Bruce Wayne Koonce, 80, of Center, passed away Monday, May 17, 2021, in Center. 

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation at 3:00 p.m.  Bro. Luke Garrett and Bro. Gordon Vaughn will officiate.  Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born July 10, 1940, Bruce is the son of Robie Koonce and Pauline Humphries Koonce. He graduated from Center High School in 1958. After 25 years of service, Bruce ended his career at Tyson Foods. His love of fishing made him an excellent fishing guide on Toledo Bend and led him to attaining a membership in Shelby County Bass Anglers. He also enjoyed hunting and became a member of both Attoyac and Iron Ore Hunting Clubs. Bruce was also a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin, where he was actively involved in the Men’s Sunday school class.

He is survived by: 
His wife of 59 years, Mary Lewis Koonce of Center

Son, David Koonce and wife Angela of Center

Kathy Nichols and fiancé Mark Davis of Center
Kristi Holt and husband John of Center

Cody Nichols and wife Holly
James Holt and Julie McSwain
Taylor Nichols and fiancé Wyatt Hairgrove
Kamryn Holt

Great-grandchild, Laityn Nichols

Sister, Alice Sue Howard and husband Bob of Center

JoAnn Walla of Joaquin
Joyce Richards of Friendswood

Numerous nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by his parents, Robie Koonce and Pauline Humphries Koonce; grandparents, George and Ethel Humphries; in-laws, James and Mary Cannie Lewis; brothers-in-law, Walter Walla and Steve Richards; nephew, James “Bubba” Walla.

Pallbearers will be Grant McDonald, Mark Davis, Cody Nichols, James Holt, Shelby Johnson, “Scooter” Clark, Matt Mathews, Wyatt Hairgrove, and Charles Barr.  Honorary pallbearers will be Gary McDonald, Sammy Arnold, Royce Lynn Johnson, Bob Howard, James Crelia, Wayne Willoughby, Freeman Nichols, Iron Ore Hunting Club, Shelby County Bass Anglers, and Jackson Men’s Sunday School Class.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Jackson Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 1047, Joaquin, TX 75954.

A special thank you to Affinity Hospice, especially Tristan, Sara, and Mallory, for their compassionate care.

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


Kenedy Wayne “Skinny” Edwards, age 54, of Center, Texas passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 due to a log truck accident on SH 103.  

Funeral Service is at Taylor Tabernacle at 1pm on Saturday, May 22, 2021 with interment at Union Grove Cemetery with Rev. Napoleon Shaw officiating. Viewing is from 1pm until 6pm on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Garner and Son Chapel.

He is survived by:

Brother, James R. Edwards (Diane) of Las Vegas, NV

Loise Edwards of Hudson, Texas
Ivery Davis (Donald) of San Augustine, Texas
Shenet Smith of San Augustine, Texas

Special Aunt, Myrtle Malone of San Augustine, Texas

As well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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


A memorial service honoring the life of Eugene Matthews, 58, of Joaquin, Texas, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Chapel in Logansport, Louisiana. 

Officiating the service will be Rev. Jody Hooper. A visitation will be held before the service from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. 

Eugene was born on September 28, 1962, in Shreveport, Louisiana to Phillip Tony Matthews and Lavern Malmay Matthews. He entered into eternal rest on May 13, 2021, in Nacogdoches, Texas. He never met a stranger and had numerous adopted children. He loved trucks of any kind, telling stories to all that would listen, and grilling food for everyone to enjoy. 

He is survived by: 
His wife, Samantha Jones Matthews

Jeff Matthews and wife, Laura
Hayden Matthews
Sawyer Matthews

Jessica Blalock and husband, Brandon
Madison Matthews
Mackenzie Matthews

Randy Matthews and wife, Wanda
Scott Matthews and wife, Joannie 

In addition, he leaves behind 6 grandchildren: 
Landon Hendon
Alexis Blalock
Breanna Welch
Kinsley Blalock
Vaelin Matthews
Erza Matthews

3 fur babies: 

Preceding him are his parents, Mr. Tony & Mrs. Laverne Matthews; grandparents, Ethel Skinner and Ed Malmay, Audrey Matthews, and Elwood Matthews; brother, Mack Matthews; mother-in-law, Patsy Phillips; and his twin infant boys.


Joe Louis Jones: Guru of Shelby County joined his loving wife, Gloria Ann Simon Jones on May 10, 2021. At the time of death he resided in College Station, TX with his son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Michelle Jones. 

Joe was born May 4, 1927, in Center. He was a 4th generation resident of Shelby County, where his great-grandfather, Louis Jones, settled in the Newburn area before the mid-19th century after leaving Indiana on a house boat. Joe Louis resided in Center most of his life and graduated from Center High School in 1944. After a short stint in the U.S. Navy in San Diego, California, he moved into Ms. Atkin’s boarding house on Mound St. in Nacogdoches while he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture on the GI Bill from Stephen F. Austin State College.  

As a life-long resident of Shelby County, Joe, had a variety of responsibilities. He swept out the State Guaranty Bond Bank for his Father, Vice President of the bank; chopped cotton on the farm near Smith Creek north of Center in the summers after school let out; waited the counter and closed out the register at the end of the night at the Brian Bailey Café on the square; as a young father milked 37 head of Jersey cows twice a day at the same time he worked as a teller in the bank he’d swept out as a child; owned a wholesale/retail business, owned a cow/calf operation on the same farm he’d chopped cotton and milked cows; imported the first Pinzgauer cow (red and white) into the U.S. from Europe, with his unique wit and dry humor, he always said “The prettiest color a cow can be is green at selling time;” served as Center Little League Coach (Worlds Greatest Coach 1966) and the Center Noon Lions Club Tail Twister; worked with the Texas Archeological Society in evaluation of several archeological sites of significance in Shelby county as a self-taught archeologist; served as the Shelby County Historic Courthouse Docent; and was a loving and devoted Husband; Father; and Grandfather.

Some may remember him as the Master of Ceremonies at the Center Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquets; the Red Wing and cowboy boot dealer at Thrifty Discount Shoes, one block east of the square behind the old post office or maybe you toured the Shelby County Historic Courthouse for a dose of Joe Louis’ stories, history, and humor of Shelby County.  

He loved, was loved, and was preceded in death by his beautiful and loving wife of 64 years, Gloria “Ann” Simon Jones.  

He is survived by: 
His daughter, Traci Ellen Jones of Missouri City

His son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Michelle Jones of College Station

Daniel Jones and wife, Danielle
Natalie Jones
Brittany Yoder and husband Kyle
Chris Braaton and fiancée Rosa Locke
Nick Braaton and wife Lauren

Sloan Yoder
Caden Braaton
Gage Yoder
Kylie Graham
Kaylin Graham

Graveside service will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with visitation at Watson & Sons Funeral Home beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Reverend Malcolm Monroe will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas  75935.


Cecil Oliver went home to be with the lord May 12th, 2021. Cecil loved life and loved his home and family and was a friend to everyone and especially his dog Lucky. As a RN nurse, he loved and spent his life helping people and most of all he loved his lord.  

A private family graveside service will be held May 16th, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Mt. Olive Cemetery.

He is survived by his sons:
Thomas of Kingwood
Austin of Glastonbury, Connecticut

Katelyn of Logan, Utah

Dr. Byron Oliver of St. Johns,Vi

Carolyn Elliott of Splendora
Bess Reeves of Center

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Bryant and Bessie Oliver, brothers, William, James, Bruce, Riley Bryant, and Gordon Oliver.


Mrs.  Lee Vern “Leevern” Williams Stotts Gilliam (82) of Joaquin, Tx transitioned May 4, 2021, at home with family.  

Mrs. Lee Vern was born to the late Andrew Williams Sr. and Accie Richardson Williams April 23, 1939 in Ashton Hill-Shelby County Tx. Mrs. Lee Vern retired as Federal USDA Inspector. She was first African American to serve as City Councilwoman of Joaquin, Tx. 

Mrs. Lee Vern served as Usher Board president at her local church Keatchie COGIC, Mansfield District and for Historic Louisiana First Jurisdiction. She served her community and surrounding areas faithfully. Mrs. Lee Vern loved people and she definitely loved her family. 

Mrs. Lee Vern is survived by: 
Levarie Cloudy (Arthur) of Center
Rosalind Stotts (Wade) of Houston
Pamela Barnes (Bobby) of Logansport, La.
Novelle-Tina Gatlin (David) of Logansport, La. 

12 Grandchildren, and 21 great grands. Sister: Bertha Mae Jack of Houston, Tx. Brothers: Juan Williams and Junior Williams of Joaquin, Tx and Robert Williams of Houston, Tx. A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Visitation: Friday, May 14, 2021 at St Peter COGIC, Logansport, La, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Funeral Services: Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Logansport Elementary Gym 17228 LA-5, Logansport, La 71049 Officiating: Elder Maurice Rogers. 

Burial: Carroll Cemetery, Shelbyville, Tx. 

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

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

Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net 


Wade Dewane Howell, 29, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, 2021.  Bro. Rusty Hall will officiate. Wade’s wishes were to be cremated following the service.

Born January 16, 1992, in Yuma, Arizona, Wade is the son of Mark Howell and Lezlie Hughes Howell. He worked as a mechanic at Center Auto Repair and also served on the Center Volunteer Fire Department. Wade was a kind and generous person, always lending a helping hand. With his goofy smile and fun personality, he never met a stranger. Wade enjoyed baseball and invested in Shelby County’s youth by coaching Dixie Little League for several years. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, bow fishing, and four wheeling.

He is survived by:

His yellow lab, Buddy

Parents, Mark and Lezlie Howell of Shelbyville

Judy and Darrel Howell of Grove, Oklahoma
Jean Hughes of Buckeye, Arizona

Brother, Clinton Howell and wife Sheryll of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Nieces, Alexandria and Holly Howell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Christine Builta and husband Gary of Grove, Oklahoma
Jennifer Wilson and husband Deacon of Weatherford

Kimberly Carlson, her husband Amodi, and their son, Keenan, of Tacoma, Washington
Christian and Bailey Wilson of Weatherford, Texas

Other than blood family, Wade is survived by the entire McDonald Clan and their extended family. Also, all the brothers and sisters who’s kids called him Uncle Wade.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Center Volunteer Fire Department, 110 Patton Street, Center, Texas 75935.

There is an account on Venmo for donations: @inMemoryofWade and also an account at Shelby Savings Bank for donations in Memory of Wade.

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


Wynona Nance, 83, of Cypress, passed away Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Cypress.

Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 9, 2021, at Strong Cemetery in Huxley with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. 

Born October 23, 1937, in Shelbyville, Wynona is the daughter of John Dewey Miller and Alice Mae Goings Miller. She worked as a florist and was also a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother. Wynona was a member of Order of Eastern Star and Past President for SCA Thrift and Gift Shop. She was also a member of First Baptist Church in Orange.

She is survived by:

Jennifer Groleau
John Nance
Eugene Nance II and wife Starla

Grandchildren: Angela, Jessica, Ericka, John II, Tyler, and Logan

Great-grandchildren: Alice, Elizabeth, Felicity, Huxleigh, Kolton, Tyler Jr., Grayson, and Bryce

Wilda Beth Varney
Glenda Faye Jeffcoat

Several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Lee Nance; father, John Dewey Miller and Alice Mae Goings Miller; and son-in-law, Pepper Dan Groleau.

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


Graveside services for Betty Lou Anderson, 88, of Humble, formerly of Lufkin, will be held Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 2pm in the New Hope Cemetery in Center with Brother Tim Verner officiating.

Ms. Anderson was born August 6, 1932 in Center to the late Thelma (Lansford) and Odis Walker, and died Sunday, May 9, 2021 in a facility in Humble.

Ms. Anderson graduated from Center High School. She retired from Lufkin State School after 25 years of service. After retirement she enjoyed cooking, her Facebook where she could never remember her password, and dancing. Ms. Anderson was a lifetime member of the Lufkin VFW. 

Survivors include: 

Her son, Tony Coleman and fiancée Betsy Peavy of Central

Kyle and Cheyenne Coleman of Pollok
Robbie Thomas and girlfriend Mary Koller of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Ashley and Cory Hearrell of Tennessee Colony
Shana and Gerald Derouen of Streetman, Texas

Dana Diaz
Caryn Thomas
Claudia Thomas\
Christopher Thomas
Matthew Thomas
Alexander Thomas
Courtney and James Kappus
James Hearrell
Colten Hearrell
Madison Hearrell
Cody and Morgan Hearrell
Chase Hearrell
Kaylee Miley
Adam Reed, Jr.
Ayanna Derouen

Nine great-great-grandchildren

Sister, Ruby Eddins of Humble

Brother, Tommy Walker of Euless

Jean Parham
Mona Bowlin
Tammie Stanaland
Lisa Tennant
Linda Slaton

Numerous other relatives

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Teresa Hogue Hutto; sister, Ovia Biggar; and nephew, Jerald Eddins.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald Derouen, Cory Hearrell, Robbie Thomas, Case Hearrell, and Jamie Perry.

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Carroway Funeral Home in Lufkin.

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

Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.


Marcille Hancock Hughes born April 9, 1925 in Shelby County passed peacefully May 5, 2021 and joined her loving husband, Pershing Hughes, who preceded her in death in 2003. 

She is survived by: 
Her daughters: 
Alice Russell of Forney
Regina Hughes Vaughn and husband Waylon Vaughn of Center
Marcie Hughes Nelson and husband Scott of Nacogdoches

Alexander Thurman
Abby Thurman Stone
Amber Smith Thurman
Dustin Wright
Anthony Thurman
Emma Nelson Hughes
Lyle Nelson

Mason Thurman
Weston Wright
Easton Wright
Landon Thurman
Ali Thurman
Wes Thurman
Gage Smith

Her life will be honored May 15th at the Hancock Cemetery of Shelby County.

Marcille lives on in the eyes of her loved ones and the stories she wrote.


Jack Lout, 82 of Center, passed away Thursday, May 6 in Tyler after a brief illness. He was born in Shelbyville on September 19, 1938 to J.P. and Bertha Lout. He served in the US National Guard.

'As a young man, Jack met the love of his life, Miss Martha Nell Shadowens and they married in 1960. They were inseparable for almost 60 wonderful years until she passed away in 2020.

Jack worked as a logger all his life. He trained many young men how to run a skidder and a loader, including his son Shad, who followed in his footsteps.

Jack loved to farm with his father-in-law Mr. Shadowens. They gave away bushels and bushels of produce! He passed that love of farming on to his son and grandchildren, too. He loved to be anywhere his family was but his favorite places were in the woods and on the Sabine riverbank. He was a true outdoorsman and loved squirrel hunting and fishing. He spent many wonderful hours with Shad, his grands and friends in the woods and on the river - and playing no telling how many games of 42! People were drawn to Jack because of his ready smile and laughter and the stories he could tell with a twinkle in his eye.

His grandkids were the light of his life and just about any given day you could find him at a ball game rooting them on in whatever they were competing in at that time. Papa Jack never missed an opportunity to let them know how proud he was of them in all aspects of life.

He was also blessed with so many friends that he loved so much.

Jack had been a long time devoted deacon and patriarch of Ephesus Baptist Church. He told stories of walking to church there as a child and his devotion to the Lord carried him through life to the very end.

He is survived by his son, Shad and wife, Casey;

And grandchildren Colby, Eli, Dylan and Ali Brooke, all of Center.

He is also survived by his brother, Jimmy and wife, Paula;

Nephew Josh Lout and wife Bridgett

Niece Stacy Lout Lambright and husband, Kenny.

Pallbearers are beloved friends:
Monte Taylor
Richard Tomlin
Mike Lout
Ricky Lout
Joe Lawson
Junior Dean
Kenneth Hardy
Jimmy Strong

Honorary pallbearers are the great men of the Ephesus Baptist Church Sunday School class who he loved so very much.

Visitation will be on Friday, May 7th from 5-7pm at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be on Saturday, May 8th at 11am at Ephesus Baptist Church with burial to follow at Rather Cemetery.

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


“Dobber” Steve Tomlin, 68, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at home in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 9, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Shelby County. Bro. Gordon Vaughn will officiate.

Born July 8, 1952, in Center, Dobber is the son of the late Thomas “T.E.” Tomlin and Hattie Mae Andrews Tomlin.  He worked as a truck driver and his hobbies included camping and fishing.

He is survived by:

Clarence Tomlin (Nicole) of Campobello, South Carolina
Logan Strozier (Erika) of Inman, South Carolina

Joe Tippitt Jr.
Steven Tippitt
LynnLeigh Rutledge
Ceely Tomlin
Callan Tomlin
Raylen Jackson all of South Carolina

Brother, Melvin Tomlin (Margie) of Tenaha

Preceded in death by daughter, Audra Leigh Tomlin Rutledge; and parents, Thomas “T.E.” Tomlin and Hattie Mae Andrews Tomlin.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Gilchrist, David Gilchrist, Rex Hutto, Gene Haynes, Russell Andrews, Alan Hooper, “Red” Glen Bittick, and Pete Andrews. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Andrews, Carlton Harkness, and Jerry Mahan.

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


Wavah Jeanette “Bogue” Benoit, 86 years old, passed away at her homeplace in Timpson, Texas on February 22, 2021. Born November 11, 1934 in Timpson, Texas to Anna Lois “Reeves” Hudson and Horace T. Bogue.

A graveside inurnment will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 11am at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Justin Timmons officiating.

Jeanette lived a full life and believed in hard work as a rule of thumb, as taught by example by her grandfather John Lumas Bogue. As a young lady she went out into the workforce experiencing many jobs including retail, movie theaters, and grocery stores. In the early 60’s she operated a “Room and Board” house with 17 rooms and housed 32 occupants. In the late 70’s she began collecting antiques and learned to repair antique clocks. She eventually opened 2 antique stores. She was always fascinated with and had a love for restoring old things and finding a bargain. Her husband’s job began to lead them to many different states, Jeanette loved the travels and enjoyed meeting new people. In ’86 she bought a breeder farm and began to learn all about its operations as the owner, working from sunup to sundown. After 10 years she retired back to Timpson. Anyone driving down Rosehill Road might see her out mowing, pulling up weeds, or climbing onto the roof. Strangers wondered who lived on that “neatly kept” property with the sign that read “Nutbush City Limits.”

Her awesome sense of humor attracted many people to her. She was a great mentor, and she was loved by many. Some may feel the mold was broken after this dear mother of ours was born. Such a legacy. Let us add that if she picked on you or had a nickname for you, you held a special place in her heart.

She’s preceded in death by husbands, Travis Kammerer and Rodney Benoit; brothers, Joseph Wayne Bogue and David Bogue; son, Derek Shane Benoit, whom she regarded as her angel who flew close to the ground; and son-in-law, Eric Fox.

She is survived by:

Vicki Lowe and husband Matt
Gayla Fox
Sharon Kammerer and fiancé Tom Reid

Along with grandchildren:
Fred Lowe
Candyce Wagnon
Bryan Bishop
Jessica Thevis
Jeremy Bishop
Aaron Deleonardis
Christopher Speaks
Haley Blassingame.

She also leaves behind 10 great-grandchildren, with numerous family members and friends.

In leiu of flowers family requests donation be made in honor of Ms. Jeanette Beniot to Woodlawn Cemetery Fund, P O Box 369, Timpson, Texas, 75975.

To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie Collins Porter, 91, Gary native, will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021 at the Eastside Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Corinth Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday night at Hawthorn Funeral Home.

Mrs. Nellie Belle Collins Porter was born September 9, 1929 at the family home place in Gary, Texas. She passed this life peacefully on the same family home place she was born. Nellie was the younger of two children born to the marriage of Marcellus Cleveland “Cellus” and Nellie Julia Mims Collins. She was a graduate of Gary High School. Nellie married Earl Venard Porter September 25, 1948 and they celebrated 49 years of marriage before he preceded her in death in 1997.

Mrs. Porter began working young in her parents commercial tomato fields and family Wood Mill. She would hold many jobs, lastly retiring from Walmart after 15 years of service. Nellie was talented in sewing, crocheting, gardening, cooking and raising chickens. Her favorite hobby was time with her grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by her parents, and brother, L.M. Collins.

Mrs. Porter is survived by: 
Her devoted sons: 
Russell Porter and wife Pam of Gary
Ronnie Porter and wife Donna of Gary

Russ Porter and wife Ashley of Gary
Shelbye Almeida and husband Greg of Gary
Patrick Porter and wife Misty of Gary
Amanda Deason and husband Sam of Gary

Collin Porter-Almeida
Lauren Almeida
Port Porter
Eli Porter
Presley Deason
Eliza Porter
Indy Deason

Special cousins: 
Joyce LaVerne Collins-Rider
Bobby Joe Ritter

Numerous other relatives and a host of friends 

The family wishes to thank her caregivers, Kathy Jackson, Montana Jones, Terrie Garrison, and Fay Boyd and the Heartsway Hospice for their special care.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com


Helen Faye Little Yeager, 92, of Fort Worth, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, in Fort Worth.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  
Funeral service will be held at Noon, Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bishop Neil Cox officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born May 1, 1928, in Irving, Helen is the daughter of John Lee Little and Emily Carroll Little.  She was a member of Order of Eastern Star and Latter Day Saints.

She is survived by: 
Her sons: 
Edwin K. Yeager of San Augustine
Quinton R. Yeager and wife Annetta of Fort Worth

Daughter-in-law, Karen Yeager of San Augustine

Krystal Smith and husband Justin
Amy Plaisance and husband Josh
Keith Yeager Jr.
Tonia Yeager
Ashley Yeager
Chelsey Yeager

Madison Plaisance
Kenzie Plaisance
Joshua Plaisance Jr.
Camila Yeager
Tristan Yeager
Levi Smith
October Smith

Preceded in death by husband of 61 years, Claxton Yeager; son, Claxton Lee Yeager; parents, John Lee Little and Emily Carroll Little.

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



Charles “Randy” Chandler, 60, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Nacogdoches County.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2021, at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County with visitation at Noon at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Bro. Derrick Lightfoot will officiate.

Born January 4, 1961, in Center, Randy is the son of the late Charles H. Chandler and Joyce Marie Luman Chandler.  He married and spent 35 years with the love of his life, Monica.  Randy enjoyed being outdoors, drinking his coffee, spending time with his grandson, and fishing and hunting.

He is survived by:

Daughter, Randi Kay Faulkenbery and husband Josiah of Center

Son, Brody Chandler of Center

Grandson, Wyatt Faulkenbery of Center

Ricky Chandler and wife Lecia of Joaquin
Ronald Chandler of Center

Relissa Bailey and husband Shane of Nacogdoches
Rhonda McManus and husband Robert of Athens
Rachelle Chandler and fiancé Billy Ramey of Nacogdoches

Nieces and nephews:
Bo Chandler
Ryan Chandler
Jake Chandler
Shelby Caldwell
Ashlie Chandler
R.J. Chandler
Kodie Bailey
Shayna Tucker
Kortni Bailey
Jordin Fountain
Charlie Fountain
Aybree Bond
Kylar Bond
Chance Bond

Preceded in death by his wife, Monica Chandler; parents, Charles H. Chandler and Joyce Marie Luman Chandler; brother, Robbie Chandler; and niece, Brittany Murdock.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Chandler, Ronald Chandler, Robert McManus, Bo Chandler, Ronnie Davis, and Billy Ramey. Honorary pallbearers will be Jordin Fountain, Charlie Fountain, Ryan Chandler, Jake Chandler, R.J. Chandler, and Kodie Bailey.

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


John Wayne “Jimmy” Mosley, 70, of Tenaha, Texas died Friday, April 30, 2021 at local nursing home in Carthage, Texas.

Mr. Mosley was born to the late Nelvin Mosley and Doris Williams, Mosley in Tenaha.  Mr. Mosley was a proud Alumni of Prairie View A&M.  Funeral service will be Saturday, May 8, 2021 St. John Baptist Church in Tenaha, 1:00 P.M. Rev. Chandler Pettis officiating. 

Mr. Mosley is survived by:

Brother, Nelvin Mosley Jr. and wife Gwen of Beaumont, Texas

Sisters: Shirley Joyce Walton and husband Roosevelt of Carthage Doris Renea Jones of Longview 

A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

Visitation will be Saturday, May 8, 2021 at St. John Baptist Church, 12-noon. 

Burial: St John Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas. 

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

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

Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net


Esther Marie Harvey, 87, of Gary, Texas, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2021 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on June 8, 1933 in Shelby County, Texas, to the late Archie Milburn and Ina Mae (Driggers) Darnell. Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas, 75975, with Bro. Carroll Jones officiating. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 6-8PM at Taylor Funeral Home.

Esther Marie graduated Timpson High School class of 1951. She married Veston (Tenny) Harvey on January 5, 1952. They were married almost 60 years before his death in 2011. Esther Marie loved to cook. She was PTA president and involved with her children’s’ school activities. She loved working at the Timpson Library and the genealogy society. She volunteered at the Esther’s Clothes Closet for several years. While at the nursing home she loved going on outings with them and playing bingo there.

Esther is survived by:
Her son Emmett Harvey and wife Gayle of Gary

Daughter, Sandra Abernathy and husband Gene of Carthage

Kathryn Stamps and husband Ryan of Timpson
Karyn Smith of Longview
Tammy McFarlin and husband Michael of Troup
Timothy McKnight and wife Kristina of Gary

10 great-grandchildren

Sister, Edna Dean of Garrison

Katherine Darnell of Nederland
Suann Harvey of Longview

A host of family and friends that will miss her dearly

She is preceded in death by her husband, Veston Harvey; parents Milburn and Ina Mae Darnell; brother, Emmett Darnell; and great granddaughter, Trinity Rose McKnight.

Family would especially like to thank the entire staff at Garrison Nursing Home for the exceptional care extended to her over the past four years.

Pallbearers serving will be Ryan Clay Stamps, Gabe Smith, Timothy McKnight, Michael McFarlin, Junior Woodfin, and Johnny Woodfin.

Honorary pallbearers will be James Woodfin, Wayne Harvey, Owen Harvey, Wesley Boren, and Tommy McKnight.

In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made to Shelby County Corinth Cemetery, PO Box 426, Timpson, Texas or Garrison Nursing Home Activity Fund, 333 North FM 95, Garrison, Texas, 75946.

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

Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.


Myrtie Lou Bass Williams, 92, of Humble, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation one hour prior. Bro. Don Windham will officiate.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Born March 30, 1929, in Shelby County, Myrtie is the daughter of the late George Bass and Meddie Chambliss Bass. She retired as a sales clerk in retail.  Her hobbies included crocheting and embroidery.  Myrtie was a member of Mount Calvary Full Gospel Church in Shelbyville.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Dear (Randy) of Humble; grandchildren, Brian Dear (Sylvia) of Humble and Leigh Ann Dear of Conroe; great granddaughter, Cassidy Dear of Humble; brother, Kester Bass of Shelbyville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Williams; parents, George Bass and Meddie Chambliss Bass; and brothers and sisters.

Her family will serve as pallbearers.

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


Susan Raquel Shofner, 64, of Grande Saline, formerly of Joaquin passed away Monday, April 20, 2020, in Tyler.

A Celebration of Life Service for Monise Rashell Shofner and Susie Shofner will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Willow Grove Community Church in Joaquin. The address is 4635 County Road 3790, Joaquin, Texas.

Born June 30, 1955 in Tyler, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Edward Shofner and Grady Lou McKnight Shofner. She graduated from Joaquin High School in 1973. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and loved her fur babies.

She is survived by:

Jan R. Berry of Shelbyville
Monise R.Shofner of Timpson (passed 11/25/2020)

Robert Berry

Amanda Robbins 
Tabitha Wachal

Great-nieces, Allison Robbins and Nolyn Wachal

Great-nephew, Trevin Wachal

She is preceded in death by her parents Edward E. (Sonny) Shofner and Grady Lou McKnight Shofner.

Services are under the direction of Hilliard Funeral Home, 386 N. Maple, Van, Texas 75790.