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Artist "Randy"Cogburn


 

 

Artist “Randy” Cogburn, 68, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Center.
 
Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
 
Mr. Cogburn was born April 8, 1950, in Center, to Artist Ray Cogburn and Mable Rodgers Cogburn.  He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Barbara Cogburn of Joaquin, Texas
 
Children:
Clinton Cogburn and Laura Baker of Beaumont, Texas
Ashley Rambin and husband, Tyler, of Joaquin, Texas
Eric Cogburn and wife, Amber, of Edmond, Oklahoma
 
Grandchildren:
Emily Baker
Wyatt Baker
Eli Haynes
Sophia Rambin
Harrison Rambin
Jayden Ashlock 
Kian Cogburn
 
Sisters and Brothers:
Jerry Cogburn Spitvnagle of Shreveport, Louisiana
Kenneth Cogburn and wife, Nancy, of Lafayette, Louisiana
Vicky Cogburn Ruthven and husband, John, of Zavala, Texas
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Artist Ray Cogburn and Mable Rodgers Cogburn
Brother: James Ray Cogburn
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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James A. Moore


 
 
 
 
 
 
James A. Moore, 73, of Timpson, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Timpson.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2018, at Windham Civic Center in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Windham Civic Center in Center with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating.  Interment will follow at Blair Cemetery in Timpson.
 
Mr. Moore was born September 28, 1944, in Rusk County, to James “Pete” Carney Moore and Jessie Fryman Moore.  He retired from The Texas Department of Public Safety.  Mr. Moore was a member of the Texas State Trooper’s Association and Good Hope Baptist Church.  His hobbies included fishing and hunting with family and being outdoors with his dogs.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Joyce Moore of Timpson
 
Children:
Christy Moore of Michigan
Jerrald Moore of Nacogdoches
Terrie Elliott and husband, James, of Center
Mary Moore and Blake Pritchard of Dallas
James M. Moore and wife, Stephanie, of Timpson
 
Grandchildren:
Christopher Wiggs
Kristin Moore
Hannah Hillier
Skye Hillier
Zachary Hutchins
Kailie Moore
Liza Kay
Kamryn Moore
Emilee Elliott
 
Great Grandchildren:
Eli Hutchins
Piper Moore
Kase Kay
Maddix Wilson
Sillow Sadler
 
Sisters-in-law:
Samantha Sammons of Timpson
Janan Ross of Center
 
Aunt: Joan Baldwin and husband, Mike, of Center
 
Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives
 
A host of friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: James “Pete” Carney Moore and Jessie Fryman Moore
Brother: Charles Moore
Sister: Rosalee Dempsey
 
A special thank you to Cecilia Dolen, Keisha Curtis, Terry Mayberry and all other Heart to Heart Hospice Staff for their compassionate care.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to ALS Association Texas Chapter at www.alstexas.org
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Margie Faye Strong


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margie Faye Strong, 85, of Center, Texas passed away on June 12, 2018 in Center. She was born on October 27, 1932 in the Aiken Community in Center to George Holder and Clara Stewart Holder. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home with Bro. Travis Lee and Bro. Robert Strong officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery. 
 
A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 
 
Margie grew up in the Waterman Community. While she was working at Old Hailey Motel, she met Billy Tom Strong. On October 21, 1958, the two were joined in marriage and spent the next 50 years by one another’s side until Billy’s passing in 2008. Margie was a devoted and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and crafting. More than anything, Margie loved the time she got to spend with her children and grandchildren. She had a special friend in her canine companion, Peanut. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Center. 
Margie is survived by her son, Bobby Strong and wife, Rebecca; daughters, Irene Vaughn and husband, Glynn and Billie Bright; grandchildren, Travis Lee, Michelle Clark, Thomas Lee, B.J. Bright, Frankie Bright, Bobby Tom “Buddy” Strong, Jr. and Robert Strong; twenty-two great-grandchildren and numerous other family and friends.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Tom Strong; parents, George and Clara Holder and brother, James “Buck” Wiley Holder. 
 
Pallbearers will be Travis Lee, Robert Strong, B.J. Bright, Frankie Bright, Thomas Lee, Buddy Strong and Keith Clark. 
 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home of Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. 
 
 
 

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Mrs. Mae Ella Moore


 

 

Mrs. Mae Ella Moore 77 of the East Liberty Community passed away this past Friday evening in the Center ER.  Visitation will take place on Thursday from 11 - 6 at the Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, TX.  Services will be on Friday at 11 a.m. at the East Liberty Baptist Church.  Interment will follow at the Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville with Pastor Steven G. Stanley officiating.
 
 

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Freddie B. Miller McCoy


 

 

Mrs. Freddie B. Miller McCoy, age 88, of Houston, Texas.  Mrs. McCoy passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Grace Care at Veterans Memorial in Houston, Texas.
 
FUNERAL SERVICE
 
Saturday, June 16, 2018
2 p.m.
Taylor Tabernacle
Interment: Rocky Mount Cemetery
Rev. Orvin Garrett, Officiating
 
Visitation
 
 Will be held the day of the service at:
 Garner & Son Chapel from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Taylor Tabernacle from 12 Noon until Service Time.
 
SURVIVORS
 
Son John Willis McCoy of Houston, Texas
 
4 Daughters Minnie Seals of Houston, Texas
Evelyn Ann McCoy Jones (Cornelius) of Houston, Texas
Annie Marie Davis (O. J.) of Houston, Texas
Martha S. Crain of Houston, Texas
 
20 Grand Children 35 Great-Grandchildren 30 Great-Great Grandchildren
 
As well as a host of other relatives and friends.
 
 
 

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Troyce Lynn Rushing


 

 

NAME:        Troyce Lynn Rushing          AGE:     73
 
ADDRESS:      Groves, Texas
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:   06/09/2018,  Beaumont, Texas
  
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :     07/05/1944, Nacogdoches County, Texas
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE:     06/11/2018, 10:00 am
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:      Wyman Roberts Funeral Home
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:     06/11/2018, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:      Wyman Roberts Funeral Home
  
OFFICIATING:   Bro. Michael Dickerson
 
BURIAL:   Shiloh Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas
 
FATHER:   Walter Rushing    MOTHER  Lois (White) Rushing
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:     Salt Water Shrimper
 
SURVIVED BY:     Special Friend - Helen Hale of Groves, Texas
Stepsons - Jody Andrews of Groves and Gordon Andrews and wife Mellisa of Liberty
Stepdaughter - Mary Borton and husband Corey of Groves
9 Grandchildren: 7 Great-Grandchildren
Sister - Virginia Moore and husband Gus of Chireno
 
**Preceded in death by Parents Walter Rushing and Lois (White) Rushing; Brothers Wayne
Rushing, O. W. Rushing, Grady Lee Rushing; Sisters Louise Strahan, Lillie Mae Shiver
 
 
 

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Jeff Burris


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeff Burris, 53, of Carthage, formerly of Center, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Tyler.
 
Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 11, 2018, at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. Wayne Jones officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
 
Mr. Burris was born November 24, 1964, in Center, to Harley J. Burris and Jenell Peace Burris.  His hobbies included gardening and making music. He loved his Carthage Bulldogs. Mr. Burris was of the Baptist faith.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Gena Burris of Carthage
 
Son: Michael Burris of Deadwood
 
Sister: Tina McGuffin of Henderson
 
Stepson: Corey Bragg of Huxley
 
Niece: LaRee Rodriguez of College Station
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Harley J. Burris and Jenell Peace Burris
 
Pallbearers will be Michael Burris, Billy Clendening, Sean Dupre, Pete Frediu, John Shofner and Mike Davis.  Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Davis, Victor Shofner and Mike Floyd.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Lloyd Benjamin "Ben" Goolsby


 

 

 

 
Lloyd Benjamin “Ben” Goolsby, 87, of Timpson, Texas entered into glory on June 8, 2018 at his home in the Tennessee Community surrounded by his loved ones.  Ben was born on December 20, 1930, in Shelby County Texas to Lloyd Bertram Goolsby and Susie (Childs) Goolsby.  Services will be held Monday, June 11, 2018 at 2pm at First Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas with Bro. William Dee Daniel, Bro. Richard Jones, and Dr. Russell Marshall officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from noon until 2pm at First Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.
 
Ben graduated from Timpson High School in 1949 and enrolled in Stephen F. Austin State College in the fall. While in Nacogdoches, he met Claudia and they were married July 14th, 1951. They moved to Lufkin where Ben began working for Lufkin Foundry. In 1952 he was drafted into the United States Army, serving 14 months in the Korean War. After serving his country Ben reenrolled at SFA, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and started teaching in Silsbee, Texas. In 1968 he earned his Master’s degree in Educational Administration and became principal in Hardin then Sulphur Springs before finishing a 36 year career in education as the elementary and junior high principal in Timpson. Other than his Lord and his family, Ben loved nothing more than his farm. An educator by profession, his true calling was that of a farmer and gardener. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.
 
Ben was a member of the First Baptist Church of Timpson where he served as a deacon, taught Sunday School and held numerous leadership positions throughout the years. He was also chairman of the Tennessee Rural Water Supply for 30 years, served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Timpson Public Library, and volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. 
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 66 years, Claudia Goolsby of Timpson, Texas; daughter, Tammye Marshall and husband Russell of Mabank, Texas; son, Mark Goolsby of Timpson, Texas; brother, J. B. Goolsby and wife Dixie of Bryan, Texas; grandchildren, Jordan Costlow and husband Zach of Ft. Worth, Texas, Griffin Marshall and Mitzi Pyle of Midland, Texas, Landon Marshall of Denver, Colorado, Alden Marshall of Mabank, Texas, and countless friends and loved ones that will miss him dearly.
 
Ben is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Thelma Mathis, Selma Cowan, Nora Rice; and great grand daughter, Hannah Costlow.
 
In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church, P O Box 488, Timpson, Texas 75975 or visit  http://www.timpsonfbc.com/page/givingdonations
 
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.
 
 

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Susan Fountain


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Fountain, 65, of Center, Texas, passed away on June 8, 2018 in Nacogdoches. She was born on April 28, 1953 in Center to Granviille Waller and Luna Parker McSwain Waller. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Old Salem Cemetery. 
 
A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 
 
Susan grew up in Center and attended Center schools. She graduated from CHS as a part of the class of 1971. After high school, she attended Massey Business College in Nacogdoches where she earned a secretarial certificate and met the love of her life, Larry Fountain. Susan and Larry married on February 25, 1972 in Center and spent the next 46 years together. Susan was very committed to her husband and children. Later in life, she decided to pursue a lifelong dream of hers and returned to college to further her education. She attended Panola College and then moved onto Stephen F. Austin State University where she graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Susan retired from Center ISD in May 2017 after 27 years of service with the district. Susan touched the lives of many children. She treated all children equally and valued each one as a special individual. Susan enjoyed the fellowship with her church family at Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church until her health no longer allowed her to attend. 
 
Susan is survived by her husband of 46 years, Larry Fountain; children, Lori Ford and husband, Phillip of Center, Nancy Hall and husband, Daniel of Timpson, Sarah Knowlton and husband, Ken of Blanchard, Idaho, and Stephen Fountain and wife, Sheila of Center; grandchildren, Delaina Truitt, Alexis Truitt, Jacob Lang, Kate Ford, James Larry Ford, Madison Hall and Cassie Hall; sisters, Carolyn Denby of Florida and Bert Amburn of Center; brothers, Jessie Waller of Center and Aaron Waller of Center; sisters-in-law, Glenda Waller of Center and Deborah Waller of Center; brothers-in law and sisters-in-law, Carol Cook and husband, Jerry of Conroe, Eddie Fountain and wife, Anna of Nacogdoches and Gary Fountain of Center. 
 
She is preceded in death by her parents, Granville and Luna Waller; father in law and mother in law, Bill and Lessie Fountain; brothers, Jerry Waller, Earl Waller, Harvey Waller, Calvin Waller, Alton Waller and Bill Waller; and sister, Wanda Waller.
 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net
 
 

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Janie Sue (Anderson) Sonier


 

 

Janie Sue (Anderson) Sonier, 73, of Spring, Texas, formerly of Timpson, Texas passed away on June 2, 2018 in Spring, Texas.  She was born September 17, 1944 in Houston, Texas to William Turner and Pauline (Bennett) Anderson.  Funeral service will be held Saturday June 9, 2018 at 1PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.  Interment will follow in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Timpson, Texas
 
Granny passed away right before sunrise on June 2, 2018 after a hard fought battle with cancer.  She loved her family and cherished every moment spent with them.  She will be missed and was deeply loved by anyone who met her beautiful warm loving heart.  
 
She is survived by her daughter, Debra Glover Marek of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Robyn Shuford and husband Troy of New Caney, Texas, Ryan Stavinoha and wife Crystal of Spring, Texas, Randy Stavinoha and wife Emily of Houston, Texas, Rebecca Stavinoha of Houston, Texas; great grandchildren, Alexis, Taylor, Trystan, TJ, Lindsey, Aubrey, Rylee, Landon, Scarlett, Savannah; sister-in-law, Barbara Anderson; nieces, Jackie Anderson and husband Paul, Sherlyn Shotwell and husband Charles; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.
 
Janie is preceded in death by her husbands, Howard “Pete” Lee Glover, Alexander M. Sonier; and brother, Billy Joe Anderson.
 
In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorial donations be made to the Amercian Cancer Society,
P O Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123.  https://www.cancer.org/
 
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.
 
 

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Paul Jackson Jr.


 

 

 

 

 

Paul Jackson Jr., 81, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Center.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 4, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Randall Smith of Paxton United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin.
 
Mr. Jackson was born May 22, 1937, in Shelbyville, to Paul Allan Jackson Sr. and Annie Ruth Stevens Jackson.  He retired from the US Marine Corps and was a member of VFW Post 8904 for twenty years.  His hobbies included hunting, travelling, and spending time with his family.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Carolyn Jackson of Joaquin, Texas
 
Children:
David Jackson and spouse, Glen, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Vicki Goings of Jacksonville, North Carolina
Patti Soto of Jasper, Indiana
Terri Nugent and husband, Robert, of Joaquin, Texas
 
Grandchildren:
Kerri Allan and Aaron Allen of Portland, Oregon
Jayme Durham and husband, Dexter, of Timpson, Texas
Michelle Essex of Ponca City, Oklahoma
Lauren Gaddy of Joaquin, Texas
Cpl. Ryan Hanks of Camp LeJeune, North Carolina
 
Great Grandchildren:
Alandria Gentry
Trey Davis
Brianna Hickman
Santino Perez
Amiyah Soto
Tyler Lane
Destinee Morris
Kadence Morris
Sophia Fearnow
Isabel Soto
Kiersten Richards
Scarlett Sumstine
 
Great Great Granddaughter: Kourtlynn Gentry
 
Siblings:
Dan Jackson of Springhill, Louisiana
James Jackson of Tenaha, Texas
Judith Adams and husband, Hollie, of Tenaha
Sheila Wiggins and husband, Chuck, of Shreveport, Louisiana
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Grandchildren: Shane Essex, Jeremy Essex, Daryl Essex, Randy Essex, Ramon Soto, Addison Perez
Great Grandsons: Ramon Soto Jr., Bradley Kent Richards
Parents: Paul and Annie Ruth Jackson
Brother: Raymond Jackson
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 6675-8517, 877.832.6997, https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate, and Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131, http://www.parkinson.org.
 
Pallbearers will be Erick Wiggins, Jonathan Eubanks, Joe Adams, Kevin Blackmon, Randy Jackson and Raymond Jackson.
 
The family would wish to thank The Veterans Administration, Nacogdoches Medical Center and Holiday Nursing Facility.  They appreciate the staff and their invaluable assistance in our time of grief.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 
 
 

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Ronnie Louis Mora


 

 

 

 

 

Ronnie Louis Mora, 53, of Nacogdoches, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018, at his residence.
 
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Dale Morton officiating.  Interment will follow at Short Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
 
Mr. Mora was born January 22, 1965, in Dallas, to Edward D. Mora and Marie Robinson Mora.  He enjoyed working on his hot rods and spending time with his family.  Mr. Mora was a member of New Life Christian Fellowship in Nacogdoches. He was a hardworking and devoted son, husband, father and pappy.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Mona Mora of Nacogdoches
 
Sons:
Jordan Louis Mora and wife, Mackenzie, of Nacogdoches
Jaron Kane Mora of Nacogdoches
 
Grandchildren:
Jaxson Louis Mora
Taylor Grace Mora
 
Parents: Edward D. Mora and Marie Robinson Mora
 
Brothers: 
Jerry Mora of Pasadena
Gary Mora of Center
 
Mother-in-law: Pat Evans
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Son: Jarrod Wayne Mora
Brother: Greg Mora
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to New Life Christian Fellowship, 289 CR 2093, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 

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Billy Joe Richards


 

 

Billy Joe Richards, 88, of Tenaha, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Center.
 
Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Enterprise Cemetery in Tenaha with Bro. Chuck Horton officiating.
 
Mr. Richards was born September 24, 1929, in Shelby County, to Martin L. Richards and Reable K. Richards.  He proudly served in the United States Army.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Annie Ruth Richards of Tenaha
 
Children:
Edward Richards of Tenaha
Tracy Barr and husband, Steve, of Center
Martha Shelton of Joaquin
Billie Pritchett of Joaquin
Marty Pierce of Joaquin
 
Grandchildren:
Michelle Whiteside and husband, Darrell, of Center
Randall Pritchett and wife, Heidi, of Joaquin
Matthew Shelton and wife, Kim, of Chireno
Chad Barr and wife, Darby, of Center
Osha Myers and husband, Danny, of Joaquin
Jared Richards of Tenaha
Ashely Weir and husband, John, of Joaquin
 
16 Great Grandchildren
 
3 Great Great Grandchildren
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Daughter: Beverly Pierce
Great Granddaughter: Monica Shultice
Parents: Martin L. Richards and Reable K. Richards
Siblings: E.B. Richards, Jerry Richards, Helen Tyler, Bonnie Jean Richards
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 
 

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Dana Ann Adams Fountain


 
 
 
 
 
 
Dana Ann Adams Fountain, 55, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Center, following a battle with cancer.
 
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. R.B. Elumbaugh and Bro. Chet Brake officiating.  Interment will follow at Spring Ridge Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas.  Visitation will be held prior to service time, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
 
Dana was born February 11, 1963, in Center, to George Fane Adams and Effie Bernice Warr Adams. She was most known for her loving and giving heart as she ministered to her community by lending a helping hand to anyone she met.  Her talents included mowing yards for the elderly, operating her bulldozer to assist neighbors with dirt work and tree removal, staying up and sitting nights with the sickly, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping and delivery for her neighbors who were shut-ins.  Dana was an avid gardener and followed the almanac to assure the most fruitful produce.  She was an excellent hunter, loved fishing and spending time on the Attoyac.  She processed her own sausage and wildlife meats.  Nothing went to waste.  Her little slice of peacefulness was her home place on Woodland Acres Lake.  Near and dear to her heart was ministering and nurturing children, nieces, nephews and friend’s children.  Gathering as many children as she could fit into a vehicle, she brought them to VBS to learn the love of Jesus.  Her special bundle of joy was her daughter, Hanna Fountain, and her granddaughter, Kali Fountain.  She will always hold a special place in our hearts. Dana was a member of VFW Post 8904 Ladies Auxiliary, West Shelby County VFD Ladies Auxiliary, and Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Church.  
 
She is survived by
Daughter: Hanna Fountain of Center and fiancé, Kurtis Cougler
 
Granddaughter: Kali Fountain of Center
 
Brothers:
Jerryl Adams and wife, Phyllis, of Center
Mike Adams and wife, Cathy, of Center
Steve Adams and wife, Jean, of Nacogdoches
Mark Adams of Center
Kip Adams and wife, Tracy, of Center
 
Sisters:
Wanda Noles and husband, Freddy, of Carthage
Jana Ivy and husband, Randy, of Nacogdoches
 
Sister-in-law: Jeanne Adams 
 
Aunts and Uncles:
Jane Cupit and husband, Vernon, of Nacogdoches
Royce Warr and wife, Bonnie, of Pineland
Inez Davis of Lake Charles, Louisiana
Dale Warr and wife, Emily, of San Augustine
 
Special Friends:
Dr. Richard Baker and Ms. Connie
Bro. Chet Brake and wife, Sarah
Randy Givens
Ronnie and Tammy Davis
Shirley Gilliland
Rose Oliver
Dalene Swift
 
A host of other family and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Bert Fountain
Parents: George Fane Adams and Effie Bernice Warr Adams
Brothers: Randy Adams and Dean Adams
Grandparents: E.H. Warr and Nellie Mae Bridwell Warr, Dolphus Adams, Florence Smith Adams
Nephews: Timothy Fane Adams, Justin Mark Adams, Cord Fountain
 
Pallbearers will be Dean Adams, Jerryl Fane “Jr.” Adams, Michael Wayne Adams, Larry Berg, Heath Bragg, Ronnie Davis, Brent Ivy, Bryan Muckelroy and Marcus Steel.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Warr, Dale Gene “Boudro” Warr and Royce Warr.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Ian Davis Sims


 

 

 
Ian Davis Sims, Celebration of Life Service this Thursday, June 7th.  At the Holly Springs Baptist Church in Garrison, TX at 6:00 PM 
 
All friends and family welcome!
 
In honor of Ian Sims,the family requests that you wear bright, bold colors and or crazy socks!
 
 
 

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Robert E. Dixon


 

 

 
 
Robert E. Dixon 83 of Houston passed away on Sunday in Houston.  Wake will be Friday night from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Center Triumph Church in Center.  Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Center Triumph Church.  Interment will follow at the Westview Cemetery in Center.  Bishop Zep Swindle will be officiating.
 
 
He is survived by:
 
 
Wife: LaNor Dixon 
 
 
3 Sons: David E. Swindle Dixon, John Dixon, Roger D. Dixon
 
 
2 Daughters: Joyce Watkins, Mary Netherly
 
 
9 Grandchildren
 
 
24 Great grandchildren
 
 
 

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Dorothy Mae Polley


 

 

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Polley 80 of the East Liberty Community passed away on Saturday at her residence.  Wake will be Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center.  Services will be Saturday June 2nd, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Gates Chapel Baptist Church in Shelbyville.  Interment will follow at the Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.  Rev. Frankie Cooper will be officiating for her services.
 
She is survived by:
 
6 daughters: Shirley Cartwright, Roberta Hoff, Darlene Nana, Regena Polley Egharevha, Cynthia Kennedy, Angelia Polley
 
1 Son: Robert Polley
 
13 Grandchildren
 
11 Great grandchildren
 
 

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Helen Lorene Smith


 

 

NAME     MRS. HELEN LORENE SMITH                                      AGE:   81    
 
ADDRESS:   SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS  
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:   05/28/2018, SAN AUGUSTINE    
      
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :           03/20/1937, EVERGREEN, TEXAS
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE;      SATURDAY,06/02/2018, 1:00 P.M.
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:    WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:   FRIDAY, 06/01/2018, 5-8 P.M.
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:      WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
OFFICIATING:    JAMES TIDWELL
 
BURIAL:     TOLEDO BEND CHRISTIAN CEMETERY, SABINE PARRISH, LOUISIANA
 
FATHER:   OSCAR WHITMIRE                     MOTHER:    VERA EUGENE LAY  
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:   RETIRED - WORKED 33 YEARS AS A LICENSED SPEECH PATHOLOGIST WITH THE
                                STATE OF TEXAS  
 
CHURCH AFFILIATION:    CHURCH OF CHRIST      
 
SURVIVED BY:  
 
DAUGHTER:  KAREN LANEECE LOTT OF BRONSON
 
SONS:  SEAN SMITH & WIFE DARLENE OF KINGSBURY, WHITT SMITH OF BRONSON, ROBERT WELLS OF CONROE
 
5 GRANDCHILDREN & NUMEROUS GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN
 
BROTHER:  JOEL DOUGLAS WHITMIRE OF EVERGREEN
 
SISTERS-IN-LAW: MARGIE WHITMIRE & GENEVA WHITMIRE - BOTH OF MOSS HILL
 
SHE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER HUSBAND, CHARLES SMITH.  
 
 

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Bradley "P-Nut" Ard


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bradley “P-Nut” Ard, 15, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Shelbyville.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Wes Hall officiating.  Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.
 
Bradley was born December 19, 2002, in Center, to Tony Ard and Tonja Ard.  He loved fishing and hunting.
 
He is survived by
Parents: Tony and Tonja Ard
 
Brothers:
Justin Inthavan and wife, Jennifer
Tyler Inthavan and Angela Liker
Eli Ard and Haley Risinger
Colton Spurlock
William Sox Stutts
William Christopher Stutts
 
Grandmothers:
Faye Ard
Faye Bridge
 
Numerous other relatives 
 
Special Friend: Brittnie Risinger
 
A host of friends
 
Preceded in death by
Grandfather: Thomas Ard
Brother: Michael Ard
 
Pallbearers will be William Christopher Stutts, William Sox Stutts, Trace Brittain, Jacob Jackson, David Amburn, Charlie Permenter, Shawn Cheshire and Devin Dade.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dakota Bridge and Tori Babin.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

 

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Charlie Patton


 

 

Charlie Patton, 83, of Shelbyville, joined Jesus in Heaven Saturday, May 26, 2018, at his residence.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2018, at Toledo Bend Cowboy Church in Huxley.  Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.  After the burial service, food will be provided at the church by members of Toledo Bend Cowboy Church for family and friends.
 
Mr. Patton was born January 16, 1935, in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, to Floyd Arthur Patton and Mary Magadelene Remy Patton.  He served in the United States Army, during which time he was stationed in Germany. His hobbies included woodworking, hunting, fishing and just being outdoors.  He enjoyed spending time with his family.  Mr. Patton was a member of Toledo Bend Cowboy Church in Huxley.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Faye Patton of Shelbyville
 
Children:
Diana Lee Patton and Richard Findley of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Ardith Raye Patton and Danny Hodson of Huxley, Texas
Tamera Lynn Patton Lusher
Charles Matthew Patton and Tamara Hinkle of Fort Worth, Texas
Jana Michille Patton of Crowley, Texas
 
Grandchildren:
Kimberly Bevel and Curtis Blake
Christina Bevel and Jason Hewitt
Amanda Nichole Ayon
Charles Lucas Ayon
Morgan Leanne Patton
Vivian Helena Patton
Mikah Shayne Wallace
Robin Authier-Romesberg
Julia Hinkle
Sophia Hinkle
 
Great Grandchildren:
Jayden
Griffin
Sarah
Savannah
Alexander
Isaiah
Elijah
Katie
 
Siblings:
Joann Festervan of Shreveport, Louisiana
Henry Floyd Patton and Evelyn of Keithville, Louisiana
Lloyd Arthur Patton and Elizabeth of Blanchard, Louisiana
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Floyd Arthur Patton and Mary Magadelene Remy Patton
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Betty Jean "Erwin" Childress


 

 

Betty Jean “Erwin” Childress, 83, of Joaquin, passed away May 28, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
 
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Hiram Melton officiating.  Interment will follow at Lone Cedar Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
 
Mrs. Childress was born April 12, 1935, in Tenaha, to James Arthur Erwin and Ruby Emma Goolsby Erwin.  She enjoyed reading, crafting, sewing, working in her flower beds, and operating HAM radios with her late husband.  Mrs. Childress was a member of Lone Cedar Baptist Church.
 
She is survived by
Daughter: Cindy Jean Adams and husband, Robert, of Shreveport, Louisiana
 
Brother: Jack Erwin and wife, Alma, of Liberty, Texas
 
Sister-in-law: Irada Oates of Joaquin, Texas
 
Nieces and Nephews:
Glenn Oates of Joaquin
Nita and Ricky Lawrence
Sherry and Dennis Scruggs
Carter Erwin
Brad Erwin
 
Special friend and loving caregiver: Shirley Bledsoe of Joaquin, Texas
 
Numerous other cousins, great nieces and nephews, and other family members
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: James Emmett Childress
Parents: James Arthur Erwin and Ruby Emma Goolsby Erwin
Sister: Iris Woosley
Brothers: James Erwin, Paul Fredrick Erwin
 
Pallbearers will be Glenn Oates, Matthew Mettauer, Nathan Phelps, Dennis Scruggs, Mike Lawson, John Paul Lawson and Robert Adams.  
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lone Cedar Baptist Church or American Lung Association.  
 
A special thank you to the staff of DeSoto Regional Family Medical Center of Logansport, Louisiana for their help and support to the family.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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Charlotte Emma Bailey


 

 

Charlotte Emma Bailey, 87, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018, at her residence.
 
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 28, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Center First United Pentecostal Church with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
 
 
Mrs. Bailey was born March 18, 1931, in Center, to Charles Chester Yarborough and Creva Mae Abbott Yarborough.  She was a member of Center First United Pentecostal Church. She and her husband Millard owned and operated many successfully businesses in Center. One of the more notable ones was Bailey’s Produce and Landscaping which not only incorporated their love of farming but also her love for beautiful plants and flowers. 
 
She is survived by
 
Daughters: 
Vicki Tomlin and husband, Richard, of Center, Texas
Treasa Donnan and husband, Jim, of Center, Texas
 
Daughter-in-law: Cynthia (Tammy) Bailey of Boone, North Carolina
 
Grandchildren:
Rique McHenry and husband, Billy, of Lufkin, Texas
Traci Willoughby and husband, Tony, of Center, Texas
Randy Tomlin and wife, Jennifer, of Center, Texas
Brady Scarber and wife, Whitney, of Center, Texas
Brett Scarber and wife, Erin, of Center, Texas
Cody Donnan and wife, Melissa, of Dallas, Texas
Carmen Mackey and husband, Ryan, of Center, Texas
Dustin Bailey and wife, Ginny, of Nacogdoches, Texas
Crystal Bailey of Boone, North Carolina
Michelle Lewis and husband, Lathan, of Boone, North Carolina
Dewayne Bailey and wife, Lauren, of Dallas, Texas
 
22 Great Grandchildren
 
Brother and Sister-in-law: Charles Yarborough and wife, Judy, of Nacogdoches, Texas
 
Sister and Brother-in-law: Sherry Ward and husband, Jimmy, of Center, Texas
 
Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law:
Dora Jean Livingston and husband, Bill, of Center, Texas
Hoyit Bailey and wife, Del, of Clear Lake City, Texas
Billy Bailey and wife, Sharmion, of Nacogdoches, Texas
Betty Faye Bailey of Dallas, Texas
 
Special Care Takers:
Gabby Luna
Vicky Sneed
Mona Bowlin
Casey Sneed
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Millard Bailey
Sons: Johnny Bailey, Delane Bailey, Mitchell Bailey, Terry Bailey
Daughter-in-law: Pam Bailey
Grandchildren: Misty Scarber Bush, Jon Bush, Clint Donnan, Clay Donnan
Great Granddaughter: Macy Bush
Father: Chester Yarborough
Mother: Creva Abbott Yarborough
Sisters: Johnnie Sue Yarborough, Chestine Yarborough
 
Pallbearers will be Brady Scarber, Brett Scarber, Dewayne Bailey, Randy Tomlin, Dustin Bailey and Cody Donnan.  Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Mackey, Billy McHenry and Tony Willoughby.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Arvin C. Worsham


 

 

Arvin C. Worsham, 65, of Center, entered into rest on May 25, 2018 after a valiant 11 year battle with cancer. 
 
Celebration of life services will be officiated by Bro. Jerry Worsham at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
 
Arvin was born on January 23, 1953, to Virgil and Alicia Monge’ Worsham in Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. He is a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church where he served on committees and with Youth group and continued his daily walk with the Lord when he was no longer able to attend church.
 
He worked in construction until starting a shipping and receiving job at Skeeter boats in Longview until cancer diagnosis in 1979. He then worked as a copier repairman in East Texas areas where he met and married his love Tammy Whitton on August 2, 1984. He opened Spring Water Farms Nursery until health forced him to close where he got to share his love of plants. He loved anything outdoors, spending time with family and friends, his pets and watching his beloved Dallas Cowboys. He was loved by everyone who met him for his sense of humor and big heart, he always had a kind word for everyone and an ability to make people laugh.
 
He was so blessed with his medical care team and words cannot express our gratitude for Affinity Hospice and Palliative care programs and all his medical teams though this journey headed by his surgeon and our “Angel in Scrubs” Dr. Larry Walker
 
He is survived by
Beloved Wife of 33 years: Tammy Worsham of Center, Texas
 
Son: Joshua Worsham of Mt Pleasant, Texas
 
Brothers: 
Jerry Worsham and wife, Jane, of Racine, Wisconsin
Ralph Easy Worsham and wife, Sue, of Elizabeth, Colorado
 
Sister:
Lorain Evans and husband, Terry, of Matthews, North Carolina
 
Brother-in-law: 
Jeremy Whitton and wife, Tammy, of Center, Texas
 
Nieces and nephews and numerous cousins and friends
 
His beloved “Fur babies”:
Scout, Malachi, Niko, Hubcap and Blackjack the cat
 
He is preceded in death by
Parents: Virgil and Alicia Worsham
Parents-in-law: John and Edith Whitton
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Joe Neal Jernigan


 

 

Joe Neal Jernigan, 86, of Center, passed away May 22, 2018 after a lengthy illness. 
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Collins and Rev. Arvie Jernigan officiating. Visitation will be prior to the funeral from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center.
 
Mr. Jernigan was born March 25, 1932 in Shelby County to Emanuel and Melba Jernigan. He was the oldest of seven children. Joe enlisted in the United States Army in the 1950's and served for four years. Shortly after his release, he married Ruth Earlene "Patty" Samford and together they had five children. The couple was married for 53 years before Patty's passing in 2007.
The couple moved to Shelby County in 1970 to raise their family where Joe grew up. He worked as a truck driver for REA Railroad and earned the Million Mile Award. Shortly after moving to Center, the couple purchased a Fina station on San Augustine Street. Joe continued to drive a truck, while his wife and children ran the business. During the years of owning their station, he developed a passion for wolf hunting. On Friday nights he could be found hunting with friends and swapping tales.
 
The family left their days as business owners behind after a number of years and Joe retired as a truck driver. Joe's friend and former police chief, Jimmy Matthews, convinced him to take a job with the Center Police Department as a dispatcher. For nine years the family enjoyed hearing stories from Joe's job and watching him make long lasting friendships with law enforcement officers across this area. He retired from the police department in 1994.
 
After his retirement, Joe and Patty spent their days laughing and spending time with their family and grandchildren. Joe, "Podge" as he was referred to by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, enjoyed reloading ammunition. This became a large hobby for Joe that allowed him to continue his friendship with many of the friends he made while working for the police department.  He attended McClelland Community Church.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Earlene "Patty" Jernigan; his parents, Emanuel and Melba Jernigan; brothers, Tommy Jernigan, O'Neal Jernigan; and sister, Marie Shelton.
He is survived by his children, Zandra Akridge and husband, Gene, of Nacogdoches, Debbi Gragg and husband, Ronnie, of Center, Jody Jernigan and wife, Annette, of Huxley, John Jernigan and wife, Cassie, of Huxley and James Jernigan and wife, Melissa of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Amy Spraggins, Shiloh Denney, Leah Chase, Jessica Hopkins, Ashley Akridge, Hannah Collins, Jimbo Akridge, Taylor Bragg, Michael Jernigan and Morgan Jernigan; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Arvie Jernigan, Billy Jernigan, Wayne Jernigan; faithful and devoted friend, Linda Brittain; and a host of friends and extended family.
 
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Gragg, Cole Mooney, Michael Jernigan, Blane Tapley, Walter Shofner, Bryan Slocum, Cory Collins and James McDonald. 
 
Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Chase, Odell Wiggins, Greg Hooper, Paul Ross and David Sigler.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at Pine Grove Nursing Home that loved, cared and went out of their way to care for our dad. Your compassion will always be remembered and forever appreciated. 
 
To the staff at Heart to Heart Hospice, there are no words to describe the love we have for you. Ms. Cecelia, Keisha and Shelley - You were sent to us straight from God. Thank you for everything. We will always cherish the wonderful memories and final days each of you shared with us. 
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 
 

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Christopher Krieg


 

 

Christopher Krieg, 56, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on May 19, 2018 in Joaquin. He was born on June 15, 1961 in South Bend, Indiana to Wayne Eugene Krieg and Laura Newcomer Krieg. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. 
 
Christopher was raised in South Bend, Indiana before moving to Florida in 1975 where he finished high school. After a life of hard work in construction and maintenance, Christopher made the trek to Deep East Texas to be closer to his family at Bills Landing in 2011. He continued working locally for Tyson Foods and Holiday Inn locations at Center and Carthage. He loved to tinker with things. You could often find him outside taking something apart and putting it back together just for fun. He also enjoyed spending most of his extra time outdoors black powder shooting, hunting, fishing and cooking.   
 
He is survived by his mother, Laura Krieg of Shelbyville; sisters, Kathi Morey and husband, Roy of Shelbyville and LaMona Niver of Palmetto, Florida; brother, Ty Krieg of Shelbyville; uncle, James Corey and wife, Grettel of Bradenton, Florida; aunts, Mary Schneider and husband, Don of Bremen, Indiana and Marilyn Jones and husband, Bradley of Ulysses, Kansas.
 
He is preceded in death by his father, Wayne Eugene Krieg; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.
 
 
 

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Richard L. Reeves of Garrison


 

 

Graveside service for Richard L. Reeves of Garrison, Texas will be at 2:00 pm, Sunday,May 27, 2018, at Caledonia Cemetery, Garrison, Texas with Br. Shak Arrington officiating.
 
Mr. Reeves died Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born February 3, 1932 in Rusk Co. Texas 
 
 

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Dorothy Jean Bonaparte


 

 

Dorothy Jean Bonaparte, 71, of Center, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Tim Perkins officiating.  Interment will be held at West View Cemetery in Center.
 
Mrs. Bonaparte was born November 22, 1946, in Shelby County, to Floyd and Tempie Osby. She loved gardening, enjoyed flowers and was always willing to lend a helping hand to people.  Mrs. Bonaparte was a member of Center Church of Christ.
 
She is survived by
Children:
Christopher Dwaine Bonaparte
Sonia Reneé Harris and husband, Valton
 
Grandchildren:
Bran Juan Johnson
Ryan Johnson
Kahlil Johnson
Kaitlyn Harris
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Walter Bonaparte
Parents: Floyd and Tempie Osby
Brothers: Ervin Osby, Billy Osby, Ruble Osby, Windell Osby, Floyd Oscar Osby
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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Lurline Hataway Scales


 

 

LOGANSPORT, LA - Funeral services for Lurline Hataway Scales, 81, will be at 11:00 am, Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Logansport, LA with Rev. Charles Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the O. E. Price Cemetery with her grandsons serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends for visitation at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Logansport, LA, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 6pm till 8pm. 
 
Lurline was born August 29, 1936 to Barney and LizEmma Hataway in Panola County, TX she passed away May 20, 2018 in Shreveport, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Douglas Wayne Scales, sister, Inez Worsham, brother, William Ray Hataway and grandchild, Chad Nissen.
 
Those left behind to cherish her memory are her sons, Michael (Chris) Scales and Tommie (Kim) Scales; daughters, Deborah (Jeff) Brown and Sheila (Jay) Nissen; sisters-in-law, Patsy Hataway and Mattie Scales; 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
 
Her Legacy lives on thru her grandchildren and this is what they had to say:  What a wonderful woman she was!  This lady right here lost her husband 33 years ago but was reunited with him and many other loved ones.  We all got our love for puzzles from her which we now share with our children.  We played many card games including canasta, played dominoes, and bingo at the fire station.  She always got mad when we tried to hide her canes from her.  She was the best hoarder around and collected coke tabs from everyone she saw.  She made the best chicken and dumplings, fried okra and fried cornbread around.  Grandma you will be missed.
 
 
 
 

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Michael D. Allen


 
 
 
 
 
Michael D. Allen, 57, of Center, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Carthage.
 
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Shelbyville Cemetery.
 
Mr. Allen was born August 3, 1960, in Center, to Jesse Truman Allen Jr. “Bubba” and Iris Marie McLean Allen.  He loved reading his Bible, motorcycles, and spending time with his grandchildren and other family members.  Mr. Allen was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.
 
He is survived by
Daughters:
Alyse Tibbs and husband, Michael, of Carthage
Christina Wills and husband, Ricky Joe, of Carthage
 
Grandchildren: 
Landon LaGrone
Kali Fulsom
Riley Wills
Ryder Wills
Avery Prudhomme
 
Brother: Terry Allen and wife, Jan, of Joaquin
 
Aunts: 
Shirley Carter of Shelbyville
Marilyn Allen of Natalia 
 
Nephew: J. B. Raymond and wife, Jennifer, of Center
 
Great Niece: McKynzie Bush
 
Great Nephews:
Justin Raymond
Jaxon Raymond
 
Numerous cousins and other relatives
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Jesse Truman Allen Jr. “Bubba” and Iris Marie McLean Allen
Grandparents: Roy McLean, Rachel McLean, Jesse Truman Allen Sr., Evelyn O’Neill
Uncles: Alton McLean, Donald McLean 
 
A special thanks to his personal caregivers, Faye Bridge and Diane Briggs.  Also, thanks to Carthage Healthcare and HeartsWay Hospice for their compassionate care.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

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Gloria Marie Williams


 

 

 

Gloria Marie Williams, 71, of Tenaha, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 surrounded by her family in Tenaha, Texas.  She was born on November 10, 1946 in Oak Grove, Louisiana, the daughter of Mabry and Inez (Kennedy) McFarlin.   A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM on June 3, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Tenaha. 
 
Marie is survived by her son, Randy Whatley and wife, Dana of Troup, Texas; brothers, Ronnie McFarlin of Austin, Texas, Robert McFarlin and wife, Cindy of Oak Grove, Louisiana; grandchildren, Brandon Whatley and wife, Crystal, Brittany Lienau and husband, Derek, Brandice Cummings and husband, Holden; and a special great grandson on the way, Kohen Cummings.   
 
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ferrell Williams; parents, Mabry and Inez Kennedy McFarlin; sister, Mildred McFarlin; brother, Mabry McFarlin.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Heartsway Hospice, 437 West Panola Street, Carthage, Texas 75633.
 
The family would also like to extend much gratitude to Elaine Hicks, Charlsie Packwood and Heartsway Hospice among many others that loved and cared for Marie. 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. 
 
To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.
 
 
 
 

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Emmie Grace Burns


 

 

Emmie Grace Burns, infant daughter of Lynn and Taylor Burns, passed away on May 19, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas. A graveside service will be held at 10:45 AM on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Enterprise Cemetery with Bro. Keith Keele officiating. 
 
Emmie Grace is survived by her parents, Lynn Burns and Taylor Flournoy Burns of Tenaha; grandparents, Cheryl and Kenneth Flournoy of Tenaha and Pam and Michael Sowell of Center; great-grandparents, Ruth Wagstaff of Tenaha, Carolyn and Pete Flournoy of Tenaha, Marvin Sowell of Center and Pansy Grey of Garrison; aunts, Ashley Sowell of Center and Jessica Bush and husband, Colton of Tenaha; uncles, Matthew Flournoy of Tenaha and Michael Sowell of Center; cousins, Addie and Eli Bush of Tenaha. 
 
She is preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Norma and Arthur McGhen and great-grandfather, Dan Wagstaff.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mangum Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.
 
 

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Russell Lynn Matlock


 

 

Russell Lynn Matlock, 51, of Center, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018, at his residence.
 
Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Helpenstell Cemetery in Garrison with Bro. Keith Keele officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
 
Mr. Matlock was born April 18, 1967, in San Jacinto, to Charles William Matlock and Edwina Jones Matlock.  He was a jack of all trades and always the life of the party.  He enjoyed joking, singing and doing whatever he had to do to make people laugh. Mr. Matlock was of the Baptist faith.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Martha Harbison Matlock of Center
 
Son: Austin Gray of Grapevine
 
Brother: Charles “Bud” Matlock of Center
 
Sister: Susan West and husband, Danny, of Center
 
Nieces and Nephews:
Heather Eshliman and husband, Jonathan, of Center
Rebekah Cummings and husband, Curtis, of Joaquin
Clint West of Center
Cody Matlock and wife, Jill, of Center
Bethany West of Center
 
Great Nieces and Nephews:
Alyssa Cummings of Joaquin
McKennon Cummings of Joaquin
Harley Eshliman of Center
Hunter West of Porter
Lily West of Porter
Johnny Eshliman of Center
Saylor Cummings of Joaquin
Ethan Matlock of Center
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Charles William Matlock and Edwina Jones Matlock
 
Pallbearers will be Charles Matlock, Cody Matlock, Hugh Halstead, Jimmy Moore, Austin Gray and Jonathan Eshliman.  Honorary pallbearer will be Bruce Bolton.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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Allie "Billie" Bounds


 

 

Mrs. Allie “Billie” Bounds, 90, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Charles Lawrence, Mrs. Bound’s great nephew, officiating.  Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin, Texas, beside her husband, Mr. Chance Bounds.
 
Billie was born May 5, 1928, in the Belle Bower Community of Panola County, Texas, to E.B. Fuller and Ina Odessa Gates Fuller.  Her hobbies included gardening, working crossword puzzles and spending time with her family.  She loved her children, grands, great grands and her Lord.  Billie was a member of Summer Grove Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana, a charter member of Logansport Missionary Baptist Church and a past member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.
 
Missing her will be her 
Daughters and sons-in-law:
Billie Faye Gatlin of Timpson, Texas
Delores Wilkins and husband, Joe, of Joaquin, Texas
Vicki Arrington and husband, Mark, of Shreveport, Louisiana
 
Grandchildren:
Todd Kaiser of Vidor, Texas
Chris Kaiser and wife, Dianna, of Hampshire-Fannett, Texas
Dama Shull and husband, Robert, of Joaquin, Texas
Yancey Arrington and Deirdre of Christchurch, New Zealand
Britney Powell and husband, Scott, of Shreveport, Louisiana
April Pledger and husband, Stacy, of Timpson, Texas
Zachary Arrington and wife, Brittany, of Shreveport, Louisiana
Nicole Gatlin of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Danyelle Wright and husband, Kent, of Grand Junction, Colorado
Benny Gatlin of Farmersville, Texas
 
Great grandchildren:
Rylie Kaiser
Mason and Gage Stark
Orlagh Arrington
Dre and Ryen Walters
Kenadie Powell
Kayson, Kaymin and Bowen Pledger
Brycen, Valyn and Reese Arrington
 
Brother: Gerald and Carla Fuller of Laredo, Texas
 
Sisters: 
Jackie Ramsey of Timpson, Texas
Mary Dosier of Liberty, Texas
Jeanette Lee of Flint, Texas
 
Sister-in-law: Helen Fuller
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends
 
Preceded in death by
Husband of 51 years: Chance Bounds
Parents: E.B. and Odessa Fuller
Sisters: Fayrene Poole, Marguriet Brown
Brothers: L.D. Fuller, Guy Fuller, Freeman Fuller
Son-in-law: Benny Gatlin
 
Pallbearers will be Todd Kaiser, Scott Powell, Chris Kaiser, Dre Walters, Zachary Arrington, Stacy Pledger, Randy Bounds, Alan Bounds and Yancey Arrington.  Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Wilkins, Mark Arrington, Robert Shull, Brycen Arrington and Bowen Pledger.
 
The family would like to thank The Oaks of Louisiana, Live Oaks Healthcare, and Aime Hospice all of Shreveport for the special care she received.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 
 

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Yvette Nicole Stamps


 

 

 
NAME      YVETTE NICOLE STAMPS                                     AGE:   19   
 
ADDRESS:     SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:    05/12/2018, SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS     
      
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    11/19/1998, MESA, ARIZONA       
 
DATE / TIME OF SERVICE;    SERVICES PENDING  
 
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DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:   
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:           
 
OFFICIATING:    
 
BURIAL:        
 
FATHER:    MICHAEL STAMPS                     MOTHER:      (BONNIE) DELIA LEGHART
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:   STUDENT  
 
SURVIVED BY:  
PARENTS:  MICHAEL & BONNIE STAMPS OF SHELBY COUNTY
BROTHER:  ANDREW STAMPS OF SHELBY COUNTY  
SISTERS:  ASHLEY STAMPS OF MESA, ARIZONA
    JENNIFER STAMPS OF TEMPE, ARIZONA
NUMEROUS OTHER FAMILY & FRIENDS
 
Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Rosco Rex Austin


 

 

 
NAME     ROSCO REX EASTIN                                      AGE:    85   
 
ADDRESS:     ZAVALLA, TEXAS
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:    05/14/2018 , SAN AUGUSTINE  
      
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :     03/13/1933, FARMINGTON, IOWA
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE;      
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:    
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:   
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:           
 
OFFICIATING:    
 
BURIAL:        
 
FATHER:   JAMES RAY EASTIN                      MOTHER:   CECIL DOROTHY NICHOLS   
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:     
 
CHURCH AFFILIATION:      
 
ORGANIZATIONS:    
 
SURVIVED BY:  
VERY SPECIAL SIGNIFICANT OTHER:  JOANN BURKS
SON:  MICHAEL (TAMMY) OF GILLETTE, WY.
2 GRANDCHIDLREN; 3 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN
SISTERS:  DOROTHY (TOM) OVERBY OF WAUKEGAN, IL. 
SHIRLEY SCHAPLOWSKY OF WITCHITA, KA.
 
HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS; 1 SISTER; AND 1 BROTHER.  
 
 

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Betty Johnston


 

 

Betty Johnston, 85, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
 
Mrs. Johnston was cremated and no services are planned at this time.
 
Mrs. Johnston was born January 21, 1933, in Omaha, Nebraska, to George Hooker and May Robinson Hooker.  She loved growing plants and flowers.  
 
She is survived by
Son: Robert Utterback and wife, Sandra, of Huntington
 
Granddaughter: Amber Roberts of Hominy, Oklahoma
 
Great Grandchildren:
Andrew Roberts
William Roberts
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Larry Johnston
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 
 

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Charles Ponder


 

 

 
NAME :      CHARLES  PONDER                                    AGE:    91   
 
ADDRESS:    SAN ANGELO (FORMERLY OF SAN AUGUSTINE) 
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:       05/10/2018, SAN ANGELO
      
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :         07/02/1926, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE;      SATURDAY, 05/19/2018, 10:00 A.M.
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:    WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:   FRIDAY, 05/18/2018, 5-8 P.M.
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:           WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
OFFICIATING:    ALTON SHAW
 
BURIAL:        ANTIOCH CEMETERY, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
FATHER:  BERRY PONDER           MOTHER:     LILLIE EPPS PONDER
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:   GULF OIL COMPANY (32 YEARS)
 
CHURCH AFFILIATION:    ANIIOCH CHURCH OF CHRIST, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
MILITARY:    VETERAN OF WWII
 
ORGANIZATIONS:    VFW, BOARD PRESIDENT OF BLAND LAKE RURAL WATER, 
 
SURVIVED BY:  
 DAUGHTERS:  GLENDA KINNEY & HUSBAND KENALL OF SWEETWATER, TX.
      REBECCA MAHON & HUSBAND MONTE OF SAN ANGELO, TX.
SON:  ROY PONDER & WIFE GINA OF SAN ANGELO, TX.
8 GRANDCHILDREN, 4 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, NUMEROUS NIECES & NEPHEWS
 
HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS WIFE LUVERA ROACH PONDER; PARENTS, BERRY & LILLIE PONDER; BROTHERS, MELVIN, JESSE & FRANK PONDER; & SISTERS, MARY LEE WILKINSON, OPAL THOMPSON, & WINNIE NANCE.
 
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, PLEASE MAKE DONATIONS TO ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION; RUST STREET MINISTRIES, SAN ANGELO; OR CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, SWEETWATER+ 
 
 

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Katy Lucille "Dut" Franklin


 

 

 
 
 
Funeral service for Mrs. Katy Lucille “Dut” Franklin (101) of the Tadmor Community of Houston County, Texas will be Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 12:00 noon at Bethel CME Church.  Mrs. Franklin was born April 24, 1917.   Mrs. Franklin died at her residence on Friday, May 11, 2018.  Rev. Robert A. Beam will officiate. 
 
Mrs. Franklin is survived by:
 
Children:  Carl E. Franklin (Ruby) of Tadmor; Barbara F. Franklin of Houston, Texas; Marva G. Anglin of Mexia, Texas; Charles D. Franklin (Sylvia) of Houston, Texas; Ronald L. Franklin (Ruth) of Sugarland, Texas; and step-daughter Doris Gipson of Houston, Texas.  
 
       
Visitation:   Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Bethel CME Church from the hours of 11:00 am-12:00 noon.  
             
Committal:  McKelvey Cemetery 
 
Repass: Immediately following service 
 
Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 
 
 
 
 

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Patricia Payne "Pat" Brittain


 

 

Patricia Payne “Pat” Brittain, 85, of Center, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018, in Center.  
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Karen Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
 
Mrs. Brittain was born May 4, 1933, in Center, to A.J. “Jimmy” Payne and Coy Dellinger Payne.  She worked as a teacher and school counselor. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Center.
 
She is survived by
Daughter: Polly Montemayor and husband, Johnny, of Center
 
Grandchildren: Rachel Lee Hawkins and husband, Steve, of Marshall
Amy McKissick Lebrun and husband, Ronald, of Bastrop, Louisiana
J. McKissick and wife, Lin, of Austin
 
Great Grandchildren:
William Hawkins of Marshall
Elizabeth Hawkins of Marshall
Kaylee Hilburn of Bastrop, Louisiana
 
Sister: Portia Gaines of Center
 
Brother: James Allen Payne of Hemphill
 
Nieces and Nephews:
Jeannie Gaines of Center
Jennifer Payne Figge and husband Allen of League City
Jim Payne and wife Jill of Center
Charlotte Payne Markowski and husband, Brent, of Albuquerque, New Mexico
 
Numerous great nieces and great nephews
Preceded in death by
Husband: Charles Ray “Charlie” Brittain
Parents: A.J. “Jimmy” Payne and Coy Dellinger Payne
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 
 
 
 

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Donna Whittington


 

 

Donna Whittington, 56, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
 
Graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2018, at Antioch Cemetery in Center with Angela Waller officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  
 
Mrs. Whittington was born April 21, 1962, in Center, to Elzie Windham and Corine Meyers Windham.  She loved fishing, growing flowers and spending time with her grandchildren.
 
She is survived by
Husband: Edward Williams of Center
 
Children:
Christy Rodriguez and husband, Jesus, of Center
Jeremy Whittington and wife, Dena, of Center
 
Grandchildren:
Emily Rodriguez
Kimberly Rodriguez
MaKenna Windham
Timberly Pilgrim
 
Brother: Rodger Windham of Center
 
Sister: Charlotte Hughes of Center
 
Special Niece: Lisa Kettler
 
Preceded in death by
Son: Brandon Windham
Parents: Elzie Windham and Corine Meyers Windham
Sisters: Delores Windham, Louise Meyers, Jerelyn Richards
Brother: Randy Windham
 
Pallbearers will be Robert Killey, Ronnie Davis, Dustin Williams, Joseph Woolfe, Brian Sigler, Cory Young, David Davis and Joshua Killey.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 
 
 

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George Emanuel Soloman


 

 

71 year old Mr. George Emanuel Soloman, of Hemphill, passed away on Sunday 6th at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.  Services will be on Saturday 12th at 2 p.m. at the Community Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Jenkins officiating, interment will be at a later date. 
 
He is survived by:
 
1 Daughter: Angela Fitzgerald
 
3 Brothers:  Floyd D. Soloman, Darnell Soloman, and Lewis Henry 
 
3 Sisters:  Mary Lee, Eunice Annie Mae, and Florastine Thomas
 
 

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Miss Christopher Fay Williams


 

 

Miss Christopher Fay Williams 79 of Baytown, TX passed away on Thursday Morning in Baytown.  Services will be on Saturday at noon at the Wallace Chapel Baptist Church in Timpson, TX.
 
Interment will be at the Timpson Cemetery in Timpson, TX with Elder Derrick Rhodes officiating.
 
 
She is survived by:
 
3 Brothers: Glen Rhodes, Donald Rhodes, Edmond Rhodes
 
2 Sisters: Shirley Ballard, Missonary Mary J. Sheperd
 
4 Grandchildren
 
 
 

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Rodney Keith Hughes


 

 

Rodney Keith Hughes, 49, of Carthage, Texas passed away on May 4, 2018 in Carthage, Texas.  He was born June 24, 1968 in Pasadena, Texas to Leonard and Rena (Barrett) Hughes.  Funeral service will be held Friday May 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 4417 CR 4054, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Fred Wilcox and Bro. Eric Pledger officiating.  Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.  Visitation will be held Thursday May 10, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.  
 
Rodney began school in Pasadena. School and Rodney did not agree and everyday he would come home crying to go see his Pawpaw in Garrison.  In 1975, they moved to Chireno and two years later settled in Center where Rodney completed his education. Rodney felt at home in Deep East Texas. After high school, he went to work at Moore Business Forms and worked there for many years until an accident on the job.  When he couldn’t be released to work, Rodney decided to use this as an opportunity to further his education. He enrolled in TSTC in Marshall and received his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical/Computerized Control Systems Technology in 2004. With his degree, Rodney secured a job with Chesapeake Energy and had a successful and prosperous career there until his failing health forced him to step down. 
 
 
On July 29, 1989, Rodney married the love of his life, Janice Schulz. Through their 28 years of marriage, Rodney and Janice stood together and supported each other through years of infertility, Rodney’s injury and recovery while attending college, Janice’s battle with cancer and stepping up to care for Rodney’s father, Leonard during his battle with cancer. Their lives were completed the day they welcomed their only son, Granger into the world. Words cannot describe how much Rodney loved his son. Granger was his pride and joy. He was his biggest fan and found no greater joy than being his Daddy. The bond between father and son will never be broken. 
 
Rodney was an avid outdoorsman. He could escape the pressures of the world casting a line on the lake, chasing down hogs in the woods or hunting for the perfect deer to hang on the wall. Some of the best times were had with family and friends fishing and hunting. He also very much enjoyed a friendly competition with Granger on xBox live. Those two could really get after it behind those controls and watching and listening to them was more entertaining than the game itself. Janice would say it wasn’t so friendly at times when Granger was winning (which was most of the time) because Rodney could be a sore loser. He also had two special four-legged friends that he enjoyed having around every day, Bell and Abby. Rodney was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Timpson. 
 
In his younger years, Rodney was described as a “trick driver” by his family. He could always find himself in trouble behind the wheel of a vehicle. Rodney’s dad bought him two used trucks as a teen and the scrap yard became their fate after the tough love he showed them on the road. His Daddy let him purchase a brand new truck when he was 17, a two-toned beauty that he was so proud of. Of course, rambunctious Rodney’s driving soon took its toll and he wrecked that one, too. But that didn’t stop him, and it actually produced one of the fondest memories for his family. Rodney decided to make the best of a terrible situation and totally repainted the truck. 
Rodney was a light-hearted and loving man that was a pleasure to spend time with. He was a devoted husband, caring and compassionate father and a true friend that will be dearly missed. 
Rodney is survived by his loving wife, Janice Schulz Hughes; son, Granger Keith Hughes; mother, Rena Sue Hughes; mother-in-law, Sue Schulz; numerous aunts and uncles; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.
 
He is preceded in death by his father, Leonard C. Hughes; maternal grandparents, Gordon and Clotte Barrett; paternal grandparents, Cleave and Gertie Hughes; and father-in-law, John Schulz.
To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.taylorfh.net.
 
 
 
 

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Marjorie Hill Rogers


 

 

Marjorie Hill Rogers, a life-long resident of Logansport, Louisiana, entered into eternal rest on May 7, 2018, at the age of 95.  
 
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Interment will follow at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
 
Mrs. Rogers was born November 4, 1922, in Logansport, Louisiana, to Oren Morris Hill and Elizabeth Billingsley Hill.  She graduated from Logansport High School and later retired as a greeter and tourist information specialist at Louisiana Tourist Bureau in Logansport.  Her hobbies included family reunions, gardening, sewing, reading, historical information and visiting historical/scenic sites in the ArkLaTex and the Rocky Mountain West.  Mrs. Rogers attended First United Methodist Church of Logansport.  
 
She is survived by
Son: Darryl W. Rogers of Jemez Springs, New Mexico
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Norman Lee Rogers
Parents: Oren Morris Hill and Elizabeth Billingsley Hill
Sister: Melba H. Rogers
Brother: Wilba Hill
Half Brothers: Isaac Heard, Johnnie B. Heard
 
Pallbearers will be Darryl Rogers, Walter Wells, Tom Bailey, William Bailey, Lawrence Blunt and Kenneth Seago.  
 
Memorial contributions may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Logansport, 401 Gum Street, Logansport, Louisiana 71049 or to various charitable organizations, such as veteran’s organizations and religious organizations such as Norman Vincent Peale and others.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Jacky Williams


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jacky Williams, 49, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018, at his residence.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2018, with Bro. Dennis Landroop and Sister Melba Rodgers officiating.  Interment will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin.
 
Mr. Williams was born June 9, 1968, in Hope, Arkansas, to Thomas Jackson Williams and Barbara Ann Caulfield Williams.  He enjoyed antique shopping and woodworking.  Mr. Williams attended Sanctuary of Pentecost in Carthage.  He enjoyed being with friends and family and loved His Savior.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Dana A. Williams
 
Children:
Justin Williams
Logan Williams
Destiny Ward and husband, Mason
Jacy Williams
 
Step Children:
Erika White
Tori Burford and husband, Garrett
Chance White
 
Grandchildren:
Pacer Williams
Daegan Williams
Blayke Burford
Blythe Burford
 
Mother: Barbara Williams Partlow
 
Brothers:
Mark Williams and wife, Teresa
Michael Williams and wife, Karla
Tommy Williams and wife, Kirstin
Terry Williams and wife, Vannessa
 
Preceded in death by
Grandson: Cy Williams
Father: Thomas Jackson Williams
Grandparents: Luther and Gladys Williams, Vivian White
 
Pallbearers will be Tommy Williams, Mark Williams, Michael Williams, Terry Williams, Tano Beatriz and Earl Buckley.  Honorary pallbearers will be Tucker Williams, Dakota Williams, Dylan Williams, T.J. Williams and McKenzie Williams.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Billy Wayne Eberlan


 

 

NAME     BILLY WAYNE EBERLAN                                      AGE:   77    
 
ADDRESS:   SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS  
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:       05/05/2018, LUFKIN, TEXAS
      
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :           06/26/1940, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TEXAS
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE;      TUESDAY, 05/08/2018, 10:00 A.M.
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:    ATTOYAC MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:   MONDAY, 05/07/2018, 5:00 TIL 8:00 P.M.
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:    ATTOYAC MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY       
 
OFFICIATING:    BRO. GRANT HANES, BRO. DON LOFTON, BRO. WES LITTLE
 
BURIAL:   ATTOYAC CEMETERY, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TEXAS     
 
FATHER:   EDWARD WOODROW EBERLAN                      MOTHER:   LUCILLE MARIE PARKER     
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:   CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ENGINEER 
 
CHURCH AFFILIATION:    ATTOYAC MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH  
 
MILITARY:    U.S. ARMY 
 
SURVIVED BY:  
WIFE OF 12 YEARS:  JENNIE EBERLAN OF SAN AUGUSTINE
SONS:  JEFFERY WAYNE EBERLAN & WIFE SUSAN OF DIBOLL
              MARK EDWARD EBERLAN & WIFE KATHY OF LUFKIN
              JERRY WAYNE STANLEY & WIFE KANDI OF PINELAND
DAUGHTERS:  CARLA ANN REDD OF DALLAS
               MALINDA SUE EDWARDS & HUSBAND MATT OF BROADDUS
SPECIAL SON-IN-LAW:  LANCE WALLACE REDD SR. OF LUFKIN
16 GRANDCHILDREN; 17 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN
SISTERS:  GENICE GUICE & HUSBAND LAWRENCE OF KATY
                SHERRY STRINGER & HUSBAND CHESTER OF SAN AUGUSTINE
                RACHEL GRENDELL OF SAN ANTONIO
AND A HOST OF NIECES, NEPHEWS, COUSINS, FRIENDS & FAMILY
 
HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS; SISTER, BOBBIE EBERLAN SOWELL; BROTHERS, 
EDWARD LAVON, CHARLES EDWARD, GLENN EARL & HOLLIS RAYMOND EBERLAN.
 
 

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Clarice Jackson


 
 
 
 
 
 
Clarice Jackson, 89, of Center, Texas, passed away on May 6, 2018 in Nacogdoches. She was born on November 22, 1928 in Patroon to Willie Jordan Risinger and Zelma Gann Risinger. Funeral services will be at 11 AM on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Patroon Cemetery. 
 
A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.
 
Clarice grew up in the Patroon Community and attended Shelbyville High School. She spent her life dedicated to her family. A loving and doting mother, Clarice was a stay-at-home mom who made sure her children were cared for in the best way possible. Her time with them was of most importance. She also spent a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and having family and friends over to enjoy food and fun together. 
 
Clarice is survived by her children, Kenneth Ray Jackson and wife, Juanella Marie, Alvin Glenn Jackson and wife, Vicki, William Larry Jackson and wife Anita, Richard Keith Jackson and wife, Rhonda, Johnny Stanley and wife, Angie, Jeffrey Jackson and Marlena Williams and husband, Wayne; twenty-four grandchildren; thirty-four great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
 
She is preceded in death by her husband, Belton Jackson; parents, Willie and Zelma Risinger; son, Ronnie Jackson; daughters, Wanda Lynn Jackson and Debra Rena Jackson; brother, Herman Risinger; and sister-in-law, Retta.
 
Pallbearers will be Dustin Jackson, Blake Jackson, Jody Jackson, Brookes Jackson, Jacob Jackson, Trace Jackson, Trevor Jackson, Tim Jacobs and Jerron Hodges.
 
Honorary pallbearers will be Brayden Hodges, Brian Stanley, Kevin Jackson, A.J. Jackson, Dayton White, Ethan Jackson, Liam Khalil, Marco Khalil, Carlin Jackson, Larry Jackson and Justin Jackson.
 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

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Kenneth Nolan "Bear" Holt


 

 

Kenneth Nolan “Bear” Holt, 61, of Center, passed away May 2, 2018, in Rockwall, Texas.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gregg Sutis officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center.
 
Mr. Holt was born August 18, 1956, in Shelby County, to William Nolan Holt and Evie Lou Eddins Holt.  He enjoyed helping ETME with events and spending time with his family.  Mr. Holt was of the Baptist faith.
 
He is survived by
Sisters:
Barbara Tysar of Oakwood
Robin Crawford and husband, Ben, of Center
 
Brothers-in-law:
Bobby Wilburn and wife, Cora, of Joaquin
James Chandler of Center
 
Brothers:
Rick Perser of Nashville, Arkansas
Jason Rodgers of Center
 
Love of his life: Audrey Willis of Waco
 
Son: Rocky Hammack Sr. and wife, Jennifer, of Chireno
 
Daughter: Bridgett Akridge of Waco
 
Grandchildren:
Rocky Hammack
Jessica Hammack
Kevin Hammack
Destiny Akridge
Diamond Akridge
Chasity Akridge
Karen Akridge
 
Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives
 
A host of friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: William Nolan Holt and Evie Lou Eddins Holt
Sisters: Yvonne Wilburn, Sally Chandler
Brother-in-law: David Tysar
Nephews: Mike Wilburn, Steve Wilburn
 
Special Friends:
Rita Leach
Connie Loving
 
Pallbearers will be Eddie Blue, Roscoe McSwain, Bill White, Lynn Davis, James White and Ryan Wilburn.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Pamela Walker


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pamela Walker, 70, of Tenaha, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018, in her home.
 
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 5, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Tenaha, with Bro. John Whitworth officiating.  Interment will follow at Woods Cemetery in Panola County.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
 
Mrs. Walker was born October 14, 1947, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Annice Brown Knight and James Knight.  She graduated as Valedictorian from Tenaha High School and went on to Stephen F. Austin State University, where she graduated with honors.  On August 23, 1969, she married Johnnie M. Walker and they would have been married for 49 years this August.  Mrs. Walker loved to teach and made a career as an English teacher in Humble and Nacogdoches School Districts.  She retired from her passion of 32 years.  Her favorite pastimes were taking care of her family and reading anything she could get her hands on.  The men she left behind believe without a doubt that she was the best wife and mom to ever walk the earth. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Tenaha.
 
Survivors include husband, Johnnie Walker; sons, Johnnie Blake Walker and James Brent Walker; grandson, Jackson Blake Walker; brother, James Keith Knight; sister-in-law, Vera Knight; nephew, James Rodney Knight; Rod’s wife, Nicole; son Colby and daughter, McKinsey; sister-in-law, Brenda and husband, Jerry Agnew; their children Scott and Amy Agnew; Scott’s wife, Kerry, and their son, Blaine, and daughter, Madison. Amy’s husband, Peter Stevens, and their son, Mylon.
 
Pallbearers will be Blake Walker, Brent Walker, Jerry Agnew, Scott Agnew, Ron Ainsworth, Rodney Knight and Boyer Taylor.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to HeartsWay Hospice, 437 W. Panola, Carthage, Texas 75633 or First Baptist Church, 200 S George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas 75974.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 

 

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James Wilkinson


 
 
 
 
James Wilkinson, 90, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Nacogdoches.  
 
Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2018, at Sardis Cemetery in Center with Sister Sherry Harding officiating. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 8904.
 
Mr. Wilkinson was born September 30, 1927, in Shelby County, to Elzia Wilkinson and Myrtia Hughes Wilkinson.  He served in the United States Army and was an avid outdoorsman.
 
He is survived by
Sister: Billye Bradberry and husband, Jack, of Shelbyville
 
Niece: Sular Ann Frost of Red Oak
 
Nephews:
Arlin Lee McKinney and wife, LaDonna, of Lancaster
Tommy McKinney of Red Oak
Adrian McKinney and wife, Mary, of Waxahachie
Bill Bradberry and wife, Reitha, of Bridge City
 
Numerous great nieces and great nephews and other family
 
A host of friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Elzia Wilkinson and Myrtia Hughes Wilkinson
Sister and Brother-in-law: Francis and Wade McKinney
Nephew: Jackey Bradberry
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Ruby Fulsom


 

 

Ruby Fulsom, 96, of Tyler, Texas, formerly of Center, passed away on May 2, 2018 in Tyler. She was born on December 12, 1921 in Center to Cordia Statum Hodges Fulsom. A private family graveside will be held at Whiterock Cemetery. 
 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. 
 
 
 

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Elbee "Bubba" Garrett


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funeral service for Mr. Elbee “Bubba” Garrett (75) of Center will be Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ (908 Daniels Street Center, Texas) Mr. Garrett was born June 10, 1942.  Mr. Garrett died at his residence on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.  
 
Mr. Garrett is survived by:
 
Wife:  Margie Garrett 
 
2 Sons:  Patrick and Rod (Kesha) Garrett
 
Step-Sons:  Fredrick (Cheryl) Jackson, Delbert Jackson, Eric Jackson, and Scott (Shawn) Jackson
 
2 Daughters:  Conserta Richardson and Anitra Garrett
 
Step-Daughters:  Iretta Jackson, Elaine (Al) Turner, Angela (Christopher) Hebert, and Karla Edwards
        
Visitation:   Friday, May 4, 2018 at Hicks Chapel until 7:00 pm. 
             
Committal:  Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas 
 
Repass: Triumph Church
 
Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Polly Ann Green


 

 

Polly Ann Green, 77, of Keithville, Louisiana, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
 
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Buck Furlow and Bro. Bruce Hardcastle officiating.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.
 
Mrs. Green was born February 1, 1941, in Center, to Levie Alford Wagstaff and Ida Mae Vaughn Wagstaff.  She graduated from Joaquin High School and later went on to work with AT&T, where she retired after more than twenty years of service.  Her hobbies included gardening, crafting and working with flowers.  Mrs. Green was a member of Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.
 
She is survived by
Children:
James “Bubba” Green and wife, Melissa, of Keithville, Louisiana
Dewayne Green and wife, Toni, of Stonewall, Louisiana
Belinda Sherman and husband, Terry, of Ringgold, Louisiana
 
Grandchildren:
Courtney Malone and husband, Josh
Clay Green
Brant Green
Cade Hollis
Grayson Sherman
 
Great Grandchildren:
Landon Malone
Hunter Malone
 
Sister: Bonnie Hendricks and husband, O.L., of Huxley
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Buddy Green
Parents:  Levie Alford Wagstaff and Ida Mae Vaughn Wagstaff
 
Pallbearers will be Dennis Thompson, W.C. Thompson, Skip Hendricks, Ray Bush, Lester Green and Danny Green.  Honorary pallbearer will be Simon Shively.
 
A special thank you to her doctors, neighbors and church family for their compassionate care.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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Coleman L. Bivens


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coleman L. Bivens, 77, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Shelbyville.
 
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins officiating.  Interment will follow at Carroll Cemetery in Shelby County.
 
Mr. Bivens was born May 29, 1940, in Shelbyville, to Oscar Norman Bivens and Maggie Pearl Byrd Bivens.  He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1958. On August 1, 1962, in Gary, Texas, he married the love of his life Dalene Hennigan.  He worked for Farmer’s Gas Company and was also a welder, iron worker, cattle rancher and poultry farmer for 56 years.  Mr. Bivens was a member of Union of Iron Workers #591, Shelbyville School Board from 1971-1989, Shelbyville Water Board, Cattleman’s Association, South West Texas Cattlemen’s Association, Sharon Temple Shriners from 1974 to present, Sam Houston Masonic Lodge #32 from 1962 to present and also Scottish Rite.  He was also a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Shelbyville.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Dalene Hennigan of Shelbyville, Texas
 
Children:
Stacy Bivens Lombardino and husband, Rusty, of Bossier City, Louisiana
Jimmy Earl Bivens of Shelbyville, Texas
Kelly Bivens McDaniel and husband, Darrell of Shelbyville, Texas
 
Grandchildren:
Sergeant First Class Justin Coleman Lombardino of Fort Hood, Texas
Frank Chase Lombardino of Bossier City, Louisiana
Sterling Mason and husband, Adam, of Dickinson, Texas
Cole McDaniel of Shelbyville, Texas
Katy Gray and husband, Chadd, of Gary, Texas
 
Great Grandchild: Lyla Nicole Lombardino of Bossier City, Louisiana
 
Brother: Jerry Lee Bivens of Marshall, Texas
 
Sisters:
Glenda Parker and husband, Johnny, of Woden, Texas
Debbie Askew of Center, Texas
Teresa Johnson and husband, Glenn, of Shelbyville, Texas
 
Special Friends: 
Roe Belrose
Ken Lampkin
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Oscar Norman Bivens and Maggie Pearl Byrd Bivens
 
Pallbearers will be Jack Lout, Ken Lampkin, Jerry Bivens, Adam Mason, Chase Lombardino and Cole Lombardino.  Honorary pallbearers will be Roe Belrose, Doyle Carter, Larry Hennigan, Rusty Lombardino, Darrell McDaniel, Cole McDaniel, Paul Smith, Alan Ray and Vernon Smith.  
 
A special thanks to Affinity Hospice for their compassionate care.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Dale McCann


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dale McCann, 71, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on April 30, 2018 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born on March 15, 1947 in Shelby County to Bro. F.A. McCann and Euthalia Oates McCann. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. 
 
A visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 
 
Dale was saved at an early age and spent the majority of his young life in service to the Lord. As a preacher’s kid, Dale was always involved with the church. Growing up, he attended many revivals, helped with events and activities at their church and enjoyed the company of so many that would come and go to their home. He had the opportunity to meet a lot of people and shared the stories from these experiences throughout his lifetime. 
 
Dale graduated from Joaquin High School in 1965. After high school, he began his career with Delta Airlines and spent 30 years with Delta until his retirement in 2000. After retiring, Dale was not fond of just sitting around. This led him to a second career as a school bus driver for Joaquin ISD. More than anything, he loved to follow along on all his grandchildren’s activities and adventures. He was one of their biggest supporters from softball and baseball games, to showing cattle. The grandchildren always knew he was there to cheer them on. Family was his greatest treasure, and the love he possessed for his wife, children and grandchildren is indescribable. He was a member of the Old Home Cemetery Committee. 
 
Dale is survived by his beloved wife, Susan Savitsky McCann of Joaquin; children: Trina McCann Hughes and husband, Wayne of Joaquin, Steven McCann and wife, Jennifer of Joaquin and Marcus McCann of Joaquin; grandchildren, Darby, Cralon, and Keaton Hughes, Ebbie Kate, Duncan and Kaz McCann and Mazzy McCann; and numerous other family and friends.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Bro. F.A. and Euthalia McCann; son, Dale McCann; and brother, Doyle McCann, his mother-in-law, Grandma Mae.
 
Pallbearers will be Cralon Hughes, Lynn Rogers, Ronny Martin, Duncan McCann, Rodney Prnka and Steve Permenter.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Jackson Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin. 
 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. 

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Norrie Loraine Ashabranner


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Norrie Loraine Ashabranner, 89, of Liberty, Texas passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 surrounded by her loving family in Liberty, Texas.  She was born on January 25, 1929, in Timpson, Texas the daughter of Aubrey Porterfield and Ela “Cogburn” Porterfield.  Funeral service will be held at 11AM on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Ronnie Sowell and Dr. Abede Alexandre officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 beginning at 10AM until service time at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.
 
Loraine was born and raised in Shelby County. She attended Timpson High School. Loraine was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and worked many years as a chief operator before retiring.  She met the love of her life and married George Nolen Ashabranner on January 7, 1972.  Together they spent over 46 years wonderful years together raising their children.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  Loraine enjoyed cooking for her family as well as others.  She also enjoyed growing vegetables in her garden and canning them.  She loved her church family and was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church.  
 
She is survived by her loving husband, George Nolen Ashabranner of Liberty, Texas; son, George Nolen Ashabranner Jr. and wife Carolyn of Orange, Texas; daughters, Patricia Warming and husband Todd of Liberty, Texas, Mary Butler and husband Wayne of Timpson, Texas; brother, Robert Porterfield of Center, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly. 
 
Pallbearers serving will be Elton Thompson Jr., Elton Thompson III, Billy Thompson, Clint Porterfield, Wayne Butler and Todd Warming.
 
Loraine is preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Annis Ruth Bradford.
To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.taylorfh.net
 
 

 

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Master Legend Markes Adams


 

 

Master Legend Markes Adams, age 1 of Lufkin, Texas.  Master Adams passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at CHI St. Luke Hospital in Lufkin, Texas.
 
 
FUNERAL SERVICE
 
Saturday, May 5, 2018
2 p.m.
Reed Chapel Baptist Church
Interment: Greer Cemetery
Rev. Scotty Bland, Officiating
 
Visitation
 
 
SURVIVORS
 
Mother Keohse Holman of Lufkin, Texas
 
Father Kendal Adams of Arlington, Texas
 
Maternal Grandparents Ronda Oliphant of Lufkin, Texas
Rev. Daniel Holman (Fannie) of San Augustine, Texas
 
Maternal Great- Grandmother Linda Ligons of Huntington, Texas
 
Fraternal Grandparents Kashemeyia Adams of Lufkin, Texas
Andre Shaw of Dallas, Texas
 
Fraternal Great-Grandmother Velma Shaw of Lufkin, Texas
Bobbie Adams of Lufkin, Texas
 
2 Brothers Leziren Adams of Lufkin, Texas
Brian Brown of Lufkin, Texas
 
2 Sisters Bacara Brown of Lufkin, Texas
Bre’essence Brown of Lufkin, Texas
 
As well as a host of other relatives and friends.
 
 

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Marcy Carroll Wilson


 

 

Marcy Carroll Wilson, 82, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018, at his residence.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.
 
Mr. Wilson was born February 3, 1936, in Shelbyville, to Marvin Wilson and Marie Collum Wilson.  His hobbies included fishing and hunting.  Mr. Wilson was of the Baptist faith.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Barbara Peace Wilson of Shelbyville
 
Sister-in-law: Helen Wilson of Shelbyville
 
Brother-in-law: Monk Peace and wife, Pat, of Center
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Marvin Wilson and Marie Collum Wilson
Son: Ronnie Wilson
Daughter: Donna Wilson
Brother: Maurice Wilson
 
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Harvey, Jason Harvey, Bradley Odom, Roy Peace, Shane Ray, J.B. Raymond, Chuck Kay and Vic Cooper.  Honorary pallbearers will be O.L. Hendricks, Charles Wimberly and Thomas Harvey.  
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wimberly Cemetery, c/o Mack O’Rear, 11466 FM 2694, Shelbyville, Texas 75973 or a charity of your choice.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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Nathan Welch


 

 

Nathan Welch, 60, of El Paso, Texas (formerly of Shelbyville) passed from this life on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in El Paso.
 
Graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
 
Nathan was born in Dallas, Texas on November 18, 1957, to James B. and Sarah Judith (Judy) Welch. He graduated from Shelbyville High School with the Class of 1976. Upon graduation, Nathan enlisted in the United States Air Force, in service to his country on active duty for 4 years, followed by 2 years of service in the Air Force Reserves. After military service, Nathan earned certifications and gained experience in air conditioning and heating maintenance before going back into aircraft maintenance with Boeing in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Later, Nathan returned to Shelby County, where he re-opened Welch's Grocery, the country store his family had owned and operated from 1970 to the mid-1980's in the Dreka community. Ultimately, Nathan moved to El Paso, Texas, where he met and made a home of twenty-three years with Diane and worked as a maintenance supervisor until the time of his death.
 
Nathan was devoted to his family and friends, and those relationships were his highest priorities in life. He enjoyed cooking for the people around him, with a particular fondness for seafood and Creole recipes, and, with the move west, had added "grill master" to his list of culinary skills. He was an avid collector, especially of Native American artifacts, and loved carefully crafting his own arrowheads and spear tips. His attention to detail also carried into his daily vocation, where he is fondly remembered as always expecting quality work, both from himself and from those around him.
 
All who knew and loved Nathan Welch feel deeply the void that has been left by his passing. His trademark wit, tell-it-like-it-is candor, and generous, loving spirit are gone from this earth, but never from our hearts.
 
Nathan was preceded in death by his father, James B. Welch, and his brother, Norman Welch.
 
He is survived by his wife, Diane, and her daughter Tristin and family of St. Louis, Missouri, his mother, Judy Welch, his brother, Roy Welch, his brother, Gordon Welch and wife Debbie, all of Shelbyville, and his niece, Lanie Welch Fitzgerald and husband Ryan, of Levelland, Texas, as well as numerous friends and extended family.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Coy B. Campbell


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coy B. Campbell, 80, formerly of Center, passed away April 10, 2018, in Jacksboro.  
 
Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Jerry Campbell and Bro. Bennie Boles officiating.  Interment will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
 
Mr. Campbell was born November 9, 1937, in Center, to Frank and Lizzie Mae Huckabay Campbell.
 
He is survived by
Son: Franco Campbell of Jacksboro, Texas
 
Grandson: Coy Allen Campbell and wife, Anna of Tampa, Florida
 
Great Grandchildren:
Frankie Campbell of Tampa, Florida
Vinny Campbell of Tampa, Florida
 
Brothers:
John Campbell and wife, Ginny, of Atlanta, Georgia
Glenn Campbell and wife, Inez, of Nacogdoches, Texas
Jerry Campbell and wife, Melody, of Lewisville, Texas
Kenneth Campbell and wife, Molly, of Timpson, Texas
 
Sisters-in-law:
Earline Austin of Shreveport, Louisiana 
Rosemary Campbell of Rodesa, Louisiana 
Joy Campbell of Center, Texas
Jo Campbell of Austin, Texas
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews 
 
Preceded in death by
Daughter: Rhonda Campbell 
Wife: Irene Campbell 
Parents: Frank and Lizzie Mae Huckabay Campbell 
Sisters: Margie Campbell, Billye Cather, Sue Davis & Eula Mae “Bootsie” Worsham 
Brothers: Curtis, E.C., Jim, Otto, “Buster”, Maxie and Tommy Campbell 
Sisters-in-law: Faye Campbell
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 
 
 

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Juanita Mouser


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juanita Marie Mouser, 86, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
 
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Richey and Bro. Michael McArthur officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
 
Mrs. Mouser was born September 13, 1931, in Rye, Liberty County, Texas, to Will Pierce and Jessie Boatman Pierce.  Her hobbies included quilting, reading, cooking and sewing.  She enjoyed time with family, especially playing cards with her grandchildren.  Mrs. Mouser was a member of Order of Eastern Star Center Chapter #348, XYZ Club, Golden Harvest Club and First Baptist Church.
 
She is survived by
Husband: Paul Mouser of Shelbyville, Texas
 
Children:
Paula Kay and husband, Buddy, of Shelbyville, Texas
Thomas Mouser and wife, Karen, of Granbury, Texas
Nathan Mouser and wife, Kathy, of Lindale, Texas
Annette Ethridge and husband, Drew, of McKinney, Texas
Angela Hughes and husband, Hayes, of Mandeville, Louisiana
 
Grandchildren:
Michael Kay
Kristi Richey
Mark Kay
Shelley Modisette
Lauren Patton
Adam Zumwalt
Matt Zumwalt
Kelsey Mouser
Natalie Arrington
Allison Tindle
Alex Ethridge
Tyler Ethridge
Taylor Hughes
Hannah Hughes
Tristan Hughes
 
21 Great Grandchildren and 1 on the way
 
Sisters:
Patsy Casper of Kingwood, Texas
Jesse Linseisen and husband, John, of Mt. Pleasant
Edna Crabtree of Corsicana, Texas
 
Brother-in-law: Milton Blanks of Shepherd, Texas
 
Sister-in-law: Nita Pierce of Humble, Texas
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives
 
A host of friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Willie Pierce and Jessie Boatman Pierce
Great Granddaughter: Ashley Faith Modisette
Brothers: Nathan Pierce, Vester Pierce, Lester Pierce, Will “Buddy” Pierce
Sisters: Bobbie Blanks, Ruby Hoot
 
Pallbearers will be Taylor Hughes, Tyler Ethridge, Matt Zumwalt, Adam Zumwalt, Mark Kay and Michael Kay.
 
A special thanks to caregivers, Pat Woodfin, Crystal Foss, Donna Hayden, Annie Winn and also special nurse, Kim Davis.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Huxley Helping Hands, c/o Lydia Baptist Church, 14998 FM 139, Shelbyville, Texas 75973 or Order of the Eastern Star Center Chapter #348.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Mattie L. Perkins


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funeral service for Mrs. Mattie L. Perkins (68) of the Center will be Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 11:00am at Triumph the Church (908 Daniels Street Center, Texas) Mrs. Perkins was born October 5, 1949.  Mrs. Perkins died at Holiday Nursing Center on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  
 
Mrs. Perkins is survived by:
 
3 Daughters:  Na’Shawn Fountain, Ena Batrease Fountain-Jones and Thea Lynette Perkins 
 
1 Brother:  Felix (Christine) Jordan
 
1 Sister:  Katherine (Bill) Shahan 
        
Visitation:   Friday, April 27, 2018 at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 5:00pm to 7:00pm. 
             
Committal:  Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas 
 
Repass: Triumph Church
 
Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Douglas Ray Halton


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Douglas Ray Halton, 62, of Tenaha, Texas passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Tyler, Texas.  He was born on August 12, 1955 in Beaumont, Texas the son of Bassett B. Haltom Jr. and Jeanette Hartless Harris.  Funeral service will be held at 1PM on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Levi Cohorst officiating. Interment will follow at Caledonia Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6PM – 8PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.
 
Douglas later moved to Tenaha, Texas, and attended Tenaha High School. Graduating with the class of 1975.  He was a truck driver for many years, from hauling logs to saltwater transportation he did just about everything.  He met the love of his life, Patricia Gay Haltom, and married her on November 6, 2004 and the two spent 14 years together before his passing.  Douglas loved spending time with his family and friends.  He enjoyed getting to go fishing and being outdoors.  Douglas enjoyed spending time on the internet communicating with those long distant family members.  Although he was not able to go and visit he used the internet to be able to connect with them.  
 
He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Gay Haltom of Tenaha, Texas; sons, Jacob Haltom of St. Joseph Florida, Jackson Haltom of St. Joseph Florida, Joseph Haltom of San Antonio, Texas; stepsons, David Harris of Tenaha, Texas, Michael Harris and wife Tammy of Shreveport, Louisiana, Kevin Harris of Tenaha, Texas; brothers, David Haltom and wife Suzanne of Katy, Texas, Craig Haltom and wife Cindy of Tenaha, Texas; niece, Michelle Haltom Allensworth and husband Brandon of Vacaville, California; nephews, Mark Haltom and wife Stephanie of Tenaha, Texas, David Haltom Jr. of Houston, Texas; brother and sister-in-laws, Rene Chreene and husband Pete of Keatchie, Louisiana, Sue Ball of Keithville, Louisiana, Becky Huff of Shreveport, Louisiana, Kathy Spraggins and husband Richard Bonsall of Keithville, Louisiana, Tommy Gay of Blanchard, Louisiana; grandchildren, Brittany Newman and husband Kody of Garrison, Texas, Chelsea Harris of Carthage, Texas, Ashley Harris of Carthage, Texas, Joshua Harris and Fiancé Savanna of Carthage, Texas, Jeffery Harris of Carthage, Texas, Cody Harris of Keatchie, Louisiana, Brandon Harris and wife Danielle of Shreveport, Louisiana, Austin Harris of Shreveport, Louisiana, Lisa Harris of Shreveport, Louisiana, Amber Fathery of Shreveport, Louisiana, Katherine Fathery of Shreveport, Louisiana; great grandchildren, Jamie Deleon, Cannon Welch, Kaden Harris, Maliya Harris, Kami Newman, Morgana Harris, Kai Harris; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.  
Pallbearers serving will be Brandon Harris, Josh Harris, Jeff Harris, Cody Harris, Pete Chreene, and William Gamble.  
 
Honorary pallbearer will be Kody Newman.
 
Douglas is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gary Oehlers.
To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.taylorfh.net
 

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Hattie B. Teagle


Mrs. Hattie B.  Teagle, age 69, of Jasper, Texas.  Mrs. Teagle passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas.
FUNERAL SERVICE
 
Saturday, April 28, 2018
2:00 p.m.
True Vine Baptist Church
Internment: St. Luke Cemetery
Rev. Robert McBride, Officiating
 
Visitation 
 
No Viewing
 
SURVIVORS
 
Son Thurland Teagle of Jasper, Tx
 
1 Grandchild 5 Great-Grandchildren
Brother Tommie Taylor of San Augustine, Tx
Sisters Dorothy Wilson of San Augustine, Tx
Virginia Booth of Nacogdoches, Tx
Annie Pearl Biggers of San Augustine, Tx
 
 

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Birdie Mae Moore


 
Mrs. Birdie Mae Neatherly Moore, age 89, of the Bland Lake Community in San Augustine, Texas.  Mrs. Moore passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas, Texas.
 
FUNERAL SERVICE
 
Saturday, April 28, 2018
12:00 Noon
Mt. Horeb Baptist Church
Interment Haley Bush Cemetery
Rev. Bradley Hale, Officiating
 
Visitation and Wake
 
Friday, April 27, 2018
1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Garner & Son Chapel
 
SURVIVORS
 
Son Frederick Moore(Mary) of Nacogdoches, Tx
 
Daughters Mary Kennedy Green(James) of Dallas, Tx
Barbara Moore-Burrell(Antoine) of The Colony, Tx
Pamela Moore- Garrett of San Augustine, Tx
 
12 Grandchildren 13 Great-Grandchildren
 
Sisters Ardell Matlock of San Augustine, Tx
Louevar “Kitty” Smith of Fort Worth, Tx
 
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Auxilio Prado


 

 

Auxilio Prado, 54, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on April 23, 2018 in Nacogdoches. He was born on February 15, 1964 in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico to Geronimo Prado and Margarita Gutierrez. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Iglesia Bautista Monte Sinai in Tenaha, Texas with Pastor Mario Orellana officiating. 
 
Auxilio grew up in his hometown of Celaya, Guanajuato, he made the move to Texas at a young age. It was in Center that he met Neri Sanchez and the two began their family. Together they were raising three children, Nehemias, Samuel and Leslie. Family was the most important thing to Auxilio he absolutely adored his wife, and his children. 
 
Attending church was an important part of Auxilio’s life, among his most important accomplishment was attending the Baptist Biblical Institute. He was devoted to learning more about God and helping his church in any way possible. 
 
Mr. Prado is survived by his loving wife, Neri Prado Sanchez; sons: Nehemias Prado, Saul Prado; daughter, Leslie Prado; brother, Manuel Prado; sister, Socorro Prado, along with other family and close friends. 
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Geronimo Prado and Margarita Gutierrez. 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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John Richard "Sambo" McCary Sr.


 

 

NAME:    JOHN RICHARD "SAMBO" MCCARY SR.              AGE:   87  
 
ADDRESS:   SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS   
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  04/22/2018, SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS 
  
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :      12/22/1930, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TEXAS
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE:     WEDNESDAY, 04/25/2018, 2:00 P.M.
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:      WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:     TUESDAY, 04/24/2018, 5-8 P.M.
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:     WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL 
  
OFFICIATING:   BRO. SONNY SCARBOROUGH
 
BURIAL:   THOMAS CEMETERY, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
FATHER:  JACK MCCARY                  MOTHER  LERA JAMISON
                                                                                                                    
OCCUPATION:   RAY HARDY SAWMILLS; COCA COLA COMPANY; GRIFFIN OIL
 
MILITARY:  U.S. ARMY (KOREAN CONFLICT)  
 
SURVIVED BY:     
WIFE:  BONNIE MCCARY OF SAN AUGUSTINE
SON:  RICHARD MCCARY JR. & WIFE DENISE OF DIBOLL
DAUGHTER:  CELESTE RAINEY & HUSBAND TONY OF SANTE FE, TEXAS
GRANDCHILDREN:  HOLLI & JACOB SCHULER; JACOB MICHAEL
GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN:  JEMMA & ELI SCHULER; ELOISE MICHAEL
NUMEROUS NIECES & NEPHEWS
 
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY PARENTS; BROTHER, JOE MCCARY; SISTERS, RUBY FITZGERALD & EVELYN PARKER.
 
 
 

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Joe Ellis


 

 

Joe Ellis, 90, of Center, Texas, passed away on April 22, 2018 in Center. He was born on July 23, 1927 in Joaquin, Texas to Nathan Percy Ellis and Audrey Cole Ellis. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Center. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin. 
 
A visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Center. 
 
After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Joe joined the faculty at Center High School and taught history from 1949 to 1950. He was called back to serve his country again during the Korean War. In 1952, he returned to Center High School where he served as history, science, aviation and chemistry teacher. He also led the Junior Historical Society. After teaching a number of years, Joe became Curriculum Coordinator and Superintendent of Center ISD and remained in that capacity until his retirement in 1985. To stay active and occupied after retiring, he became involved in raising registered shorthorn cattle and later, he raised cutting bred quarter horses. 
He married Winola Williams on May 31, 1953. They raised five children, three of whom became teachers. He joined First Baptist Church in Center in 1949 and taught a Sunday School class for over 50 years. He loved his Lord, his family and his church. 
 
Joe is survived by his beloved wife, Winola; children, Julia Cassard, Susan Godfrey and husband, Michael, Joel Ellis and wife, Shannon, Jon Ellis and wife, Jackie and Cindy Harris and husband, Robert; grandchildren, Jonathan Godfrey and wife, Whitney, Jennifer Pirtle and husband, Justin, Clay Ellis and wife, Jesse, Lauren Gilbert and husband, Jeremy, Josie Harris and husband, Brad, Jace Ellis and Brandy Stringer; and nine great-grandchildren.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Nathan and Audrey Ellis; two brothers and a sister. He is also preceded in death by his grandson, Joey Stringer and great-granddaughter, Olivia Ellis. 
Pallbearers will be Clay Ellis, Jonathan Godfrey, Randy Carroll, Jeff Young, Henry Suell, Brad Harris, Robert Harris and Justin Pirtle.
 
Honorary pallbearers are the members of Joe’s Sunday School class, Joe D. Anderson, Burton Brown, Jackson Pirtle and Cason Pirtle. 
 
The family requests that memorial donations be made to The Gideons, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, D.C., 20090-7251 or to a charity of your choice.
 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.
 

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Judy Carrington


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judy Carrington, 77, of Center, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
 
Graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Antioch Cemetery in Center with Bro. Johnny Lewis officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
 
Mrs. Carrington was born February 25, 1941, in Center, to Hobson Lawson and Lela Jones Lawson.  She was the owner and operator of The Red Kitchen for many years.  She supported her community through her membership of Shelby County Dutch Oven Cookers and Shelby County Red Hat Society.  Her hobbies included cooking for and spending time with her quilting group.  Mrs. Carrington was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
 
She is survived by
Son: Matt Carrington and wife, Lori, of Nacogdoches
 
Grandson: Kyle Carrington of Nacogdoches
 
Sister: Ruby Hughes and husband, Charles, of Center
 
Brother: Billy Lawson of Center
 
Sisters-in-law: 
Wynnell Lawson of Center
Clydie Mae Lawson of Center
Nadine Lawson of Center
Leona Lawson of Baytown
Barbara Carrington of Mineola
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by:
Husband: Ernest Carrington
Parents: Hobson Lawson and Lela Jones Lawson
Brothers: Joel Lawson, Forriest Lawson, Happy Lawson, Tommy Lawson, Glenn Lawson
Sisters: Oleta Cockrell, Mildred Partlow
Sisters-in-law: Sally Lawson, Jean Lawson
Brothers-in-law: Bud Cockrell, Darrell Partlow, Elmer Carrington Jr.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Antioch Baptist Church.
 
Pallbearers will be Mitchell Hughes, Mike Sizemore, Paul Hughes, Eric Carrington, Jason Sawyer and Kyle Carrington.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 

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Ida Vernell Goings


 

 

Ida Vernell Goings, 79, of Center, Texas passed away on April 19, 2018 in Center. She was born on April 20, 1938 in Center to P.A. Collum and Vertie Holt Collum. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Campti Methodist Church Cemetery with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Don Windham officiating. 
 
A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 
 
Vernell was raised in Shelby County in the Campti Community. She graduated from Center High School in 1956 and afterward, began working for Southwestern Bell and later went to work for AT&T. For over 30 years, Vernell was a dedicated operator with the company before retiring in 1989. 
 
Growing up in a small area, Vernell spent lots of time with family. A young man by the name of W.J. Goings happened to be her Grandpa’s neighbor. The two met riding horses one day and it sparked a love story that has lasted over 60 years. W.J. and Vernell were married in 1956 and built a beautiful life together until her passing. Vernell was a true woman of dignity and character. She was a faithful wife, an exceptional mom and a selfless, compassionate woman who dedicated her life to others. She was loving, generous and extended a hand of care to all who were in need. Vernell Loved spending time with her family. Moments spent in the kitchen cooking and baking were some of the fondest memories made with her children, grandchildren and friends. She was a member of Dallas Bible Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. After her retirement, W.J. and Vernell moved back to Center and moved their church membership to New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. They attended regularly there until their failing health prevented them from going. 
 
Vernell is survived by her beloved husband, W.J. Goings;  daughter, Glenda Lutz; brother, Jack Collum and wife, Frances and Billy Ray Collum and wife, Deanna; grandchildren, Connie Quintero and husband, Daniel, Jamie Boshart and wife, Chelsea, Kim Dotson and husband, Bud, Evan Lutz and Travis Lutz; and great-grandchildren, Drake, Benicio, Gabriella, Kaydence, Erin, Jaxon and Tuff.
 
She is preceded in death by her parents, P.A. and Vertie Collum; daughter, Sherry Boshart; and brother, Jerry Collum.
 
Pallbearers are Evan Lutz, Travis Lutz, Daniel Quintero, Bud Dotson, Jamie Boshart and Drake Lutz.
 
 
 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

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Tom Mays (Tim) Barton Boyd


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tom Mays (Tim) Barton Boyd peacefully died on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.  Tim was born December 16, 1917, the youngest of six children in Cushing, Texas to parents Eryme Summers Barton and Doctor Yancy Pascal Barton. She graduated from Cushing High School and attended both the University of Texas in Austin and Stephen F. Austin State University where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Tim obtained a degree in Home Economics and Nutrition and following graduation taught high school in Kilgore. A trip home for the Christmas holidays combined with the reconstruction of State Highway 21 provided an opportunity for a blind date with her future husband, William Riley Boyd, Jr. Their beautiful union spanned seventy-four years and was a testament of sacrificial love and commitment. 
 
Tim had no greater appreciation than for family and friends. She was a matriarch to many, an open heart and an open door with her elegant Southern hospitality, charm and dignity perpetually present. Tim was fiercely loyal and supportive of her family. Her only true weakness was a scoop of Baskin Robbins coffee ice cream. Lovingly called “MomMommy” by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she never missed an opportunity to attend a game, recital or theater event. Her passion for the holidays shined the most as Chief Operating Officer of Christmas Preparations where she single handedly revolutionized the presentation of a gift from her headquarters commonly referred to as the “Wrap Room”. Tim’s love of Christmas and entertaining was especially evident at her annual Christmas Eve party. A recognized authority in Southern Table Manners, if you found yourself at her table, only the utmost etiquette would be accepted in exchange for the best meal you had ever eaten.
 
As the First Lady of W.R. Boyd, Incorporated, Tim made a home in numerous towns and cities. Those in Texas included Cushing, Beaumont, Jasper, San Augustine, Nacogdoches, Kerrville and El Paso. In 1954 Bill, Tim and their daughter Yancy moved to Center and proudly called it home for over 60 years. They were members of the First United Methodist Church where she served as MYF sponsor and readily donated her time arranging flowers and preparing food. Tim was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and the Center Garden Club where she exhibited her love of gardening and flowers. She was also a founding member of “The Pine Street Coffee Club.” Her commitment to caring for others led her to provide home care for relatives, often for months at a time, and to provide holiday meal for neighbors who were alone. Tim will always be remembered as the utmost in elegance and grace, as well as for her independence, strength, grit, love of all things beautiful, and sense of humor. 
 
Tim was preceded in death by her devoted husband William Riley Boyd, Jr; her brother, Winston Marion Barton and her sisters Beatrice Barton Rohrbaugh and Fanny Jo, Kathleen and Jeanette Barton. She is survived by her daughter Yancy Boyd Bradford (George) of Fort Worth; her granddaughter Phoebe Fleming Moore (Carl) of Dallas; her grandson Michael Graydon Fleming, Jr (Jana) of Saint Paul, Minnesota; her great grandchildren Graydon Elizabeth Moore, Watson Riley Fleming, Davis Boyd Fleming, Riley Kathryn Moore, Hughes Michael Fleming and her beloved nieces and nephews.
 
The family will receive friends Monday, April 23, 2018 from 9 to 10:30 A.M. at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. A graveside service will follow at Cushing Cemetery with The Right Reverend Sam B. Hulsey officiating. 
 
Pallbearers include William H. Wall, Jr, Wayne A. Davis, Michael G. Fleming, Dale C. Hall, Robert E. Havran and James B. Peterson. Honorary pallbearers include J. Timothy Byrne, William C. Moore, Frank Edward Parker, Jr., and William H. Wall III (Tripp). 
 
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a donation to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 2222 Welborn Street Dallas, Texas 75219. Attn. Development Department. 
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 

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William Travis Dorsey


 
 
 
William Travis Dorsey, 77, of Tenaha, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018, at his residence.
 
Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Ramah Missionary Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele officiating.  A military honors graveside service will follow at Ramah Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at the church, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
 
Mr. Dorsey was born March 26, 1941, in Hemphill, to Frank Dorsey and Emma Maxine Davis Dorsey.  He served in the United States Army, during which time he was stationed in Korea.  He became a crane operator and following retirement, he owned and operated the Timpson/Tenaha Motel for over thirty years.  His hobbies included reading and spending time with his family. Mr. Dorsey was a member of Ramah Missionary Baptist Church.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Vickie Dorsey of Tenaha
 
Children:
Joshua Dorsey
Christopher James Cook
Kylie Dorsey and husband, Joshua Hendry
Carol Sardona and husband, Jerry
Valerie Jackson and husband, Larry
Vernon Mathis and wife, Jackie
Monica Jackson
 
Grandchildren:
Katelyn Kellar
Michael Kellar
 
Numerous other grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Sister: Sherry Martinez and husband, Humberto
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Frank Dorsey and Emma Maxine Davis Dorsey
Brother: Edward Dorsey
Sister: Christine Montgomery
 
Pallbearers will be Josh Dorsey, Michael Kellar, C.J. Cook, Ronny Kellar, Eugene Bowden, Humberto Martinez, and Vernon Mathis. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe White, Roy Wayne, and Red Odom.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Tim Barton Boyd


 

 

 
Tim Barton Boyd, 100, of Center, passed away April 18, 2018, in Fort Worth, surrounded by family.
 
Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 23, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will follow at 11:45 a.m. at Cushing Cemetery in Cushing, Texas.
 
Among her survivors is her daughter, Yancy Bradford and husband, George, of Fort Worth.
 
Additional information and survivors to be announced at a later time.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Yvonnia B. Garrett


 

 
Mrs. Yvonnia B. Garrett, age 82, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mrs. Garrett passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Woodland Heights Hospital in Lufkin, Texas.
FUNERAL SERVICE
Saturday, April 21, 2018
11:00 a.m.
Reed Chapel B. C.
Interment: Greer Cemetery
Rev. Orvin Garrett, Officiating
 
Visitation
 
Friday, April 20, 2018
1:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Garner & Son Chapel
 
SURVIVORS
 
1 Son Michael Garrett (Ruby J) of San Augustine, Texas
 
2 Daughters Dian Garrett of San Augustine, Texas
Benda Randle (Martin) of Center, Texas
 
9 Grandchildren 28 Great Grandchildren 6 Great-Great Grandchildren
 
5 Sisters Minnie Garrett of San Augustine, Texas
Easter Siglar of Tyler, Texas
Bobbie Skeleton of Fort Worth, Texas
Antoinette Brooks Sterling of Orange, Texas
Abbie Tipadoe of Orange, Texas
 
2 Brothers David Arthur Brooks of Marshall, Texas
Henry Holman (Gloria) of Frankston, Texas
 
As Well as a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
 
 

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Mardell Shofner Worthey


Mardell Shofner Worthey, 80, of Houston, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018, in Houston.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Sister Melba Rodgers officiating.  Interment will follow at Holly Springs Cemetery in Shelby County.
 
Mrs. Worthey was born March 17, 1938, in Shelby County, to Oscar B. Shofner and Ella Ervin Shofner.  Her hobbies included reading and listening to music. 
 
She is survived by
Husband: Virgil “Red” Worthey of Houston, Texas
 
Daughter: Christy Barker and Gregory Steel of New Port, Gwent, Wales
 
Stepdaughters: 
Bronagh Cleary of Rathcormack, County Cork, Ireland
Sharon Grantham of Florida
 
Stepsons: 
Dennis McDonald of Huffman, Texas
Dwayne Worthey of Florida
 
Special Niece: Denise Shofner Chamberlain
 
Great Nieces:
Amberlyn Shofner Fronheiser
Destiny Michelle Chamberlain
 
Great Great Nieces:
Kayleigh Elizabeth Fronheiser
Alexis Grace Fronheiser
 
Numerous other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by:
Parents: Oscar B. Shofner and Ella Ervin Shofner
Sister: Mary Elizabeth Shofner, Margie Payne
Brother: Oscar “Shorty” Shofner, Edward “Sonny” Shofner, J.B. Shofner, Oliver Shofner
 
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Chamberlain, Marlon Shofner, Robert Berry, Bobby Payne, Shannon Shofner and Hunter Shofner.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 

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