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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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Stanley Dunning


 

 

Stanley Dunning, 90, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on April 16, 2018 in Nacogdoches. He was born on June 7, 1927 in Gilbert Pennsylvania to Stanley R. Dunning and Carrie Mae Everett Dunning. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.
 
Stanley served as a merchant marine and was in the US Coast Guard during the Korean conflict. This endeavor took him around the world seven times and the opportunity to set foot onto every continent. The stories Stanley could tell from his world travels were almost unbelievable but were some of his most fond memories. After retiring from the service, Stanley lived a quiet and content life on his “Ponderosa” tending to his cows. He enjoyed indulging in his little whims and going wherever the wind would take him. Friends meant the world to Stanley and every moment he had to spend with them was a treasure beyond words. He loved the laughter and sharing beloved memories when they would get together. 
 
Stanley is survived by family friends: 
Carl and Vickie Jernigan of Tenaha 
Joshua and Brooke Jernigan of Tenaha and their daughter, Sadie
Lauren Jernigan and Sean Smith of Appleby
Angela Paxton of Greenville, South Carolina
Sharon Risinger and her children: Lee and Misty Gibbs, Jenny Hicks, Jamie Gray and their families all of Tenaha.
Roger Paxton of Orange
Alan and Diana Tinsley of Port Neches
Barry and Lois Forsyth and their children Brittany, Max, Cypress and Marissa all of Orange
Adam and Pam Hall of Beaumont
Keith and Jenny Forsyth of Mauriceville
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Carrie Dunning and siblings, Everett, Gary and Elda Dunning. 
 
Honorary pallbearers are Carl Jernigan, Josh Jernigan, Lee Gibbs, Barry Forsyth, Keith Forsyth and Alan Tinsley.
 
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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Melba F. Smith


 

 

Melba Smith, 83, of Carthage, passed away on Sunday morning, April 15, 2018, in Carthage. Melba Faye Lovell Smith was born on Nov. 9, 1934, in Shelby County to the late Bud and Lillie Mae Compton Lovell. She graduated from Center High School with the class of 1952. Melba married Frank Edward Smith on Aug. 3, 1952, in Center and he preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 1998, after 46 years of marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Smith moved to Carthage from Center in 1955. She was a member of the Order of the Easter Star #747 where she formerly served as worthy matron. Mrs. Smith enjoyed sewing, painting and fishing. She was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church. Mrs. Smith was also preceded in death by her sisters, Dorothy Taylor and her husband John and Mary Lee Killen and her husband George and brothers, Howard L. Lovell and J.B. Lovell and his wife Nettie. 
 
Survivors include her sons, Frank H. Smith and wife Patsy of Salida, Colorado and Michael E. “Smokey” Smith and wife Judy of Carthage; grandchildren, Chris C. Smith and wife Miranda, Haley Smith, Rebecca Smith Childs; great-grandchildren,  Madison, Brianna, Ryan, Ali, Hannah, John Michael, and Hayden; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.  
 
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Freddy Mason officiating. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park near Carthage. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. 
Pallbearers are Earl Clabaugh, Clayton McGuire, Randy Reid, Terry Bailey, Ronnie Taylor, Patrick Sharpe, George Shuttlesworth, and Steve Shuttlesworth. 
 
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Marian Place for the loving care provided to Mrs. Smith for the past 6 years. 
 
Memorials may be made to the Marian Place Education Fund, 1690 NE Loop, Carthage, TX 75633 or Neal McCoy East Texas Angel Network, 2802 Gilmer Road, Suite 1, Longview, TX 75604.
A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.
 
 

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Rubie Lou Humphreys Yarbrough


 

 

Rubie Lou Humphreys Yarbrough, 98, of Nacogdoches, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018, in Garrison.
 
Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison with Bro. Shack Arrington officiating.  A private family visitation will be held prior to the service at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
 
Mrs. Yarbrough was born October 9, 1919, in Garrison, to Mr. Tom Humphreys and Mrs. Cora L. Barrington Humphreys.  She lived a life of service, caring for the elderly for over 35 years.  She was also a faithful, loving wife for over 35 years and a loving mother for 77 years. Mrs. Yarbrough worked at the Garrison High School Cafeteria for 10 years, and her cinnamon rolls are still remembered by the students.  She was voted the best cook in East Texas by her family and friends.
 
She is survived by
Sons: 
Thomas T. “Toddy” Yarbrough and wife, Linda, of Nacogdoches
Bill Yarbrough of Nacogdoches
 
Grandchildren:
Keith Yarbrough of Montgomery
Kelly Lynne Ressler of Crosby
Melonie Black of Alto
 
Great Grandchildren:
Cody Ressler
Casey Yarbrough
Cade Black
Colton Black
 
Sister: Marjorie A. Johnson of Garrison
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: William Floyd Yarbrough
Daughter: Cindy Yarbrough Saxton
Parents: Mr. Tom Humphreys and Mrs. Cora L. Barrington Humphreys
5 Brothers
3 Sisters
 
Pallbearers will be Cody Ressler, Keith Yarbrough, Gary Corley, Jeff Hancock, Tracey Rucker and Cory Rucker.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Accolade Hospice, 2708 North University Drive, Suite 100, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965.
 
Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas.
 
 

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Etta Mae Nickleberry


 

 

Mrs. Etta Mae Nickleberry, age 92, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mrs. Nickelberry passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at her residence in San Augustine, Texas
 
FUNERAL SERVICE
Monday, April 16, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church 
Internment: Mt. Zion Cemetery
Bishop Cedric Grace, Officiating
 
Visitation & Wake
Sunday, April 15, 2016
1:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Garner & Son Chapel
 
SURVIVORS
 
2 Daughters Pamala Teel of San Augustine, Texas
Yolanda Diann Gamble (William) of Waco, Texas
 
10 Grand Children 26 Great-Grandchildren 2 Great-Great-Grandchildren
 
As well as a host of other relatives and friends.
 
 
 
 

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Stephens "Steve" B. Campbell


 

 

Stephens "Steve" B. Campbell, 78, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away on March 21, 2018 in Nacogdoches. He was born on March 26, 1939 in Houston, Texas to Cyril Henry Campbell and Mary Inez Stephens Campbell. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. 
 
 
 
Steve, as most knew him, loved to deep  sea fish. There was nothing like being out on the open water and casting a line out for those hidden treasures of the deep. He also liked collecting stamps; a passion he had pursued since the age of 12. Steve had an array of other hobbies and activities that he enjoyed like watching wrestling, playing pool and even trying his luck at gambling every once in a while. You also might have found him perusing the aisles of flea markets, garage sales, estate sales and auctions. Steve had a knack for old things and enjoyed shuffling through the antique items being sold at different places. He was of the Presbyterian faith. 
 
Steve is survived by his wife, Bessie Annette (Kim) Campbell; son, Stephens Brady "Skip" Campbell, Jr. and wife, Cherri of Longview; daughter, Shelley Porter and husband, Jody of Center; grandchildren, Brian Campbell and wife, Jessica, Brieanna Campbell, Sabrina Campbell, Brittany Campbell, Kristy Campbell, Ashley Chandler and husband, Ryan, Colton Thompson and wife, Briana and Sarah Barbee and husband, Clay; great-grandchildren, Beaux Campbell, Drake Lutz, Racyn Chandler, Jace Thompson, Hallie Barbee and Chayton Barbee; and a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Cyril and Mary Campbell; mother of his children, Bonnie Windham; and brother, Bobby Ray Campbell.
 
 
 
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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Norman Lunsford


 

 

Funeral for Norman Lunsford will be 10:00 am, Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas with Bro. Homer Murray officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Garrison, Texas
 
Mr. Lunsford died April 9, 2018 in Garrison, Texas he was born April 27, 1930 in Garrison, Texas
 
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.
 
Survivors:
Son: Terry Lunsford and wife Cindy
Grandchildren: Chris Lunsford & wife Sandi of Garrison, Tx
Corey Lunsford & wife Cheryl of Garrison, TX
Cade Lunsford & wife Chelsie of Nacogdoches, TX
Kylie Lunsford of Garrison, TX
Landon Lunsford of Nacogdoches, TX
Rebecca Lunsford of Nacogdoches, TX
 
Great Grandchildren:
Jaci, Sidney, Weston, Creed, Tanlie, Lydon
 
Preceded in death by: wife; Betty Lunsford
                                        Son: Wayne Lunsford
 
 

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Lorelei Sample


 

 

Lorelei Sample, 76, of Center, Texas, passed away on April 10, 2018 in Center. She was born on January 16, 1942 in Center to Willie Sample and Alma Mae Metcalf Sample. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. A visitation will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM on Thursday April 12, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.
 
Lorelei grew up in the Dreka Community in Shelbyville, Texas. She loved the Lord and her family and chose to serve both for her entire life. Never having children of her own, Lorelei enjoyed spending time with and caring for her nieces and nephews. She made a living at home selling shoes throughout the area. Lorelei loved good food, her favorite being buttermilk and cornbread. If anyone was in need, she was quick to extend a helping hand, especially when it came to meals. It was no secret that Lorelei’s freezer was open to share with others. In her free time, she very much enjoyed coloring and working through puzzle books. Lorelei was of the Pentecostal faith.
 
Lorelei is survived by her brothers, Ronnie Sample and wife, Deborah of Jasper, Donald Sample and wife, Deloris of Quitman and Douglas Sample and wife, Myrtle of Pittsburg; numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
 
She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Alma Sample; brother and sister-in-law, P.O. and Odelle Sample; and sister, Mildred Sample.
 
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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Dena Kaye Horne


 

 

NAME      DENA KAYE HORNE                                     AGE:    57   
 
ADDRESS:    SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS 
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:       APRIL 9, 2018, SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS
      
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :          AUGUST 26, 1960, HEMPHILL, TEXAS
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE;      WEDNESDAY, 04/11/2018, 10:00 A.M.
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:    WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:   TUESDAY, 04/10/2018, 5 TIL 8 P.M.
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:           WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
OFFICIATING:    BRO. MARTIN DORAN, BRO. DAVID BOYD 
 
BURIAL:   CEDAR CREEK CEMETERY, HEMPSTED, TEXAS   
 
FATHER:  HAROLD HORNE                       MOTHER:      BARBARA KLOECKER
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:    LIBRARY AIDE, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 
 
CHURCH AFFILIATION:   FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, SAN AUGUSTINE       
 
SURVIVED BY:  
MOTHER:  BARBARA HORNE OF SAN AUGUSTINE
FATHER:  HAROLD & PEGGY HORNE OF DIANA, TEXAS
BROTHER:  HAROLD DEAN JR. OF SAN AUGUSTINE
SISTERS:  CHASITY & TONY HOUCK, CHANDRA & JARED BONINE - ALL OF HOUSTON
NIECES & NEPHEWS:  PRESLEY, PAYNE & BARRETT HOUCK; ALLEN, & KATE BONINE
UNCLES:  CHARLES & SHIRLEY KLOECKER; AUGUST & JUDY CLOECKER
AUNTS:  DAISY SUE HORNE; DORIS TONY; LINDA CIPTACK, DONNA PRIBBLE
NUMEROUS COUSINS & FRIENDS
 
SHE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER GRANDPARENTS, STEVE & ALLIE HORNE; FRITZ & WILLIE LOU KLOECKER; UNCLE BILLY CLOECKER; AUNTS MARIE SLEDGE, SHERRY & ARTHUR ELUMBAUGH.
 
 

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James Lee Diamond


 

 

James Lee Diamond, infant son to Erika Diamond, passed away on March 30, 2018 in Nacogdoches. A private family graveside was held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Folsom Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Jerrod Nutt officiating. 
 
James is survived by his mother, Erika Diamond; brother, Michael Allen Nichols, Jr.; grandmother, Suzy Diamond; great-grandmother, Imogene Grantom; aunts, Anita Cooper and LaTonya Risinger; uncles, David Diamond and wife, Alaine and Wesley Diamond; great aunts, Manuela Shoemaker, Cindy Wilkinson Sanders and Shirley Amburn; great uncles, Kenneth Wilkinson and Tommy Wilkinson. 
 
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Bubba and Kathy Diamond and Billy Diamond. 
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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David Whitton


 

 

David Whitton, 66, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Center.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Sister Melba Rodgers officiating.  Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.
 
Mr. Whitton was born August 21, 1951, in Center, to T.J. Whitton and Lexa Willoughby Whitton.  He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and building just about anything.  He was of the Baptist faith.
 
He is survived by
Children:
Rhonda Villarreal and husband, Luis, of DeBerry
Kimberly Griffin and husband, Billy, of San Augustine
Angela Whitman and husband, Goldman, of Joaquin
Crystal Berg and husband, Lydell, of Center
Michael Whitton of Huntsville
 
Grandchildren:
Vickie Espinoza
Dawntee Olalde and husband, Boti
Miguel Espinoza and wife, Julie
Justin Griffin and wife, Catherine
Wesley Griffin
Tyler Griffin and wife, Carolyn
Austin Griffin and wife, Destiny
Kellie Griffin
Catilyn Daniels
Conner Whitton
Blayne Whitton
Cody Berg
Breia Lout
 
12 Great Grandchildren
 
Sisters and Brothers:
Annette Bradshaw of Timpson
Joyce Wolfe and husband, Ronnie, of Timpson
Francis Miller and husband, Rick, of Orange
Cecil Whitton and wife, Kay, of Timpson
Zaundra Whitton of Joaquin
 
Special Friend: Ricky Tindol of Shelbyville
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Wife: Peggy Whitton
Granddaughter: Maranda Whitton
Great Grandson: Ryder Griffin
Parents: T.J. Whitton and Lexa Willoughby Whitton
Brothers: John Whitton, Roger Whitton
Sister-in-law: Edith Whitton
Brother-in-law: Dale Bradshaw
 
Pallbearers will be Mr. Whitton’s grandchildren and nephews.
 
 

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Eula Annice Richardson Hughes


 

 

Eula Annice Richardson Hughes, 86, of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away on April 5, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Born September 26, 1931, Eula Annice is the daughter of the late Donley S. and Ruby (Waits) Richardson.  Graveside service will be held at 2PM, Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Cedar Yard Cemetery, CR 4356, Tenaha, Texas with Bro. Walter Pickens officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10AM – 12PM, Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas, 75975.
 
Eula was born and raised in Shelby County.  She married the love of her life, Howard Lynn Hughes, in September 1951 and spent over 53 years with him before his passing in 2005.  Together they raised three wonderful children whom Eula enjoyed spending much time with.  Eula enjoyed fishing and camping on the Sabine River and Murvaul Creek early in life.  She enjoyed the outdoors, watching the birds, gardening, and working the flowers.  She also loved doing crafts, sewing, crocheting, and listening to country music.  Eula treasured the moments she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She loved each one of them immensely. 
    
She is survived by her sons; Michael Hughes and wife Marie of Nacogdoches, Texas, Thomas Hughes and wife Angela of Garrison, Texas; daughter, Deborah Moore and husband David of Palestine, Texas; special family member, Tracy Marshall and husband Ed of Nacogdoches, Texas; grandchildren, Stacy Hughes and wife Kayla, Karen Payne and husband Eddy, April Moore, Austin Moore and wife Jennifer, Tommy Hughes, Christina Thompson and husband Wes, Richard Hughes; great grand-children, Jessy Reeves and husband Justin, Branden Hughes, Haley Casey and husband Colton, Kelsey Payne, Mackenzie Payne, Aliya Guster, Jayla Guster, A.J. Moore, Levi Moore, Jaxson Moore; Great great-grandchildren, Presleigh Casey, Conley Casey; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.  
 
She is preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Howard Lynn Hughes; and brother, Harold Richardson.
 
The family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas. 
To send condolences or to sign an online register, visit www.taylorfh.net. 
 
 
 

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Harold Edward Bloodgood


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harold Edward Bloodgood, 70, of Center, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at his residence.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 6, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ozay Ford and Thomas Fields officiating.  Interment will follow at Campti Methodist Cemetery in Shelby County.  
 
Mr. Bloodgood was born September 23, 1947, in Houston, to Charles Bloodgood and Sarah Lorene Cox Bloodgood.  He was of the Methodist faith.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Georgia Bloodgood of Center
 
Children:
Charles Bloodgood and wife, Denise, of Center
James Bloodgood and wife, Jill, of Center
Steve Bloodgood and wife, Lisa, of Center
Sheila Fountain and husband, Stephen, of Center
 
Grandchildren:
Sharon Anderson
Dustin Bloodgood
Austin Bloodgood
Justin Bloodgood
Will Blackwell
Jennifer Green
Lucas Blackwell
Brittany Bloodgood
Naythen Bloodgood
Garrett Bloodgood
Bryce Bloodgood
Jacob Lang
 
Great Grandchildren:
Mason Bloodgood
Kyla Bloodgood
Levi Livingston
Eli Livingston
Lyla Blackwell
Beau Blackwell
 
Sisters and Brother:
Bennie Sue Goss of Humble
Mary Lou Erwin of Humble
James White of Humble
 
Special Nephew: Mike Speedy of Center
 
Preceded in death by
Father: Charles Bloodgood 
Mother: Sarah Lorene Cox White
Grandparents: Buddy and Susie Cox
 
Pallbearers will be Dustin Bloodgood, Austin Bloodgood, Justin Bloodgood, Will Blackwell, Michael Speedy, Jacob Lang, Naythen Bloodgood and Logan Speedy.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Johnnie W. Booth


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnnie W. Booth, 86, of Bayfield, Colorado, formerly of Shelby County, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018, at his residence in Bayfield.
 
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at noon.  
 
Mr. Booth was born December 5, 1931, in Sweeney, Texas, to John Booth and Nellie Maude Drace Booth.
 
He is survived by
Children:
Cherri Dodd and husband, Roger, of Bayfield, Colorado
Frank Booth and wife, Candie, of Newton, Texas
 
Grandchildren:
Heather Sturzenacker and husband, Scott, of Canoga Park, California
Shannon Booth of Newton, Texas
Justin Booth of Newton, Texas
 
Great Grandson: Jackson Tyler Sturzenacker of Canoga Park, California
 
Preceded in death by
Wife: Marian Frances Booth
Parents: John Booth and Nellie Maude Drace Booth
Brother: Joe Booth
Sisters: Leona Amburn, Violet Bonnett
Half Sister: Elsie Poole
 
Pallbearers will be Frank Booth, Justin Booth, Herbie Kelly, Troy Godeaux, John Oilfield and Dustin Poplin.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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A.J. Runnels Jr.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.J. Runnels Jr., 75, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana, after a courageous battle with cancer.
 
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 6, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
 
Mr. Runnels was born January 22, 1943, in Logan, to A.J. Runnels and Charlie Fate Briggs Runnels.  His hobbies included fishing and strolling in his El Caminos.  He loved spending time with his family.  Mr. Runnels was of the Baptist faith.
 
He is survived by
Children:
Alan J. Runnels of Joaquin
Donald R. Runnels of Joaquin
Kevin D. Runnels of Joaquin
Melinda Harvey and husband, Jason, of Joaquin
Brittany Whitton and husband, Gary, of Joaquin
 
Grandchildren:
Stoney Runnels and wife, Jessica
Justin Runnels
Shelby Runnels
Heaven Umbrell and husband, Wesley
Nathan Runnels
Cody Runnels and wife, Vanessa
Anna Runnels
Ashlyn Wiggins and husband, Jared
Kristen Harvey
Addisyn Harvey
Camryn Runnels
Kolton Whitton
Landen Whitton
Harley Runnels
 
Great Grandchildren:
Stormy Runnels
Trenton Runnels
Braylin Umbrell
Korbin Jackson
William Runnels
Matthew Runnels
Wrigley Umbrell
Zayne Klaire Wiggins
 
Numerous nieces, nephews and other family
A host of friends
 
Brother: Charles Runnels and wife, Marsha
 
Sisters:
Glenda
Rita Morris and husband, Donnie
Gail Fountain
Melissa Runnels
 
Preceded in death by
Loving wife of 51 years: Trudy Runnels
Parents: A.J. Runnels and Charlie Fate Briggs Runnels
Brother-in-law: Bryan Fountain
 
Pallbearers will be Stoney Runnels, Cody Runnels, Nathan Runnels, Ricky Pierce, “Bubba” Walters, Shelby Runnels, Justin Runnels and Tommy Bissell.  Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Compton, Gary Whitton, Travis Reneau, Joe Thomas and John Derek Adams.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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Jake Porter


 

Jake Paul Porter, 82, of Center, Texas, passed away on April 1, 2018 in Center. He was born on June 7, 1935 in Center to Bud and Lula Mae Porter. A graveside service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Sardis Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Sardis Methodist Church.
 
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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Rosa Pena


 

 

Memorial service for Rosa Pena (45) of Nacogdoches, Texas will be Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00am at Todd Springs Baptist Church in (Old San Augustine Hwy) Shelbyville, Texas.  Pena was born April 4, 1972 in Houston, Texas and raised in Shelbyville, Texas.  Rosa died at her residence in Nacogdoches, Texas on March 28, 2018.  
 
Rosa Pena is survived by: 
 
Grandmother:  Margureite King of Center, Texas 
 
Daughter:  Deundra Gray of Brookshire, Texas 
 
Brother: Bridigo Pena (Michelle) of Joaquin, Texas 
 
Sister:  Dr.  Margie Blount of Brookshire, Texas 
 
Father:  Bridigo Pena Sr (Olga) of Houston, Texas 
 
Uncle:  Roosevelt King Jr. of Shelbyville, Texas 
 
Aunt: Dr. Jacqueline Pierre of Manama, Bahrain & Rosa Pena of Houston, Texas
 
Special Friend:  Christopher Hart of Nacogdoches, Texas 
 
 
Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 
 
 
 

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Mary Ruth Shewmaker Tyre


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mary Ruth Shewmaker Tyre, 75, of Center, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
 
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
 
Mary was born September 26, 1942, in Dallas, to Markus Shewmaker and Dolly Mae McKnight Shewmaker. She was married to her forever sweetheart, Charles, for forty-eight years, until his passing on July 3, 2007.  In her younger days, she enjoyed driving across the country in Charles’ big truck and seeing the world, particularly the mountains.  She enjoyed cooking, reading, watching her soaps, and being with her family.  Mary was the glue that made her family stick.  She always went above and beyond for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was their rock!  Seeing them is what she looked forward to the most.  Her heart was full when they were around.  She also loved her church family and was proud to say she loved the Lord.  Her family will miss her greatly, but is comforted by knowing she is rejoicing with Charles, and will be a guardian angel watching over them.
 
She is survived by
Children:
Chuck Tyre and wife, Mandy
Sandy Sanford
Chris Tyre
 
Grandchildren:
Kristy Horton and husband, Josh
Jennifer Gillespie and husband, Josh
Jessica Ross and husband, Jeff
Colton Tyre
Deeane Hughes
Ryleigh Hughes
Ethan Tyre
Bradley Richards and wife, Rose
Dustin Sanford and wife, Lisa
Christina Tyre
Scotty Tyre
Cash Tyre – Special Grandchild
 
Great Grandchildren:
Taylor Horton
Logan Horton
Jaylee Gillespie
Jase Gillespie
Levi Ross
Harper Ross
Kiersten Richards
Connor Richards
Natalie Peace
Gracie Sanford
Kagen Barbee
Kenley Samford
Creek Boswell
 
Brothers:
James Marcus Shewmaker and wife, Helen
Mike Shewmaker and wife, Ethel
 
Special Friends: Virgil Duke and wife, Ruth
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Loving Husband of 48 Years: Charles Tyre
Parents: Markus Shewmaker and Dolly Mae McKnight Shewmaker
Grandson: Patrick Dustin Tyre
Great Grandson: Bradley Kent Richards
 
A special thank you to friends and loving staff at Pine Grove Nursing Home.
 
Pallbearers will be Josh Horton, Josh Shewmaker, Josh Gillespie, Jeff Ross, Billy White and Robert Samford. Honorary pallbearer will be J.C. Cagle.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

 

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Raquel Leon Garcia


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raquel Leon Garcia, 29, of Center, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Dallas.
 
Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Mass will begin at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018, with service following at 3:00 p.m., at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with Father Juan Garcia officiating.  Interment will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
 
Mrs. Garcia was born September 6, 1988, in Center, to Nicolas Leon-Moreno and Maria D. Garcia de Leon. 
 
She is survived by
Husband: Salomon Sandoval
 
Son: Wylmer A. Fuentes
 
Mother: Maria D. Garcia de Leon
 
Stepfather: Juan Carlos Perez Lopez
 
Sister: Natalia Leon Garcia
 
Brother-in-law: Jesus Jimenez Salazar
 
Brother: Emmanuel Leon 
 
Niece: Alejandra G. Jimenez
 
Aunt: Brenda Perez
 
Grandfather: Crecenciano Almaguer
 
Uncles: 
Jose Martin Garcia Alvarez and wife, Delfina Lopez Velasquez
Milwaukee Garcia
 
Godfather: Jose Antonio Garcia
 
Numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, a host of other friends and family
 
Preceded in death by
Grandfather: Jose Garcia Velazquez
Grandmothers: Raquel Alvarez Hernandez, Consuelo Moreno De Almaguer
Uncle: Alvaro Elias Garcia Alvarez
 
Pallbearers will be Jose Antonio Garcia, Salomon Sandoval, Milwaukee Garcia, Jesus Jimenez Salazar, Emmanuel Leon and Juan Carlos Perez. Honorary pallbearer will be Wylmer A. Fuentes.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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Albert Lee Barnfield


 
 
 
Albert Lee Barnfield, 57, of Center, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018, in Tyler.
 
Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Old Salem Cemetery in Shelby County.
 
Mr. Barnfield was born February 27, 1961, in Dallas, to Lee James Barnfield and Juanita Sampson Barnfield.  He loved his job and his family.  
 
He is survived by
Wife: Alice Kay Welch
 
Parents: Lee James Barnfield and Juanita Sampson Barnfield
 
Children:
Clayton Patrick Barnfield
Jennifer Lee Barnfield
Priscilla Hudson
Shawn Canales
Summer Sims
Tracy Hewitt
Tia Kae Knoll
Steven Ray Knoll
 
Grandchildren:
Katy Sims
William Smith
Steven Smith
Michael Anthony Rosas II
Brianna Rosas
Frank Rosas
Jacqueiline Canales
Jayleen Canales
Jonatan Canales
Pharoh Canales
Aniyah Canales
Honesty Nicole Barnfield
Clayton Edward Barnfield
Santana Marie Barnfield
Matthew Lynn Barnfield
Raylee Maye Barnfield
Rylee Faye Barnfield
Anthony James Walsh
Katie Lee Hinton
Kevin Maurice Hilton
Kylee Nicole Wiliston
 
Great Grandchild: Maddison Lee Rosas
 
Sisters:
Elaine Williams Belanger
Helen Barnfield Ratcliff
Glenda Kay Williams
Mary Jane Marty Boren
 
Best Friends: 
Michael Jordan and Stacey Roth
 
Preceded in death by
Brothers: Oliver G. Williams, G.B. Williams Jr., Buster Bob Barnfield, Joel. E. Mary
Sisters: Linda Fay Williams Cashion Livingston
Best Friend: Stanley James Knoll
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Burbon Monroe "Punk" Burns


 

 

NAME:     MR. BURBON MONROE "PUNK" BURNS               AGE:   87   
 
ADDRESS:   SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TEXAS   
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:   04/02/2018, RESIDENCE, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
  
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :      02/23/1931, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE:     WEDNESDAY, 04/04/2018, 2:00 P.M.
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:      TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH, BROADDUS, TEXAS
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:       TUESDAY, 04/03/2018, 5 TIL 8 PM
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:      WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, SAN AUGUSTINE
  
OFFICIATING:   BRO. DON LOFTIN
 
BURIAL:   DICKERSON CEMETERY, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
FATHER:  BURBON DANIEL "BUD" BURNS                   MOTHER:   OLLIE ELIZABETH EVANS  
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:   CARPENTER, HOME BUILDER  
 
SURVIVED BY:     
 
DAUGHTERS:  FRANCES (RAYMOND) BROWN OF SAN AUGUSTINE, SANDRA (ADAM) OF SAN AUGUSTINE
 
SON:  JAMES MONROE "BO" BURNS OF SAN AUGUSTINE
4 GRANDCHILDREN; 6 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN; AND 3 GREAT-GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN
 
BROTHER:  JESSIE (FRANCES) BURNS OF PALESTINE
 
SISTERS:  OCTAVIA BELT OF ALTO, EMMA LOU MARTIN OF SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
SISTER-IN-LAW:  RUBY BURNS OF SHELBYVILLE, TEXAS
 
HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS, BUD & OLLIE BURNS; WIFE, PATRICIA WALKER BURNS; WIFE, GRACE SALES BURNS; BROTHERS, DAN, JAY, KENNETH, CHARLES, ALVIN & JAMES; SISTERS, LOTTIE MAE REECE, MARGARET BOLTON & MARIE MCGEE 
 
 
 
 

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Dr. William V. "Bill" Ginn


 

 

Dr. William V. “Bill” Ginn, Jr., 87, of Center, passed away March 8, 2018, in Center.
 
Memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Rev. Karen Jones officiating.
 
Bill was born February 7, 1931, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Marie and William V. Ginn.  The Ginns moved to Memphis, Tennessee, when Bill was a young child.  Bill graduated from Memphis State University, where he majored in Pre-pharmacy.  He then graduated from the University Of Tennessee School Of Pharmacy, where he was a member of Rho Chi, the National Honor Society of Pharmacy.  Following graduation, he went to Miami, Florida to do pharmacy internship.  It was there that he met the future Mrs. Ginn.  He was invited to join the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, and was sent to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.  It was there that Eleanor and Bill were married in the Post Chapel.  After their honeymoon, the Ginns were sent to Fort Sill Oklahoma in Lawton, Oklahoma. It was there that Bill became a helicopter pilot, and then a helicopter pilot instructor.  This promotion meant another move to Ozark, Alabama, the Home of Fort Rucker, the Helicopter Training Base.  After two years, he was granted an early release, and he entered the University Of Tennessee School Of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee.  He graduated from the School of Medicine as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Honor Society of Medicine.  After graduation, he did an internship and surgery residency at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  Bill practiced in Memphis with a surgical group, until he was asked to join a medical group in Union City, Tennessee. In 1977, he moved to Center, Texas, to join the Memorial Clinic with Doctors Hunter Mallory and Joe B. Hooker.  In 1992, he was asked to head the Tenaha Clinic.  He was there until he retired in 1992.  Bill was a man of integrity with a great compassion for his patients.  His greatest gift was what he gave to his patients, a caring reassurance that their doctor had cared for them as he sat at the end of the hospital bed and did what no x-ray, scan or lab could do.  Bill was a member of First United Methodist Church in Center.  Bill was a golfer, duck hunter, fisherman, wood carver of caricatures, carpenter, artist, banjo player, avid reader, bluegrass music fan and jazz fan.  He was always interested in furthering his knowledge of many subjects.  The family enjoyed camping and travelling.  Travelling to bluegrass festivals in “Little Darlin” was a favorite weekend adventure for Bill and Eleanor.  Thursday was a special day for Bill.  That’s the day the “Lunch Brunch” met to eat and ponder the great problems of our world.
 
Bill is survived by
Wife of 64 years and best friend: Eleanor of Center, Texas
 
Sons:
David Ginn of Center, Texas
Andy Ginn and wife, Jennifer, of Frisco, Texas
 
Granddaughter: Janie of Frisco, Texas
 
Grandson: Max of Frisco, Texas
 
Nieces and Nephew:
Elaine Pacello and husband, Tom, of Memphis, Tennessee
Ellen Porter and husband, Joe, of North Carolina
Bob and wife, Carol, of Olive Branch, Mississippi
 
Cousins:
Ana Marie Williamson and husband, Stephen, of Dallas, Texas
Ralph Riddle and wife, Jodi, of Rotan, Texas
 
His shadow and friend: Mollie
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Marie and William Ginn
Brother: Dr. Bob Ginn
Niece: Elizabeth Fleming
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library, or the charity of your choice.
 
The family extends their special thanks to Accolade Hospice Staff Kerry, Jessica and Rita for their loving care for Dr. Ginn.  Special thanks also to Vondell Sanders for his loving care for Dr. Ginn.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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William David Jakab


 

 

 

 

William David Jakab, 86, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on March 29, 2018 in Center, Texas. He was born on October 2, 1931 in Washington, Canada to Andy and Emma Jakab. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. William Dee Daniel officiating. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
 
William was a gentle and kind man who loved the Lord and his family. A truck driver by trade, he was a hard-working man that made sure he did everything he could to provide and care for his family. He enjoyed listening to Christian music and singing praises to his Heavenly Father. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas. 
 
William is survived by his son, David William Jakab and wife, Elvira of Alexandria, Kentucky; daughter, Anna Clinton of Florence, South Carolina; step-daughter, Dezray Jakab of Alexandria, Kentucky; grandchildren, Joshua Clinton and Cameron Clinton; step-grandchildren, Morgan Jakab, Jyda Meridia and Evany Meridia.
 
He is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Jakab and parents, Andy and Emma Jakab.
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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Billy Fountain


 

 

Billy Fountain, 49, of Center, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Center.
 
 
 
Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at New Life Church in Center, Texas, with Bro. Tom Mulhollan officiating.  
 
 
 
Mr. Fountain was born November 18, 1968, in Orange, to Billy Wayne Fountain and Carmel Francis Stanley Fountain.  His loved spending time with family and friends.  His hobbies included playing online games and talking to his longtime online friends, fishing and camping.
 
 
 
He is survived by
 
Sister: Shannon Gibbs of Center
 
 
 
Sons:
 
Billy Fountain and Della Lacount of Center
 
Charles Fountain of Center
 
 
 
Sister: Ramona Coleman and husband, Eddie, of Virginia
 
 
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
 
 
 
Preceded in death by
 
Parents: Billy Wayne Fountain and Carmel Francis Stanley Fountain
 
Brother: Buddy Lavaughne Fountain
 
 
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jasmine Breanna LaShun Shepherd


 
Jasmine Breanna LaShun Shepherd 19 of Nacogdoches passed away on Saturday at the Center Medical Clinic visitation will be on Friday from 10 - 5 p.m. at the Commnity Funeral Home in Center.  Services will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the St. John Baptist Church in Tenaha.  Interment will follow at the St. John Cemetery in Tenaha.  Pastor Chandler Petis will be officiating.
 
She is survived by:
 
Mother - Chrystal Shepherd
 
2 Brothers - Kelan Shepherd, Jakevion Shepherd
 
Stepmother - Andrea Starghil
 
Grandfather - Troy Woodard
 
Grandmother - Joann Shepherd
 
 

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Lesha A. McCoy


 

 

 
 
 
 
Mrs. Lesha A. McCoy Johnson, age 55, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mrs. Johnson passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas.
 
FUNERAL SERVICE
Saturday, March 31, 2018
11:00 a.m.
 
True Vine Baptist Church 
Internment: Union Grove Cemetery 
Julius Teagle, Officiating
 
Visitation 
 
Day of the Service
 
SURVIVORS
 
Son Raheem Johnson of San Augustine, Texas
 
Parents Mog and Ida McCoy of San Augustine, Texas
 
Brothers Garry P McCoy Sr. (Ester) of San Augustine, Texas
William Garrett of Center, Texas
 
Sisters Teresa Watson of Nacogdoches, Texas
Ashley McCoy of Jacquie, Texas
Tylrica McCoy of Center, Texas
 
As well as a host of other relatives and friends.
 
 

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Leoma Powers Neill


 

 

Leoma Powers Neill, 91, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on March 26, 2017 in Garrison. She was born on June 24, 1926 in Garrison, Texas to John Powers and Rosie Hutto Powers.  Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 2:00pm at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas with Bro. Darrell Pollard officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00pm-2:00pm at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.
 
Leoma grew up in Garrison before marrying her soulmate James “Goat” Neill and moving to the Stockman Community.  She spent many years with Goat before his passing in 1988.  Leoma enjoyed cooking, socializing, and laughing with family and friends.   She found great joy in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was a member of Stockman Methodist Church.
 
Leoma is survived by her grandchildren, James Richard Hattaway, Johnnie Hopkins Wilkerson, James Hopkins Jr., and Jodi Hopkins Lehman; 11 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
She is preceded in death by her husband, James “Goat” Neill; daughter, Bobbie Lynn Carlton; son, James Hopkins Sr.; brother, Homer Lee Powers; sisters, Luella Powers McNease Jacobs, Velma Pauline Lee, Onita Powers and Lillie Merle Powers Carter.
 
The family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas. 
 
To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.taylorfh.net.
 
 

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Orean Edwards


 

 

Mrs. Orean “Big O” Edwards, age 84, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mrs. Edwards passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Colonial Pines Healthcare Center in San Augustine, Texas
 
FUNERAL SERVICE
Saturday, March 31, 2018
2:00 p.m.
 
Roberts Baptist Church 
Internment: St. Luke Cemetery 
Rev. Tim Teal, Officiating
 
Visitation & Wake
Friday, March 30, 2018
1:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Garner & Son Chapel
 
SURVIVORS
 
5 Sons Clyde Edwards (Rhena) of San Augustine, Texas
Willie Ray Edwards (Loir) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Cecil Edwards (Jackie) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Cedric Edwards (Commil) of Nacogdoches, Texas
Elzie Edwards (Cynthia) of Nacogdoches, Texas
 
2 Daughters Linda Pickins of San Augustine, Texas
Rene Anders of Houston, Texas
 
25 Grandchildren 50 Great Grandchildren
 
 
 

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Nettie B. Tanner


 

 

Mrs. Nettie B. Tanner, age 101, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mrs. Tanner passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Colonial Pines Healthcare Center in San Augustine, Texas.

 

FUNERAL SERVICE

 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

 

1:00 p.m.

 

China Chapel Baptist Church

 

Internment: Clay Cemetery

 

Rev. Fred Dade, Officiating

 

 

 

Visitation & Wake

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

 

1:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

 

Garner & Son Chapel

 

 

 

SURVIVORS

 

 

 

1 son Ellis “Peter” Tanner of Fort Worth, Texas

 

 

 

3 Daughters Emma Lou Simmons of Fort Worth, Texas

 

Joe Anna Handy of San Augustine, Texas

 

Ann Tanner of San Augustine, Texas

 

 

 

39 Grandchildren

 

 

 

200 Great-Grandchildren

 

 

 

A host of Great-Great Grandchildren, Great-Great-Great Grandchildren, and Great-Great-Great-Great Grandchildren as well as a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

 

 

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Gene Vail


 

 

 

Gene Vail, 68, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2018, at his residence.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 26, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Kevin Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelby County.
 
Mr. Vail was born January 11, 1950, in the Choice Community of Shelby County, to Jessie Vail and Sadie Borders Vail.  He was the owner and operator of Vail & Son Auto & Wrecker Service since 1983.  Mr. Vail enjoyed hunting in West Texas and also enjoyed fishing with Henry, Ed and his grandkids.  He was known as “PawPaw” to everybody.  Mr. Vail enjoyed playing cards with the Skinners.  He was of the Baptist faith.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Mary Vail of Shelbyville
 
Children:
Michael Vail and wife, Tonja, of Shelbyville
Tina Perez of Shelbyville
 
Special Daughter: Becky Adkinson
 
Grandchildren:
D.J. Vail and wife, Alison, of Shelbyville
Ashlyn Perez of Shelbyville
Jarod Perez of Shelbyville
Jesse Vail of Shelbyville
Aaron Haessly and wife, Brooke, of Kemp
Anthony Haessly of Kemp
Avery Tindol of Center
Jaysen Tindol of Center
Shelby Ross of Louisiana
 
4 Great Grandchildren
 
Special Grandson: Maverick
 
Brothers: 
Jessie Vail and wife, Pat, of Greenville
Harlon Vail and wife, Janet, of Dallas
 
Sisters: 
Ellen Burke and husband, Sonny, of Decatur
Ivaneal King and husband, Leonard, of Euless
 
Nephews:
Jamie Killen and wife, Layla, of Shelbyville
Glen Burke of Decatur
 
Numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
 
Special Friends:
Marshall Skinner and wife, Rita, of Huxley
Ross Ochoa and wife, Charlotte, of Huxley
Ed Cates and wife, Mary, of Grand Prairie
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Jessie Vail and Sadie Borders Vail
Sister: Lilly Killen
Brothers: Bill Vail, Leonard Vail
 
Pallbearers will be Aaron Haessly, Anthony Haessly, William Heintschel III, Kenneth Robinson, Jamie Killen, Ken Graves.  Honorary pallbearer will be Ross Ochoa, Bobby Collins and James McDonald.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Merle Davis


 

 

NAME    MRS. MERLE DAVIS                                       AGE:   88    
 
ADDRESS:   SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS  
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:       03/22/2018, RESIDENCE, SAN AUGUSTINE
      
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :       05/18/1929, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE;     MONDAY, 03/26,2018, 2:00 P.M.
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:    WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:   MONDAY, 03/26/2018, 1-2 P.M.
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:    WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE       
 
OFFICIATING:   BRO. KENNETH WILKERSON, BRO. FRANK HOLRATH 
 
BURIAL:   LIBERTY HILL MEMORIAL GARDEN, SAN AUGUSTINE     
 
FATHER:   JIM SKIPPER                      MOTHER:    LOIS KENNON    
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:   RETIRED - DEEP EAST TEXAS ELECTRIC CO-OP  
 
CHURCH AFFILIATION:  LIBERTY HILL BAPTIST CHURCH    
 
SURVIVED BY:  
 
SONS:  PAUL DAVIS OF LEVITTOWN, PA. LAMAR DAVIS & WIFE JENNIFER OF SAN AUGUSTINE
DAUGHTER:  VANDA SUBLETT & STEVE OF SAN AUGUSTINE
GRANDSON:  LUTHER DAVIS III & WIFE KATY
GRANDDAUGHTERS:  THYA LINDSEY & HUSBAND DONALD; DONNA SCHILLING
GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN:  ANGEL; ANTHONE; JAYEDA; AIDAN; RYLEE; NOAH; & NATALIE
SISTERS:  SHIRLEY HONEYCUTT OF OVERTON, TX.  CAROLYN JAMES OF LONGVIEW, TX.
BROTHERS-IN-LAW:  WILBURN DAVIS OF SAN AUGUSTINE JAMES ORAN DAVIS OF SAN AUGUSTINE
 
HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER PARENTS, JIM & LOIS SKIPPER; HUSBAND, LUTHER DAVIS;INFANT SON, JESSE LAMAR DAVIS; SISTERS, MAXIE BARBAY & JIMMIE BOOZER.
 
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, FAMILY REQUESTS DONATIONS BE MADE TO THE LIBERTY HILL BAPTIST
CHURCH.
 
 
Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com
Arrangements under the direction of 
WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME
316 W.COLUMBIA     SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS      PHONE #936-275-2311
FAX # 936-275-0034
 
 

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Travis Lee Johnson


 

 

Travis Lee Johnson, 91, of Center, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
 
Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Steven Hill officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 12:00 noon.
 
Mr. Johnson was born April 20, 1926, in Shelby County, to E.C. Johnson and Tinnie Windham Johnson.  He served in the United States Army and was presently a member of VFW Post 8904.  As a hobby, he enjoyed gardening.  Mr. Johnson was a member of Jericho Baptist Church.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Geraldine Johnson of Center
 
Children:
Eva Johnson Terry of Longview
Vivian Johnson Ford and husband, Bill, of Center
Lewis Johnson and wife, Connie, of Tenaha
Glenn Johnson and wife, Teresa, of Shelbyville
 
Grandchildren:
Brad Johnson and wife, Chavaletta
Brandi Johnson
Thomas Jernigan
Todd Jernigan and wife, Courtney
Preston Parker and wife, Paige
Dustin Parker and wife, Ashley
Steven Hill and wife, Misty
Stacy Williams
 
Great Grandchildren:
Kaitlyn Johnson
Alizabeth Jernigan
Hunter Hill
McKenize Hill
Austin Williams
Lance Williams
Luke Williams
Brylie Jernigan
Aalyiah Jernigan
Kayden Cooper
Bryce Johnson
Khloe Johnson
Mahlia Raymond
Jaxson Parker
Dylan Parker
Lane Parker
Shon Parker
Dallas Parker
 
Brother: James E. Johnson of San Augustine
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: E.C. Johnson and Tinnie Windham Johnson
Brother: J.T. Johnson
Son-in-law: Fern Jernigan, Sr.
Daughter-in-law: Debbie Johnson
 
Pallbearers will be Thomas Jernigan, Todd Jernigan, Dustin Parker, Preston Parker, Stacy Williams, Steven Hill and Brad Johnson.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Felix Lee Andus Byndom


 

 

Felix Lee Andus Byndom 46 of Center passed away on March 19th, 2018.  Wake Friday night from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Community Funeral Home.  Services Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Gates Chapel Baptist Church in Shelbyville, TX.  Lay-in-state 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at the Gates Chapel Baptist Church in Shelbyville, TX.  Interment will follow at the Gates Chapel Cemetery.  
 
 
 
 
 

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Lila R. Nichols


 
 
Lila Ruth Scott Nichols, 90, of Tenaha, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Tenaha.  She was born on September 25, 1927 in Haskell, Texas, the daughter of Henry and Mary Henshaw Scott.  Graveside services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Cedar Yard Cemetery in Tenaha with Christine Gautreaux officiating.  Visitation will be held from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 
 
Lila was an exceptional woman who went above and beyond for her family. She made sure that all needs were met and that her home was filled with warmth and love for all who entered. Lila absolutely loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She would never pass up the chance to keep her grandbabies. Those were the moments she looked forward to most! She knew her way around the kitchen better than any chef and would make some of the most delicious meals for friends and family. She also learned to can and could jelly almost anything!  When she wasn’t tending to house and entertaining guests, Lila enjoyed quilting. She could sit for hours sewing in every detail on those quilts. In each piece of material is a piece of Lila’s heart. On sunny days, Lila also liked to spend time outdoors gardening. She always had such a kind and gentle demeanor unless you got her in a game of Canasta. Lila loved playing Canasta and took it very seriously. Her life spoke volumes of the woman she was and Lila’s heart of gold and compassionate nature will be dearly missed by those she loved. 
 
Lila is survived by her children, Ruth Ann and Sam Satchfield, Lyndon and Janet Nichols, Phillis and Michael Kitten and Keith Nichols; grandchildren, Laurie and Lee Gilchrist, Michelle and Stephen Satchfield, Christine and Joe Gautreaux, Katie Nichols, Shannon and Tony Flores and Jason and Linda Kitten; great-grandchildren,  Joshua Gilchrist, Justin and Brittany Gilchrist, Meghan, Matthew, Reese and Kelly Satchfield, Alexandria and Samantha Gautreaux, Lila Flores and Joe, Ethan, and Daniel Kitten; great-great grandchildren, Addison and Joe Gilchrist; sisters-in-law, Joyce Rogers and Wanda Scott; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 
 
She is preceded in death by her husband, Norman Lyndon Nichols; parents, Henry Grady and Mary Elizabeth Henshaw Scott; sister, Essie Scott Hall; brothers, Merriell Scott, Grady Scott, Riley Scott, Carl Scott and Carriell Scott. 
 
Pallbearers will be Joshua Gilchrist, Justin Gilchrist, Katie Nichols, Joe Gautreaux, Alexandria Gautreaux and Tony Flores.  
 
Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Satchfield, Lee Gilchrist, Michael Kitten, Joe Gilchrist and Jason Kitten.
 
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida, 33131.
 
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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William Carey Bishop


 

 

 
NAME    MR. WILLILAM CAREY BISHOP                                      AGE:   69    
 
ADDRESS:     SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:   03/19/2018, HOUSTON, TEXAS    
      
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    06/11/1948, WINTERHAVEN, FLORIDA       
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE;   SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018, 2:00 P.M. 
 
 PLACE OF SERVICE:    WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:   SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018, 12:00 TIL 2:00 P.M.
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:    WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE        
 
OFFICIATING:    
 
BURIAL:        
 
FATHER:  WILLIAM BURGE BISHOP                       MOTHER:    ANNIE LOUISE BALLANCE  
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:   FIELD SERVICE WORK, BOILER ENGINEER  
 
CHURCH AFFILIATION:    BAPTIST  
 
ORGANIZATIONS:  AMERICAN LEGION; VFW; VVA; VIETNAM VETERAN  
 
SURVIVED BY:  
 
WIFE:  BRENDA BISHOP OF SAN AUGUSTINE
DAUGHTER:  LADON WHITTON & HUSBAND PAUL OF NACOGDOCHES
SON:  DAVID BISHOP & WIFE DEBBIE OF MILWAUKEE, WI.
GRANDCHILDREN; MICHAEL PENNINGTON; ERICA PENNINGTON; ERIC BISHOP; BRITTANIE PENNINGTON; TREVOR BISHOP; ROB SWEENEY; & MICHELLE SWEENEY
 
HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS, WILLIAM BURGE & ANNIE LOUIS BISHOP; & SISTER, LOIS ANN CARLTON. 
 
 
 
 
 

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Billy Eugene Cogswell


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Eugene Cogswell, 85, of Center, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
 
Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Pastor Francis Schroeder officiating.  Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
 
Mr. Cogswell was born September 25, 1932, in Center, to Ed Cogswell and Lena Mae Bridges Cogswell.  He graduated from Center High School in 1951 and later joined the United States Army. He worked for Neches Butane Products Company, where he retired after 35 years. Mr. Cogswell was on the Board of Directors of Neches Federal Credit Union for many years. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from SFOA. Mr. Cogswell was a proud supporter of the Nederland Bulldogs, where both of his sons played. He enjoyed coaching his sons in little league and umpiring for Nederland Babe Ruth League. He also refereed and umpired many high school and college games. Mr. Cogswell was even nominated and chosen to go to Cooperstown, New York, to umpire little league baseball games.  He was a member of Pipefitters Local #195 of Nederland and a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Nederland.  
 
He is survived by
Children:
Keela Johnson and husband, Mike, of Center
Kyle Cogswell of Nederland
Kirk Cogswell, US Navy RP1, of Okinawa, Japan
 
Grandchildren:
Austin Johnson and wife, Krystin
Anthony Johnson, US Navy IT2
 
Great Granddaughter: Nicole Grace Johnson
 
Brother: Lynn Burke Cogswell of Garrison
 
Sister: Linda Lawler of Longview
 
Sisters-in-law and Brothers-in-law: 
Bobbi Cogswell of Tennessee
Nelda Shillings of Center
JC and Patty Kasper of Wimberly
Jerry Singelton of Groves
 
Special Sister-in-law: Joyce Cogswell
 
Preceded in death by
Wife of 35 years, love of his life, and mother of his children: Beverly Kasper Cogswell
Parents: Ed Cogswell and Lena Mae Bridges Cogswell
Brothers and Sisters: Barney Cogswell, Alton Cogswell, Ben Cogswell, Ray Cogswell, Harold Cogswell, Leon Shillings, Elna Lout, Claudia Mae Martin, Hazel Metz
 
Pallbearers will be Larry Singleton, Randy Hilton, Mike Johnson, Chip Heslep, Leon Shillings, Michael Cogswell, Ricky Cogswell and Bubba Metz.  Honorary pallbearers will be J.D. Matt, Curtis Kimbro, Vance Green, Dr. John Rogers, Chuck Lunsford, Donald Cravey and Grady Whitton.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2711 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627 or to Nederland Babe Ruth League, PO Box 1051, Nederland, TX 77627.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Willie Bennett


 
Mr. Willie Bennett 88 of Center passed away recently services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Triumph 1st Pentecostal Church in Shelbyville, TX.  Interment will follow at the Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville.  Bishop Roosevelt Swindle will be officiating.
 
He is survived by:
 
Wife: Patricia Taylor
 
4 Daughters: Erica Dawn Daley, Shirley Hightower, April Roberts, Sophia Bennett
 
6 Sons: Johnathan Bolden, Charlton Bolden, James Bennett, Wayne Thompson, Frank Smith, Lester Smith
 
A host of Grand and Great Grand Children
 
 
 
 
 

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John Bradley Ballinger


 

 

John Bradley Ballinger, 52, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on March 17, 2018 in Center. He was born on July 8, 1965 in Hanford, California to Edward Haskel Ballinger and Lillian Grozier Ballinger. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 
 

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Billy Don Hughes


 
 
Billy Don Hughes, 78, of Center, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018, at his residence.
 
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Danny Dodson officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
 
Billy Don was born August 23, 1939, in Center, to Theron Hughes and Thelma Gathwright Hughes. In his early years, he was a plumber.  He learned his trade from a family owned business, H & W Plumbing.  From there, he began his own plumbing business, which he operated for several years. He later established Hughes Backhoe & Dirt Work. After retirement, Billy Don still followed in his father’s footsteps; always able to negotiate a good business deal.  Billy Don was a hard worker, but he also enjoyed having a good time.  In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He was even featured in an edition of The Hunter’s Horn during his fox hunting days.  In his later years, he enjoyed traveling with his lovely wife, Janice, and taking family trips to the beach.  His family was his world.  Billy Don was passionate about supporting world missions, especially his brother’s ministry, Bible Baptist Church in Cebu City, Philippines.  He was a faithful prayer warrior and active member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center. 
 
He is survived by
Wife: Janice Hughes of Center
 
Daughters:
Joyce Bush and husband, Michael Henry, of Center
Katha Hughes of Center
Donna Parker and husband, Tony, of Center
Suzette Smith and husband, Billie, of Port Neches
 
Stepdaughters:
Brandi Brown and husband, Chad, of Nacogdoches
Lee Ann Masterson and husband, R.J., of Center
 
Stepson: Jody Martin of Center
 
Grandchildren:
Michael David Bush and wife, Nicole
Lindsey Jackson and husband, Devin
Bo Chandler
Ryan Chandler and wife, Ashley
Cortney Hughes and husband, Chad
Emily Cagle
Allison Cagle
Jessica Smith
Zack Smith and wife, Nicole
Savannah Dahn Cessac and husband, Collin
Logan Brown
Cayman Brown
James Martin
Livia Martin
 
Honorary Grandson: Jason Burch
 
Great Grandchildren:
McKynzie 
Taylor 
Ryan
Colton
MaKayla
Briley
Jordan
Lainey
Calob
Cole
Keaton
Kinzley
Drake
Mia
Racyn
Kayla 
Michael
Tyler
Jaycee
Hayden
Jaeleigh
Emma
Rylan 
Madison
Coy
Carter 
Carson
 
Great Great Grandchildren
Tenley
Ryker
Ally 
Avery
Chandler
 
Brother: Richard Hughes and wife, Rita, of Center
 
Brothers-in-law:
Billy Williams and wife, Cathy, of Center
Jimmy Snider and wife, Rhonda, of Timpson
Jeffrey Snider and wife, Sharon, of Carthage
Jason Snider and wife, Tiffany, of Center
 
Sister-in-law: Jimmie Hughes of Jasper
 
Mother-in-law: Johnnie Snider of Center
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
 
Lifetime Treasured Friends: Bobby and Kay Watson
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Theron Hughes and Thelma Gathwright Hughes
Wife and Mother of his children: Linda Joyce Hughes
Brothers: J.T. Hughes, Jack Hughes, Alton Hughes, Dalton Hughes, Missionary Bob Hughes, Kenneth Hughes, Johnny Hughes
Sister: Mary Hughes
 
Pallbearers will be Michael Bush, Bo Chandler, Ryan Chandler, Jason Burch, Bobby Watson and Zack Warr.  Honorary pallbearers will be Price Wilburn, Bobby Bushiey, Bill Williams, Maxie Eaves, Colton Etheridge, Hayden Hughes, Cole Chandler, Caleb Chisenhall, Drake Lutz, Keaton Smith and Rylan Halstead.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Bob Hughes Memorial Mission Fund, Central Missionary Clearinghouse, PO Box 219228, Houston, Texas 77218-9228.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

 

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Pauline Lorah


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pauline Lorah, 89, of Center, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Center.
 
Memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Rev. Karen Jones and Bro. Terry Goodnight officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
 
Mrs. Lorah was born March 29, 1928, in Lawton, Oklahoma, to Sedric Steward and Itasca Henson Steward.  She lived most of her adult years in Houston, Texas.  Shortly after moving to Center from Houston, she became a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she worshipped and participated in many church functions.  She enjoyed drinking her morning cup of coffee while sitting on her back porch overlooking birds and animals that often visited a nearby pond.  She found beauty in all of God’s creations.  She was a loving mother who enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family and friends.
 
She is survived by
Children: 
Cyndi Taylor and husband, Chris, of Tenaha
Tommy Miller and wife, Fran, of Houston
Roseanne Metcalfe of Norwich, Connecticut
 
Grandchildren:
Ricky Miller
Valarie Guzman and husband, Jorge
Dusty Taylor
Cody Taylor and wife, Elissa
Mary Otto and husband, Chris
Cindi Metcalf
 
6 Great Grandchildren
 
Brother: Neal Steward and wife, Regina, of San Antonio
 
Special Friend: Felipe Reyes
 
Preceded in death by 
Husband: George Lorah
Parents: Sedric Steward and Itasca Henson Steward
Brother: Billy Steward and wife, Rose
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made by mail to Heart to Heart Hospice, 209 Christie St., Lufkin, Texas 75904 or online www.hearttohearthospice.com
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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James Allen Cockrell


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Allen Cockrell, 67, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018, at his residence.
 
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 19, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating. Interment will follow at Sholar Cemetery in Joaquin.
 
Mr. Cockrell was born December 7, 1950, in Mansfield, Louisiana, to James Horace Cockrell and Jo Dell Edburg Cockrell.  He graduated from Joaquin High School in 1969.  Mr. Cockrell later purchased Toledo Motor Supply in Logansport, Louisiana, where he was the owner and operator for twenty nine years.  His hobbies included high school sports and vintage automobiles.  He was a huge Longhorn fan.  His family often referred to him as “Jack of all trades, master of most”.  There wasn’t much he couldn’t accomplish. A couple of his major accomplishments were serving twenty years on the Joaquin ISD School Board and also serving several years on the Shelby County Appraisal Board.  Above all, his family was the most important part of his life.  All moments spent with them were treasured moments.  Mr. Cockrell was a member of Truitt Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
 
He is survived by
Children:
James Derek Cockrell and wife, Carly, of Tenaha
Wendy Gurley and husband, Adam, of Logansport, Louisiana
 
Grandchildren:
CPL James Grafton and wife, Sarah, of California
Amy Grafton of Bossier City, Louisiana
Dalton Grafton of Bossier City, Louisiana
Jace Gurley of Logansport, Louisiana
 
Great Grandson: Miles Grafton of California
 
Brothers:
Joe Cockrell and wife, Karen, of Grayson, Louisiana
John Cockrell and wife, Karen, of Prosper
Jay Dee Cockrell and wife, Selisha, of Joaquin
 
Uncle and Aunt: Jerry and Margret Cockrell of Joaquin
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: James Horace Cockrell and Jo Dell Edburg Cockrell
Son-in-law: James Michael Grafton
Sister-in-law: Cynthia Cockrell
 
Pallbearers will be Rodney Dean, Phil Worsham, Robbie Woodfin, Kenny Weeks, Roy Cheatwood and Randy Bonner.  Honorary pallbearers will be Neal McFadden and Larry Kay. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Sholar Cemetery, c/o Jay Cockrell, 8334 Highway 84 East, Joaquin, Texas 75954.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Faye Mills


 

 

 
NAME:     MRS FAYE MILLS                                          AGE:  96     
 
ADDRESS:    SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS 
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:       03/15/2018, COLONIAL PINES NURSHING CENTER, SAN AUGUSTINE
      
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :       03/28/1921,  SAN AUGUSITNE COUNTY    
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE;      SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018, 3:00 P.M. 
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:    WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:   SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018, 1:00 TO 3:00 P.M.
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:    WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE        
 
OFFICIATING:    BRO. BUDDY PRATT; BRO. RANDY MILLS, CHARLES SHARP
 
BURIAL:  ATTOYAC CEMETERY, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY      
 
FATHER:   G.W. PATE                      MOTHER:    LUCINDA GOODWIN  
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:  HOMEMAKER 
 
CHURCH AFFILIATION:    MT. HOREB BAPTIST CHURCH, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY  
 
SURVIVED BY:  
 
SONS:  DONALD "DUNK" MILLS OF SAN AUGUSTINE, STEVE "HIPPIE" & STEPHNEA MILLS OF SAN AUGUSTINE, RANDY "MO" MILLS OF NACOGDOCHES
 
DAUGHTER:  DONNIE & TOMMY KENNEDY OF SPRING
 
DAUGHTER-IN-LAW:  TENA MILLS OF SAN AUGUSTINE
 
13 GRANDCHILDREN; 30 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN & 20 GREAT-GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN
OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS AND A HOST OF FRIENDS
 
SHE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER PARENTS G.W. & LUCINDA PATE; HUSBAND HESS MILLS; SON HENRY MILLS; DAUGHTERS, LINDA CAROL MILLS AND NELDA BURNS.  
 
 
 

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Jeanine Ann Morris


 

 

Jeannine Ann Morris, 74, of Nacogdoches, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at her residence.
 
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  
 
Mrs. Morris was born March 9, 1944, in Fremont, Ohio, to William Paul Mader and Anna Marie Kavanaugh Mader.  Her hobbies included quilting, sewing and crafting.  She enjoyed art and had a love for animals.  Some of her favorite memories were made while drinking coffee with family and friends.
 
She is survived by
Children:
Thomas Morris and wife, DeDe, of Center
Matthew Morris of Austin
Amanda Morris of Bentonville, Arkansas
Sarah Guerrero and husband, Chris, of Nacogdoches
Jennylind Doyle and husband, Tim, of Plano
 
6 Grandchildren
 
5 Great Grandchildren
 
11 Grand Cats
 
10 Grand Dogs
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
She is preceded in death by
Husband: Stephen Morris
Parents: William Paul Mader and Anna Marie Kavanaugh Mader
Sister: Mary Burnett
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The O'Malley Alley Cat Organization at http://omalleypet.org/ or call (936) 556-2754.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Richard K. Epps Jr.


 

 

 
NAME:   RICHARD K. (KEN) EPPS JR.                  AGE:    89  
 
ADDRESS:   HOUSTON, TEXAS    
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:   03/12/2018, HOUSTON, TEXAS
  
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :      07/21/1928, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE:     SATURDAY, 03/17/2018, 1:00 P.M.
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:      GRAVESIDE, ANTIOCH CEMETERY, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:       
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:      
  
OFFICIATING:    
 
BURIAL:   ANTIOCH CEMETERY, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
FATHER:  RICHARD EPPS                   MOTHER:     ROSA EPPS
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:    OIL SERVICE INDUSTRY
 
CHURCH AFFLIATION:     GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - HOUSTON
 
SURVIVED BY:     
CHILDREN:  DEBORAH VAUGHN (TOM) , RICHARD K. EPPS III, ROBERT EPPS (TERRY), 
       BETTY BRADSHAW (KENT)
11 GRANDCHILDREN & 19 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN
 
HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS BELOVED WIFE LAURA CAROLYN MATHEWS EPPS. 
 

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Larry Wayne Hubbard "Bear"


 

 

Services for Larry Wayne Hubbard "Bear" of Center will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Center Triumph Church.  Interment will follow at the Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville, TX.  Dr. Rev. Jackie Garrett will be officiating.
 
He is survived by:
 
1 Son - Brandon Suell
 
1 Daughter - Karen Jackson
 
3 Brothers - Vernon Garrett, Danny Brown, Dr. Rev. Jackie Garrett
 
1 Grandchild
 
 

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Lillie Ruth Duncan


 

 

Lillie Ruth Duncan was born October 17, 1928 in Garrison, Texas to Sam and Leaner Franks. She entered into rest on March 13, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas.
 
Funeral service will be 4:00 pm, Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Garrison Funeral Home with Bro. Michael Mars officiating burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.
 
Visitations will be 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Garrison Funeral Home.
 
Survivors:
Daughters: Carolyn Watson of Nacogdoches, Texas
Linda Kay Deason & husband Jerry of Garrison, Texas
Elaine Box & husband James of Timpson, Texas
 
Sons: Ronnie Kelly & wife Toyya of Gary, Texas
Kenneth Duncan & wife Mindy of Garrison, Texas
 
Daughter-In-Law: Diana Kelley of Nacogdoches, Texas
 
Grandchildren: Wade Watson, Dawn Ites, Shelly Hunter & husband Randy, Sam Deason & wife Amanda, Chris Box, Bryan Box & wife Staci, Chad Kelly & wife Jamie, Kirk Kelly & wife Jenny ,Chasity Phil & husband Will, Trista Kelly, Josh Kelly, Christina Duncan, Brady Plunkett
 
A host of Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
 
Preceded in death: Husbands, James C. Kelly and Bob Duncan
                                 
Son: Jimmy Kelly
                                   
Sisters: Quida Baker and Willene Bryce
 
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Walnut Grove Cemetery
 
 
 

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Clara Little


 

 

Clara Little was born September 25, 1914 in Henderson, Texas to Ike and Mollie Lunsford. She entered into rest on March 12, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas having reached the age of 103 years. She was the oldest living member of Freewell Baptist District. She was a member of Mt. Union Freewell Baptist Church. 
 
Funeral Service will be at 2:00pm, Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Visitation will be 1:00-2:00 pm before service. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Garrison, Texas. Bro. John Voss and Bro. Al Hancock will officiate the service
 
Survivors
Daughter; Dorothy Jean Little Staine of Garrison, Texas
Son; Robert Hurston Little of Garrison, Texas
Grandchildren: Roy Harris, Deborah Jean Little, Charlotte Gay Calwell, Robert Lane Little, Cheryl Cranford, Benita Loundquist.
A host of Great Grandchildren, Great Great Grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
 
Preceded in death by :
Husband; Robert Harland Little
Son; Franklin Dewayne Little
Grandson; Kenneth Harris
2 sisters and 9 brothers
 
 

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Herman Perkins


 

 

Mr. Herman Perkins, age 76, of Houston, Texas.  Mr. Perkins passed away on March 6, 2018 at his residence in Houston, Texas.  He was a native of the Geneva Community in Sabine County. 
 
FUNERAL SERVICE
 
Pending at this time.
 
 

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Juanita Watson


 

 

NAME:   JUANITA WATSON                  AGE:  76    
 
ADDRESS:  SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS       
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:   03/12/2018, RESIDENCE, SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS  
  
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    05/13/1942, SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE:    WEDNESDAY, 03/14/2018, 2:00 P.M.
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:      WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:       TUESDAY, 03/13/2018, 5-8 P.M.
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:      WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, SAN AUGUSTINE
  
OFFICIATING:   BRO. MIKE NEAL
 
BURIAL:   LIBERTY HILL MEMORIAL GARDEN, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
FATHER:  ALTON RAMEY               MOTHER:    IDA ROSS     
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:   HOMEMAKER 
 
SURVIVED BY:     
 
DAUGHTERS:  BRENDA THOMAS, BARBARA OWENS, TRESA JACKSON, ANGELA JACKSON
NUMEROUS GRANDCHILDREN, GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, COUSINS & FRIENDS
 
SHE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER PARENTS; HUSBAND, CALVIN WATSON AND
DAUGHTER, JENNIE WATSON 
 
 
 

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James Hairgrove


 

 

 

james Edward Hairgrove 92, left this world on March 13, 2018 in Houston, TX.  He was born on February 21, 1926 on the family farm in the Buena Vista Community near Timpson, TX, to Wilburn N. and Pearl Burns Hairgrove.  He was the oldest of seven children and attended his first few years of school in Tenaha, TX, moving to the Buena Vista School for 3rd through 8th grades and graduating from Timpson High School in 1943. After a one-year deferment for being the oldest son on a working farm, James Edward served in the US Army in WWII from January 1945 until November 1946.  He trained to invade Japan by land, leaving port the same day the first atomic bomb was dropped.  He became part of the occupation forces on Okinawa, where he guarded Japanese prisoners who he said were just as relieved the war was over as he was.
Upon returning home, James Edward attended classes at Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston where he majored in Electrical Engineering while working for Houston Lighting & Power, where he remained for 15 years. 
 
After being introduced by friends from their respective jobs, Jim (as he was known in Houston) and Grace Rehrig (originally of Easton, PA) were married on March 1, 1957 in Houston and were blessed with two children, Kay Ann (1958) and Ronald James (1961). They resided in southeast Houston until moving to Pearland in the early 1970’s to a new home that Jim designed, built and lived in until moving to assisted living in 2016.
 
Jim became a Master Electrician and Owner of Certified Electric, an electrical contracting company that specialized in residential and small commercial projects.  He and Grace ran the company together for over twenty years before selling the business.  In retirement, Jim began remodeling his weekend home at Lake Murvaul, where the family has spent many happy times together.  His other hobbies included photography and woodworking.
He is survived by his daughter Kay Hairgrove Krenek and husband Wilfred of Houston, TX, daughter-in-law Susan Flournoy Hairgrove and grandson James Colton Hairgrove of Tenaha, TX, sisters Wilma Culp of Lampasas, TX and Frances McIntyre of Timpson, TX, brothers Franklin Hairgrove and Bill Hairgrove, both of Timpson, TX as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Grace, their son Ronald James Hairgrove of Tenaha, TX, his brother Van Hairgrove of Center, TX and sister JoNell Young of Marshall, TX. 
A visitation will be held at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, TX on Friday, March 16 from 5:00-7:00 PM followed by a funeral service on Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 AM, also at Taylor Funeral Home. Internment will follow at Buena Vista Cemetery.  Special appreciation to Maria Perales of Pearland, TX, who assisted Jim over the last 18 years and to the caring staff of Fairbanks Court Assisted Living in Houston.
 
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to his family’s Historic Texas Cemetery, established in 1851 and recognized by the Texas Historical Commission. 
 
Buena Vista Cemetery
c/o Frances McIntyre
3442 CR 4916
Timpson TX  75975-9336

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Dorice Marjorie McKinley Anderson


 

 

Dorice Marjorie McKinley Anderson, 90, of Tenaha, Texas, received her blessed release  on March 8, 2018, in Mt. Enterprise. She was born on August 20, 1927 in Houston, Texas, to George Elliot McKinley and Annalee Schultze McKinley. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Mangum Funeral Home with visitation prior to the service from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.  Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in the Fellowship Community in Joaquin. 
 
Dorice grew up in Houston and was a member of The Disciples of Christ Church, where her mother was the organist and her father sang routinely as a soloist. She graduated from high school and then attended The University of Houston Business College. She met Charles Henry Anderson when he was visiting friends living in her neighborhood, and they married a year later on January 22, 1949, a union that would span sixty years. Shortly after their marriage, Dorice worked as an executive secretary for Bilbo Redding Drilling Company in Houston until moving to Alvin, Texas, in 1963. She later worked at Alvin Elementary School as an administrative assistant to the principal.  She retired in 1990 and moved with Charles to their farm in East Texas near Flat Fork Creek. Widowed in 2009, Dorice continued to live at the farm, caring for her land and animals. 
 
Dorice was a woman of many talents and abilities. She loved the challenge of learning, teaching herself to needlepoint and to crochet, to grow roses, herbs and fruit trees, and invent delicious recipes.  She read the “Houston Post” daily and kept up with the latest styles in fashion. Meanwhile, her daily attire usually included rubber boots: she fed songbirds, hummingbirds, cats and dogs. 
 
She relished the outdoors. An expert camper, she guided her Girl Scout troops on primitive camping excursions. She loved being a scout leader.  While serving as president of the South Texas Girl Scout Council, Dorice was instrumental in the acquiring the Scouts’ very first camp, located along the Colorado River. She also created an after school program where scouts helped at-risk children do their homework.  Later, she would continue volunteering with children through teaching Sunday School.
 
Dorice, as wife, mother, and homemaker, was a gracious hostess who entertained often, preparing all the party food by hand--from slow-simmered Cajun dishes to decadent confections. Dorice doted on her children and grandchildren, baking their favorite treats, finding fun activities for their amusement, and always making them feel especially loved.
   
Dorice is survived by her daughter, Denise Anderson Harclerode and husband, Scott Harclerode, of Mount Enterprise, Texas,  her son, John Ellis Anderson of Pounchatoula, Louisiana; granddaughter Cara Leigh Harclerode Case and husband, Christopher Scott Case of Longview, Texas; granddaughter Katherine O’Brien Harclerode of Highland Park, Texas; and granddaughter Stephanie Lee Anderson of San Antonio, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends, including Mary Kay Longnecker and Betty Jo Longnecker Jacobs of Granbury, Texas.
   
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles Henry Anderson; her parents, George and Annalee McKinley; and brothers, George Elliot McKinley, Jr. and William Charles McKinley.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Shelby County Outreach Ministries Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1029, Center, Texas, 75935.
 
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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Dorice Anderson


 
 
 
Dorice Anderson, 90, of Tenaha, Texas, passed away on March 8, 2018 in Mt. Enterprise. She was born on August 20, 1927 in Houston, Texas to George Elliot McKinley and Annalee Schultze McKinley. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Scott Harclerode officiating. Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in the Fellowship Community in Joaquin.
 
 
 
A visitation will be prior to service time from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
 
 
 
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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Grace Choron


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Choron found eternal peace on 9 March 2018. Grace was born 4 November 1920 in Shelby County and lived to be 97. She enjoyed a lifetime of events, monumental milestones, and a wonderful family.
 
Grace graduated Center High School with the class of 39. Afterwards, she would marry the love of her life and be together with him for 59 years. She worked a variety of jobs ranging from farm work with her family to Western Auto. But she would find her biggest success with opening her own floral business known as Grace’s Nursery, where she provided some of the best floral products to Shelby County for over 30 years.
 
After her retirement, she enjoyed a little travel and spending more time enjoying her hobbies which included watching the Dallas Cowboys, wrestling, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 
 
She would be the first to tell you that, all though we mourn the loss of a loved one, it is the acceptance of Jesus that grants us eternal life. 
 
She is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Maybelle Askew
Her husband, Wilton Choron
Her son, James (Jimmy) Choron
Brothers and sisters Norris, Dorris, Morris, and Iris
 
She is survived by her grandchildren,
Erik and wife Valerie Choron
Megan Choron
Heather and husband Steven Munding 
 
Great grandchildren 
Lydia Choron
Reilly Henderson
Cameron Cubstead
Lillian Choron-Munding
Guinevere Choron-Munding
Alexis Choron-Munding
Breanna Hartley
 
Family friends Stanley Pritchett and Lisa Adams
 
And numerous nieces and nephews 
 
A special thank you to the staff of Pine Grove Nursing Home and Affinity Hospice, she considered you all family and loved all of you. 
 
 
Services will be presided by Bro. Gordon Vaughn with the assistance of Eastern Star Lodge No. 348 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., with interment following at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 
 
 

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George Springer


 

 

Funeral for George Springer, 71, of Garrison, Texas will be at 2:00 pm, Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas with Bro. John McGuire officiating, Burial will be at Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.
 
Mr. Springer died Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Tyler, Texas. He was born March 21, 1946.
 
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Garrison Funeral Home.
 
 

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Louis Troy Risinger


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Troy Risinger, 70, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on March 6, 2018 in Shelbyville. He was born on April 6, 1947 in Center, Texas to Carvie Cora Risinger Robinson. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Windham, Bro. Don Windham and Rev. Jacob Casey officiating. Interment will follow at West Hamilton Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 
 
Troy grew up in the Dunnigan Community and attended Shelbyville ISD. He knew Edith Wilburn his entire life, but he had never worked up the courage to ask her out. One day, Troy and a friend of his saw Edith and her friend, Gracie in the middle of the road in their bathing suits. At that moment, Troy took a chance. They went on a double date and the rest is history. The two dated from 1967 until 1970 when they joined hands in marriage on March 20th and stood by one another’s side until Troy’s passing.
 
For 21 years, Troy worked as a carpenter in Vidor before retiring. He was a master at his trade and enjoyed his career over the years. Troy was at peace in the outdoors. Sometimes he would just sit outside and soak in the sunset each evening adoring God’s masterpiece. He also loved to fish and hunt with his family. You might find them on the bridge at Sleepy’s or hunting wolves and foxes. No matter where they were, the time together was treasured. Troy’s daughters learned a lot about life and about the outdoors shadowing him. He showed them how to fox hunt, how to truck camp and even all the tricks involved in a game of 42. His love for the Lord was the most important lesson he tried to instill in his children and grandchildren.   Raising their voices together in praise was a common occurrence. They loved to sing and play guitar at church, family gatherings and revivals. He also loved singing with OC There were times when Troy would sit back and listen to his daughters. In those moments, he found true contentment hearing them use their vocal talents for God’s glory. Pawpaw, as his beloved grandchildren called him, had a special place in his heart for the grandbabies. They were his pride and joy and some of the most beautiful memories of love and laughter were made when they were all together. 
 
He was an easy-going man that would sit back and watch the RFD channel and the Weather Channel somedays and then other days, you might catch him watching old Westerns. There probably wasn’t one that he didn’t see. Troy also loved a good seafood buffet. He really enjoyed it when everyone in the family would get together to eat. Often the highlight of Troy’s day would be his nightly phone call with his cousin Betty Nell. He looked forward to their conversations each night and they would talk for hours. Troy was a light in this world to everyone who knew him. He had a nickname for everyone, but you knew that meant he loved you. So many wonderful memories were made over the years with Troy and will be treasured in the years to come. 
 
He was a member of Pine Forest Masonic Lodge #1420 since 1982. He was also a member of the Easter Star Vidor Lodge #914 and Sabine Carpenters Local of Beaumont.
 
Troy is survived by his wife, Edith Risinger of Shelbyville; daughters, Jennifer Stroud and husband, Stephen of Shelbyville, Tammy Casey and husband, Jacob of Huntington, Jackie Chauvin and husband, Armand of Nederland, and Janet McGowan and husband, Russell of Kountze; grandchildren, Xavier Pierce and wife, Sara of Porter, OC Stroud and Wife, Courtney of Joaquin, Britni Swearingen and husband, Kyle of Kountze, Reece Stroud of Shelbyville and girlfriend, Sheridan Sharp of Henderson,  Jon McGowan and Emilie McGowan of Kountze; great-grandchild, LilyAnn Stroud of Joaquin; and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. Troy is also survived by Clinton Risinger who was like a son to him and by his best friends, “Brother” Henry Norris, Cotton Wilburn and Robert Risinger. 
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Carvie Robinson and grandparents, Jim and Cora Risinger.
 
Pallbearers will be Xavier Pierce, OC Stroud, Reece Stroud, Jon McGowan, Kyle Swearingen, Henry Norris and Clinton Risinger. 
 
Honorary pallbearers are Cotton Wilburn, Robert Risinger, and all of his Mason Brothers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Texas. 
 
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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Fred Mandrell Willams Jr.


 
 
Funeral service for Mr. Fred Mandrell Williams, Jr.  (61) of Glenn Heights, Texas will be Friday, March 16, 2018 at Friendship Baptist Church in Tenaha, Texas at 1:00pm.  Mr.  Williams died March 7, 2018 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Williams was born April 12, 1956.  Pastor, Carlton Walls will be officiating.   
 
Mr. Williams is survived by:
 
Wife:  Mildred Williams of Glenn Heights, Texas 
 
Daughter:  Ivanna Williams of Los Angeles, California  
 
           
Visitation:   Thursday, March 15, 2018 from the hours of 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Hicks Chapel.
             
Committal:  Bo Bo Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas 
 
Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 
 
 

 

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Samantha Grigsby


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha Grigsby, 49, of Timpson, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.
 
Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.
 
Mrs. Grigsby was born November 5, 1968, in Beaumont, Texas, to Jack Graham Grigsby and Judy Shirlene Hiller.  She was a member of Christian Motorcycle Association and was of the Christian faith.
 
She is survived by
Children:
Danielle Grigsby of Timpson
Scott Husband of Kerrville
Suzanna Husband of Timpson
 
Grandchildren:
Jasper Lee Jordan 
Chris Leewayne Bolton
Allen Jerome White Jr.
 
Brothers and Sisters:
Mark Chantzifotis of Baytown
Mary Chantzifotis of Tenaha
Jeanne Grigsby of Willis
Cora Grigsby of Willis
Tammy Johnson of Austin
 
A number of other family members and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Jack Graham Grigsby and Judy Shirlene Hiller
Brother: Michael Chantzifotis
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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Ruby Browning


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ruby Browning, 91, of Winnsboro, Louisiana, passed away on March 8, 2018 in San Augustine. She was born on September 14, 1926 in Winnsboro, Louisiana to John Wesley McCoy and Ora Clark McCoy. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Young’s Community Funeral Home in Winnsboro, Louisiana. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Winnsboro. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Young’s Community Funeral Home. 
 
Ruby grew up in Gilbert, Louisiana and Chase, Louisiana. She graduated from Gilbert High School. After graduation, she met Albert Browning on the streets of Winnsboro, Louisiana and the two hit it off immediately. They were married on November 7, 1945 and remained faithfully by one another’s side until Albert’s passing. Ruby’s number one priority was serving her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She loved going to church and to gospel singings. There was no better feeling than gathering together with God’s people in fellowship and praise. In her free time, Ruby also enjoyed sewing, gardening and quilting. Some of her most precious and memorable moments were spent surrounded by her family. During her lifetime, Ruby was a member of Freedom Missionary Bible Baptist Church and Temple Baptist Church.
 
Ruby is survived by her daughter, Patricia Heinstchel; grandchildren, Ann Newsom and husband, Gene, DeWayne Netherland and wife, Lori, Terry Netherland, Joseph Hemphill and wife, Carla, Albert David Hemphill and wife, Belinda, Danny Hemphill and wife, Connie, and Sarah Stokes and husband, Denton; great-grandchildren, Blake Smith and wife, Ariel, Travis Newsom, Erica Newsom, Ethan Newsom, Summer Hemphill, Chasity Estis, Jessica Hemphill, Alyvia Hemphill, Dane Hemphill, Heather Daniels, Robert J. Hemphill, Wiley Stokes, and Maddie Stokes; great-great grandchildren, Sophia Dutoit, Braxton Richardson, Liam Estis, Bryant Newsom, Hagen Newsom, Mekanna Daniels, Bella Daniels, Negan Daniels and Casyn Punchard.
 
She is preceded in death by her husband, Albert Browning; parents, John and Ora McCoy; infant son, John William Browning; daughter, Ruby Jean Netherland; brothers, John McCoy, JR McCoy, Huey McCoy and Oscar McCoy; sisters, Pearl Langston, Opal Kelsey, Jewel Templeton and Katherine Barber; and son-in-law, Glenn Heintschel. 
 
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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Jack Palmer


 
 
 
 
Jack Palmer, 75, of Center, Texas, passed away on March 6, 2018 in Center. He was born on October 6, 1942 in Port Arthur, Texas to Delbert Jack Palmer and Dorothy M. Abshire Palmer. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. A private interment will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Park. 
 
Jack lived in Port Arthur until the age of nine when his family moved to Tenaha. After a brief stay there, they eventually settled in Center where Jack would graduate from Center High School with the class of 1961. 
 
Jack was a quiet and reserved man. From a young age he developed a passion for cars and most especially he loved his 1932 Ford Hot Rod. He and some of his friends even had a car club in high school called the “Pacemakers.” There was nothing better than getting out on a bright and sunny day to cruise the city streets in his pride and joy. He also liked to fire up the barbecue pit and to cook for his family and friends. Those precious moments spent with the ones closest to him will be treasured forever. 
 
Jack is survived by his brother, Kenneth Palmer and wife, Ella; nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends. 
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Dorothy Palmer.
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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Jenny V. Thompson


 

 

 
Mother Jenny V. Thompson of the Todd Springs Community passed away on Thursday 1st at the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.  Services will be Sunday 11th at 1 p.m. at Center Triumph Church with Elder Richard McCowin officiating.  Burial will follow in the Thompson Cemetery.
 
She is survived by:
 
5 Sons Prince Melton & Delphine Thompson, Marvin Thompson, Leonard Earl Thompson, Prince Archie & Sharon Thompson and Stephan & Feleshia Thompson  
 
2 Daughters Clara & Gilbert Dergin, Ruthie Thompson 
 
26 Grandchildren, 45 Great Grandchildren, 3 Great, Great,Grandchildren
 
3 Sister - Althea Horn, Earnestine Nichols, Lutherine Scott
 
 

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Irvin Geroge Bryant


 

 

Mr. Irvin George Bryant  passed away on February 25th. Services will be on Saturday 10th at 12 noon at the Bryant Temple COGIC with Elder Freeman Bryant officiating.  Burial will follow in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Garrison.
 
He is survived by:
 
Wife - Wanda Steed Bryant 
 
Daughter - Monica Bryant 
 
3 Sisters - Annie L. Coleman, Mary Speight, Essie & Kevin Richard 
 
3 Brothers - Elder Freeman & Onie Bryant, Buria & Debra Bryant, and Lannas Bryant Jr. 
 
 
 

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Ada Smith


 

 

Ada Smith of Gary passed away on Saturday 3rd at Panola Care Rehab.  Visitation will be Friday 9th from 7-9 p.m. at Community Funeral Home Chapel.  Services will be Saturday 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the New Life Fellowship in Carthage with Rev.  Raymond Ingram officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Tenaha.
 
3 Daughters - Mattie Weatherton, Gloria Watley, Sandra Harris
 
2 Sons - James Harris, Charles Harris 
 
10 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great Great Granchildren
 
2 Sisters Margie Simmons and Delma Ruth Ashley 
 
1 Brother - Daniel Gipson
 

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Ella Wee "Doll" Johnson


 
 
Ella Wee "Doll" Johnson of the Eat Hamilton Community passed away on Saturday 3rd at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center.  Visitation will be on Saturday 10th - 11th at Bennett Chapel Baptist Church.  Funeral services will be Saturday 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the Bennett Chapel Church with Bishop W.C. Martin officiating.  Burial will follow in the Brittain Creek Cemetery in East Hamiliton.  
 
Wee "Doll" Johson is survived by:
 
2 Sons - Coleman & Annie Johnson and Donnie Johnson all of Center
 
1 Daughter - Janie Faye Johnson of Center
 
23 Grandchildren, 55 Great Grandchildren, and 24 Great Great Grandchildren
 
3 Sisters - Janie Colman, Ester Cartwright, Myrtle Osby
 
4 Brothers Lemel Cartwright and William Cartwright Jr., Elmer Fields Jr., and Thomas Carwright 
 
 

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Melba Martin


 

 

Graveside services for Melba (Jeannie) Horton Martin, 60, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 2:30PM, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Tennessee Cemetery in Timpson, Tx with Bro. John Wahl officiating.
 
Mrs. Martin passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on July 1, 1957, in Henderson, Texas.
 
Jeanne spent her childhood in Timpson where she attended school and graduated from Timpson High School. She married Ronald J. Martin on March 12, 1994, they spent a wonderful life together raising their daughter Regan. She took great pride and joy in being a mother. Jeanne was always taking care of her family and her home. You could always catch her outside in her flower beds or playing with her cats and dogs. She loved camping and was ready at moments notice if someone mentioned going. Jeanne loved spoiling her two grandchildren Ashton and Evan. She was a member of the Calvary Temple Church in Mt. Enterprise. 
 
Mrs. Martin is survived by her beloved husband, Ronald Martin; father, Bill Horton; daughter, Regan Center; brothers, Mike Horton, C.B. McDonald, and Jessie McDonald; grandchildren, Ashton Center and Evan Center.
 
She is preceded in death by her mom, Bobbie Wright.
 
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Tennessee Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.
The family of Mrs. Martin is being served by Taylor Funeral Home. To convey condolences and to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net.
 
 

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Jeanne Martin


 

 

Graveside services for Melba Jean Martin, 60, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 2:30PM, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Tennessee Cemetery in Timpson, Tx with Bro. John Wahl officiating.
 
Mrs. Martin passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on July 1, 1957, in Henderson, Texas.
 
Jeanne spent her childhood in Timpson where she attended school and graduated from Timpson High School. She married Ronald J. Martin on March 12, 1994, they spent a wonderful life together raising their daughter Regan. She took great pride and joy in being a mother. Jeanne was always taking care of her family and her home. You could always catch her outside in her flower beds or playing with her cats and dogs. She loved camping and was ready at moments notice if someone mentioned going. Jeanne loved spoiling her two grandchildren Ashton and Evan. She was a member of the Calvary Temple Church in Mt. Enterprise. 
 
Mrs. Martin is survived by her beloved husband, Ronald Martin; father, Bill Horton; daughter, Regan Center; brothers, Mike Horton, C.B. McDonald, and Jessie McDonald; grandchildren, Ashton Center and Evan Center.
 
She is preceded in death by her mom, Bobbie Wright.
 
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Tennessee Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.
 
The family of Mrs. Martin is being served by Taylor Funeral Home. To convey condolences and to sign an online register please visit www.taylorfh.net.
 
 
 
 
 

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Jimmy Ray Hinson


 

 

Jimmy Ray Hinson 71 of Center passed away on Feburary 27th at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches.  Services will take place on Tuesday, March 6th at 1 p.m. at the Center Triumph Church in Center, TX.  Rev. Coutee will be officiating for Mr. Hinson's service.  Interment will follow at the Westview Cemetery.
 
He is survived by:
 
2 Daughters: Regina Ceasar, Deandra Hinson
 
4 Sons: Keith Hinson, Kirb H. Hinson, Kimble Ceasar, Tyrone Washington
 
14 Grandchildren
 
2 Sisters: Ann Bell, Sandra Lathan
 
2 Brothers: Eugene Brown, Dr. Keith Hinson
 
 
 

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Catherine Odell Byrd Dickerson


 

 

Catherine Odell Byrd Dickerson could scarcely wait to bid this world goodbye and fly away to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in His Holy City.
 
Cathy passed into eternal life on March 3, 2018, from complications of COPD and pneumonia.  She was 79 years of age.
 
Born in Stamps, Arkansas, July 10, 1938, to John Earl and Velma Altom Byrd, Cathy lived most of her life in Magnolia, Arkansas and Joaquin, Texas.  Cathy worked hard and tried her best to fulfill her responsibilities.  She asked for and granted forgiveness generously.  Cathy walked humbly before her Savior and worshiped Him with her beautiful voice.  Now she sings to God’s glory in the angel choir.  
 
Cathy is survived by Ronald Eugene (Gene) Dickerson, the love of her life and the husband who gave her the best years of her life.  She leaves behind to honor her memory her children, Donna (Stanley Orbik) Woodard, Cindy (David) Hughes, John David (Sheri Greening) Woodard, Elizabeth (Gregory) Paterson; grandchildren, James (Robyn) Eaves, Joseph Hughes, Christina Hughes, Randy Maynard; great grandchildren, Ryann, J.J., and Brantley Eaves, Hunter Hughes; siblings, James Earl (Peggy) Byrd, Melba Davis, Shirley Nelson; her many nieces and nephews; her extended Dickerson family who loved her as their own, especially her special sister, Teresa; her special cousin, Mabel Miller; her church family at Logansport Missionary Baptist Church, especially Becky Brooks.
 
Cathy is predeceased by her parents; brother, John Earl Byrd Jr.; and two grandchildren, Tommy Hughes and Brandi Whittaker.
 
We will celebrate her life more abundant and free at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 5, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas, with Bro. Joe Walker officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 noon.  Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin, Texas.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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Fred Wayne Smith


 

 

NAME:   MR. FRED WAYNE SMITH                 AGE:   71  
 
ADDRESS:    SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS  
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:    03/01/2018, FT. WORTH, TEXAS
        
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :      07/09/1946, JASPER COUNTY, TEXAS
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE:     SUNDAY, 03/04/2018, 2:30 P.M.
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:      FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:       SUNDAY, 03/04/2018, 1:00 TO 2:30 P.M.
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:      FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, SAN AUGUSTINE
  
OFFICIATING:   REV. FRANK HOLRATH
 
BURIAL:   LIBERTY HILL MEMORIAL GARDEN, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
 
FATHER:    ALDOUS SMITH                  MOTHER:   BENNYE LOUISE RICHARDS  
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:    RETIRED FROM NEW BOSTON ISD WHERE HE WAS A FOOTBALL & TRACK COACH, ALSO TAUGHT MATH & ACCOUNTING CLASSES AT NBISD;  WORKED FOR THE SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY APPRAISAL OFFICE DOING MAPPING
 
ORGANIZATION:  TEXAS LONGHORN ASSOCIATION
 
SURVIVED BY: 
   
WIFE:  DIANE SMITH OF SAN AUGUSTINE
 
DAUGHTERS:  MELISSA STEPH & HUSBAND CHRIS OF TATUM, TX KIMBERLY MULLINS OF MANSFIELD, TX
 
SON:  ROY LYNN SMITH & WIFE CRYSTAL OF POLLOCK, TX
 
GRANDCHILDREN:  JACOB & KRISTEN, HANNAH KATE, JEREMIAH,WILL, TYLER, TITUS, BAILEY
GRACE, MADISON, ADALYNN, & DAVID LYNN
 
SISTER: CONNYE SMITH OF CRESTED BUTTE, CO.
 
SISTER-IN-LAW:  DEBBIE RIPKOWSKI OF SAGINAW, TX
 
BROTHERS-IN-LAW:  BO CARNEY & WIFE CINDY OF DAYTON, TX.  MIKE BEASLEY & WIFE PAM OF FLINT, TX.  LARRY BEASLEY & WIFE KAREN OF BROADDUS, TX
 
 
 
 

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Elroy S. Scott


 

 

Elroy S. Scott, 73, of Huffman, Texas, formerly of Broaddus, passed away on February 28, 2018 in Houston. He was born on November 13, 1944 in West Mineral, Kansas to Toy and Eula Scott. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Long Pines Baptist Church, 7243 FM 83, Broaddus, Texas 75929.
 
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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Kay Martin


 
 
Funeral service for Kay Martin, 77, of Martinsville, will be at 2:00 PM, Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Laird Funeral Home, with Bro. Don Chumley officiating. Burial will be in Martinsville Cemetery. 
Mrs. Martin passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Garrison. She was born on July 22, 1940, in San Angelo, Texas. 
 
Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Laird Funeral Home.  
As a young girl Kay attended several schools in Texas, and graduated from Center High School in 1958. 
 
She married Lamar Martin on December 26, 1958, and they recently celebrated 59 years of marriage.   Kay dedicated her life to raising her two children, David and Janet. She was the epitome of what a mother should be taking great pride in raising her children to be successful adults. The joy that her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren brought her was endless. 
 
When not caring for the needs of her family she would spend her days with Lamar taking care of the cattle at their ranch.  She always loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed the time spent at Lake Sam Rayburn surrounded by her friends and family.   Many happy days were spent with her longtime friend, Doris.  Kay enjoyed all types of music and was especially fond of the gospel music at Spring Hill Baptist Church where she was a member.  
 
Mrs. Martin is survived by her beloved husband, Lamar Martin of Martinsville; son, David L. Martin and wife, JoAnna of Center; daughter, Janet Lucas of Martinsville; grandchildren: Wesley Lucas, Jacque Holt and husband, Shad, Jason Martin, Justin Martin, Johna Underwood and husband, Joe, and Christopher Phipps; seven great grandchildren; sister, Martha Dunham and husband, Joe, of Denton, Texas, along with other family and close friends. 
She is preceded in death by her parents, W.D. Lawler and Lola Mae Easterly Lawler. 
Pallbearers for Mrs. Martin will be Wesley Lucas, Jason Martin, Sean, Martin, Kevin Martin, Perry Skipper, and David Bailey.   
 
The Martin family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Garrison Nursing Home and Accolade Hospice for the care, love and compassion shown to Mrs. Kay and the family during the recent weeks. 
 
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Martinsville Cemetery, P.O. Box 93, Martinsville, Texas, 75958. 
 
The family of Mrs. Martin is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences and to sign an online register please visit www.lairdfh.net. 
 

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Rosalee Sigler - Updated


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosalee Sigler, 51, of Center, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.  
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Bro. Austin Wiggins officiating.
 
Mrs. Sigler was born October 23, 1966, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, to Marvin Smith and Inez McKenna Smith.  She enjoyed fishing and spending time with the Sigler family.  She was of the Baptist faith.
 
She is survived by
Husband: Steve Sigler
 
Son: Jacob Benton
 
Mother: Inez Levitta Smith
 
Sisters: 
Marvitta Hall
Patsy Robertson
Dorlena Ciotuszynski and husband, Rich
Wanda Tate
Louise Tucker and husband, Randy
 
Brothers:
Randy Smith
Ronald Smith
Quannah Holeroft
 
Brothers-in-law: 
David Sigler and wife, Lisa
Michael Sigler and wife, Jodi
 
Stepchildren:
Kylie Sigler
Kaitlyn Anthony and husband, Cody
Corey Sigler and wife, Angie
James Sigler
 
Preceded in death by
Father: Marvin Smith
Brother: Marvin Smith Jr.
Step Daughter: Jessica Sigler
 
Pallbearers will be Jim Bartley, Rich Ciotuszynski, David Sigler, Michael Sigler, Rocky Windham and Randy Smith.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

 

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Norvell Holt


 

 

Norvell Holt, 97, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 26, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on June 28, 1920 in Center to Henry David Spells and Mineola Fletcher Spells. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM prior to the service on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 
 
Norvell grew up in Center and was known by everyone around as “Peewee.” She had to leave school in the eighth grade because her family needed her at home. Norvell helped to take care of her eight siblings each day, cooking, cleaning, and tending to their needs. From a young age, she learned what it meant to be selfless and caring, and those traits stayed with her throughout her life. She had a true servant’s heart and never thought twice about extending a helping hand wherever it was needed. After leaving home, Norvell went to work for Citizen’s Bank in Center where she was head bookkeeper there. She retired after 27 years with the bank. The most precious moments in Norvell’s life were spent surrounded by family and friends. Whether it was cooking amazing cuisine or enjoying a game of 42, the laughter and love shared within the walls of her home will be treasured forever. Norvell was a member of the Hurst Street Church of Christ in Center. 
 
Norvell is survived by her sons, Jay Williams and wife, Dee of Center and Ronald Williams and wife, Jean of Nacogdoches; sister, Leola Eaves of Center; grandchildren, Erin Williams of Nacogdoches, Stephanie Williams of Bentonville, Arkansas, Stephen Williams and wife, Tanya of Center and Shay Williams and wife, Bonnie of Pharr; and nine great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husbands, AJ Williams and Ira “Harry” Holt; parents, Henry and Mineola Spells; seven siblings; and grandson, Chris Williams.
 
Pallbearers Stephen Williams, Shay Williams, Tristan Williams, Zachary LeBouff, David Eaves, and Wendell Williams.
 
Honorary pallbearer will be Bobby Spells.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Sunny Glen Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1373, San Benito, Texas 78586.
 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.
 
 

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Johnny Mack Brown


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnny Mack Brown, 65, of Tenaha, TX passed away February 9, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 24, 1952 in Spiro, OK to Lee Roy & Viola Brown. 
 
Johnny Mack was drafted to the Army where he graduated top in his class at sniper school & went on to become a Paratrooper. While serving in the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal after surviving malaria & 9 days in a coma. 
 
He was a jack of all trades with a work ethic like none other. A great provider & protector, always doing what he can to help others. His charismatic personality always made for exciting & interesting conversations. He will truly be missed by many. 
 
He is survived by his daughters Shannon Ritter of Humble, TX; Amy Kennedy and husband, Dusty of Searcy, AR; Kim Headly and husband, Brian of Stuttgart, AR; Amber Savoy and husband, Joshua of Houston, TX. 
 
Siblings Dorothy Ables and husband, Curtis; Alice Marshall and husband Willie Ray; Roy Thomas Brown and wife, Opal; Lewis Ray Brown and wife, Linda; Ruth Hollis and husband, Gene; David Brown and wife, Jeanette. 
 
Grandchildren Casey Henrikson, Brandon Bradley, Justin Headly, Derrick Willis, Ariana Arredondo, Hannah Willis, Illianna Kennedy, Mariah Savoy, Simona Kennedy, Avalon Ritter, & Mackenzie Savoy. 
 
Great-Grandchildren Brylee & Sawyer Barks. 
 
And many nieces & nephews.  
 
Memorial will be held at his residence on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 1 p.m. 
 
 
 
 

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Myoe Min


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Myoe Min, 28, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 19, 2018 in Center. He was born on January 12, 1990 in Myanmar. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.
 
Myoe moved to the United States in 2007 and went straight to work in Arizona and then Iowa before moving to Texas. He began working for Tyson in 2015. Myoe was not afraid to get his hands dirty and was an extremely hard working individual. A large part of his motivation was family. He did all that he could to help support his parents, brothers and sisters that still live in Myanmar. He was so proud of one of brothers in Myanmar, Naing Naing Puang, who graduated from college. Myoe stood behind him in this accomplishment and did what he could to help get him through that journey. Although he worked hard, he also enjoyed taking a break and playing or watching soccer with his family and friends here in the states. Myoe was a very quiet and reserved young man, but he loved his family beyond words and will be dearly missed. 
 
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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