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Robert Glenn Davis


 

 

Robert Glenn Davis, 89, of Tenaha, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Tyler.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Tenaha United Methodist Church in Tenaha.


Mr. Davis was born May 5, 1930, in Blackwell, Oklahoma, to Earl Davis and Fern Whitney Davis.  He retired from the United States Navy.  His hobbies included golfing, hunting, and fishing.


He is survived by his wife, Marjorie J. Davis of Tenaha; sons, Robert Davis and wife, Suzanne, of Liberty and George Davis of Manitou Springs, Colorado; granddaughters, Kayleigh McKinnley and Allie Davis; brothers, Oren Davis of Putney, Vermont and Larry Davis of Cherokee, Oklahoma; sister, Mary Stewart of Lynnwood, Washington.


Preceded in death by his parents, Earl Davis and Fern Whitney Davis.


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

 

 

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Betty Daphine Ratcliff


 

 

Miss Betty Daphine Ratcliff 52 of Tenaha passed away on Tuesday morning at the Center Emergency Room. Her funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Friendship Baptist Church in Tenaha, Texas.

 

Interment will follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Timpson with Rev. James Walls officiating.

 

 

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Velma Garrett


 

 

Ms. Velma Garrett, age 83, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at CHI St. Luke Memorial Hospital in San Augustine, Texas.  

 

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Larry W. Choate


 

 

Larry W. Choate, 52, of Center, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Center.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Randy Harshbarger and Steve Adams officiating.  Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Shelby County.


Mr. Choate was born October 17, 1966, to James Andrew Choate Sr. and Joyce Mize Choate. He was of the Church of Christ faith.


He is survived by his wife, Shannon Choate of Center; children, Christopher Choate of Center and Chelsea Nunley and husband Kinder of Center; grandson, Jaxon Nunley of Center; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Steve and Jean Adams of Nacogdoches; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Misty and Doug Bowlin of Nacogdoches; nieces and nephews, Mackensi, Molly, and Madox Bowlin of Nacogdoches, Stephen Dyess of Nacogdoches, James T. Choate Jr. of Huntsville, Sean Choate of Oklahoma, Silver and Skylar Choate of Tyler; brothers and sister, James T. “Buck” Choate and wife Rhonda of Center, James Andrew “Bubba” Choate Jr. and wife Suzanne of Nacogdoches, and Vickie Dyess and husband Tim of Nacogdoches; uncles and aunt, Benny and Thelma Russell of Center, and Lonnie Choate of Center; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.


Preceded in death by father, James Andrew Choate Sr.; mother, Joyce Mize; grandparents, Pierson H. Choate, Mae Choate, Ray Mize, and Katie Mize.


Pallbearers will be Jason Choate, Michael Scates, Rodney Warr, Greg Davidson, Curtis Choate, Doug Bowlin, Bradley Wilburn, and Wesley Rains.  Honorary pallbearers will be Stephen Dyess, Tim Dyess, Lonnie Chaote, Mark Hodges, and Stephen Fults.


A special thank you to Cecelia Dolen, Larry’s nurse, of Heart to Heart Hospice.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

 

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Reba Coleman


 

 

Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas is announcing funeral service for Mrs. Reba Coleman (63) of Marshall, Texas.  Mrs. Coleman passed away Friday, May 24, 2019 at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, La.  She was born on April 18, 1956 in Center, Texas.   Funeral service will be Friday, May 31, 2019  at 11:00am at Bethesda Baptist Church 801 West Grand Ave in Marshall, Texas.   Rev. James E. Webb will be officiating.   


Mrs. Reba Coleman is survived by:


Husband:  Anthony Coleman of Marshall, Texas 
Mother:  Mrs. Maudie L. Ayers of Center, Texas
Sister: Valerie J. Washington of Marshall, TX
Brother:  Leroy Ayers, Jr (Pat) of Houston, TX,
Brother-in-law Booker G. Coleman of Oklahoma
Stepdaughter, Toni Michele Coleman-McDonald of Houston, TX and two grandchildren, Malcolm and Madison McDonald, both of Houston, TX along with a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends spread throughout the country.


Visitation:  Thursday, May 29, 2019 at Hicks Chapel 804 MLK Jr. Drive, Center, Texas from the hours of 6:00PM to 8:00PM. 


Committal:  Friday, May 30, 2019 at Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas near 3:00 P.M.
Repass:  Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church from the hours 12:30P.M. to 1:30 P.M.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Mission Marshall in Marshall, Texas.


Service entrust to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935
Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net 

 

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Delores Jo Norris


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delores Jo Norris, 77, of Center, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Lufkin.
Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Rob Merriman officiating. 


Ms. Norris was born August 22, 1941, in Center, to Marvin and IZ Jones.  In her younger days, she enjoyed fishing, going to the beach, family gatherings, and playing volleyball. She also loved frying shrimp, making homemade ice-cream and pecan pies for her family, and watching the Astros and Texans play ball.  Jo was a realtor for Century 21 Melrose Company for forty years.  She has always been a strong willed woman that went above and beyond for her family and friends.  Her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, and sisters were her pride and joy.  Her family will miss her greatly, but is comforted by knowing she is rejoicing with her late son, Joey, and will be a guardian angel watching over them. 


She is survived by her children, Charlotte Gillespie and husband Randy  of Center and Lisa Griffin of Tomball; grandchildren, Josh Gillespie and wife Jennifer of Center, Shane Griffin and wife Melissa of Tomball, Jeremy Gillespie of Spring, and Daniel Griffin of Tomball; great grandchildren, Jaylee Gillespie of Center, Alecsis Griffin of Tomball, and Jase Gillespie of Center; siblings, Helen Samford and husband Oswald of Center, Pat Peace and husband Monk of Center, Sammy Jones and wife Joy of Center, David Jones of Center, Mary Walker of Center, Linda Foreman and husband Bobby of Kingwood, and Rose Jones of Center; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Preceded in death by her son, Joey Berry; parents, Marvin and IZ Jones; sisters, Barbara Waller and Billie Wall; brothers, Bob Jones and Donald Jones.


A special thank you to friends and loving staff at Colonial Pines Nursing Home.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

 

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Emma Janett Bennefield  


 

 


NAME:     Emma Janett Bennefield             AGE:     81                                                    

 

ADDRESS:    San Augustine, Texas  

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:   Saturday, May 25, 2019, San Augustine County, Texas
                          
DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :   October 7, 1937, San Augustine, Texas 

 

DATE / TIME OF  SERVICE:  Thursday, May 30, 2019, 2:00 pm   ***

 

PLACE OF SERVICE:      White Rock Baptist Church, San Augustine County, Texas

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:  Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm ***

 

PLACE OF VISITATION:   White Rock Baptist Church, San Augustine County, Texas

 

OFFICIATING:   Bro. Mike Belgard
  
BURIAL: Corinth Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas

 

FATHER:  Robert Cooper   MOTHER:   Lois (Dwire) Cooper
 
OCCUPATION:   Housemaker, Taught Sunday School 60 + years at Church

 

SURVIVED BY:   Husband: Kenneth Bennefield of San Augustine

 

Children: Kerry Bennefield of San Augustine, Steve Bennefield of San Augustine, Tammy Whitton of Center, Robert Bennefield of San Augustine

 

11 Grandchildren; 13 Great-grandchildren

 

 

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Bobbie Scott


 

 

Bobbie Scott, 86, of Center, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019, in Carthage.


Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Old Salem Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.


Mrs. Scott was born June 23, 1932, in San Augustine, to Robert Mitchell and Ellen Ferguson Mitchell.  She loved to read her Bible, work crossword puzzles, and spend time with her family.  Mrs. Scott was a member of First Baptist Church in Center.


She is survived by husband, J.B. Scott of Center; children, Wanda Hart and husband Wayne of Carthage, Merlene Graham and Rodney Seilhan of Hemphill, Jerry Scott of Center, Jimmy Scott of Center; grandchildren, John Michael Graham Jr. of Jonesboro, Louisiana, Paul Bryan Graham of Jonesboro, Louisiana, Wayne Eugene Hart Jr. of Beckville, Dakota Hart of Winnsboro, Louisiana, Laura Scott of Center, Christopher Scott of Center, Tiffany Keele of Center; great grandchildren, Wayne Eugene Hart III, Hunter Wayne Hart, Collins Blair Hart, Jayden Taylor; brother, Robert Mitchell of Lufkin; sister, Patsy Madden of Mississippi; numerous nieces, nephews, other family and a host of friends.


Preceded in death by his parents, Doris Bailey; sister, Ruth Sherrill; brother, Marvin Mitchell; brother-in-law, Edward Sherrill.


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

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J.E. "Jimmy" Jones


 

 

 

 

 

 

J.E. "Jimmy'" Jones went home to be with the Lord May 27, 2019, at the age of 98. 


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 31, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. Bobby Bressman officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.


He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Virginia Lewis Jones and son, Ronnie E Jones, his father, James E. Jones Sr. and mother, Billie Bush Jones.


He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Jucas and son-in-law, Dr. John Jucas, of Shreveport and daughter, Carolyn Lovette and son-in-law, Bill Lovette of Charlotte, North Carolina and daughter-in-law, A. J. Canales of Alice, Texas. He is survived by five grandchildren, Ron Jones of Georgetown, Texas, Rebecca Jones of Austin, Texas, Allyson Jones of Brooklyn, New York, Don Lovette of Cartersville, Georgia and Jennifer Lovette of Charlotte, North Carolina. His great grandchildren are Taylor Salinas, Madison Lovette, Jackson Lovette, Hudson Lovette, Kate Jones, and Tory Jones.


Jimmy was a native of Fort Worth Texas. He graduated from Pascal High school in Fort Worth, where he lettered in football and track.


He attended Baylor University in Waco and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He also attended Stephen F Austin University, where he earned a teacher’s degree and a certification to teach.


He moved to Tyler County in East Texas as a young man where he met and married Virginia Lewis.


It was also in East Texas that he taught school for five years. His love of working with young people brought some of the most rewarding experiences of his life. He taught all four grades of high school English and he served as high school principal and coached football, baseball and track. While in Tyler County, he pastored five different churches, three of them were in the county as well as Diboll and Burke in Angelina county. During this time, he experienced his most memorable service which was in First Baptist of Colmesneil, Texas. He would never tell these details, but in an article of the local newspaper it was written that the church closed one of its most successful revivals with twenty additions by baptism and five by letter. Of the twenty who were baptized, the average age of those joining was forty years which is unusual in conversions. The Lord allowed him to be part and preach every sermon of the revival. There were approximately five hundred people attending the last service and in a town of less than a thousand people it was an amazing experience.


In 1951, he moved to Center where he opened Dad and Lad's Clothing store for men and boys. He operated this for forty five years. Also, in the intervening years, he operated three other stores in Center as well as in San Augustine and in Carthage.


Through the years in Shelby county, he pastored Clever Creek Baptist Church, Antioch Baptist Church, Lonestar Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Timpson. With his work in the clothing business for so many years it enabled him to be able to help the smaller churches when he was needed. During this time he witnessed many life decisions and was a part of encouraging building and growth of the smaller churches. He always gave God all the credit and gratitude for using him in this capacity.


Through these thirty years, he conducted many revivals and more funerals that he could recall and was always available to preach for Bro. Chadwick at the First Baptist Church as he was needed.


For over fourteen years, he taught the Men's Bible Class at the First Baptist Church. Much of the time it was on radio and televised for the community.


In civic work, he served for approximately seventeen years on the Board of Trustees of the Center Independent School District where he served as president of the board.


Also, he served two terms as president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce as well as two terms as President of the Center Lions Club.


For twenty years, he served on the Board of Directors of the Farmers State Bank. He retired from active business in 1995.


He always lived by three deep considerations as the guiding motivation of his life: be a friend to all, live by the Golden Rule and make this world a better place because you are permitted to pass this way.


In his life there were many things he loved and enjoyed, hunting and being in nature were at the top but it was his study of the Bible and teaching and preaching that were the things that meant most to his life.


To be with his Lord and Savior is gain. He is now home.


Micah 6:8 - And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.


His family is so grateful for the people who have blessed and enriched his life. Cursandra Wade who he always said was his best friend. She truly was for six years. Jackie Collins who was was with him weekends and nights.


Special thanks to Charlotte Garrett, Tyronne Garrett, Kelsey Owens, Sherry Gibbs, Tricia Baker, Nicole Simpson, Karen Morris, Annie Wynn, Kathy Davidson, Betty Davis, Betty Ratcliff, Julie Dixon, Kay DeSoto, Kim Bridges, and Steve Fults. To all the wonderful staff at Pine Grove Heart to Heart Hospice.


If anyone has been overlooked, thank you and God bless you!


Pallbearers will be Luke Motley, David Chadwick, Tim Morrison, Buddy Hancock, Bobby Watson, Don Lovette, Ron Jones, and Bill Stegall. Honorary pallbearers are the Farmers State Bank Board and Men’s Bible Class of First Baptist Church.


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

 

 

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Jonathan F. Gray


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan F. Gray, 60, of Center, Texas, passed away on May 27, 2019 in Center. He was born on June 29, 1958 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Jessie Lee Gray and Lurline Stansberry Gray. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Anthony Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at Haley Bush Cemetery in San Augustine. 


A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 


Jonathan grew up in Center and graduated from Center High School in 1976.  In May of 1980, he went to work for Hallmark and next year would’ve have marked his 40th year of service with the company. That same year, he met Nancy Berry in San Augustine. The two courted for a couple of years and then were married just before Jonathan’s birthday. He was a genuinely kind-hearted, down-to-earth man who spent the best times of his life surrounded by family. There was nothing he loved more than those precious moments with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. The laughter and joy would resonate when they were together at cook outs and other gatherings. Jonathan also enjoyed the outdoors and would often go hunting and fishing. His caring and compassionate demeanor will be dearly missed, and those that had the pleasure of knowing Jonathan will treasure the innumerable beautiful memories made with him over the years. 
Jonathan is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy Gray; son, DeQuinn Nickerson and wife, Stefanie; daughters, Katina Hubbard and husband, Gregory, Jennifer Gray-White and husband, Garnet III and Jessica Watts and husband, Justin; brothers, Reginald Patton and Darryl Gray; sisters, Saundra Hill and Felicia Cloudy and husband, Pastor Marlin Cloudy Sr.; grandchildren, Sykera Hubbard, Gregory Hubbard II, Kylie Hubbard, Austin Randle, Cali White, Lia Nickerson and Levin Nickerson; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends that will miss him dearly.
He is preceded in death by his father, Jessie Lee Gray and his brothers, Kelvin Patton and Dwynne Gray.


Pallbearers will be Marcus Williams, Jack Moore, Kenny Wayne Edwards, Keith Hinson, Billy Jackson and Tommy Jackson.


The family would like to extend extreme gratitude to the staff of Hospice in the Pines for their excellent care of Mr. Gray during his time of need. 


The family also expresses their sincere thanks to everyone who has called, provided meals, visited and prayed during Mr. Gray’s illness.


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

 

 

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Jonathan F. Gray


 

 


Jonathan F. Gray, 60, of Center, Texas, passed away on May 27, 2019 in Center. He was born on June 29, 1958 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Jessie Lee Gray and Lurline Stansberry Gray. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Anthony Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at Haley Bush Cemetery in San Augustine. 
A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 

 

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

 

 

           

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Zelma Ruth Lathan


 

 

Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas is announcing funeral service for Mrs. Zelma Ruth Lathan  (95) of Center, Texas.    Mrs. Lathan passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019 a nursing facility.  She was born on January 20, 1924 in Center, Texas.   Funeral service will be Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Mt. Zion CME Church 921 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Center, Texas 75935 at 1:00PM.   Rev. Richard Edwards will be officiating.   


Mrs. Zelma Ruth Lathan is survived by:


4 Sons:   Michael (Charlotte) Harrison of Dallas, TX, James Wayne (Zona) Lathan of Shreveport, LA, Claudus (Machelle) Lathan and Kimble (Dedrie) Lathan of Center, TX


1 Daughter, Mattie (Melvin) Suell of Center, TX


12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; special daughter, Linda Diane Ford and family of Monroe, LA; 4 nephews, Marcus (Tammye) Bolton, Joel Lathan, Sr., Larry Lathan and Waymond Malone all of Houston, TX; 2 nieces, Mona Dixon of Houston, TX and Ramona (Arnet) Boyd of Center, TX; and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Visitation:  Monday, May 27, 2019 at Hicks Chapel 804 MLK Jr. Drive, Center, Texas from the hours of 6:00PM to 8:00PM. 


Committal:  Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Westview Cemetery in Longview, Texas


Repass:  Val’s Place 

 

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935
Please visit our website for online condolences at hicksmortuary.net 

 

 

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Jerry Wayne Kennemer


Obituary of Jerry Wayne Kennemer


Funeral Services for Jerry Wayne Kennemer, age 79, of San Augustine, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2019, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with Bro. Billy Waller, and Bro. Sonny Scarborough officiating.  Graveside services will be in the Jones Prairie Cemetery at 5 p.m. Sunday evening,  located at 1138 E. FM 942, in Leggett, Texas  77350. Visitation will be Saturday evening, May 25, 2019, from the hours of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, in San Augustine.

 

Jerry was born to the late Helen Lucille (Rose) Kennemer and Virgil Dexter Kennemer on July 23, 1939, in Cleburne, Texas, and passed from this life in the early morning hours of Friday, May 24, 2019, in Lufkin, Texas.  He was a retired pipefitter for local union chapter 211.  He dearly loved his family, his dear wife, and children very much, and was of the Baptist faith. 

 

Those who are most dear to him and left to cherish his memory include, his beloved wife, of Lou Kennemer of San Augustine; his dear children, Kimberly Beach and her husband, Todd of Conroe; Steven Kennemer and his wife, J.J. of Austin; Greg Kennemer and his wife, Karen of Augustine, and Tammy Hardy and her husband, Tim of San Augustine; his beloved grandchildren, Keegan Beach, Kaleigh Beach, Eric Kennemer, Jay Frels, Rachel Kennemer, Crystal Gallo, Joseph Hardy, Fisher Hardy, Carly Hardy and Faith Hardy; his beloved great-grandchildren, Timber Hardy, Kaylee Kennemer, Ryleigh Kennemer, Winter Frels and Haven Frels and his beloved sister, Wonda Doiron and her husband, Carl. 

 

He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, Virgil Dexter and Helen Lucille Kennemer; his sister, Janie Miller, and brothers, Charlie Kennemer and Larry Kennemer.

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at http://www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

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Jerry Powell


 

 

 

Jerry Powell, 75, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Center.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Wheeler officiating.  Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.


Mr. Powell was born January 7, 1944, in Dallas, to Marvin Powell and Maxine Nichols Powell.  He served in the United States National Guard, was an HR Manager at Tyson Foods and also raised poultry. Mr. Powell was a member of Ephesus Baptist Church in Shelbyville. 


He is survived by his sons, James Powell and wife Kande of Center and Brian Powell and wife Jennifer of Lufkin; grandsons, Nicklaus Powell of Center, Davis Powell of Lufkin, Clayton Powell of Center, and Jackson Powell of Lufkin; brothers, Don Powell and wife Priscilla of Sabine County and Milton Powell of Sabine County; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.


He is preceded in death by his wife, Nadine Hippler Powell; parents, Marvin Powell and Maxine Nichols Powell; sister, Karen Hadlock; niece, Crystal Vickers.


Pallbearers will be James Powell, Brian Powell, Nicklaus Powell, Davis Powell, Clayton Powell, and Jackson Powell.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate.html or Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org/
A special thanks to the staff of Pine Grove Nursing Home and Heart to Heart Hospice for their compassionate care.


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

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D.H. Parker


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.H. Parker, 92, of Center, Texas, passed away on May 22, 2019 in Center. He was born on May 9, 1927 in the Dreka Community to Emmett E. Parker, Sr. and Annie Maude Sholmire Parker. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Hayden Dupree officiating and music by Dot, Robbie, Pam and Wesley. Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery. 


A visitation will be held prior to service time from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. 


DH grew up in the Dreka Community and attended Dreka School. In July of 1945, he was drafted into the US Army where he served as a prison guard in Paris, France. After completing his military service, DH returned home to East Texas and later went to work for the Shelby County Road Commissioner Precinct 1. One day while DH was in the 7-11 store, he happened to meet Raylene Rotzoll who was assistant manager at the time. A friendly exchange soon became love and the two were married on June 9, 1982. DH really enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening and tinkering with lawn mowers. Every morning, you could find DH solving the worlds problems with his fellow McDonald’s coffee club. Some of his favorite and most prized moments were those spent with his lovely wife, children and especially his grandchildren. 


DH is survived by his beloved wife, Raylene Parker; sons, Danny Parker, Michael Harrelson and wife, Nancy and Mark Harrelson and wife, Lacey; grandchildren, Rachel Robbins and fiancé, Zach, Jacob Parker, Landry Harrelson and Parker Harrelson; special friends, Todd, Jade, Copen and Creek Hogue; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Emmett and Annie Parker; and brothers, Emmett Elige Parker, Jr., Willie Dave “Dick” Parker, Laddie Lavon Parker and Robert Louis “Bob” Parker.
Pallbearers are Ricky Cockrell, Brad Cockrell, Mike Baldwin, Mike Bush, Douglas Jackson and Todd Hogue.


The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. 

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Vester Lamar Windham


 

 

Vester Lamar Windham, age 87, of Nashville, Arkansas, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas. He was born on June 2, 1931 in Center, Texas the son of the late Vester E. and Lou Noel Windham.

 

Mr. Windham was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville and retired after twenty-five years of service as a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. During his service he had tours in Vietnam, Korea, France, Tokyo, Japan, and the Philippines. 

 

He was preceded in death by his wife Margie Imogene Gardner Windham, as well as three brothers Clyde, Howard, and Clayton Windham.

 

Survivors include two sons Tracy Windham of Little Rock, AR; Jeff Windham of Nashville, AR; one daughter Kelly Bradford of Redwater, TX; one brother Marshall Windham of Columbus, TX; one grandson Micah Kight and wife Charla of Springdale, AR; three great-grandsons Owen, Brody, and Parker Kight all of Springdale, AR; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and friends.

 

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 22, at Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, May 23, at Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville, with Bro. Brent Thompson and Gladwin Connell officiating, burial to follow in Bluff Springs Cemetery. 

 

You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com 

 

 

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Josephine Ratcliff


 

 

 

69-year-old Mrs. Josephine Ratcliff of the East Liberty Community passed away on Saturday in Denton, Texas. No wake is planned, her services will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the East Liberty Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the East Liberty Cemetery in Center, Texas. Pastor Steven Standley will be officiating for her services.

 

She is survived by:

 

2 Daughters - Patricia Ratcliff and Monica Ratcliff

1 Son - Christopher Ratcliff

 

Along with a host of family and friends

 

 

 

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Margaret Ann Renois Anderson


 

 

Margaret Ann Renois Anderson, 73, of Colmesneil, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Colmesneil.


Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Phil Reeves officiating.  Interment will follow at Neuville Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 10:30 a.m.


Mrs. Anderson was born July 1, 1945, in Mansfield, Louisiana, to Verdis Edward Renois and Eloise Robison Renois. She worked as a Nurse Aide at Holiday Nursing Center in Center.  Mrs. Anderson loved children, gardening, and flowers.  


She is survived by her husband, Charles H. Anderson of Colmesneil; children, Debbie Brenner and husband Robert of Anchorage, Alaska, Charles V. Anderson of Colmesneil; grandchildren, Charles G. Anderson of Colmesneil, Bryan Brenner of Alaska, Sarah Brenner of Alaska; great grandchildren, Luna Mea Anderson and Willow Rain Anderson; brother, Ed Renois and wife Marilyn of Converse, Louisiana; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Preceded in death by parents, Verdis Edward Renois and Eloise Robison Renois; brother, Dennis Hooper.


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

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Neuville Cemetery Fund, c/o Vivian Conway, 854 FM 2148, Center, Texas 75935.

 

 

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Donald O'Rear


 

 

 

 

 

Donald O’Rear, 86, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Shelbyville.
Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Kevin Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 2:00 p.m.


Mr. O’Rear was born February 16, 1933, in Huxley, to Alvie H. O’Rear and Cassie Fleming O’Rear.  He served in the US Army, where he was a member of the I Corps Army Unit and served as Sergeant in the the 204th Field Artillery Battalion during the Korean War. He later retired from the USDA as an inspector, where he received many honorable mentions throughout his career. Mr. O’Rear went on to work as a full-time farmer and rancher.  He received the John Moosberg Award for outstanding broiler grower in Shelby County for Tyson Foods numerous times throughout the years.  Mr. O’Rear also enjoyed working with his cattle.  More than anything, he loved spending time with his daughter, nieces, nephews, and other family children.  Mr. O’Rear was a member of Oakland Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Bell O’Rear of Shelbyville; daughter, Sheila O’Rear of Shelbyville; brother, Benny O’Rear of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; sisters-in-law, Margaret Kay of Shelbyville, Sue Bell of Tatum, and Jean O’Rear; extended family, Emigdio Valencia and wife Dionicia, Dana Valencia, Angelica Valencia Valdez and husband Ricard Caporali Farjardo, Cristian Alberto Valencia Valdez and wife Emerald; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Alvie H. O’Rear and Cassie Fleming O’Rear; brother, Kelly O’Rear; sister-in-law, Pat O’Rear; brothers-in-law, James Bell and Charles Bell; mother-in-law, Ruby Bell.


Pallbearers will be Ronnie O’Rear, Mark O’Rear, Sammy Furlow, Christian Valencia, Emigdio Valencia, and Jason Bell.


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

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Lillie Steptoe   


 

 

 

NAME:     Lillie Steptoe             AGE:    84 

 

ADDRESS:      San Augustine

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:   Saturday, May 18, 2019, San Augustine

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    February 16, 1935, San Augustine

 

 DATE / TIME OF  SERVICE:  Monday, May 20, 2019, 2:00 pm

 

PLACE OF SERVICE:      Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:  Sunday, May 19, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

PLACE OF VISITATION:   Wyman Roberts Funeral Home

 

OFFICIATING:   Bro. Cliff Durham, Charles Sharp

  

BURIAL:  Dickerson Cemetery

 

FATHER: James Jeffrey Harvey   MOTHER:   Rosie (Richardson) Harvey

 

                                                                                                                     

OCCUPATION:   Childcare

 

SURVIVED BY:   

 

Son: Van Sowell of San Augustine

 

Grandchildren: Jason Sowell and wife Jessica, Casey Sowell, Melissa Sowell, Robin Sowell, Jeffrey Sowell, Joey Sowell, Vanessa Sowell

 

Great-Grandchildren: Kayla Sowell, Melody Sowell, Dalton Sowell

 

 

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Jimmy Ray Odom


 

 

56-year-old Mr. Jimmy Ray Odom, of the Woods Community, passed away on Wednesday 15th at his residence. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday 22nd at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant Hill CME Church in Tenaha with Rev. Berry officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

 

A wake will be held on Tuesday 21st from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.

 

 

 

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Bernice Polk


 

 

Mrs. Bernice Polk, age 97, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at CHI St. Luke in Lufkin, Texas.  

 

Funeral Service

 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

2:00 p.m.

Market Street Church of Christ

Interment: Mt Zion Cemetery

Bro. Steven Wiggins, Officiating

 

Visitation 

 

Friday, May 24, 2019

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

Garner & Son Chapel

 

Survivors 

 

3 sons Hollis Polk Jr. (Tyiska) of Desoto, Texas

Garland Polk of San Augustine, Texas

Barry Polk (Carnetta) of Longview, Texas

 

6 Daughters Almazine Deason of Beaumont, Texas

Eva Joe Edwards of San Augustine, Texas

Nina Sue Smith (Eddie) of San Augustine, Texas

Mollie Douglas (Theodore) of San Augustine, Texas

Gail Stanley (Roy) of Dallas, Texas

Alisha Polk of San Augustine, Texas

 

A Host of Grandchildren,

Great-Grandchildren,

Great-Great Grandchildren, and 

Great-Great-Great Grandchildren

 

As well as host of other relatives and friends.

 

 

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Gillis Earl


 

 


60-year-old Mr. Gillis Earl, of Timpson, passed away on Monday 6, 2019 at his residence. A memorial service will be held on Saturday 18, 2019 at the Friendship Baptist Church in Tenaha with Pastor Jeremy Moore officiating. 

 

He is survived by:

 

3 Daughters: Ashley Earl, Amber Earl, and Jasmine Earl all of Carthage

 

His mother: Thena Moore of Tenaha

 

2 Sisters: Bonnie Pearl Bizzell of Dallas and Thelma Moore of Tenaha

 

Brother: Dewayne Moore of Tenaha

 

 

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Vernon Clinton Williams


 

 

 

Vernon Clinton Williams, 49, of Joaquin, Texas passed away on May 15, 2019 in Joaquin. He was born on June 10, 1969 in Shreveport, Louisiana to John Clinton Williams and Virginia Swan Williams. Funeral services will be at 3:00 PM on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams and Bro. J.C. Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery.
A visitation will be held prior to service time from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. 


Vernon grew up in Joaquin and graduated from Joaquin High School. He earned a living in the pipeline industry. When he had free time, he could be found fishing with his boys and surrounded by friends and family. His children were his pride and joy, and he made sure to spend every second possible with them. Listening to music and filling the room with laughter were some of his favorite things to do. Vernon’s wit and charm were some of his most notable characteristics. 
Vernon is survived by his son Sterling Clinton Williams; mother, Virginia Kay; sister, Rebekah Lyn Taylor; nephew, Johnny Ray Taylor and grandchild, Bentley Williams.


He is preceded in death by his son, Dalton Wayne Williams and father, John Clinton Williams. 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

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Grace Miller Wilburn


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Miller Wilburn, 87, of Shelbyville, Texas passed away on May 14, 2019 in Lufkin, Texas. She was born on December 8, 1931 in Shelbyville to Willis Roy Miller and Annie Bass Miller Scott. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Warr officiating. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery. 


A visitation will be held prior to service time from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2019.  


Grace grew up in Shelbyville. As a teen, she began working at a local restaurant where one fateful day, a young gentleman veteran walked through the door. Henry Lihue Wilburn was a war veteran who had just returned home from service, and Grace caught his eye. The two were married shortly thereafter on March 6, 1948 and spent a love-filled 70 years together before Henry’s passing in 1993. Grace was a dedicated wife and mother, always attentive to the needs of her husband and children. She was a very talented woman who spent much of her extra time making dolls, painting with ceramics and porcelain as well as quilting and sewing. If she wasn’t crafting or caring for family, you would find Grace enjoying the outdoors gardening and working in her flowers. Her hands were no stranger to hard work, and she sacrificed whatever it took to make sure her family was cared for. She was genuine and kind-hearted and exemplified what it meant to be a Proverbs 31 woman. Grace was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Huxley. 


Grace is survived by her children, Bernice Wilburn Graham and husband, Hugh and Donice Wilburn and wife, Alice; sisters, Edith Scott Hughes and Cathy Scott Holt; grandchildren, Brandie Wilburn Emanis and husband, Scott, Katie Wilburn Smith and husband, Jonathan and Shannon Wilburn and wife, Tera; ten great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lihue Wilburn; mother, Annie Bass Scott; son, Henry Leroy Wilburn, grandparents, George and Meddie Bass; sister, Murlene Scott McMahon and brother, Bobby Scott. 


Pallbearers will be Eugene McMahon, Alton Steptoe, Aaron Steptoe, Adam Steptoe, Jessie Rose, Chad Bass and Brad Bass.


The family requests the memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8517 or visit https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Default.aspx?tsid=10043.


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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Tommy Lacy


 

 

Mr. Tommy Lacy, age 51, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019, at CHI St. Luke in Lufkin, Texas.  

 

Funeral Service

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

1:00 p.m.

Reed Chapel Baptist Church

Interment: Union Grove Cemetery

Rev. Amos Horton, Officiating

 

Visitation 

 

Friday, May 17, 2019

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

Garner & Son Chapel

  

Survivors 

 

1 Son DeTraven Van-Toras Lacy of Lufkin, Texas

 

1 Daughter Janayia Jenkins of Nacogdoches, Texas

 

3 Brothers Robert Mackey (Jackie) of Dallas, Texas

James Mackey of San Augustine, Texas

Michael A. Lacy of San Augustine, Texas

 

2 Sisters Azi Brown (Rev. Henry Brown) of Troup, Texas

Lee Porter (Wayne) of San Augustine, Texas

 

Special Friend    Kenia Williams of San Augustine, Texas

 

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

 

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Ora Lee Swindle


 

 

 

Mother Ora Lee Swindle of Shelbyville passed away on Saturday 11th at the Nacogdoches Medical Center. A wake will be held on Tuesday 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Triumph 1st Pentecostal Church in Shelbyville. Her funeral service will be on Wednesday 15th at 1 p.m. at the Triumph 1st Pentecostal Church in Shelbyville with Bishop Zep Swindle officiating. Visitation will be on

 

Wednesday 15th from 12 to 1 at the church. Interment will follow at the Bennett Chapel Cemetery.

She is survived by:

 

Brother - Bishop Roosevelt & Girtha Swindle 

 

Sister Mille & James Johnson

 

A Host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

 

 

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James Arvis Lee Sr.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Arvis Lee Sr., 73, of Center, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019, in Center.
Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Ron Luman and Bro. Travis Lee officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.


Mr. Lee was born April 16, 1946, in Ebarb, Louisiana, to R.D. and Emma Ebarb Lee.  He retired from Asplundh Tree Company at the age of 62 following 39 years of service.  Mr. Lee enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.  He was a member of Center Bible Fellowship.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Lee; children, Sharon Bock and husband Richard, James Lee Jr. and wife Angela, Ricky Lee and wife Lorinda, Teresa Fletcher and husband Eddie, Denise McCauley; brothers, Wallace Lee and wife Mary Rose, Robert Lee and Glenda; grandchildren, Kim Shelton and husband Jacob, Donald Lee and Jessica, Amber Lout and husband Sawyer, Ricky Lee Jr. and wife Whitnee, Brandon Lee and wife Anna, Yolanda Alcudia and husband Aldemir, Jonathan Sullivan and wife Erichica, Christian Lee, Charity Lee, Ethan Lee, Brayden Lee, Trinity Lee, Bryson Lee, Easton Lee, Caden Lee, Makenna Lee, Peter Bock, Michael Bock, Devin McCauley, Shanan Lee; great grandchildren, Aidan Sullivan, Jerry Sullivan, Leah Sullivan, Branson Shelton, Kris Shelton, Shyanne Lee, Erica Lee, Allissa Lee, Kyleigh Lee, Zoey Robison, Alexis Lout, Katelyn Lout, Grayson Lee, Tristan Lee, Tate Lee, Tanner Lee, Nevaeh Lee, Bobby Hendricks III, Colton Lee, Jazmin Trejo, Juliana Trejo, Adrian Alcudia, Julio Alcudia, Brian Trejo, Chloe Bock, Emma Bock.


Preceded in death by grandchildren, Salazar Sullivan, Kayley Lee; parents, R.D. and Emma Lee; sisters, Arvelle Authur, Trudy Furlow, Nancy Lee, Doris Ebarb, Gertrude Lee; brothers, David Lee, Marvin Lee, Bryant Lee.


Pallbearers will be Donald Lee, Ricky Lee Jr., Jonathan Sullivan, Brandon Lee, Christian Lee, Sawyer Lout, Jacob Shelton, Aldemir Alcudia, Robert Lee Jr., and Bobby Hendricks III.  Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, Charles Ray Metcalf, Gaylon Howard, Johnny Magby, and Gary Snider.


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

 

 

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Ronald Brent Clark


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald Brent Clark, 50, of Center, Texas passed away on May 13, 2019 in Center. He was born on November 4, 1968 in Houston, Texas to Ronald Jay Clark and Norma Jean McCarty Clark. Funeral services will be at 1:00 on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Clever Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Hopkins and Bro. Bobby Warr officiating. Interment will follow at Clever Creek Cemetery. A visitation will be held prior to service time from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Clever Creek Baptist Church. 


Brent grew up in Pasadena and graduated from Pasadena High School. He attended San Jacinto Junior College before moving to California for a few years for work. Brent decided to return to Texas to start a family closer to home. About six years ago, he moved back to Center in order to help his mom and dad. Brent was somewhat of a Renaissance man with a list of talents and interests. As a young man, he learned to play the violin, was very athletic enjoying baseball and football, but also made sure to focus on his studies earning a spot on the Dean’s List. Brent even received his skydiving certificate. As an adult, he worked as a carpenter, pipe-fitter and scaffold builder. There just wasn’t much Brent couldn’t do. While he was no stranger to hard work, Brent made sure to enjoy life. He very much liked spending time outdoors fishing, shooting and riding motorcycles. His favorite moments were spent with his daughter. She was the light of his life, and his whole world. Family meant everything to Brent and there was nothing he wouldn’t do for their happiness. He wanted to spread life to others and he did that with his infectious smile and warm personality. Brent will be remembered for the laughter and love he shared with so many.
Brent is survived by his mother, Norma Jean Clark of Center; daughter, Emily Grace Clark of Conroe; sister, Tiffany Farmacka and husband, Brett of Crosby; nephew, Jacob Henry Ingersoll of Houston; niece, Sarah Lena Olson of Crosby; great nephews, Samuel Dalton Ronald Olson and Braydon Cole Oatis; cousin, Catherine Renee Clark.


He is preceded in death by his father, Ronald Jay Clark; paternal grandparents, Henry Jay Clark and Frances Wright Clark; maternal grandparents, John and Dorothy McCarty; and uncle, Rodney Ray Clark.


Pallbearers will be Jacob Ingersoll, Brian Bailes, Jeff Eaves, Cody Warr, Cooper Warr, Milton Newberry, David Clark, Dennis Clark and Brett Farmacka.


Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Earl Hodges and Oren Warr.


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

 

 

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Julia Graham 


 

 

NAME:     Julia Graham             AGE:     88

 

ADDRESS:     Houston, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:   Friday, May 10, 2019, Houston, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    February 25, 1931, Ryderwood, Washington

 

 DATE / TIME OF  GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 11:30 am

 

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

 

OFFICIATING:   Rev. N. B. McBride III

  

BURIAL: Macune Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas

 

FATHER:  Collins Hamilton LaCroix Sr.  MOTHER:   Frances Margaret (Harvey) LaCroix

 

                                                                                                                     

OCCUPATION:   Bookkeeper and Real Estate Broker

 

SURVIVED BY:   

 

Sons: Gary L. Graham and wife Juli of LaPorte

Robert G. Graham and wife Sonya of Willis

Daughter: Cathy A. Swim and husband Mark of Tomball

Grandchildren: Chad, Lee, Kelly, Blakeley, Kellie, Lauren

Great-grandchilden: Kirsten, Brianna, Harper, Halo, Sydney, Mackenzie, Mason, Cade, Colton

 

**Preceded in death by parents, husband, brother

 

 

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Robert Dale Bright


 

 

Robert Dale Bright, 67, of Center, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Nacogdoches.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at First United Pentecostal Church in Center with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating.  Interment will follow at Campti Methodist Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.


Mr. Bright was born November 23, 1951, to Roy Thomas Bright and Essie Callender Bright.  He worked in auto parts and service, and had a love for cars.


He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Bright of Center; children, Sean Bright and wife Meredith of Austin, April Broomfield and husband Richard of Nacogdoches; granddaughter, Kayla Reynolds and husband Ross of Tyler; sister, Billie Holt of Center; dog, Tigger.


Preceded in death by his parents, Roy Thomas Bright and Essie Callender Bright; brother, Earl Bright; sister, Glenda Cordova.


Pallbearers will be Richard Broomfield, Sean Bright, Ross Reynolds, Clay Ihlo, Bobby Addison, and Tony Willoughby.


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

 

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Molly Louise Wiggins


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Molly Louise Wiggins, 76, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away on May 10, 2019 in Fort Worth. She was born on August 6, 1942 in Shelby County to James Curb Wiggins and Fleta Miles Wiggins. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at East Hamilton Cemetery. 


Molly grew up in Shelbyville and graduated from Shelbyville High School. She went to work for General Telephone Company where she dedicated her services there for over 20 years until retirement. She was involved throughout her life with many charities and was a member of Bear Creek Bible Church. 


Molly thoroughly enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening. She also could play a tough game of 42 if anyone was up for the challenge. She knew her way around the kitchen and on many days, you could find her there listening to Elvis, frying up shrimp, making chicken and dumplings or her most famous banana pudding. Above all things, Molly cherished every second she spent with her family. Her heart was full and overflowing with love for her children and grandchildren. 
Molly is survived by her son, Miguel Hernandez and wife, Jennifer Sieker; daughters, Andrea Pendley and husband, David and Emilia Garza and husband, Albert; brother, Gene Wiggins and wife, Sharon; grandchildren, Jessica Pendley, Julian Hernandez, Gavin Hernandez and Grace Garza.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James Curb and Fleta Wiggins.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or visit https://www.stjude.org/donate/. 

 
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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Nathan Otis Watson


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Nathan Otis Watson, 69, of Broaddus, Texas, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019, at his residence.

 

Nathan was born August 18, 1949, in Lufkin, Texas, to Nathan Ernest Watson and Eva Liles Watson. 

 

He drove an 18-wheeler for thirty-two years and was known by his CB handles “Fat Boy” and “Sarge.” In his career, he worked for McAdams Lumber Co., Don Ryan, Burrous Trucking, Fleetwood, and retired from Texas Electric Coop.  Nathan was never in the military but he was very thankful to anyone who served our country and he always said that military men and women deserve the most respect.

 

Nathan's prized possession—besides his wife, kids, and grandkids—was his retirement present, his Maroon Ford F-150.  He enjoyed retirement so much, he loved working on and fixing old lawn mowers.

 

Some of his favorite past times included riding around the subdivision on his mule visiting neighbors, helping anyone he could, listening to old southern gospel songs, and being with his family.

 

Nathan was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Broaddus, where he loved singing in the choir and visiting with church members.  Nathan loved the Lord and in his later days told his family, "I'm a winner either way if I go or if I stay,"

 

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Becky Watson of Broaddus; son, Joey Watson and wife Christina of Broaddus, Texas; daughter, Stephanie Kratz and husband Chris of Broaddus, Texas; sisters, Louise Charmichael and husband Vic of Kentucky and Bonnie Oliver of Bryan, Texas; and grandchildren, Lil Joey, Shelbi, Raylee, Rantzli, and Mazeli. Nathan also had many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews.  He left behind a lot of families that he loved so very much. 

 

Nathan was preceded in death by his loving mother, Eva Liles Watson; father, Nathan E. Watson; a son, Thomas Lee Watson; one sister; three brothers; and his loving friend of 63 years, Joe Oates.

 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Trinity Baptist Church, located on FM 83 in Broaddus, with Bro. Don Lofton officiating. 

 

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Joyce Spurlock Hill


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce Spurlock Hill, 68, of Joaquin, Texas, passed away on May 9, 2019 in Joaquin. She was born on August 14, 1950 in Center, Texas to Harold Eugene Spurlock and Billie Jean Whiddon Spurlock. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Willow Grove Cemetery with Bro. Jody Hooper officiating.

 

A visitation will be held prior to the service from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

 

Joyce grew up in Joaquin and graduated from Joaquin High School. Her mother introduced Joyce to Dale Hill and the two were instantly connected. On December 16, 1967, they were married and spent 51 wonderful years together. After graduating high school, Joyce went on to become a hairdresser which she enjoyed for 25 years while she raised her children. When the kids were grown, Joyce decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in education. Returning to school was a tough decision and hard for a full-time mom and wife, but her determination and the loving support from family helped her chase her dreams. In 1994, she graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Masters degree and then dedicated the next 20 years serving at Center ISD. She had a passion for her students and loved working in the special education department teaching English.

 

Joyce was an avid reader. She also had an interest in genealogy and holistic essential oils. When she found the time, she especially enjoyed traveling. One of her most common stops was Hot Springs, Arkansas. More than anything, Joyce loved spending time with her family. Those precious moments were what she valued most and tried to experience as often as possible. She was a member of Truitt Chapel Baptist Church. Joyce’s kind, caring demeanor and servant heart will be greatly missed by a multitude of family, friends, co-workers and students who had the pleasure of knowing her.

 

Joyce is survived by her beloved husband, Dale Lamar Hill of Joaquin; daughter, Amy Hill of Joaquin; ; sons, Marcus Derrick Hill of Nacogdoches and Brent Lamar Hill and wife, Kari of Nacogdoches; mother, Billie Jean Spurlock of Kountze; brothers, Randy Spurlock and wife, Judy of Kirbyville and Billy Tinkle and wife, Penny of Woodville; sisters, Sue Daniels and husband, Wayne of Kountze, and Belinda Lewellen and husband Tim of Kountze; grandchildren, Caleb Grant Hill and Christy, Raelyn Breanna Hill and Karissa Jordyn Hill all of Nacogdoches; a host of nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

 

She is preceded in death by her father, Harold Eugene Spurlock.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wagstaff, John Paul Wagstaff, David Carroll, Joey Burns, Tony Powdrill and Tommy Spurlock.

 

The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net .

 

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Michael Lewis Wendel


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funeral Services for Michael Lewis Wendel, age 66, of San Augustine, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019, in the First Baptist Church, in Broaddus, 207 Buchanan Street, in Broaddus, Texas with Dr. W. Wayne Barth officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, at First Baptist Church in Broaddus, with burial following in the Pickard Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas.  

 

Michael Lewis Wendel was born to the late Edna (Willett) Wendel and Leo Wendel on January 9, 1953, in  the Island of Guam, located in the Southern Pacific Ocean, while his parents were stationed on a military base, and passed from this life on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in San Augustine County, Texas.   Later in life, he married the love his life, Debra Lynn (Mills) Wendel and retired after many years of working for the Deep East Texas Electric Coop as a diesel mechanic in San Augustine.  He dearly loved his beloved wife, children, and his grandchildren and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Broaddus.

 

Those left to cherish his memories include, his beloved wife, Debra Wendel of San Augustine; his sweet daughters, Tina (Wendel) Morris and her husband, Joush of Rosevine; Gina Wendel Iribarren and her husband, Rafael of San Augustine; his beloved grandchildren, Hannah Miller and her husband, Dillon of San Augustine; Savannah Lout of Rosevine; Zachery Verhalen and his wife, Kayla of Center;  Annah Morris of Rosevine; Brayden Morris of Rosevine and Mia Iribarren San Augustine; his great-grandchildren, Jay and Jet Miller of San Augustine; his beloved mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ernest and Eleanor Mills of San Augustine and a sweet aunt, Mattie Guthrie of Lake Jackson.

 

He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, Leo and Edna Wendel; great-granddaughters, Adalynn and Madalynn Miller; brother, Henry Wendel, and sister, Sheila Malinasky. 

 

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at http://www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

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Morris Downey


 

Morris Downey, 73, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Center.


Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2019, at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.
Mr. Downey was born August 6, 1945, in Canada, to Lawrence Downey and Johnnie Loftin Downey.  He attended James Church of Christ.


He is survived by his cousin, Kendall McDonald.  


Preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Downey and Johnnie Loftin Downey.


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

 

 

 

 

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Leroy "Lee" Verl Bowley, Jr.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leroy "Lee" Verl Bowley, Jr., 61 of Timpson Texas passed away Sunday May 5, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas with Bro. Kris Young officiating.  Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

 

Visitation will be on Saturday, May 11, 2019 beginning at 1PM until service time.
 
Lee was born August 18, 1957 in Houston, Texas.  He graduated from MacArthur High School and attended Kilgore College and moved to the East Texas area in 1994.  He was a salesman and business owner all his adult life, and was an accomplished guitarist and singer, and loved to use those gifts in his father's church, Springs of Living Water in Dotson. There he also spent many years as a Bible teacher.
 
His greatest joys were his children, grandchildren and family, writing and playing music, fishing and basketball.
 
Lee is survived by his loving family, daughter, Courtney Blaine Ritter and husband Kent; sons, Cody Lee Bowley and wife Calli, Tyler Lee McDonough and wife Sydney; stepson, Kristopher Neal Young and wife Jada, former wife Linda King Wilson; parents, Rev. Leroy Bowley, Sr, and Jeanette Bowley; brother, Joel Bowley and wife Tammy; sister-in-law, Kimberley Fletcher Bowley; sister, Tammy Bowley Strong; grandchildren, Austen Lee Young and wife Joy, Caleb Kristopher Young and wife Alexandria, Paige Nicole Young, Abigail Jayden Young, Kainen Kent Ritter, Londyn Paige Bowley, Dalton Kreed Ritter, Fynlee Sue Bowley, Kohen Kye Ritter, McCrae Carter McDonough; great grandchild, Corbin Lee Young; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
 
He is preceded in death by his brother, Mark Stephen Bowley, Sr.; grandparents, Bill and Geraldine Bowley, William Richard Hicks and Florence Audrey Weems Hicks.

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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Roena White


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roena White, 87, of Center, Texas, passed away on May 6, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on March 16, 1932 in Center to Donnie and Lillie White. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, May 10, 2019 at East Liberty Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend George Cartwright officiating. Interment will follow at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville. A visitation will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM prior to the service on Friday, May 10, 2019 at East Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. 


Roena grew up in the East Liberty Community and graduated from East Liberty High School. After graduation, she attended the University of Arkansas for a period of time before pursuing a career as a seamstress. For over 38 years, Roena lived in Dallas before moving to Wichita Falls where her servant’s heart was able to be put to work as a foster care mom. She had a true passion for helping others and was able to fulfill that desire each and every day of her life. In her later years, Roena’s health began to fail so she returned to Center to be near family. 


Roena was an amazing woman with a long list of talents, abilities and admirable qualities. She loved to travel and enjoyed many trips with her family. Fishing was one of her favorite pastimes, and many good memories were made on the water with her. More than anything, Roena treasured the innumerable moments spent with her family. The immense warmth and love were shared every time her family would gather together. She was a member of St. John Church in Wichita Falls under the leadership of Pastor Delaney where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and was active in the hospitality ministry. When she returned to Center, she joined East Liberty Church and again, took on the role of Sunday School teacher and served in the mission ministry. 


She leaves to cherish her memory: daughters, Shelena Bluford of Center and Shelia Polley of Center; grandchildren, Tracy Bluford of Dallas, Anthony Bluford and Angela Taylor of Center, Derrick and Kamiya White of Cedar Hill and Cornelius and Maria Bluford of Arlington; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Her memory will also linger with a host of nieces, nephews, loving relatives and cherished friends. 


She is preceded in death by her parents, Donnie and Lillie White; brothers, Augusta White, D.L. White, Lorenza White and Donnie Ester White; sisters, Bernice Hansboro, Juanita Eddins and Verna Smith; grandson, Patrick Lynn White; and great-grandson, Adan Leonard Bluford.
Pallbearers will be Brian Jackson, Darren Session, Arvis Moore, Michael Session, Jermaine Session, Riheam Jenkins and Vernell Moody.


Honorary pallbearers will be Tracy Bluford, Anthony Bluford, Derrick White, Cornelius Bluford, Ronnie White, Don White and Joe White.


The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net. 

 

 

 

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Tommie Wall Methvin


 

 

 

 

 

 

Tommie Wall Methvin, 85, of Timpson, Texas passed away Monday, May 6, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.  Born August 19, 1933, Center, Texas to the late Herman Wall and Maurine Wilburn Wall.


Graveside service will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Bro. Michael Murphy officiating.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 12 – 1 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas.

 

Tommie moved to Timpson as a small child.  She graduated Timpson High School, Class of 1950.  Later in life Tommie married Claude Methvin, and the two spent several years together before his passing.  She enjoyed sewing, cooking, playing bingo, and sitting around talking about her previous job with Tyson.  She loved reminiscing the good times she had while employed with Tyson.  Tommie was a very personable person, never meeting a stranger.  She enjoyed her position greeting folks at Walmart for many years.  The greatest joy was watching her great grandchildren play.  

 

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Burns and husband Lynn; step daughter, Maxine Sapp; brother, Billy Ray Shadows; sister, Annette Murphy; grandchildren, Jessica Gatlin and husband Steve, Christina Watson and husband Joey, Lance Burns, Logan Burns and wife Ashley, Jeremy Fulmer, Justin Fulmer, Kevin Fulmer; 8 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; the residents and staff at Holiday Nursing Center; former grandson in law, James Miller; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.

 

Tommie is preceded in death by her husband, Claude Methvin; daughter, Jane Fulmer; sons, James Barron Brooks, Barry Brooks; sister, Jeanette Kirkley.  
  

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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Archie Willie Singleton


 

Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas and Craig Funeral Home 2001 S. Green Street Longview, Texas 75602 are announcing funeral service for Mr. Archie Willie Singleton (81) of Longview, Texas.    Mr. Singleton passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at his residence. 

 

He was born on February 17, 1939 in Center, Texas.   Funeral service will be Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Galilee Baptist Church 1301 S. High Street Longview, Texas 75602 at 11:00am.   Minster John T. Smith will be officiation and Dr. Antione Eakins will bring the message.   


Mr. Archie Willie Singleton is survived by:


Wife:  Ester Mae Gardner, Singleton 
Son: Archie Willie Singleton II (Jennifer) of Longview, Texas
Daughter:  Cresiedia Ann Lewis (Kenneth Sr) of Longview, Texas 
Grandchildren:  Kenneth Lewis Jr. (Ashely) of Longview, Texas and Tonika Lockett (Terrell Sr.) of Houston, Texas


Great-Grandchildren:  Ternell Lockett, Mariah Lewis, Kennedy Lewis, Terrell Jr, Malik Cook, and Braylon Clark


Brothers: Willie James Singleton, of Longview, Texas and Vernon Dean Singleton (Liza) of Shreveport, Louisiana


Sisters: Fannie Mae Holman of Longview, Texas, Ella Garrett (W.J), Elma Suell, all of Center, Texas; Debra Mayweather (Donald Ray) of Mansfield, Louisiana


Uncle: T.J. Simon
Brothers-in-law: Rev. Billy Earl Gardner (Margie)of Lufkin, Texas, Thomas Gardner (Wanda), Jerry Gardner (Cheryl) and Fredrick Gardner (Stella) of Center, Texas


Sisters-in-law:  Allene Singleton of Dallas, Texas, Myrtis McClelland of Center, Texas


Visitation:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from the hours of 1:00pm-8:00pm at Craig Funeral Home. 
Committal:  Saturday, May 9, 2019 at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Longview, Texas
Repass:  Bobby Taylor Family Life Center

 

 

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Leroy "Lee" Verl Bowley, Jr.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leroy "Lee" Verl Bowley, Jr., 61 of Timpson Texas passed away Sunday May 5, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, Texas with Bro. Kris Young officiating.  
 
Lee was born August 18, 1957 in Houston, Texas.  He graduated from MacArthur High School and attended Kilgore College and moved to the East Texas area in 1994.  He was a salesman and business owner all his adult life, and was an accomplished guitarist and singer, and loved to use those gifts in his father's church, Springs of Living Water in Dotson. There he also spent many years as a Bible teacher.
 
His greatest joys were his children, grandchildren and family, writing and playing music, fishing and basketball.
 
Lee is survived by his loving family, daughter, Courtney Blaine Ritter and husband Kent; sons, Cody Lee Bowley and wife Calli, Tyler Lee McDonough and wife Sydney; stepson, Kristopher Neal Young and wife Jada, former wife Linda King Wilson; parents, Rev. Leroy Bowley, Sr, and Jeanette Bowley; brother, Joel Bowley and wife Tammy; sister-in-law, Kimberley Fletcher Bowley; sister, Tammy Bowley Strong; grandchildren, Austen Lee Young and wife Joy, Caleb Kristopher Young and wife Alexandria, Paige Nicole Young, Abigail Jayden Young, Kainen Kent Ritter, Londyn Paige Bowley, Dalton Kreed Ritter, Fynlee Sue Bowley, Kohen Kye Ritter, McCrae Carter McDonough; great grandchild, Corbin Lee Young; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
 
He is preceded in death by his brother, Mark Stephen Bowley, Sr.; grandparents, Bill and Geraldine Bowley, William Richard Hicks and Florence Audrey Weems Hicks.

 

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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Marcelino Torre Vazquez


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcelino Vazquez de la Torre, 65, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Center.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019 and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Fausto Balderas officiating.  Interment will follow at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville.


Mr. Vazquez de la Torre was born April 26, 1954, in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, to Fidel Vazquez and Zenaida de la Torre.


He is survived by his wife, Graciela Vazquez of Center; children, Senaida Guadalupe Vazquez, Jorge Fidel Vazquez, Israel Vazquez, Hugo Jesus Vazquez, Oscar M. Vazquez; 11 grandchildren.
Preceded in death by son, Oscar Vazquez; one granddaughter; parents, Fidel Vazquez and Zenaida de la Torre.


Pallbearers will be David Flores, Alejandro Flores, Jorge Vazquez Jr., Andres Vazquez Jr., Oscar Vazquez and Miguel Flores.


Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
Marcelino Vázquez de la Torre, de 65 años, de Centro, falleció el jueves 2 de mayo de 2019 en Centro.


La visita se realizará a partir de las 5:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m., domingo 5 de mayo de 2019 y de 8:00 a.m. a 8:00 p.m., lunes 6 de mayo de 2019, en Watson & Sons Funeral Home en el centro. El servicio fúnebre se llevará a cabo el 10:00 a.m., martes, 7 de mayo de 2019, en Watson & Sons Chapel, con Fausto Balderas oficiando. Seguirá el sepelio en el cementerio McClelland en Shelbyville.


El Sr. Vázquez de la Torre nació el 26 de abril de 1954 en Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, de Fidel Vázquez y Zenaida de la Torre.


Le sobreviven su esposa, Graciela Vázquez, de Centro; niños, Senaida Guadalupe Vázquez, Jorge Fidel Vázquez, Israel Vázquez, Hugo Jesús Vázquez, Oscar M. Vázquez; 11 nietos.
Precedido en la muerte por su hijo, Oscar Vázquez; una nieta Los padres, Fidel Vázquez y Zenaida de la Torre.


Los portadores del féretro serán David Flores, Alejandro Flores, Jorge Vázquez Jr., Andrés Vazquez Jr., Oscar Vázquez y Miguel Flores.


Las condolencias y homenajes en línea se pueden enviar a www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

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Norma Boniol Rudd


 

 

 

 

 

 

Norma Boniol Rudd, 80, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Nacogdoches.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.


Mrs. Rudd was born June 17, 1938, in Meeker, Louisiana, to Walter A. Boniol and Ruth A. Williams Boniol.  She loved flowers and cooking, enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and loved volunteering to help others with anything that came up.  Mrs. Rudd was a member and past president of the Telephone Pioneers of America and also a member of First Baptist Church in Center. She was a devout Christian and never passed up an opportunity to witness to anyone.
She is survived by her daughters, Kemi Faulkenbery and husband, Jerry, of Center, Keli Chandler and husband, David of Center; grandchildren, Hannah Faulkenbery of Center, Josiah Faulkenbery and wife, Randi Kay of Center, Krista Brooke Fletcher of Houston, Dawson Chandler of Center, Rylan Chander of Center; great grandchildren, Brylie Ross, Camille Crowe, Wyatt Faulkenbery; brother, Michael Mangrum and wife, Rose, of Center; sisters, GayNell Boniol Wilburn and husband, Jimmy, of Center, Janice Mangrum Churchman and husband, Max, of Tenaha; sister-in-law, Mary Lee Wilburn Boniol of Center; brother-in-law, Gene Rudd of Lufkin; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends.


Preceded in death by husband, Teddy L. Rudd; parents, Walter A. Boniol and Ruth A. Williams Boniol Mangrum; brother, Clifton Boniol; sister, Mary Boniol Williams; brother-in-law, James Williams; sisters-in-law, Charlcie Rudd Willingham, Fay Rudd; half-sister, Eunice Kurtz; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Weldon and Duetta Rudd; longtime friend, J.W. Adams.


Pallbearers will be David Chandler, Jerry Faulkenbery, Bennie Boniol, Josiah Faulkenbery, Dawson Chander, and Larry Berg.  Honorary pallbearer will be Rylan Chandler.

 

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Charles Boles


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Honorable Bennie Charles Boles, 84, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Center.


A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. 


Judge Boles was born in 1934, in Center, to Bennie Paul Boles and Rosa Lee Lock Boles.  He graduated from Center High School and attended Sam Houston State University on a football scholarship.  He earned a Business Degree at Sam Houston and was a member of the 1955 Lone Star Conference Championship team.  After college, he served in the United States Army for three years. Later, he earned a teaching certificate and Master in Education, teaching and coaching in Center, Nederland, and League City, Texas.  Bennie received his Law Degree from the University of Houston and was a lawyer for many years in Center before becoming District Judge for the 123rd District Court of Texas, over Shelby and Panola counties.  He served four terms as District Judge and was a visiting judge in Dallas, Houston, and many counties in East Texas for many years afterward.  


Bennie was active in the First Baptist Church of Center and was a lifelong member.  He served as a Sunday school teacher and a Boy Scout leader for many years.  After retirement, Bennie served as interim pastor for several churches and most recently was interim pastor of Truitt Chapel Baptist Church.  He was a member of the Texas Baptist Men’s Church Ministries, where he helped and served churches throughout the United States and other countries, leading others to Christ.


He is survived by his wife, Lessie Anita Boles of Center; daughter, Deborah Ann Boles of Center; niece, Virginia Permenter of Center; nephews, Randy Carrol and wife, Delisa, of Center, Jeff Young and wife, Deborah, of Center; great niece, Mallory Permenter; great nephews, Richard Pinkston and wife, Elizabeth, of Center, David Young and wife, Lauren, of Conroe; stepbrother, Ralph Edward Campbell of Center; numerous great great nieces, nephews, other family, and a host of friends.


Preceded in death by his parents, Bennie Paul Boles and Rosa Lee Lock Boles Campbell; sisters, Shirley Louise Young, Reba Boles, Rita Boles.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Texas Baptist Men, First Baptist Church, or a charity of choice in Judge Boles’ honor.


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

 

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Carrie Johnson


 

 

 

Mrs. Carrie Johnson, age 75, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at her residence in San Augustine, Texas.  

 

Funeral Service

 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

1:00 p.m.

True Vine Baptist Church

Interment: Pisgah Cemetery, Broaddus, Texas

Rev. S. J. Clark, Officiating

 

Visitation 

 

Will be held the day of the service from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Garner and son Chapel and from 11:30 until Service time at True Vine Baptist Church.

  

Survivors 

 

5 Sons Arthur Ray Johnson (Demetrice) of Silsbee, Texas

Alfred Ray Johnson (Alice) of Lufkin, Texas

James Patrick Johnson (Kattie) of San Augustine, Texas

Curtis Earl Johnson of San Augustine, Texas

 

Grandchildren  19 And a host of Great Grandchildren

 

As well as a host of other relatives and Friends.

 

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Wilsa Putman


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilsa Putman, 79, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Shelbyville.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 3, 2019, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Mike Belgard officiating.  Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.


Mrs. Putman was born October 28, 1939, in Winston County, Alabama, to Elder Gaines and Audie Lee Gaines.  Her hobbies included sewing, crafting, cooking, and taking care of her family.


She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Leo “Paul” Putman; daughters, Genise Putman Saas (Ben) and Pamela Cole; sons, Keith Putman (Shonia) and Kyle Putman (Lisa); 18 grandchildren, Jason Franzese, Jessica Franzese, Jarah Franzese, Heather Saas,  Kristy Carnes, Alissa James, Jodi Mullins (Jonathan), Haley Dillon (Kirk), Keith Putman Jr. (Angie), Kandace Meisch (Victor), Amanda Linthicum, Kevin Putman, Matthew Putman (Mariah), Adam Copelin (Jennifer), Jessica Greer (BJ), Cade Copelin, Maya Putman, and Elijah Putman; and 32 great grandchildren. Also survived by her brother, Meredith “Reedy” Gaines (Judy); and sisters, Deloris Verk (Larry) and Nina Waters. 


Preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Audie Lee Speer; children, Denise Putman and Kevin Putman; grandson, Cole Carswell; and son-in-law, Carlton Cole.


Pallbearers will be B.J. Greer, Cade Copelin, Austin Anderson, Kaleb James, Keith Putman Jr., Elijah Putman, Kyle Little, Jason Franzese, and Kevin Putman.


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

 

 

 

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Jenettie Stotts 


 

NAME:     Jenettie Stotts             AGE:     88

 

ADDRESS:      San Augustine

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:   Tuesday, April 30, 2019, San Augustine

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    December 10, 1930, San Augustine County, Texas

 

 DATE / TIME OF  SERVICE:  Friday, May 3, 2019, 2:00 pm

 

PLACE OF SERVICE:    Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel  

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION:  Thursday, May 2, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

PLACE OF VISITATION:   Wyman Roberts Funeral Home

 

OFFICIATING:   Bro. Frank Holrath

  

BURIAL:Thomas Cemetery

 

FATHER:  James Sharp Jessup  MOTHER: Una (Sanders) Jessup

 

OCCUPATION:   Homemaker

 

SURVIVED BY:   

 

Daughter: Ann Nix and husband David of San Augustine

Sister: Eunice Jessup of San Augustine Johnny Dumasmil of San Augustine

Grandchildren: Krystal Nix, David Nix, Rachael Nix, Judie Jackson, Suzie Jackson

Great-Grandchildren: Eedan Brown, Zander Nix, Ella Brown, Emma Brown, Trey Nix

 

**Preceded in death by parents James and Una Jessup; husband Bill Stotts; Brothers & Sisters Wilma Dyes, Lamar Jessup, Jack Jessup, Marie Gibson, Glen Ray Jessup

 

 

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Douglas Noble Lane


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funeral services for Douglas Noble Lane, 81, of Tenaha, Texas are being held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at the Tennessee Presbyterian Church with Bro. Buddy Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Old Tennessee Cemetery where he is being laid to rest next to his parents, Yvonne and Emmet Lane. A visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.


Mr. Lane was born on August 1, 1937, in Shelby County. He passed away at Solstice Senior Living in Grapevine, Texas on April 28, 2019. He was a retired rancher. Mr. Lane also served honorably in the United States Air Force for four years where he received the Efficiency Fidelity Honor for his exemplary service.


Doug loved to tell stories and was known for his quick wit and sense of humor; hence, his nickname of “Lightning Lane.” He enjoyed current events, reading several daily newspapers, and spending time with his longtime friends at the local hardware store every morning discussing the ‘events’ of the day. He was a loving “Granddaddy’ to Amber and Lauren and loved to refer to them as “Sugar.” “Granddaddy loves you,” he would always say, going around town during the “Beanie Baby” craze to collect as many as he could for them. 


Douglas is survived by two daughters, Debbie Lane of Mesquite, Texas and Patty Hensel and her husband, Dr. Steve Hensel, of Grapevine, Texas; a brother, Van Lane; niece, Stephanie Hankins and husband, Todd, along with their children, Carly and Clayton, all of San Antonio. Douglas also had two granddaughters, Amber Beck and her husband, Jesse, from Beaumont, Texas and Lauren Hensel of San Antonio, Texas. 
Pallbearers will be Steven Hensel, Todd Hankins, Robert Rowe, Jeff Hooker, Donald Hataway and Jesse Beck. 


The family requests that memorial donations be made to Tennessee Presbyterian Church, 5231 FM 947, Timpson, TX. 75975, c/o Minnie Baker. 


The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home of Center. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

 

 

 

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Evangeline K. Eaves Crawford


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evangeline K. Eaves Crawford, 88, of Center, Texas passed from this world to that of our Heavenly Father on April 30, 2019 after a short illness. Born August 6, 1930 to Reinhold and Hattie Ketterling in Eureka, South Dakota. 


A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Tennessee Cemetery in Timpson with Bro. Ozay Ford officiating. A visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home. 


Mrs. Crawford worked many years in the cafeteria at Tenaha Schools, where all the kids called her Miss Vangie. 


Survivors include daughter, Pamela K. Goodwin and husband, Carl of Joaquin; step-children, Annie Herndon of Ft. Worth, Alice Rogers of Wichita Falls, Andrew Crawford of Friendswood and Arnold Crawford of Baytown; grandchildren, Melissa Hanson and husband, TJ of Stanley and Rachel Jones of Texarkana; step-niece, Nancy Kellar of Tenaha. 


She is preceded in death by her first husband, Buddy Eaves; second husband, James Crawford; parents, Reinhold and Hattie Ketterling; and son, David Wayne Eaves.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Lufkin State School Memorial Fund.


The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.

 

 

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