03/11/2020

Willie H. Handy, Jr., 66 of Center, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020 at Center Emergency Room.

Funeral service is 2pm Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Bennett Chapel Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Texas. No wake is scheduled. Interment is at Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bishop W.C. Martin officiating.

He is survived by:

Wife, Amanda Handy of Center

Sons:
Patrick Handy of San Augustine
Robert Randle of San Augustine

Daughters:
Laura Chumbley Ross of Dallas
April Handy of San Augustine
Renavdia Handy of San Augustine
Jessica Smith of Nacogdoches
Anastasia Perry of Center

15 Grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild

Sisters:
Mary Jenkins of Center
Necy Johnson of Timpson

Sister-in-law, Katherine Scott of Center

Brother-in-law, James Bratchett of San Augustine

Aunt, Annie Walker of Shelbyville

Services are entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

03/10/2020

Hazel Snider McKinzie, 89, of Center, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Son Windham and Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. McKinzie was born September 1, 1930, in Shelbyville, to George W. Snider and Ida Mae Latham Snider. Her hobbies included gardening, caring for hummingbirds, hunting, cooking, and most of all, spending time with family and friends. She was a member of Hillcrest Missionary Baptist Church in Center.

She is survived by: 

Son-in-law, Everett Cougler of Center

Grandchildren: 
Amber Barbee-Bell
Kurtis Cougler and fiancé Hannah Fountain of Center
Lucas Cougler and wife Sherry

Daughter-in-law, Ginger McKinzie

Grandchildren:
Allison McKinzie and fiancé Skylar Evans
Lane McDonald
Landon McDonald

Great-grandchildren: 
Kali Fountain
Phoenix Cougler
Lennon McDonald
Future Baby Cougler

Siblings: 
Ray Edna Snider Permenter
Gladys Snider Vaughn

Sister-in-law, Sylvia Snider

Numerous nieces and nephews

Special friends:
Kellie Jean Baty
Geneva Graves
Her Pine Grove family

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lee McKinzie; daughter, Earnestine McKinzie Cougler; son, Mark McKinzie; parents, George W. Snider and Ida Mae Latham Snider; and brother, George Washington “Pete” Snider.

Pallbearers will be Skylar Evans, Jason Orsak, Johnny Fuller, Lucas Cougler, Kurtis Cougler, and Nathan Lynch.  

Honorary pallbearers will be Patrick Brittain, Matthew Stanley, Eric Choron, Brian Fenton, Josh Fuller, Daniel Walton, C.J. Goings, and Lane McDonald.

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

03/09/2020

Charles Wayne Askins, 96, of Timpson, Texas passed away on March 7, 2020 in Garrison, Texas. Born November 22, 1923, in Timpson, Texas, to the late Henry “Pete” Dewey Askins and Alice Juanita (Franks) Askins. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 2:00PM at Good Hope Baptist Church, FM 2667, Timpson, Texas, with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating. Interment will follow at Blair Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Charles was born and raised in Shelby County. He attended Blair School. After graduation he served his great country during WWII in the United States Army. He returned to Timpson and married the love of his life, Doris Crump, on February 24, 1945. They welcomed two sons, Billy and Jerry. Sadly, Jerry passed away from cystic fibrosis at the young age of 3. Charles and Doris spent over 56 years together before her passing in 2001. Charles became a small cattle rancher at the age of only 6 years old. It was from that moment he became more and more involved in cattle ranching and farming. Charles could be found at the Center Livestock Auction every Wednesday at high noon. This was a weekly event he would not miss. Sunday afternoon you could find Charles in his favorite chair watching football games, especially when the Cowboy’s were playing. He also found great joy in riding the mule atv with his favorite dog, Bullet. Charles was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He always made sure his family was taken care of. Charles was that person if you had met him, he left you with a smile. He was a dear friend to many in Shelby County and will be missed. He loved the Lord and was a founding member of Good Hope Baptist Church. 

He is survived by:

Son, Billy Askins and wife Kathy

Grandchildren:
Laurie King and husband Brian
Ricky Askins and wife Roxie
Randy Askins
Linsey Campbell and husband Jerrod

Great-grandchildren:
Justin King and wife Holli
Ethan and Logan Askins
Oliver and Elliot Hilliard
Garrett and Blair Askins
Jaycee, Alleigh, and Jackson Campbell

One great-great-grandchild on the way

A host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

Charles is preceded in death by his wife, Doris; son, Jerry Lynn Askins; parents, Henry “Pete” and Alice Askins; and brother Horace Askins. 

Pallbearers serving will be Randy Askins, Ricky Askins, Brian King, Jerrod Campbell, Ethan Askins, Justin King, Garrett Askins, Rick Ornelas, and Robert Williams.

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

03/09/2020

Frank Garner, age 60, of Geneva, Texas, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020 at CHI St. Luke Health in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral service is at 1pm on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Countyline Baptist Church. Interment is at Countyline Cemetery with Rev. Gaylon Taylor officiating. Visitation is Friday, March 13, 2020 from 1pm until 6:30pm at Garner and Son Chapel, San Augustine.

He is survived by:

Daughter, LaBrittany Garner of Nacogdoches, Texas

Brother, Carter Ray Garner (Jackie) of Center, Texas

Sisters:
Mary Weathered Lockett of Lufkin, Texas
Earnie Mae  Jones (Leroy) of Geneva, Texas
Stephanie Garner ( Taurus Jackson) of Geneva, Texas
Cotresa Odem (Tracy) of San Augustine, Texas

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

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

03/04/2020

Annie L. Nobles Johnson, 93 of Nacogdoches, passed away February 28, 2020 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral service will be Saturday, March 7, at 10:00 A.M. at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1421 Greer Street in Nacogdoches, Texas. Rev. Wesley Benton will be officiating.   

Mrs. Johnson is survived by:

Daughter, Mary Gayle Sexton

Granddaughter, Kimberly Whitaker 

Great-Grandsons: 
Christopher Whitaker
Joe Scourton Jr. 

Sisters: 
Georgia Ree Simon of Nacogdoches
Shirley Nobles of Dallas 

Sister-in-Law,  Emma Nobles 

A Devoted Niece, Jessie Nobles Moody

Special Niece, Shirley Greer  

Visitation: Friday, March 6, 2020 at Hicks Chapel in Center, Texas 

Committal: Pine Grove Cemetery 

Service entrust to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935. Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net

03/04/2020

Jeraline Jennings Thomas, 74 of Southfield Michigan, passed away February 15, 2020 at a local hospital in Southfield.

Funeral service will be Saturday, March 7, at 1pm at Gates Chapel Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Texas with Rev. Don Daniels officiating. Visitation is Friday, March 6, 2020 at Hicks Chapel from the hours at 5pm to 7pm. Committal is at Gates Chapel Cemetery and repass is in the Gates Chapel Fellowship Hall.

She is survived by:

Husband, James Henry Thomas II

Son, James Henry Thomas III

Sisters:
Orstella Netherly of Center
Reba Jennings of Center

Service entrust to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935. Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net

03/03/2020

Hubert Parkman, 89, of Tenaha, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2020, at Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele and Bro. Russ Atwood officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Mr. Parkman was born October 9, 1930, in Tenaha, to Thomas Parkman and Minnie Ellen Pickard Parkman. He was a Christian with many passions in life. He loved the outdoors, including working in his garden, taking care of the yard, and hunting every opportunity he had. Of all the passions in his life, his family was the greatest of them all. His whole hearted love will continue on in the multiple generations he leaves behind.

He is survived by:

Wife, Janie Parkman of Tenaha

Children:
Kim Parkman and wife Frankie of Marshall
Darrell Parkman and wife Angela of Gilmer
Brad Parkman and wife Michelle of McKinney
Sue Carr of Timpson

Grandchildren: Tracy, Rachael, Cody, Nicci, David, Dereka, Channing, Chaz, Dalton, Jacob, and Travis

Great-grandchildren: Joseph, Zack, Kate, Daniel, Preston, and Connor

Great-great-grandchildren: Amory and Raylee

Numerous nieces and nephews

A host of friends

He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Parkman and Minnie Ellen Pickard Parkman; sister, Margie Parkman; brother, Rex Parkman; and daughter, Angie Binstock.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Ramah Baptist Church. Online tributes and condolences can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

03/03/2020

Tommy Marion Guynes, 71, of Timpson, Texas passed away on March 2, 2020 in Timpson, Texas.Born February 7, 1949, in Silsbee, Texas, to the late Cloyce Elmer Guynes and Dollie (Helton) Guynes. 

Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 4:00PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, with Bro. Cecil Chessher and Bro. Bobby Waller officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

Visitation will be held prior to the service on Friday, March 6, 2020 beginning at 3:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Tommy was raised in Cleveland, Texas and the surrounding area. He graduated Cleveland High School. Later in life he made his home in Deep East Texas. Here he met his wife, Becky Mefford, and the two were married on December 23, 2013, spending over 6 years together. He loved the Lord, his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Tommy was an avid outdoorsman. You could find him fishing, hunting, doing woodwork, or just tinkering outside any day of the week. He loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Tommy enjoyed serving the Lord in many capacities and was a member of Called Out Church in Center, Texas.  

He is survived by:
His loving wife, Becky Mefford of Timpson

Son, Tommy Guynes Jr. and wife Stephanie of Gary

Daughters:
Tammy Marie Guynes of Deberry
Tina Miller of Timpson

Sister, Thelma Smith of Cleveland, Texas

Grandchildren: 
Kaitlyn Paige Milam
Jade Guynes
Dillon Hodge and wife Tiffany
Eric Guynes
Christopher Guynes
Emberlyn Thompson

Great-grandchildren: 
Mason Miller
Lilly Thompson
Violet Thompson
George Estes
Mark Estes
Leland Hodge
Ricky Miller

5 great-great-grandchildren

Ahost of family and friends that will miss him dearly

Tommy is preceded in death by his parents, Cloyce Elmer and Dollie Helton Guynes; son, Jimmy Michael Guynes; daughter, Terri Michelle Guynes; brother, Clifford Guynes; and sister, Joyce Evelyn

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.

03/02/2020

Stanley Lee Pritchett, 86 of Timpson, passed away February 28, 2020.

Stanley Lee Pritchett built a life on entrepreneurial spirit powered by responsibility, industriousness, generosity of time and energy, and spiritual commitment. Among the youngest machinist apprentices and journeymen at Todd Shipyard, he continued as a machinist, tool and die maker, and manager at American Can Company. Those skills served his lifelong love of ranching and animal husbandry begun in his youth.

Stanley is pre-deceased by his parents, William Stanley Pritchett and Fannie Louise Hewitt Pritchett; his wife Lois Fayrene Gillis Stilley Pritchett and her son John Wayne Stilley; and Doris Ann Norris Pritchett.

He is survived by his sister, Shirley DeLozier; his and Doris Ann’s daughters: Vickie and husband Barry Wood, Chris Duhon, and Sondra and husband Mark Garrett; Lois’s daughter, Cynthia, and husband James Cope; in addition to thirteen grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and their spouses; and friends.

His funeral service will begin at Cason Monk-Metcalf in Nacogdoches at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020, with Brother Levi Cohorst officiating. Visitation available from noon until 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Please consider donations to American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, TX.

02/29/2020

Angel Kristian De La Rosa, 16, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2020, in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m.

Angel was born June 11, 2003, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Cesar De La Rosa and Rebecca Coronado De La Rosa.  He was presently a student at Joaquin ISD and was very involved in the athletic department. Angel was a member of Old Center Baptist Church.

He is survived by his parents, Cesar De La Rosa and Rebecca Coronado De La Rosa

Sister and brothers: 
Tomasa M. De La Rosa of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cesar De La Rosa Jr. of Keatchie, Louisiana
Diamond M. De La Rosa of Redding, Pennsylvania

Nieces: 
Angeline Flores
Gaia De La Rosa

Aunts and uncles: 
Ruby Garza
Jessica Chavez
Elaine Chavez
Mary Jane Marcus
Sandra Lynn Leonard
Fonso Chavez
Susie Davis of Joaquin

Numerous cousins

Special friend, Kim Davis.

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


Angel Kristian De La Rosa, de 16 años, de Joaquín, falleció el Miércoles 26 de Febrero de 2020 en Joaquín.

La visita se llevará a cabo desde la 1:00 p.m. hasta las 2:00 p.m., Domingo 1 de Marzo de 2020, en la funeraria Watson & Sons en Center. El funeral se llevará a cabo a las 2:00 p.m.

Angel nació el 11 de Junio de 2003 en Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hijo de Cesar De La Rosa y Rebecca Coronado De La Rosa. Actualmente era estudiante en Joaquin ISD y estaba muy involucrado en el departamento de atletismo. Angel era miembro de la Iglesia Bautista Old Center.

Le Sobreviven sus Padres, Cesar De La Rosa y Rebecca Coronado De La Rosa

Hermana y Hermanos
Tomasa M. De La Rosa de Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cesar De La Rosa Jr. de Keatchie, Louisiana
Diamond M. De La Rosa de Redding, Pennsylvania

Sobrinas:
Angeline Flores
Gaia De La Rosa

Tías y Tíos:
Ruby Garza
Jessica Chavez
Elaine Chavez
Mary Jane Marcus
Sandra Lynn Leonard
Fonso Chavez
Susie Davis de Joaquin

Amiga especial, Kim Davis.

Las condolencias y homenajes en línea se pueden enviar a www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

02/28/2020

Gloria Garza, 71, of Center, passed away February 28, 2020, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 29, 2020, and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2020, at St. Therese Catholic Church in Center. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Garza was born September 7, 1948, in Melchor Musquiz Coahuila, Mexico, to Jesus Carrillo and Herlinda Albarado Carrillo. Her hobbies included fishing, working puzzles, and collecting collectables. She loved her family.

She is survived by her husband, Fernando R. Garza of Center; children, Fernando C. Garza of Center, Jesus C. Garza of St. James, Missouri, Josefa C. Garza of Center, Gloria M. Garza of Center, and Guadalupe M. Melgarejo of LeHigh Acres, Florida; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren, four sisters, and one brother.

She is preceded in death by her son, Jose Garza; parents, Jesus Carrillo and Herlinda Albarado Carrillo; two brothers, and one sister.

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


Gloria Garza, de 71 años, del Center, falleció el 28 de Febrero de 2020 en Nacogdoches.

Las visitas se realizarán de 11:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m., Sábado 29 de Febrero de 2020 y de 9:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m., Domingo 1 de Marzo de 2020, en la funeraria Watson & Sons en el Center. El funeral se llevará a cabo a las 10:00 a.m., el Lunes 2 de Marzo de 2020, en la Iglesia Católica St. Therese en el Center. Seguirá el sepelio en el Oaklawn Memorial Park en el Center.

La Sra. Garza nació el 7 de Septiembre de 1948 en Melchor Musquiz Coahuila, México, de Jesús Carrillo y Herlinda Albarado Carrillo. Sus pasatiempos incluían pescar, resolver acertijos y coleccionar objetos coleccionables. Ella amaba a su familia.

Le sobreviven su esposo, Fernando R. Garza del Centro; niños, Fernando C. Garza del Centro, Jesús C. Garza de St. James, Missouri, Josefa C. Garza del Centro, Gloria M. Garza del Centro y Guadalupe M. Melgarejo de LeHigh Acres, Florida; once nietos; quince bisnietos, cuatro hermanas y un hermano.

Le precedieron en la muerte su hijo, José Garza; padres, Jesús Carrillo y Herlinda Albarado Carrillo; dos hermanos y una hermana

Las condolencias y homenajes en línea se pueden enviar a www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

02/27/2020

Elma Ree Singleton Suell, 75, passed away February 22, 2020. She was born to the proud parents of the late Alvord (Jack) and Martha Singleton. She was born in Center, Texas and attended C.H. Daniels High School in Center, Texas.

Elma worked at Tyson for 44 years and retired in 2007.

Funeral service is at 11am on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Triumph The Church and Kingdom of God in Christ, 908 Daniels Street, Center, Texas with Pastor David Mitchell officiating.

Preceding her in death: a devoted husband for 39 years Willie Lee Suell; a daughter, Felecia E. Eden; and three brothers, Leon Singleton, Alvord Singleton, Jr. and Archie (Bo) Singleton, Sr.

Elma leaves a loving family to cherish and many precious memories of a life well lived and well spent.

Daughter she raised, Tonya Peoples Robertson

Grandchildren:
Khylon Montrek' Robertson of Mansfield, Louisiana
Taylor D'Nasia Peoples of Mansfield, Louisiana
Peyton C'arra Peoples of Mansfield, Louisiana

Godson, Bishop Cedrick Grace (Adreina) of Timpson

Sisters:
Fannie Mae Holman of Longview
Ella Garrett (W.J.) of Center
Debra Mayweather (Donald) of Mansfield, Louisiana
Billie Daniels of Center

Brothers:
Willie James Singleton of Longview
Vernon Dean Singleton (Lisa) of Shreveport, Louisiana

Sisters-in-law:
Esther Singleton
Allene Singleton

Brothers-in-law:
L.H. Hewitt
Jimmy Suell (Jeri)

A host of nieces and nephews

Services are entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

02/27/20

Clifford Gene Evans, age 60, of Tenaha passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Stallings Court Nursing Home, in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 29 at 1pm at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Joseph Hall, Jr. officiating. Interment following at Wake will be held Friday evening, February 28 from 4pm to 7pm at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

He is survived by:

Daughters:
Widney Hall of Lufkin
Shanika Collins of Nacogdoches
Latoya Evans of Lufkin
Kitan Evans of Lufkin
Kattina Evans of Center
ReKe Handy of Center

Sons:
Chris Evans of Center
Decallor McClure of Garrison
Allen Collins of Center
Clifford Evans, Jr. of Center
Jermaine Gray of Lufkin
Clifford Gray of Lufkin
Travis Handy, Jr. of Center

26 Grandchildren

3 Great Grandchildren

4 Sisters and 7 Brothers

Services are entrusted to Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

02/27/2020

Mr. Ellis Van Woods of Broaddus, Texas, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at his residence at the age of 92.

Mr. Woods, known as "E.V." or "Stubby," was born June 18, 1927, in Monroe, Louisiana, to parents Van Woods and Nettie Mae (Thompson) Woods. He had been a longtime resident of Houston, Texas, before moving to the Broaddus area several years ago. He was a master carpenter in home building construction and served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps. "Bro. Stubby" was a dedicated member of Trinity Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Lorane (Sisson) Woods, in 2005; daughter, Judy Lee, in 2014; as well has his parents and siblings.

His survivors include:
His son-in-law, C.L. Lee of Broaddus, Texas

Grandchildren: 
Wayne Lee and wife Tiny of Garrison
Cindy Lee Derby and husband Harold of Nacogdoches
Michael Lee and wife Tina of Nacogdoches
Susan Lee Stone and husband Ronald of Joaquin
Steven Lee and wife Shannon of Nacogdoches

A host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, great-great-great-grandchildren, and great-great-great-great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2020, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, located at 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral services are set for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Trinity Baptist Church, located at 310 FM 83 East in Broaddus, Texas, with Pastor Don Lofton officiating. Committal service and interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, located off USFS Road 317 near Broaddus, Texas.

Pallbearers: Wayne Lee, Ronald Stone, Harold Derby, Gaylon Bryan, Freddie Bryan, and Jerry McGalin. Honorary pallbearers: Shiloh Stone and Carson Lee.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.

Services are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine, Texas. 

02/25/2020

Jerry G. Gamble, 85, entered into rest on February 24, 2020 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Jerry was born on March 19, 1934 in Mansfield, Louisiana to Albert and Ima Horn Gamble. 

Funeral services honoring the life of Gamble will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield, Louisiana with Bro. Mike Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Grand Cane Cemetery. A visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the funeral home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ima Horn Gamble; brothers, Dr. Hollis Gamble and Clarence Gamble, and his brother-in-law, Robert Revis.

Left to cherish his memory are:

Wife, Jane Gamble

Son, Britt Gamble and wife Angela of Grand Cane, LA

Daughters: 
Marilyn Gamble Creech and husband Jarrell of Joaquin, TX
Hannah Gamble Touchton and husband Allen of Grand Cane, LA 

Grandsons:
Brandon Gamble and wife Jerise of Stonewall, LA
Brock Gamble and wife Stephanie of Logansport, LA

Granddaughters: 
Shannon Creech of Joaquin, TX
Annistyn Touchton of Grand Cane, LA

Two great-grandchildren

Sisters-in-laws:
Lyndall Gamble of Shreveport, LA
Jo Taylor and husband Norris of Joaquin, TX
Mickey Revis of League City, TX

Special friends, Lance and Linda Hamilton, Tara Headrick, and Tyler Philips.

Jerry was an active member of Grand Cane Baptist Church. He retired in 2010 from the DeSoto Parish Assessor’s Office.

Honoring Jerry as pallbearers will be Henry Touchton, Bruce Eaves, Jody Meek, Ben Eaves, Buddy Sanders, Craig Eakin, and his grandsons, Brandon Gamble and Brock Gamble.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Lance Hamilton, Charles Sanders, and Joe Freeman.

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

02/20/2020

Lyndell Griffin, 90, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Marian Place in Carthage, Texas. She was born October 5, 1929 in Tenaha, Shelby County, Texas to Duncan Hairgrove and Essie Mitchell Hairgrove. Mrs. Griffin was a faithful and lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Tenaha, Texas. She graduated from Tenaha High School and continued her education in office management in Lufkin, Texas.

Lyndell married Bill F. Griffin, Jr. in 1950. When Bill opened his law practice in Center, she became his secretary and office manager and continued to do so for over 50 years until they retired.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Funeral services will follow visitation at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with Pastor Karen Jones officiating. Interment will follow at the Old Union Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

She is survived by:
Her sons: 
Guy W. Griffin and wife Cindy Davis Griffin of Center
John D. Griffin of Center

Daughter, Cindy A. Griffin of Center

Grandchildren: 
Patrick Griffin and wife, Kasey Griffin, of Crockett
Kelly Griffin Wahl and husband, Wesley Wahl of Nacogdoches

Great-grandchildren: 
Justin Bobbitt
Jason Bobbitt
Ella Wahl
Lucy Wahl
Ava Griffin

Sister-in-law, Lonnie Ruth Stone of Lufkin

A host of relatives and friends

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill F. Griffin, Jr. and parents Duncan Hairgrove and Essie Hairgrove.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 159, Tenaha, Texas 75974; or to the charity of your choice.

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

02/19/2020

Jimmy Earl Watts transitioned from his earthly life to his heavenly home on February 18, 2020 at the age of 83.

He spent his final moments at home surrounded by his loved ones. Jim was born on November 21, 1936 in San Augustine, Texas to Otis Dee and Willie Maw Watts. He spent much of his childhood in San Augustine, and eventually met and married the late Mary Delores Cole Watts. 

To this union, 6 children were born. The couple and their children went on to call Nacogdoches home, and they established roots there.  On December 16, 2018 at the age of 82, he was baptized at Nacogdoches Bible Fellowship, where he held membership.

He is preceded in death by both his parents: Otis “Paw Dee” and Willie Mae “Mama Coonie” Watts; his wife: Mary D. Cole Watts; brothers and sisters: Arthur “Bud” Watts, Willie Ed Watts, Spencer Watts, Otis Watts, James Watts, M.T. “Buddy” Watts, Lou Ethel “Gugga” Sterns, Ever Lee Brooks, and Alice Watts; his son and daughter: Freddy Joe Watts and Rostina Watts Menefee; grandchildren: Sharonda Crockett and Centric Watts; great-grandchildren: TiAsia Watts and Kya Watts; and two “brothers”; A.C. “Pete” Brooks and Billy Pleasant.

He leaves to carry on his legacy:

Sons:
Jimmy Dewayne Watts, Sr.
Michael Shane Watts

Daughters:
Castina Watts
LaTina Watts
Felicia Payne
Courtney Dodd
Lorecia Watts

Sister-in-law: Emma Jean Watts

A Special Friend, Ms. Virginia Booth

Plus a grand host of cousins, nephews, nieces, grand and great-grandchildren, and lifelong friends and loved ones far too many to count.

He made sure he shared his motto with everyone he loved, and he instilled in each of us that “Only The Strong Survive”

Funeral service is at 11am on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Nacogdoches Bible Fellowship, 2220 East Main-Nacogdoches, TX with Dr. Rod Jones, Eulogist, and Rev. John E. Davis, Officiating. Visitations is 2pm until 5:55pm on Friday, February 21, 2020. Wake is 6pm to 8pm on Friday, February 21, 2020. Interment is at Red Land Cemetery-San Augustine, TX.

Services are entrusted to the Professionals of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Dr-Nacogdoches, TX 75961, (936) 564-4351.

02/19/2020

Dana (Williams) Judson, 66, of Pflugerville, Texas, passed away on February 12, 2020, from pancreatic cancer. 

She was born to Sallie Adena Youngblood and Norman Williams on November 23, 1953, in Center, Texas. She graduated as Valedictorian from Center High School in 1972, and went on to receive her BA in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude) from Stephen F. Austin State University. She worked for Hallmark Cards for 32 years, before retiring to the Austin, Texas, area in 2005. She worked as an administrative assistant for the University of Texas Nuclear Engineering Teaching Lab until her second retirement in 2018.  

Dana loved to travel, try new restaurants, take long strolls, but she mostly delighted in spending time with her family. She patronized charities and volunteered with community groups whose causes she was passionate about. She left the family she loved with the lessons of finding the humor in every situation, hard work, reading and learning, not taking yourself or others too seriously, having integrity, and the importance of taking time to just be with each other, and love and care for each other. She was the best of women. 

She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Norma Lee Matzenbacher.

She is durvived by: 
Her husband, Marty Judson

Her children: 
Farrah Massey
Corey Judson

Her son-in-law, Karim Saleh

Her grandson, Harrison Massey

Her siblings: 
Carolyn McCauley
Larry (Cathi) Williams
Kerri (Walter) Shofner
Gary (Pam) Williams.

The family is planning a celebration of life to be held in the Austin area in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Special Olympics Texas and Hospice Austin.

Services are under the direction of Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

02/18/2020

Gordon “Peanut” Barrett, 68, of Garrison, Texas passed away on February 18, 2020 in Tyler, Texas. Born August 15, 1951, in Garrison, Texas, to the late Gordon “Si” Barrett and Renney Clotte (Frederick) Barrett.  Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 3:30PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, with Bishop Neal Cox officiating.   

Visitation will be held prior to the service on February 20, 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.

Peanut was raised in Garrison, Texas. He attended Garrison and Timpson Schools. Shortly thereafter, Peanut met Gina at a local business in Garrison, The Bulldog Den. Gina was sitting on the hood of a car waiting for her sister Teresa to come out, Peanut asked her for a kiss and the answer was no! Many times after that he received the same answer no. Finally he asked her for a date, when he went to pick her up at her house for the date and knocked on the door Gina’s mom came to the door and Peanut asked for Blondie, see he didn’t know her real name because the young folks in Garrison had nicknamed her Blondie. They courted for a few months, Gina (Blondie) gave into his kiss, and the two joined together in marriage on May 23, 1975. They have spent almost 45 years together, making many memories over these years. Peanut worked as a roofer, and journeyman for many years.  He was an avid outdoorsman. Peanut enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his family, especially his nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Although Peanut and Gina never had children, the love they shared with their nieces and nephews, was just like if they were their own.They were just like his own children.

Peanut loved to take his neice and nephews fishing, he had a favorite story he would tell about taking Jesse, Amber, Wesley, Brian, and Blake trotline fishing, they had all gone out in the boat to check the lines in Lake Murvaul, he was telling the kids there was an alligator in Murvaul, when they got back to the dock and stopped the boat Peanut grabbed Wesley up and pitched him in the lake saying” there’s that alligator” once the kids realized there wasn’t an alligator they asked him if they could get in the water too, being the cool fun Uncle that he was he said “jump in” and they all jumped into the lake.

Sometimes he would take the kids to the Sabine River and would let them put out throwlines, he would let them pick there on spots for a line and then when they went back to check their lines it would turn into a compition to see who had the biggest fish, on one trip everyone had got a fish but Brian, they got to Brians last line and Peanut would grab hold of the line to see if it would jurk in his hand, he says to Brian “man we have Jaws on here” when they got the fish up close to the boat, he let Brian help dip it up with the dip net since that was what he would let all of them do with their fish, this fish was a big one and with Peanut's help they got that big fish in the boat but it flopped and made the handle of the dip net bounce up and it hit Brian in the mouth. Brian started to cry and Peanut asked him “ are you OK” Brian said “ Yes I Am Just So Happy” because his fish was the biggest one caught that day.

Another thing Peanut would do with the kids was take them joy riding on the country backroads. When the kids wanted to drive and they were to small to reach the petals he would let them sit on his lap and they would steer. There was a favorite road that the kids loved to go on that they had named Thrill Hill. Peanut would let them get into the bed of his pickup and they would all laydown and when Peanut would drive fast over the hills it would feel like they were riding on a rollercoster.

Peanut and Gina spent every minute together, they would ride the backroads together listening to the Scriptures, and listerning for the call of the Whipoorwills and frogs singing in the night.
He loved Family gatherings would great food and sitting to visit or play a game of chickenfoot or cornhole, he really enjoyed time spent at the lake or deer camp.

Peanut had a great love for a good dog, he had old Sheba his coonhound and would take her out on coon hunts with his friends, he also loved the small dogs, like his dog Maggie.

Most of all he loved God the Father and Jesus Christ, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. Peanut is a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.  

He is survived by:
His loving wife, Gina Barrett

Sisters: 
Rena Sue Hughes and late husband Leonard Hughes
Patsy Cranford and husband Buddy
Kathleen Cranford and husband Bobby Dale

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

Peanut is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon “Si” Barrett and Renny Clotte Barrett; brother in law, Leonard Hughes; and nephew, Rodney Hughes.

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.

02/17/2020

James Verlon Luman, 87, of Center, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center with Bro. Ted Jacks officiating. 

Mr. Luman was born August 8, 1932, in San Augustine County, to John Selmer Luman and Eunice Anderson Luman.  He served in the United States Army.  Mr. Luman loved animals, farming, working in the timber industry, and fishing. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by:
His children: 
Janie Andress and husband Mike
Corine Correa and husband Jeff
Tracy Windham and husband Max
Tammie Luman and David Davis
Robert Luman

Special grandson, Scott Brandon Luman

Four other grandchildren; and one great-grandson

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Peace Luman; sons, James E. and Wayne Luman; parents, John Selmer Luman and Eunice Anderson Luman; and four sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mt. Herman Cemetery Fund, 670 CR 1190, Center, Texas 75935.

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

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