Obituaries Archives for 2022-02

Grady Edward Tyler

Grady Edward Tyler, 71, of Center, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022, in Center.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Hayden Dupree will officiate.  Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.  

Born February 18, 1951, in Shelby County, Grady is the son of Dorothy Golden Tyler and Vertis Tyler.  He served in the United States Army as a firefighter and marksman and later worked as a truck driver.  His hobbies included fishing, wood crafting, and spending time with his fur babies.  Grady was a member of Center Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rowena Tyler of Center, TX; sons, John Halstead Jr. and wife Karen of Shelbyville, TX and Hugh Halstead of Center, TX; grandchildren, Donald Lee and wife Jessica, John Halstead III and wife Samantha, Mianna Adair, and Christopher Halstead; great grandchildren, Shayanne Lee, Erica Lee, Alyssa Lee, Kylie Lee, Ryan Halstead, Maddie Halstead, Chloe Nix, Logan Nix, and Devon LeBlanc and wife Makayla; great great grandbaby, Auburn LeBlanc; multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Golden Tyler and Vertis Tyler; brothers, Jimmy Tyler, Cecil Tyler, and Captain Porter Tyler; sisters, Minnie Pearl Tyler, Bell Kent, Grace Russell, Vergie Howard, and Stella Louise Harris; great granddaughter, Chesney Adair; and best lifelong friend, Jerry Green.

Pallbearers will be John Wesley Green, Corey Little, Donald Lee, John Halstead III, Rylan Halstead, and Devon LeBlanc.  Honorary pallbearer will be Kenny Harris.

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

Mrs. Eula Lathan White

Funeral service for Mrs. Eula Lathan White is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 11:00AM at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church 623 Martin Luther King Drive.  Rev. Anthony Jackson will be officiating.  

 Eula Lathan White was born on February 10, 1918, in Shelby County to the late Tom Lathan and Beulah Moore Lathan.  Eula grew up on a farm in the rural area of Shelby County.  Strong family values and perseverance were taught by the Lathan family.  Eula died February 23, 2022, at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas at the age of 104. 

Eula White was a lifelong, devoted member of Bright Morning Star Baptist Church, serving in many compacities, including choir member, financial secretary and deaconess board secretary.  

Eula attended school in the Webb School District in the Africa Community and later transferred to Center Colored High School, graduating in 1937.  Eula attended Butler College in Tyler, Texas, completing her studies at Texas College in Tyler, Texas from which she received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a minor in English.  She pursued graduate studies at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas receiving her Master of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in Administrative Supervision and Business.  She pursued additional academic training at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and in California.  

Eula began her teaching career in 1942 in the Webb School District, located in the Africa Community.  Many of the county’s rural schools had only two or three classrooms.  She taught grades 4, 5 and 6 in one classroom. Some years later the Webb School was consolidated with C. H. Daniels School. She also taught at East Liberty High School and Marian Anderson High School, completing her teaching career with Center ISD, retiring in 1980 after 34 years as an educator.  At one point she was a “Visiting Teacher,” where she visited the homes of students who had numerous absences. Eula noted that Mr. Standley was her first principal after integration. Eula and Mr. Standley’s family became great friends. Eula became a Licensed Vocational Nurse, graduating from Panola College in Carthage, Texas. These skills she employed in the care of her father and husband before their deaths and at Holiday Nursing Home in Center, Texas. 

“School teaching” seemed to be a popular occupation within the Lathan and White families.  Eula’s sister, Annie Mae taught in the public schools as did her uncle, Joseph Lathan, and her aunts, Picksey Cauley and Martha Pierce were noted teachers. Additionally, her husband, Marcellus, was a long-time teacher and principal.  Through the years, she taught school alongside Mrs. Mary Lovell, Mrs. Selma McClelland, Ms. Elma Swindall and Mrs. Rubye Biggers, all of whom became respected colleagues and cherished friends.  

Eula married Marcellus White on December 24, 1940.  They were a dedicated couple and opened numerous opportunities for people in Shelby County and surrounding areas, particularly for young people as their home was always open to nieces, nephews, students and family friends.  While Marcellus was known for his civic involvement as a member of the Center City Council, the Deep East Texas Advisory Council and the State of Texas Grant Review Committee, Eula was equally as involved serving on the Shelby County Tax Appraisal Board, Toledo Bend Retired Teacher Association, Shelby County Teachers Association, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Shelby County Historical Society and East Center Community Development Corporation. 

Eula was preceded in death by her husband, Marcellus White, parents: Tom and Beulah Lathan and siblings:  Annie Mae Roberts, John Boothe, Willie Mae Johnson, Rawsie Lister and T.O. Lathan

Eula leaves behind nieces: Sharon Polley; Dr. Veassa Johnson, and Conchita Johnson Raatib; a devoted great nephew: Keith Lister and wife Brenette; a surrogate son: Robert Brown; a surrogate daughter: Mary Smith; and a host of great nieces and nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund will be set up at Farmer State Bank in Center, Texas (Eula L. White Scholarship Fund).

Visitation:  On Friday, March 4, 2022, at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and family visitation from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Committal: Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas  

Due to COVID 19, masks are required during visitation and funeral services.  All safety procedures are strictly enforced. With addition to COVID 19, temperature checks are required and vaccination cards are required, per family request. 

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935

Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net

Robert Charles Helander

 

Robert Charles Helander (81) entered into his heavenly home Friday, February 25th, 2022. Services will be at Watson & Sons funeral home in Center, Tx on Saturday, March 5th, 2022. Visitation will be prior to the service at 1 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.

Born in Houston, Texas on August, 4th 1940 to Robert (Bob) H. and Allie Jane Chance Helander. He graduated from Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Tx and attended Stephen F. Austin State University.

He served as a Staff Sargent in the United States Air Force Reserves from 1962 to 1968.

On September 24th, 1965 he married his love Sandra Rose Theiler. Early 70s Robert and Sandie moved to Flat Fork to raise their children Susan and Chance.

Robert worked a number of jobs as a bond underwriter, chicken farmer, wrecker driver, log truck driver, and retired from Tyson Foods after 12 years of being a long haul driver.

After Robert retired he enjoyed going to visit the surrounding nursing homes with his church family. Nothing made him happier than to visit with the residents.

Robert was a charter member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Survived by:

Wife of 56 years Sandra (Sandie) Helander

Daughter

Susan Helander Snider and Monte Griffith of Tenaha, Tx

Son

Chance and Patti Helander of Crosby, Tx

Grandchildren

Whitley Helander

Caleb Helander and fiance Nicole Dalton Snider

Clay Helander

Special nephew

Kevin Theiler and Pam

A host of cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Bob & Jane Helander, mother and father in law Jake and Valentine Theiler, Sister in law Thelma Theiler, Great Aunt Allie Elder, and Great Niece Brooke Theiler.

Special thanks to Affinity Hospice staff, especially Sara Lloyd RN, Kathy Espry RN, Mallory Wright LVN, Tristan Wilburn, Donna Moss.

Mr. Roger "Disco Roger" Grace

 Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral service for Mr. Roger Grace (72) of Timpson, Texas.  Mr. Grace died on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at his residence.  Mr. Grace was born to the late Robert Grace and Elizabeth Griffin Grace.      Funeral service will be on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at First United Smyrna Baptist Church in Timpson, Texas at 2:00 PM.    Rev. Charleston Johnson will be officiating. 

Mr. Grace is survived by:

 Nephew:  Roderick Yarbrough of Ft. Worth, Texas

Niece:  Theresa Yarbrough Black (Ryan) of Grand Prairie, Texas 

April Grace of Virginia 

 

Brothers:  Horce Grace of Killeen, Texas

    Kenneth Goodwin of Timpson, Texas

    Keith Riggins of Timpson, Texas

    Roy Riggings (Linda) of Carthage, Texas  

 

Sisters:  Theresa Pitts of Timpson, Texas

Remona Taylor (Carl Jr.) Houston, Texas

Lisa McClure (Aubrey) Timpson, Texas 

 

Cousin:  Lillian Holmes of Houston, Texas 

 

Visitation:  On Friday, March 4, 2022, at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM 

Committal: Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson, Texas 

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

Service entrusted to Hicks Mortuary 804 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Center, Texas 75935

Please visit our website for online condolences at www.hicksmortuary.net

Joe Neil Wallace

 

Joe Neil Wallace, 91, of Center, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022, in Center.

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, February 27, 2022, at Truitt Cemetery in Joaquin with Andrew King officiating.

Born July 28, 1930, in Center, Joe Neil is the son of Flossie Pate and Frank Wallace.  He retired from the United States Air Force and went on to work for Western Electric in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Joe Neil was a member of Tenaha Church of Christ.

He is survived by his daughters, Nancy Keeling and husband Jorge De La Cruz of Bullard and Elaine Carol Hall and husband, Gary Looney of Lufkin; 4 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Sue Hagler and Marsha Lou Askew.

Preceded in death by wife, Jimmye Elaine Wallace; brothers, Bud Wallace and Jesse Frank Wallace; and sisters, Margurette “Reatie” Adams, LaVada Mae Tees, and Marguette Oliver.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Boulevard, Tyler, Texas 75701.

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

Judy Ann Matthews Foster

 

Judy Ann Matthews Foster, age 71, of Center, Texas went to her heavenly home on February 23, 2022, with her family by her side.

Judy was born May 30, 1950 to Josephine Morrison Matthews and Virgil “Slick” Matthews in Lamesa, Texas. After graduation from Lamesa High School, she attended Texas Tech University and Lubbock Commercial College.

She married Terry Foster on July 14, 1973 and started a beautiful life with three children, Allison, Scott & Whitney, and a bonus daughter, Kelly. In 1974, Judy and Terry moved from Lubbock to Center and started farm life, raising cattle, chickens and kids. Judy first worked for Herider Farms, until Scott was born, and then later for Bounds Insurance. The years between she was a full-time mom and helped Terry on the farm.

Judy loved God, her family and her church. Volunteering at church was one of her passions and she served on several committees. She especially loved serving in the kitchen and helping with vacation bible school.

Her most recent years were spent with her kids and seven grandkids, who she loved beyond measure. Judy was at every game, rodeo, concert, or special achievement, cheering them on. She will be remembered for this love for her family and her strong faith in God.

Judy is survived by her husband, Terry Foster; step-daughter, Kelly Foster and son, Sterling Alley of Ruidoso, NM; daughter, Allison Pratt and husband, Eric – their children, Kaleigh & Keaton of Center, TX; son, Scott Foster and wife, Christi – their son Wyatt of Center, TX; daughter, Whitney Scarber and husband, Brady – their sons Tucker, Tyce and Tripp of Center, TX. Her sister Jerry Smith of Shelbyville, TX; The Cousins; The Girlfriends; My Sisters by Choice.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Virgil “Slick” Matthews and Josephine Morrison Matthews; her brother-in-law, Terry Smith; her nephew, Shane Smith; and her special friend, Laura Simmons.

Visitation will be held February 25, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Her memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Center, Texas on February 26, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Karen Jones will officiate, assisted by Teddy Hopkins.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Phelps, John Schillings, Collin Matthews, Pat Scarber, Ed Johnson, Lee Rash, Tucker Scarber, and Tyce Scarber. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Barton, J.B. Raymond, David Sample, Ralph Simmons, Bobby Daw, Rex Rash, Hector Cadena, David Majors, Billy Bob McAdams, Buddy Hancock, and Larry Horn.

In lieu of flowers, she asks donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or www.stjude.org

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

Janice (Holloway) Morton

NAME:     Janice (Holloway) Morton             AGE:     68

 

ADDRESS:     San Augustine, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Monday, February 14, 2022, Montgomery, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    August 25, 1953, Nacogdoches, Texas

 

 DATE / TIME OF  MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, February 26, 2022, 11:00am

 

PLACE OF SERVICE:     Attoyac Baptist Church, San Augustine County, Texas

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: N/A

 

PLACE OF VISITATION: N/A

  

BURIAL:  Attoyac Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas

 

FATHER:         Cliff Holloway                            MOTHER: Cornelia Holloway

 

OCCUPATION:   Hairdresser

 

SURVIVED BY:   Husband: Gary Morton of San Augustine

                                Daughters: Anjanette Jackson and husband Don of Johnson City

                                                    Felicia Choi and husband Howard of Cypress

                                                    Larita Reyna and husband Saul of San Augustine

                                                    Morgan Culbreth and husband Cade of Montgomery

                                                 10 grandchildren

                                                 Brother: Dean Holloway and wife Elaine

                                 

 **Preceded in death by parents Cliff and Cornelia Holloway; son Logan Morton;

                                          Brothers Nolan Holloway, Joe Vance Holloway, Larry Holloway;

                                          Sister Marita Norton and husband James




 

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements under the direction of 

WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME

316 W.COLUMBIA     SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS      PHONE #936-275-2311

FAX # 936-275-0034

Kimberly Lynn Scruggs

 

 

Kimberly Lynn Scruggs, 49, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, February 22, 2022, in Longview.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 25, 2022, at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin. 

 

Born January 15, 1973, in Shreveport, Louisiana, Kimberly is the daughter of Charlotte Boyd and Thomas Scruggs.  She previously worked at Walmart, where she made lifelong friends, and later enjoyed babysitting.  She was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Joaquin, where she had the honor of teaching the children in Sunday school.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Kaitlynn, Kassidy, and Kolton Scruggs all of Joaquin; mother, Charlotte Scruggs of Joaquin; brother, L.T. Scruggs and wife Elizabeth of Center; sister, Marie Jackson of Center; numerous nieces and nephews; and best friend, Susan Thomas.

Preceded in death by her father, Thomas Scruggs; and grandparents, Maurine and D.B. Boyd, Edith Scruggs Rowe and Lawrence Scruggs.

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

Rodney L. Harvey

 

Rodney L. Harvey, 79, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, February 22, 2022, in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 25, 2022, at Word of Faith Outreach Center in Joaquin with Bro. Haagon Lister, Bro. Gordon Vaughn, and Bro. Benny Anglin officiating.  Interment to follow at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin.

Born December 24, 1942, in Converse, Louisiana, Rodney is the son of Edna Jane Cassell and John Eddie Harvey.  A successful business man, he worked as a pipeline contractor, took care of his cattle and horses, and enjoyed working with tractors and bulldozers.  Rodney loved spending time with and taking the whole family on vacations.  He was a member of Word of Faith Outreach Center in Joaquin.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Carmen L. “Connie” Harvey of Joaquin; daughters, Jannine and husband Brent Andres of Joaquin, Traci and husband Charles Rutherford of Joaquin, Ronna and husband Kevin Yates of Joaquin, and Cortney and husband Nathan Anglin of Joaquin; grandchildren, Alix and husband Blake Barr, Micah Andres and wife Jenna, Maddison and husband Dustin Ramsey, Jessica Lawrence, Christopher Rutherford and wife Aly, Blayne Rutherford and wife Marissa, Paige and husband Cody Carlisle, Peyton and husband Tyler McSwain, Kain Yates, Ryleigh and husband Cody Jones, Kase Yates and fiancé Keri, Bennett Anglin, and Ellie Anglin; great grandchildren, Charles Brent Barr, Kennedi Barr, Braylon Barr, Elizabeth Andres, Emery Andres, Khoen Baker, Kaleigh Baker, Kyndall Lawrence, Kate Lawrence, Kennadie Powell, Connor Rutherford, Blair Rutherford, Caseyn Milford, Jaxon Rutherford, Adalyn Rutherford, Heidi Mae Rutherford, Case Carlisle, Aubrey Carlisle, Coy Carlisle, Landry McSwain, John Tyler McSwain, Paxton McSwain, Austin Willow Jones, and two on the way; brother, John H. Harvey of Logansport, Louisiana; sisters-in-law, Kay Harvey of Joaquin, Loyce and husband Kenneth Dickerson of Joaquin, Joyce Neal of Joaquin, and Ann Cammack of Minden, Louisiana; brother-in-law, Rennie Cammack of Joaquin; also, numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by his son, Rodney Dale Harvey; parents, Edna Jane Cassell and John Eddie Harvey; brother, Thomas Harvey; sister, Sybil and husband Hoss Shoalmire; sister-in-law, Lucille Harvey; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ercell and Weldon Cammack; brothers-in-law, Wayne Cammack, Dale Cammack, and Britt Neal; and sister-in-law, Jan Cammack.

Pallbearers will be Chris Rutherford, Blayne Rutherford, Micah Andres, Kain Yates, Kase Yates, and Bennett Anglin.  Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Carlisle, Blake Barr, Tyler McSwain, Cody Jones, Dustin Ramsey, Case Carlisle, and Khoen Baker.

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

John Dillon Murphy

 

John Dillon Murphy, 81, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away Monday, February 21, 2022, at his home in Shelbyville, which is where he wanted to be.  

His wishes were to be cremated with no services or formal proceedings of any sort performed.

Born June 20, 1940, in Wauchula, Florida, John was the son of Geraldine Calhoun and Arnold Murphy.  

After serving in the United States Army 1956-1958 and 1961-1968 he served as an Officer with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and the Martin County Sheriff’s Department in the State of Florida, retiring to Shelbyville in January 2004.

He is survived by wife, Laura Mae Murphy of Shelbyville; children, Pamela Winegard of Chipley, Florida, Peggy Stieren of Chipley, Florida, Jennifer McGee of Shelbyville, Dawn Rene’ Murphy of Shelbyville, and John D. Murphy, Jr. of Palm City, Florida; numerous grand, great, and great great grandchildren; sisters, Emma Lee Scott of Wauchula, Florida and Barbara Jene Ruth of Lakeland, Florida.

Preceded in death by daughter, Donna Murphy Comeau; parents, Geraldine and Arnold Murphy; sister, Margaret Jeanette Norris; and brothers, Eugene ‘Dobie’ Murphy, Mabry Murphy, George Murphy, Donald ‘Ed’ Murphy, and Albert K. Moseley.

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

Shannon Smallwood Lowrie

NAME:     Shannon Smallwood Lowrie             AGE:     56

 

ADDRESS:     Lufkin, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Sunday, February 13, 2022, Lufkin, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    June 13, 1965, Houston, Texas

 

 DATE / TIME OF  SERVICE: Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 11:00am

 

PLACE OF SERVICE:     San Augustine County Cowboy Church, San Augustine County, Texas

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 5:00pm-8:00pm

 

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

  

BURIAL:  Farris Cemetery, Huntsville, Texas, on Thursday, February 24, 2022, 1:00pm

 

FATHER:       Darrell Smallwood                            MOTHER: Pamela George

 

OCCUPATION:   Branch office admin for Edward Jones

 

SURVIVED BY:   Husband: Cliff Lowrie of Lufkin

                                Father: Darrell Smallwood and wife Janice of Houston

                                Daughters: Christina Barnett and husband Brandon of Chireno

                                                    Courtney Bush and husband Preston of San Augustine

                                Grandchildren: Ella Barnett, Laine Bush, Callie Bush

 **Preceded in death by mother Pamela Lilly and husband Clyde; grandparents Mattie Ella Smallwood,

                                          Alvin Smallwood, Clover George; Parents-in-law Mae and Frank Lowrie




 

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements under the direction of 

WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME

316 W.COLUMBIA     SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS      PHONE #936-275-2311

FAX # 936-275-0034

Oran Davis    

NAME:      Oran Davis             AGE:     87

 

ADDRESS:     San Augustine, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Saturday, February 19, 2022, San Augustine, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    December 27, 1934, San Augustine County, Texas

 

 DATE / TIME OF  SERVICE: Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 2:00pm

 

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

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: Monday, February 21, 2022, 5:00pm-8:00pm

 

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

  

BURIAL:  St Augustine Catholic Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas

 

FATHER:      Charles Willie Davis                            MOTHER: Rosa T. Rains

 

OCCUPATION:   Postal Carrier

 

SURVIVED BY:   Sons: Danny Davis and wife Becky of San Augustine

                                          Doug Davis and wife Catrina of Montana

                                Brother: Wilburn Davis of San Augustine

                                3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren

 **Preceded in death by parents Charles Willie Davis and Rosa T. Rains; Wife Ann Davis; 

                                          Brothers Luther Davis, Hubert Davis; Sisters Gracie Smith, Ruby Britton




 

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements under the direction of 

WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME

316 W.COLUMBIA     SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS      PHONE #936-275-2311

FAX # 936-275-0034

Wilma Jenkins Mitchell

NAME:     Wilma Jenkins Mitchell             AGE:     76

 

ADDRESS:     San Augustine, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Wednesday, February 16, 2022, Shelby County, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    July 7, 1945, San Augustine, Texas

 

 DATE / TIME OF  SERVICE: Saturday, February 26, 2022, 1:00pm

 

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

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: Friday, February 25, 2022, 5:00pm-8:00pm

 

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

  

BURIAL:  Lanetown Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas

 

FATHER:        Jessie Jenkins                            MOTHER: Agnes (Lane) Jenkins

 

OCCUPATION:   Caregiver

 

SURVIVED BY:   Son: Antonio Jenkins and wife Nancy of Grand Prarie

                              Daughters: Latasha Brown of Lufkin

                                                  LaQunna Perry and husband Alshawn of Red Oak

                              Brothers: Otis Jenkins, Herman Jenkins

                               Sisters: Bettie Berry, Ruth Malone

                                                 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren

 **Preceded in death by parents Jessie and Agnes Jenkins; grandson D’Antonio Jenkins;

                                          Sisters Opal B. Allen, Evanell Jenkins, Ivanell Jenkins




 

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements under the direction of 

WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME

316 W.COLUMBIA     SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS      PHONE #936-275-2311

FAX # 936-275-0034

Ava Christian

 

Ava Christian, native of Center, Texas, passed away peacefully in the early morning of February 17, 2022. Ava was born in Center on April 30, 1936, to Stella and Wash Lane. Her early school days were spent in the James Community in Center. She joined the St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. She graduated from Center High School in 1953 and soon after became one of the youngest women to participate in national numismatic (coin) shows, winning various awards and recognition throughout the U.S. 

She settled in her native Texas, where she spent most of her life. She married Clarence Wayne Christian in early 1970. They had two sons and lived in East Texas – including Center, Shelbyville, and San Augustine -- until the early 1980s. From there, they moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, where Ava and her family joined the Church of the Nazarene. She became an active volunteer in a variety of ministries. She raised two sons, Charles and Kevin, and was a committed wife, mother, and friend, offering hospitality and a smile to everyone she met. 

She served as Missionary Society president for North Dallas Church of the Nazarene for over twenty years. Upon hers and her husband’s retirement, they moved back to Center and then to Shelbyville.

She is preceded in death by her mother (Stella Lane Squyres), her father (George Washington Lane), and her sister (Odelle Harrison). She is survived by her loving husband Clarence Wayne Christian, two sons (Charles Wayne and wife Edna Christian; and Kevin Lane Christian), four grandchildren (Weston, Jacob, Zachary, and Chesney), one great-granddaughter, along with two nieces (Mary Lane Castle and JoBeth Webb). 

Her memorial service will take place on Saturday, February 26th, at 2:30 p.m. at the chapel of Watson and Sons Funeral Home (1554 TX 7 East) in Center with visitation one hour prior. Dr. Charles W. Christian and Rev. Jim Henvey will officiate the memorial service.  

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

Phyllis (Ponder) Smith

NAME:     Phyllis (Ponder) Smith             AGE:     52

 

ADDRESS:     San Augustine, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Sunday, February 13, 2022, San Augustine, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    August 23, 1969, San Augustine County, Texas

 

 DATE / TIME OF  : Saturday, February 19, 2022, 2:00pm

 

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

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: Friday, February 18, 2022, 5:00pm-8:00pm

 

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

  

BURIAL:  N/A

 

FATHER:     Phillip Ponder                            MOTHER: Frances Marie Alfaro

 

OCCUPATION:   Healthcare

 

SURVIVED BY:   Father: Phillip Ponder of San Augustine

                                Mother: Frances Marie Alfaro of San Augustine

                                Daughter; Courtney Deon Brooks of San Augustine

                                Son: Steve Smith Jr. of San Augustine

                                Brothers: Clayton Ponder and wife Bridgett of Broaddus

                                                 Norman Ponder and wife Connie of San Augustine

                                                 Steven White of Robeline, La.

                                Sisters: Armanda Johnson and husband Charles of San Augustine

                                             Frieda Stone and husband Mike of Elkhart

                                             Mary Ponder and Hector Moncada of San Augustine

                               Grandchildren: MaKayla, Alyssa, Jahyda, Cayden, Sierra, Maddison, Amya,

                                                           Jaydon, James

                               Great-grandchild: Macen

                                                

 **Preceded in death by mother Linda Ponder; brother Chris White




 

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements under the direction of 

WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME

316 W.COLUMBIA     SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS      PHONE #936-275-2311

FAX # 936-275-0034

Archie Wayne Cooley

 

Archie Wayne Cooley, 72, of Center, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2022, in Houston.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, February 18, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Bro. Andy Wilson will officiate.  

Archie was born August 8, 1949, in Lucedale, Mississippi, to Louise Parnell and Archie Alton Cooley.  He worked as a truck driver.  Hoarding, piddling, browsing Facebook marketplace, DIY-ing, and watching Hallmark channel were among his hobbies.  Archie was a member of Center First United Pentecostal Church.

He is survived by wife, Caroline Seagroves Cooley of Center; children, Michael A. Garrett (Darlene), Danny Cooley (Jeannie), Angel (Bradley) Sullivan, and Hannah Cooley; grandchildren, Chass Garrett, Patrick Garrett, Brian Garrett, Danny Bailey, London Cooley, Chris Barton, Jeremy Cooley, Alexandria Manning, Jesse Reeves, Casey Garrett, Karsyn Miles, and Cruz Cooley; a host of great grandchildren; siblings, Nelta Woodard (Bobby), Alvie Dean Seals (Earl), Maurica Davis (Jeff), Herbert “H.L.” Cooley (Danette), and Timothy Cooley (Sharon).

Preceded in death by wife, Teresa “Terri” Cooley; and parents, Louise Parnell and Archie Alton Cooley.

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

Samuel Lee Jackson

 

Samuel Lee Jackson of Tenaha passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at Medical Center Hospital in Nacogdoches following a brief illness.  He was born in Center, TX, February 28, 1943, to W.H. and Verna Mae English Jackson.  He was slightly older than his twin brother, Jerry.

He was a graduate of Center High School and attended Panola Junior College, where he was a member of the Panola Pony baseball team.  He married Billie Balkcom on August 28, 1965.

By trade, he was a welder and worked for oilfield services in the Kilgore/Overton area for over 30 years.  He retired to Tenaha with his wife a number of years ago.

He was a man who loved family and getting together for big meals.  A favorite pastime was watching his children and grandchildren in their various sports events.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Billie of Tenaha; daughter, Leann and her husband Kevin Mackey and granddaughters Molly and Abby of Overton; daughter, Nichol and husband Kelly Cook and granddaughter Haylee and grandson Gannon of Big Sandy; son, Travis Jackson, wife Courtni and granddaughter Maddie and grandson Tatum of Nacogdoches.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Jerry O’Neal and Earl.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, February 11, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church of Tenaha with burial at the Tennessee Cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. 

Pallbearers will be Kevin Mackey, Kelly Cook, Gannon Cook, Trey Reeves, Ty Reeves, and Douglas Jackson.

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

Melvin Coy Williams

Melvin Coy Williams, 89, of Center, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 13, 2022, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Tim Perkins officiating.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born February 21, 1932, in Post, Texas, Melvin is the son of Henrietta Burcham and Claude Lee Williams. He served in the United States Army and later worked in agriculture.  Melvin was a member of Center Church of Christ in Center.

He is survived by his grandchildren, Katie Williams of Waco, Kassidy and husband Jake Fox of Nacogdoches, and Tyler Barr of Nacogdoches; also, numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Preceded in death by wife, Juanetha Williams; and sons, David Williams and Joe Barr.

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

Charles Patrick Windham

 

Charles Patrick Windham, 87, of Campti, Texas passed away in his home February 6, 2022 surrounded by his children.

 

Visitation will be Friday, February 11th, at 5:00 pm at Watson Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Services will be 10 am, Saturday, February 12th, at Watson’s, and will be officiated by Brother Kevin Gentry and the Obituary will be done by Dale Windham. Interment will be held directly after at Sardis Cemetery. 

 

Born November 1, 1934 to Laurie W. “Son” Windham and Zelma N. Squyres Windham, Pat was a man of many talents, from calling in the cows to playing any song his grandchildren desired on the guitar; but, Pat’s greatest talent was leading people to salvation. For over fifty years he followed his calling from Christ, assisted by his devoted wife Janice. In the 67 years the pair spent together nothing fulfilled them as much as spreading their faith. Pat was a husband, a father, a friend, but first and foremost he was a shepherd. Over the course of many years he accumulated a large flock, and at any time of day, or night, he would take phone calls and make trips across county and state lines for them. He would go anywhere, do anything for his church family. To him they were on equal ground with his own family. He truly saw them as his brothers and sisters in Christ. Pat was a man called by God, and the joy he took in being the Lord’s servant was undoubtedly reflected in the blessings he received. In his beloved family in Christ and in his family that carries on his legacy, Pat saw more life and love than most men. To hear it put in his own words, “I feel like I’m drinking from a saucer, cause my cup has overflowed.” 

 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sardis Cemetery 6034 FM 414 Center, Texas 75935. The family would like to extend special thanks to the Hospice of East Texas, Angels Care Home Health, and especially Kim Davis. 

 

He is survived by: 

Sister, Shirley Shofner and husband Joe of Center, Texas 

Sister in Law, Sandy Bennett and husband Derrel of Denning, Texas 

 

Children 

Dale Windham and wife Terry of Sardis, Texas 

LaRee Greer of Campti, Texas 

Micah Windham and wife Claire of Patroon, Texas 

Patti Helander and husband Chance of Crosby, Texas 

 

Grandchildren:

Robin Greer and fiancé Tracy 

Shelby Duncan and husband Troy 

Son Windham and wife Chelsea 

Justin Windham and wife Wendy 

Tiffani Noble and husband Zach 

Abby Lawson and husband Craig 

Whitley Helander 

Tori Windham 

Caleb Helander and fiancé Nicole 

Wyatt Windham and wife Ciara 

Sam Windham 

Clay Helander

Molly Windham

 

The grandchildren will serve as pallbearers 

 

22 Great Grandchildren

 

6 Great Great Grandchildren 

 

2 Expected Great Great Grandchildren

 

He was preceded in death by:

Wife, Lela Janice Ware Windham

Father, Laurie W. “Son” Windham

Mother, Zelma N. Windham

Father-in-Law, Dewey A. Ware 

Mother- in-Law, Doris Olene Fountain Roberts

Step Father-in- Law, Issac Clyde Roberts 

Sister, Annie Ruth Watson and Brother-in-law, Doyle Watson

Brother, PVT 1st Class, Melvin “Sam” Windham, kia, Luzon Island, WWII

Sister, Sally Laverne Lawson and Brother-in-law, Joel Lawson

Sister, Doris Jean Whitley and Brother-in-law, Allen Whitley

Brother, Donal Windham

Nephew Bobby Doyce Watson and wife Linda

Niece Peggy Sue Williams

Son-in-Law, Richard Greer


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

Joseph Perry Benson

NAME:     Joseph Perry Benson             AGE:     69

 

ADDRESS:     Bronson, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Monday, February 7, 2022, San Augustine, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    June 23, 1952, Ventura, Ca.

 

 DATE / TIME OF  MEMORIAL SERVICE: Pending

 

PLACE OF SERVICE:     N/A

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: N/A

 

PLACE OF VISITATION: N/A

  

BURIAL:  N/A

 

FATHER:         James Elbert Benson                           MOTHER: Lottie Mae (Wooster) 

 

OCCUPATION:   Truck Driver

 

SURVIVED BY:   Wife: Rhonda Benson of Bronson

                                Son: Keith Benson of Vinton, La.

                               Step-daughter: Pam Adkins of Broaddus

                               Step-son: Malcolm Bennefield of San Augustine

                               Brother: Alfred Benson

                               Sister: Stephanie Curley

                               Brother-in-law: Spencer Boaz and wife Crystal of Bronson

                               Nephew: Roger Boaz

 **Preceded in death by parents James E. and Lottie Mae Benson




 

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements under the direction of 

WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME

316 W.COLUMBIA     SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS      PHONE #936-275-2311

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David Bussey

David Bussey, 81, of Center, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2022, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at Patroon Cemetery in Shelby County.  Bro. Kevin Windham will officiate. Visitation will begin at Noon at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born September 2, 1940, in Silsbee, David is the son of Alma May Jarvis and Harold Lamar Bussey. He was a beloved son, brother, and uncle.

He is survived by his niece, Connie Smith Foster; nephews, Kevin Foster and wife Evelyn and Rodney Foster and wife Brenda; great nieces and nephews, Ashley Kunkel, Kenneth Windham Jr. (Sylvia), Dustin and Hollie Windham, Katie and Austin Standridge, Kolton Foster, Lauren and Jarrod Denby, Winston and Sarah Bailey, Amanda Craig (Devin), and Tanner Knight (Hailey); and 18 great great nieces and nephews, including the “apples of his eye”, Nacole, Khloe, and Jace.

Preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Harkness Bussey; parents, Alma May Jarvis and Harold Lamar Bussey; sister, Bobbie Foster and Guy; and niece, Sharla Foster.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Hardy, Wayne Scott, Joey Haglar, Jody Cooper, Mark Bonner, and Cade Ebernez.  Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Foster, Rodney Foster, Kolton Foster, Dustin Windham, Kenneth Windham Jr., and Winston Bailey.

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

Arnold Patrick Soucie

NAME:     Arnold Patrick Soucie             AGE:     84

 

ADDRESS:     San Augustine, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Friday, February 4, 2022, San Augustine, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    April 19, 1937, Winterville Plantation, Maine

 

 DATE / TIME OF  MEMORIAL SERVICE: Pending

 

PLACE OF SERVICE:     N/A

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: N/A

 

PLACE OF VISITATION: N/A

  

BURIAL:  N/A

 

FATHER:        Edwin Soucie                            MOTHER: Cecil (Madore) Soucie

 

OCCUPATION:   R. V. Industry

 

MILITARY: U. S. Air Force

 

SURVIVED BY:   Wife: Judy Soucie 

                                Daughter: Michelle Anderson

                                Son: Wayne Grissom and wife Alyssa

                                Grandchildren: Alexandra Anderson, Andrew Soucie, Ashton Grissom, 

                                                            Abbie Grissom 

                                Brother: Carol Soucie

                                Sister; Marie Soucie

 **Preceded in death by parents Edwin and Cecil Soucie; sons Anthony Soucie, John Grissom;

                                          Grandson Alexander Soucie; nephew Kenny Snider; 3 brothers;

                                          Parents-in-law Buck and Daisy Snider; brother-in-law




 

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements under the direction of 

WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME

316 W.COLUMBIA     SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS      PHONE #936-275-2311

FAX # 936-275-0034

Harvey Bennett

NAME:     Harvey Bennett             AGE:     92

 

ADDRESS:     San Augustine County, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Saturday, February 5, 2022, Nacogdoches, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    January 19, 1930, Cleveland, Ohio

 

 DATE / TIME OF  SERVICE: Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 11:30am

 

PLACE OF SERVICE:     Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, San Augustine County, Texas

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 11:00am – 11:30am

 

PLACE OF VISITATION: Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, San Augustine County, Texas

  

BURIAL:  Shiloh Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas

 

FATHER:        Carl Leslie Bennett                            MOTHER: Helen Eleanor (Wojciechowski)

 

MILITARY: U. S. Navy 

 

OCCUPATION:   Various

 

SURVIVED BY:   Wife: Anita Bennett of San Augustine

                                Children: Patricia Ellen Grissom of Nacogdoches

                                                  Victoria Leeann Huss of San Augustine

                                                  Robert Carl Bennett of Franklin, Indiana

                                                  Karen Leslie Gorby of North Salem, Indiana

                                                  James Ross Bennett of Florida

                                                  Scott Hugh Bennett of San Augustine

                                                  Amanda Louise Jones of San Augustine

                                 Nephew: Lee Bennett of Ohio

                                 Host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren

 **Preceded in death by parents Carl Leslie and Helen Eleanor Bennett;  brothers Robert Laurence

                                                        Bennett and Leslie Ambers Bennett




 

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements under the direction of 

WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME

316 W. COLUMBIA     SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS      PHONE #936-275-2311

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Cody Hoffart


NAME:     Cody Hoffart             AGE:     21

 

ADDRESS:     Cleveland, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Wednesday, February 2, 2022, Cleveland, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    March 29, 2000, Houston, Texas

 

 DATE / TIME OF  GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 12:00pm

 

PLACE OF SERVICE:     Spring Ridge Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: N/A

 

PLACE OF VISITATION: N/A

  

BURIAL:  Spring Ridge Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas

 

FATHER:        Fred Francis Hoffart Jr.                            MOTHER: Melissa Jane (Warren) 

 

OCCUPATION:   parts counter/O’Reilly’s

 

SURVIVED BY:   Mom and Step-dad: Melissa and Greg Murphy

                                Brother: Jeremy Hoffart

                                Grandma: Diana Murphy

                                Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

 **Preceded in death by dad Fred Hoffart Jr.; maternal grandparents CD and Betty Warren;

                                          maternal grandparents CD and Betty Warren; paternal grandparents

                                          Freddie and Ella Marie Hoffart




 

Online Obituary and Condolences Posted at www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements under the direction of 

WYMAN ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME

316 W. COLUMBIA     SAN AUGUSTINE, TEXAS      PHONE #936-275-2311

FAX # 936-275-0034

Lula Belle McDaniel Jansen Danley

Lula Belle McDaniel Jansen Danley
Age 83
DOB:  01/05/39
DOD:  02/02/22

 

Lula Belle McDaniel Jansen Danley of Joaquin, Devoted Wife, Loving Mother, Beloved Grandmother and Great Grandmother fought a good fight, finished her course, and kept the Faith.  Born in Joaquin, Texas on January 5, 1939, she passed from this Earth to her Heavenly Home on February 2, 2022 in Tyler, Texas.  Miss Lula Belle was a graduate of Joaquin High School, Class of 1957.  At the young age of 9 years old, Lula Belle purposed in her heart to serve the Lord and offered her praise through her beautiful alto singing voice and piano playing.  She was known throughout Shelby County Baptist churches for her music, chicken and dumplings and chocolate pie.  She was a church pianist or choir member for almost 75 years and enjoyed every moment of that time.  She was a faithful member of Logansport Baptist Church for many years and loved her church family and fellow prayer warriors.  Lula Belle enjoyed her job at Center Wal-Mart, where she retired after 20 years, and made so many friends, both, coworkers and customers.  Lula Belle’s true heart, tho, was her family whom she adored and loved unconditionally.

Left to cherish her memory:

Loving husband of 20 years, Rayford Earl Danley of Joaquin; Two Daughters, Renee Hagler (Ronny) of Shelbyville; Tina Mattingly (Billy) of Bullard, TX; Eight Grandchildren:  Angela Thornton (Daniel) of Center; Ronna McSwain (Roscoe) of Center; Candace Wheeler (Brett) of Center; Skylar Ashe (Thomas) of Austin; Ainsley Mattingly (Colton) of Bullard; Jansen Mattingly of Bullard; Madison Danley of Baytown; Malorie Danley of Baytown.  Eight Great Grandchildren:  Emory, Annistyn, Landree, Khloe, Beckham, Blake, Cooper and Owen.  Stepson, Tommy Danley (Paula) of Baytown, Stepdaughters, Donna Boutin (Lonnie) of Highlands, and Debbie Medows of Baytown.  Nine Step Grandchildren and Twenty-eight Step Great Grandchildren.  Special Nieces and Nephews and a host of Family and Friends.

A special thanks to the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, Allegiance Ambulance Service, and the kind staff of the Center Emergency Dept.

Preceded in death by Parents, Buster and Corene McDaniel, brother, L.C. McDaniel and First Husband and Father of her Children, Billy Clyde Jansen.

Funeral services will be held to honor her memory on February 5, 2022 at 2 p.m., with visitation beginning at 12 noon at Watson Funeral Home in Center, Texas with Bro. Joe Walker officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Center.

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

Robert Bailey

Robert Bailey, 89, of Bossier City, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022, in Bossier City.

Graveside service will be held Noon, Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born February 10, 1932, Robert is the son of Oda Walker and Walter Scott Bailey. 

He is survived by his wife, Justina Bailey; daughter, Pam and husband Ed Elder; sons, Nelson Bailey and wife Laarni and Scott Bailey and wife Ida; grandchildren, Lynn Miller and wife Jennifer, George Miller, Christine Miller, Walter Elder and wife Melissa, and Andrew Elder; sister, Vera and husband Don Dubose; also, a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceded in death by parents, Oda Walker and Walter Scott Bailey; sister, Thelma Windham; and stepdaughter, Sherry Bailey.

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

Kenneth Nix

Kenneth Nix entered into rest on January 26, 2022, at LSU Hospital in Shreveport, LA.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Bro. Dennis Landtroop and Bro. Michael Tibbs will officiate.  

Kenneth was born October 23, 1955, to Bowden and Jessie Nix in Zwolle, LA.  In 1960, they moved to Arcata, California, where Kenneth attended school from grade K-graduating from Arcata High School in 1973.  Kenneth enjoyed fishing and working on small engines.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bowden Nix; mother, Jessie Nix; and great nephew, Trenton Skinner.

Kenneth leaves behind his three sisters, Patricia Perrin of Springhill, LA, Stella Beatriz of Joaquin, TX, and Rie Beatriz of Joaquin, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service at a later time with Reverend Dennis Landtroop and Reverend Michael Tibbs performing the ceremony.

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

Jackie Ray Kirkwood

Jackie Ray Kirkwood, 66, of Tenaha, Texas passed peacefully Saturday, January 29, 2022, in Houston.

Born September 2, 1955, in Dallas, Jackie is the son of Wanda Lee Wolfe and Harley Ray Kirkwood.  

Jackie earned his Bachelor of Science, Agriculture Education and Master of Science, Agriculture, degree and retired as a Principal. He served seven years in the Naval Reserves, then transferred to the United States Air Force Reserves where he served for 18 years. Jackie was a Deputy City Marshall for Tenaha for 12 years. Most recently, he was serving Shelby County as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4.  

Jackie loved spending time with his grandkids. His hobbies included hiking, hunting, running, and watching the Aggies.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Tenaha, where he taught Sunday school and served in many other capacities.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Valarie Kirkwood of Tenaha, Texas; children, Krista Lee and husband Clint Stutts of Malakoff, Texas, Jeff Kirkwood and wife Shanna of LaVernia, Texas, Justin Kirkwood and wife Margaret Joy of Vidor, Texas, and stepdaughter Miranda and husband Chris Shadburn of Stanley, Louisiana; grandchildren, Logan, Hunter, Caleb, Aubrey, Gabriel, Abigail, Michael, and Samuel Kirkwood; sister, Kathleen and husband Mark Gunter of Wylie, Texas; brother, Gary Kirkwood of Athens, Texas; also, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by his granddaughter, Molly June Kirkwood; and parents, Wanda Lee Wolfe and Harley Ray Kirkwood.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., visitation to begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 5, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. John Whitworth officiating.  A private family graveside service will follow at Old Union (Wild Cat) Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Gideons, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800; www.gideons.org.

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

Lela Janice Ware Windham

Lela Janice Ware Windham, 83, of Campti, Texas passed peacefully January 30, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. 

 

Visitation will be Thursday, February 3rd, at 5:00 pm at Watson Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Services will be 10 am, Friday, February 4th, at Watson’s, and will be officiated by Bobby Warr and Derrell Bennett. Interment will be held directly after at Sardis Cemetery. 

 

Born February 22, 1938 to Doris Olene Fountain Roberts and Dewey Arlon Ware, Janice was a woman of fierce determination and infinite love. She spent a majority of her years with her cherished husband, Brother Pat Windham. The pair were married March 21, 1953, and were blessed to see 68 love filled years together. They used these years to spread their unyielding faith in God through the church, and their devotion to family amongst their kinfolk. God’s gift to Janice was an affinity toward nurture. She was the kind of woman who could cook away your troubles and heal your aches with hugs. An unrivaled motherly figure that leaves behind huge shoes for the women in her family to fill, but she also leaves behind recipes, stories, and much more to teach them how. Her motherly love knew no bounds, and every child she met became as near and dear to her as one of her own. That bond of family, direct or not, is what mattered most to Janice. She shrouded those most cherished by her in a love that transcends a lifetime and will follow her family forever. Those who knew her were blessed beyond measure, because to know Janice was to be loved immeasurably. 

 

She is survived by: 

Husband, Pat Windham

Sister, Sandy Bennett and husband Derrel of Denning, Texas 

Sister in Law, Shirley Shofner and husband Joe of Center, Texas 

 

Children 

Dale Windham and wife Terry of Sardis, Texas 

LaRee Greer of Campti, Texas 

Micah Windham and wife Claire of Patroon, Texas 

Patti Helander and husband Chance of Crosby, Texas 

 

Grandchildren:

Robin Greer and fiancé Tracy 

Shelby Duncan and husband Troy 

Son Windham and wife Chelsea 

Justin Windham and wife Wendy 

Tiffani Noble and husband Zach 

Abby Lawson and husband Craig 

Whitley Helander 

Tori Windham 

Caleb Helander and fiancé Nicole 

Wyatt Windham and wife Ciara 

Sam Windham 

Clay Helander

Molly Windham

 

The grandchildren will serve as pallbearers 

 

22 Great Grandchildren

 

6 Great Great Grandchildren 

 

2 Expected Great Great Grandchildren

 

She was preceded in death by:

Father, Dewey A. Ware 

Mother, Doris Olene Fountain Roberts

Step Father, Issac Clyde Roberts 

Father in Law, Laurie W. “Son” Windham

Mother in Law, Zelma N. Windham

Brother, Dwight E. Ware 

Brother, Billy D. Ware 

Son in Law, Richard Greer

 

Our family would like to extend special thanks to Medical Center of Nacogdoches, Angels Care Home Health, and especially Kim Davis. 

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