Obituaries

Clineccia Shawntelle Trotty

Hicks Mortuary is announcing, funeral service for Ms. Clineccia Shawntelle Trotty (31) of Coppell, Texas. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023; at 11:00 AM. Service will be held at Mt. Zion CME Church 921 Martin Luther King Drive Center, Texas 75935. Rev. Richard E. Edwards will be officiating. Clineecia was born May 16, 1991, in Center, Texas to Marketta Arnold- Edmond and Tommy Trotty. She completed her earthly assignment on January 30, 2023, at Medical City Center Dallas after a brief battle with leukemia. Clineecia attended Center High School and graduated in 2009 with honors. She continued her education at Lamar University where she obtained both her bachelors and masters degree. She began her career in criminal justice at Minnie Rogers Juvenile Probation Center as a Juvenile Probation/Supervision Officer and was later promoted to the Juvenile Probation Officer position. After her time with Minnie Rogers, she began her career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a “Senior Officer”. In 2016 Clineecia relocated to Dallas, TX where she began her service as Legal Instrument Examiner for the Federal Government. Clineecia took pride in her work and was well respected by her colleagues. The determination and dedication to her continued success in her chosen field was not unnoticed. For those who knew her, we are not at all surprised and extremely proud of her accomplishments in the short amount of time she was gifted to this world. The dedication to her success was only matched by the love she had for those important to her. There would never be a time an ear was not available to listen to or a shoulder available to cry on and other way she could do for those she loved. Clineecia will be dearly missed by all she’s encountered and touched throughout her time here. Clineecia’s left so many to cherish her memory: Mother: Marketta Arnold- Edmond (David) Father: Tommy Trotty. Grandmothers Frankie Arnold and Maxine Trotty Siblings: Markeiisha Alonzo (Marco), Brandon Brinson (Teresa), Janika Edwards, Latoya Love, Kristi Arnold, Noreka Brooks, Isaac Trotty, Tomesha Trotty, Eric Johnson, and Eli Goodman. Uncles Jeffery Arnold and Joe Lewis Phelps. Eight nieces and seven nephews; special cousin/friend, Jessica Watts (Justin); devoted friends, who are more like family Sharri Diggles and Demetria Thacker; and best friend since childhood, Sharonica Roberts. Also, numerous cousins, friends, colleagues, and extended family. Clineecia was preceded in death by both grandfathers, Jimmie Arnold and Ike Trotty. Visiting: Friday, February 10, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Mt. Zion CME Church 921 MLK Drive Center, Texas 75935. Committal: Westview Cemetery Repass: Mt. Zion CME Church Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services. All safety procedures are strictly enforced. Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935 Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net

James Ladson "Jimmy" Christian

James Ladson “Jimmy” Christian, 67, of Onalaska, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2023, in Center.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Son WIndham officiating. Born August 14, 1955, in Houston, James is the son of Benjamin Theodore Christian Jr. and Joanne Beene Christian. Jimmy was a brain cancer survivor which in the end took his life. He lived a very full life and was very generous to a fault. He loved traveling and people. Quick witted like his dad, he could tell a colorful story. A favorite story was when his friend, Randy, visited him in Katy; Jimmy put a load of clothes to wash and used kitty litter instead of soap powder as both were nearby. He loved wearing his favorite hats.A Christian, he loved Jesus and knew where he was going.

He is survived by daughter, Jennifer Brooke Windham and husband Jonathan of Center; sons, Justin Wertz and Aaron Wertz; grandchildren, Nicholas Windham and Rhiannon WindhamAlexis Jade Wertz, Aryn Lynn Wertz, Aleeya
Janae Wertz, and Ava Mae Wertz;; mother, Joanne Beene Cunningham; sister, Julianne Christian Bennett and husband Charles D. Bennett; nephew, Donald Gene Jacobs Jr.; niece, Amy Lee Everitt and husband Keith Everitt; great nieces, Jade Audrie Billings and Victoria Hughes; and special friend, Randy Foregger and wife B.J.

Preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Theodore Christian Jr.; and brother, Kerry Preston Christian. Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

Mary Louise Morgan Stephenson

Mary Louise Morgan Stephenson, 84, of Timpson, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2023, in Timpson. Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at Noon. Bro. Dave Wood will officiate. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Mary was born May 24, 1938, in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is survived by her children, Debra King Vick and husband Frank Vick of Silsbee, Thomas King of Timpson and his friend Cathy Woodard of Carthage, Angelia King Palmer and husband Timothy Palmer of Silsbee, Tammy King Mikesh of Timpson, and Billy Dickerson and wife Lisa of Shreveport, Louisiana; 50 grandchildren; 54 great grandchildren; and 20 great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Danielle Grigsby and Hattie Cochran. Preceded in death by husband, Donald Stephenson; mother and stepfather, Ida Green and Luther Green; father, W.D. “Johnny” Morgan; siblings, Peggy Allison and her husband Red, Jerry Green, Maxine Bradshaw; daughter-in- law, Melissa King; son-in-law, Martin Mikesh; and great grandson, Connor Mikesh. Pallbearers will be David Lawhorn, Wade Angelo, Derek Hughes, Dustin King, George Booker, Ricky Wright, Bryan Mikesh, and Kebo Parker. Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

Stacey Glenn McSwain

Stacey Glenn McSwain, 56, of Center, Texas, passed away on February 2, 2023, in Shreveport, Louisiana, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on April 9, 1966, in Center, Texas, to J.C. McSwain and Venorah William McSwain. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 6-8PM at Mangum Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Thursday, February 9, 2023, at 2pm with Bro. Son Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at 1374 CR 1286, Center, Texas.

A full obituary will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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

Linda Joyce Tyre Stroope

Linda Joyce Tyre Stroope, 80, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, February 3, 2023, in Shelbyville.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, February 5, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in
Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2023, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro.
Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
Born November 30, 1942, in Dallas, Linda is the daughter of James E. Tyre and Bessie Johnston Tyre. She loved
her family and was proud of the Tyre clan. Linda was always ready to tell a good story and boasted of them
often. Family, friends, and neighbors knew she loved a good party and may have been “fashionably late”, but
once she arrived, that’s when the fun started. Linda loved big and was good at everything she did. Whether it
was horses, animals, the care of her home, or her beautiful flowers and yard (which she was famous for), Linda
put her all in it. Linda was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center.
She is survived by her son, Ray Stroope Jr. and wife Beth of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Callie Cash and husband
John of Shelbyville and Russell Stroope of Carthage; great grandchildren, Lindsey Martinez and husband Abe of
Waxahachie, Kacee Cash of Waxahachie, Kylie Cash of Shelbyville, Bradley Jamison of Shelbyville, Caleb Jamison
of Shelbyville, Isabell Stroope of Carthage, and Evlyn Stroope of Carthage; great great grandchildren, Kingston
Martinez of Waxahachie; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by husband, Ray Stroope Sr.; parents, James E. Tyre and Bessie Johnston Tyre; sister, Peggy
Chote; brothers, James Tyre and Charles Tyre; sisters-in-law, Linda Jacque Tyre, Mary Tyre, and Carolyn
Stroope; and brothers-in-law, Richard Chote and Tommy Stroope.
Pallbearers will be John Cash, Russell Stroope, Bradley Jamison, Caleb Jamison, Mark Green, and Kenneth Jordan.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

Joyce Wilburn Smith

Joyce Wilburn Smith, 77, of Center, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2023, in Tyler.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in
Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in
Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Patroon Cemetery in the Patroon Community
of Shelby County.
Born August 6, 1945, Joyce is the daughter of Horace Wilburn and Bernice Elliott Wilburn. She was a member of
Patroon Baptist Church.
She is survived by her son, Shawn Smith and wife Dana of Logansport, Louisiana; daughter, Stacy Alexander and
husband Stephen of Canton, Texas; grandchildren, Lexi Danielle Smith of Logansport, Louisiana, Kurston Jaymes
Smith of Logansport, Louisiana, Roper Jake Smith of Logansport, Louisiana, Addison Joyce Alexander of Canton,
Texas, and Mallory Jo Alexander of Canton, Texas; sister, Louise Tompkins of San Augustine; brothers, Travis
“Tappy” Wilburn and wife Delma of Center, Texas, and Carroll Wilburn and wife Virginia of San Augustine, Texas;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by father, Horace Wilburn; mother, Bernice Wilburn; and brother, Larry Wilburn.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

Ruth Annette Dingler Grant Oswalt

Ruth Annette Dingler Grant Oswalt, 86, of Huxley, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2023, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 5, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Born August 31, 1936, in Tyler, Texas, Annette is the daughter of Floyd Dingler and Posy Ruth Dingler. In 1960, she married Bernard Grant and together they had two children, Belinda and Connie. After Bernard’s death, she met and married Bobby Oswalt who had three boys – Kevin, Kyle, and Kreig. Together, they raised the five children in Huxley, Texas. She worked in the medical field for many years before retiring. She loved to do daily Bible reading, sew, crochet, can, and anything crafty. She loved more than anything spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a devout precious Christian Lady and was always more concerned about everyone else and never complained. She is survived by daughters, Belinda O’Rear and husband Keith and Connie Vaughn and husband Gilbert; sons, Kevin Oswalt and wife Shani, Kyle Oswalt and wife Amy, and Kreig Oswalt and wife Natalie; special granddaughter and “best friend”, Karissa Vaughn; grandchildren, Bree Bearden and husband Colton, Zachary Oswalt, Chasity Willoughby and husband Levi, Coty Oswalt and fiancé Tara, Cade Oswalt, Savannah Arnold and husband Gary, Roper Oswalt and wife Julianna, Kaleb Oswalt, Karoline Oswalt, and Kallie Oswalt; great grandchildren, Charlee Jo Bearden, Grant Lane Bearden, Elly Willoughby, Tillie Willoughby, Kinsleigh Arnold, Ella Arnold, Jud Oswalt, and two more on the way; brother and sisters-in-law, Weldon English, Margie Cutia, J.H. Oswalt and wife Pat, Martha Rogers and husband Jim, Patsy McDonald and husband Mike, and Linda Oswalt; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Preceded in death by husband, Bernard Grant; husband, Bobby Oswalt; parents, Floyd and Posy Dingler; six sisters; three brothers; brother-in-law, Jimmy Oswalt; and sister-in-law, Edra English. The family would like to express our deepest gratitude and love to Vicky Sneed and staff for their compassionate care during the last three years. We would like to give a special thank you for all the care and love that Mona Bowlin and Margaret Bush have given to not only our precious mother, but to Karissa and our entire family. We will never be able to thank you both enough or repay you for what you have given to them and us. We Love Y’all! Pallbearers will be Zachary Oswalt, Coty Oswalt, Cade Oswalt, Roper Oswalt, Kaleb Oswalt, Levi Willoughby, Colton Bearden, Gary Arnold, and Danny English. Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

Martha Milstead Lindsey

NAME: Martha Milstead Lindsey                 AGE: 78

ADDRESS: San Augustine, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH: Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023, San Augustine, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH : August 28, 1944, San Augustine, TX

DATE / TIME OF SERVICE: N/A             PLACE OF SERVICE: N/A

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: N/A            PLACE OF VISITATION: N/A

OFFICATING: N/A              BURIAL: N/A

FATHER: Eugene “Bud” Milstead           MOTHER: Tilma (Butler) Milstead OCCUPATION: Teacher

SURVIVED BY: Husband of 60 years: Charles Lindsey of San Augustine Children: Patricia Jacks and husband Curtis of San Augustine Robert Lindsey and wife Sherry of Huntington Charlotte Gomlicker and husband Chris of Little Rock, AR Brad Lindsey and wife Tanya of Lufkin Grandchildren: Lindsey and John Welch, Nick and Samantha Jacks, Marlee Lindsey, Matt and Anna Lindsey, Christopher Gomlicker and Mariah Quenzer, Case Gomlicker, Hailey, Aubrey and Austin Lindsey. Great-grandchildren: Hannah McElhaney, Briannah McElhaney, Dustin Welch, Olivia McElhaney, Addie Welch, Brighton Brundage, Jenna Jacks, Brylee Jacks, Will Horne, Maddy, Bodhi and Aubrey Gomlicker. Brother: Tom Milstead and wife Reba of Nacogdoches

**Preceded in death by parents Bud and Tilma Milstead; husband Herman Milstead and wife Ann; Nephew Bruce Milstead

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com Arrangements under the direction of WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME 316 W.COLUMBIA SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS PHONE #936-275-2311 FAX # 936-275-0034

Carolyn Amelia Gross

NAME: Carolyn Amelia Gross                      AGE: 85

ADDRESS: Nacogdoches, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH: Monday, January 30, 2023, Nacogdoches, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH : July 15, 1937, Corpus Christi, TX

DATE / TIME OF SERVICE: N/A            PLACE OF SERVICE: N/A

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: N/A           PLACE OF VISITATION: N/A

OFFICATING: N/A                        BURIAL: N/A

FATHER: George Hehel Gibson                 MOTHER: Maude (Dorsey) OCCUPATION: Cashier

SURVIVED BY: Son: Dorsey Ray Ware and wife Donna of Nacogdoches Daughter: Rickie Ann Lozano of Joshua Tree, Ca. Granddaughter: Josie Lachelle Johnson and husband Harold of Nacogdoches Grandson: Michael Lee Lozano Great-grandchildren: Madisan Raymes Johnson, Paul Ryan Johnson and wife Riley

**Preceded in death by parents Maude and George Hebel Gibson; adopted grandparents Jim and Callie Dorsey; daughter Deborah Sue Jaeskhe; granddaughter Misti Lynn Ware; uncles Joseph Dorsey, E. G. “Top” Dorsey; half-brother Riley Gibson

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com Arrangements under the direction of WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME 316 W.COLUMBIA SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS PHONE #936-275-2311 FAX # 936-275-0034

Shellie Joe Fomby

Shellie Joe Fomby, 84, of Vidor, TX, passed from this life to be with his heavenly Father on Sunday, January 29, 2023 in Beaumont, Texas from complications of COVID. Joe was born in Emmet Arkansas on March 2, 1938 to Shellie and Emma Fomby. He graduated from Center High School with his beloved class of 1956. He lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. He attended the University of Houston and Lamar University. In 1966 he began his banking career at Sabine Valley Savings and Loan as a bank teller then quickly was promoted to loan officer, appraiser, and vice president. He was also appointed to the board of directors. He was an original founder of Shelby Savings Bank as President. Later he teamed up with Farmers State Bank where he retired after many years as Vice President.

He served his community as Commissioner of Center Little League, President of Center Alumni Association, was elected Outstanding Young Man of the Year for the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Center Band Booster, President of the Center Noon Lions Club, served on the Center ISD School Board, Director of the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

He was a faithful member of the Northside Church of Christ for many years until moving to Lake Murvual. He then served Northside Church of Christ in Carthage Texas until he moved to Vidor. He served at Northmain Church of Christ in Vidor until his passing.

Joe's smile will always be remembered as one of  his greatest attributes.

Funeral services will be held at 9AM Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, Texas. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 5 - 7 PM at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Family burial will be immediately following at White Rock Cemetery in Center, TX. Thursday, February 2, from 5PM-7PM, Watson and Son Funeral Home of Center will host a visitation for all local friends and family. As per Joe’s request, in lieu of flowers please donate to the: Roughrider Foundation in the name of Joe and Nell Fomby. Mail your support to: Roughrider Foundation P.O. Box 152 Center, Texas 75935 Please write Joe Fomby on the “for line”

Joe is survived by his wife Mary Fomby Daughters: Angela Rowe; husband Robert Beth Harbison; husband Ricky Grandchildren: Bradley Andrews; wife Mindy Ashley Rowe; wife Alex Christi Dukes; husband R.T. Chelsea Oler; husband Blake Mickey Wiggins; wife Dacey Great GrandChildren: Lexi Perry; husband Daniel Eden Andrews Addison Rowe Reagan T. Dukes Kennedy Dukes Connor Andrews June Oler Calvin Oler Lincoln Dukes Rosie Dukes Great Great Grandchild Charlie Perry Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Preceded in death by: His wife Nell Fomby, parents Shellie and Emma Fomby and brother, Roy Fomby. Pallbearers: Bradley Andrews Ashley Rowe RT Dukes Blake Oler Mickey Wiggins Reagan T. Dukes

Dessie McDaniel

NAME: Dessie McDaniel                         AGE: 80

ADDRESS: Bronson, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH: Monday, January 31, 2023, San Augustine, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH : June 9, 1942, Nacogdoches County, TX

DATE / TIME OF GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Sunday, February 5, 2023, 2:30pm

PLACE OF SERVICE: Chinquapin Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: N/A          PLACE OF VISITATION: N/A

OFFICATING:          BURIAL: Chinquapin Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas FATHER: Neal Elarce McDaniel            MOTHER: Thelma (McKey) McDaniel OCCUPATION: Waitress

SURVIVED BY: Son: Frank Stanley of Bronson Daughters: Sheila Hunter Grandchildren: Aaron Keith Stanley, Dustin William Stanley, Crystal Kay Gilljard 5 Great-grandchildren Brothers: Albert McDaniel, Herman McDaniel, David McDaniel, Doug McDaniel Sisters: Mildred Cassidy, Nancy Kuzma, Judy Jackowicz

**Preceded in death by parents Neal and Thelma McDaniel; brothers Daniel McDaniel, Thurman McDaniel Sister Eunice Jacks

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com Arrangements under the direction of WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME 316 W.COLUMBIA SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS PHONE #936-275-2311 FAX # 936-275-0034

Jaunita Chambers Hall

NAME: Jaunita Chambers Hall                AGE: 90

ADDRESS: Bronson, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH: Tuesday, January 31, 2023, Hemphill, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH : September 10, 1932, San Augustine County, TX

DATE / TIME OF SERVICE: Friday, February 3, 2023, 2:00pm

PLACE OF SERVICE: Chinquapin Baptist Church, San Augustine County, Texas DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: Friday, February 3, 2023, 12:00pm-2:00pm

PLACE OF VISITATION: Chinquapin Baptist Church, San Augustine County, Texas

OFFICATING: Bro. Wes Little         BURIAL: Dickerson Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas

FATHER: Cecil Chambers          MOTHER: Thelma (Baldree) Chambers OCCUPATION: Homemaker

SURVIVED BY: Sons: Harold Hall and wife Bonita of San Augustine Curtis Hall and wife Kathy of San Augustine Daughter: Patricia Davenport and husband Tom of Dayton

**Preceded in death by parents Cecil and Thelma Chambers; husband Harland Hall; Son Jerry Hall; brothers John Chambers, Tim Chambers, Paul Chambers Sister Katherine Chambers Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com Arrangements under the direction of WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME 316 W.COLUMBIA SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS PHONE #936-275-2311 FAX # 936-275-0034

Sandra Lynette Hinson Latham

Hicks Mortuary is announcing, funeral service for Mr. Sandra Lynette Hinson Latham of Center, Texas. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023; at 12:30 P.M. Service will be held at Triumph the Kingdom and the Church located at 908 Daniels Street Center, Texas 75935. Rev. Richard E. Edwards will be officiating.

On January 27, 2023, Sandra Lynette Hinson Latham passed from this life to be with her Heavenly Father at the age of 73. She will forever be remembered as an angel and a true servant that consistently demonstrated faithfulness, strength, and love to her family, church, and all that were blessed to meet her. Sandra, the second child, was born January 13, 1950, in Center, Texas to J.T. Hinson and Cleo Fountain Hinson. The importance of education and knowledge was ingrained in Sandra at an early age. She excelled both academically and socially, finishing 5th . in her graduating high school class, she had an awesome singing voice, and she had the ability to twirl a baton ablaze with fire as a member of the Daniel’s Cheerleaders Squad.

Sandra enrolled in Prairie View A&M University in 1968, but missed home, so she returned home and transferred to Stephen F. Austin, working to earn both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees. Sandra Hinson and Tommy Latham were joined in marriage on December 22, 1979. As she transitioned into marriage, she worked in the Center Public School District and then she and Tommy adopted a young daughter, DeShana Latham.

Sandra worked in the Center Public School District until she retired in 2009 but continued substituting until her health failed. Sandra was always active in her church devoting service to the Missionary Society, Stewardess Board, food pantry, Sunday school, and choirs. She had an outstanding singing voice which was on display at various venues. She was also involved in decorating her church, Mt Zion CME and other events around the county, including the infamous C.H. Daniels School Reunions. However, her most cherished job was being a wife, mother, and grandmother to Kyra.

Sandra unselfishly invested her time and energy to support young students from coaching various school teams and was awarded Teacher of the Year! She always encouraged all to do their best.

Sandra was inducted into the Eta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in the Fall of 1973. An Ivy Beyond the Wall ceremony will be held to be announced.

Sandra is survived by her husband of 48 years, Tommy Latham; one child, DeShana Latham; granddaughter, Kyra Latham; her brother Dr. Kenneth E. Hinson and wife, Elma Jones Hinson; niece, Kesha E. Hinson; she is also survived by children of deceased couple, brother Jimmy Ray and wife Carolyn Hinson; sons Keith and Kirt, and daughter, Deandra “Sonya" Hinson; her twin sister/cousin; Joyce Lynn Johnson, her goddaughter, Jocelyn Berry, and a host of cousins and close friends.

Sandra was also the spiritual mother and grandmother to countless women, men, and children throughout the years. She was skilled at decorating her beautiful home with crafts as her mother, Cleo, had done her entire life.

She was an amazing role model, always leading with patience and wisdom and listening with empathy. She will be missed but we know she is in heaven rejoicing with the heavenly choir. She will never be forgotten.

Visiting: Friday, February 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M

Committal: Westview Cemetery

Repass: John D. Windham Civic Center (146 Express Blvd. Center, Texas 75935 Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services.

All safety procedures are strictly enforced. Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935 Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net

Lorinda Taylor Arthur Gregory

Lorinda Taylor Arthur Gregory, 80, of Joaquin, formerly of Lakeview, Ohio, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023, in Nacogdoches, Texas, with family members by her side.

Born September 27, 1942, Lorinda is the daughter of the late Frank and Marie Taylor.

She is survived by her four children, Lisa and Jesse Griffith, Mike Arthur, David Arthur, and John Arthur; sister of the heart, Jan Robbins; eleven grandchildren; and nineteen great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her dad, Frank Taylor; mother, Marie Mattox Taylor; granddaughter, Christina Faye Burbaugh; and three brothers.

She loved to sew, travel, read, and teach her granddaughters to bake. Lorinda was very proud of her patriotic family. She was also a member of the AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary Post 39. Her wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be at a later date. Donation can be made to Wounded Warriors, VFW, or AMVETS.

Special thank you to Cansas Ellis. Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfh.com

Giovanna (Givvie) Mooney Searcy

Giovanna (Givvie) Mooney Searcy, 89, of Pasadena, Texas passed away on January 28 th in Webster, Texas. She was born on August 13, 1933, in San Augustine Texas to Lawrence Henry Mooney, Sr. and Lonita Mooney

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday February 2, 2023. at
Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas with Linda Searcy officiating. Visitation
will begin 30 minutes prior to the service at Mangum Funeral Home.

After graduating Center High School, Givvie went on to marry the love of her life (Leon) while he was serving in the Navy during the Korean War. She went on to graduate from college with a degree in business and worked her entire career with AT & T and became one of the first women managers in her division. This was a testament to her ability to excel in business and her personal life.

She was active in her community and would later achieve many personal and professional awards. She was President of the Rotary Club of Pasadena and served on the board of the Pasadena Pet Adoption Society. She was a long-time member and representative of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce where she was a leader in welcoming new business owners to the City of Pasadena and performed many ribbon cutting ceremonies on behalf of the city.

In addition, she was a member of the Pasadena Philharmonic Society where she served on the board. She was a leader in the Republican Women’s Society and later went on to be a delegate for the Republican party. She was a poll watcher for countless elections and was a huge advocate for teaching the younger generation the importance of voting and the freedom it can provide. She and Leon worked in the reading program for the local elementary schools while volunteering in the school reading programs in local elementary schools in Pasadena ISD.

She was noted for her representation in the “Sister Cities” program where she traveled to Hadono, Japan on numerous occasions and made many long-lasting friendships fostering a sense of partnership and community within Pasadena and abroad. 

Givvie had a passion for life, people, and family.  She was especially proud of her grandsons and her son. She was full of laughter, kind-hearted, and a person of strong convictions and faith. She was a long-standing member of Faithbridge Church in Deer Park, Texas and volunteered there on many different activities. She will be greatly missed by her friends and her family.

Givvie is survived by her son James L. Searcy, Jr. along with daughter-in-law Linda Searcy; grandsons Jason L. Searcy and Nathan M. Searcy, and a host of other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence Henry Mooney, Sr. and Lonita Mooney and her brothers David Mooney and Lawrence Henry Mooney, Jr.

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.

Helen C. Hill Williams

Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral services for Mrs. Helen C. Hill Williams (67) of Shelbyville, Texas. Helen was born on August 26, 1955, to Isaiah Hill Jr. and Dorthy Thompson Hill. Helen died on January 27, 2023, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Funeral service will be on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at East Hamilton Baptist Church Shelbyville, Texas (East Hamilton Community), at 11:00 A.M. Pastor Tommy Allison will be officiating.

Helen is survived by: Mother: Dorthy Hill of Center, Texas Brothers: Bobby Hill I J Hill (Brenda) Michael (Cameica) Hill Marcus Hill Sisters: Charlette (David) Hill Debra (Sugarman) Gardner Angela Hill

Visiting: Saturday, January 28, 2023, Hicks Chapel 6:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M Committal: Rather Cemetery

Repass: Pineywoods Outreach Center Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services. All safety procedures are strictly enforced. Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935 Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net

Jimmy Dale Hagler

Jimmy Dale Hagler, 72, of Center, Texas, passed away on January 27, 2023,
in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born on December 30, 1950, in Center,
Texas, to the late L.E. Hagler and Alice Wiggins Hagler.
Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Monday, January
30, 2023, at 2pm with Bro. David Mathis officiating. Interment will follow
at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas.
Jimmy was born and raised in Shelby County. He graduated from Center
High School in 1969. Jimmy continued his education at Stephen F. Austin
State University where he focused on Computer Science. He and high
school sweetheart, Kathy Waller, were joined in marriage on January 31,
1976. They had a wonderful son, Heath. You could find Jimmy for many
years at H & S Grocery. He and Kathy co-owned and operated it with his
brother Wayne Hagler until they retired in 2020. Jimmy was a devoted
father, husband, brother, grandfather, and friend. He enjoyed the
outdoors. Fishing and traveling are just a couple of things Jimmy liked to do
in his spare time. He also liked going to the beach. Jimmy was a very logical
thinking individual. He loved playing chess and solving problems especially
in the area of mathematics. His most precious time was spent with his son,
Heath, and his grandchildren, Aidan and Anna. His family was most precious
to him and enjoyed making memories with them.
Jimmy is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Hagler; son, Heath Hagler and
wife Collean; brother, Wayne Hagler; sister, Barbara Prince and husband
Richard; grandchildren, Aidan Hagler, Anna Hagler; numerous nieces and
nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.
Mangum
Funeral Home

Pallbearers serving will be Joel Waller, David Brittain, Darrell Williams,
Steven Andrusick, Ken Vick, and Cam McElroy.
Honorary pallbearers are Bert Vick, Aidan Hagler, Ian Williams, Nathan
Cole, Shawn Hagler, Brian Adams, and Mark Leach.
Laird
Funeral Home, Inc.

He is preceded in death by his parents, L.E. and Alice Hagler.
To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net .Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.

Janice Lorraine Moody

Janice Lorraine Moody, 71, of Center, passed away Friday, January 27, 2023, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 30, 2023, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Johnny Lewis and Sister Melba Rodgers officiating. Visitation will begin at Noon. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Born September 17, 1951, Janice is the daughter of Jack and Hazel Vaughn.

She is survived by her Husband: Don Moody Son: Donnie Moody and wife, Heather Moody Daughter: Jeannie Moody Taylor Grandkids: Dustin Bloodgood and wife, Cortni Austin Bloodgood Justin Bloodgood and Courtney Green Lexi Moody Bell and husband, Blake Bell Rowdy Taylor Rory Taylor Dru Moody Great Grandkids: Evie Sue Bloodgood Raiden Bloodgood Banks Bell Sister: Marie Permenter Brothers: Robert Jerry Vaughn and wife, Nikki Larry Vaughn and wife, Dianne Jackie Vaughn Waylon Vaughn and wife, Regina Gerald Vaughn and wife, Patty Brother in Law: Tommy Moody and wife, Linda Sister in Law: Ann Blackwell and husband, Willis Mother in Law: Freddie Moody Special caretaker: Shelby Green

Preceded in death by: Father: Jack Vaughn Mother: Hazel Vaughn Grandson: Jesse Don Moody Brothers: Marlie Vaughn, Darrell Vaughn & Prentice Vaughn Father in law: Dan Moody

Pallbearers: Dustin Bloodgood, Austin Bloodgood, Rowdy Taylor, Rory Taylor, Justin Bloodgood, Blake Bell

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

Darlene Gardner

Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral services for Mrs. Darlene Gardner (56) of Shelbyville, Texas. Darlene was born on July 6, 1966, to Earsel Gardner and Molene Mathews Gardner. Darlene died on January 16, 2023, in Spring, Texas at family member’s residence. Funeral service will be on Saturday, January 26, 2023, at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church located 623 Martin Luther King Drive Center, Texas, at 11:00 A.M. Rev. Frankie Cooper will be officiating. Darlene Gardner is survived by: 2 Sons: Derrick Gardner and wife Jeanie of Spring, Texas Eric Gardner of Center, Texas 1 Daughter: Tiffanie Gardner of Center, Texas 5 Grandchildren: Clydarius, Ja’Mori, Ja’Quez, Ja’Dus and Shakira 1 Great-Grandson: Bryson Amir Johnson 2 sisters: Dorothy (Leo) McCollister of Tyler, Texas Dorothy Lavearn Cartwright of Shelbyville, Texas

Darlene was proceeded in death by both parents, 2 brothers: Waymon Gardner and Dewey Gardner; 1 sister: Annie Mae Gardner; and 1 brother-in-law: A.T. Cartwright. Active Pallbearers: James Hewitt, Charles Hewitt, Tommy Mason, Jamie Cartwright, Chadrick Hines Sr., and Thomas Gardner Honorary Pallbearers: Andre Cartwright, Michael McCollister, Kelvin McCollister, and Keith McCollister Visiting: Saturday, January 16, 2023, at Bright Morning Star 9:00 A.M to 11:00 A.M Committal: St John Cemetery (Africa Community) Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services.

All safety procedures are strictly enforced. Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935 Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net

Darlene Gardner

Mrs. Darlene Gardner was born on July 6, 1966, to Earsel and Molene Mathews Gardner. She was a member of the Lilly of Carroll Chapel CME Church.

Her strong will to live, unwavering Faith in God, the love and prayers of family and friends, and many supporters carried her through months of pain. Yet throughout her own struggle, she managed to still love more than ever and kept a smile on her face. Darlene enjoyed her life with her friends, sitting on the porch, drinking coffee, and talking for hours.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Earsel and Molene Gardner; her two brothers: Waymon Gardner and Dewey Gardner; and a brother-in-law: A.T. Cartwright and 1 sister: Annie Mae Gardner. She leaves to cherish her memories of 2 sons and 1 daughter: Derrick Gardner and wife Jeanie of Spring, Texas, and Eric Gardner of Center, Texas, one daughter Tiffanie Gardner; four grandboys: Clydarius, Ja’Mori, Ja’Quez, and Ja’Dus. 1 granddaughter: Shakira Bell; 1 great-grandson: Bryson Amir Johnson; 2 sisters: Dorothy (Leo) McCollister of Tyler, Texas; Dorothy Lavearn Cartwright of Shelbyville, Texas; and a h

Active Pallbearers

James Hewitt Charles Hewitt Tommy Mason
Jamie Cartwright Chadrick Hines Sr. Thomas Gardner

Honorary Pallbearers
Andre Cartwright

Michael McCollister Kelvin McCollister Keith McCollister

Acknowledgement

Thank you for your personal visits, phone calls, and other acts of kindness during our
time of bereavement are deeply appreciated. A special thank you to Elara Caring

Hospice Care.
Internment
St. John Cemetery
Repass

At the Home of Dorothy Cartwright
Arrangements Entrusted To:

Hicks Mortuary
804 Martin Luther King Drive
Center, Texas 75935
936.598.3865
Hicksmortuary.net

ost of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended grandkids, and friends.

Donald Allen Truitt Jr.

Donald Allen Truitt Jr. 54, of New Orleans, LA formerly of Joaquin and Center passed away January 23 rd , 2023, in New Orleans.

His wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 29 th , 2023, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Allen was born December 16 th , 1968, in Brian, Texas to Donald Allen Truitt Sr and Anne Allice Truitt. He attended Joaquin High School and graduated with the Joaquin High School class of 1988. While in school, he was very active in sports. He played both football and basketball, along with running track. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force and was an armament aircraft mechanic. He was employed for many years at Bruce Hardwood floors and later Ace Hardware of East Texas. His last 3 years he had his own business “Truitt will do it” handyman services.

Growing up in East Texas he loved to fish and camp and spent many summers with his brother and cousins. He and his brother were close in age and close to heart as they shared their love of football and Star Trek. He was 18 when his baby sister Kelly was born and his role of big brother was taken very serious throughout his life.

Allen was blessed to have 2 mothers who cared deeply for him. As a teenager, his stepmom Gwen came into his life and loved and cared for him as his own.

Allen’s biggest achievement in his life was his 4 children. His love for them was immense and will never be forgotten.

Allen also has a passion for his favorite NFL team the Miami Dolphins. No matter if they won or lost, his support of them never wavered.

He is survived by his Children: Cody Evans and wife Kaitlyn of Granite Quarry, North Carolina Lanie Blackmon and husband Luke of Carthage Lexie Truitt of Center Averie Truitt of Center Step-Children: Ashley Reynolds and Husband TC Patrick Mills and wife Mikaela Grandchildren: Kaedyn, Gavin, and Saelyn Evans Samuel Blackmon and Baby Blackmon coming soon Payton Brown, Brayden Alexander, and Tanner Reynolds Fiancé, Jennifer Billiot and son James Arkles Father, Donald Allen Truitt Sr. Brother, Andrew Truitt and wife Cheryl Sisters, Kelly Boyett and Amanda Yesso Cousins Mark and Janet Weeks, Dan Weeks, and Shannon Weeks He is also survived by numerous other cousins, friends, and family. Preceded in death by: Mother Anne Moss, Stepmother Gwen Truitt, Grandparents AJ, and Joy Truitt and Sydney Clark and Alice Clark, brother-in-law Buddy Boyett, and aunt Sharon Weeks.

Eduardo "Eddie" Bonilla

NAME: Eduardo “Eddie” Bonilla                    AGE: 62

ADDRESS: Broaddus, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH: Monday, January 16, 2022, Kingwood, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH : November 30, 1960, Buffalo, NY

DATE / TIME OF MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, January 28, 2022, 2:00pm

PLACE OF SERVICE: Broaddus Pentecostal Church, Broaddus, Texas

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: N/A PLACE OF VISITATION: N/A

OFFICATING: Bro. Jathan Green BURIAL: N/A

FATHER: Manuel Bonilla                 MOTHER: Chris Mascon

OCCUPATION: Equip Operator SURVIVED BY: Wife: Sandra Bonilla of Broaddus Daughters: Brittany Amburn of Pineland Sandy Huffman of Broaddus Sons: Tommy Crawford of Center Jeffery Huffman of Mansfield, LA Sisters: Dana Garcia of Houston Tina ( ) of Houston Brothers: Thomas Bonilla of FLORIDA James ( ) of Houston J. R. Bonilaa of ILLINOIS 12 Grandchildren

**Preceded in death by Mother Chris Mascon; daughter Bridgett Hampton; granddaughter Kami Thornburg

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com Arrangements under the direction of WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME 316 W.COLUMBIA SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS PHONE #936-275-2311 FAX # 936-275-0034

Norman Dale "Bud" Crandall

NAME: Norman Dale “Bud” Crandall                  AGE: 93

ADDRESS: Bronson, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH: Tuesday, January 17, 2023, Bronson, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH : November 17, 1929, Graham, OK

DATE / TIME OF SERVICE: N/A               PLACE OF SERVICE: N/A

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: N/A           PLACE OF VISITATION: N/A ]OFFICATING: N/A BURIAL: N/A

FATHER: Andrew Frank Crandall                MOTHER: Doris Elizabeth (Compton) OCCUPATION: Petroleum Industry

SURVIVED BY: Wife: Margurett Crandall of Bronson Daughters: Terry Spanhanks and husband Zane of Bronson Tina Barnes and husband Lynn of Chester Sister: Elizabeth Gail Smith of Crosby 9 grandchildren; A host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren

**Preceded in death by parents Andrew and Doris Crandall; brothers Doyle Frank Crandall, Ronald Wayne Crandall

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com Arrangements under the direction of WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME 316 W.COLUMBIA SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS PHONE #936-275-2311 FAX # 936-275-0034

Sandra Gail Eddins

 

Sandra Gail Eddins, 62, of Center, Texas passed away peacefully at home on January 20, 2023. Sandra was born May 24, 1960, in Port Arthur, Texas to Frank Hughes and Betty Crump Rippy.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 6-8PM at Mangum Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at Mangum Funeral Home, on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 2:00 PM Bro. Tommy Ford and Bro. Chris Collins officiating. Interment will follow at Sholar Cemetery, Joaquin, Texas.

Sandra was raised in Joaquin, Texas. She graduated from Joaquin high school and went on to receive her degree in nursing as an LVN from Panola College. Sandra was a nurse for the late Dr. Joe Hooker and Dr. Steve Oates. She later worked for many years as a Home Health nurse. Sandra dedicated her life to taking care of others. Sandra loved her profession and was very good at what she did. She was always smiling and could definitely make you smile and keep you laughing. Sandra had a beautiful personality.

Sandra was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Sandra and Robert Sr (Bobbie) married on March 13, 1982. Everyone that knew Sandra knew how much she loved her children and grandbabies and she would go to the ends of the earth to make them happy.

Left to cherish her precious memory: Loving husband, Bobbie Eddins

Sons Adam Eddins and wife, Bridgett Alan Eddins Robert Eddins Jr. and wife, Anita Grandchildren Addysen Eddins Keaton Eddins Ava Cree Eddins Dean Eddins Henley Eddins Hazelyn Eddins Ashley Snider and husband, Jeremy Ryan Eddins Joshua Eddins Great -grandson Levi Snider Sisters Vicky Askew Patricia Hughes Brenda Ford and husband, Tommy Martha Weaver Robbie Rippy Fry Brother Michael Hughes Sisters in laws Faye Huffman Dorothy Whiteman Nancy Drew Many nieces, nephews a host of family and friends.

Proceed in death by father, Frank Hughes; mother, Betty Rippy; step-father, Charles Rippy; brother Steve Hughes, sisters, Pam Cunninham, Janie Hughes Wheless. Pallbearers serving will be Adam Eddins, Alan Eddins, Robert Eddins Jr., Ryan Eddins, Joshua Eddins, Jerry Lyle Huffman, Gaylon Howard

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

Paul S. Grant

Paul S. Grant passed away Friday, January 20, 2023 in Tyler, Texas.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2023, at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Bro. Micah McArthur will officiate.

Born June 18, 1935, Paul was the son of Larry Grant and Iris Williams Grant. He served in the Air Force for 20 years and retired. Paul enjoyed his family and being around his grandkids.

His survivors are his children, Shanna Murphey and fiancé Joe Beddoe, and Brian Grant; grandchildren, Caleb Hill, Christy Hill, Raelyn Hill, Jordan Fung, and Dylan Beddoe; great-grandchild, Cecelia Hill.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Grant; parents, Larry Grant and Iris Williams Grant; and sister, Juanel Votaw.

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

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