6, 2013, in Nacogdoches, TX.

Born January 17, 1972, in Carthage, TX, Leigh Erica Harris was the daughter of the late Mickey Fleming and Cindy Hudson Summers. She was a graduate of Mt. Enterprise High School and Panola College School of Nursing. Erica had been a LVN and was also a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Timpson.

Survivors include her son Jack Harris of Timpson; daughters Holly Deason of Timpson and Heather Deason of Garrison, TX; parents Jerry and Cindy Summers of Timpson; grandmother Helen Summers of Garrison; sisters: Casie Spivey and husband Robby of Longview, TX, Regina Pace and husband Dewayne of Henderson, and Amy Dorman and husband Rusty of Henderson; brothers: Jason Fleming and wife Nikki of Timpson, Stacy Fleming of Tyler, Levi Fleming of Nacogdoches, and Jeremy Summers and wife Tina of Kingwood, TX; Aunt Gwen and Uncle Bubba, both of Timpson, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Erica was preceded in death by parents Mickey and Sheila Fleming and grandparents: Jack and Minnie Lee Hudson, Hap and Mattie Fleming, and Bro. Frank Summers.

To convey condolences online please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


Charles Wayne Griffin was born July 27, 1943, in Garrison, and grew up on the family farm. He died Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Memorial Hospital due to heart and lung complications.

As a young man, he liked farm life, riding horses, eating homemade ice cream, and watermelons. He enjoyed a long career in the trucking industry and retired from Norfolk Contract Carriers, the company owned by him and his wife in Norfolk, Nebraska. After retiring, he and his wife Sandra returned to the family farm in Garrison.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Griffin, step children, Chuck Waite and wife Amy, Jodie Palmer and husband Kevin Palmer, and Cody Waite, grandchildren, Chelsea and Scott James, Cole Palmer, Kerstin Palmer, Austin Elkins, Bailey Waite, Charlston Waite and Mikayla Waite. Great Grandchildren, Kashton James, Madison Palmer, his brother James Keith Griffin, sisiter, Lajuan Herron, neice, Lisa Herron, and nephew, Lance Melton Herron.

He was preceded in death by his parents James Taylore, and Ruby Lois Griffin.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.


07/06/2013

James Nolan Hawkins (Jim), 68, of Center, Texas, beloved husband and best friend of Nelwyn Whitley Hawkins for 39 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by the ones he loved, laughed with, and lived for, on Friday, July 05, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Sue Childers, and his parents, Nolan Hawkins and Dorothy and Al Burnside.

Jim was born in Arkadelphia, AR, on January 19, 1945. He attended Louisiana Tech and received a BA in Business. He faithfully served his country in the Air Force.

Jim loved to travel, buying t-shirts and hats wherever he went and wearing them so he could strike up conversations about his travels. He loved animals and people and talking one on one with others. He constantly made physical contact with many pats or a light backhand to make sure the other person was listening. He valued truth and honesty, and always stressed to Steve and Judy, “Just tell me the truth, and you won’t get in trouble with me.”

Jim had nicknames for almost everyone, rarely using given names, and loved to joke and laugh and frequently used “banshee hollered” as an excuse for not listening or missing something important (Meaning a child screamed, and it wasn’t his fault he wasn’t listening). Jim had the purest, helpful and compassionate heart, and his loving spirit and sense of humor made the Hawkins’ house a welcoming place for friends and family.

Jim enjoyed landscaping, particularly trees and shrubs, and working outside, clearing brush, cutting down trees, and burning really large fires. He was known to leave his chainsaw on the dining room table from time to time. He loved history, ghost stories, the colors of the fall leaves, and riding in the car with the windows rolled down and his arm hanging out.

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Jim’s granddaughter Elizabeth explained it simply. She said, “Papa Jim might die. But he will go to Heaven and get a new body.”

Besides his wife Nelwyn, Jim is survived by his daughter Judy Dill and her husband Brian of Dallas, Texas and his son Steve Hawkins and his wife Rachel of Marshall, Texas; his grandchildren, Alex and Rebecca Dill and William and Elizabeth Hawkins; his brother-in-law Bill Childers of Tyler; as well as numerous relatives and friends.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the members of The Hospice of East Texas facility. Their dedication and effort to provide quality care during a difficult time were a heartwarming blessing to the entire family. We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him.

A memorial service will be held honoring Jim on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Downs Funeral Home, 4608 Elysian Fields Road, Marshall, TX. Pastor Carlton Burris will officiate. Burial will be at Liberty Hill’s Taylor Cemetery in Bienville, LA at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Hospice of East Texas, c/o James Hawkins, or Liberty Hill Memorial Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 44, Bienville, LA. The Downs Funeral Home in Marshall, TX is caring for the arrangements.


Peggy Jean (Carithers) Enmon, age 72, of Center, formerly of Louisiana, passed away Saturday, July 06, 2013 at her residence.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30pm on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Frank Holrath officiating. A memorial visitation for friends and family will begin prior to the service at 1:00p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.

Peggy was born in Carroll County, Mississippi, May 25, 1941 to Hugh Henry Carithers and Minnie Lou (Welch) Carithers. She was of the Baptist Faith. She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, 3 sisters – Louise Mulvihill, Elsie Russell, and Shelby Jean Carithers;
4 brothers- Thomas Carithers, Louis Miller, William and Charles Daves.

She is survived by:
Husband, Clyde Enmon, Jr. of Center

Children:
Wendy LeBlanc & husband, Michael of Chalmette, LA
Susan Poincot & husband, Lloyd of Houma, LA
Mel Enmon of Metairie, LA
Lisa Enmon of Center

Grandchildren:
Cory LeBlanc & wife, Kathleen, Gabbie Poincot, Trey Poincot, Halie Enmon, Chelsie Enmon, Hannah Nicosia, Emily Nicosia & Jake Nicosia

Great Grandchild:
Violet LeBlanc

Brother & Sisters:
Richard Carithers of WA
Mary Ann Hirras of FL
Martha Andrews of OH
Patricia Fleischer of MO

Numerous nieces and nephews
Special family, Johnny & Carolyn Sumerville

Brother-in-law:
Richard Enmon & wife, Judy of LA

In Lieu of flowers family request that donations may be made to Clever Creek Cemetery Fund-4030 FM 417 W., Center, Texas 75935, or the Charity of your choice.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


07/03/2013

Macel Lee Brock, 80 of Center, passed away Tuesday morning at Holiday Nursing Home. Wake will be from 7pm until 9pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Services will be held Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 1pm at Carroll Chapel C.M.E., Shelbyville, Texas with Rev. Delphine Scott to officiate. Interment to follow at Carroll Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Harry Stansberry of Center
Lennon Edwards of Center
Charles Edwards, Sr. of Timpson

Daughters:
Faye Edwards of Center
Renell Reed of Center
Renna Hubbard of Houston

19 Grandchildren, 21 Great Grandchildren

Brother, Jimmy Louis Brock of Center

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Ellen Spears, 90, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Tyler.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Center with Father, Jose Virdarte and Deacon, John Weber officiating. Burial will follow at Old Palestine Cemetery in Alto, Texas. Visitation will be Thursday, July 4, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with rosary to follow at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born August 9, 1922 in Jefferson County, Texas to Clovis and Ella (Boullion) Weber. She attended the Saint James Catholic School in Port Arthur, Texas. She worked as a nurse’s aide for 30 years. She was a member of the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Center.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Clovis & Ella Weber, Husband, Roy Spears, Son-in-law, Wayne Smith and Sister, Georgia Hoistma.

She is survived by:

4 Children:
James “Skip” Spears & wife, Tonja of Tyler
Trudy Hay & husband, Don of Nacogdoches
Molly Smith of Nebraska
Chris Dewey & husband, Dave of Utah

5 Grandchildren:
Scott Rowe & wife, Holly
Taffi Erwin & husband, Thane
Jonathan Spears & wife, Beth
Colby Smith & wife, Keleigh
Jennifer Sawyer & husband, Charlie

11 Great Grandchildren

2 Great Great Grandchildren

Brother: John Weber & wife, Jaynell of Slidell, LA

Sister: Marain Parr & husband, Kenny of Deer Park

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers: Scott Rowe, Jonathan Spears, Colby Smith, Charlie Sawyer, Thane Erwin & James Ragan

In lieu of flowers, Family requested donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Associations, 6055 South Loop E, Houston, TX 77087

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Melissa Ann Lewis Wilburn, 50, of Huxley, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Shelby Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness.

Services will be 2pm, Saturday, July 6, 2013, Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with
Bro. James Risinger & Bro. Wayne officiating, burial will follow at West Hamilton Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas.

Melissa was born August 24, 1962 in Beaumont. Melissa lived in Vidor, Texas where she attended school, later she moved to Starks, La where she lived for many years. She currently lived in Huxley with her husband, Ralph. She was a member of East Hamilton Baptist Church. Melissa is preceded in death by her father, Johnny H. Lewis, step-father, Buddy Montgomery, brother, James “Sluggo” Montgomery, father-in-law & mother-in-law, Kenneth & Katherine Wilburn and brother-in-law, Randy Wilburn.

Among her survivors include:

Husband: Ralph Wilburn of Huxley

Daughter & son-in-law: Summer & Tino Ramos of Lena, Mississippi

4 Grandchildren:
Myah Lewis, Ysabella Ramos, Aydun Ramos & Sofia Ramos

Mother, Evelyn Montgomery of Deweyville

Step-mother, Patsy Jones & husband, Bobby of Vidor

Brother, David Lewis of Houston
Brother, Johnny E. “Bo” Lewis & wife, Lorie of Vidor
Sister, Virginia Taylor & husband, Sammy of Vidor
Sister, Stephanie Smith of Grants, New Mexico
Sister, Patrina Rich & husband, Marvin of Vidor
Sister, Barbara Lowery & husband, Keith of Vidor
Brother, Eldon Montgomery of Deweyville
Sister, Josephine Montgomery of Deweyville
Special Brother, Riley Jones of Huxley

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and friends
You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Joyce Ray (Lee) Hilliard, 86 of Houston, died July 1, 2013 in Lake Jackson, TX. She was born July 25, 1926 in Tenaha, Shelby County, Texas to George Lee and Bessie Poplin Lee. Joyce worked as a secretary and accountant and was a lifelong member of the American Business Women’s Association where she served in various capacities including National President, 1974-75.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, George and Bessie Lee; Husband, Curtis J. Hilliard; three Brothers, Raymond Lee, Maurice Lee, George Washington Lee, Jr.; and Sister, Agnes Stone.

She is survived by her three daughters, Olivia Hilliard Scheible and Husband Glen, Glenna Lee Hamilton and Husband Bill, Melinda Jo Hammond and Husband Glenn; two Granddaughters, Jennifer Gilligan and Ashley Barclay; one Grandson, William B. Hamilton; and one Great-granddaughter, Sarah Gilligan.

Services for Joyce will be held at Pat H. Foley & Co., 1200 W. 34th St., Houston, TX 77018. Visitation will be Friday, July 5, 2013 from 11:30am to 1:00pm, with service starting at 1:00pm. Private Burial to follow in Tenaha, TX under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas

Online condolences can be sent to www.PatHFoleyFuneralDirectors.com

Please make donations in memory of Joyce to your favorite charity or to the Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund, ABWA, 11050 Roe Ave., Suite 200, Overland Park, KS 66211. Online donations are accepted at www.sbmef.org.


07/02/2013

Ted McMahon, 59, of Carthage, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Lifecare Hospital in Shreveport, LA.

Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

He was born August 31, 1953 to Vance and Billie Jean (Stoker) McMahon.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Van and Billie Jean McMahon, Aunts & Uncles, Nelda Jackson, Jack Stoker, Oran Stoker and Waylon Stoker.

He is survived by:

Uncle: Gaylon Stoker

Cousin: Robin Stewart of North Dakota

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


07/01/2013

Kenneth Warren Watlington, 91, of Center, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center. He was born June 6, 1922 in Horace, Kansas to Ferral Watlington and Elizabeth Watlington. Mr. Watlington served as a pilot in the United States Air Force. He was a member of Lydia Missionary Baptist Church in Huxley.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Wes Hall officiating.

He is survived by
Wife: LaVelle Watlington of Center

Daughters:
Zonia Corbell and husband, Shane of Shelbyville
Tonja Bordelon and husband, Ray of Frierson, Louisiana

Grandchildren:
Shanell Ruiz and husband, Jesse of Center
Jasper Corbell and Caroline of Center
Payton Bordelon of Frierson, Louisiana

Brothers:
Cecil Watlington and wife, Virginia of Center
Jay Watlington and wife, Jo of Lufkin

Sister: Mary Lou Adams of Center

Great Grandchild: Cash Ruiz

Sister-in-law: Gloria Watlington

Special Nieces and Nephews:
Rodney & Debbie Warren and children, Michael Vincent Warren, Sarah Scott and Adam Scott
Shelia Hudson and son, Warren Hudson

A number of nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Ferral Watlington
Mother: Elizabeth Watlington Clark
Brother: Jackie Watlington
Sister-in-law: Reba Watlington
Brother: Billy Earl Watlington
Brother-in-law: Denny Adams

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Watlington’s name to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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


Sammy Joe Eldredge was born in Dripping Springs, Texas on June 13, 1939 to Joseph Orville and Leona Gertrude Jones Eldredge. He entered into his final reward on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Sammy attended school in Denison, Texas and graduated from high school with the DHS class of 1957. He accepted the Lord as his Savior in 1956, and married the love of his life, Betty Ruth Crawford on his twentieth birthday, June 13, 1959. (Everyone always teased him, because his mother had to sign to OK the marriage license.)

Sammy and Betty joined Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist in Denison, on Mothers’ Day, May 10, 1964, and he was baptized a few days later. On July 2, 1967, they answered God’s call to the ministry and moved to Texas Baptist Institute in Henderson on June 2, 1968. He accepted the pastorate of Gum Springs Missionary Baptist Church in August of 1968 and began seminary that same month. Sammy graduated from TBI in May 1972.

That same summer, he accepted pastorate of Lee-Hi Missionary Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and remained there until May 1974. Mothers’ Day 1974, Sammy accepted the pastorate of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas, and he remained pastor of that church for 34 years until his resignation on July 5, 2008.

Anyone who knew Sammy Joe Eldredge knew how much he loved his Lord and Savior. Sammy served God faithfully as a husband, father and head of his family, and as a shepherd and pastor of each church he led. He spent thousands of hours on the road visiting hospitals, nursing homes, shut-ins, witnessing to the lost, carrying out the Great Commission of our Lord. He never complained although many times he felt as bad as the people he visited. He had a compassionate heart and a willing spirit.

Sammy is survived by his wife Betty, who stood faithfully by his side for 54 years, and daughters Cindy Rhodes and husband Bobby, and Sandy Jones and husband Carroll,. He also leaves behind five grandchildren who were the stars in his sky, Kimber Rhodes Jones and husband Joey and Jenny Rhodes Cassell and husband Solomon , and Scott Jones and wife Katie, Joseph Jones and wife Kathryn, and Samuel Jones. He also leaves seven great-grandchildren, Savannah and Madeline Cassell, Klaira and Kayleigh Jones, and Makayla, Sophie and Jaxxon Jones. Sammy is also survived by his brother Don Eldredge and wife Debbie, and sister-in-law Wanda Eldredge, all of Sherman, father-in-law Roy Crawford of Timpson, brother-in-law Roy Crawford, Jr., of Whitney, TX, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Louise and Richard Koiner of Clarksville, TX.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jim Eldredge, and his beloved mother-in-law Audrey Crawford.

Funeral service for Bro. Sammy Eldredge will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Wayne Stringer, Bro. Darrell Owens, and Bro. Justin Coburn officiating. Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 -8:00 PM, Monday, July 1, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson.

To convey condolences online please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross
Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to: Pine Springs Missionary Baptist Youth Encampment, 3386 FM 1798 W, Laneville, TX 75667

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06/30/2013

Freddy Ray Ellison, 62, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013 at his residence. He was born July 29, 1950 in McKinney to Simon Frederick Ellison and Julie Irene Preskett Ellison.

No funeral service is planned.

He is survived by
Son: John L. Ellison of Dallas

Daughter: Christi DePaul and husband, Shane of Dallas

Granddaughter: Coryn DePaul

Grandson: Corbin “Lil Fred” DePaul

Sister: Sue Matthews and husband, Milton of Garland

Brother: Billy Bob Ellison of Valley View

Nephew, who resided with him for the past two years: Barry Ellison and wife, Janet

Numerous other nieces and nephews

Special Friend: Leanne Mason of Center

A host of other friends

Mr. Ellison is preceded in death by his parents, Simon Frederick Ellison and Julie Irene Preskett Ellison.

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


06/27/2013

Michael Edward Boyd, 56 of Carthage, departed this Earthly Home to be with our Lord on June 26, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Pine Grove Baptist Church, Holland Quarters community, Carthage. Burial will follow in the Holland Quarters Cemetery, Carthage under the direction of Garmon Funeral Home of Henderson.

Michael Edward Boyd was born on August 27, 1956 in Shelby County, Texas to Johnny and Eula Mae Mason Boyd. Mike accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of the Pine Grove Baptist Church in Holland Quarters Community. He attended the public schools in the community and graduated with the Class of 1974.

Michael Edward Boyd united in marriage to Eula Faye Hawkins and to this union two children were born. His working career was with Kelly's Collision of Carthage as a Certified Painter for many years and he loved spending time with his family and friends playing softball, camping, barbecues or just sitting under the trees talking. Mike's true passion was his sports; the Dallas Cowboys, the L.A. Lakers and let's not forget those Carthage Bulldawgs!

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Eula Mae Mason Boyd and son, Rodrick.

Michael Edward Boyd leaves to cherish his memory ~ a loving wife, Eula Faye Boyd; daughter, Nekima Nisha Boyd; three brothers, John (Evelyn, who he loved like a sister) Boyd; Charles Westmoreland and Linzell Smith; sister, Bobbie Reid and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Public viewing for Mr. Boyd will be held, Friday, June 28, 2013 from 2-5 pm at the funeral home and family visitation from 6:30-7:30 pm at Pine Grove Baptist Church, Carthage.

Online guest book and condolences may be made at www.garmonfuneralhome.com.


Jessie D. Roberts, 84 of Henderson, departed this life on June 15, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Mt. Enterprise. Burial will follow in the Blanton Cemetery, Mt. Enterprise under the direction of Garmon Funeral Home of Henderson.

Mr. Jessie D. Roberts was born on September 12, 1928 to Jessie and Robirda Edwards Roberts in Rusk County, Texas. He attended the Mount Grove public schools in his community and united with the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Jessie was an avid guitarist, organizing the musical group: "A.D. & The Night Rockers"; he was called "A.D. He loved his music and was well known throughout East Texas. Jessie was also known as the "Soda Water Man" during the revivals.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Robirda Roberts; brother, R.B. Roberts and sister, Mae Helen.

Jessie D. Roberts leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Annie Townsend Roberts of Henderson, Texas; children, Catherine Hodge (Milton) of Henderson, Texas; Debbie Woods of Nacogdoches, Texas; Carletus Patrick (Cleopatra) of San Diego, California and Judy Roberts of Longview, Texas; eleven grandchildren; several great grandchildren; his siblings, Jessie Lee Brown and Dortha Roberts, both of Galveston, Texas and Clara Mills of Los Angeles, California; caregivers, cousins: Linda Harris, Pete and Nell McClendon and Nevelyn Jones; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Online guest book and condolences may be made at www.garmonfuneralhome.com.


Mike Osby, Sr., age 62 of Timpson, passed away Tuesday night, June 25, 2013 at Hospice of East Texas, Tyler, Texas. Visitation will be held Friday, June 28, 2013 from 6pm until 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, Texas. Services will be held at 11am Saturday, June 29, 2013 at First Smyrna Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas with interment at Smyrna Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Officiating will be Elder Marvin Jackson, Sr.

He is survived by:

Daughters:
Chante Osby of Garland, Texas
Anita Tutt and husband Douglas of Timpson, Texas

Sons:
Lavar Osby and wife Pennille of Houston, Texas
Jeremy Osby of Houston, Texas
Mike Osby, Jr. of Dallas Texas

16 Grandchildren; 19 Great Grandchildren

Mother, Yvonnie Harris of Nacogdoches, Texas

Brothers:
Alford Osby of Houston, Texas
Calvin Osby of Houston, Texas

Sisters:
Brenda Gaston of Dallas, Texas
Faye Johnson of Timpson, Texas

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.


Funeral services for Neveska “Neg” Williams Alexander Wheatley, 84, will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Chapel of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Logansport, LA with Reverend Charles Hall and Reverend Lance Cypert officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery in the Bethel Community, LA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, June 28, 2013.

Neg was born September 23, 1928 in Stockman, TX to Walter and Willie Ada Muckleroy Williams and passed away June 27, 2013. She was a member at First Baptist Church in Logansport, LA.

Preceding Neg in death was her husbands Lewis Alexander and Dured Wheatley; parents; sisters Elwanda Bartin, Mickey Spaulding, Bobbie Jo Starr; brothers Temple Williams, Gibbs Williams, granddaughter Natalie Wait.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her son Don Alexander and wife Renee; daughter Debbie Nicholas and husband Charles; brothers Banks Williams and wife Dorothy, Buck Williams and wife Melba, and Lowell Randall Williams and wife Karen; grandchildren Ginny Pollard and husband Jared, Matthew Alexander, Braxton Nicholas, Paul Nicholas, and Jason Nicholas.

Those honoring Neg as pallbearers will be Mike Wheatley, David Cunningham, Troy Alexander, Kenneth Hadley, Gary Henderson, and David Graves.

The family would like to express a special thanks to the staff of Garden Park Nursing and Rehab and Saint Joseph’s Hospice staff for their special love and care.

Services are under the direction of Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Logansport, Louisiana.


Daisy Snider, age 93, long time resident of San Augustine County, passed from this life early Thursday morning, June 27, 2013, in San Augustine.

Ms. Daisy was born to Georgiana (Yates) Goings and Thomas Goings on September 23, 1919, in Shelby County, Texas. She was the youngest of 10 children, 7 of whom reached maturity. She is the last surviving (Goings) and next to the last surviving (Snider) Aunt.

She is preceded in death by her son, Ken Snider; Her husband of 69 plus years Mr. Buck Snider; grandsons, Ken Snider, Jr. and John Grissom.

Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with interment following in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine. Officiating will be Bro. Frank Holrath, and Jackie Bell. Visitation will be Sunday evening, June 30, 2013, from the hours of 5 pm to 8 pm at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas.

She is remembered and cherished the most by her daughter and son-in-law: Judith (Judy) and Arnold Soucie of San Augustine; Her Daughter-in-law: Ruth Snider; Grandchildren: Michelle Grissom Anderson and her husband Scott, Steve Snider and Wayne Grissom and his wife, Allyssa; and Tony Soucie and wife, Laveena; Her Great-Grandchildren: Alex Anderson, Andrew Soucie and Alexander Soucie, along with Abbie Grissom and Ashton Grissom. Numerous nieces and nephews who have been as close as children, and several special "children" that were chosen along the way

Pallbearers will include, Lane Chambers, John Stine, Clint Chambers, Terry Johnson, Alvin Newton and Greg Newton. Honorary Pallbearers will include, Clyde Epps, Mike Tollett and Tommy Hunter.

online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.timeformemory.com/wymanroberts


06/26/2010

Marvin Benton Crocker, known to all as Ben Crocker, age 41, passed from this life Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Catlin County, Arkansas. He was born to Bill and Annette Crocker in Nacogdoches, Texas on June 6, 1972.

Ben is survived by:

Wife, Shirley Crocker of San Augustine

Parents, Bill and Annette Crocker of San Augustine

Children:
Patrick and Ashley Crocker of Bernard, Texas
Holly Crocker of Palestine

Step-children:
Jason and Tonya of Nacogdoches
Billy Ray and Deloris of Garrison,
Julie and Roger of Sand Hill,
Karen and Eric of Wells,
Joy of Nacogdoches
Randy and Vicky of Center

Brother, Bill and Ruby Crocker of San Augustine

Grandmother, Peggy Smith of San Augustine

Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren and great-nieces. So many friends that he hunted and fished with. Bro. Bob and Delilah Grass of Garrison and Mike and Lisa Bently of Melrose were some of the Closest friends.

He was preceded in death by his grand-parents Earl and Francis Crocker; grandfather Pat Smith.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, June 29, 2013 in Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel at 2:00 P.M. with Bro. Sonny Scarborough officiating and burial will follow in Little Flock Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Alan Eberlan, Ben Eberlan, James Monte, Jerry Dickerson, Red Christian, Matt Caswell, Jonathan Dees.

Visitation will be Friday June 28, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 W. Columbia St., San Augustine, Texas.

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


Patrick Wayne Murphy, 64 of Center passed away on Friday, June 21, 2013 at Memorial Hermann, Memorial City in Houston, Texas due to an illness.

A Memorial Service will be held at Short United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:00pm with Bro. Ed McRae officiating.

Patrick was born on March 18, 1949 to Jack and Melba Murphy in Center, Tx. He was employed for 25 years at Big Tin Barn and 4 years at Walmart as a door greeter.

He is preceded in death by his parents Jack Monroe Murphy & Melba Frizzell Murphy, Infant Brother, James Alvin Murphy, Brothers, James Alvin Murphy and Jack Michael Murphy, and Niece, Jacqueline Murphy Gibbs

He is survived by wife: Donna Murphy

Brother: Thomas Paul Murphy and wife Dorothy of Center

Sisters:
Donna Murphy Sisto of Houston, TX
JoAnn Murphy Morrow of Nacogdoches, TX

Children:
Stacey Murphy & Wife Stacey of Willis, TX.
Tracy & Wife Christina of Montgomery, TX.
Jason Murphy of Conroe, TX
Christina Murphy & Daughter-in-law Diana Sims of Houston, TX.
Don McCurdy & wife Jennifer of Houston, TX
Ronnie McCurdy of Tomball, TX
Darryl McCurdy & wife Tiffany of Spring, TX
Chuck McCurdy & wife Sharon of Cypress, TX

15 Grandchildren:
Kyndal Murphy, Kelsi Shelton, McKenzie Murphy, Ashlyn Murphy, Cody Murphy, Hunter Stanley, Easton Murphy, Brittany McCurdy, Stephanie McCurdy, Brandon McCurdy, Darian Simpson, Delaney Simpson, Dean McCurdy, Allison McCurdy, and Taylor McCurdy.

2 Great-Grandchildern: Keaton & Austin McCurdy

Numerous nieces, nephews & friends.

Special Friends:
Joe Shaw of Conroe
Don Odle of Conroe
Betty Samford of Center
Margaret Andrews of Center
Myrline Bradshaw of Center
Harold Malone of Nacogdoches, TX
Niece Tina Sowell & husband Lee
Peggy Monk
Betty Grimsley

Honorary Pall Bearers are as follows:
John Monk, Darren Vaughn, Pete Andrews, Frankie Windham, Charles Hall, Jimmy Bradshaw, Ben Samford, Woodrow Foster, Travis Brittian, Sammy Monk and Timothy Murphy.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Short United Methodist Church in care of John Monk at P.O. Box 854, Center, TX. 75935 or during the time of the memorial service.

Claire Brothers Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of the arrangement.


06/25/2013

J.T. Clark, 76 of Center, passed away Thursday evening, June 20, 2013 at his residence. Services will be held at 11:00am Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Triumph Church, Center, Texas. Interment to follow at Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Services will be officiated by Prince Howard Cloudy.

He is survived by:

Wife, Eldrid (Mollie) Clark of Center

2 Daughters: Sherron Clark King and Sheila Clark of Houston

3 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren

Brother, Cleveland Clark of Houston

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


06/24/2013

E. C. McSwain, 87, of Houston, formerly of Shelby County, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013 in Woodville. He was born June 26, 1925 in the Choice Community of Shelby County to Leo McSwain and Ada Anthony McSwain. Mr. McSwain joined the United States Merchant Marines and went on to serve in the Marine Corps during World War II. He later became a master plumber, owning and operating Cashmere Plumbing Company in Houston for over 25 years.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Charles Collett officiating. A Military Honors graveside will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Randy McSwain, Brian McSwain, Don McSwain, Jason Locke, Kyle Locke, Patrick McSwain and Matthew Surface. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Hart, Jerry Myrow, Larry Scott, Bill Distefano, Cecil Hart, Ted Hopkins, Guy Hopkins, Freeman McSwain, Greg Hart and Kenny Hart.

He is survived by
Son: Keith McSwain and wife, Shyrel of Colmesneil

Daughters:
Kathy Jones and husband, Teral of Colmesneil
Kay Lynn Surface and husband, Mike of Fulshear

Daughter-in-law: Elaine McSwain of Spring

Grandchildren:
Randy McSwain of Spring
Brian McSwain of Katy
Don McSwain of Cypress
Jason Locke of Center
Kyle Locke of Nacogdoches
Kathryn Hudman of Tarkington
Matthew Surface of Fulshear
Meagan Surface of Houston
Katelyn Surface of Houston
Bonnie Inamdar of Houston
Patrick McSwain of Houston

20 Great Grandchildren

Brother-in-law: A.M. “Bo” Scott of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by
Wife of 51 years: Gwen McSwain
Son: Kerry McSwain
Brothers: Hugh McSwain, Leon McSwain
Sisters: Lona McSwain, Delva Fountain, Norma George, Ora Mott, Odell Hart, Laura Jean Scott

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


Betty Jo Harper Foster, 86, of Center, passed away June 22, 2013 at Life Care Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was born October 5, 1926 in El Dorado, Arkansas to J.E. Harper and Inez Alford Harper. Ms. Foster was a member of the Preceptor Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma PHI, a member of Center Country Club and also a member of First United Methodist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Joel McMahon officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be C. Scott Massey, Mike Walker, David Chadwick, Rick L. Campbell, John Lee Pigg, Josh McAdams, John Griffin and Frank E. Parker Jr. Honorary Pallbearers will be W.I. Davis, James Campbell, Dr. Earl Grant, John Mobley, Rhett Stone, Gail Cuculic, Billy Bob McAdams, T. J. Chapman, Joe Louis Jones and John Black.

She is survived by
Daughter: Bonnie Walker of Austin

Sons:
Tolbert L. (Buster) Foster of Aledo
James Robert Foster of Rockport

Grandsons:
Clayton Foster Walker of Dallas
Mason David Walker of Austin

Preceded in death by
Parents: J.E. Harper and Inez Alford
Husband: Tolbert Foster
Brother: Doug Harper

A special thanks to Marie Small and family for many years of devoted assistance, Kelle Williams, Progressive Care Center administration and staff, and Life Care Centers of Shreveport, Louisiana.

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


6/22/2013

Eric Ray Risinger, 33, of Huxley formerly of Montana, passed away suddenly, Saturday, June 22, 2013 at his residence.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wes Hall officiating.

He was born September 7, 1979 in Nacogdoches. He was a commercial diver and he also served in the US Army for 6 years and served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is preceded in death by his Grandparents, Mac Ballard & Gerri Cooper.

He is survived by:

Children:
Kayli McWhorter & Peyton Risinger

Mother: Myra Durham of Huxley

2 Aunts:
Janet McLeod & husband, Tom of Shreveport
Kathy Vining & husband, Burt of Austin

Uncle: David Ballard & wife, Karen of Deer Park

Cousins:
Shari Sautner
Amanda Shofner
B.J. Vining
Tony Vining
Samantha Vining
David McLeod
Blake Ballard
Sabrina Ballard

Special Friend: Beth

Father: Herman Ray Risinger of Lufkin

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


6/20/2013

Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Hooper Simon, 52 of Timpson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the Wallace Chapel Baptist Church, South Marcus Street, Timpson. Burial will follow in the Camp Ground Cemetery, Mt. Enterprise under the direction of Garmon Funeral Home of Henderson.

Mrs. Gladys Hooper Simon was born on August 18, 1960 to the late Ms. Mahaleia Moore in Timpson, Texas. She attended schools in the Timpson ISD where she graduated high school in 1978. She attended college at Panola Jr. College and graduated from Stephen F. Austin University earning her B. A. Degree in Elementary Education. She also did graduate studies toward her Master’s Degree.

Mrs. Simon worked as a Medical Transcriptionist at Memorial Hospital in Center, Texas while attending college. She began her teaching career at Timpson ISD where she taught all subjects from Kindergarten to 5th grade and she later became a Math Specialist where she worked until she retired in May, 2013 after putting in twenty-two years of service.

Gladys accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Wallace Chapel Baptist Church where she was very active. She served as church treasurer, secretary, choir member, and wherever else she was needed. Gladys loved her church very much and found great joy in serving.

Gladys passed peacefully from her physical life of a lengthy illness to her new home to live with the Lord on Monday afternoon, June 17, 2013. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mahaleia Moore; her father, Lee Berk Rather; father and mother-in-law, Samuel Jamie and Cillersten Simon, brother, Paul Rather and a brother-in-law, Elijah Simon.

She leaves to cherish her memories: husband of thirty-one years, Ronald Eugene Simon, Timpson, Texas; daughter, Chaska (Toby) Griffith, Cedar Hills, Texas; Ryan Simon and girlfriend, Kisa Jones, Arlington, Texas; two grandchildren, Courtland and Ashlynn Griffith, Cedar Hill, Texas; two step-grandchildren, Shakur Johnson, Timpson, Texas and Lailah Moore, Arlington, Texas.

Gladys was blessed with many siblings: nine sisters, Mae Mosley, Timpson, Texas, Mary Horn, Little Rock, Arkansas, Linda Black, Nacogdoches, Texas, Doris Rather, Baton, Rouge, Louisiana, Alice Mosley, Tyler, Texas, Joyce Johnson, Center, Texas, Josephine Rather, Birdie (James) Kelly and Shelia Rather all of Houston, Texas; six brothers, Jerry Hooper, Davenport, Idaho, Larry (Yvonne) Hooper, Grand Prairie, Texas, Samuel (Jean) Rather, Garrison, Texas, Michael Rather, Nacogdoches, Texas, Nelson Rather and Clifford Lynn Rather both of Lufkin, Texas; four sisters-in-law, Ima Jewel Young, Commella (Ennis Earl) King, Lillie (Anthony) Oliphant all of Garrison, Texas and Carolyn Sims, Minneapolis, Minnesota; three brothers-in-law, Don (Patricia) Simon and Printis Simon both of Garrison, Texas and Carl (Johnnie) Simon, Dallas, Texas; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Public viewing for Mrs. Simon will be held Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 1-4 pm at the funeral home and family visitation from 6-8 pm at Greely C.M.E. Church, Highway 84 East, Mt. Enterprise.

Online guest book and condolences may be made at www.garmonfuneralhome.com.


06/18/2013

Bobbie Ann Barbe, 80, of Baytown formerly of Nacogdoches, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013 at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, June 21, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born February 5, 1933 in Shelby County to Elton and Vera (Samford) Bradshaw.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Mr. & Mrs. E.P. Bradshaw, Husband, James Gibson Barbe, Son, James Michael Barbe, Brother, J.T. Bradshaw and Brother, Paul Bradshaw.

She is survived by:

Daughter:
Leslie Metcalf & husband, Mark of Baytown

Son:
Richard Barbe & wife, Connie of Nacogdoches

Granddaughters:
Laura Hendrix & husband, D.J. of Anahuac
Leah Moody & husband, Shane of Baytown
Sheila Collete & husband, Scott of North Carolina

6 Great Grandchildren:
Sierra, Savannah & Lane Moody
Lindsey & Dalton Hendrix
Donnie Burson

4 Brothers:
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bradshaw of Center
Mr. & Mrs. K.P. Bradshaw of Center
Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Bradshaw of Tyler
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Bradshaw of Whitehouse

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Graveside services for Brooklyn Heflin Livingston, infant daughter of Bryan Warner Livingston and Amanda Heflin Livingston, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Mount Herman Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Jerod Haygood officiating.

Brooklyn was born and passed away June 4, 2013, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Services are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.


Conchita A. Hooper, 69, of Timpson, TX, passed away Friday, June 15, 2013, at her home in Timpson. Born December 26, 1943, in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of Eugene Dorsey and Doris Kennedy Dorsey. The family has selected a cremation and no services are scheduled at this time.

Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX, is in charge of this arrangement.


06/17/2013

Services for Milissa Lea LaPrairie will be at 10AM, Friday, June 21, 2013 at New Hope Free Methodist Church, Deville with Rev. Emmitt Belgard, Rev. Jason Paul and Rev. Stanley Paulk officiating. Visitation will be from 5PM until 9PM, Thursday, June 20th and from 9AM until time of service Friday, June 21st at New Hope Free Methodist Church. Interment will be at Big Island Memorial Cemetery, Deville under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Milissa Lea LaPrairie, 38, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013 at her residence.

She was preceded in death by her father, Delbert LaPrairie; grandmother, Gwen Satcher; grandfather, Edgar H. LaPrairie; and grandmother, Aurelia LaPrairie.

Those left to cherish her memory include her three daughters, Kourtney, Kaeden and Kasey Morris; mother, Janice Hicks (Michael); sister, Kelly Woodson (Tiny); grandfather, Morris D. Satcher; fiancé, Benji Belgard; niece Kaylee Johnson; two unborn grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

To extend online condolences, please visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.com

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas.


Billy “Peanut” Puckett Sr., 67, of Center, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. He was born June 12, 1946 in Puckett, Mississippi to Elton Puckett and Alice Marie Scott Puckett. Mr. Puckett served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Lone Star Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. Edward McRae officiating. A Military Honors graveside service will be held at Shiloh Cemetery in Mt. Enterprise under the direction of VFW Post 8904.

Pallbearers will be James Ray, Alton Smith, Colton Stewart, Clay Krueger, Michael Ray and Marshall Dover. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Puckett Jr., Greg Stanford, Rodin Ham, Timmy Lyons, Albert Lyons, Winston Smith and Kenneth Hooper.

He is survived by
Wife: Linda Puckett of Center

Sons:
Billy Puckett and wife, Kellie of Center
Greg Stanford and wife, Shannon of Center

Daughter:
Billie Joe Ray and husband, James of Magee, Mississippi
Wendy Penn and husband, James of Magee, Mississippi

Sisters:
Jean Hancock of Magee, Mississippi
Hilda Lyons of Magee, Mississippi
Joann Harry of Alabama
Yvonne Layton and husband, David of Magee, Mississippi
Cyndi Myers and husband, Gipson of Brandon, Mississippi
Anita Barnett of Magee, Mississippi

Brothers:
Travis Puckett and wife, Maxine of Mt. Olive, Mississippi
Dewayne Puckett and wife, Elaine of Mendenhall
Randy Puckett and wife, Linda of Mendenhall
Charlie Puckett of Magee, Mississippi

Mother-in-law: Bonnie Stanford of Center

15 Grandchildren

8 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Parents: Elton Puckett & Alice Marie Scott Puckett
Sister: LaVonne Gray
Father-in-law: Omer Stanford (Pop)

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


Elaine Patterson, 83, of Jackson, Tennessee, formerly of Center, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013 in Tennessee. She was born December 7, 1929 in Shelbyville to Curtis Hardy and Edna Cox Hardy. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Powdrill Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Ms. Patterson’s grandsons.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Deborah Beckers and husband, Doug of Port Neches
Florine Rudd and husband, Carl of Jackson, Tennessee

Son: Ronald Hoyt Patterson of Center

Grandsons:
Rodney Holder of Magnolia
Jason Patterson of Alaska
Sean Patterson
Adam Rudd of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Jason Rudd of Jackson, Tennessee
Joshua Rudd of Maryville, Tennessee
Seth Rudd of Maryville, Tennessee
Tyler Patterson of Center

Great Grandchildren:
Allyson Holder, Jamison Holder, Madison Holder, Lawson Rudd, Hudson Rudd, Cayman Rudd, Reese Rudd, Leah Rudd, Hakan Rudd, Harbor Rudd, David Patterson, Dustin Patterson, Tiffany Patterson, Cheyenne Patterson

Sisters:
Doris Loggins of Lufkin
Jo Trahan of Lafayette, Louisiana
Ople Hyden of Center
Diane Sullivan of Center

Brothers:
Marvin Hardy of Henderson
Marlon Hardy of Center
Paul Hardy of Bunkie, Louisiana
Jimmy Hardy of San Augustine

Preceded in death by
Parents: Curtis Hardy and Edna Cox Hardy
Husband: Hoyt Patterson
Brother: Earl Hardy
Sister: Bobbie Engleman

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


Ira “Lee” Holt, 75, of Frost, Texas formerly of Center, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Corsicana, Texas.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow at White Rock Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, June 21, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born August 24, 1937 in the Neuville Community to James R. and Lula Mae (Cooper) Lynch. She was a beautician for many years. She was a member of the 2nd Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, Corsicana.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, James & Lula Lynch, Husband, Murvel Holt, Son, Dennis Holt, Grandson, Brandon Holt, Brother, John Lynch and Brother, Guy Lynch.

She is survived by:
Son:
Curtis Holt & wife, Beth of Frost
Daughter-in-law:
Lecia Holt of Center
Grandchildren:
Kylie Lane Holt Baxley & husband, Jason of Austin
Jonathan Reeves Holt & wife, Jenny of Austin
Morgan Holt Woeller & husband, Jarrod of Belton
Ashely Holt Bailey & husband, Kyle of Bossier City, LA
Great Grandson:
Blake Bailey of Bossier City, LA
Brother:
James R. Lynch & wife, Ozeda of Martinsville
Sister:
Lillian Johnson of Houston
Brother:
William “Bill” Lynch of San Antonio
Sister:
Ila Mae Wheatley & husband, Jim of Shelbyville
2 Sisters-in-law and Brother-in-law:
Bonnie Duncan of Edmond, OK
Pauline Oates & husband, Harold of Center
Pallbearers:
Johnathan Holt, Jason Baxley, Jarrod Woeller,
Kyle Bailey, Ricky Livingston, Cade Dockens & Randy Cruse

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Susie B. Alford, 73, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Shelby Regional Hospital in Center. She was born September 10, 1939 in Nacogdoches to Clyde Greer Sr. and Maude Jordan Greer. She was a member of Center Church of the Nazarene.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Holly Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches County with Bro. Edward McRae officiating.

She is survived by
Daughter: Mary Raimond and husband, Oliver of Tenaha

Sons:
Noble Alford and wife, Pam of Center
James Alford of Corinth
David Alford and wife, Terri of Timpson

Grandchildren:
Kendra & Joseph Arnold
Michael & Fara Decker
Joseph & Katie Graves
Amber & Scott Adair
Khristina & Josh Snider
Wayne & Mary Alford
Kellie & Noah Walker

Great Grandchildren:
Joseph Mahon Graves – Lil Joe
Baby Abby Graves
Makenzi Alford
Malaina Ray
Maddox Adair
Jesse Snider
Judson Snider
Blake Walker
Bella Alford
Madden Walker

Sister: Bobbie Montes of Indiana

Preceded in death by
Grandchildren: Cody Wayne Alford & Susie Elizabeth Decker
Brother: Sonny Greer
4 Sisters

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


Rachanda Rachelle Collins, 33 of Center, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Shelby Regional Medical Center. A wake was held Sunday night at Smyrna Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas, from 6pm to 8pm. Visitation will be held Monday, June 17, 2013 at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas from 7pm to 9pm. Funeral services will be held at 2pm Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the John D. Windham Civic Center, Center, Texas. Interment will be at Bobo Cementery, Tenaha, Texas. Officiating services will be Rev. Charleston Johnson.

She is survived by:

Husband, Rolando Collins of Center, Texas.

Daughters: Damya Collins, Mylaya Collins, and MyKymzie Collins all of Center, Texas.

Mother: Doyla Tarver of Center, Texas

Father: Eddie Roy Bolton of Center, Texas

Step Father: Robert Glazier of Timpson, Texas

Sisters: Tara Barnes and Katelyn Bolton both of Center, Texas and Aliyah Glazier of Timpson, Texas.

Brothers: Derrick Bolton of Mansfield, Louisiana and Bryan Glazier, Chris Richards, and Micheal Richards all of Timpson, Texas.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Tommy David Whitaker, 68 of Center, passed away Wednesday morning, June 12, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be held pm to 7pm, Friday, June 21, 2013 at Community Funeral Home. Services will be held Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 1pm at First Smyrna Baptist Church with interment to follow at Smyrna Cemetery, Timpson, Texas with Pastor Charleston Johnson officating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Rosetta Whitaker of Center, Texas

Sons:
Tracy Whitaker of Timpson, Texas
Kelvin Whitaker of Timpson, Texas

One Grandchild

Sister: Reba Jackson of Houston, Texas

Brother: Joe Whitaker of Houston, Texas

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


06/14/2013

Robin Allison Daw, 36, of Nacogdoches, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. She was born July 4, 1976 in Orange, Texas to Johnny Mack Daw and Evon Wilburn Daw. She was a member of Austin’s Heights Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. Robin was baptized at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 17, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Lance Cyprett officiating. Interment will follow at Truitt Cemetery in Joaquin.

She is survived by
Parents: Johnny & Evon Daw of Joaquin

Sisters:
Carmen Parr of Nacogdoches
Jennifer Klingenberg and husband, Chris of Longview

Niece:
Jessica Richardson of Nacogdoches
Grace Klingenberg of Longview

Nephew:
Joseph Klingenberg of Longview

Former Husband & Best Friend: Taner Ozkan of Houston

Aunts:
Joyce King of Houston
Joyce Carter of Elgin
Jimmie Kay Thomas and husband, Randy of Shreveport, Louisiana
Jaye Robison and husband, Donnie of Stanley, Louisiana

Great Aunt: Irada Oates of Joaquin

Numerous cousins and other family

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Infant Daughter: Baylee Sabean Daw
Grandparents: James & Peggy Daw and Grace & Alvin Wilburn of Joaquin
Uncle: Jack King of Houston

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


06/10/2013

Helen P. Peddy, 92, of Orange passed away Sunday, June 09, 2013, at her residence.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home.

Born in Garrison, Texas on September 19, 1920, Helen was the daughter of Dr. Alfred Lee Parrish and Lillian (Parker) Parish. Helen loved to play bridge and volunteered at the Lutcher Stark Theatre for 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jennings Bryan Peddy; son, William Bryan Peddy, Sr.; and brothers, William Richard "Billy" Parrish and Thomas Alfred "Buster" Parrish.

Helen is survived by her grandchildren, Robin Granger and husband, Justin, William Bryan Peddy, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Trevor Schaffer, Lindsey Schaffer; sister-in-law, Agnes Peddy Parker; brothers-in-law, Walter Peddy, Sr. and wife, Jean, Julian Peddy and wife, Elaine; and numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.


Victor Albert Lacy, formerly of Center, TX, was born July 7, 1929, in Henderson, TX, and died June 9, 2013, in Duncanville. He served in the US Army and was a longtime employee of Texaco/Chevron where he retired in 1985 after 35 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Letha Lacy; sisters, Marie Jones, Geneva DeLancet; and brother, Ray Lacy.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Melba; brother, Melvin (Betty) Lacy of Houston; daughters, Vicky Hogue of Duncanville, TX, Susan Coode of Highland, IL, Kim (Steve) Weiss of Hinsdale, IL, and Shelly Lacy of Lewisville, TX; grandchildren, Brad Hogue, Adam Coode, Carter (Beth) Monroe, Lacy Horn, Melinda (John) Hauser, Eric (Bethany) Weiss; three great grandchildren, Johnathan, Nathaniel and Miranda; special family, Debra and LeAnn Armstrong; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Faith Baptist Church, 111 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Duncanville, TX. Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Mount Enterprise, TX. Visitation with the family is 6-8 PM, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel, 811 S. Cockrell Hill Rd., Duncanville, TX.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Baptist Church in Duncanville, or the American Cancer Society.


Funeral service for Alton L. Kimbro, 65, of Timpson, TX, will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Bro. Cliff Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Waterman Cemetery, Shelby County, TX. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 -8:00 PM, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Home. Mr. Kimbro passed away Monday, June 10, 2013, at his home in the Silas Community, Shelby County, TX.

Born December 15, 1947, in Shelby County, Texas, Alton L. Kimbro was the son of the late Sebern and Avis (Renfro) Kimbro. Alton had been a truck driver and was currently employed at Bear Creek Farms in Timpson.

Survivors include wife Brenda Griffith of Timpson; sons Aaron Kimbro and wife Jenny of Pflugerville, TX, and Allen Kimbro and wife Brittany of Timpson; daughter Angie Kimbro of Timpson; adopted son Toby Griffith, wife Chaska and children Courtland and Ashlynn of Arlington, TX; brothers Hoyt Kimbro of Center, TX, and Kenneth Kimbro of Houston; 7 grandchildren: Rick Oliver II, Chris Oliver, Jessica Oliver, Dillon Kimbro, Ally Kimbro, Baylor Kimbro, and Brecken Kimbro; and special granddaughter Amber Nicole Blount.

In addition to his parents, Alton Kimbro was preceded in death by brother Allen Leon Kimbro and 2 sisters, Shirley Ruth Kimbro and Wilma Lee Kimbro.

To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


06/09/2013

Artie Smith, 61, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013 in Kilgore.

Services are pending at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.


Joe Evans, 59, of Diboll formerly of Shelby County, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013 at his residence after a brief illness.

Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bud Bonner officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born November 5, 1953 in Sioux City, Iowa to Woodrow W. and Verna Maudine (Holder) Evans.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Woodrow and Maudine Evans.

He is survived by:
Son:
Woody Evans & wife, Jessica of Hudson
Daughter:
Tiffany Nash & husband, Chris of Apple Springs
Grandchildren:
Jackson, Cheyenne, Arianna & Caleb
Rex Austin Kirkley
Haygan & Peyton
Madison & Haylee Jo
Special Friend & the love of his life:
Donna Causey of Pollock
Sister:
Norma Moore of Central
Nephew & Nieces:
Jesse Upchurch
Laci Roden
Angel Gillespie
Pallbearers:
Chris Nash, Woody Evans, Jesse Upchurch,
Moses Nash and Jacob Nash

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Joan Neal, 81, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2013 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation will be Monday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born October 15, 1931 in Shelby County to Edgar and Belah (Johnson) Neal. She worked at Brookshire Brothers for 17 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Center.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Edgar and Belah Neal, Infant Brother, Albert Neal,
Sister, Winfrey Dell Gray & Brother, R.B. Neal.

She is survived by:
Nieces & Nephews:
Dellie Witt & husband, Larry of Tampa, FL
Nancy Taylor & husband, Robert of Tampa, FL
Agatha Vaughn of Clovis of New Mexico
Leta Hutto & husband, Chester of Center
Jim Bob Gray & wife, Debbie of Joaquin
Bruce Neal & wife, Cookie of Livingston
Ray Neal & wife, Barbara of Center
Billy Carroll Neal of Center
Especially her friend:
Billie Loraine Wilson of Center
Number of Great Nieces & Nephews & Great Great Nieces & Nephews & many other Relatives & Good Friends

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


06/07/2013

Douglas M. Warr, 60, of Mansfield, Texas, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 9 AM Tuesday at Blessing Funeral Home in Mansfield. Graveside service will be at 4 PM Tuesday at Short Cemetery, Center. Visitation: 6-8 PM Monday at Blessing Funeral Home.

Doug was born in Center, Texas on March 23, 1953, the son of Zelmo “Bud” Warr and Elsie Lee Hancock Warr. Doug was a sales representative for Academy Sports and Outdoors.

Survivors include his Uncles and Aunts, Harold and Maudie Warr, Lloyd & Diane Warr of Whichita Falls, Wonell Brown of Lufkin, Edsel and Jo Warr, Loyd and Diane Warr, Wonell Brown; close first cousin, Wynell Evans; sisters, Josie Ivy and Sandra Van Orden; and numerous cousins and friends.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Elsie Warr and brother, Lee Warr.


06/06/2013

Billie Sue Neal, 84, of Center, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. She was born April 27, 1929 in Hemphill to Rufus Dickey and Emily Taylor Dickey. She was a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Marlin Freeman officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center.

She is survived by
Daughter: Patricia Neal of Center

Son: Wendell Neal and wife, Linda of Malone

Granddaughters:
Debbie Hawthorne and husband, Brandon of Mt. Calm
Jennifer Hogan and husband, Stacey of Malone

Great Grandchildren:
Sidney Holland of Huntsville
Natalie, Mallorie and Nicholas Hogan of Malone

Brother: M.L. Dickey and wife, Sibyl of Waco

Beloved church family and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Rufus Dickey and Emily Taylor Dickey
Husband: Durwood Neal

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heritage Baptist Church, PO Box 211, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Opal Hughes, 93, of Center, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Shelby Regional Medical Center.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday, June 7, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born January 26, 1920 in Shelby County, Texas to Bascom and Victoria (Taylor) Bradshaw. She was a member of the First Assembly of God, Center, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Bascom and Victoria Bradshaw, Husband, Tracy Hughes,
Son, Jerry Hughes, Son, Spencer Hughes, Daughter, Cheryl Hughes McCauley, Brother, Doc Bradshaw, Sister, Polly Adams, Sister, Ercell Holcomb and Sister, Grace Mills.

She is survived by:
3 Daughters:
Carrie Bailey & husband, Bill of Center
Melba Battles of Nacogdoches
Virginia Campbell of New Caney

Son:
Huey Hughes & wife, Virginia of Irving

17 Grandchildren
36 Great Grandchildren
22 Great Great Grandchildren

Brother:
Jimmy Bradshaw & wife, Myrline

Son-in-law:
Bobby Lee McCauley & wife, Beth of Center

Numerous Nieces & Nephews & Extended Family

Pallbearers:
Vernon Bailey, Treven Bailey, Bill McGee, Justin Campbell, Mark Matthews, Sean Battles, Shane Battles, Steve Campbell and Cecil Chessher

Honorary Pallbearers:
Shane Campbell, Shane Cooper, Dean Scarborough, B.J. Gross, Doug Raymond, Hunter Scarborough, Jason Scarborough, Brandon Scarborough, David Porter, Wayne Hughes, Blake Campbell, Chase Campbell, Chad Chessher, Wes Snell and Joey Lemoine

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com. Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Mangum Funeral Home announces services are pending for Glen Rasbury, 80 of Center and Susan Rasbury, 54 of Center.


Glendon Nash, 61 of Center, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Shelby Regional Hospital in Center, Texas.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 4pm at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church Center, Texas with Rev. Alvin Davis to officiate.

She is survived by:

Son: Robert (Tab) Nash of Nacogdoches, Texas

Daughters:
Esta Polley of Nacogdoches, Texas
Exie (Derrick) Nash of Nacogdoches, Texas
Linda (Ronnie) Nash of Houston, Texas

13 Grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


06/05/2013

Helen (Butts) Tipps, age 82, of Austin, passed from this life on Tuesday evening in Austin.

Helen was born to Leola (Clark) Butts and Bryan Butts on June 4, 1913, in San Augustine County, Texas. She was a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she was a life-time member of the Kappa Alfa Theta Sorority. She was employed in the Banking Industry having worked for Texas Commerce Bank in Houston for 20 years, and a member of the First United Methodist Church in San Augustine.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2013, in the First United Methodist Church in San Augustine. Joel McMahan will officiate. Interment will follow in the San Augustine City Cemetery in San Augustine.

Her survivors include Daughters: Helen Watkins and her husband, Sandy of Austin; Mary Tipps of Austin; Son: Clark Tipps of Austin; Grandchildren: Maggie Watkins, Will Watkins and fiance, Jena Brooks, and Elizabeth Garrott and her husband, Jacob; Great-grandchildren: Elise, Katherine, and Anna; Sister and Brother-in-law: Sue and Ray Neil McEachern of San Augustine.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leola (Clark) Butts and Bryan Butts, and a sister, Eleanor Cade.

Pallbearers will include Steve McEachern, Ray Bryan McEachern, Edward McEachern, Will Watkins, Sandy Watkins, David McEachern. Honorary Pallbearers will include Bob Roper, John Mathew Cartwright, and Curtis Haley, MD

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.timeformemory.com/wymanroberts


Funeral service for Walter C. Chadwick , 87, of Gary, TX, will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June
8, 2013, at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, Timpson, with Bro. Carroll Jones and Dr. Josh
Walters officiating. Interment will follow in County Line Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday, June 7, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson. Mr. Chadwick passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Gary, Texas.

Born November 1, 1925, in Long Branch, TX, Walter Columbus Chadwick was the son of the late
Donnie Doyle Chadwick and Mabel Lake Chadwick. During World War II, Walter served in the
Merchant Marines. He retired as a fireman with Cotton Belt Railroad in Houston, TX, and then retired
as a machinist with Trailmobile in Longview, TX. For over 50 years Walter was the owner of 7C Cattle
Ranch in Gary, TX. He was a member and deacon of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Lillie Keating Chadwick of Gary, TX; sons: Mike Chadwick and wife Leisa of Timpson, TX, Jonathan Chadwick of Timpson and Anthony Chadwick of Hallsville, TX; daughters:
Patricia Maddox and husband Jared of Gilmer, TX; stepsons: Jimmy Smith and wife Evah of
Nacogdoches, TX and Donald Smith of Center, TX; stepdaughter Kimberly Pleasant and husband
Roger of Nacogdoches; sister-in-law Joyce Keating Scott of Timpson, 16 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Walter Chadwick was preceded in death by first wife Nadine Keating Chadwick, son Dwight Chadwick, daughter Lucretia Essery, brothers Doyle Chadwick and Billy Chadwick, sisters Lois Peveto and Christine Compton, and grandson Aaron Smith.

To convey condolences online please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


06/03/2013

Revern (Boe) Bell Blackshire, 58 of San Augustine, Texas passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Hospice in the Pines.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 8, 2013 1pm at Reed Chapel Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas with Rev. Anthony Jackson to officiate. Interment will follow at Boggie Cemetery in Geneva, Texas.

She is survived by:

Husband: Johnny Blackshire of Nacogdoches, Texas

Daugthers:
Aretha (Rev. Anthony) Jackson of San Augustine, Texas
Carola Williams of San Augustine, Texas

Son: Leonard Blackshire of Timpson, Texas

12 Grandchildren, 3 great Grandchildren

Sisters:
Carolyn (Franklin) Mathews of San Augustine, Texas
Debra (Jessie) Jackson of San Augustine, Texas

Brother: Curtis (Linda) Bell of San Augustine, Texas

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Dawon Harris, 31 of Carthage, Texas passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013 at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 8, 2013 11am at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Gary, Texas with Rev. Raymond Ingram to officiate. Interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Mansfield, LA.

He is survived by:

Father: James Sonny McClure of Houston, Texas

Mother: Sandra Harris of Gary, Texas

Sisters:
Carolyn Cooks of Tenaha
Gracie Martin of Dallas, Texas
Melissa Harris of Tyler
LaKeisha Davis of Nacogdoches
Christy Wallace of Houston

Brothers:
LaMicah Harris of Orlando, FL
Roderick McClure of Carthage, Texas

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Mr. Montrell O'Bryant Pennington, 27 of Center passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Shelby Regional Medical Center, Center, Texas.

Wake for Mr. Pennington will be held Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 6pm to 7:30pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, Texas. Funeral services will be Friday, June 7, 2013 1pm at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Center, Texas with Rev. David P. Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow at Blount Chapel Cemetery, Center, Texas.

He is survived by:

Mother: Ethel Moore of Center

Father: Curtis Henry of Shelbyville

Daughters:
Monta Ja Pennington of Lufkin
La'Shelby Pennington of Center

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Mr. James Earl Hewitt, 86 of Center passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013 at his residence in Orange, Texas.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2013 1pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, Texas Bishop Roosevelt Swindle to officiate. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas.

He is survived by:

Wife: L.E. Hiwitt of Orange, Texas

Son: Doyle W. Hebert of Northern California

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


06/02/2013

William Riley “W.R., Bill” Boyd passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013, 12:45 a.m.

Bill was born February 24, 1917 in Houston, Mississippi. He attended 13 schools throughout Texas and Mississippi before graduating from Houston (Miss.) High School in 1934. In May of 1937, Bill returned to Houston, Mississippi where the Corsicana-based contracting firm of E.W. Hable and Sons provided him with an invaluable apprenticeship in the construction of roads and highways. On June 28, 1942 he married Tim Barton in Cushing, Texas and in 1945 W.R. Boyd, Incorporated was organized with Bill being the President and controlling stockholder. A short two years later, the corporation qualified as a prime contractor under the exacting standards of the Texas Highway Department and by 1967 Bill was the sole stockholder in the company.

After 24 years in construction, W.R. Boyd was elected president of the Texas Highway-Heavy Branch of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) in 1969. This organization represents the highway and heavy contractors of Texas and at this time was one of the five largest contractor associations in the United States. At that time, approximately 95% of the highway construction in Texas is performed by this group of contractors. This achievement would go down as the pinnacle of a 73 year career.

Other professional achievements include, AGC National Life Director and Chairman of Joint State Department of Highways, and Public Transportation Committee. State Committee Chairs included Environmental/Quality Control, Nominating, and Public Affairs. He was appointed by the Bureau of International Commerce and Road Builders’ Assoc. to a Trade Mission to Central America. He represented Texas Hot Mix Association on the National Board of Governors. He served as president of both the Texas Good Roads Transportation Association and Texas Asphalt Paving Association.

W.R. Boyd was a member of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce and the Center Chamber of Commerce. A Shriner, he was a charter member of Sharon Temple, Tyler. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Center and past member of the Board. Hobbies included fishing, hunting, golf, flying and collecting antique automobiles. Bill was a “Southern Gentlemen” and gracious host to all, a true celebrant of life who lived every day with passion.

Bill is survived by the love of his life, wife of 70 years, Tim Boyd of Cushing; one daughter and son-in-law, Yancy and George Bradford of Fort Worth; two grandchildren, Phoebe and her husband, William Carl Moore, Jr. of Dallas, Michael Graydon Fleming, Jr. and his wife, Jana of Tulsa, Oklahoma; five great-grandchildren, Graydon Elizabeth Moore of Dallas, Watson Riley Fleming of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Davis Boyd Fleming of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Riley Kathryn Moore of Dallas, Hughes Michael Fleming of Tulsa, Oklahoma; beloved nieces and nephews.

Pall Bearers include:
Frank E. Parker, Jr., James Crelia, Robert “Bob”Havran, Michael G. Fleming, Tim Byrne, Tom Johnson

Honorary Pall Bearers include:
James Campbell, Gail Cuculic, Malcolm Weaver, Doug Pitcock, W.I. Davis, Jr.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Center with Rev. Joel McMahon officiating. A private family burial will be held at Cushing Community Cemetery in Cushing.
Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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


Jerry Wayne Tharp, 76, of Aledo, Texas, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013 at his residence.

Graveside Service will be 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2013 at Short Cemetery with Jack Rankin officiating. Visitation will be Monday June 3, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born November 14, 1936 in Ardmore, OK. He served in the US Army as a Staff Sgt. He worked for Bell Helicopter/Textron Corporation.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his Brother, L.B. Tharp.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Brenda Collins Tharp of Aledo
Children:
Kimberlee Mosley & husband, Jack of Lake Tawakoni
Lance Tharp & wife, Cindi of Keller
Brad Tharp & wife, Kelli of Arlington
Maci Champan of Weatherford
Jason Green of Aledo
9 Grandchildren
Sister:
Connie Sue Maddux of Garner

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

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05/30/2013

Bonnie Garner, 78, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Center. She was born December 17, 1934 in Jamestown, Tennessee to Oplis Adam West and Ella Williams West. She was a member of Toledo Bend Baptist Church in Huxley, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jack Forbis officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Garner, Bob Holcombe, David Amburn, Ben Webster, Andy Amburn and Jeffery Webster.

She is survived by
Daughter: Karen Clifton and husband, Roger of Joaquin

Sons:
Tom Garner and wife, Donna of Vidalia, Georgia
Sam Garner and wife, Tammy of Joaquin
Tim Garner of Center
Raymond Garner of Joaquin

Special Nephew: Bob Holcombe of Jamestown, Tennessee

Sister: Loma Marlow of Fort Wayne, Indiana

Sister-in-law: Beaula Fay Webster of Center

10 Grandchildren

16 Great Grandchildren

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: James Garner Sr.
Daughter: Belinda Clifton
Son: James Garner Jr.
Grandson: Christopher Garner
Sisters: Anna Price, Joyce Stephens, Genieva Wittenburg, Josie Donnelly
Brother: Merle West

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


05/29/2013

Mrs. Gay Nell Moore, 73 of Center passed away Monday, May 20, 2013 in Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 11am at St. Paul Baptist Church in Center, Texas with additional visition from 10am to 11am before funeral services with Pastor Freddie Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Wake for family and friends will be held Friday, May 31, 2013 from 6pm to 7pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel.

She is survived by:

Husband: Mervin Gene Moore of Center, Texas

Daughters:
Gale Denise Richmond of Mesquite, Texas
Denell Kindle of San Augustine, Texas
Stephanie Moore of Lufkin, Texas
Depemles Kenard of Garland, Texas

Sons:
Irvin Ray Moore of San Augustine, Texas
Leonard Ray Moore of San Augustine, Texas

12 Grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild

Sister; Ola Mae Gardner of Center, Texas

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


William R. “Rick” Forbis, 56, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. He was born March 5, 1957 in Galena Park to Thomas W. Forbis and Dorothy Faye Emmons Forbis. Mr. Forbis was a member of Toledo Bend Baptist Church in Huxley.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Otis Jarrell officiating. Interment will follow at Old Center Cemetery in Panola County.

He is survived by
Parents: Bro. Jack & Mrs. Dorothy Forbis of Timpson

Sister: Virginia Ann Meadows of San Leon

Nephew: Tommy Jack Forbis of Pensacola, Florida

Niece: Crystal Kay Forbis of Pensacola, Florida

Preceded in death by
Brother: Tommy Forbis
Grandparents: Levi & Lula Forbis and Richard & Bertha Emmons

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


05/28/2013

David Lee, 61, of Center, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at his residence. He was born October 19, 1951 in Zwolle, Louisiana to R.D. Lee and Emma Ebarbe Lee. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Visitation will be held an hour prior to service time at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Lee, Eddie Fletcher, Ricky Lee Jr. and Terry Ebarb.

He is survived by
Brothers:
James Lee and wife, Jean of Center
Robert Lee and wife, Glenda of Center
Wallace Lee and wife, Melrose of Zwolle

Sisters:
Nance Lee of Pineville, Louisiana
Trudy Furlow and husband, Rodger of Winsburo

Special Niece: Sandra Mims of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: R.D. Lee and Emma Elarbe Lee
Brother: Travis Marvin Lee
Sisters: Doris Ebarbe, Virginia Arthur, Gerdi Garcia
Brother: Bryant Lee

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


Mattie Imelda (McLendon) Dellinger, 101, lifelong resident of Center and Center's beloved official town historian, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at her residence.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Center with Bro. Michael Hale and Bro. Carl Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Two visitation times will be Friday May 31, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

Ms. Mattie was born October 1, 1911 in Center, Texas to M.B.” Bartow” McLendon, (born in Troy, Alabama from 1868-1933) and Carrie Elizabeth (Smithson) McLendon, (born March 22, 1885 in Grand Rivers, KY to 1985). Mattie’s family moved to Center in 1887. Mattie joined and was baptized into the First Baptist Church, Center, at the age of 12. Mattie was a 1929 graduate of Center High School. She worked as a clerk after graduation at Perry Brothers for 6 months and Bridges Drug Store for 2 years; Mattie married L.L. “Pete” Dellinger, husband of nearly 33 years until his death in 1966, (he was born in Ben Lomand, AR, Pete was a pharmacist and grocer); Alongside her husband, they operated a business and raised a family in Center. She worked for the 2 Center newspapers for over 50 years and the radio stations for over 17 years. She knew folks in both high and low stations of life due to her work for the local newspapers and radio station. Some of Mattie’s credits and awards include; worthy matron Order of Eastern Star in Center from 1940-41; secretary in County School Superintendent’s office; charter member of CHS Band Booster; PTA officer; WMU officer; active Sunday School member; charter member of Shelby County Historical Society; she operated her own news bureau for newspapers; Silver Voice Award by the East Texas Tourism Association; member of the Texas and National Press Women; was the first woman appointed to the Board of the 4-H Foundation at A&M College; Friend of 4-H award; she was named Texas Press Woman of the Year in 1983 for District 9; she was honored by B &PW Club in Center by being named their Outstanding Woman of Year and in 1985 the Center Alumni Association elected Mattie to their Hall of Fame as a an outstanding Alumni. Mattie was the host of the radio call-in show, “Mattie’s Party Line”, which began in 1987, and was a window to the soul of Center, Texas where Mattie knew just about every caller by name; Mattie was received the Lifetime of Service Award by the William Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of Republic of Texas; received “The Best” Center Homecoming parade award for the 29 Club two years; She was a stringer for the ‘Houston Chronicle,' ‘Houston Post,' ‘Beaumont Enterprise,' ‘Shreveport Times' and Associated Press and then for two television stations, and covered for Channel 9; Before it was made official, Mattie was long known as Center's unofficial town historian. She knew the who, what, when, where, and how of just about every major news event in Shelby County and in 2008, Mattie was honored as the official “East Texas Town Historian of Center, Texas” by the Shelby County Historical Commission, which she easily met the criteria for; In 2009, Mattie was selected as the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen of the Year award; Social life and fun was the ’29 club of Flappers & Jelly Beans that lasted for 10 years. Mattie enjoyed all the trips made by 1st National Bank (Citizens Bank) Travel Club and in later life Mattie enjoyed the Monday Noon Lunches with her friends, Mildred Pinkston, Bobbie Covington, Syble Holt and Kathleen Parker. Her passion was looking for local story ideas and writing about them as she was fulfilling the official as the town historian. Mattie was still currently writing a weekly column for “The Light and Champion ” to Mattie Party Line, which she has done for over 45 years. Mattie said "I just love writing, and I've covered a lot of good stories." Even though Mattie was admired by the likes of Dan Rather and Willie Nelson, her biggest fans have always been her neighbors in Center, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, M.B. and Carrie McLendon, Husband, L.L. “Pete” Dellinger, Son, Dan Dellinger, Daughter-in-law, Ruby Dellinger, Sister, Lucy Lee (McLendon) Gregory, Brother, George Martin McLendon and Brother, Maurice Bartow McLendon.

She is survived by:

Daughter: Dixie Lee Dellinger of Center

2 Granddaughters:
Denise Dellinger Oates & husband, Shepherd of Mesquite
Deborah Dellinger Young & husband, Jeff of Center

2 Great Grandsons:
Stephen Daniel Oates & wife, Leslie of Mesquite
David Young of Nacogdoches

Great Great Granddaughter: Ryiot Oates

Nieces:
Lou Nell McLendon Jones of Houston
Cindy McLendon McCracken of Baton Rouge, LA
Portia Gaines of Center
Patricia Brittain of Center
Barbara Jean Clark

Nephews:
Stan McLendon of Humble
James Payne

Great Nephew:
Shane McLendon of Houston
Jim Payne of Nacogdoches

Great Nieces:
Sandy McLendon Black
Jeannie Gaines of Center
Polly McKissick

Great Great Nieces:
Emily Glass
Rachel Hawkins

Cousins:
Jack Barron of Center
Billy McLendon of Houston

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Pallbearers: John R. Smith, Buster Bounds, Jerry Pinkston, Rob Payne, Chris Watlington & Ronnie Daniels

Honorary Pallbearers: David Jacobs, Larry Ballard, Randy McLeroy, Billy Poindexter, Joe Louis Jones, Tom Steele, Willie Nelson, A.J. Procell, Don Pinkston, James Paul Wilson & Kelly Vaughn

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


05/25/2013

Bonnie Windham, 71, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013 at her residence. She was born December 30, 1941 in Iager, West Virginia to J.W. Justice and Bertha Payne Justice.

Visitation will be held at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in the Sardis Community of Shelby County.

Pallbearers will be Devin Jackson, Leo Jackson, Evan Lutz, Austin Williams, Cody Porter and Cecil Jackson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jody Porter, Colton Thompson, Brian Campbell and Clay Barbee.

She is survived by
Children:
Shelley Porter and husband, Jody of Center
Skip Campbell and wife, Cherri of Longview

Grandchildren:
Colton Thompson and wife, Briana of Center
Sarah Thompson and fiancé, Clay Barbee of Center
Ashley Lutz and husband, Evan of Center
Dillon Porter of Center
Cody Porter of Center
Brian Campbell and fiancé, Jessica of Humble
Breanna Campbell of College Station
Sabrina Campbell of Longview
Kristi Campbell of Longview
Brittney Campbell of Longview

Great Grandchildren:
Drake Lutz
Jace Thompson
Hallie Mae Barbee
Beaux Campbell
Slayde Porter

Step Children:
Jeannette Windham
Michelle Jackson and husband, Cecil
Rena Flores

Father of her children: Steve Campbell of Nacogdoches

Very special daughter-in-law: Cindy Christian of Onalaska

A number of step-grandchildren

Sisters:
Betty Smith of California
Eleanor Newberry of Virginia
Margret Skeens and husband, Mac of Florida

Brother: Wayne Justice and wife, Jeanette of West Virginia

A number of nieces, nephews and other family

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Justice
Sister: Thelma Vandyke
Brothers: Clinton Justice, Joe Justice, Dale Justice, Roger Justice
Step-daughter: Tara Blue

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


05/24/2013

Robert L. Loomis, 69, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, May 24, 2013 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center. He was born October 5, 1943 in Corinth, Pennsylvania to James L. Loomis and Ethel Burrows Loomis.
Mr. Loomis served in the United States Navy.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2013 at Bethel United Methodist Church with Bro. Daren Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana.

He is survived by
Wife: Donna Loomis of Joaquin

Children:
Robert L. Loomis Jr. and wife, Rose stationed in Okinawa, Japan
Denise Swick and husband, David of New Mexico
Leslie Alford and husband, John of Logansport, Louisiana
John P. Loomis and wife, Rebecca of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Alexandra Loomis, Jenna Loomis, James Loomis, Krystal Odom, Jimmy Loomis, Kenneth Loomis, Michael Davis, Gregory Alford, Chase Alford, Miya Alford, Heither Loomis, Sawyer Loomis

Great Grandchildren:
Emmy Alford, Trinity Alford, Joseph Alford, Trent Loomis

Mother: Ethel Loomis of Madison, Ohio

Brother: Jim Loomis and wife, Char of Michigan

Numerous nieces, nephews and other family

Preceded in death by
Father: James Loomis
Sisters: Shirley Loomis, Rosemary Loomis
Son: James Loomis
Granddaughter: Jamie Loomis

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


Kimber Paddie, 47, of Center, passed away Friday, May 24, 2013 at her residence. She was born June 19, 1965 in Weatherford, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

She is survived by
Husband: Bobby Paddie of Center

Sons:
Thomas Dumas of Center

Numerous Grandchildren

Sister: Tonja Ard of Huxley

Father-in-law and Mother-in-law: Emar & Mary Deville of Bossier City

Sisters-in-law:
Betty Williams and husband, Charles of Whitehouse
Bonny Reed and husband, Allen of Center

Brothers-in-law:
Billy Paddie and wife, Rachel of Center
Benny Paddie

Preceded in death by
Father-in-law: Eli Paddie

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


05/22/2013

Evelyn Elizabeth Hudgins, 89 of Longview, Texas, passed away Friday, May 24, 2013 in Longview, Texas. She was born November 4, 1923 in Angelina County to Frank Teer and Mary Potts Teer. She was a member of South Union Missionary Baptist Church in Daingerfield, Texas and was a homemaker.

Visitation for family and friends to be held Sunday, May 26, 2013 from 12:30pm to 2pm at Garrison Funeral Home prior to funeral services at 2pm with interment to follow at Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.

She is survived by:

Husband: Alfred Hudgins of Longview, Texas

Daughter: Carolyn Pondant and husband Don of Marshall, Texas

Sons:
Carl W. Hudgins and wife Carol of Grandbury, Texas
Stephen R. Hudgins and wife Connie of San Antonio, Texas
John D. Hudgins and wife Janell of Longview, Texas

Sisters:
Frances Sander and husband Ray of Garrison, Texas
Better Miller and husband Gene of Kerrville, Texas

Brother: Joe Tom Teer of Pasadena, Texas

11 Grandchildrn, 19 Great Grandchildren, 3 Great Great Grandchildren

Funeral services under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.


05/22/2013

Lisa Marie Fryer (1972-2013), of Center, passed away suddenly on April 12, 2013 at her residence.

A memorial service was held with her family in Virginia.

She was known and loved by so many in Center and Lufkin. She was always so outgoing, fun loving and lit up a room with her beautiful smile and a special sparkle in her eyes.

She was preceded in death by her Mother, Ellen Fryer and Step-mother, Mary B. Fryer.

She was survived by:

Brother: Tim Fryer of Virginia

Father: Chuck Ward of Virginia

Step Sister: Kay Kruhn

She will be truly missed and loved always. This world will never be the same without her.


Jonathan Pi'erre Gardner passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 at his grandparents' home in Shelbyville, Texas surrounded by loved ones. He was born on March 15, 1980 in Shreveport, LA, to Dyan Gardner and Alton Lee Coleman.

Jonathan was a member of Carroll Chapel C.M.E. Church in Shelbyville, Texas. He was baptized on September 9, 2001. Jonathan was a graduate of the class of 2002 in Shelbyville, Texas.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 24, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Services for Jonathan will be held Saturday, May 25, 2013 11am at Carroll Chapel C.M.E. Shelbyville, Texas with Rev. Delphine Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Walker Cemetery, Carthage, Texas.

Jonathan is survived by a loving mother, Dyan Gardner of Shelbyville, Texas

Grandparents: Tom and Katy Gardner of Shelbyville, Texas

Aunts: Annie Bell of Beaumont, Texas
Mae Larkin (Michael) of Jasper, Texas
Sue Jenkins (Newt) of San Augustine, Texas
Carolyn Everage (Dennis) of San Antonio, Texas.

Uncle: Tommy Gardner

Special Cousins: Annette and Alexia Bell, Ashley Marurzzo, Allison Gardner, Britney Rector, Melodie Pilot, Kadence Garrett, Joshua Cartwright, Scotty and Scotty Garrett Jr., Darren and Chris Dock.

God Mother: Ms. Baby Lou Gardner

Host of relatives and friends

Funeral services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


Mrs. Christine Stanley, 88 of Center, passed away Saturday morning, May 18, 2013 at her residence. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 25, 2013 11am at Triumph Church Center, Center, Texas with Rev. Kibbles to officiate. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery, Center, Texas.

She is survived by:

Sons:
Leroy Isaac of Center, Texas
Gary Allen Isaac of Lufkin, Texas

Daughters:
Carolyn Greer of Dallas, Texas
Gwendolyn Carlli of Dallas
Joyce Dean Dixon of Dallas
Janice Belinda Isaac of Dallas
Sharon Denise Casey of Center

30 Grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren, and 11 great great grandchildren

Brother: George Lister, Jr. of Houston, Texas.

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


05/21/2013

Charles Richard “Rick” Todd, Jr., beloved father, son, brother and friend, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

A Memorial Service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Clifton Hughes and Cousin, Deke Pierce officiating.

He was born April 20, 1966 at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana to Rick Todd, Sr. and Dea Link. He resided in Center, Texas and worked at NAPA for over 20 years. Rick was a proud father that loved his two boys. He was an avid UT fan, loved to cooked and enjoyed being outdoors.

In Lieu of flowers family requests that donations can be made to Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church FM 415, Timpson, Texas 75975 or The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, Texas 75701

He is survived by:

Father: Rick Todd, Sr. of Conroe

Mother: Dea Link of Center

Sons:
Rick Todd, III of Corpus Christi
Zack Todd of Center

Sister: Delaina (Todd) Lowden & husband, Brian of Spring

Brothers:
Charlie Todd of Conroe
Chris Link of Center
Kevin Link & wife, Reagan of Center

Niece: Darian Nicole Lowden of Spring

Nephews: Sutton & Karson Link of Center

Aunt: Dinah Pierce & husband, Danny of Mt. Enterprise

Cousins:
Deke Pierce, Derek Pierce, Drew Pierce & Dachiele Keeling

Dearest Friends:
Tommy Wilson
John & Karen Halstead


05/19/2013

Prentice Shofner, Sr., 85 of Center, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 at his residence.

Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2013 at Latham Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas in the Dreka Community with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born January 28, 1928 Shelbyville, Texas in the Dreka Community to Marvin and Ezella (Litton) Shofner. He was a member of the West Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Marvin and Ezella Shofner, Mother of his children, Bobbie Ann (Harrison) Shofner, Wife, Jenell Shofner, Daughter, Toni Alford, Grandson, Cody Alford and 2 Sisters, Lamerle Fleming and JaNell Samford.

He is survived by:

Daughter: Penny Todd & husband, Ricky of Center

Daughter: Mary Sims & husband, Rickie of Shelbyville

Son: Prentice “Bubba” Shofner, Jr. of Center

Son: John Shofner & wife, Wantia of Center

Daughter: Jennifer Holt & husband, Ben of Center

Step-Children:
Tina McGuffin & husband, Don of Henderson
Jeff Burris & Gena of Carthage

15 Grandchildren
9 Great Grandchildren

2 Brothers:
Jarrell Shofner & wife, Tommie of Jasper
Darrell Shofner of Shelbyville

2 Brothers-in-law:
Hugh Fleming of Center
William Samford of Center

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers: Jeb Shofner, Nathan Shofner, Brad Hinton, Jordan Pinkston, Ryan Pinkston, Charlie Mitchell

Honorary Pallbearers: Charles Henry Hinton and Paul Ross

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


05/17/2013

Mr. Thomas "Tom" Edwards, age 69, longtime resident of San Augustine, and owner of San Augustine Gun Shop passed from this life on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Lufkin.

Tom was born to Hattie (Palmer) Edwards and Arthur Edwards on April 10, 1944, in Minneapolis, MN. Over the years, Tom felt strongly about giving back to the community which he was proud to call home. He contributed in different ways through community service. He served as a hunter education instructor in the State of Texas since 1979. In the early 1980's, he was a charter member and willing volunteer in the Redlands Gun Club. He held National Rife Association credentials as an NRA instructor in Certified Home Firearms Safety, Certified Pistol and Certified Rifle. He also held a TECLOSE Peace Officers and TECLOSE Instructor License, proudly serving as a unpaid deputy for the County of San Augustine and donating his time for firearms training for the county and the city of San Augustine, as well as surrounding counties and cities.

In 1995, be became a Concealed Handgun Instructor for the State of Texas and was still actively instructing up to the time of his death.

In honor of Tom's memory, we encourage donations of time to the organizations in your community.

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." Dr. Seuss

Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel. Cremation was chosen by the family, and visitation will be prior to Memorial Service at the Funeral Home.

Survivors include: His wife: Kristi Edwards of San Augustine; Daughters: Francine Edwards-Overbo and her husband, Gerald, along with their children Rachel, Neal and their son, Logan; Geraldo, Isaac and Hannah of Minneapolis, MN; Jessica Edwards-Smith and her husband, John-Paul, along with their children, Sara and Clare of Minneapolis, MN; Son: Michael Edwards of Santa Fe, New Mexico and his son, Mitchell; Sisters: Audrey Weida and her children, John, Paul, Gary, and Robert, all of Kansas City, MO; Jackie Sellman and her husband, Terry along with their children, Theresa and her husband, Heith, and their 4 girls; Christina and her husband, Mike and their 3 boys, all of Chisago City, MN; along with a beloved deceased sister: Audrey Christianson, and her surviving children, Jason Christianson and his wife, Stephanie, along with their 2 sons, and 1 daughter.

Online obituary and online condolences may be posted at www.timeformemory.com/wymanroberts


Melba Corder Gann, 78, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center. She was born November 25, 1934 in Ravenna to Cleland Corder and Mary Gibbons Corder. Ms. Gann was a Teacher’s Aide at Shelbyville ISD for many years and was a member of McClelland Community Church in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins, Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Arvis Moore presiding.

Pallbearers will be Jason Burch, Daniel Holloway, Michael Lee, Ryan Arwine, Jimmy Deal, Donald Hale, Colt Bush, Chad Haley, and Dustin Parker. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons; Jessie Vaughn, Craig Lewis, Jack Armstreet and J.L. Berel.

She is survived by
Children:
Gary Price and wife, Jenny of Tyler
Karla Gann Vaughn of Shelbyville
Mary Beth Bearden and husband, Gilbert of Shelbyville

Grandchildren:
Mindy & Scott Moore
Andy Baggett
Javey & Jamie Jamison
Lance & Callie Jamison
Caitlyn Cooper
Haleigh Cooper
Colton Bearden
Corey Bearden

Great Grandchildren:
Alana Jamison
Jackson Lafield
Hannah Jamison
Bradley Jamison
Caleb Jamison

Special Cousins:
Sue & Bobby Rattan
Doug & Joann Large
Craig & Ruby Eaton
Ted & Sue Palmore

Sister-in-law: Mary Jean Haley & Family

Preceded in death by
Parents: Cleland Corder and Mary Gibbons Corder
Husband: Douglas Gann
Daughter: Tonya Baggett
Siblings: Paxton Corder, Shirley Corder

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


05/13/2013

Mrs. Wilma "Dean" (Taylor) Chance, age 70, of the Norwood Community in San Augustine County, Texas, passed from this life on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Nacogdoches, Texas, as a result of a automobile accident that occurred on State Highway 147-South in San Augustine County.

Dean was born to Verna (Smith) Taylor and Bill Taylor on February 4, 1943, in San Augustine County, Texas. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and a beloved wife. She was a homemaker, and a retired small business owner having owned a mobile home park, and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with Bro. Larry Chandler officiating. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, TX 75972.

Those who are left to cherish her memory include: Her husband, Hewlyn "Wallace" Chance, Sr., of the Norwood Community in San Augustine County; Her son and daughter-in-law, JR and Marie Chance of Lumberton; Grandchildren, Zachary and Raymond Chance; Dorian Jolyn Chapman and Garrett; great-grandchildren, Madalyn Michelle Chance and Payton Chance; Brothers, Joe Taylor, Paul Taylor, and Monte Taylor, all from Shelby County, Texas; Sisters, Linda Taylor Wagstaff, Billie Taylor King, and Connie Taylor Hargrove, all from Shelby County, Texas. Special friends, Kenneth and Wanda Price, along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will include, Vandy Sowell, Justin Wagstaff, Jay Jones, Jerrod Hargrove, Doug Johnson and Jody Hancock. Honorary Pallbearers will include, Michael Bill Taylor, Wilburn Mixon, and Carlos Taylor.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Verna and Bill Taylor, Brother, Tommy Taylor and a nephew, John Hargrove.

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.timeformemory.com/wymanroberts.


05/12/2013

Nellie Smith, 75, of Tenaha, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Keele officitating. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha. Visitation will be Monday evening from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born December 17, 1937 in Shelby County to Tom and Reba (Spurlock) Conway. She was a member of Ramah Baptist Church, Tenaha, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Tom and Reba Conway, her Husband, John Paul Smith, Son, Bobby Lynn Smith and Daughter, Linda Kay Casper.

She is survived by:
Daughter:
Barbara Gierman & husband, Ron of Coldsprings

Son:
Paul Smith of Tennessee Colony

Son-in-law:
Dennis Casper of Tenaha

2 Grandsons:
John Coker & Michelle of Coldsprings
Ronnie Coker & wife, Brenda of Longview

2 Great Grandchildren:
Brittany Benvenutti & husband, Richard of Waco
Drew Coker of Jefferson

1 Great Great Granddaughter, Kylie Benvenutti

2 Sisters:
Mary Kyle & husband, Bob of Tenaha
Janice Wilson & husband, Billy Mack of Tenaha

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and friends

Pallbearers:
Douglas Eaves, Sr., Douglas Eaves, Jr., Billy Mack Wilson,
Rusty Wilson, Cecil Chesser & Clarence Casper

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


05/10/2013

Mac T. Carter, 59, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013 at his residence. He was born October 1, 1953 in Port Arthur to Smith Lamar Carter and Wilma Parker Carter. Mr. Carter was a teacher at Nacogdoches ISD and Shelbyville ISD, where he taught math for 29 years. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Mr. Carter was a member of Campti Pentecostal Church in the Campti Community of Shelby County. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will immediately follow at Carroll Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. James Goodwyn and Sister Melba Rodgers officiating.

Pallbearers will be Michael Warren, T.J. Goodwyn, Brad Goodwyn, Kevin Carter Ali, Kris Carter Ali, Vic Carter, Mikel Carter, Larry Warren, Jim Culver, Terry Allen, Mark Collins and Michael Collins.

He is survived by
Wife of 37 years: Mavis Carter of Shelbyville

Daughter: Candace Carter of Denton

Mother and Father-in-law: Evelyn & Travis Hughes

Brothers:
Kit Carter of Shelbyville
Bob Carter of Milam

Sister: Gay Carter Ali of Shelbyville

Sisters-in-law and Brothers-in-law:
Mary & Jim Culver
Martha & James Goodwyn

Nieces and Nephews:
Kris Carter Ali and wife, Kristen
Kevin Carter Ali and wife, Liz
Vic Carter
Gabrielle West and husband, Chase
Mikel Carter
Michael Warren and wife, Krista
T.J. Goodwyn
Brad Goodwyn and wife, Sherry

Numerous other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Smith Lamar “Dugie” Carter and Wilma Parker Carter

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


Mrs. Ether Lee Williams, 58 of Tenaha passed away Friday morning, May 3, 2013 at her residence.

Services will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2pm at First Baptist Church, Tenaha, Texas with Rev. Chandler Pettis to officiate. Interment will follow at Social Point Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. Visitation for Mrs. Williams will be held Friday, May 10, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas.

She is survived by

Husband: Huey P. Williams of Tenaha

Daughters:
Annie (Cenlinto) Williams of Seguin, Texas
Tammie (Victor) Williams of Frisco, Texas

Sons:
Howard Lee (Veronica) Williams of Longview, Texas
Bobby (Anitrish) Willisams of Timpson
Devonta Williams of Tenaha
Denzelle Williams of Tenaha

12 Grandchildren

Sister: Maxcine Woolen of Mansfield, LA

Brother: Elzie Jenkins of Jena LA.

Host of other family and friends

Services under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


05/09/2013

Rebecca Adams Webb, 88, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Holiday Nursing Home.

A Private Family Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson.

She was born September 5, 1924 in Shelby County to Eugene Robert Adams and Elizabeth Noble Reeves.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Eugene Robert Adams and Elizabeth Noble Reeves and Husband, Joe H. Webb.

She is survived by:
Daughter:
JoBeth Daw of Nacogdoches
Granddaughter:
Tina Dee Robinson and son, Cason of Center

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations can be made to Woodlawn Cemetery, c/o Timpson City Hall, P.O. Box 369, Timpson, Texas 75975.

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Danny Cecil Belrose, 58, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born September 8, 1954 in Center to Forest Dale Belrose and Bonnie Ann Davis Belrose. Mr. Belrose was a United States Army Veteran and was a member of Sardis Missionary Baptist Church in the Sardis Community of Shelby County.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Sardis Cemetery with Sister Melba Rodgers officiating.

Pallbearers will be Clifton Porter, Brandon Bradshaw, Bubba Lee, Cecil Jackson, Jose Acuna and Michael Sims.

He is survived by Mother: Bonnie Ann Belrose of Sardis

Brother: Jerry Belrose of Beaumont

Sister: Beth Wall and husband, Drew of Red Oak

Nephew: Corey Belrose of Seminole, Oklahoma

Niece: Sissy Belrose of Seminole, Oklahoma

Great Nephew: Cason Belrose of Center

Great Nieces:
Caley Belrose of Center
Carissa Belrose of Center
Kendall Rae Perkins of Seminole, Oklahoma

Uncles:
Jim Belrose and wife, Linda of Center
A.B. Belrose of Port Neches
Robert Belrose of Center
Buck Davis and wife, Mae of Center

Numerous cousins and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: Forest Dale Belrose
Great Niece: Zoie Prislac

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


Dorothy Davis Bowles, 91, passed away on May 8, 2013, at Cypress Glen Nursing Facility in Port Arthur, Texas. She was born in Shelby County on August 15, 1921, to Abner and Mary Brittain Doggett.

Mrs. Bowles is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Vance Davis, her second husband, Wesley Bowles, her brother, Prentice Doggett, her sister, Sybil Doggett Alford and her son, Donald Davis. She is survived by her son Rusty Davis and wife, Pat, of Port Neches, Texas, her grandchildren, John Davis and wife, Kim, of Center; Audra Davis of Port Arthur, Texas, Donna Davis Hall and husband, Lee, of League City, Texas, Thad Davis and partner Danna Elder of Vidor, Texas, Sean Davis of Joaquin, Vance Davis and wife Anna of Mauriceville, Texas and Brittainy Davis of Key West, Florida, eleven great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. A graveside service will be held at Rather Cemetery in Hurstown, Texas, at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013 with Rev. Joel McMahon of First United Methodist Church officiating.

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


05/07/2013

Katie Lee (Stone) Herndon, 76, of Timpson, TX, passed away at her home on Monday, May 06, 2013. She was born October 14, 1936, in the Caledonia Community of Rusk County, Texas, to parents Walter P. and Priscilla (Crump) Stone. Katie had been a truck driver and drove a school bus for Gary ISD.

Survivors include her husband Charles Herndon of Timpson; daughter Katie Yvonne Camello and husband Bobby, grandson Robbie Camello, granddaughter Courtney Camello, and great grandson Nicholas Camello, all of Wichita Falls, TX; sisters Frances Louise Todd of Timpson and Jeanette Burger of Blackburn, OK; sister-in-law Ann Livingstone Stone of Center, TX; stepson Charles Herndon of Waco, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Katie Herndon was preceded in death by brother Walter “Boog” Stone and Howard Stone.

There are no services scheduled at this time. To convey condolences online, please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


05/06/2013

James B. “Jim” Patterson, 84, of Timpson, passed away May 4, 2013 in Longview. He was born July 17, 1928 in Nacogdoches County to B.A. Patterson and Jodie Chandler Patterson. He was of the Methodist faith.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Garrison Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sara Curley officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Garrison.

Pallbearers will be Nicholas Mucci, James Gossett, Jason Green, Lee Stapleton, Dudley Mosele, Jeff Register and Marvin Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be Pat Mucci and James Blackshear.

He is survived by
Wife: Nora Patterson of Timpson

Daughters:
Teresa Blackshear and husband, James of Gallup, New Mexico
Juliette Mucci and husband, Pat of Houston, Texas

Grandchildren:
James Blackshear IV
Nicholas Mucci
Savannah Mucci

Brother: Bob Patterson of Garrison

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

Sisters:
Dr. Bonita Ann Lowrie of Garrison
Allene Kelly Bacon of Covington, Louisiana
Billy Jo Shuey and husband, Dave of Woodland Park, Colorado

A host of nieces, nephews and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: B.A. & Jodie Patterson
Brother: Norman Patterson
Sister: Martha Mosele

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


Mr. James Robert “Jake” Pitts (79) of Center died at his residence on Monday, April 29, 2013. Mr. Pitts’ services were held Saturday, May 4, 2013, at St. John Baptist Church in Center. Bro. George Grace will be officiating.

Mr. Pitts is survived by:
Brother: Travis Pitts of Oakland California
Sister: Elma Christine Freuendlich of Houston Texas

Interment will be at St John Cemetery.


Helon Marie Baldwin Harwell, 92, of Tyler, Texas passed away on May 2, 2013 after a lengthy illness.

A grave side service will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 4:00pm at Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery, Center Texas. Her nephew, Jeff C. Caid will speak at the graveside service. Arrangements are being handled by Watson & Sons Funeral Home of Center Texas.

Helon was born in Center, Texas, on January 6, 1921. She graduated from Center High School and continued on to receive the following degrees: a Bachelor of Science in 1948 from Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas, Master of Religious Education in 1949 and Doctor of Religious Education in 1955 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas, Master of Arts in 1962 from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, Kirksville, Missouri, Doctor of Education in 1967 from the East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas.

Helon was married to John Earl Harwell on August 23, 1953. They were married for 59 years.

She retired from Nicholls State University, Thibodaux Louisiana, in 1990, after 23 years as a Professor and Head of the Department of Special Education.

Dr. Harwell is preceded in death by her husband, John Earl Harwell, her parents Aaron F. Baldwin and Bernice Baldwin.

Dr. Harwell is survived by her sister, Fannie B. Caid, nieces and nephews: Lanelle and Joseph Picarella of Tyler, TX, Jeff and Cindy Caid of Tyler, TX, Jean and Bill Cole of Lawrenceville, GA, Chauncey Young, Jr. of Lawrenceville GA, J.D. and Linda Smith of Slidell LA, Terry Harwell, Kerry Earl Harwell, Cheryl Ann Harwell; and many great nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation for the loving care provided “Miss Helon” by our friends at Hamptons Plus Care.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

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


Funeral service for Mr. Lowery Daniel Collins, 67, of Mineola, TX, (formerly of Timpson, TX) will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, May 6, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Timpson, TX, with Bro. Wayne Wolfe officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1:00 PM until service time at 2:00 PM, Monday, at First Baptist Church, Timpson. Mr. Collins passed away Friday, May 3, 2013, in Quitman, TX.

Born September 26, 1945, in Nacogdoches, Texas, Lowery D. Collins was the son of the late L. M. Collins and Mary Magdalene Britton Collins. He was a 1964 graduate of Nacogdoches High School. After serving a short stint in the U. S. Air Force, he and Linda Lucille London were married on October 29, 1966, in Carthage, Texas. In 1968, Christopher, their only child, was born.

Lowery was proud of Chris and Lucille as they used their musical talents to sing for the Lord all across the South. Lowery enjoyed eating, watching western movies on television, and piddling with his tools in the backyard. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Emory, TX.

Survivors include his wife Lucille Collins of Mineola, TX; son Christopher Collins, also of Mineola; aunts Nellie Porter of Gary, TX, and Bertie Britton of Timpson; brother-in-law Dwayne London and wife Peggy of Carthage, TX; sister-in-law Glenda Langley and husband Chris of Timpson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Condolences may be shared online at www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr.,
Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


05/02/2013

Mayeli Dayana Reyes, infant child of Ismael Reyes and Rosa Comacho of Center, passed aw