Irene King (Mann) Borgschulte, age 79, of Shelbyville, Texas passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2022 in Nacogdoches. She was born September 1, 1942 in Syracuse, New York, to parents Uhl Mann and Louise (Heinbaugh) Mann.

Born and raised in the Syracuse, New York area, Irene went on to Lansing, Michigan to work on a veterinary degree at Michigan State University. From there she moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where she later met her husband Gerald. Together, they bought a travel trailer and started travelling. When they discovered Huxley Bay and fell in love with the beauty of the area and the people there, they eventually chose to move there permanently and have loved it ever since.

One of Irene's greatest joys was taking care of the stray cats and dogs that wandered into her life and feeding the forest creatures that lived in their woods. She also enjoyed her many wonderful friends and neighbors, as well as old friends scattered all over the country. She was always a bright ray of sunshine, never saying anything bad about anyone. She will be sorely missed by many.

She is survived by:
Her husband, Gerald Borgschulte

Son, Kyle Cushman

Daughter, Kristin Clement

Terri Vollmer
Mike Borgschulte
Donna Wilder
Sondra Volmert

Numerous other relatives and friends

No services are being held.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Irene's name to the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 635030 or 3211 SW Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.


Marvin Willis Oliver, 79 years old, passed from this world on Sunday, August 14, 2022, in San Augustine, Texas.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

He is survived by:

Lori Oliver of Center
Tonya Oliver of Center

Sister, Linda Elizabeth Noble of Center

Linda Jo Oliver of Center
Barbara McGuire Perry and husband, Wayne of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jan McGuire Oliver of Manila, Arkansas; parents, Austin Willis (AW) Oliver and Hazel Buckner Oliver; brothers, Wardlow (Joe) Oliver, Tommy Oliver, and Johnny Oliver; and brother-in-law, Bill Noble.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Buckner Cemetery or Spann’s Chapel Church.


Delores Jean Langston, 73, of Center, passed away, Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Nacogdoches Medical Center Hospital in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center and from 12:00 to 2:00 on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nacogdoches, TX.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nacogdoches, TX with Pastor John Cain officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Herman Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born October 17, 1948, in Orlando, Fl., Delores is the daughter of Ester Meyer Williford and Glenn Williford. Delores was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church for 33 years. She enjoyed quilting, shopping, and going to church.

Left to cherish her memory are: 

Her sons:
Kevin Jernigan
Michael Jernigan and wife Nicole

Stepson, Stacy Jernigan and wife Chanel

Stepdaughter, Cindy Maphet

Jeslyn Jernigan
Corbin Jernigan
Taryn Smith

Brother, Glenn Williford and wife Judy

Effie Jean O’Rear
Debbie Williford
Peggy Baylor
Mae Stotts

Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, Mac Langston, husband, Bobby Jernigan; parents, Glenn Williford and Ester Meyer Williford; sister, Shirley Bradshaw and husband Jon; brothers, Delbert Williford, Larry Williford, and Wesley Baylor; nephew, Brian Williford; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Pallbearers will be Michael Bradshaw, Jason Williford, Austin Williford, Adam Jernigan, Wes Baylor, Jimmy Jernigan, Jason Choate, and Paul Prodehl.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church Sharing and Caring Fund, 2306 Appleby Sand Drive, Nacogdoches, TX, 75965.

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


Eddie Ray Barnes, 81, of Center, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2022, in Tyler.

Visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 15, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at Watson & Sons Chapel with L.D. Eddins officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born October 13, 1940, Eddie Ray is the son of Nelly Mae Dailey and Joseph James Barnes. He most recently worked for Texas Forest Service. Eddie Ray enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of Mt. Herman Church of Christ in Center.

Survivors include:

Wife, Jackie Barnes of Center

Sonya Barnes Hughes
Lisa Gay Barnes

Brother, Luther Barnes

Preceded in death by parents, Nelly Mae Dailey and Joseph James Barnes; brothers, Raymond Barnes, James Barnes, and Virgil Barnes; sister, Audris Reynolds; and son-in-law, Gene Hughes.

Pallbearers will be Lee Sowell, Randy Bohannon, Randy Latham, Ronnie Youngblood, Trey Barnes, and Hunter Walker. Honorary pallbearers will be R.O. Porterfield, Billy Jeans, Andy Hampton, Gene Bradshaw, Buddy Sowell, Randy Alford.

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


Mary Micah Nutt, age 57, left this world too soon on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 19, 2022, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Watson and Sons Chapel with Bro. Charleston Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison.

Survived by:

Son, Markus Harber and fiance Amanda Shadix

Daughter, Mindi Harber

Markus Harber Jr.
Gabriel Harber
Allison Beaird
Bailey Shadix
Cadence Shadix
Kylee Rusk
Madison Harber
Jack Harber

Brother, Rusty Cranford and wife Shirley

Sister, Mechael Scott and husband Rex

Numerous cousins

She is preceded in death by her late husband, Randy Otha Nutt; parents, Mr. Thomas “Mack” Cranford and Mary Carolyn Phillips Brannon; stepmom, Dorthy L. Lopez; and grandparents, Thomas Preston and Fannie Arie Crump Cranford and Lloyd and Mary (Bogue) Brannon.

Pallbearers will be Jason Cranford, Jeff Cranford, Trevor Wedgeworth, Clayton Russell, Chris Box, and Guy Sherwood. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Cranford, Casey Spencer, Cameron Spencer, and Roberto Bussey.

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


Joann Patterson, 72, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, August 12, 2022, in Joaquin.  She was born March 13, 1950.

Survived by:

Husband, Randy Patterson of Joaquin

Daughter, Chantal Hedlund-Kenny of Joaquin

Carly Adkison of Center
Zachary Hedlund of Carthage

4 Great-grands

Jean Blair of Springtown, TX
Paul Blair of Wisconsin

Elizabeth Minor of Lake Leon, TX
Marie Respondek of Slaton, TX
Kathleen Conger of Lubbock, TX.

Preceded in death by parents, Josette Chauvet and James Blair; brothers, James Patrick Blair and Claude Blair; sisters, Regina Blair, Chantal Respondek, and Yvonne Trcalek.

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


William Howard Garrett, 66 of San Augustine, Texas, passed from this life on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. William Howard Garrett was born August 21, 1957 to parents Mollie Beatrice Curl and Holman Garrett in San Augustine, Texas. He was disabled, and dearly loved his family, and was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2022, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, 316 West Columbia Street in San Augustine, Texas.  Officiating will be Bishop Howard Cloudy.

Those who are left to cherish his memory:

LaTorshia Sigler of Houston
LaTya Williams of Fresno
TorShundra "Shae" Garrett of San Augustine

LaTavia Edwards
Tyvarian Lane
JaTyrian Lane
Amyrah Malone
Amanii Malone
Terriya Williams
Jayden Edwards
Neko Edwards
Kaisen Edwards

Great-grandchild, Legaci Edwards

Jeannette Roberts of Nacogdoches
Candace McCoy of Lancaster
Jessica Garrett of Nacogdoches
Shonica Garrett of Dallas
Vandra Jones (Jacquet) of Ft. Worth
Mary Adams

Along with special sisters:
Marcia Garrett (Antonio)
Sherry Garrett (Timothy)

Paul Jackson and Tracy of Lufkin
Steve Garrett and Shante of Lufkin
Special brother, Gary McCoy Sr.

Along with a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents, Holman Garrett and Mollie Beatrice Curl, and grandchild, LaSharvia Edwards.

Pallbearers will include Michael Garrett, Jonavic Garrett, DeMeko Garrett, Chris Barnes, Shun Hoyt, Gary McCoy, Sr., and Marcus Burrell. Honorary Pallbearers will include TyVarian Lane, JaTyrian Lane, Jayden Edwards, Neko Edwards, Kaisen Edwards, Anthony Watkins, Dietrich Malone, and Diekentrich Malone.

Online obituary and condolences posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, Texas.


Bobbie Dell Johnson, 78 of Center, Texas, died Thursday, August 4, 2022, at the local emergency in Center, Texas. She was born to the late Hamp Burke and E.V. Nettles in Harrell, Ark in Calhoun County on May 22, 1944.

Funeral service will be Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 11:30am at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church (110 CR 4261 Tenaha, Texas) in the Woods Community. Rev. William Rodney will officiate. Repast is at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church Tenaha, Texas. Committal is at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 334 CR 426 Tenaha, Texas 75974.

Visitation is Friday, August 12, 2022, from the hours of 5pm to 7pm at Hicks Chapel. 

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

Mrs. Johnson is survived by:

Son, Kenneth Johnson of Huntsville, Alabama

Ruby L. Johnson of Nacogdoches, Texas
Rosetta (Roy) Berry of Tenaha, Texas
Debra Johnson (John L. Randle) of Center, Texas
Tara Johnson of Center, Texas

Brother, Jerry Lee Preston of Center, Texas

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.


Burron Matthew Chambliss, 89, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on August 8, 2022, in Center, Texas. He was born on September 2, 1932, in Logansport, Louisiana, to the late Robert Chambliss and Nettie Estes Chambliss.  

Graveside service will be held at Strong Cemetery, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 11am with Bro. Robert Vazquez officiating.  
Burron was raised in the Possum Trot community. He enjoyed life outdoors. He loved camping, fishing, hunting, watching and feeding the birds and whittling.  Burron loved family gatherings and reunions. He especially enjoyed visiting with the grandchildren. 

He is survived by: 
His son, Phillip Chambliss and wife Leanne

Daughter, Lori Davis and husband Ronnie

Daughter in laws: 
Teena Fountain
Deborah Chambliss

Lois Hass
Katherine McGee

12 grandchildren

Numerous great-grandchildren

A host of family and friends that will miss him

Burron is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Betsy Chambliss; parents, Robert and Nettie Chambliss; sons, Tony Chambliss, Clovis Chambliss; grandson, Ron Davis; granddaughter, Kynleigh Fontenot; brothers, Marvin Chambliss, T. A. Chambliss; sisters, Lea Carroll and Sybil Heath.

Pallbearers serving will be Karsten Davis, Nolan Chambliss, Tory Chambliss, Titus Chambliss, Thatcher Chambliss, Brian Chambliss, Joey Chambliss, and Aydin Davis.

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

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


Betty Loyd Rice, 78, previously of Logansport, LA, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on August 3, 2022, in Lufkin, Texas.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 6-8 pm at Mangum Funeral Home. Funeral services to also be held at Mangum Funeral Home on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at 2 pm. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery, Huxley, Texas.

Betty was born on June 18, 1944, in Center, Texas, to the late Loyd Franklin Heath and Syble Melinda Chambliss Heath. Betty graduated from Mansfield High School, moved to Houston, and married Medford D. Rice in 1975. She worked as an engineering clerk, retiring from Southwestern Bell in 2001. Upon retirement, Betty moved to the Woodsprings community outside Logansport, Louisiana. Betty enjoyed her passion for garage and estate sales, always looking to purchase items to benefit others. She loved playing her games “Trouble, “Farkle,” and checkers with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed the outdoors, riding her side-by-side around the neighborhood and visiting and checking on her friends and family. She named the cows and donkeys in the pastures, spoiling them with hand-pulled grass clumps and corn for the deer. The musical tones of her many windchimes were a joy to hear. At the same time, her favorite color was yellow, and her favorite sports team was the Shreveport Hoopaholics, a senior basketball team. Her dog “Sugar” was her ever-present companion.   
Left behind to cherish her memories:

Daughter, Theresa, and husband BJ Anderson

Stepdaughters: Debbie, Sherry

Stepson, Doyle Rice

Heath Oliver
Blake Oliver, and wife Haleigh
Chase Oliver and wife Ashley

Melanie Rice Barrios and husband Guadalupe Rodriguez
Amanda Anderson

Betty will also be missed by her great-grandchildren: Mason, Lainey, Nickala, Colt, Aubrey, Jade, Adalyn, Ayden, Benson, Arriana, Zach, and Noah

Sister, Marti Stone and husband Greg

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of family and friends including special friends Lin Gamble, and Pat and Bill Green.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Medford Rice; father, Loyd Heath; mother, Syble Chambliss Heath; sisters, Virginia Streetman and Marjorie Heath; and brother, Robert Loyd Heath.

Honoring Betty as pallbearers will be her grandsons, nephews and other family members.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Willie Price was born on October 9, 1937, in Shelby County (Center), Texas, to the union of Mary Liza (Hill) Price and Purvis Price. He passed away July 20, 2022 at the age of 84.

Visitation is from 4pm until 8pm on Friday, August 5, 2022 at Eastside Church of Christ, 9023 US-80, Hawkins, TX 75765. A celebration of life is at 11am on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Jarvis Christian University, 80 Pr 7631, Hawkins, TX 75765. Interment is at Jarvis Christian University Cemetery, Hwy 80, Hawkins.

He was the second of 11 children, having six brothers and five sisters. Willie accepted Christ at an early age (12 years old). He was a member of the Church of Christ for over 73 years. He later became a member at East Side Church of Christ in Hawkins, Texas, where he also served as an Elder, deacon, and assistant minister. He was a son of God, a joint heir with Jesus Christ.

Willie attended elementary and high school at C. H. Daniels High School in Center, Texas. He participated in many activities during his attendance in this school, which included music, debate, and sports. He held several offices while in school. He also won many awards in singing and in inter-scholastic league activities.

The Price’s son had a lot of friends. Many people liked to be in his presence. He was the type of person who believed in the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Their son was dutiful about helping out where he could be of good service to someone. Willie had a lot of hobbies. He liked to bowl, fish, ride horses, attend movies, do woodwork, sing, read, and play. He believed that if anything was of real value in life, it would require hard work and sacrifice before it could become one’s own.

After graduation, Willie attended Jarvis Christian College, located in Hawkins, Texas. He majored in Business Education and minored in Social Science. He was interested in the fields of music and religion. He attended college for four years, graduating in 1962. He was a good student, earning 75% of his financial aid by working as a farm hand, machine operator, foreman, manager of poultry, dairyman, chauffeur, college bookstore manager, and mail/inventory clerk. He worked for Jarvis Christian College bookstore for over 17 years.

While attending Jarvis, he became a member of several organizations and clubs, which included The Future Business Leaders Club, Student National Education Association, Deacon Club, Young Men Christian Association, and Full-Time Christian Service. He also held several offices, including treasurer of the senior class, president and vice president of the business club, business manager of the junior class, and chaplain of the student council.

Willie was inducted into the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in November of 1971 and has been a member of the Marshall, Texas, Alumni chapter for over 50 years. He furthered his education at the Institute of Biblical Studies of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He also had conferred on him the 33rd Degree of Sovereign Grand Inspector General, an honor bestowed for outstanding service to the Mason brotherhood.

Willie married Karen Jean Cartwright in February of 1962. The couple was blessed with three sons, Victor, Walter, and Kirk. Willie also had one daughter, Selena. Willie was an entrepreneur and led his family into several business operations. Among their many business ventures were Price’s Rental Bike Service (sales and repair shop), Price’s Psychedelic Shack, Price’s Rental Houses, Price’s House Rental Service (cars and trucks), Price Cleaning Service, and Price Savage Business. In 1997, Willie came out of retirement for a short time to work at a private company, Siebur Lumber

The company, as cashier/sales clerk. He continued to run Price Cleaning Service and Price Savage Business on the side. Willie was a strong advocate for Christian education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He worked at and financially supported Jarvis Christian University in Hawkins, Texas, and financially supported Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas. 

Left to cherish Willie’s memory are: 
His two sons: 
Dr. Walter Price of Terrell
Kirk Lamar Price of Hawkins

Daughter, Selena Price of Tyler

Iva Nell “Cookie” (James) Kindle of Dallas
Manetta “Nita” Miller of Mesquite
Elizabeth “Kay” (Thomas) Gulley of Cedar Hill
Margie Nell (Jackson) Jackson of Denver, Colorado

Curtis A. (Geraldine) Price of Center
Claudell Price of Stockbridge, Georgia
Freddie Price of Panama City Beach, Florida

Jazmine Price
Jamaal Price
Jada Price
George Price
Justice Price

George Abdul-Lamar Price, Jr.
Aniyah Price
Seyanna Michelle Price
Jahlil Prince Lynden Price
Lilyanna Lynee’
Francis Price

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friend

Willie is preceded in death by his parents: Purvis Price, Mary Liza Price, and Johnnie Price; son Victor Arnez Price; sister Jessie Mae Price; and brothers Ralph Earl Price and Anthony Lee Price.

Services are under the direction of Bigham Mortuary, Longview, Texas.


Don Spincer Jackson, 75, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on August 2, 2022, in Shelbyville, Texas. He was born on September 9, 1946, in Center, Texas, to the late William Henry Jackson and Viola Deason Jackson.  
Funeral service will be held at East Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church, 7347 FM 2261, Shelbyville, Texas, on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 3:00PM with Bro. Lamar Denby and Bro. Steven Berry officiating.  Interment will follow at Dunnigan Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas.  Visitation will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022, at East Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Texas from 6:00-8:00PM. 

Don was born and raised in Shelby County. He was the last of twelve children. He attended Shelbyville schools. Don married Barbara McCary and they spent over 46 years together. They raised two wonderful sons, Mark and David. Life happened and the Lord had greater plans. He married Kathryn Higginbotham McCauley and the two were enjoying life together. Don was a logger and carpenter before retiring. Once retiring you could find him spending lots of time outdoors. You could find him gardening. He enjoyed raising, training, and hunting dogs.  He liked to hunt coons, hogs, and used his trained dogs to do so.  Don never met a stranger. His loving, compassionate, kind heart set him apart. He loved the Lord and served him at East Hamilton Baptist Church. He served as a deacon of the church for many years. Don’s favorite times were those spent with his boys, grandchildren, and great-grandson. He loved watching the western channels on television, football, and enjoyed attending sporting events that included his grandchildren. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends. 

He is survived by:
His loving wife, Kathryn

Mark Jackson  and wife Jennifer
David Jackson and wife Christy

Their children’s mother, Barbara Risinger

Douglas Jackson and wife Marcel
Jimmy Jackson and wife Patricia

Lane Jackson
Madison Jackson
Dawson Jackson
Ethan Jackson
Beaux Lindley
Madalyn Lindley
Sarah Lindley
Victoria Lindsey
Cody Lindsey
Kenny Price

Kaine Jackson
Zachary Lindsey
Cale Lindsey
Guinevere Patterson

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Don is preceded in death by his parents, William Henry and Viola Jackson; brothers, WH Jackson, Beck Jackson, Eugene Jackson, Tommy Jackson, Lavon Jackson, Billy Joe Jackson, Bobby Jackson, Murl Jackson; and sister, Gracie Wilson.

Pallbearers serving will be Mark Jackson, David Jackson, Lane Jackson, Dawson Jackson, Ethan Jackson, Michael Andrews, Cole Cooper, and Jake Wagstaff.

Honorary pallbearers will be Douglas Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, Tommy Cox, Dudley Cox, Brad Morgan, Pete Whitton, Larry Jackson, Roger Jackson, Jerry Deason, Justin O’Rear, Cody Folsom, and Roscoe McSwain Jr. 

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

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


Sidney Van Lane, 79, formerly of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on August 1, 2022, in Spring Brach, Texas, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be held at Tennessee Presbyterian Church, FM 947, Timpson, Texas, on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 10am. Interment will follow at Tennessee Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Visitation will be held from 4-6PM on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Mangum Funeral Home.

Sidney Van Lane was a common man born on April 26, 1943. Raised by Emmett and Yvonne Lane outside of Tenaha, Texas in the Tennessee community. A football, basketball and track star at Tenaha High School, he could always be seen in one Ford truck or another later in life. His uniform was the original shrink to fit Levi 501s and “snap shirts” from Walmart as he called them. The only time he left Shelby County was during his service in the US army first at Fort Polk then at Fort Hood from 1964 to 1966. He returned to Tenaha where he married and had one daughter, Stephanie Ann. Looking for a new direction, he started working with his best friend Skeet Rawson down at the mill. Most of you know him as a constant fixture at Tenaha milling where he loaded feed, put out fertilizer, and caught up with the local news and gossip in the community. When he wasn’t at the mill, he was feeding cows or baling hay. He was a creature of habit and had coffee and breakfast at the Tiger Stop every morning. Van was hard working and prided himself on never letting a day go to waste without getting something done.

A simple hardworking man that loved his daughter Stephanie, her husband Todd, and their kids Carly and Clay. He was meticulous about his one drawer in the desk at the mill with Tylenol, Tums and Neosporin (The cure all for any ailments according to Van.) His house was immaculate, and he was frustrated when we put trash in the “wrong hole” or turned on too many lights. Although he came from humble beginnings, Van was successful with his cattle and land but still lived a very simple life. A son, brother, father and grandfather, Van Lane was my Deddy. I will miss him and his steady unwavering support throughout my life. He always gave me sound advice like “you can’t be worried about that little stuff.” Words that most of us could live by in this crazy world.

Van passed away on August 1st at home with his family at his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents Yvonne and Emmett Lane, and brother Douglas Lane.

Van is survived by:

Daughter, Stephanie Lane Hankins and son-in-law Todd Hankins

Carly and Blake Klumpp
Clayton Hankins
Brooke Hanson

Patty Hensel, husband Steve Hensel
Debbie Lane

I hope he’s up there riding in a cab tractor with the A/C on high and the country top 40 count down playing on the radio. Love you with all my heart Deddy!

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


Ruby Brown Ricketson, 91, of Center, passed away Monday, July 25, 2022, in Center.

Born August 7, 1930, Ruby is the daughter of Bridgie Hilliard and Nicholas Brown. She worked in healthcare, where she retired a nurse. Ruby was a member of Order of Eastern Star and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include:

Son, Alan Ricketson and Becky of Center

Daughter, Sandra and Wayne King of Laurel, Delaware

Lance Ricketson
Travis Ricketson
Krista and Scott Barber
Melody Timmons

Kaycee Ricketson
Shyla Timmons
Haley Timmons
Keaton Ricketson
Triston Ricketson
Craig Barber
Erin Barber
Owen Barber

Barbara Brown Smith of Little Rock, Arkansas
Christine and John Kelly of Orange Beach, Alabama

Longtime companion, Wesley Van Matre

Also a number of nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by husband, Dale D. Ricketson; parents, Bridgie Hilliard and Nicholas Brown; siblings, Gerald Brown, Irene Jones Fuller, Elwanda Merriman, Jerry Brown, Virgil Brown, and Kathryn Power.

A special thanks to Tammy Jacobs and Kaye Powell and staff for their loving care.

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


Barbara Jean Smith, 78, of Center, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.

Born January 8, 1944, Barbara is the daughter of Opal Dunham and Joe Baker. 

Survivors include: 
Husband, Clyde Smith

Michael Mayo (Patsy) of Trinity
Diana Burress of Center
Laurie Miller of Shelbyville
Joe Smith of Center
Michael Smith (Shiloh) of Center

Daughter-in-law, Tammie Smith of Center

Special daughter, Susan Samford

Paul Benson Burress
Patricia Lynn Burress
Mark Burress
Justin Mayo
Matthew Miller (Nikki) of Sulphur, Louisiana
Jeremy Smith
Laurel Smith
Tristan Smith
Nickolas Smith

Numerous great-grands, nieces, and nephews

Special son-in-law, Curtis Fountain of Shelbyville

Stepdaughter, Lisa Kay Miller

Sister, Frances Hayworth of Trinity

Preceded in death by parents, Opal Dunham and Joe Baker; son, David Smith; grandchildren, Emily Smith and JoJo Smith; great grandson, Logan Miller; and brother, Charlie Baker.

Pallbearers will be Jared Smith, Matthew Miller, Tristan Smith, Michael Smith, Nickolas Smith, and Ronnie Ard.  Honorary pallbearer will be Curtis Fountain.

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


Benita Kay (Rhodes) Whitton, 69, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on July 30, 2022, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on October 28, 1952, in Center, Texas, to the late Julius Elvis and Nelva Beatrice (McFadden) Rhodes.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 am Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas, officiated by Michael Raines, John Elvis Raines, and Jarrod Brown. Interment will follow at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.

Kay grew up in Shelby County. She was a teacher at Timpson Elementary School for 29 years. Kay loved to cook and could often be found in the kitchen cooking for her family. She enjoyed watching Food Network and football games. Kay and Cecil enjoyed spending time with friends and going out to eat with them. They also loved to travel and took many long trips together. She was a caring soul and was faithful to check up on her friends and family. That caring spirit carried over into the ministry that she did by sending cards to church members. Kay was an active member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church for 60 years and then at Hope Well Missionary Baptist for the last 10 years of her life. She was very active in Sunday school classes and the Ladies Auxiliary. Kay loved the Lord with all that she had. And she loved her family with that same fierce heart. The highlight of her life was when her grandchildren came for a visit. She will be missed by all who knew her.   

Kay is survived by:

Her loving husband of 47 years, Cecil Whitton

Daughter, Zoie Elizabeth Whitton

Son, Joshua Ray Whitton and wife, Angela

Sister, Judy Raines and husband, Buck

Wyatt Whitton
Aiden Whitton
Emma Whitton

She is preceded in death by her parents, Elvis and Nelva Rhodes.

Serving as pallbearers will be Marc Raines, Andy Raines, Michael Raines, John Elvis Raines, Aiden Whitton, and Steve Langford. Honorary pallbearers are Wyatt Whitton, James Mason, and Kyle Weatherford. 

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


Margaret June Gordon Armstreet, 87, of Houston passed away Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Houston.

Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation one hour prior. Bro. Gordon Vaughn will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Margaret June Gordon Armstreet was born November 8, 1934, in Joaquin, Texas, to John E. Gordon and Gladys Lurlene Swan Gordon. She was a member of Melrose Baptist Church. June loved being a Mother to her only son, John Wayne Armstreet, and she loved playing the piano throughout her life. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Stephen F. Austin University, worked as a principal in the Klein School District for years, then went on to work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, retiring as a teacher in the prison system.

She is survived by numerous cousins and loving friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, John E. Gordon and Gladys Lurlene Swan Gordon; and son, John Wayne Armstreet, 56.

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


Mary B. Rather Horn, of Little Rock, Arkansas and formally of Center, Texas, transitioned to her heavenly home on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 28, 2022, from 1pm to 5pm at Faithful Funeral Home, 7727 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock AR 72204. Funeral services will be Friday, July 29, 2022, 11am at Longley Baptist Church, 9900 Geyer Springs Road, Little Rock, AR, where she was a Faithful member for 25+ years.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories:

Daughter, Sharon Horton Dickey (Darryl)

"Bonus" daughter, Angela Turner (Anthony)

Fatinah Mary Epps (Keithan)
Dominique Parker (Jerry)
LaKayla McClinton

Great-grandson, Kavon Epps

Samuel Rather (Jean) of Garrison
Michael Rather of Nacogdoches
Clifford Lynn Rather of Lufkin

Linda Black of Nacogdoches
Doris Rather of Baton Rouge, LA
Alice Mosley of Tyler
Joyce Johnson of Center
Josie Rather of Houston
Birdie Kelley of Houston
Shelia Rather of Houston, TX

First cousins, like brothers:
William Mann Hunter of Corpus Christi
Felton Greer of Giddings, TX

A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas and Faithful Funeral Home of Little Rock, AR. Online condolences www.faithfulfuneralhome.com.


Lola B. Phillips, 82, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Focused Care of Center.

She was born to the late CD Cartwright and Beulah Garrett on September 18, 1939, in Shelbyville, Texas.

Funeral service is 12 noon on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Center Triumph Church in Center with Bishop Zep Swindle officiating. Visitation is from 10am until 6pm on Friday, July 29 at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center. Interment is at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas.

She attended Strong School in the Strong Community. She and her husband James “Duchie” Phillips established Val’s Place in 1985; it is still family owned today.

Lola B. was known for her open heart, her love for many family members and friends that she encountered. She nurtured and cared for not only her own children but, many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was also known for her good cooking. Each of us had our own favorites but her most requested items was chicken and dumplings. She shared her recipe with many but none compared to hers.

She was a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church for many years where she proudly served on the usher board in early years and later jointed the choir. She remained a faithful member until the illness of her husband and then herself.

Those who preceded her in death were her parents, CD and Beulah; her husband, James Phillips; one son, Willie James Phillips; one daughter, Angie Osby; one brother, Henry Cartwright; three sisters, Maxcine Swindle, Jessie Bolton, and Gwendolyn Sparks-Singh.

She leaves to celebrate her memory:

Brenda (Louis) Jackson of Center
Connie Phillips of Center
Valeria (Glenn) Phillips-Hearne of Center
Ilene Eaden of Nacogdoches

Brother, B.E. (Katherine) Cartwright Sr. of Center

Sister, Vera Brown of Dallas

Patricia Phillips-Matthews of Lufkin
Molly Clark of Center
Ruby Wilson of Center

Charles Ray Phillips of El Paso
Richard Phillips of Center

9 Grandchildren, numerous Great-Grandchildren

Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Services are entrusted to Community Funeral Home of Center.


Elizabeth J. (Betty) Hill, of Logansport, passed away Wednesday July 6, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Betty Hill was born April 3, 1928 in Shreveport, Louisiana to James Paul “Jack” Jones of Tipton, Iowa and Ruby Lucille Williams of Kosciusko, Mississippi.

A celebration of life will be held at The First United Methodist Church of Logansport, La on July 30, 2022. Lunch for the family will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 11am. Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 1pm and the Celebration of Life will begin at 1pm.

Interment will follow, at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana. Family only.

She is survived by:

Deborah McCune and husband Cecil
Kathleen Stoll and husband Brian
Lisa Hitt and husband David
Suzanne Tewalt and husband Charlie
Kelly Darden and husband Tim

Jennifer Graham
Amy Burford
Kimberlee Perry
Jim Cooke
Katie Hitt
Matthew Hitt
Shelley Modisette
Lauren Patton
Joshua Darden
Jackson Darden
Christian Darden

19 Great-Grandchildren

2 nieces and a nephew

A host of friends.

She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Logansport, La.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Dwight M. Hill; parents, “Jack” and Ruby Jones; brother, James Paul Jones, Jr.; and great-granddaughter, Ashley Faith Modisette.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church P.O. Box 177 Logansport, LA 71049.

The family extends a very special thank you to Christus Schumpert's 3rd floor nurses and doctors who took such amazing care, attention and love of Betty. Also they would like to thank the Hospice staff, Wendi and Jami, of Christus Hospice and Pallative Care and Dr. Massengill for the kindness that was shown to all of us at this difficult time. They all deserve to be recognized for their compassion, love and dedication to their patients.

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