Obituaries Archives for 2021-06

Barbara Bittick

Barbara Bittick, 93, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 20, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Harold Hanson officiating.

Born October 11, 1927, in San Francisco, California, Barbara is the daughter of Earnest Matthew Bell and Ludie D Walker.  Her hobbies included quilting, sewing, spending time outside, gardening, and coloring.  Barbara was a member of First Baptist Church in Center, where she was baptized at twelve years old.

She is survived by her daughters, Elaine Wagnon of Center and Marlene Doggett and husband John of Center; grandchildren, Brett Wagnon of Center, Daniel Wagnon and wife Sheila of Aledo, Texas, Joel Wagnon and wife Janet of Nacogdoches, Barry Doggett and wife Jamie of Center, and Kimberly Jones and husband Jeff of Gore, Oklahoma; 9 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband, Jesse “Pistol” Bittick; son, Bruce Bittick; and brothers, Earnest Bell and Leroy Bell.

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Donnie Leon Borders





Donnie Leon Borders passed away unexpectedly on June 19, 2021 at the age of 73 at his residence in Center, Texas.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 11:00 am with visitation beginning at 10:00 am.  The service will be held at Watson and Sons funeral home in Center.  Officiants, Randall McCoy, Darrell McCoy, and L. D. Eddins.  Favorite memories shared by Gena Pinner.  Interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center, Texas.

Donnie was born May 1, 1948 in Port Arthur, Texas to Alton E. Borders and Susie K. Dearing Borders.  He graduated from Center High School in 1966 and attended Stephen F. Austin State University for 3 years.  Donnie was a hard worker hauling pulpwood and hay during his time in college.  Later he obtained a real estate license.  He was a forester, did landman work, logged, owned and drove dump trucks and liked to mechanic.  He owned property in several counties.  Donnie’s favorite occupation was when he served 2 separate terms as the Precinct 1 Shelby County Commissioner . He was the first Republican to run in Shelby County and win.  This was in 1996.

He enjoyed keeping up with local, state ,and national politics. He had a good sense of humor and loved to visit and tell stories especially about traffic violations or warnings he received.  He was always helping others.  He was a fun loving and generous person.  He was a faithful member of the Center First United Pentecostal Church where he will be missed.

Donnie is survived by:

Brother, Ronnie Borders of Center

Sister-in-law, Christine Borders of Center

Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends

Donnie was preceded in death by:

Parents: Alton Borders and Susie Borders

Brother: Gene Borders

Pallbearers will be Nowell Borders, Darin Borders, Rece Porterfield, Luke Brown, Joshua McDonald, Norman Logsdon, Matt Boren, And Joey Fountain. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Borders, Mack Borders, Herbert Daw, L.D. Eddins, Archie Cooley, Norman McCauley, Harry Cooper, Terry Carriker, Buck Green and his Brookshire Brothers and T&R Steaks and More buddies he hung out with regularly.

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Hubern Larry Smith

was born on Sunday August 10, 1941, to Hubern (Hubie) LouAllen Smith and Opal Ann Harris Smith. 


He was number four in what was to be a total of five children. Larry was the first boy with three older sisters Margaret, Martha and Sue.  According to Larry, he was glad when Steve, his younger brother, was born, as his sisters had someone else to direct their attention to. 


Growing up in Center Larry was an excellent student, he was valedictorian in his high school class and senior class vice president.  In addition, he was a state recognized saxophone player in the school band. Additionally, he played on the tennis team, and loved working on fast cars. It was during this time he met and dated Pollyanne Barron, whom he would ultimately marry.  


After high school, Larry attended Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Soon afterwards, Larry began his long career as a chemist in the oil industry, respected by everyone who knew him, both for his friendship, professionalism and technical knowledge  He was awarded a number of patents related to chemistry used in the oilfields.


Larry married Reta Gibbs in 1969 and raised her two children, Kimberly and Christopher Woodworth, as his own. 


They had their first child in 1972, Joseph Smith (baby Joey), who sadly lived only 2 days. In 1975, Hubern Larry Smith Jr., known as Skipper, was born.


The entire family travelled around the world ultimately living in Brazil, Venezuela, Scotland, and Norway. He often talked about one of his favorite vacations where he and his family sailed around the Greek islands for several weeks.  Larry simply loved to travel and to learn about new cultures, languages and food.


Larry and Reta decided to end their marriage in 1999.


After reconnecting with each other in Center in 2002, Larry married his high school sweetheart Pollyanne Baron. He continued his love of traveling with Polly.  Moreover, they enjoyed working in their garden, reading books, and having coffee with friends. They stayed together in sickness and in health until they both passed in the spring of 2021.


Larry is survived by his son Skipper and his two bonus children, Chris and Kim, as well as his  5 grandchildren.


Arrangements for services are planned for July 17th at 2 pm at Watson Funeral Home.

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Cynthia A. Poellnitz

Cynthia A. Poellnitz, 62, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, June 14, 2021, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 18, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley with Bro. Don Richey officiating.

Born March 6, 1959, in Haynesville, Louisiana, Cynthia is the daughter of Grady Arnold and Rossie Ransom Arnold.  She worked as an assistant manager at Wal-Mart.  Cynthia loved her animals.  She attended Toledo Bend Community Church.

She is survived by her brothers, Mike Windham of Shreveport, Louisiana, Steve Canaday of Bossier City, Louisiana, and Mark Canaday of Shreveport, Louisiana; mother, Rossie Ransom of Shelbyville; and numerous other relatives. 

Preceded in death by her father, Grady Arnold; brother, Steve Arnold; and sister, Donna Brown.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kota Bridge and Derrick Parks.

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James Frank Burrows

74 year old James Frank Burrows, of Nacogdoches, passed away Saturday (12th). A memorial service will be held Wednesday (15th) at 10:00am at Laird Funeral Home. Frank Burrows worked as a band director and he was the Shelbyville Band Director for a number of years. He is survived by: Wife- Eva Burrows; 2 children- James Chadwick and Courtney Blair Burrows; 4 grand children; 3 great-grandchildren; Sister, Martha and Marty Penney and their two children. 

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to St Jude Children's Hospital.

Maurene Hooper Broadway

Funeral services for Maurene Hooper Broadway, 89, of Converse, Louisiana will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Mangum Funeral Home with Tracey and Joe Rowe and Rev. Charles Clark officiating.  Interment will follow at Old Sardis Cemetery, San Augustine County.  Visitation will be held from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Mangum Funeral Home.

Ms. Broadway passed away on June 11, 2021, in Converse, Louisiana.  She was born on February 9, 1932, in Shelby County, Texas the daughter of Charlie and Georgie Ethel Rollins Hooper.

Our mother, Maurene, was the oldest of 11 children. At the age of 16 she moved to the big city of Center from the Sand Hills of Shelby County.  Her first job was a waitress at KB cafe where she would go on to meet her husband, Buddy Broadway.  

She went from being a waitress to being a nurse at the Center Sanitarium, under Dr Hurst, where she made lifelong friendships.  While working at the Sanitarium she married and gave birth to three children delivered by Dr Hurst. 

Maurene also worked briefly for Shelby General and Holiday Nursing Home. 

She went on to retire from Brookshire Brother’s in Center where she worked in the Bakery making cakes(which was one of her passions) and also worked as a checker for many years. 

In her spare time, she loved working with flowers and gardening and most importantly she was a devout Pentecostal and was in church every chance she got. 

Family has always been very important to Maurene and there will definitely be a void in our lives with her gone. 

The family would like to say a special THANK YOU to Mindy Fruge (special friend of the family) and Superior Hospice, Many Louisiana, for the extra special care you gave to Maurene! 

Maurene is survived by her children, Anita Jones and husband, Bobby of Center, Rita Carter and husband, Wayne of Converse, LA and Bryan Broadway and wife, Kat of Timpson; grandchildren, Krista Warr & husband, Rodney of Center,  Niki Martin and husband, Mike of Central Heights, Ashley Holloway of Appleby, Kim Holley of Spring, Heather Guillory of Spring, Shana Whitton and husband, David of Joaquin, Shelley Yarbrough and husband, Chris of Center, Tammy McNease and husband, Danny of Huntsville, Jake Broadway of Timpson and Jared Carter of Converse, LA; 25 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren on the way; sisters and brothers-in-law, Charlene and Jackey Pigg, Georgie Marshburn, Delorse and Dave Martinez, Wanda and David Curbow and Zelma and James Litzmann; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hoyt and Jane Hooper and Durwood and Shirley Hooper; and brother-in-law, Larry Lawson.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Green and Georgie Ethel Hooper; great-granddaughter Kiley Dearman; sister, Bonnie Free; brothers, Tim Hooper and Doyle Hooper; brothers-in-law, J.W. Free and Jimmy Marshburn; sister-in-law, Martha Hooper and the father of her children, Buddy Broadway.

Melba Jean Coleman

Melba Jean Coleman was born on September 17, 1936, to parents, Robin and Vera Lovell Walker in Houston, Texas. Melba went to be with The Lord on June 9, 2021, after a lengthy illness. She attended Galena Park Schools and was in the marching band. She married Wallace Douglas Coleman on April 30, 1952 and celebrated 56 years of marriage. They enjoyed traveling and camping the U.S with their beloved dogs. Melba loved her pets and wrote a monthly story for The Coffee Break publication entitled “Inside My Doghouse”. Melba was a member of Center First Baptist Church of Center, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Golden Harvest Ministry and Shelby County Singers.

She is survived by son, Ron Coleman and wife Teresa and son Marvin Coleman. She is also survived by adopted son and wonderful caregiver, James Tutt; friend, Sydney Tatum, and stepdaughter, Bobbie Sue Tatum Warren and Tori. Melba Has four grandchildren: Douglas, Leigh Ann, Cindie, and Teresa. She also enjoyed five great-grandchildren Abigail, Piper, Kylie, Aolani, and Eris.

Melba is preceded in death by her parents Robin and Vera Walker; husband, Wallace Coleman; and sister Clara Walker Broyles and husband Billy Ray Broyles. 

The family would like to thank special friends and family members, nurses and staff of Pine Grove Nursing Home, Lufkin CHI St Luke’s Acute Care and M.D. Anderson Hospital of Houston. 

A Celebration of Life for Melba Jean (Walker) Coleman will be held at 11:30am on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas with Bro. Harold Hanson officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10:00am – 11:30am prior to the service at Mangum Funeral Home. Burial will be at Joaquin Cemetery. 

The Coleman Family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home.  To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit

Charlie Lee Walling

Charlie Lee Walling, 73, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tyler. Memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Mike Oliver officiating. Born February 29, 1948, in Crockett, Charlie is the son of Edwin Walling and Betty Joe Frizzell. He served in the United States Marine Corps and later worked as a carpenter. He is survived by his wife, Resa Jane Walling; sons, Jeffery Walling and wife Angela and Charlie Lee Walling Jr.; grandchildren, Samantha Jade Murphey, Trevor Dale Raybon, and Cameron Kyle Carroll; sister, Geneva Walling; and brothers, Lee Walling and Dewayne Walling. Preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Walling and Betty Joe Frizzell; and brothers and sisters, Richard Walling, James Walling, Diane Frizzell, and Billy Frizzell.


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Victor Eddins

Victor Eddins, 54, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021, in San Augustine.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, June 14, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with visitation at Watson & Sons Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m.

Born July 1, 1966, Victor is the son of Ottis Eddins and Mary Largent Eddins.

He is survived by his son, Alex Eddins of Waco; stepdaughter, Kimberly Pena of Houston; mother, Mary Eddins of Center; brother, Ricky Eddins and Nannette of Joaquin; sister, Debbie Barr and Johnny of Joaquin; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his father, Ottis Eddins.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Barr, Justin Barr, Jacob Eddins, Cody Eddins, Charles Bloodgood, and Cody Fountain.

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Eltroy McCowin Jr

Eltroy McCowin Jr (48) a loving husband , father, son, brother, and uncle died unexpectedly on June 8, 2021 in Pearland, TX.


Eltroy was born in Center, Texas on June 17, 1972, to Eltroy McCowin Sr. and Lumorriel Thompson Colbert.  He graduated from Center High School 1990, and briefly attended Texas State University.  After finishing that chapter of his life, he went to barber school and soon owne four successful barber shops.  He also owned two successful auto-detail shops in Houston and Center, TX.  Later on he went to the Ocean Corp and graduated in 2005, where he became a certified Non-Destructive Technician and worked as a site lead inspector for IRISNDT at Chevron CPC up until his passing.  He also had a passion for bulldogs, and he bred  English and French bulldogs as a hobby.  He was a well respected breeder at the time of his passing as well.  He met his wife, Stephanie, in May of 1992.  He accepted the Lord as his Savior in 1999, but has recently decided to reaccept the Lord in 2021.


Eltory is survived by:


Father,  Eltroy McCowin Sr. 

Mother,  Lumorriel Thompson Colbert (Charles Colbert)

Wife, Stephaine Morales

Sons, Wesley McCowin, Trevon McCowin

Daughters, Sydnee Morales, Emily McCowin

Sisters, Annie Gibson (Harold Gibson), Sandra McHenry McCowin, Nakeshia Swindle (Lance Swindle)

Special Nephews, DeUndre McCowin, Kelvin Boldon (Shemita Boldon)

Eltory Jr. leaves to cherish his memory a host of other family members, classmates, and friends.


Eltroy was preceded in death by:

Grandmothers: Olevia Giddings, Maureen Green

Father-in-Law Frank Morales

Sister Anita Reed

A host of Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins


Eltory's Center Memorial service will be held on July 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm.  The service will be held at  Abundant Love Church in Center, TX.


Viewing and Celebration of Life will both be held June 19, 2021 at Harvest Point Fellowship Church located in Pearland, TX.  Viewing of the body will be held between the hours of 10:00 am and 11:00 am.  Service will follow starting at 11:00 am.  


For those that cannot attend the service, it will broadcast live, and  a link will be posted on Facebook.  A memorial service for Center is pending, and a date will be posted as soon as possible. 


Oliver W. Barnett

Oliver W. Barnett, 85, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation at 9:30 a.m.  Bro. Rusty Hall will officiate.  Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

Born March 3, 1936, Oliver is the son of Merl Barnett and Lois Whitton Barnett.  He served in the United States Army.  Later, Oliver was employed with Louisiana State Department of Agriculture.  He was a member of both Texas Agriculture and Timber Association and Texas Cattle Association.  When time allowed, Oliver loved to travel.

He is survived by his wife, Rodean Metcalf Barnett of Shelbyville; daughter, LaVaunda Adams and husband Donnie of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Wade Adams and wife Haley, Chase Barnett, and Amanda Hassfurther and husband Eric; great grandchildren, Emma Grace Adams, Lily Jane Adams, Eli Hassfurther, and Charlotte Hassfurther; and sister, Peggy Mitchell of Logansport, Louisiana.

Preceded in death by his son, Leland Barnett; and parents, Merl Barnett and Lois Whitton Barnett.

Pallbearers will be Wade Adams, Chase Barnett, Eric Hassfurther, Jason Lily, and Donnie Adams.

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Cleveburn Cameron

Cleveburn Cameron, 63, of Timpson, Texas passed away June 8, 2021 in Center, Texas. Born October 24, 1957, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Cleveburn is the son of Leslie Cameron and Addie Carter. Visitation will be held Monday June 14, 2021 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Mangum Funeral home Center, Texas. Funeral Service will be at 2:00PM Tuesday June 15, 2021 at Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas. Interment to follow will be at Deadwood Cemetery Panola County.

Survived by Brother Denis Cameron; Sister Gaynell Wescoat.

Preceded in death Parents: Leslie Cameron and Addie Carter; Sister: Pearl Pierce. 


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

Ashley Schaeffer Burks

Memorial services for Ashley Schaeffer Burks, 49, of Nacogdoches will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00a.m. at Harmony Hill Baptist Church with Dr. John W. Greene officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carroway Funeral Home. 


Ashley was born July 9, 1971 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Janis (Martin) and David Schaeffer, and died Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in a hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. 


Ashley had resided in Nacogdoches for 11 years, and formely resided in Broaddus. She was a 5th grade math teacher at San Augustine Elementary. She was very out-going and never met a stranger. She had a servant's heart. She especially loved and adored her children and grandchildren, and also adored her students. Ashley loved the Lord and was an active member at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. 


Survivors include her husband, Robert Burks of Nacogdoches; daughter, Courtney Schaeffer of San Augustine; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeremy and Brittany Schaeffer of San Augustine, Johnathon and Christa Coulter of Nacogdoches; grandchildren, Kayden, Emmilee, Meela, Wyatt and Whitton, who is on the way; mother, Janis Schaeffer of San Augustine; sisters and brother-in-law, Tammy and Gary Fountain of San Augustine, Lesley and Joe Knight of Lockhart; parents-in-law, Roy and Robbie Burks of San Augustine; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. 


She is preceded in death by her father, David Schaeffer; and mother-in-law, Judy Burks. 

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Memorial Service- Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00AM

Harmony Hill Baptist Church

2708 S. Chesnut St.

Lufkin, Tx 75901

Herman Leroy Cummings Jr

Herman Leroy Cummings, Jr., 70, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 11, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Joe Innerarity and Bro. Mike Oliver officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born May 15, 1951, in Joaquin, Herman is the son of Herman Leroy Cummings Sr. and Lillie Belle Murray Cummings.  He retired from a career as a truck driver.  Herman loved time spent with his grandkids.  He was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Cummings of Joaquin; children, Scotty Cummings and wife Kristie of Joaquin, Angie Stephens and husband Lynn of Logansport, Louisiana, Lance Cummings and wife Renee of Joaquin, Texas, and Bobo Cummings and wife Anna of Joaquin, Texas; grandkids, Holden Cummings and wife Brandi of Joaquin, Texas, Emily Stephens and fiancé Davy of Logansport, Louisiana, Blane Cummings and wife Shawna of Center, Texas, Skyllar Cummings and Zachary Moore of Maybank, Texas, Hailey Cummings and boyfriend Badie of Bossier City, Louisiana, Lindsey Walker and husband Kaleb of Grand Cane, Louisiana, Hunner Cummings of Joaquin, Texas, Blake Cummings of Joaquin, Texas, Blaine Ramsey of Joaquin, Texas, Brayden Cummings of Joaquin, Texas, Brody Cummings of Joaquin, Texas, Brystal Cummings of Joaquin, Texas, Brent Cummings of Joaquin, Texas, and Addison Cummings of Joaquin, Texas; great grandchildren, Kohen Cummings, Isabella Walker, and Luke Moore; sisters-in-law, Joyce Berry of Converse, Louisiana and Rosie Myers of Joaquin, Texas; brothers, Kenneth Cummings and wife Mary and Ike Cummings and wife Lisa; sisters, Patricia Gray and husband Richard, Linda Broadus and husband Roy, and Sue Raybon; and numerous special nieces and nephews whom he loved so much!

He is preceded in death by his parents, Herman Leroy Cummings Sr. and Lillie Belle Murray Cummings; infant sister; and brother, Mike Cummings Sr.; grandparents, Jeff and Resa Murray and Henry and Hattie Cummings.

Pallbearers will be Holden Cummings, Blaine Ramsey, Blane Cummings, Blake Cummings, Brayden Cummings, Brody Cummings, and Brent Cummings.  Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Walters and Max Pugh.

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Sgt Major Archie Willie (Pete) Hartsfield

85 year old Sgt Major Archie Willie (Pete) Hartsfield passed away Tuesday, June 1st. Visitation will be Friday (June 11th) from 2-6 pm at Sid Roberts Funeral Home. Graveside service will be Saturday (June 12) at 2pm in Pine Grove Cemetary in Nacogdoches with Pastor Shirley Watts officiating. 85 year old Sgt Major Archie Willie (Pete) Hartsfield was raised in Garrison and he enlisted in the US Army immediately following graduation. He served his country for 30 years in the Army where he received many awards and accolades including the Legion of Merit, the highest peacetime medal awarded by the U.S. Army. He is survived by: 

Wife, Pamela Hartsfield of El Paso

Son, Larry Hartsfield of Nacogdoches

Daughter, Retena Hartsfield-Harrison and her husband Hiram of Center

5 Grandchildren, 7 Great-Grandchildren

4 Sisters: Shirley Watts and Francell & Mike Horace, all of Nacogdoches, Mary Alice & James Holmes and Joan & Donald Dennis all of Dallas

2 Brothers: Adothus & Margaret McClendon of Plano and LaVance & Etois McClendon of Irving

Along with a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.  

Mrs Josie Harris Horton

Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Dr. Center, Texas (936)598-3865

Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas   and Skipper Lee and Sons Eternal Rest Funeral Home of Houston, Texas are announcing funeral services Mrs. Josie Harris Horton (90) of Houston, Texas.  Mrs. Horton was married to the late Elnoris Horton. Mrs. Horton was born February 7, 1931.  Mrs. Horton died Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Houston, Texas.    Funeral service will be Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 12:00 noon at the Mt. Gillion Baptist Church (5920 State Highway 87 North Center, Texas 75935). Rev. Gary Suell will be officiation. 

Mrs. Horton is survived by:

Children:  Sharon Hamilton (Curtis) of Timpson, Texas; Pamela Joyce Jones of Houston, Texas; Josie Harper of Spring, Texas; Edward Horton (Sharon) of Center, Texas; Eric Horton (Shelia) of Humble, Texas; Larry Charles Horton of El Paso, Texas; and Anthony Horton (Virginia) of Center, Texas. 

14 Grandchildren, 16 Great-grandchildren, and 5 Great-great grandchildren. 

Visitations will be Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon at Mt. Gillion Baptist Church. 

Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services.  All safety procedures are strictly enforced.

Kathy Kay Waldon

Kathy Kay Waldon passed away in Houston, Texas on May 28, 2021.

Memorial graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born August 13, 1953 in Baytown, Texas to LD Hibbard, Sr. and Josephine “Mollie” Hibbard Barton.  

Kathy was raised in Shelby County.  She attended school at Shelbyville and Center High School.

Kathy was an outgoing, fun loving, and witty person.  She loved her children beyond measure.  She had a talent for writing poetry and a love for music.  She was a devoted Christian and enjoyed attending church regularly.

Kathy is survived by her children, Justin Waldon of Overton, Tx, Eric Waldon of Overton, Texas, and Elizabeth Kay Evans of Houston, Texas.

Kathy is survived by her siblings, John Russell Hibbard of Nacogdoches, Tx, Joe Cecil Hibbard and Wendy of Nacogdoches, Tx, Debra Ann Hibbard of the Woodlands, Tx, LD Hibbard, Jr. and wife Carmen of Center, Tx, Wallace Lee Hibbard and wife Pam of Bullard, Tx, Victor Allen Hibbard of Bullard, Tx, Judy Lyn Monroe and husband Donald of Center, Tx, Letitia Poindexter of Center, Tx, and Gregory Thomas Hibbard and wife Haven of Conroe, Tx.

She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Preceded in death by parents LD Hibbard Sr, William and Josephine Mollie Barton, grandparents Theodore Schrakamp and Josephine Schrakamp Willis, Joseph and Dorothy Hibbard, brother-in-law Billy L. Poindexter, nephew Ronnie Morgan, nephew Matthew Hibbard, and niece Christy Mae Taylor.

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Carol Daniels Cook

Carol Daniels Cook, 88, of Grand Cane, Louisiana, passed away Friday, June 4, 2021, in Grand Cane, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation an hour prior.  Bro. Ron McLellan will officiate.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born April 23, 1933, in Ferriday, Louisiana, Carol is the daughter of Henry Daniels and Ruby Stevens Daniels.  She earned her BA in nursing and became an RN.  Carol was a dedicate wife and mother.  She enjoyed cooking and cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren. Her hobbies included coloring and gardening.  A dedicated Christian, Carol was active in her church and other Christian organizations.  She was a member of Gloster Baptist Church, where she taught the 4 and 5 year old children’s classes with Hall Burford for many years.  After retirement, Mr. & Mrs. Cook traveled the country doing missionary work.

She is survived by her children, Cherrie Cook-Flores of Grand Cane, Louisiana and Christian Cook of Keatchie, Louisiana; grandchildren, Derek Deas of Stonewall, Louisiana and Brittany Miller of Keatchie, Louisiana; numerous nieces and nephews; other family; and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, Charles Cook; parents, Henry Daniels and Ruby Stevens Daniels; daughter-in-law, Debrah Miller; son-in-law, Robert Flores; sister, Frances Lewis and husband Joe; brother, Ted Daniels and wife Gloria.

Pallbearers will be Taylor Burford, Bobby (Hootie) Henderson, Dwayne Restivo, Barry Rambin, Tommy Niten, and Tyler Adams.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dave Means, Hall Burford, Dean Graner, and Dan McBride Sr.

A special thanks to Life Path Hospice and also to Kathy Thomas, Kim Thorton, Paula Pouncey, Amanda Reed, Eileen Lewis, and Pauline Douglas for their compassionate care.

Memorial donations can be made to Clara Springs Baptist Encampment, 4420 Highway 177, Pelican, Louisiana, 71063 or by phone, 318.796.3875.

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Charles "Chuck" Eshliman

Charles “Chuck” Eshliman, 69, of Center, passed away Friday, June 4, 2021, in Center.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 6, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at Noon. Bro. Gordon Vaughn will officiate. Interment will follow at Newburn Cemetery in Center.  

Born July 21, 1951, in Michigan, Chuck is the son of Shirley Haacke.  He worked as a warehouse manager at East Texas Poultry Supply for 23 years. Chuck loved spending time with his grandkids.

He is survived by his children, Sally Murphree (Justin) of Center and Jonathon Eshliman of Center; grandkids, Brittany LeValley, Harley Eshliman, Johnny Eshliman, Tessa Eshliman, and Wesley, Kye, and Kambree Murphree; brother, Victor Haacke of Pasadena; sisters, Janet Fuchs (Ted) of Cypress and Karen Looman of Clear Lake; sister-in-law, Judy Eshliman of Porter; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Haacke; sisters, Barbara Crews and Roxanne Eshliman; brother, George Eshliman; and nephews, Ronnie Eshliman and James Michael Crews.

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Charles W Smith

Charles W. Smith, 62, of Center, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 4, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at Noon.  Bro. Eric Garrett and Bro. Andy Wilson will officiate.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born November 18, 1958, in Shreveport, Louisiana, Charles is the son of Melvin Smith and Janie L. Morrell Smith.  He loved classic cars and traveling.  Charles was a member of Center First United Pentecostal Church in Center.  

He is survived by his wife, Holly Evans Smith of Center; children, Blake Smith of Lewisville and Brianna Evans of Center; mother, Janie M. Ward of Center; sisters, Mary Smith and husband Dwain of Beckville, Melba Rasmussen and husband Chris of Longstreet, Louisiana, and Elizabeth Rowe and husband Bryan of Tenaha; brothers, Robert Smith and wife Eva of Shiloh, Louisiana and Tommy Smith and wife Pam of Anacoco, Louisiana; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Pamela Cheree Borders Smith; father, Melvin Smith; and brothers, James Smith and Chester Smith.

Pallbearers will be George Booker, Jacob Smith, Patrick Smith, Joshua Smith, Ricky Smith, Melvin Booker, Richard Farrington, and Charles Smith.

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Morris Donal Shofner

86 year old Morris Donal Shofner, of Houston, passed away Thursday (May 27). Visitation and funeral service will be Friday (June 4) at 12 noon at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home and Cemetery in Houston. Morris was born in Dreka and graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1953. He started out working for Houston Lighting Power, but he joined the Houston Police Department where he worked for 27 years. He is survived by his daughter, 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Brother, Carl & Lynn Shofner. 3 sisters & other relatives. Donations may be made to Assist the Officer fund in Houston. 

Michael Scott Butts

Mr. Michael Scott Butts, age 56, of San Augustine, Texas, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021.

"Scott" was born August 4, 1964, in Lufkin, Texas, to parents John H. Butts and the late Patricia Mathews Butts. He lived in the Burleson, Texas, area for a number of years before recently relocating back to his hometown of San Augustine. Scott, who worked as a real estate agent for many years, was a 1982 graduate of San Augustine High School and was a member of a Non-Denominational Church. Scott was an outstanding athlete at San Augustine High School and went on to play baseball for Angelina College in Lufkin. He had a great love for all things outdoors and gardening.

His survivors include his step-children, Tara Lane and Toni Carson of Burleson, Texas; father and step-mother, John H. and Martha Butts of San Augustine, Texas; brother, Patrick Butts and wife Melanie of Arlington, Texas; step-sisters, Syliva and her husband Scott Bay of Houston, Texas, and Paige and her husband Kirby Kapp of Conroe, Texas; grandchildren, Taylan Villarreal, Dalton Lane, Dylan Lane, and Brayden Wanger, all of Burleson, Texas; great-granddaughter, Brinley Lane of Burleson, Texas; nieces and nephews, Ashley and Jordan Jones, Samuel Butts, and Ainsley Butts, all of Arlington, Texas, Taylor and Sara Martin of Raleigh, North Carolina, Bill and Lauren Bay of Houston, Texas, Suzanne Bay of Dallas, Texas, Wilson and Molly Martin of Rockwall, Texas, and Mary Kathryn Martin of Austin, Texas; along with numerous close friends.

Scott was preceded in death by his wife, Paula D. Butts, in 2014; his mother, Patricia Mathews Butts, in 1978; and a brother, John Mathews Butts, in 1993.

A graveside service is set for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021, at Burleson Memorial Park Cemetery, located at 290 Memorial Plaza in Burleson, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting memorial gifts to your favorite charity.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, located at 316 W. Columbia Street in San Augustine, Texas.





NAME: Michael Scott Butts 

AGE: 56 

ADDRESS: San Augustine, Texas 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH: Friday, May 28, 2021, San Augustine County, Texas 

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH : Aug. 4, 1964, Angelina County, Texas 

DATE / TIME OF SERVICE: Thursday, June 3, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. 

PLACE OF SERVICE: Graveside at Burleson Memorial Park Cemetery in Burleson, Texas 



BURIAL: Burleson Memorial Park Cemetery in Burleson, Texas 

FATHER: John H. Butts 

MOTHER: Patricia Mathews Butts 

OCCUPATION: Real Estate Agent 


Step-Daughter: Tara Lane of Burleson, Texas Step-Daughter: Toni Carson of Burleson, Texas Father & Step-Mother: John H. and Martha Butts of San Augustine, Texas Brother: Patrick Butts and Wife Melanie of Arlington, Texas Step-Sister: Sylvia Bay and Husband Scott of Houston, Texas Step-Sister: Paige Kapp and Husband Kirby of Conroe, Texas 4 Grandchildren; 1 Great-Grandchild 


His wife, Paula Butts; mother, Patricia Butts; brother, John Mathews Butts 

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at 

Arrangements under the direction of 


FAX# 936-275-0034

Morgan Leon Baker

32 years old, Morgan Leon Baker, of Timpson, passed away Sunday, May 30th in Carthage. Funeral service will be Wednesday (June 2nd) at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson with Bro. Eric Pledger officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm at Taylor Funeral Home. 

Mrs Birdie B. Porter

Mrs. Birdie B. Porter of Houston passed away Saturday, May 29th, at the age of 68 at St. Luke Hospital in Houston. Funeral services are still pending at this time. 

Sharon Dramberger

Sharon Gail Noble Dramberger of Center Texas, passed away Thursday May 27, UT Tyler.

Her wishes were to be cremated. With no services following.

She was known as “Memaw” by her family. She was a strong woman of faith.

Born June 25, 1939, on a farm in Marble Falls Texas to Father Ari James Noble and Mother Hazel Noble.

She is survived by:

Husband Phillip C. Dramberger


Michael Lohman, wife Lisa

Sissy Hicks, husband Edward Hicks

Scott Lohman – Preceeded His mother in death

Aaron Kahn, husband Gary

Tom Dramberger, wife Julia

Tim Dramberger

Ted Dramberger, wife Kelly


Brittany Lohman

Lindsey Eller, husband Chad; Cortney Hicks

Chris Lohman

Jordan Kahn, Rachael Kahn

Zachary Dramberger, Hanna Thornburgh, Levi Dramberger

Grayson Dramberger, Bryce Dramberger, wife Astrid; Sage Dramberger

Great Grandchildren:

Olivia Eller, George Eller

Josiah Lohman, preceeded his Greatgrandmother in death: Hunter Lohman, Bella Lohman

Lia Thornburgh, Kimber Thornburgh

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Mr. A D Redmon

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

DOB: 05/11/1931 DOD: 05/21/ 2021


Mr. A D Redmon, age 90, of Houston, Texas passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021 in Houston, Texas.    


Graveside Service

Thursday, June 3, 2021

11:00 a.m.

Haley Bush Cemetery




Wife Minnie Lou Parks Redmon of Houston, Texas


Son AD Redmon, Jr. of Houston, Texas


2 Daughters Shelia Redmon Jones (Jerald) of Houston, Texas

Beatrice Jones of Longview, Texas


A host of grandchildren and  great-grandchildren


2 Sisters Dorothy Mae Herbert of Beaumont, Texas

Elmer Lee Bluford of San Augustine, Texas


Special Nephew Leo Randle (Betty) of San Augustine, Texas


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

Taylor Bryce

Taylor Bryce, 25, of Center, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2021, near Lamesa, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2021, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Steve Noble officiating.  Interment will follow at County Line Cemetery in the Caledonia Community of Panola County.  

Born April 30, 1996, in Nacogdoches, Taylor is the son of Donald Ray Bryce and Shonda Thompson Bryce.  In 2014, he graduated from Marshall High School.  Taylor was currently working as a floorhand in the oilfield.  A father of two, he loved his family and raising his kids.  When time allowed, Taylor enjoyed working out at the gym.

He is survived by his wife, Schree Bryce of Center; children, Paislee and Kason Bryce of Center; sister, Amber Salinas and husband Martin of San Antonio; brother, Shane Parker of Baytown; mother, Shonda Bryce of San Antonio; grandparents, Sue Battles of San Antonio and Marcus Thompson of San Antonio; in-laws, Steven and Jill Parker of Center; numerous aunts and uncles; and special friends, Spencer Blackwell and Cody Bryce.

Preceded in death by his father, Donald Bryce; grandparents, Pallie Ross Bryce, James Hall, Maxine Hall, and Spencer Battles.

Pallbearers will be Cody Bryce, Spencer Blackwell, Joseph Caldwell, Jarrett Smith, Devin Dade, Shane Blackwell, Dillon Blackwell, and Colton Thompson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Martin Salinas, Bennie Bryce, Nick Hayden, Cameron Agnew, Drake Lutz and Michael Bryce. 

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