William 'Wolf" Magness



William “Wolf” Magness, 70, of Center, passed away Sunday, October 21, 2018, in Shreveport.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Keith Rose to officiate.  Interment will follow at Weaver Cemetery in the Weaver Community of Shelby County.  


William “Wolf” Magness was born in Center, Texas, on January 26, 1948, to Fred and Inez Magness. He was raised in Timpson, Texas, where he graduated from high school in 1966. In 1979, he married Ann Crawford Magness. He worked as a drywall finish contractor. His hobbies included reading and gardening.  Always planting a very large garden, he generously shared his produce with his family and friends.  If you really knew him, you knew the nuances of his personality that really made him who he was. He could tell a joke in such a way you knew he wouldn’t mess up the punchline. He’d start telling you something and have you going for a while before you realized he was just pulling your leg. Even in his sickest final days in the hospital, he still picked with the nurses and staff and his sense of humor shone through his pain. Whatever name you knew him by, and he seemed to go by many—Wolf, Freddy or Bill—you knew he was a good man with a great sense of humor. He could carry on a conversation with just about anybody, and he was a good storyteller. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandson, Jacob (who he called Bullet), who he loved to take on rides in the pasture to set and check hog traps.


He is survived by
Wife: Ann Magness of Center

Daughter: Karen Moss and husband, Eric, of Center

Grandson: Jacob “Bullet” Moss

Janelle Barrett and husband, Jim, of Timpson
Kay Brunt and husband, Joe, of College Station
Kathy Grigsby and husband, Charles, of Timpson
Kristi DeNardo and husband, Patrick, of Richmond

Aunt: Virginia Frazier and husband, Bobby, of Longview

Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives

A host of friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Fred H. Magness and Inez Bates Magness
Father-in-law and Mother-in-law: Cecil and Annis Crawford


Pallbearers will be Rocky Brunt, Greg Brunt, John Grigsby, Trey Little, Truit Whittley and Austin Lucas.  Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Brunt, Claude Lucas and Herbert Daw.
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