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Helen P. Southerland


 

 

Helen P. Southerland, 79, of Georgetown, passed away Monday, August 13, 2018, in Pflugerville.
 
Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, August 17, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
 
Ms. Southerland was born October 20, 1938, in Center, to George Mitchell and Lela Hughes Mitchell.  She grew up in the Sardis Community of Shelby County and graduated from Center High School.  After high school, she lived in Houston, Dallas, Joaquin and later Georgetown.  Helen was a vibrant and independent woman who never realized how beautiful she was both inside and out. Although she had careers in the telecommunications, finance, tech, and grocery industries, Helen’s primary occupation was as a loving mother and sister. Blessed with a sharp mind and a quick wit, Helen was the life of the party and loved nothing more than playing games of Scrabble and 42 with her sisters Louie Don and Georgia and her nephew Mitchell. In her later years, Helen relocated to Central Texas and, together with her daughter Candy, she spent many weekends exploring the Hill Country and restaurants in and around Austin. 
 
She is survived by
Daughter: Candy Southerland of Pflugerville
 
Sisters:
Dixie Whiteside of Sardis
Louie Don Speedy and husband, Richard, of Houston
Georgia Bloodgood of Campti
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Son: John Southerland
Parents: George Mitchell and Lela Hughes Mitchell
 
 

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Drue Harris


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Drue Harris, 88, of Center, Texas, passed away on August 13, 2018 in Center. He was born on September 23, 1929 in Fairplay, Texas to Turner Edward Harris and Madaline Ruby Wyatt Harris. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Harris Cemetery in Fairplay with Bro. Robert Ortigo officiating. A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.  
 
Drue grew up in Starville and worked on the custodial staff at Henderson ISD until retirement. Drue met Mary Ellen Anderson at church in 1989 and immediately was smitten. On July 3, 1990, the two were married and built a beautiful life together with their families for 28 years. Drue was so good to Mary Ellen and was devoted to doing whatever he could for her and their children. Drue loved to talk. Some of his favorite topics were sharing stories about his parents and his job at the pecan orchard. He was also very devoted to his faith in the Lord. He treasured the moments spent listening to his wife read the Bible to him as well as listening to the Gaither’s gospel group. Drue could sit for hours just watching them on VHS tapes. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors farming, gardening and taking care of the lawn. Drue was a member of Church of God in White Oak. 
 
Drue is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Anderson Harris; sons, James Allen Dunahoe of Gladewater, Billy Joe Dunahoe and wife, Rhonda of Gladewater, Jack Edwin Dunahoe of Gladewater and Samuel Elton Smalley of Houston; daughters, Kathy Thigpen and husband, Jerry of Woodville, Barbara Jean Sorrells and husband, Jesse of Gladewater and Theresa Jones and husband, Buck of Joaquin; sisters, Barbara Ann Harris Brown of San Antonio and Linda Gay Harris of Winona; niece, Sherry Reed and husband, Wayne of Starville; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Turner and Madaline Harris and his sister, Evelyn Deloris Roberts.
 
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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Janice Carol Snider


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janice Carol Snider, 75, of Garrison, formerly of Center, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Houston.
 
Memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Central Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Danny Dodson officiating. 
 
Mrs. Jan was born July 21, 1942, in Many, Louisiana, to Alva Louis Tarver and Carro Boydstun Tarver.  
 
She is survived by
Daughter: Kristi Parfait and husband, Clyde
 
Grandchildren: 
Maylee 
Cayden
Kynlee
Shon and wife, Brigitte
 
Son: Kevin Weldon
 
Grandchildren:
Sarah 
Ashley 
 
Daughter: Ava Sumners and husband, Terry
Grandchildren:
Christopher 
Lauren
 
Son: Kerry Weldon and wife, Sharyn
 
A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Brother: Richard Tarver and wife, Mary Beth
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Jerrel Snider
Son: Kendall Weldon
Parents: Alva Louis Tarver and Carro Boydstun Tarver
 
 
 
 

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Lisa Jo Stephenson


 

 

Lisa Jo Stephenson, 57, of Gary, Texas passed away on August 12, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Born August 30, 1960, in Carthage, Texas, Lisa Jo is the daughter of the late Marlin Joe Stephenson and Barbara Jeff Stephenson.  Graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Mt. Bethel Cemetery, FM 999, Gary, Texas.  
 
 
 
Lisa Jo was raised in Gary, Texas and graduated from Gary High School.  After graduation she went to work for Acme Brick in Garrison before retiring after 30 years of service. She was also employed with Nuverra Environmental Solutions. She enjoyed farming, ranching, and sorting.  Lisa Jo was an extremly hard worker always having a positive outlook on life and circumstances.  She showed cattle, competed in sorting and ranch rodeo events, bringing home buckles for her extreme effort.  Lisa Jo was an avid Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo fan, entering and competing in the annual BBQ cookoff each year.  She had a phenominal dutch oven cobbler.  She loved cooking outdoors in her dutch oven cookware.  Lisa Jo had two special companions, “Cowgirl” her dog, and “Jasper” her horse whom she loved to ride.  
 
 
 
She is survived by her aunt, Dixie Watkins of Carthage, Texas; cousins, Barbara Cook, Caddell Stephenson and wife Gaye, Danny Stephenson and wife Linda, Michael Stephenson and wife Patsy, Sammy Stephenson and wife Charlotte, Jerry Stephenson and wife Patricia, Dewayne Shinn and wife Sharon, Carry Shinn and wife Karen, Darrell Shinn and wife Leeann, Sandy Hendricks and husband Craig, Larry Crump and wife Liliana;  Larry Don Vines and wife Sheena; and numerous other cousins and friends that will miss her dearly.
 
 
 
Lisa Jo is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and sister, Teresa Stephenson, and the love of her life Bruce Johnson.
 
 
 
To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net.
 
 

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Juanita Bush


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juanita Bush, 96, of Center, Texas, passed away on August 9, 2018 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. She was born on November 14, 1921 in Shelby County to Fred Franks and Tommie Strawn Franks. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Perkins and Bro. Kris Groda officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.
 
A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. 
 
Juanita grew up in Shelby County. She graduated from Cooper High School in Arcadia and later continued her education to receive her Associate’s Degree as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). Juanita worked for Shelby Regional Medical Center and at Holiday Nursing Home. She was a kind and loving woman dedicated to helping care for her family. 
 
Juanita is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Golden of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Connie Stewart and husband, Ronnie of Cookville; grandchildren, Rodney Golden and wife, Sonya of Center, Rhonda Deininger of Tulsa, Oklahoma, DeAnn Jonte’ and husband, Jay of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Derek Golden of San Antonio and Ty Abston and wife, Anne of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Grace Ann Deininger of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Taylor Anne and husband, Kort Breaux of Boerne, Tanner Abston of Dallas and Garrett Jonte’ of Lexington, Kentucky; and numerous other nieces, nephews, family and friends. 
 
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ozroe Bush; parents, Fred and Tommie Franks; brothers, Henry D. Franks, Howard Franks and Harold Franks; and sisters, Bobbie Badger and Freda Mae LaBeth.
 
Pallbearers will be Rodney Golden, Derek Golden, Kerry Franks, J.D. Franks, Jay Jonte, Ty Abston and Mike LaBeth.
 
Honorary pallbearers are Pat Franks and Darren Wiggins. 
 
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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Fredrick Clyde Bryan


 
 
Memorial service for Fredrick Clyde Bryan, age 87, of Center, Texas, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018, at the Center United Pentecostal Church Fellowship Hall (old church) officiated by Charles Geuin.
 
Clyde was born January 9, 1931, in San Augustine County at White City to Jefferson Bryan and Loda Lee (Gregory) Bryan.
 
At the age of 18, Clyde joined the Army Air Corp.  Shortly before discharge, he married Anna Laura Hixanbaugh and remained married for 60 years.  They had four children: Fred, Judi, Don and John Bryan.
 
After discharge, he worked as a pipe liner, lumberjack in Oregon, explosive expert, and for 26 years was a boiler maker.  He retired to Center, Texas, close to his home town of Broaddus.  After retirement, he enjoyed gardening and studying the Bible.
 
He is survived by his daughter, Judi and husband John Michael Carpenter of Broadalbin, N.Y.; son, John Bryan and wife Teresa of Kelso, Washington; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; brothers, Hedrick Bryan, Gerald Dwain Bryan and wife Bonney Marie, Lloyd Bryan and wife Lois; sister, Dessie Christian Cowan and husband Howell.
 
He is preceded in death by wife, Anna Laura; sons, Fred and Don; parents, Jefferson and Loda Bryan; brothers, Jefferson Ray Bryan, William Marion Bryan and Arthur; sisters, Mary Ann Bryan and Armatha Sue Amore.
 
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Leukemia Foundation.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

 

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Joyce Dorris


Funeral Service for Joyce Dorris age 85, of Garrison, Texas will be at 1:00pm, Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Arlam Baptist Church, Garrison, Texas with Bro. Darrell Pollard officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Garrison, Texas/ Mrs. Dorris died Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Garrison, Texas. She was born December 26, 1932 in Dallas, Texas. Visitation will be from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Arlam Baptist Church, Garrison, Texas before service.

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Lola Mae Davis


 

 

Lola Mae Davis, 85, of Center, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, at her residence.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Rusty Hall officiating.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.
 
Mrs. Davis was born December 12, 1932, in Shelbyville, to Frank Denby and Iva Scarborough Denby.  She enjoyed reading, gardening and cooking.  Her favorite times were those spent with family and friends.  Mrs. Davis was a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church in Huxley.
 
She is survived by
Husband of 61 years: Buck Davis of Center
 
Children:
Lynn Davis and wife, Yolanda, of Center
Joyce Dean and husband, Junior, of Shelbyville
Howard Davis and wife, Patty, of Center
 
Grandchildren:
Tim Parker and wife, Emily, of Minden, Louisiana
Brittany Foster and husband, Matt, of Center
Josh Davis and wife, Lindsay, of Center
Clayton Dean of Shelbyville
 
Great Grandchildren:
Carson Parker
Case Parker
Roman Foster
Ivy Foster
Raylee Davis
Hayes Davis
 
Sisters:
Merle Farmer and husband, John, of Shreveport, Louisiana
Ola Bell Arney of Adrian, Missouri
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Frank Denby and Iva Scarborough Denby
Sisters: Annie Ruth Coots, Fronie Moore
 
Pallbearers will be Tim Parker, Josh Davis, Danny Scarborough, Matt Foster, Billy Davis and Sonny Davis.  Honorary pallbearers will be Carson Parker, Clay Dean, John Koltonski and Roman Foster.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church, 177 CR 2450, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.
 
A special thanks to Affinity Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of our wife and mother.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Lynnette Ann Bosman


 
 
 
 
Lynnette Ann Bosman, 57, of Houston, Texas, passed away on August 2, 2018 in Humble, TX. She was born on August 26, 1960 in Houston, Texas to Jake Stoll and Margaret Blackburn Stoll. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center. 
 
A visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at Mangum Funeral Home in Center. 
 
Lynnette (Lenny) grew up in Houston where she met Walter Bosman, Jr. The two were married on July 25, 1980 and spent over 34 beautiful years together before his passing in 2015. Jr. truly was the great love of her life.  Outside of her career as a property manager, Lenny enjoyed crocheting and various other crafts, playing online games and poker, tending to her plants and working through numerous puzzle books. She was candid and outspoken, generous to others in times of need and loved her children and grandchildren.  She was extremely proud of the family she had created with Jr. 
 
Lynnette is survived by her son, Walter Bosman III and wife, Alyssa of Katy; daughter, Christie Bosman and significant other, Oscar Rodriguez of Cypress; brothers, Paul Lonneberg and wife, Ernestine of Anniston, Alabama and Kirk Lonneberg and wife, Janet of Baytown; sisters, Sandra Mauro of Katy, Diana Graham and husband, Don of Baytown and Karen Wright and Stacy Childress of San Saba; grandchildren, Jett Bosman and Meagan Behrens.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Bosman, Jr.; parents, Jake and Margaret Stoll; grandparents Meta and Jake Stoll Sr. and brother-in-law, Nick Mauro.
Pallbearers will be Walter Bosman III, Oscar Rodriguez, Don Graham, Don Graham III, Allen O’Quain and Clint Collins.
 
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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Martin "Marty" Mikesh


 

 

Martin “Marty” Mikesh, 54, of Timpson, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, at his residence.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jerry Green officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
 
Mr. Mikesh was born December 31, 1963, in Kountze, to Raymond Mikesh and Betty Rhodes Mikesh.  He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.  Mr. Mikesh was a member of Timpson Fire Department and Emergency Ambulance Service.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Tammy Mikesh of Timpson
 
Children:
Ashley Mikesh Durrett and husband, Jason, of Timpson
Brian Mikesh and wife, Ashley, of Silsbee
Phillip Mikesh and wife, Ciera, of Timpson
David Lawhorn and wife, Nora, of Timpson
MeLisa Moore and husband, Danny, of Beaumont
 
Grandchildren:
Christopher Booker
Angel Booker
Cody Booker
James Durrett
Dusty Durrett
Braxton Mikesh
James Mikesh
Briley Mikesh
Shane Mikesh
Jacob Mikesh
Autumn Lawhorn
David Lawhorn Jr.
Victoria Lawhorn
Allison Lawhorn
Danny Moore Jr. and wife, Jessica
Kristin Powell
Joshua Moore
 
Great Grandchildren:
Faith
Jeremiah
Colton
Taylor
Kali
Khloe
 
Siblings:
Betsy Byrd and husband, Jimmy, of Carthage
Bubba Mikesh and wife, Iva, of Center
Karen Wilkinson and husband, Tommy, of Tenaha
Angel Rodgers and husband, Rodney, of Joaquin
 
Mother-in-law: Mary Stephenson of Timpson
 
Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law: 
Debra Vick and husband, Frank, of Silsbee
Thomas King of Timpson
Angelia Palmer and husband, Tim, of Silsbee
Lila Reynold and husband, Rusty, of Silsbee
Billy Dickerson and wife, Lisa, of Shreveport, Louisiana
 
Aunt: Evelyn Sterns
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Raymond Mikesh and Betty Rhodes Mikesh
Sister: Janice Elizabeth Mikesh
Niece: Tawsha Fayette Mikesh
Nephews: Buddy Boyett, Joey “Fat Boy” Windham
 
Pallbearers will be Tommy King, Billy Dickerson, Dustin King, Chad Mikesh, Wade Angelo and Zach Graham.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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Josef Fitzgerald Whittaker


 

 

 
 
52-year-old Mr. Josef Fitzgerald Whittaker, of Houston, formerly of Timpson, passed away on Friday 3rd in Galveston.  Services will be Tuesday 7th at 11 a.m. at the Friendship Baptist Church in Tenaha with Rev. Rayford Caraway officiating.  Interment will follow in the Friendship Cemetery.
 
He is survived by:
 
1 Son Joey & Jakra Mardis of Houston
 
2 Grandchildren
 
Mother Melva Colbert of Houston
 
Father Joe D. Whittaker of Houston
 
1 Brother Mario Bussey of South Carolina
 
2 Sisters Tamara & Alber Parker and Vermella & Cedric Thomas all of Houston
 
 
 

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Kathryn Johnson Griffin


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathryn Johnson Griffin, 91, of Garrison, Texas, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
 
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 6, 2018, at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison.  Private graveside service will be held at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison with Bro. Darrell Pollard officiating. 
 
Mrs. Griffin was born April 3, 1927, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to John R. “Bud” Johnson and Helen Hesser Johnson. Her hobbies included gardening, working puzzles, and caring for her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Griffin was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
 
She is survived by
Children:
Robert Griffin of Garrison, Texas
John Griffin and wife, Glenna, of Garrison, Texas
Max Griffin Jr. of Shreveport, Louisiana
Kathy Petersen and husband, Reid, of Elysian Fields, Texas
Ginger Gwinn of Shreveport, Louisiana
 
12 Grandchildren
 
14 Great Grandchildren
 
Siblings:
Phillip Johnson of Arizona
William Johnson of Canadian, Oklahoma
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Max R. Griffin, Sr.
Great Grandson: Jackson Glen Griffin
Parents: John R. “Bud” Johnson and Helen Hesser Johnson
Siblings: Roy Johnson, Gertrude Westbrook, Imogene Gaiennie, Dorothy Morgan
 
Pallbearers will be Jason Griffin, John Griffin Jr., Taylor Griffin, Christian McCoy, Drew Hermes, Colton Barrett
Honorary pallbearer will be Jason Barrett.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mrs. Griffin to a charity of your choice.
 
Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home.
 
 

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Gus Terrell Childs


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funeral services for Gus Terrell Childs will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr.,  Timpson, Texas with Rev. W.T. Permenter and Rev. Matt Cecil officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.
 
Visitation will be held Friday, August 3, 2018 from 5PM to 7PM at Taylor Funeral Home. 
 
Gus Terrell Childs, 97, of Timpson, Texas passed away on August 1, 2018 in Garrison, Texas.  Born September 20, 1920, in Stockman, Texas, Gus Terrell Childs is the son of the late Gus Trammel Childs and Ola Antha (Hughes) Childs.  He married Margie Sue Ramsey on June 28, 1946, and they spent over 69 years together.
 
He entered the United States Air Force in 1939 after graduating from Timpson High School.  He was crew and flight chief during World War II, serving mostly in North Africa.  Then he served in several other places, including Sculthorpe, England and Lockbourne, Ohio, retiring as Chief Master Sergeant in 1962.  He became a custom home builder and started a poultry growing operation with his wife.  
 
Through the years, Terrell served as Sunday School teacher and deacon of the Baptist Church.  He was a Boy Scout leader in Timpson.  He and Margie enjoyed traveling with their camper.  His interests included beekeeping, operating a small sawmill, and woodworking.  Many are the cedar chests and bookshelves he made with lumber he cut himself.
 
His last years were spent in a small house located where he lived as a boy.
 
Survivors include daughter, Sue Childs Pinkston; sons, Philip Childs and wife Kathy, Jim Childs and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Rob Pinkston and wife Denise, Stephanie Pinkston and husband Tim Cobb, Elaine Childs and husband Kristian Magda, Brock Childs; and great grandchildren, Jessica Pinkston, Nathan Pinkston, and Ashley Pinkston.
 
Pallbearers serving will be Boy Scouts Troop #113.
 
If you wish, in lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net. 
 
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.
 
 

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Bobby Gene Spruiell


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Gene Spruiell passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the age of 75.  Bob was born January 8, 1943 in Levelland, Texas to Fred and Pauline Noveta Spruiell. Bob grew up and attended school in Levelland. He served in the US Air Force. He married Raquel Torres on August 2, 1969 in Levelland. Though he worked in several professions, his passion was serving underprivileged children.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Raquel; his daughter, Novita; parents Fred and Pauline Spruiell; two brothers, Bill Spruiell and JC Spruiell; and three sisters, Trudy McArthur, Shelly Kelsay, and Linda Hoyt.
 
Those left to mourn his passing include son Chris Spruiell and wife Cari of Georgetown; daughter Rebekah Spruiell and partner Nicole Ordoyne of Gretna, Louisiana; two grandchildren, Maya and Riley Spruiell of Georgetown; three brothers, Howard Spruiell of Center, and Freddie and Ronnie Spruiell of Levelland; two sisters, Juanita Leonard of Denison and Jan Blankenship of Granite Shoals; and several nieces and nephews.  
 
The family will hold a private memorial at a later date.
 
 
 
 

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Shirley Swindle


 
 
Ms. Shirley Swindle, age 78, of San Augustine, Texas.  Ms. Swindle passed away on July 30, 2018 at her residence in San Augustine, Texas. 
 
FUNERAL SERVICE
 
 
Saturday, August 4, 2018
11:00 a.m.
Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Interment: Buckley Cemetery
Pastor Herman Johnson, officiating
 
VISITATION 
 
Friday, August 3, 2018
1:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Garner & Son Mortuary Chapel
 
SURVIVORS
 
Daughter Patricia Ann Swindle 
 
Step-Mother Mary Giles Thomas
 
4 Sisters Shirlean Anthony (John)
Mae Swindle
Lori Dupree (Winfred)
Vernell Hicks
 
A hot of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
 

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Kenneth Carl Grace


 

 

Mr. Kenneth Carl Grace, age 50, of Hemphill, Texas.  Mr. Grace passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Hospice in the Pines Inpatient Unit in Lufkin, Texas.
FUNERAL SERVICE
Saturday, August 4, 2018
1:00 p.m.
Macedonia Baptist Church, Hemphill, Texas 
Internment: Macedonia Cemetery 
Pastor Joe Gilbert, Officiating Minister
 
Memorial Ceremony by the Members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will be help prior to the Funeral Services on:
Saturday, August 4, 2018
12 noon to 12:45 p.m.
Macedonia Baptist Church, Hemphill, Texas
The family requests that if you wish to attend the Memorial Ceremony, please arrive before 12 noon to get a seat before the start of the Memorial Ceremony; no one will be allowed to enter the sanctuary during the ceremony.
 
VISITATION
 
Friday, August 3, 2018
3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Garner & Son Mortuary Chapel in San Augustine, Texas
 
Viewing on Saturday, August 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. until 12 noon or start of Memorial Ceremony
Macedonia Baptist Church, Hemphill, Texas
 
SUVIVORS
 
1 Brother Jarl Grace (Tykisha) of San Antonio, Texas
 
2 Sisters Carla Grace Roberson of Pflugerville, Texas
Vashti Grace of Arlington, Texas
 
A host of aunties, uncles, other relatives, and friends.
 
 

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Bobby Glen Johnson


 

 

Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral service for Mr. Bobby Glen Johnson (54) of Center, Texas.  Mr. Johnson was born September 28, 1963.    Mr. Johnson died, Friday, July 27, 2018.  Funeral services are Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Mt. Gillion Baptist Church (Highway 87 West), Center, Texas at 1:00pm.  Rev. Gary Suell will be officiating and Bishop William E. Nash Eulogist. 
 
Mr. Bobby Glenn Johnson is survived by:
Special Friend:  Valerie Marshall of Center, Texas 
Sons:  Bobby Harris of Louisiana and LaCory Buckley of Center, Texas
Daughters:  Patricia Harris of Timpson, Texas and Brittany Johnson of Nacogdoches, Texas 
Brother:  Joe Mack Johnson (Lender) of Timpson, Texas
Sisters:  Linda Fay Johnson, Weatherd (James) of Center, Texas; Sue Jenkins of Garrison, Texas; and Barbara Thomas (Eddie) of Italy, Texas 
 
Visitation:  Friday, August 3, 2018, at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 6:00pm-8:00pm
Committal:  Mt Gillion Cemetery 
Repass:  Mt. Gillion Church 
 
Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 
 
 

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Willie Swindle (Syrup Man)


 

 

 
Mr. Willie Swindle (Syrup Man) 103 of the New Harmony Community passed away on Thursday evening at Pine Grove Nursing Center.  Visitation Monday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Community Funeral Home in Center, TX.  Services will be on Monday at 11 a.m. Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, TX.
 
Interment will follow at the Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville, TX.
 
He is survived by:
 
4 Sons: Travis Swindle, James Swindle, Bishop Zephaniah Swindle, Willie Pearl Swindle
 
4 Daughters: Rosa Lee Roberson, Mary Ann Swindle, LuSean Swindle Garrett, Zera Joyce Swindle Harris
 
 
 

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Douglas William Stone


 

 

Douglas William Stone, 76, of Logansport, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Garrison.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Charles Hall officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
 
Mr. Stone was born May 25, 1942, in Logansport, Louisiana, to Raymond Oliver Stone and Beatron Wiggins Stone.  Douglas devoted his life to his family.  He married his “Honey” Ina Hennigan on July 9, 1960.  They were married for 57 years and you could almost always find them alongside each other.  Douglas was ordained as a deacon on February 16, 1996 at Center Missionary Baptist Church.  On August 1, 1999, he surrendered to preach and was elected associate pastor May 5, 2004.  Then on Sunday, August 22, 2004, he was ordained as a minister.  He pastored Old Salem MBC and Mims Springs Baptist Mission.
 
He is survived by
Daughter: Teresa Watson and husband, Fess, of Joaquin
 
Son: Ronald Stone and wife, Susan, of Joaquin
 
Grandchildren:
Heidi Pritchett and husband, Randall, of Joaquin
Piper Moton and husband, Chance, of Stanley, Louisiana
Ciara O’Rear of Joaquin
Shiloh Stone of Joaquin
Nacona Stone of Joaquin
 
Great Grandchildren:
Chandler Pritchett
Aspen Pritchett
Palin Moton
 
Sisters:
Margaret Sermons of Shreveport, Louisiana
Bettie Ann Strong of Center, Texas
 
Sister-in-law: Edith Stone of Springridge, Louisiana
 
Numerous nieces and nephews
 
A host of other family and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Wife of 57 years: Ina Hennigan Stone
Parents: Raymond Oliver Stone and Beatron Wiggins Stone
Brothers: Billy Ray Stone, Oliver Stone
Sister: Nelda Faye Heyen
Brother-in-law: G.W. Strong
 
A special thanks to Garrison Nursing Home and staff for their compassionate care.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Marie Joyce Bittick


 

 

Marie Joyce Bittick, 92, of Lufkin, Texas, passed from this world on July 22, 2018. She was born on July 22, 1926 in Shelby County to Iva Nell Coe Shelton and Pluma Reedy. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Old Salem Cemetery in Center.  A memorial will follow on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Kingdom Hall located at 2212 E. Lufkin Avenue in Lufkin. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be sent to her congregation in memorial for projects dear to her heart.
 
Marie was very involved in the ministry of the Lufkin East Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where she enjoyed volunteering, sharing the Bible and helping those in need. In her spare time, Marie loved working with her flowers, honing her skills as a master gardener. Even though everyone said she had a green thumb, her most notable trade was in the kitchen where her sweet tea and hot water cornbread accompanied almost every delicious meal. She was a skilled seamstress, sewing all of her own clothes and fashioning quilts for each of her great-grandchildren, whom she treasured more than life.
 
Marie is survived by her son, Tommy Bittick of Burke; grandchildren, Tanya Guajardo and husband, Michael of Huntington, Chad Bittick and wife, Kim of Lufkin, and Brandi Turner and husband, Rodney of Huntington; great-grandchildren, Rachael Guajardo, Bradley Turner, Joshua Bittick, Lance Turner, Marissa Guajardo and Gabriel Guajardo.
 
She is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Jessie Leon Bittick; sisters, Hazel Weeks, Bobbie Jean Allmon and Iva Nell Coe Shelton; and her first great grandchild, Michael Stephen Guajardo, Jr.
 
Pallbearers are Bradley Turner, Lance Turner, Joshua Bittick, Gabriel Guajardo, Aaron Young, Gilbert Jacinto and Patrick Sloan.
 
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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J. W. Adams


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. W. Adams, 90, of Center, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018, in Center.
 
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Dr. Jack Smith officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
 
Mr. Adams was born March 30, 1928, in Center, to Johnny B Adams and E.V. Barber Adams.  He served in the United States Army where he received the rank of Sergeant First Class. Mr. Adams worked for AT&T for 39 years.  His hobbies included woodworking, farming, ranching, fishing and spending time with family and friends.  Mr. Adams was a member of North Jericho Missionary Baptist Church and the Pioneers of AT&T.
 
He is survived by
Children: 
Wayne Adams and wife, Rusty, of Dallas, Texas
Sheilah Reeves and husband, Bob, of Center, Texas
 
Grandchildren:
Daniel Adams and wife, Marie-Claude, of Kihei, Hawaii
Cassie Adams of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aaron Adams and wife, Sapphire, of Los Angeles, California
Chelsea Reeves of Newport Beach, California
Abby Boyd and husband, Weston, of Georgetown, Texas
Adam Reeves of Austin, Texas
 
Great Grandson: Luke William Adams of Kihei, Hawaii
 
Great Grandson to be: William Blaine Boyd of Georgetown, Texas
 
Aunt: Geraldine Johnson
 
Longtime friend: Norma Rudd of Center, Texas
 
Her dear family:
Kemi Faulkenberry and husband, Jerry, of Center, Texas
Keli Chandler and husband, David, of Center, Texas
Hannah Faulkenberry of Center, Texas
Josiah Faulkenberry and wife, Randi Kay, of Center, Texas
Brooke Fletcher of Houston, Texas
Dawson Chandler of Center, Texas
Rylan Chandler of Center, Texas
Wyatt Faulkenberry of Center, Texas
Brylie Ross of Center, Texas
Camille Crowe of Center, Texas
 
Preceded in death by
Wife: Wilma Jean Adams 
Parents: Johnny B Adams and E.V. Hughes (Barber) Adams
 
Pallbearers will be Daniel Adams, Aaron Adams, Adam Reeves, Weston Boyd, Vernon Pajarito and Josiah Faulkenberry. Honorary pallbearers will be Rylan Chandler and Dawson Chandler.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

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Randy Lewis Bush


 

 

Randy Lewis Bush, 63, of Timpson, passed away July 25, 2018, at his residence.
 
Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2018, at First United Pentecostal Church in Center. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Center with Bro. Andy Wilson and Charles Bush officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.
 
Mr. Bush was born March 22, 1955, to Coye D. and Ima Jean Bush.  He was the fifth child of eight children.  Randy attended Center High School.  He was a member of Center First UPC Church.  He was a heavy equipment operator most of his life and took pride in his work. 
 
Randy married the love of his life Margaret in 1974.  Together, they had their only child, Mandy.  He loved her more than anything.  He had a son-in-law that he thought of his own and three grandchildren, Macayla, Macade and Mason that he cherished more than anything. 
 
Randy enjoyed hunting, fishing and working cattle.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
 
He is survived by
Wife: Margaret Sims Bush
 
Daughter and Son-in-law: Mandy and Eric Perry
 
Grandchildren:
Macayla Leigh Perry
Samuel Macade Perry
Mason Lewis Perry
 
Brothers and Sisters-in-law:
Bubba Bush and wife, Nancy
Dewayne Bush
 
Sisters and Brothers-in-law:
Beverly Slatter and husband, Basel
Sandra Walsh and husband, Bubba
Tammy Ramirez and husband, Amando
Kim Jarjoura and husband, Jeff
 
Sisters-in-law: 
Sylvia Clifton
Cynthia (Tammy) Bailey
Thea Tanner
 
Special caretakers and friends:
Richard Hill
Victoria Duvon
Affinity Hospice and staff
Mrs. Rita
Mrs. Tammy
Miss Mallory
Mrs. Evelyn
 
Numerous nieces and nephews
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Coye D. and Ima Jean Bush
Grandparents: Lewis and Della Livingston, Elton and Cordell Bush
Sister: Brenda Bush Wright
Nephew: Nathan Davis
 
Pallbearers will be Charles Bush, Colt Bush, Kyle Bush, Dewayne Bailey, Kevin Bush and Brent Slatter.  Honorary pallbearers will be State Representative Chris Paddie, Brandon Slatter, Trae George, Clay Bush and Andy Ramirez.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Jane Cooper


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jane Cooper, 77, of Center, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 26, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 27, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Nathan Cox and Bro. Gene Walker officiating.  Interment will follow at Powdrill Cemetery in Shelby County.
 
Mrs. Cooper was born November 18, 1940, in Center, to Bob Powdrill and Laura Ballard Powdrill.  She enjoyed her work at Center ISD and also enjoyed spending time with family.  Mrs. Cooper was a member of Northside Church of Christ.
 
She is survived by
Children:
Robert Cooper of Center
Tanya Williams and husband, Stephen, of Center
Brenda Acuna
 
Grandchildren:
Shane Cooper and wife, Chasity, of Center
Shannon Cooper and wife, Christee, of Joaquin
Ryley Cooper of Junction
Hannah Cooper of Junction
Sawyer Williams of Center
Sydney Williams of Center
Kevin Acuna and wife, Sarah, of Garrison
Tabitha Cooper and husband, Vic, of Shelbyville
 
Great Grandchildren:
Laney Cooper
Kaden Nance
Lexi Cooper
Mason Acuna
 
A host of other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Billy Cooper
Parents: Bob Powdrill and Laura Ballard Powdrill
Sisters: Billie Tillotson, Marie Smith, Robbie Hart, Francis LeGrone, Johnnie Weeks, Martha Crippen
Brothers: Howell Powdrill, Robert Powdrill
Grandchild: Skylar Williams
Daughter-in-law: Linda Brittan
 
Pallbearers will be Kevin Acuna, Jack Nichols, Mike Baldwin, Chester Dawson, Cecil Chessher and Laura Walker.  Honorary pallbearers will be Scotty Baldwin, Gene Walker, Alan Penick, Tedd Holt and Rick Foehner.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catherine Pinkston Scholarship Fund in Mrs. Cooper’s honor.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Juanita Norris


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juanita Norris, 91, of Joaquin, entered into rest Tuesday, July 24, 2018.  
 
Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Timothy Roberson officiating.  Interment will follow at Tetter Cemetery at 3:00 p.m., in Humble.
 
Mrs. Norris was born October 7, 1926, in the Tennessee Community of Shelby County, to Walter B. Thompson and Audrey Spurlock Thompson.  She enjoyed spending time with and taking care of her family.  She was a member of Grace Baldwin Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church in Tenaha, the ladies sewing ministry and also involved with meals of love.  She always looked forward to spending time with her girls packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child and making memories with her family at the Party Barn.
 
She is survived by
Children:
Dolores Walker and husband, Lynn
Debbie Spurlock and husband, David
Kelley Roberson and husband, Chip
Judy Bardwell and husband, L.W.
 
Grandchildren:
Chris Norris and wife, Heather
Rocky Norris
Phil Walker and wife, Jamie
Pam Walker
Patrick Walker
Jaime Krametbauer and husband, Joseph
Erin Torres and husband, Luis
Adrean Seaborn and husband, Miles, IV
Timothy Roberson and wife, Nicole
Will Bardwell and wife, Chelsea
Anna Bardwell
 
Great Grandchildren:
Brittany Bourn and husband, Jacoby
Alyssa Norris
Samantha Trammell
Nicholas Norris
Sadie Walker
Tripp Walker
Jaxon Krametbauer
Madix Krametbauer
Dax Krametbauer
Rhett Torres
Audrey Seaborn
Miles Seaborn, V
Ava Seaborn
Julia Roberson
Cline Roberson
Ella Rose Roberson
 
Great Granddaughter: Preslee Bourn
Sister: JoNell Barnes
 
Sisters-in-law: 
Faye Thompson
Lillie Thompson Townsend
 
Nieces, nephews and other relatives.
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: William Raymond Norris, Sr.
Sons: William Raymond Norris, Jr., Wayne Robert Norris
Great Grandson: William Zachary Norris
Parents: Walter B. Thompson and Audrey Spurlock Thompson
Brothers: Cline Thompson, Harold Thompson
 
Pallbearers will be Chris Norris, Rocky Norris, Phil Walker, Patrick Walker, Timothy Roberson and Will Bardwell.  Honorary pallbearers will be her great grandsons.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church Operation Christmas Child, PO Box 159, Tenaha, Texas 75974.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Jordan Chase Shisler


 
 
 
 
 
Jordan Chase Shisler, 8, of Greenwood, Texas, passed away on July 23, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born on June 9, 2010 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Jordan Dean Shisler and Courtney Carol Cylene Swanson. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Son Windham officiating. 
 
Chase grew up in Center. He attended Greenwood ISD where he made lots of friends and impacted the fellow students and staff while there. He was a very personable child and wanted to be friends with everyone he met. Chase would be very concerned when someone did not want to share a friendship with him. It was often hard for him to understand why other people did not have a heart like his. Chase was an active young man. He played baseball and was in the Boy Scouts. He also enjoyed attending AWANAS at Greenwood Baptist Church. Chase’s faith was an integral part of his life even at such a young age. He had a deep, strong faith in the Lord and loved Him. He was faithful to pray every day and each night before bed, he would make sure to remind his whole family if they happened to forget. Chase always talked about heaven and was curious what the angels would look like. It’s as if God knew that he was too good for this earth, and it was time to take him to meet those angels he so often dreamed about. 
 
While Chase exemplified characteristics well beyond his years, he was still a kid at heart. He wrestled and played all the time. He enjoyed activities and fun just like any other eight-year-old. He loved video games, watching You-Tube, riding go-karts and playing with his cousins. He also liked to swim as long as he could touch the bottom, and even then he would sometimes question its stability. Chase had also taken a great interest in science and magic. Like most kids, he liked superheroes, the Hulk was his favorite; however, he actually was more fond of the villains. There was something about the mystery and challenge that intrigued Chase. The Joker was his favorite villain.
 
Chase was an exceptional boy who breathed life into the world around him. He was a happy child, full of light and laughter. You rarely saw him without a smile on his face and that smile was so contagious. His silly dances and singing would brighten any situation. His love for his family was indescribable. He was a true Momma’s boy, but he had a deep admiration for his Daddy…both of them. The amount of passion, heart, spunk and joy that was packed into such a small person is rarely found in adults, but Chase had it all. He made the world a better place. 
 
Chase is survived by:
Parents:
Jordan Shisler of Center, Texas
Courtney and A.J. Green of Greenwood, Texas
 
Grandparents: 
Chad Earl Swanson and Rebecca Sinclair Swanson of Odessa, Texas
Jerry Elswick of Shelbyville, Texas
Paula San Augustine of Center, Texas
Jamie Nelson of Bryan, Texas
 
Great-Grandparents:
Dean and Pauletta Shisler of Center, Texas
 
Great-Great Grandmother:
Helen Landers of Magnolia, Texas
 
Aunts and Uncles:
Dakota and Ashley Poindexter of Center
Amber and Josh Marrs of San Antonio, Texas
Ronnie Wade Myers of Alvin, Texas
Jose and Angelica Paredes of Center, Texas
Caleb Shisler of Center, Texas
Amanda and Kwi Gary of Plano, Texas
Josh and Dori Elswick of Waxahachie, Texas
Cheyenne and Kylee Moore of Center, Texas
Regina and Allen Ramsey of Trinity, Texas
 
A host of other family and friends.
 
He is preceded in death by grandparents, Betty Ruth Elswick, George Shisler, Robert and Johnnie Bolton and Carol Dawn Cain; great-great grandparents, John Paul and Gladys Sanford; and uncle, Chase Swanson. 
 
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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Dorothy Jane Lee


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dorothy Lee was born on March 2, 1930 in Wells, Texas, the daughter of Authur and Ruthie McKinnon Wesley.  She was raised in East Texas where she learned valuable lessons and life skills from hardworking family members.  Dorothy lost her parents at an early age, therefore, had extended family that raised her and loved her throughout her life.  She learned to be an independent and loving lady who always put family first.  Her time as a child was spent in the cotton field and surrounded by those whom she loved.  She learned to sew, quilt, and cook.  Her skills at all of these only advanced with time.  She loved to cook and was best known for her chocolate pie (of which she never shared her secrets) and her old fashioned tea cakes and syrup cookies.  She married a fine gentleman, F.G. Lee and the two made wonderful memories together until his passing in 1982.  They raised their children with the same great values that she was taught.  Dorothy honed in on her sewing skills when she became a mother, as she made beautiful clothes for all her children and grandchildren.  The kids’ favorite memories of their Mamma include playing “Red Rover Ball” and watching their mamma jump rope, along with playing other childhood games.  She had a great passion for dancing and country music.  She was dancing up until her last days here, as she two-stepped with her grandsons as often as she was able. She was a very devoted, kind, and loving lady and will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.    
 
Dorothy is survived by her sons, Ellis W. Lee of Lufkin and Royce Lee of Shelbyville; daughters, Barbara Hill of Huntington and Virginia Davis & husband, Richard of Shelbyville; 11 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren; and a host of other family members and loving friends.  
She is preceded in death by her husband, F.G. Lee; parents, Authur and Ruthie McKinnon; son, Joe Lee; brothers, Shirley Wesley, James Wesley, and Charles Wesley; grandchildren, Jonathan Luce, Damon Scott Luce, and Jonathan James Morales.
 
Pallbearers will be Ellis Lee, Royce Lee, Michael “Mike” Reese, Steven Winski, Jim Sumrall, and Nunley “Bubba” Russell.
 
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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Roger Lee Hale


 

 

Mr. Roger Lee Hale, age 67, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mr. Hale passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018 at CHI St. Luke Memorial Hospital in San Augustine, Texas.
FUNERAL SERVICE
Saturday July 28, 2018
1 P. M.
Reed Chapel Baptist Church
Interment in Mosaic Cemetery
Rev. Ardis Mosby, Officiating
 
Visitation
Friday, July 27, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Garner & Son Mortuary
 
SURVIVORS
 
3 Sons Keithran Hale Sr. of Mansfield, Louisiana
Tywain Myles (Taura) of Spring, Texas
Bradley Hale (Caprice) of Nacogdoches, Texas
 
5 Daughters Antonia Thomas of Ft. Worth, Texas
Makeshia Jones of Nacogdoches, Texas
Shaketha Knox (Robert Knox Jr.) of Marshall, Texas
Flesha Hale of Nacogdoches, Texas
Taniecia Hale of Tyler, Texas
 
A loving host of 17 Grandchildren
 
Special Friend: Shenet Smith of San Augustine, Texas
 
Her children: Alvin Smith of Lufkin, Texas
 
Her Grandchildren: Nyesha Smith of Nacogdoches, Texas
 
3 sisters: Brinda Parks of Houston, Texas
Betty Gordon of Kirbyville, Texas
Ella Louise Brown of Hemphill, Texas
 
1 Aunt Mary Lou Wright of Jasper, Alabama
 
As well as a host of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and Friends.
 
 

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Carrie Mae Barr Chaney


 

 

 
 
Funeral services for Carrie Mae Barr Chaney. 87, of Timpson, Texas, will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas, with Bro. Ozay Ford and Bro. Clyde Hess officiating.  Interment to follow in the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Garrison, Texas.  Visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.
 
 
 
Ms. Chaney was born July 15, 1931, in Timpson, Texas to the late Ernest Rastus and Mary Etta (Stone) Barr.  Carrie married the love of her life, George Willis Chaney, on November 14, 1950 where the two spent over 64 years together before his passing in 2015.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She took pride in raising her six children and  loving them unconditionally.  Carrie enjoyed reading Guidepost, watching western shows, and cooking for her family.  She also enjoyed working on the farm with her late husband, George.  
 
 
 
She is survived by sons, Edgar Chaney and Denise of Timpson, Texas, Larry Chaney and wife Tresia of Huffman, Texas; daughters, Gina Diane Broussard and husband Billy of Center, Texas, Rachael Mabe and husband Mike of Manassas, Virginia; grandchildren, Jason Button, Sarah Coppock and husband Billy,  Dennis Broussard; great grandchildren, Richard, Kason, and Makinlie Broussard; sisters, Louise Nolan of Talco, Texas, Bertie Hess of Poteau, Oklahoma; brother, Carlos Mack Barr and Louella of Woodville, Texas; brother in law, Charles Birdwell; and a host of family and friends who will miss her greatly.
 
 
 
Ms. Chaney was preceded in death by her husband, George Willis Chaney; parents, Ernest and Mary Etta Barr; sons, Donald Wayne Chaney and George W. Chaney, JR; brothers, James Daniel Barr, Ollie Ray Barr; sisters, Billie Birdwell, Linda Morrison; and brother in law, Wilson Morrison.
 
 
 
Pallbearers are Charles Barr, Ray Morrison, Orville Hess, Ricky Nolan, Randy Nolan and Greg Haymon.
 
 
 
To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may to go www.taylorfh.net.  
 
 
 
Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Drive, Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.
 
 
 

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Jack David Burson


 

 

Jack David Burson, 82, of Shelbyville, passed away July 17, 2018, in The Woodlands.  
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2018, at Center Church of Christ.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.  
Mr. Burson was born June 20, 1936, in Sentinel, Oklahoma, to Isaac Burson and Annice Hill Burson.  He served in the United State Navy.  Prior to retirement, Mr. Burson was a professor at McNeese State University and Oklahoma State University, where he taught Electronic Technology for 40 years.  Mr. Burson was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed watching movies and airplanes and collecting things and visiting.  He was a member of Center Church of Christ.  
 
He is survived by
 
Wife: Annabell Burson of Shelbyville, Texas
 
Brother: Byron Burson and wife, Sharon, of College Station, Texas
 
Sisters-in-law:
Betty Miller of Amarillo, Texas
Rosalee Cartwright of Morris, Illinois
 
Numerous nieces and nephews
 
Brother-in-law: Oliver Earl Russell of Washington State
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Isaac Burson and Annice Hill Burson
Son: David Burson
Brother-in-law: Leonard Russell
 
Pallbearers will be Evan Burson, Chuck Raymond, Cade Burson, Andrea Cuzzupe, J.D. Weldon and Byron Burson II.
 
 

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Randall Jack Crump


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randall Jack Crump, 74, of Joaquin, Texas, went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2018, while surrounded by loved ones.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Welch and Bro. Jody Hooper officiating.  Doug Smith will be speaking up for Randall.  Interment will follow at Sholar Cemetery in Joaquin.
 
Mr. Crump was born August 10, 1943, in Joaquin, Texas, to Robert M. Crump and Myrtis Lilly Crump.  He worked in steel fabricating all of his life.  He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed being with his grandchildren.  Mr. Crump was a kind and gentle man who was loved by all who knew him.
 
He is survived by
Wife of 55 years: Patsy Myers Crump
 
Daughter: Lori May and husband, Marvin, of Joaquin
 
Grandchildren:
Morgan Blair May
Trevor Blain May and special friend, Kenslee Maines
 
Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law: Barbara and Mike Dickerson of Joaquin
 
A host of nieces and nephews
 
He was preceded in death by
Parents: Robert M. Crump and Myrtis Lilly Crump
Son: Randy Crump
Brothers: Robert B. Crump, Roy M. Crump
Sisters: Ruth Wilkins, Melba Plagens, Betty Rippy, Linda Sue Crump
 
Pallbearers will be Gary Henderson, Dwanye Pinkston, Roy Manning Crump, Jinx Hutchins, Ricky Cockrell and Brad Cockrell.  Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Smith and Bill Pridgen.
 
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Sholar Cemetery, c/o Jerry Cockrell, 190 CR 3798, Joaquin, Texas 75954.
 
Online condolences and tributes can be made to www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 
 
Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 
 
 

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Joseph "J.B." Dorsey


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph “J.B.” Dorsey,83, of Shelbyville, passed away July 18, 2018, in Center.
 
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 20, 2018, at Wimberly Chapel in Huxley.  Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.
 
Mr. Dorsey was born May 13, 1935, in Rusk County, to Ruben Dorsey and Denver Thorton Dorsey.  He enjoyed working, fishing, and spending time with his family.  He was a member of Lydia Missionary Baptist Church in Huxley. Mr. Dorsey worked as a door greeter at Wal-Mart for thirteen years, a job which he loved.  He also loved his customers.
 
He is survived by
Daughters:
Jeanie Matheny of Huxley
Renee Dorsey of Center
 
Grandchildren:
Bridgett Gooch of Henderson
Gina Jones and husband, Aaron, of Huxley
Brooke Dorsey of Huxley
Skyler Gilpatrick of Longview
Conner Gilpatrick of Center
 
Great Grandchildren:
Lee Howell of Henderson
Cheyenne Wyatt of New London
B.J. Wyatt of Jacksonville
Amelia Jones of Huxley
 
3 Great Great Grandchildren
 
Numerous nieces, nephews and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Ruben Dorsey and Denver Thorton Dorsey
Brothers: Buck Dorsey, Jerry Dorsey, Glenn Dorsey
Sisters: Viola Moore, Mary Opal Goodwin, Ruby Stewart, Libby Blalock, Betty Still
Mother of his children and special friend: Mary Mixon
 
Pallbearers will be Richard Dorsey, Bubba Dorsey, Fred Goodgin, Dale LaGrone, Randy LaGrone, George Matheny, Aaron Jones and Lee Howell.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Dorsey and Adrian Allen.
 
Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com
 
 
 
 

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John Weatherly


 

 

John Weatherly, 93, of Mesquite, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, at his home.  
 
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison with Chaplain Bill Wright officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Garrison.
 
Mr. Weatherly was born March 1, 1925, in Garrison, to Cecil Weatherly and Sue Little Weatherly.
 
He is survived by
Son: John Weatherly Jr. and wife, Cindy
 
Daughter: Hope Goree
 
Granddaughter: Amanda Goree
 
Sister:
Bobby Simmons
 
A host of nieces, nephews and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Wife: Dorleene Weatherly
Granddaughter: Sarah Goree
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Texas Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas 75219.
 
Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas.
 
 

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Traci Michelle Smith


 
 
 
 
 
Traci Michelle Smith, 44, of Rosenberg, Texas, passed away on July 13, 2018 in Rosenberg. She was born on August 27, 1973 in Houston, Texas to Lenard (Jonni) Wood II and Avis Smith. A private burial will be held at McClelland Cemetery.
 
Traci is survived by her children, Maximus and Greenli Lavesphere of Rosenberg, Texas, their father, Michael Lavesphere of Rosenberg, Texas; brothers, Bryan Aaron Wood and wife Melissa of Deerpark, Texas, Jerami Wood and Deedee Thompson of Conroe, Texas; sister, Lisa Bloodgood and husband Steve of Center, Texas; uncle, Robert Smith of Cummings, Georgia; cousin, Leslie Smith of Spring, Texas; Maximus and Greenli’s aunt, Sherry Ledbetter and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.  
 
She is preceded in death by her mother, Avis Smith; grandparents, Clarence and Frances Smith, Lenard and Adele Wood; sister, Rachael Nycole Wood; uncle, Charles Smith and aunt, Trudi Polk.
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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Fern Hooper Davis


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fern Hooper Davis, 89, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2018, in Mt. Pleasant.
 
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Pastor James Hensley officiating.  Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
 
Mrs. Davis was born September 9, 1928, in Joaquin, to William Forrest Hooper and Vergie Odell English Hooper.  She lived in Longview until she retired and relocated to Linden and then to Mt. Pleasant for the last five years.  
 
She is survived by
Sons:
James David Davis
Robert Wayne Davis
 
Daughter: Vicki Jeanene Davis
 
Grandchildren:
David L. Davis
Shay Davis
Scott Davis
Clint Davis
Shawn Montalvo
Ami Hinds 
Allison Weddle
 
A number of great grandchildren
 
Daughters-in-law:
Deborah Davis
Patricia Davis
 
Sister: Dessie Hooper Meadows
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: John R. Davis
Son: William “Rick” Davis
Parents: William Forrest Hooper and Vergie Odell English Hooper
Step Mother: Ila May Hussey Hooper
Brother: Gerald Don Hooper
Sister: Virginia Ann Hooper Reeves
 
Pallbearers will be David L. Davis, Shay Davis, Scott Davis, Clint Davis, Shawn Montalvo, Anthony Alicea and Justin Davis.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

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Larry D. Morrison


 

Larry D. Morrison, 75, of Nacogdoches, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 16, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Paul Sevar officiating.  Interment will follow at East Hamilton Cemetery in Shelby County.
 
Mr. Morrison was born November 22, 1942, in Pasadena, Texas, to Forest Bloomer Morrison and Edith Jetton Morrison.  After graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University, he made Nacogdoches, Texas, his home for more than fifty years.  Larry was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed RVing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, walking the Lanana Creek Trail, and his beloved cats.  He was a past member of the Lions Club and Volunteer Fire Department, a member of Nacogdoches Senior Center, the Grief Support System of the First United Methodist Church, the Rice Belt RV Club and Calvary Baptist Church.
 
He is preceded in death by
Loving wife of 37 years: Evelina Wright Morrison
Parents: Forest Bloomer Morrison and Edith Jetton Morrison
 
He is survived by
Children:
Cindy Christie and husband, Mark, of Lufkin
Cathy Richards and husband, Kerry, of Sealy
Suzy Childers and husband, Jeff, of Lufkin
Karen Mata and husband, Manolo, of Houston
 
Step Children:
Carie Watts and husband, Joey, of Henderson
Waylon “Bubba” Griffith Jr. and wife, Margo, of Center
Monte Dale Griffith of Center
Micah Z. Griffith and wife, Tammy, of Center
 
Grandchildren:
Alexandra Burch
Dalton Burch
Nolan Childers
Graham Childers
Emily Martinez
Abbie Richards
Louisa Mata
Chris Albury
Brittney Griffith
Lauren Griffith
Amber Griffith
Zane Griffith
Jared Richards
 
Great Grandchild: Alaina Hill
 
Sister: Judy Krohn
 
Niece: Lena Russell
 
Numerous other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
 
Pallbearers will be Dalton Burch, Graham Childers, Chris Albury, Mark Christie, Kerry Richards, Jeff Childers, Manolo Mata and Steve Albury.  Honorary pallbearer will be Nolan Childers.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nacogdoches Senior Center, 621 Harris Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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Jereldine Pitts


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jereldine Pitts, 84, of Center, passed away Friday, July 13, 2018, in Center.
 
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Abundant Love Ministries, 1426 Shelbyville Street, Center, Texas 75935, with Pastor Karl Moore officiating.  Interment will follow at Carroll Chapel Cemetery in Shelbyville.
 
Ms. Pitts was born April 16, 1934, in Shelby County, to Aaron Pitts and Rossie Roberts Pitts.  She retired from Tyson after twenty-three years of service.  Ms. Pitts was faithful and devoted to her church and family.  She was a member of Carroll Chapel CME in Shelbyville, where she served as usher, choir member and Sunday school secretary.
 
She is survived by
Children:
Loraine Osby and husband, Mervin, of Center, Texas
Linda Lewis Patt of Center, Texas
Lolita Hall and husband, Pastor Everette, of Keatchie, Louisiana
Charles Lathan of Center, Texas
James Pitts of Center, Texas
 
Grandchildren:
Marcus Roberts and wife, Jackie, of Center, Texas
Candel Cloudy and husband, Michael, of Center, Texas
Jacqueline Johnson and husband, Everette, of Houston, Texas
Petrina Andrews and husband, Herschell, of Houston, Texas
Kiff Jones and wife, Bridgette, of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Jade Cloudy and husband, Marlin, of Conroe, Texas
Chris Pitts of Tenaha, Texas
Elisha Richardson and husband, D’Unte, of Diboll, Texas
Keverett Hall of Keatchie, Louisiana
Jata Hall of Keatchie, Louisiana
Takeisha Lathan of Center, Texas
 
A number of great grandchildren
 
Sisters:
Linda C. Edwards and husband, Larry, of Killeen, Texas
Mary Hornback and late husband, Jimmy, of Center, Texas
Emma Jean Johnson and husband, Robert, of Center, Texas
 
Aunts: 
Joyce Kindle of Dallas, Texas
Vernell Sebron of Longview, Texas
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
 
Loyal companion: Her dog, Lexie
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Aaron Pitts and Rossie Roberts Pitts
Sisters: Billie Ann Gardner, Billie Louise Hill
Brother: James Edwards
Sister-in-law: Mary Jane Edwards
 
Pallbearers will be Kiff Jones, Michael Cloudy Jr., Chris Pitts, Keverett Hall, Marlin Cloudy Jr. and Everett Johnson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Marcus Roberts, Brandon Roberts, James Pitts, Larry Edwards, Michael Cloudy Sr. and Charles Lathan.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

 

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Joyce Elaine Felder


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joyce Elaine Felder, 70, of Center, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Center.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Center.
 
Mrs. Felder was born January 12, 1948, in Houston, to Bill Reynolds and Fairris Adams Reynolds.  On January 18, 1962, she married the love of her life, Edgar Edward Felder.  In 1979, the two moved to Center, where Mrs. Felder was a homemaker and loyal assistant at Felder’s Repair Shop.  She attended Antioch Baptist Church in Center.
 
She is survived by
Husband: Edgar Edward Felder of Center
 
Sons: 
Keith Felder and wife, Loretta
Mark Felder and wife, Sherri
 
Grandchildren:
April Alexander and husband, Jeff
Lindsey Felder and fiancé, Cole Anderson
Lacey Felder 
Ryan Felder and wife, Kara
 
Great Grandchildren:
Caleb Alexander
Matthew Alexander
 
Brothers:
Billy Reynolds and wife, Donna
Jim Reynolds and wife, Sue
 
Sisters-in-law: 
Patricia Reynolds
Kathy Witt
Margaret Smith
Mary Watkins
Bertha Vincent and husband, Chuck
 
Brother-in-law: Harry Felder and wife, Betty
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Bill Reynolds and Fairris Adams Reynolds
Great Grandchild: Danica Felder
Brothers: Steve Reynolds, Jerry Reynolds
Sister: Annie Manning
Brother-in-law: Paul Felder
 
Pallbearers will be Bill Eberenz, Tommy Morris, Billy Reynolds, Dewayne Reynolds, Matt Hill and Bill Stegall.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 

 

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Fraser Maurice Langford


 

 

Fraser Maurice Langford 85 of Hurst, Texas passed away on July 7th, 2018.  Memorial Service will be held Thursday, July 12th, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Hurst.
 
He is survived by:
 
His Wife: Pat Langford, 
 
His children: Steve and Katherine Langford, James and Teresa Zachry, Karen Langford
 
6 Grandchildren
 
11 Great Grandchildren
 
1 Sister: Yvonne Johnston and brother-in-law Dalton Allen
 
 
 

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Brakia Rashad Roland


 

 

Services for Brakia Rashad Roland have been set for Wednesday the 11th at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church at 12p.m.(623 MLK Drive) in Center. Community Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 

 

 

 
 

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Blanche Eloise Jackson


 

 

Blanche Eloise Jackson, 97, of Center, passed away Friday, July 6, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
 
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  Interment will follow at Carroll Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 12:00 noon.
 
Mrs. Jackson was born January 12, 1921, in Trinity County, to Jack and Sally Adams.  She enjoyed crocheting, reading and playing 42.  Mrs. Jackson was an active member of Clever Creek Baptist Church.
 
She is survived by
Daughter: Dana Jackson of Center
 
Special Friends:
Tanya Williams of Center
LaDonna Bradley of Nacogdoches
Kellie Baty of Shelbyville
 
Family Friends:
Mae Furlow of Shelbyville
Gordon Vaughn of Shelbyville
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Dave Jackson
Daughter: Norma Herrod
Parents: Jack and Sally Adams
 
Pallbearers will be Brad Hinton, Shane Cooper, Stephen Williams, Keith Hampton, Vic Cooper, Matt Hill and Robert Cooper.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 

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Pat Girsh


 

 

NAME     MRS. PAT GIRSH                                      AGE:    77   
 
ADDRESS:    BROADDUS, TEXAS 
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:       07/02/2018, LUFKIN, TEXAS
      
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :        09/19/1940, DUBLIN, GEORGIA   
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE;      TUESDAY, 07/10/2018, 2:00 P.M.
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:    SHADY CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, ZAVALLA
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:   
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:           
 
OFFICIATING:    BILL LANIGAN
 
BURIAL:        BROADDUS CEMETERY, BROADDUS, TEXAS
 
FATHER:  IKE CARROLL                      MOTHER:     RUBYE HUDSON CARROLL
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:     SUBSTITUTE TEACHER @ SCHOOL 10+ YEARS  
 
CHURCH AFFILIATION:     SHADY CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 
 
SURVIVED BY:  
HUSBAND: LOUIS M. GIRSH OF BROADDUS
SONS:  ROBERT GIRSH & WIFE KAREN OF HUMBLE; STEPHEN GIRSH & WIFE BRENDA OF     
    HILLSBORO; BRAD BOWMAN OF KATY
DAUGHTERS:  LISA RODKEY  & HUSBAND JOHN OF LAKE JACKSON; LAURI STURM & HUSBAND    
    RANDY OF KATY; MISSY GUENTHER & HUSBAND KENNETH OF SPRING
22 GRANDCHILDREN & 34 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN
SISTER:  NANCY GRAULEY OF AUSTIN
BROTHER:  WAYNE CARROLL & WIFE DEBORAH OF BRYAN
 
SHE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER PARENTS, IKE & RUBYE CARROLL.
 
 
 
 
 

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Gerald David Estes


 

 

Gerald David Estes, 71, of Center, Texas, joined his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Center, Texas.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. A funeral service honoring David will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2018, at New Life Church in Center with Bro. Steve Noble, Bro. Mike Miller, Sister Melba Rodgers, and Bro. Terry Goodnight officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.
 
Gerald David Estes was born October 28, 1946, in Lafayette, Louisiana, to Frazar Estes and Ruth Burkett Estes. David graduated from Gladewater High School in Gladewater, Texas, and continued his education at Kilgore College, eventually graduating from Lamar University with a degree in business. David began his career as a Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrolman in Orange County, Texas. While serving his state, David was drafted into the United Stated Armed Services and was deployed as a medic in the military. David was honorably discharged and returned to his job as a State Highway Patrolman.
 
After moving to Shelby County, David owned and operated the popular Shady Oaks Grocery and Feed for nearly twenty years. Each weekday Shady Oaks was full of hungry patrons ordering the delicious, home-cooked lunches and famous cheeseburgers. David filled the store with pictures proudly showing off his family and friends. Dave, as he was affectionately known, always greeted customers and employees with a smile and lovingly described the stories the pictures told.
 
Dave and his beloved wife Gina operated poultry farms in Shelby County for twenty years. After retiring, Dave and Gina planned their lives around their children and grandchildren and traveled throughout the country on hunting and fishing trips and attending golf tournaments, horse shows, baseball games, and family vacations. Amongst Dave’s most prized trips are those hunting in Africa with his sons.
 
Shelby County residents often would see David and Gina enjoying date nights. David began each morning reading his Bible with a cup of coffee. Dave loved working on his farm and watching his deer.
 
Dave did not meet a stranger. His warm smile and gentle hug made those who met him immediately feel loved. Within five minutes of speaking to Dave, his dedication to Christ became apparent. Dave devoted his life to the Lord, leading a Christian life by example. He was a hard working and humble servant to his Lord. Dave regularly attended Church and enjoyed bible studies each week.
 
Knowing Dave, there is no doubt in anyone’s heart that his most wonderful moment was hearing those words from his Lord on Tuesday morning, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
 
Survivors include the following:
Wife: Gina Estes, Center, Texas
 
Children:
Mike Estes and wife Tanya of Shelbyville, Texas
Chris Estes and wife Melissa of Kingwood, Texas
Brent Estes of Montgomery, Texas
Heather Rollins and husband John of Flower Mound, Texas
 
Bonus Son, J. Chris Hubert of Tyler, Texas
 
Grandchildren:
Jeff Estes and wife Mandy of Shelbyville, Texas 
Brad Estes and wife Whitnee of Shelbyville, Texas 
Brandon Estes of Kingwood, Texas
Matthew Estes of Kingwood, Texas
Cullen Estes of Montgomery, Texas 
Isabella Rollins of Dunedin, Florida 
Georgia Rollins of Flower Mound, Texas 
Jennifer Estes of Montgomery, Texas
 
Great Grandchildren:
Lyla Estes of Shelbyville, Texas
Lynlee Estes of Shelbyville, Texas
Sweet Baby Girl Estes, coming in December
 
Brothers:
Frazar(Bubba) Estes and wife Eleanor of Lufkin, Texas John Estes of Lufkin, Texas
 
Brother-in-law:
Rex Thompson and wife Carol of Tyler, Texas
 
Mother-in-law:
Gloria Jean Thompson of Gilmer, Texas
 
Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
 
Preceded in death by
Parents: Frazar Estes and Ruth Burkett Estes
 
David Koonce, Brad Estes, Dewayne Bomar, Jeff Estes, Brandon Estes, Cullen Estes, Matthew Estes and Agustin Camacho will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Isidro Escanuelas, Dewayne Lout, Larry Horn, Todd Baldwin, and Jennifer Estes.
 
Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
      
 
 

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Roy Edward Masterson


 

 

Roy Edward Masterson, 90, of Center, Texas, passed away on June 30, 2018 in Center. He was born on October 5, 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky to Earl Edward Masterson and Louise Z. Stubblefield Masterson. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at 1:30 PM on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Center. 
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church of Center Memorial Fund. 
 
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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Tonya Bailey


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tonya Joann Simmons Bailey, 47, of Center, Texas, passed away on July 1, 2018 in Center. She was born on January 29, 1971 in Baytown, Texas to Odis Eugene Simmons and Lila Smith Simmons. A memorial celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. J.C. Lewis and Bro. Grant Murphree officiating. There will be a reception immediately following the service at First Baptist Church. All are welcome to attend. 
 
Tonya moved to Center when she was in 7th grade and graduated with the Center High School class of 1989. Tonya met Todd Bailey for the first time at Solley’s Club and then fate happened to bring them together once again in Benton, Louisiana at the Longhorn Club. They both realized it was meant to be and formed an unexplainable bond that would last 26 years. Todd and Tonya were married on October 24, 1992 at Center First Baptist Church and they cherished every second spent with one another over the next few decades. 
 
Tonya was always driven and business minded. She began her career at Center Autoplex as a sales representative and finance manager. After a few years, another opportunity opened up for her, and she began working for M&M Insurance where she remained the rest of her career. She loved working with people and doing business. A piece of advice that she lived by and shared with fellow sales associates she was training was, “Don’t every speak first, because if you speak first, you lose.”
 
Tonya was a pillar in the community and devoted so much of her time to serving those around her. Her most notable accomplishment was building the legacy that is Bailey’s Pageants. She was even featured on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” multiple times during her career. She also was responsible for the production of local pageants such as Miss Shelby County, Watermelon Festival, Big Bass Splash, and the Little Miss Merry Christmas and Mr. Happy Holidays. She, along with her family, has been involved in pageants all her life. This was a way that Tonya enjoyed helping others find their inner and outer beauty and confidence. Lighting up the stage was fun but seeing a light shine bright within her pageant contestants was most rewarding for Tonya. She always went above and beyond what was expected of her in everything she set forth to do. 
 
Tonya treasured each and every moment spent working with and directing the pageants, but the most precious moment of her life was the day her granddaughter, Landree Grace was born. Tonya loved spending as much time with Landree as she could and wanted to make sure she had the best of everything. In her free time, Tonya found time to read, shop with her nieces and travel. Her favorite places to visit were the beach and most especially, New Orleans. 
 
Tonya radiated life everywhere she went. Her smile, her laugh and her love would brighten a room. She made a point to lift others up and to help them see their true value and worth. Her joy and passion for life overflowed onto all who were blessed to know her. Tonya was an inspiration to so many, especially during her battle with cancer. She fought valiantly every day with a smile. No matter how much pain she was in, she chose to live that day to its fullest. Tonya will be dearly missed, but her beautiful legacy will live on in the innumerable lives she has positively impacted over the years. 
 
Tonya is survived by:
Her beloved husband of 25 years, Todd Bailey of Center
 
Son: James Tyler Bailey of Center
 
Granddaughter: Landree Grace Hagler of Center
 
Mother: Lila Akin and husband, Ron Skidmore of Center
 
Sisters:
Shelia Burch Kerns and husband, Jeff of Bowie, Maryland
Tammy Williams and husband, Jimbo of Hemphill
 
Mother-in-law: Yvonne Hull and husband, Gerald of Bridge City
 
Father-in-law: James A Bailey of Port Arthur
 
Sisters-in-law: 
Sharene Bailey of Port Neches
Krista Bailey Clark of Lafayette, Louisiana
 
Brother-in-law: Vance Lachausse of Nederland
 
Grandfather-in-law: Jesse Howard Johnson of Jasper
 
Nieces and Nephews:
Kristie Hooks and husband, Michael
Anthony Burch and fiancé, Samantha
Ashley Simmons Newton and fiancé, Nick Hughes 
Mikeal Titman
Michelle Miller and husband, Joe
Jeremy Williams and wife, Brittany
Joshua Scully and wife, Courtney
Justin Scully and fiancé, Cara
Jacob Scully and wife, Lauren
Kaleb Clark and fiancé, Mackenzie
Kendall Clark
 
Great Nieces and Great Nephews:
Jacee, Lanie, Haley and Hunter Hooks
Bryson Burch
Mackenzie Simmons and Fisher Bright
Gabe and Scarlett Titman
Hannah, Piper and Eli Miller
Jediah Williams
Kane Clark
 
Numerous other cousins, relatives and friends. 
 
She is preceded in death by her fathers, Gene Simmons and Harry Akin; brother, Daniel Eugene Simmons; and her grandparents.
 
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Tonya, she requested they benefit her granddaughter, Landree Grace Hagler’s, future college education. There is a trust fund at Shelby Savings Bank where donations can be made. 
 
Donations can also be made toward a scholarship being established at Center High School in memory of Tonya. For more information, you may contact Shelia Burch Kerns.
 
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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Timothy Harris


 
 
Timothy Harris 77 of Center passed away Wednesday morning at Pine Grove Nursing Home.  Services will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the St. John Baptist Church in Center, TX with Pastor Alvin Davis officiating.
 
He is survived by:
 
Wife Billie Harris
 
1 Son Timothy Mark Harris
 
2 Grandchildren Latasha Hodge, Kenneth Bell Jr.
 
5 Great Grandchildren
 
1 Sister Barbara & Husband Clyde Lister
 
 
 

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Marie Caston


 

 

 
 
NAME      MARIE CASTON                                     AGE:     91  
 
ADDRESS:    SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS 
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:     06/26/2018, SAN AUGUSTINE  
      
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :      09/06/1926, VANDERVORT, ARKANSAS
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE;     FRIDAY, 06/29/2018, 2:00 P.M. 
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:    FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:   FRIDAY, 06/29/2018, 10:00 A.M.  TIL 12:00 P.M.
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:   WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, SAN AUGUSTINE         
 
OFFICIATING:    REV. MARTIN DORAN
 
BURIAL:   LIBERTY HILL CEMETERY, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY     
 
FATHER:  OLIVE ELLIS SKINNER                       MOTHER:   BERTHA LEE CECIL   
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:   INSURANCE SALES  
 
CHURCH AFFILIATION:    FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH  
 
ORGANIZATIONS:    WSCS, CARE & SHARE, ALL CHURCH FUNCTIONS
 
SURVIVED BY:  
SONS:  ROBERT ELLIS CASTON & WIFE NANCY OF HOUSTON
              RONNY CASTON & WIFE CINDI OF SAN AUGUSTINE
              RUSSELL CASTON & WIFE AMY OF HUMBLE
DAUGHTER:  RHONDA HOLT & HUSBAND BRYAN OF NACOGDOCHES
6 GRANDCHILDREN & 4 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN
NUMEROUS OTHER RELATIVES AND MANY FRIENDS
 
SHE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH  BY HER PARENTS, OLIVE ELLIS AND BERTHA LEE SKINNER; HUSBAND OF 68 YEARS, ROBERT N. CASTON; AND SISTER, FLORINE WILSON.
 
 

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Lauren Garrett


 

 

People Funeral Home and Hicks Mortuary are announcing funeral service for Ms. Lauren Garrett (34) of Ft. Worth.  Funeral services are Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Denton, Texas at 11:00am.  Pastor Curtis Himes will be officiating.  
Lauren was preceded in death by one daughter, Rylee Pegross. 
 
Lauren’s survivors are:
1 Daughter:  Sky Johnson of Ft. Worth, Texas 
Mother:  Feleshia Hines Cochran of Ft. Worth, Texas  
Father:  Lawrence Cochran of The Colony, Texas  
Sister:  Shanna Cochran of Arlington, Texas 
 
Services are under the direction of Peoples Funeral Home in Denton, Texas
 
 
 
 

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Olean Cross Bradshaw


 

 

Olean Cross Bradshaw, 90, of Center, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at her home.
 
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Austin Wiggins officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
 
Mrs. Bradshaw was born September 27, 1927, in Vivian, Louisiana, to Jessie Lee and Alice Brunette Hagood Cross.  She was a loving mother to Marshall Dale Bradshaw and Alice Faye Bradshaw Sigler.  Mrs. Bradshaw adored all of her grandchildren and loved visits with her family.  She was a faithful member of Arcadia Church of Christ.
 
She is survived by
Daughter: Alice Faye Sigler and husband, James
 
Daughter-in-law: Annette Bradshaw
 
Sister: Essie Clayton
 
Grandchildren:
Jenny Alvis and husband, John
Marsha Bradshaw
Joseph Bradshaw and wife, Michelle
Steve Sigler
David Sigler and wife, Lisa
Michael Sigler and wife, Jodi
 
Great Grandchildren:
Cody Lampley and wife, Lacey
Ryan Alvis
Kylie Sigler
Corey Sigler and wife, Angie
Kaitlyn Anthony and husband, Cody
James Brandon Sigler
Skylar Sigler
Emmalee Richardson
Brady Sigler
 
Great Great Grandchildren:
Kinley Lampley
Fallon Womack
Kaizley Anthony
Harlyn Anthony
Kasen Sigler
Korbyn Sigler
Maliyah Brown
 
Numerous nieces and nephews
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Drewie M. Bradshaw
Son: Marshall Dale Bradshaw
Brothers: Joel Cross, Vernon Cross
Sister: Myrtle Cross Lummus
Great Granddaughter: Jessica Sigler
Granddaughter-in-law: Rosalee Sigler
 
Pallbearers will be Steve Sigler, David Sigler, Michael Sigler, Ryan Alvis, Joey Bradshaw and John Alvis.  Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Lampley, Corey Sigler and James Brandon Sigler.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Billy Phirl Harper


 

Mr. Billy Phirl Harper, Sr., age 83, of Katy, Texas.  Mr. Harper passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018 after being involved in an automobile accident in San Augustine, Texas.
 
FUNERAL SERVICE
Saturday June 30, 2018
2 P. M.
Graveside Service @ Lane Town Cemetery
Rev. Timothy Teal, Officiating
 
Visitation
None
 
SURVIVORS
 
Wife Georgia Mae Harper of Katy, Texas
 
Son Allen Darryle Harper (Michell) of Hercules, CA
 
3 Daughters Lauretta Gayle Taylor (James) of Katy, Texas
Glenda JohAnna Smith of San Pablo, CA
Celia Faye Harper of Katy, Texas
 
11 Grandchildren 10 Great-Grandchildren
 
As well as a host of other relatives and Friends.
 
 

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William Charles "Billy" King


 

 

NAME    WILLIAM CHARLES  "SHORTY" "BILLY" KING                         AGE:   60   
 
ADDRESS:  SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS   
 
DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  06/23/2018, LUFKIN, TEXAS     
      
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :   10/11/1957, ALICE, TEXAS        
 
 DATE / TIME OF SERVICE;    TUESDAY, 06/26/2018, 4:00 P.M.  
 
PLACE OF SERVICE:    WYMAN ROBERTS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, SAN AUGUSTINE
 
DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:   MONDAY, 06/25/2018, 5:00 TIL 8:00 P.M.
 
PLACE OF VISITATION:    WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, SAN AUGUSTINE     
 
OFFICIATING:  BRO. WELTON BLACKMON, BRO. JOSH MILLS, BRO. BEAUX DICKERSON  
 
BURIAL:   DICKERSON CEMETERY, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY     
 
FATHER:  WILLIAM H. "BILL" KING                       MOTHER:    MARIE SIMS  
                                                                                                                     
OCCUPATION:    LABORER IN REFINERIES, JACK OF ALL TRADES
 
CHURCH AFFILIATION:   GRAPEVINE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY    
 
SURVIVED BY:
  
SISTERS:  PEGGY EVANS OF SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY DEBBIE HIGHTOWER & HUSBAND KEALON OF SAN AUGUSTINE NUMEROUS OTHER RELATIVES & FRIENDS.
 
HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS, BILL & MARIE KING; SISTER, GERALDINE KELLY, BROTHER-IN-LAW, MARTIN EVANS; AND GREAT-NIECE, HAYLIE EVANS.
 
 
 
 
 

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Mary Evelyn Tyson Johnson


 

 

Mary Evelyn Tyson Johnson passed away on June 17th, 2018 at age 90, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Born in Timpson, Texas, to Gilmer and Mary Tyson, she grew up in the Waterman community of Center, Shelby County, Texas.  As all friends and family know, she met and married her beloved husband of 60 years, E.F "Foots" Johnson, also of Center, in their hometown.
 
Residing the majority of their life together in Dallas, Texas, they always returned to their farm in Waterman, every moment they could.  She liked to laugh and tell people that her address was Interstate 20 due to the endless hours of traveling between Dallas and Center.
 
Evelyn inherited her mother's artistic talent and gardening interests.  The latter led her to share these interests through study, teaching and volunteer work.  However, she expanded her interests in other areas too.  She had a passion to meet people and be involved with civic organizations.  This passion provided for many unique experiences and opportunities as well as lifelong friends; such as being invited to demonstrate the ‘Art of making Lye Soap,’ Pioneer style, at both the 1968 Texas Folklife Festival held by the Institute of Texan Cultures at the HemisFair, San Antonio, Texas, and the nation’s 1976 U.S Bicentennial Folklife Festival celebration at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.  She was a member of the Eastern Star, Mesquite Art Club, Mesquite Garden Club, East Texas Archeology Society, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Mesquite Citizens Police Academy, Shelby County Historical Society and Kappa Alpha Theta.  In addition, she authored her book of family heritage and tales called Memories, with a second in progress.  She was a member of the Old Home Missionary Baptsit Church in Shelby County.
 
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband and two grandchildren.  She is survived by son Forrest Tyson Johnson and wife, Sharon of Center, daughter Melody Johnson Hayes of Nacogdoches, and daughter Shawn Johnson Burns and husband Alan of Dallas. Other survivors include her five grandchildren – Colby, Seth, Jarrod, Nathan & Shelby, and nine great-grandchildren. 
 
A private family service was held where she joined E.F. by his side once again.  In lieu of flowers, her wish was for memorial donations to be sent respectfully to: 
Old Home Cemetery Fund
c/o Linda Wheeler
1273 CR 3689
Joaquin TX  75954
 
 

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Karin Laraine Robison Beard


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Karin Laraine Robison Beard, 75, of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
 
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Antioch Cemetery in San Augustine with Bro. Tuffy Green and Bro. E.J. Adams officiating.  Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in San Augustine.
 
Mrs. Beard was born November 20, 1942, in Glendive, Montana, to Clarence Arthur Magers and Edith Fields Magers.  She loved working crossword puzzles, coloring and playing 42.  Mrs. Beard was a member of First Assembly of God in Timpson.  
 
She is survived by
Children:
Darrell Robison of Center, Texas
Amy Byrd of Nacogdoches, Texas
Jeanie “KoKo” Bridges and husband, Charles, of Center, Texas
Janet “Skeeter” Flournoy and husband, Wesley, of Center, Texas
 
Stepchildren:
Darlene Jordan and husband, Jack, of Billings, Missouri
Marie Huffman of New Mexico
Sheri Martinez of Phoenix, Arizona
 
Grandchildren:
Casey Robison
Viola Byrd
Jimmy Anderson
Jessica Dawson and husband, Cody
Kaitland Anderson
Karissa Flournoy
Hannah Flournoy
Reagan Flournoy
 
Great Grandchildren:
Heather Adams
Evan Robison
Zoey Robison
Kimberly Byrd
Casey Robison
Taegan Dawson
Two on the way
 
Sisters:
Barb Gratzfeld and husband, Dave, of South Dakota
Pam Giggee and husband, Mike, of South Dakota
Janet Green of Timpson
 
Brother: Kenneth Keller and wife, Wendy, of Glendive, Montana
 
Cousin with a sister-like relationship: Eula Langton of Glendive, Montana
 
Aunt: Babe Carney of Casper, Wyoming
 
Numerous cousins and other relatives
 
Preceded in death by
Husband: Willard Robison
Husband: Dan Beard
Daughter: Melody Robison
Great Grandson: Tucker Dawson
Parents: Clarence Arthur Magers and Edith Fields Magers Meek
 
Pallbearers will be Michael Holley, Donald Lee, Jimmy Anderson, Wesley Flournoy, Tom Morris and Marlon Brewer.  Honorary pallbearer will be Corey Green.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 

 

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Janie Louise Brodnax


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Janie Louise Brodnax, age 76, departed this life to be with her savior on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Overton, Tx surrounded by her loving family & caregivers. Janie was born in Trinity, Tx to Mr. Woodrow Wilson Flowers and Mrs. Ruby Mae Beathard Flowers. Janie is preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow & Ruby Flowers, Brother, Kenneth Flowers, Sister, Thelma Smith & Husband of twenty eight years, George Brodnax. She is survived by Daughter, Karen Armstrong & Husband, John of Overton, Tx, Grandson, Dylan Robinson& Partner Casey Phillips of Hermitage, TN, Grandson, David Robinson & Wife Ashley Marie of Louisville, KY, Granddaughter, Ashley Brook Robinson of Hermitage, TN and Great Grandchildren, Jensen, Jayce, Jaina and Mason. A skilled cook, gardener and crafts person, Janie will always be remembered for her beautiful holiday meals and providing a lovely home that was a refuge for so many of us. Janie was a memory maker and her Grandchildren will never forget the legendary trips to Crystal Beach with their Nana. Janie’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to LifeCare Hospice of Longview, TX, Focus Care of Center, TX, Visiting Angels of Tyler, TX, Pastor Sherry Harding of Shelbyville United Methodist Church, The United Methodist Women’s Group and Attorney & friend Lynda Kay Russell for their unfailing support. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you generously contribute to Shelby County Outreach in Center, TX. A celebration of life with wonderful food & friends will be held in her honor at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Shelbyville United Methodist Church located at 252 FM 417, Shelbyville, TX 75973.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

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Billy Ray Davis


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Ray Davis, 87, of Timpson, Texas passed away on June 19, 2018 in Timpson, Texas.  Born August 25, 1930, in Timpson, Texas, Billy is the son of the late William Leonard  and Annabell (McCormack) Davis.  Graveside service will be at 2PM on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Ronnie Sowell officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 1PM at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.  
 
To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net. 
 
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.
 
 

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Sheri Baskin Lewis


 

 

Sheri Baskin Lewis, 53, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018, in Joaquin.
 
Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.
 
Miss Lewis was born July 14, 1964, in Channelview, to Harold E. Lewis Sr. and Barbara Perran Lewis.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and taking care of her pets.
 
She is survived by
Children:
Jamie Baskin of Waterbury, Connecticut
Benjamin Baskin Jr. and wife, Melissa, of Waterbury, Connecticut
 
Mother: Barbara Perran Shannon and husband, Bobby, of Highlands, Texas
 
Brothers:
Ronald Dauzat and wife, Tammy, of Kingwood, Texas
Thomas Dauzat of Spring, Texas
Michael Dauzat and wife, Christine, of Houston, Texas
Bubba Lewis and wife, Celeste, of Joaquin, Texas
 
Numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives
 
A host of friends
 
Preceded in death by
Granddaughter: Zaeda Baskin
Father: Harold E. Lewis Sr.
Stepmother: Sandra Ross
Sister: Candy Cox
Brother: Jerry Lewis
Niece: Brandi Mills
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Reba Joyce Jackson


Ms. Reba Joyce Whittaker Jackson, age 77, of Houston, Texas.  Ms. Jackson passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Pearland Medical Center in Pearland, Texas.
FUNERAL SERVICE
Saturday, June 23, 2018
11 a.m.
Timpson First Assembly of God Church in Timpson, Texas
Interment: Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson, Texas
Rev. Marvin Jackson, officiating
Bishop Cedric Grace, Eulogist
 
Visitation
 
none
 
SURVIVORS
 
2 sons Randy Roland (Sonja) of San Augustine, Texas
Reginald Roland (Morita) of Houston, Texas
 
1 daughter Carlotta Guidry (Charles) of Houston, Texas
 
13 Grand children 12 Great Grandchildren
 
Brother Joe D. Whittaker of Houston, Texas
 
As well as a host of other relatives and friends.
 
 

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Jimmy E. Oates


 

 

Jimmy E. Oates was called home on June 17, 2018. He was born to Jessie E. and Vashti Ross Oates on June 8, 1945 in the Dreka Community of Shelby County. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 50 years, Judy Ann Oates and their three daughters and sons-in-law, 9 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren: Denise & Jimmy Chamberlain of Center, TX; Tracy & Bill Scudder of Covington, LA; Jennifer & Mitch Berry of Lindale, TX; Amberlyn & Evan Fronheiser of Jasper, TX and their daughters Kayleigh and Lexie; Sam Scudder of Covington, LA; Flint & Beth Berry of Benton, LA and their sons Hunter, Jackson, and Stetson; Jessica & Jacob Phelps of Virginia Beach, VA and their daughters Danika, Emma, and Maxine; Joanna Berry of Lindale, TX and Destiny Chamberlain of Center, TX.  He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Joyce & Guy Flournoy, as well as brother and sister-in-law, Larry & Kathy Oates, along with numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and a host of friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Jessie & Vashti Oates; paternal grandparents, Sam and Bessie Oates; and maternal grandparents, Booker and Molly Lout Ross. 
 
He was a member of Landmark Lodge #214 F & AM in Keithville, LA and the Hunter Magnolia Baptist Church in Hunter, LA. Services will be officiated by Bro. Derek Lightfoot at Mangum Funeral Home at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home. 
 
Pallbearers will be Sam Scudder, Flint Berry, Evan Fronheiser, Josh Rawls, Cody Rawls, Brady Bailey, Jackson Harlan, Hunter Harlan, and Trey Berry.  
 
He was a family man, first and foremost. Judy was the center of his world and their marriage was the foundation we built our lives upon. All of his children and grandchildren knew that all they had to do was pick up the phone and he would show up, any time or anywhere. He tucked quarters into penny loafers just for that purpose. He made sure we all grew up camping and fishing. We caught an awful lot of fish on Toledo Bend for a boat full of loud children. Our childhoods were full of the memories built around those trips. He took two generations of kids up to Camp Albert Pike and, later, Lake Ouachita in Arkansas and wanted to make sure that the third generation would get a chance to go. He also managed to somehow make every kid feel like they were his favorite. We were all so confident in the fact that we were “it” that no one even thought to ask to make sure. 
 
They say that how often and in what way you are remembered determines the type of person you were in life. There isn’t a porch swing sat on, a hook that hits the water, or the crunch of tires on a back road that happens without him being remembered. He was the cornerstone of our family and, as such, is so much a part of who we are that we remember him in everything we do. The most we can hope for is that someday we will leave behind the kind of legacy he has. 
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 5433 Westheimer Rd #300, Houston, TX 77056 or by visiting https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate.
 
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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Rodney Odean Weatherford


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rodney Odean Weatherford, 72, of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away on June 16, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Born April 12, 1946, in Bakersville, California, Rodney is the son of the late Gerritos Ottis and Dora (Fusion) Weatherford.  Graveside service will be held Monday,  June 18, 2018 at 1PM at Blair Cemetery, FM 2667, Timpson, Texas with Bro. Fred Wilcox officiating.  
 
Rodney grew up and graduated high school in Carlsbad, New Mexico.  He met the love of his life, Sharon Dianne Gibbs and the two were married September 26, 1980.  He spent many years working at potash mines in New Mexico before moving to Texas to work over 19 years for International Paper where he retired.  Although Rodney was a quiet man he found joy in joking with his family.  He enjoyed traveling, carpenter work, building things, and playing 42.  Rodney was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  He was a member of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church.  
 
He is survived by his loving wife of over 37 years, Sharon Dianne Weatherford of Nacogdoches, Texas; daughter, Donna Tipton and husband Dondi of Nacogdoches, Texas; and grandchildren, Danielle Templeton and husband Dr. Nathan Templeton of Nacogdoches, Texas, Dustee Tipton of Waynesboro, Georgia, Benny Tipton of Nacogdoches, Texas, Mercy Tipton of Carlsbad, New Mexico; great grandchildren, Mackenzie Templeton, Tucker Templeton, Xevadiah Tipton; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.
 
Rodney is preceded in death by his parents, Gerritos and Dora Weatherford.
 
To send condolences and sign the online guest book you may go to www.taylorfh.net. 
 
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.
 
 

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Carl "Old Timer" Emerson


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carl “Old Timer” Emerson, 68, of Logansport, Louisiana, passed away Friday, June 15, 2018, in Logansport.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jeff Spring officiating.  Interment will follow at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana.
 
Mr. Emerson was born February 14, 1950, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Dudleigh Welton Emerson and Lois Clara Smith Emerson.  He graduated high school in 1969.  From May 18, 1970 until May 19, 1978, Mr. Emerson served in the United States Navy.  He later joined the United States Army National Guard. Mr. Emerson was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and camping.  His favorite times were those spent with his family.
 
He is survived by
Sons: 
Vernon Emerson of Washington
William Emerson and wife, Darlene, of Center, Texas
Shelby Emerson and wife, Faith, of Stanley, Louisiana
 
Daughters:
Aletha Samson of Guam
Keisha Byrd and fiancé, Mike Stephens, of Joaquin, Texas
Shaunda Byrd and husband, Dusten, of Joaquin, Texas
 
Grandchildren:
Skylar Harvey
Mason Byrd
Lucas Byrd
Wrangler Emerson
Jessie Triana Emerson
Peyton Alford
Valerie Alford
Kamden Emerson
Rechelene Reyes
Reyenaldo Emerson
Kameron Emerson
Kayarra Emerson
Drayven Emerson
Waihett Emerson
Jarrett “JJ” Emerson
Jonavin Emerson
Bobbie Samson
AJ – Andrew Samson
Jake Dean Samson
Marina Davis
Kinder Nunley
Morgan Lovett
 
5 Great Grandchildren
 
Brother: Johnnie L. Emerson and wife, Ida Mae
 
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family
 
Special Friend: Hugh Chapman and family
 
A host of other friends
 
Preceded in death by
Daughter-in-law: Bernice Emerson
Granddaughter: Annabella Byrd
Parents: Dudleigh Wilton Emerson and Lois Clara Smith Emerson
Sister: Johnnie Brown
Brother-in-law: O.J. Sonny Brown
 
Pallbearers will be Mike Stephens, Bryant Chapman, Cole Chapman, Brandon Byrd, Vernon Emerson and William Emerson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Hugh Chapman, Shelby Emerson and Dusten Byrd.
 
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
 
 
 

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Artist "Randy"Cogburn


 

 

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

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James A. Moore


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

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Margie Faye Strong


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Mrs. Mae Ella Moore


 

 

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

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Freddie B. Miller McCoy


 

 

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

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Troyce Lynn Rushing


 

 

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

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Jeff Burris


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

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Lloyd Benjamin "Ben" Goolsby


 

 

 

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

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Susan Fountain


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Janie Sue (Anderson) Sonier


 

 

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

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Paul Jackson Jr.


 

 

 

 

 

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

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Ronnie Louis Mora


 

 

 

 

 

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

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Billy Joe Richards


 

 

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

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Dana Ann Adams Fountain


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

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Ian Davis Sims


 

 

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

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Robert E. Dixon


 

 

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

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