Obituaries

Kyle Glenn Bush

Kyle Glenn Bush, 51, of Timpson passed away early Monday morning, September 20, in Tyler after a long, hard fight with Covid. During his 7 weeks in the hospital, he made a huge impression on those who cared for him. His doctor described him as being a “mule of a man” with a “heart of a lion” when speaking of his strength, determination and his will to fight.

Kyle was born in Center on January 7, 1970 to Elton “Bubba” and Nancy McIver Bush. He was joined in 1975 by his brother, Kevin Dayton. As a young man, Kyle met the love of his life, Carla Ramsey, and they married in 1992. In 1994, their firstborn child, Kylie Renee, was born and died a few days later. After enduring such a devastating loss, their lives were forever changed on May 27, 1997, when they welcomed their greatest blessings, twins, Kaylie Renee and Keaton Kyle. For the rest of his days, Kyle’s world revolved around anything and everything that involved his kids. Barrel racing, softball, baseball, showing cattle, hunting, fishing and anything else they found to do along the way, Kyle was all in and spent every spare moment being Keaton and Kaylie’s biggest supporters alongside Carla. He was so proud of the brand Keaton has built, B Square, that began with he and Kaylie showing cattle as children. His kids were his greatest accomplishments and most cherished blessings.

Kyle worked mostly in construction but he wore many hats along the way and made many investments that allowed him to give his family the best possible life. He loved to be anywhere his family was but his favorite places were in the woods and on the riverbank. He was a true outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He spent many days with his friends and he had so many. People were just drawn to Kyle for his big personality. He was known far and wide for his ability to entertain and cook for a crowd. He could make a competition out of anything and was the best 42 player. He left this world as a champion as he and Kaylie claimed first place in the 2021 Grill Fest 42 Tournament this past April. He was larger than life and to know him was to love him.

Kyle is preceded in death by:
Infant Daughter, Kylie Bush
Grandparents:
Coye & Ima Jean Bush
Dave & Kathryn McIver
Aunt: Brenda Bush Wright
Uncle: Randy Bush
and
Father in Law: Doyle Ramsey
Cousin: Nathan Davis

Kyle is survived by his wife Carla, son Keaton and his princess, Kaylie, all of Timpson.
Parents, Bubba and Nancy Bush, of Center.
Brother, Kevin Bush and wife Brooke, of Elkhart.
Sister-in-law, Connie McSwain of Timpson.
Mother-in-law, Imogene Ramsey, of Timpson.

Nephews:
Hunter & Holden Bush
Casey & Cole Milford
Colton McSwain
Luke Johnson
Cecil McSwain
Roscoe McSwain, Jr.

Nieces:
Gracie Johnson
Ashton McSwain Askew

Aunts & Uncles:
Beverly Slatter and husband Basel
Tammy Ramirez and husband Amando
Sandra Walsh and husband Bubba
Kim Jarjoura and husband Jeff
Dewayne Bush and wife, Jeneane
Margaret Bush
Martha Rushing and husband, Charles
David McIver and wife, Mary Beth
Garrison McIver and wife, Sharon

He also leaves behind a tight knit group of 20 first cousins and a host of children that thought he hung the moon and the stars.

Pallbearers will be:
Shelby Johnson
Darren Wiggins
Joseph Mast
Brian Stephenson
Brian Hendricks
Cecil Jackson
Bazil Moore
Shad Lout
Stacy Pledger
Eric Perry
Phillip Gore
Ryan Sitton
Casey Lee
John Sparks

Honorary pallbearers will be his first friends, his cousins.
Brandon Slatter
Brent Slatter
Chris Paddie
Charlie Bush
Colt Bush
Clay Bush
Trae George
Andy Ramirez
Brad Rushing
David McIver

Visitation will be on Thursday, September 23rd from 5-7pm. Funeral service will be on Friday, September 24th at 11am, all at Center First United Pentecostal Church in Center, Texas. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery.


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

Jo Ann Barbee Rushing

 

Jo Ann Barbee Rushing, 71, of Center, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021, in Center, at her home, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Son Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in San Augustine County.

Born September 3, 1950, in Shelby County, Jo Ann is the daughter of Archie Talmage Barbee and Faye Holland Deason Barbee.  She was a member of Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church and Daughters of The Republic of Texas.

She is survived by her husband, Hugh W. Rushing; daughters, Kimberly Sue Rushing Davis and husband John, Amanda Jo Rushing Wiggins and husband Brandon, and Pamela Faye Rushing Taylor and husband Justin; grandchildren, William Tye Reynolds, Tristian Cole Reynolds, Cameron Michael Reynolds, Matthew Ryan Reynolds, Jayden Glenn Wiggins, Brylen Jace Wiggins, Toby Lane Taylor, and Dusty Lee Taylor; step grandchildren, Dusty Davis, Dandi Davis, and Maggie Davis; 7 great grandchildren; sisters, Ronda Holloway, Carolyn Harkness and husband Ricky, Barbara McDonald, and Vicky Snider; brothers, Ricky Barbee, Donald Barbee and wife Julie, and Ray Barbee and wife Rosa.

Preceded in death by parents, Archie Talmage Barbee and Faye Holland Deason Barbee; sisters, Linda Barbee Couglar and Beverly Walker; brothers, Bo Barbee, William Marshall Barbee, John T. Barbee, and Bobby Barbee.

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

Shirley Ann Windom

Percy Garner & Son Mortuary would like to announce the death and services of:

DOB: 08/23/1989                     DOD: 09/15/ 2021

Ms. Shirley Ann Windom, age 32, of Lufkin, Texas passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas.

 

Graveside Service

Saturday, September 25, 2021

2:00 p.m.

Roberts Cemetery

Rev. Wesley Benton, Officiating

 

Survivors

 

2 Sons Justin Windom of Lufkin, Texas

Jeremiah Windom of Lufkin, Texas

 

Mother Shirley Mae Windom of Lufkin, Texas

 

Father Jamie Polk of San Augustine, Texas

 

Grandmother Mary Rainey of San Augustine, Texas

 

1 Brother Jamie Windom of Lufkin, Texas

 

9 sisters Kim Harris (Tommy) of Nacogdoches, Texas

Racheal Hunter (Anthony) of Houston, Texas

Cynthia Jackson (Mettauer Curl) of Fresno, Texas

Ashley Hall of Jacksonville, Texas

Breshayla Jones of San Augustine, Texas

Jamie Jones of San Augustine, Texas

Larissa Lacy of San Augustine, Texas

Jamie Polk of San Augustine, Texas

La Kelsey Lacy of San Augustine, Texas

 

As well as a host of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.

Louie T. "Skeet" Des Champs III

NAME:     Louie T. “Skeet” Des Champs III             AGE:     66

 

ADDRESS:     San Augustine, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Tuesday, September 14, 2021, Nacogdoches, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    January 31, 1955, San Augustine, Texas

 

 DATE / TIME OF  SERVICE: Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 10:30am

 

PLACE OF SERVICE:     Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, San Augustine, Texas

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: Monday, September 27, 2021, 5:00pm-7:00pm

 

PLACE OF VISITATION: Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, Texas

  

BURIAL:  Liberty Hill Cemetery, San Augustine, Texas

 

FATHER:         Louis T. “Skeet” Des Champs Jr.                MOTHER: Doris (Smith)

 

OCCUPATION:   Attorney at Law

 

SURVIVED BY:   Brothers: Joe Des Champs of Muscle Shoals, Alabama

                                                 Kevin Gratehouse of San Augustine, Texas

                                Sisters; Karla Gratehouse of Bellville, Texas

                                              Mary Martha Gratehouse of Sarasota, Florida

 **Preceded in death by father Louie T. Des Champs Jr.; mother Doris Smith Des Champs




 

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

Wande Jean Askew

NAME:     Wande Jean Askew             AGE:     75

 

ADDRESS:     San Augustine County, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Monday, September 20, 2021, San Augustine County, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    February 25, 1946, Harris County, Texas

 

 DATE / TIME OF  SERVICE: Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 2:00 p.m.

 

PLACE OF SERVICE:     Wyman Roberts Funeral Home Chapel, San Augustine, Texas

 

OFFICIATING:   Bro. Hugh Mixon, Bro. Don Lofton

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

 

PLACE OF VISITATION: Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, Texas

  

BURIAL:  Broaddus Cemetery, Broaddus, Texas

 

FATHER:                                     MOTHER: 

 

OCCUPATION:   Nurse for several area hospitals and nursing homes

 

SURVIVED BY:   Husband: Donny Askew of San Augustine County, Texas

                                Daughter: Stacie Lynn Norwood and husband Brian of Hallsville, Texas

                                Son: Don Hill of Hallsville, Texas

                                




 

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

Rhonda Lee Soto

Rhonda Lee Soto, 62, of Timpson, passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Travis Lee officiating.  Interment will follow at Powdrill Cemetery in the Arcadia Community of Shelby County.

Born March 23, 1959, in Elkhart, Indiana, Rhonda is the daughter of Roland Smith and Leahoma Holt Smith.  She enjoyed painting and gardening.  Rhonda was a member of First Baptist Church in Timpson.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Soto of Timpson; children, Christina Curtis of Anchorage, Alaska, Karla Jean Bright of Timpson, and Rafael Soto of Timpson; grandchildren, Deserae Bright, Dylan Bright, Timothy Adams, Kayla Bright, Alyssa Bright, Madisyn Bright, Dakota Bright, Hunter Bright, Eliana Soto, Aubrie Soto, and Kinsley Soto; sister, Diane Ladd of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Preceded in death by parents, Roland Smith and Leahoma Holt Smith.

Pallbearers will be Rafael Soto, Frankie Bright, Raul Soto, Israel Flores, J.R. Curtis, and Ruben. Honorary pallbearers will be Dakota Bright, Rudy Soto, and Timothy Adams.

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

David Wayne Smith

 

David Wayne Smith, 47, of Center, passed away Saturday, September 18, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Smith Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born June 15, 1974, David is the son of Clyde Smith and Barbara Jean Baker Smith.  He was a member of Newbern Masonic Lodge #97.

He is survived by his parents, Clyde and Barbara Smith; daughter, Laurel Ann Smith (Melony Anderson); sons, Tristan Wayne Smith (Chris Reyna) and Nickolas Blane Smith (Ivorie Cook); grandson, Danyon Blaine Smith; sisters, Laurie Lee Miller and Diana Lyn Burch; brothers, Michael Mayo (Patsy) and Joe Smith; mother-in-law, Deborah Jones; brother-in-law, Timothy Murphy; special cousins, Larenda Murphy and Dwayne Marr; numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; significant other of 27 years, Tammie Smith.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Smith, Tristan Smith, Nickolas Smith, Dwayne Marr, George Windham, Toby Murphy, Laurel Smith, and Laurie Miller.  Honorary pallbearer will be Matthew Miller.

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

Bruce Howard Denby

 

 

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Bruce Howard Denby born Aug 21 1951, left his earthly home Friday, September 17, 2021, in Gary Texas surrounded by his loving wife and family.  After becoming ill in January Bruce was no longer able to fight the mystery illness that was plaguing his body.  

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 20, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Brother Lamar Denby and Brother Rob Merriman officiating.  Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery with final prayer by Queenie Brinson.

 

Bruce, the youngest of five children grew up in Denby Town Texas.  He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1969 where he was involved in many clubs and sports but loved football the most.

 

At a very young age Bruce learned to use his hands and skills in carpentry and anything mechanical.   If he attempted to build it or fix it it was done with precision and beauty!    His love for all things Ford was never called into question.   Older trucks and mustangs were his passion projects. When he was not using his skills building something you would find him tinkering on an old vehicle or 10 in his shop.  If you knew Bruce for 5 minutes you would surely hear all about the15 vintage vehicles he had and his vision for every one of them. 

 

Although a back condition kept Bruce from serving his country in the military he was so proud to spend 2 years in Iraq helping to rebuild that country.  He loved working where he felt like he was making a difference in the lives of those around him at home or on foreign soil.   Bruce `made so many faithful friends during his time overseas that have remained close right up to the end.  Bruce worked as a saltwater pumper for Nuverra Environmental Solutions the past 10 years.  He loved to work and was only recently sidelined from doing what he loved due to his illness.

 

Bruce loved Jesus, his family and friends and his Country. 

 

One of the greatest singer/songwriters that never made it, Bruce Denby!  When he decided to enjoy a little down time you could find him in his man cave lightly strumming his guitar to some Gary Stewart, #3 on his jukebox, or any old school country music song.  Karaoke was for sure his favorite way to wind down from a week of hard work.   If you were looking for some belly laughs and a great night he was your guy!

 

Bruce loved to garden and no matter what he planted or where he planted it, IT GREW!  It was said by Carolyn, his wife of 19 years, “I do believe Bruce Denby could plant a tire and grow a car”!   His friends and neighbors would agree!

 

The heart that beat inside Bruce’s chest was as big as the State of Texas.   He was quick to smile, generous with all he had, never judging and always ready to give a little grace. Bruce may have been smaller in stature but he was a Giant in kindness.  

 

Left to cherish his memory is wife and best friend Carolyn. 

His children Brian and wife Brandi, Chris Denby, Brad and wife Shannon

April Campbell & husband Justin and Keni Jo Biggar.

 

Grandchildren

Dylan, Zachary and Brannon Denby

Cody and Brent Denby

Haley Lout and husband Shon

Presley, Kross, Kwade & Kroix Campbell

 

Great Grands

Symber, Ava, Harper and Carter 

Kylin, Kambri

 

Brother in laws - 

Tommy Ishee and wife Vickie 

Garry Ishee and wife Karen. 

 

Mother in law and friend for many years, Annie Jean Barbe. 

 

Preceded in death by his grandparents Francis Elizabeth (Fannie) and Cull Denby and parents Clifford Reeves and Versie Denby.  Brothers, Weldon, Jack and Cliff Jr.  Sister, Beatrice. 

 

Lifelong best-friend, Leroy Wilburn.


Pallbearers will be Justin Campbell, JJ Ebarb, Dillon Ebarb, William Dutton, Tommy Ishee, Brandon Ishee, Moon Dog Johnny Brinson, and Robbey Dutton.  Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Harrell, Rickie Mayo, and Charlie Moore.

Pamela Dwire Denby  

NAME:     Pamela Dwire Denby             AGE:     52

 

ADDRESS:     San Augustine, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Wednesday, September 15, 2021, Lufkin, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    April 11, 1969, San Augustine, Texas

 

 DATE / TIME OF  GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Monday, September 20, 2021, 2:30pm

 

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

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: Monday, September 20, 2021, 1:00pm-2:00pm

 

PLACE OF VISITATION: Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, Texas

  

BURIAL:  Corinth Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas

 

FATHER:         B.C. Dwire                            MOTHER: Betty Jo (Parker) 

 

OCCUPATION:   Nurse aide/Med aide

 

SURVIVED BY:   Husband: Jimmy Earl Denby of San Augustine

                                Daughters: Heather Denby of Woden, Christina Denby of San Augustine

                                Son: Justin Denby of San Augustine

                                Brother: Steve Dwire of San Augustine

                                Sisters: Tammy Amburn, Rhonda Hightower, Angie Henley

                                Grandchildren: Jacelynn, Baileigh, Asher, Brilee, Kole and Hannah

 **Preceded in death by father B. C. Dwire, mother Betty Jo Henley; sister Sharon Dwire;

                                          Brother John Curtis Henley




 

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

Shirley Ann Tipps

Percy Garner & Son Mortuary would like to announce the death and services of:

DOB: 08/23/1989          DOD: 09/15/ 2021

 

Ms. Shirley Ann Tipps, age 32, of Lufkin, Texas passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas.

 

Funeral Service

 

Pending at this time.

 

Survivors

Ms. Benita Mosby

Percy Garner & Son Mortuary would like to announce the death and services of:

DOB: 11/01/1975           DOD: 09/03/ 2021

 

Ms. Benita Mosby, age 45, of Lufkin, Texas passed away Friday, September 3, 2021 at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas.

 

Memorial Service

Saturday, September 18, 2021

11:00 a.m.

Roberts Baptist Church

Rev. Ardis Mosby, Officiating

 

Survivors

 

2 Sons Octavaious “Fred” Mosby (Brianna)  of Lufkin, Texas

Kijana Mosby of Lufkin, Texas

 

5 Grandchildren

 

6 Brothers Ardis Mosby (Jeaneyse) of San Augustine, Texas

David Mosby (Linda) of San Augustine, Texas

Lester Mosby of San Augustine, Texas

Bobby Mosby (Joy) of Nacogdoches, Texas

Johnny Roy Mosby of Atlanta, GA

O’Don Mosby (Cheryl) of Desoto, Texas

 

4 Sisters Shunna McCoy (Floyd) of Lufkin, Texas

Shacorian Mosby of Lufkin, Texas

Ida Miller (Mike) of Dallas, Texas

Vernzel Mosby Bird of Dallas, Texas

 

Host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mr. D. L. Jones

Percy Garner & Son Mortuary would like to announce the death and services of:

DOB: 08/16/1947                DOD: 09/07/2021

 

Mr. D. L. Jones, age 74, of Houston, Texas passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Kindred Hospital in Sugar Land, Texas.

 

Funeral Service

Saturday, September 18, 2021

1:00 p.m.

Mt. Horeb Baptist Church

Interment in Haily Bush Cemetery

 

Visitation

 

Friday, September 17, 2021

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

Garner & Son Chapel

 

Survivors

 

Daughter Sheryl Jones ( Steve Harris) of California

 

3 Grandchildren 4 Great-Grandchildren

 

1 Brother Kenneth Earl Jones of Houston, Texas

 

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Joel Wayne Porter

 

Joel Wayne Porter, 48, of Center, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021, in Center.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Born October 3, 1972, Joel is the son of James Grover Porter and Regina Williams. His hobbies included fishing, riding four-wheelers, farming, riding his tractor, and talking about Jesus.  Joel was a loving father and grandfather.  He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He is survived by his daughter, Jalyric Porter of Nacogdoches; granddaughter and love of his life, Jamila Anderson; mother, Regina Williams of Center; brother, John Patrick Porter of Nacogdoches; sisters, Jana Hagler of Center, Amelia Kai Bryant (Jasson) of Fort Worth, Jai Brisbon of Nacogdoches, Jennifer Fernum of Louisiana, and Bonnie Bittick of Muskegon, Michigan; uncles, LaMoine Williams of Lufkin, Michael W. Williams (Brenda) of Wills Point, John Wynus Porter (Lisa) of Appleby, and Joel Porter (Jackie) of Fort Worth; aunts, Jean Marie Hart (Lynn) of Center and Janette Purvis and husband of Shreveport, Louisiana; a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, James Grover Porter.

A special thanks to his cousin, Jon Davis.

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

Ernest Terrand Watts

 

Ernest Terrand Watts

August 30, 1956 - September 9, 2021

 

Ernest Terrand Watts, 65, died on September 9, 2021. Ernest was born on August 30, 1956, to Cartelyou Brinson and Pearlie Mae Watts in Center, Texas. 

Visitation will be held Friday September 17, 2021, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas Funeral Service will be Saturday September 18, 2021, at 11:00AM at Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas. Interment to follow at Mt. Gillion Cemetery.

Ernest grew up in Center, Texas, and graduated from Center High School, he played football, basketball and ran track. Ernest found the love of his life Shirley and married on July 4, 1975, and had 46 wonderful years together. He was a successful small business owner of Watts Transportation. He enjoyed church and was the treasurer, custodian, usher, and deacon. Ernest loved going to sporting event and spending time with family and friends. He was loving and caring and helped anyone that needed it. He was loving husband, father and PaPa and worked hard to provide and take care of his family. He could always make you laugh no matter what the situation was.

Survived by: Wife, Shirley Watts; Sons, Adric Watts and wife Kelly Watts, Justin Watts and Wife Jessica; Sister, Vanita Singleton; Grandchildren, Adrian Johnson, Jakadric Watts, Jakedric Watts, Miata Riley; Great Grandchildren, Kaynen Johnson, Kai Riley.

Preceded in death by: Parents, Cartelyou Brinson and Pearlie Mae Watts, Great Grandchild, Elijah Riley. 

 

Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.

Katy L. Purdy

Katy L. Purdy, 89, of Houston, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021, in Houston.  

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 10, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Timpson with Bro. Lamar Denby officiating.  

Born October 10, 1931, in San Augustine County, Katy is the daughter of Arbie Flournoy and Zelma Wilkinson Flournoy.  Katy grew up in Shelbyville, graduating from Shelbyville High School on May 19, 1950. She went on to complete 9 years of higher education at University of Houston.  From September 10, 1950 until her retirement on July 1, 1984, Katy was a secretary for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.  In her free time, she enjoyed reading, yardwork, and tending to her inside plants.  Katy was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her brother, Guy Flournoy and wife Joyce of Shreveport, Louisiana; sisters, Sarah V. Lewis and husband John of Huntington and Rachel Brannon and husband Ronnie of Hallsville; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Flournoy of Longview and Carolyn Flournoy of Tenaha; brother-in-law, George Duke of Timpson; also, numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, James M. Purdy; parents, Arbie Flournoy and Zelma Wilkinson Flournoy; brothers, Henry D. Flournoy, Clifford E. Flournoy, Paul Flournoy, and Wilburn "Pete" Flournoy; sisters, Betty S. Duke and Weeda Lowry; brother-in-law, Ray Lowry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to MD Anderson.

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

Mr. D. L. Jones

DOB: 08/16/1947              DOD: 09/07/2021

 

Mr. D. L. Jones, age 45, of Houston, Texas passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Kindred Hospital in Sugar Land, Texas.

 

Graveside Service

 

Services are pending at this time.

 

Survivors

Loise Rena Thompson

 

Loise Rena Thompson, 67, of Center, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with funeral service 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Bro. Mark Green and Bro. Johnny Lewis will officiate.  Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born June 4, 1954, Rena is the daughter of George W. Duke and Edna Patterson Duke.  She loved spending time with her grandbabies. Rena also loved the Lord and her church, Antioch Baptist Church, where she was a member for 30+ years.

She is survived by her husband, James Thompson of Center; daughter, Jessica Belrose (Justin) of Center; grandchildren, Anna Claire, Sadie, and Ella Belrose of Center; brother, George Duke of Timpson; sister, Edna Ezernack of Many, Louisiana; also, a host of family and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, George W. Duke and Edna Patterson Duke; and sister-in-law, Betty Duke. 

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

Angela Jackson

Angela Jackson, age 51, of Milam, Texas, passed from this life on September 6, 2021, in Milam, Texas.  She was born to Juanita (Ramey) Watson and Calvin Watson on November 15, 1969, in San Augustine, Texas.  

Angela loved her family, she was a homemaker, and was a wonderful mother, sister, and a beloved grandmother, and a good friend to all who knew her.  

Those who are left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Hanna Jackson and Camden Pate of San Augustine and Candice Jackson and Garrick Newell of San Augustine; sisters, Brenda Thomas of San Augustine, Teresa Jackson of San Augustine, and Barbara Jackson of San Augustine; her beloved grandchildren, Releign Procell, Hayze Stephenson, Hadley Jones and Dallee Newell; along with a number of friends. 

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 10, 2021, at the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, 316 West Columbia Street in San Augustine, with interment to be in the Dickerson Cemetery located on CR 4255, off FM 3279 in the Grapevine Community. 

Visitation will be Thursday evening, September 9, 2021, from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine.

Online obituary and condolences may be posted and viewed at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

Mr. Jerry Lynn Birdwell

 

Mr. Jerry Lynn Birdwell, age 78, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021, in Lufkin, Texas.

Mr. Birdwell was born September 15, 1942, in San Augustine County, Texas, to parents Murray and Agnes (Sowell) Birdwell. He was a longtime area resident. Jerry had worked at the Lighthouse for the Blind in Houston before his disability retirement.

His survivors include his daughter, Jerry Jane Barnett and her husband Charlie of Lufkin, Texas; a sister, Jo Ann Snell and husband Dewayne of Broaddus, Texas; a brother, Wilburn Birdwell and wife Vicky of Hamptonville, North Carolina; a grandson, Jonathan Orso of Lufkin, Texas; step-granddaughter, Victoria Barnett of Cleveland, Texas; close friends, Paula and Ralph Lackey of San Augustine, Texas; great-nieces and nephews who were very close to him, including, J.D. Chandler, Brandy Moore, Courtney Willis, Zachary Harvey, Pete Harvey, Blake Harvey, Leah Harvey, Brenna Harvey, and Colton Harvey; and a host of other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Murray and Agnes Birdwell; a sister, Betty Harvey; and a granddaughter, Amanda Proctor.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Macune Cemetery located off FM 705 and Highway 147 in San Augustine County, Texas, with Bro. Mark Green officiating.

Pallbearers: Jonathan Orso, Kyle Moore, Zachary Harvey, David Willis, Pete Harvey, and Colton Harvey.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences. 

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

Jeanette (Baldree) Davidson

 

Jeanette (Baldree) Davidson, age 83, a longtime resident and retired nursing home owner and administrator, of San Augustine, passed away late Friday evening, September 3, 2021, in San Augustine. 

Jeannette was born October 17, 1937, to parents Lou T. (Kerr) Baldree and James Loma Baldree in the Rosevine Community of Sabine County, Texas.  Jeanette married the love of her life, the late Gary Davidson, and had celebrated 49 years until his death on July 17, 2005.  As an active nursing home administrator, Jeanette was involved in the daily routines and overseeing the care of her residents.  She was active in the San Augustine Chamber of Commerce, the Red Hat Ladies, served on the Shelby Savings Bank board of directors, and the San Augustine Memorial Hospital board of directors, and was an active member of First Baptist Church in San Augustine for many years. 

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Noble and her husband Steve of San Augustine; son, David Davidson and his wife Teresa of San Augustine; her grandchildren, Zach Noble and his wife Tiffani,  Kade Noble and his wife Kelli, Jacob Noble, Erin Scarber and her husband Brett, and Cameron Noble; her great-grandchildren, Ace Noble, Kala, Grace and Faith Kirkley, Kace and James Noble, Ian and Archer Chase; Aubree, Evan and Eli Scarber. Very special family friends, Becky Haley and Becky Michalec. Along with numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, and her beloved Twin Lakes Care Center family. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gary Lee Davidson; parents, James Loma and Lou T. Baldree; and sisters, Wilma Henson and her husband Jack, and Lucene Westmoreland and her husband Jimmy. 

Pallbearers will be Zach Noble, Kade Noble, Jake Noble, Whit Michalec, Brett Scarber, and Benny Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Bridges, Phil Sublett, Oliver Boyette, Gil Miller, and the Deacons of First Baptist Church in San Augustine. 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 7, 2021, in the First Baptist Church, 502 E. Columbia Street in San Augustine. Officiating will be Bro. Jim Moss, Kade Noble, Whit Michalec and Bro. Skipper Eberlan.  Interment will follow in the Rosevine Cemetery located on FM 1 in Sabine County, Texas. 

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 7, 2021, from the hours of 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in San Augustine. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church, 502 E. Columbia Street, San Augustine, TX 75972, or the San Augustine County Cowboy Church, P.O. Box 280, San Augustine, TX 75972.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine.

Sharon Annette Dwire

 

Sharon Annette Dwire, age 53, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021, in San Augustine, Texas.

She was born February 16, 1968, in San Augustine County, Texas, to parents Betty Jo (Parker) and B.C. Dwire. Sharon was a lifelong area resident and worked several years in nursing home dietary, currently employed at the Summit Care Center.

Her survivors include her daughter, Christa Mendez of San Augustine, Texas; a granddaughter, Hannah Mendez of San Augustine, Texas; sisters, Pamela Denby and husband Jimmy of San Augustine, Texas, Rhonda Hightower of San Augustine, Texas, Tammy Dwire Amburn and husband Charles Wayne of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Angie Henley of Odessa, Texas; a brother, Steve Dwire and wife Lynette of San Augustine, Texas, along with 10 nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her father, B.C. Dwire; her mother, Betty Jo Henley; a son, Christopher David Dwire; and a brother, John Curtis Henley.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.

Graveside service is set for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Corinth Cemetery, located on FM 353 in San Augustine's White Rock community.

Visit www.WymanRobertsFuneralHome.com for memories and condolences.

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

Mrs. Margie Garrett

Hicks Mortuary is announcing graveside service for Mrs. Margie Garrett (79) of Center will be Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas. Mrs. Garrett died at a local hospital in Longview, Texas on Saturday, September 4, 2021.  She was born on September 19, 1941, to the late Robert McCowan and the late Rosie Lee James.  Brother Freddie D. Wilson will be officiating.

 Margie was known as a “second mom” to many throughout the community. Her home-cooked meals, no-nonsense advice, gifts of charity and unconditional love for everyone she met will be forever cherished.

 She is survived by:

Sons: Fredrick (Cheryl) Jackson of Houston, Texas; Delbert (Rose) Jackson of Center, Texas; Eric Jackson of Center, Texas; and Scott (Shawn) Jackson of Dallas, Texas.

Daughters: Iretta Jackson of Center, Texas; Elaine (Al) Turner of San Antonio, Texas; Angela (Chris) Hebert of Greenwell Springs, Louisiana; and Karla Jackson Edwards of Sunnyvale, Texas.

Stepchildren: Patrick Garrett of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Rod (Kesha) Garrett of Houston, Texas; Connie Richardson of Houston, Texas, and Anitra Garrett of San Augustine, Texas.

Brother: Lee McCowan of Houston, Texas. 

 She was also loved and admired by a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. 

       Viewing:   Friday, September 10, 2021, from the hours of 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM. 

             

Committal:  Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas 

 

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 

Clifton Marquette Cagle (Poss)

 

Clifton Marquette Cagle (Poss)

October 7, 1956 – September 1, 2021

Clifton Marquette Cagle, 64, joined his father and mother in heaven on September 1, 2021. Clifton was born on Oct 7, 1956, to Clifton Edward Cagle and Zera Christen Armstrong in Center, Texas. 

Clifton graduated from Shelbyville High School and was honorably discharged from the air force. He was a fire fighter and treasurer for Shelbyville volunteer fire department. He was also a Dispatcher for 20 plus years and a member of Mt Calvary Full Gospel Church. Mark was a gentle and kind soul. He never met a stranger; he was full of love and life. He loved his family and his friends more then anything else. The world will not be the same without him. Mark is loved by so many and will always continue to be loved and missed.

Survived by: Wife, Barbara Jean Cagle, married November 3, 2006; Brothers, John Henrey and wife Cyndi Cagle of Center, Texas, JC and wife Susan Cagle of Shelbyville, Texas; Sisters Rosemary Cagle of Shelbyville, Texas, Christine Border of Center, Texas, Lizz and Joe Rama of Nacogdoches, Texas; Children, Ronny Williams and wife Christal of Temple, Texas, John Hutto of Shelbyville, Texas, Vanessa Walker and Mike Selman of Center, Texas, Sarah and John Berry of Joaquin, Texas. Loved by all his nieces and nephews, they called him Uncle Buck or Unkie, Grandchildren, Hayden Xander, Isabella, Jaxson, Hunter, Kyler, Liam, Brooklyn, Scarlett, (10)- Harley and many more friends.

Preceded in death by: Parents, Clifton Edward Cagle and Zera Christine Armstrong Cagle; Brother William Raymond Cagle.

Memorial Services will be announced at a later date.

Brealon Allen "Buddy" Sanford, Jr.

Brealon Allen “Buddy” Sanford, Jr. (68) passed away on September 2nd, 2021 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

 

Services will be held at New Life Church in Center, TX., under the direction of Senior Pastor Steve Noble. Visitation will be from 1-2 pm on Friday September 10th, with funeral service immediately following. Burial will be at Borders Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Mangum Funeral Home. 

 

Brealon Allen “Buddy” Sanford, Jr. was born in Houston, Texas on June 19th, 1953 to Brealon and Betty (Moore) Sanford. Buddy spent more than 40 years in the oil business in one fashion or another. While he loved the oil business, he loved to tell people that he used to work in Major League Baseball. He would then explain that his “Major League” career was from a brief stint with the Houston Astros front office, “and by that, I sold peanuts, popcorn and cokes.” Buddy also spent some time trying his hand as a professional bowler. After numerous perfect games, many “750’s” and at least two “800’s” to his name, he said, “That’s about the best I can be, there’s no sense in watching my career go down from here!” Buddy was also an avid hunter, whose life revolved around deer season. 

 

However, even with so many fun hobbies, Buddy’s favorite thing was being “GrandBuddy / Gubby” to his grandbabies. Always the jokester, he was a kid at heart and loved to spend time making his grandkids laugh. 

 

Buddy had committed himself to Christ early in life. However, he would quickly tell you, it wasn’t until he was in his 50’s that he learned what it was like to have a real relationship with Jesus. His spiritual life took a positive turn from that point forward. He talked often of what he was learning from the Bible, as well as how he felt the Lord was guiding his life. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents: Betty Lou (Moore) Sanford, Brealon A. Sanford, Sr. and his sister Susan J. Sanford

 

Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his children

 

Brealon Allen “Sandy” Sanford, III (Kasie) of El Dorado, Arkansas

Aidron Joseph Sanford of Lufkin, Texas

Brandie Lou Benedetti of Center, Texas

Jason David Vaughn of Austin, Texas

 

Grandchildren:

Micah Sanford 

Steven Woodland (Katie) 

Ian Vaughn 

Ciara Goldsmith

Jasper Sanford 

Camden Sanford 

Collin Brady

Peyton Tolbert 

Deuce Benedetti 

Aubrey Sanford 

Brealon Allen “Nolan” Sanford, IV 

Aryana Simon 

 

Great Grandchildren:

MacKenzie Woodland 

Spencer Woodland 

Gauge Adams 

 

Sister:

Edith Mae LeBlanc (Maison) of Center, Texas

 

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and friends he made throughout his life. 

 

Special Friends:

Rick and Kathryn Morley of Houston, Texas

Bonnye Green of Houston, Texas

 

Pallbearers are:

John C. LeBlanc, Louis Underbrink, Barrett Underbrink, John Sancton, Jasper Sanford, Camden Sanford

 

The family wishes to thank the caring and amazing staff at Nacogdoches Medical Center for their compassionate and superior care for Buddy during his stay there.

Mrs Maude Yvonne Rowe

Funeral services for Mrs Maude Yvonne Rowe, 88, of the Old Center Community will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Aaron Bequette officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. 

Mrs Maude Yvonne Rowe was born October 17, 1932 in Zavalla,Texas. She passed this life September 3, 2021 in Carthage, Texas. She was one of five children born to the marriage of Drew Pierce and Callie Porter Conner. She was raised and schooled in Tenaha graduating with the Tiger class of 1951. Maude married her high school sweetheart Willis Rowe in 1952 and they enjoyed 55 years before he preceded her in death in 2008.

Maudie graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Home Economics and Elementary Education. She loved sewing and teaching home economics at Nederland High School, then moved to teaching Elementary School, where she had a real passion for her 5th grade students for over 20 years. Her final years as an educator were spent in East Texas at Tenaha Elementary.

Maudie enjoyed reading her Bible and spending time with God, and taught Sunday School and Children's Choir. She loved watching girls of all ages dance, and live performing arts of all kinds. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother, as well as "Mimie" to all who knew her. Maude Yvonne was also preceded in death by her sister, Gladys Nell Mathews, as well as a brother, Kenneth Conner. Left to cherish her memory are, sister, Wandell Womack of Tenaha, Brother, Bert Conner and wife Linda of Sulpher, LA; daughter, Debbie Rowe; son, Russell Rowe and wife Selena; daughter, Kristy Essery and husband Mark all of Old Center; granddaughter Juliet Townzen and husband Michael of Carthage; grandson, Alex Rowe of Tuscaloosa, AL, Step granddaughter, Melissa Donohue and husband John of Winter Haven, FL, step granddaughter, Kimberly Smith and husband Ray of Gary, step grandson, Steven Essery of Carthage; great grandchildren, Greyson, Scarlet and Noah Townzen; and step grandchildren Amelia Dobbs, Alaina Ford, Alex Ford, John Donohue, Dalton Smith, Beka Smith, Dylan Essery, Hailey Essery and Violet Essery. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and many friends survive Mimie also. 

Serving as Pallbearers will be, Alex Rowe, Ray Smith, Greg Rowe, Jonathon Twomey, Don Hardwick, Baron Lopez and Ben Brinhall. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Rowe, Robert Rowe, Jerry Womack, Joseph Rowe, and Joe King. 

An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com 

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