Obituaries Archives for 2022-06

Ola Beatrice Bradley

Ola Beatrice Bradley, 82, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, June 27, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Joe Walker will officiate.  Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Shelby County.  

Born October 25, 1939, Ola is the daughter of the late Elsie Quinn and John Buford Laird.  She enjoyed traveling to Colorado, playing with numbers, and collecting bees.  Ola was a member of Logansport Missionary Baptist Church in Logansport.

Survivors include daughter, Vickie Ham and husband B.J. of Porter, TX; grandsons, Brandon Kessler and fiancé Angela of Conroe, TX, and Cody Ham of Porter, TX; son, Danny Bradley and wife Michlie of Cleveland, TX; grandchildren, Ashley Peerson and husband Nick of Cleveland, TX, Kellie Williams of Victoria, TX, Daniel and Tera Bradley, Dylan and Noelia Bradley, Jayden Bradley, and Cole and Lauren Bradley; great grandchildren, Colton Bradley and Adalyn Peerson; sisters, Wanda Fearrand and husband Beau and Subra and husband Juan Ramos; brother, Billy Laird and wife Carolyn.

Preceded in death by husband, Dewey Bradley; second husband, Virgil Beckham; and parents, Elsie Quinn and John Buford Laird.

Pallbearers will be Danny Bradley, Daniel Bradley, B.J. Ham, Dylan Bradley, Cole Bradley, and Brandon Kessler.

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

Jerry Paul Parker

Jerry Paul Parker, born September 9, 1952, passed away June 22, 2022, at the age of 69.

Survived by wife of forty-nine years, Carolyn Sue Parker; son, Jeremy Parker and fiancé Leslie Newton; step-grandchildren, K.K. Newton, Destiny Sisk and fiancé Christian Patino; step-grand-dog, Oakley; son, Danny Parker and wife Sandra; step-grandchildren, Samantha, Alex, and Brianna Black; sister, Mattie Sechrest and husband Jerry; special nephew, Michael Hughes; brother-in-law, Keith Windham; very special friends, Gary Mize, Ninuel Lay, and Miss Billie.

Preceded in death by mother, Anne Parker; father, James Parker; brother, Jimmy Parker; and sister, Charlotte Coons; sister-in-law, Shelia Windham; brother-in-law, Leon Denby; special friends, Jimmy Matthews, John Holt, and Darnese Parrish; also, a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Jerry’s wishes were to be cremated.

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

Joyce Carrell Courtney

NAME:     Joyce Carrell Courtney             AGE:     90

 

ADDRESS:     Willis, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Saturday, June 25, 2022, Willis, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    June 9, 1932, White City, TX

 

 DATE / TIME OF  SERVICE: Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 2:00pm

 

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

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 1:30pm-2:00pm

 

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

 

OFFICATING: Bro. Mike Wall, Bro. Steve Snow

  

BURIAL:  Broaddus Cemetery, Broaddus, Texas

 

FATHER:     Troy Mitchell Carrell                            MOTHER: Mary Isabell (Townsend) Carrell

 

OCCUPATION:  Homemaker 

 

SURVIVED BY:   Husband of 50 years: Jimmy D. Courtney

                                 Daughter: Patricia Dean and husband Steve

                                 Sons: Steve Snow and wife Deborah, Karl Baumert, Lee Courtney and wife Laura,

                                            Lynn Courtney and wife Linda

                                 Grandchildren: Scott Deal, Brad Deal, Sheila Snow, Anna Daniel, Michelle Baumert,

                                                             David Courtney, Jennifer Courtney

                                  10 Great-grandchildren; 1 Great-great-grandson

                                  Sisters: Murlene Wall, Vernell Bergen, Sue Pickard, Mary Wall          

                                                 

 **Preceded in death by parents Mitchell and Mary Carrell; brothers Troy, Royce and Leroy Carrell;

                                          Sisters Minnie Husband, Mozel Kingsley; daughter Kianne Courtney

                                          Daugher-in-law Deb Baumert




 

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

John Henry Smith

NAME:     John Henry Smith             AGE:     77

 

ADDRESS:     San Augustine, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Sunday, June 26, 2022, San Augustine, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    November 12, 1944,  San Augustine, TX

 

 DATE / TIME OF  SERVICE: Thursday, June 30, 2022, 11:00am

 

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

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: Thursday, June 30, 2022, 10:00am-11:00am

 

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

 

OFFICATING: John Patrick Smith, Bro. Cliff Durham

  

BURIAL:  Liberty Hill Memorial Garden, San Augustine, Texas

 

FATHER:     J. W. Smith                            MOTHER: Joyce Marie (Beard) Smith

 

OCCUPATION:   Poultry Farmer/Constable Pct. 1

 

SURVIVED BY:  Wife of 56 years: Peggy Jean Smith of San Augustine

                               Son: John Patrick Smith and wife Tina of San Augustine 

                                Daughter: Libby Jean Smith of Center

                                5 Grandchildren; 3 Great-grandchildren  

                                Brother: Nolan Smith and wife Sue of Broaddus

                     Sisters: Betty Bolton and husband Travis, Ann Eddings and husband Gaylon, Mary Eberlan               

 **Preceded in death by parents J. W. and Joyce Smith; Granddaughter Mindy Marie Smith;

                                          Son-in-law Larry Barton




 

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

Pamela Annette Crawford

Pamela Annette Crawford, 55, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at White Rock Cemetery in Center.  Visitation to begin at Noon at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

Born November 11, 1966, Pamela is the daughter of Leither Keele and Mervil Crawford. 

She is survived by son, Lonnie Whitton III and wife Christina of Nacogdoches; daughter, Marissa Crawford and husband Ismael Escobedo of Aiken; brothers, Raymond Crawford of Nacogdoches and James Crawford and wife Pam of Weatherford; parents, Leither Keele and Mervil Crawford; grandchildren, Rachael Alvy, Emily Alvy, Allen Whitton, Natalie Whitton, and Raylan Whitton.

Pallbearers will be Marcus Steele, Brian Sigler, Will Jacobs, Randall Gilchrist, Coleman Crawford, and Lonnie Whitton.  Honorary pallbearer will be Kevin Crawford.

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

Roy Gene Weeks

 

Roy Gene Weeks 73 of Center ,Texas was born on September 16th,1948 to Preston and Gladys Weeks of Shelbyville Texas. Roy passed away on June 16th, 2022 at Holiday Nursing Center in Center Texas. Roy was preceded in death by his father Preston Weeks, mother Gladys Shillings, and his two sisters Carolyn Jackson of Center Texas, and Francis Fountain of Houston Texas.  

 

Roy is survived by daughter Tammy Cole and husband Wes of Lufkin, son Jason Weeks and wife Dawn of Clear Lake, son William Weeks of Jefferson City, daughter Lisa Weeks of Lake Charles Louisiana, daughter Emerald Valencia and husband Cristian of Shelbyville, and brother by heart and soul Bryan Beavers of Center.  

 

Survived by grandchildren:  Brandon Sanders; Chelsea, Samantha, & Ashley Weeks;  Maci, Joey, Carly, and Eli Weeks; Armani and Isaiah Moore; Caysen and Colsen Valencia.

 

A Staff sergeant in the United States Air Force, Roy served as a military police officer from October 1968 to April 1980. Roy retired from the Air Force after being wounded during active duty.  Roy owned and operated several businesses including a clothing resale shop, the sunshine club, and a VFW Hall.  With a genuine passion for music, Roy was known throughout East Texas and beyond as country western singer Roy West. He performed at local venues all across the state of Texas, and got to enjoy all of the wonderful sights along the way. Roy had a love for traveling and exploring the outdoors, particularly fishing and boating.

 

Funeral services are being held Saturday June 25th at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center Texas. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. with services being held at 3:00. No graveside services will take place in honor of Roy's wishes to be cremated.

 

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

Joyce Gay (Moody) Holt

Joyce Gay (Moody) Holt of Center Texas passed away on June 23, 2022 in Nacogdoches Texas. She was born April 7, 1938 in Mexia Texas to JT and Susie Mae Moody. She moved to Baytown Texas with her family at an early age and met the love of her life Ted Holt. Ted and Joyce were married November 13, 1954 in Baytown. They were married for 67 years and had two children. Theodore Austin Holt III (Trey) and Robert Louis (Robbie) Holt.

Joyce loved the Lord and showed it in her life. She loved the Church families she had in Baytown at South Main Church of Christ, Johnson Street Church of Christ in Alvin Texas and the Hurst Street Church of Christ in Center. She loved the mission trips she made to Dominica with Johnson Street Church of Christ spreading the Gospel. She especially enjoyed teaching children’s classes and working with the little ones.

Joyce loved her family and her family loved her. Holidays and reunions were always special times for the families to get together and enjoy one another with large meals, games and laughter. She supported her two sons in all the activities they participated in. Only on rare occasions did she miss a game. Her support from the stands could be heard all the way across the field whether it was at a football or baseball game. 

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Christelle Stevens, two brothers, James Malcolm and Morris Don Moody. She was also preceded in death by her oldest son Trey.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband Ted Holt of Center; son, Robbie Holt and wife Carla of Caldwell Texas; daughter in law Mitzi Holt of GranburyTexas; Grandchildren Kenneth and wife Keely Holt of Hurst Texas, Justin Holt and wife Susan Hinkie-Holt of Baytown, Austin and wife Amber Holt of Mesquite Texas; Jessica and Chip Ray of Katy; Paige Holt and fiancé Jonathan Darby of Texarkana, Great Grandchildren Samuel and Alexander Holt, Charlie Ann and Emma Jo Ray; also, numerous nieces and nephews that she truly loved.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 27, 2022, at Center Church of Christ in Center with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Tim Perkins will officiate.  Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at Earthman Memory Gardens, 8624 Garth Road, Baytown, Texas, 77521. 

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Holt, Justin Holt, Austin Holt, Chip Ray, Al Rieck, and Scott Brymer.

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

Mr. Gwendolyn James Dodd

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

 

 Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral service for Mr. Gwendolyn James Dodd (63) commonly known as “Frat” of Center, Texas.   Mr. Dodd died on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.      Mr. Dodd was born to the late Spencer Dodd and Imogene Greer Dodd on March 7, 1959, in Center, Texas.     Funeral service will be on Friday, June 24, 2022, at 1:00 PM at St John Baptist Church in the Africa Community.     Pastor Marlin Cloudy Sr.  will be officiating. 

Mr. Dodd is survived by:

Brother: Vencer Dodd of Center, Texas 

Sisters:  Helen Davis of Houston, Texas; Margaret Baltimore of Beaumont, Texas; Brenda Dodd of Center, Texas; Onita Dodd of Center, Texas; Melba McClelland of Houston, Texas; and Lonniece Simmons (Wilbert) of Center, Texas

 

Visiting:  Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Hicks Chapel 1:00 PM-7:00 PM

 

Committal:  St John Cemetery in Center, Texas 

 

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

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

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

Gordon Davis Jr. AKA John

 

Gordon Davis Jr. AKA John, 50, of Lufkin, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Lufkin.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Don Noble officiating.  Visitation will be at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Born August 27, 1971, in Center, Gordon is the son of the late Joyce Ann Allums and Gordon Lamar Davis.  His love of driving and working on trucks made his log truck driving career enjoyable.  Fishing, hunting, and gardening were among his hobbies.  Gordon loved getting together with his family, sitting on the front porch drinking coffee, and feeding the squirrels.  He was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ.

Survivors include sisters, Tammy Fields of Lufkin, Texas, Tina Davis of Center, Texas, and Rebecca Davis and John McCormick of Bossier City, Louisiana; brother, Joey Davis and Sabrina of Pollok, Texas; nieces and nephews, Anthony Rice of Lufkin, Texas, Bryan Rice of Lufkin, Texas, Joshua Fields of Lufkin, Texas, Destiny Fields of Austin, Texas, Chance McCauley and Brittany Paul of Gatesville, Texas, Andrea Hefley and Dakota of Tenaha, Texas, Kelli Young of Center, Texas, Christian McCauley and Cheyenne of Center, Texas, Kara Griffin of Center, Texas, Hunter Griffin of Center, Texas, Ryan Dickerson of Joaquin, Texas, Brenda Baker of Pollok, Texas, Miranda Davis of Big Spring, Texas, Zachary Proctor of Big Spring, Texas, Dustin Davis of Nacogdoches, Texas; 11 great nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by wife, Paula Davis; father, Gordon Davis; mother, Joyce Davis; brother, James Davis; nephew, T-man Davis; and both sets of grandparents.

Pallbearers will be Chance McCauley, Daniel Pina, Dakota Hefley, Ryan Dickerson, Brenden Baker, and Christian McCauley.  Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Bennett, John McCormick, and Bryan Rice.

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

Douglas Coody

Douglas Coody, 79, of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Joaquin.

Born October 1, 1942, in Saline, Louisiana, Douglas is the son of the late Jimmie Huntly and James Coody.  He served in the United States Army.

Survivors include wife, Rhonda Coody; sons, Joseph Dollar of Joaquin, Texas,

 Sylvian Coody of Saline, Louisiana, Louisiana, and James Parry of Stonewall, Louisiana; brother, Billy Coody of Henderson, Nevada; sister, Ruth Purdue of Logansport, Louisiana; also numerous grandkids and great grandkids. 

Preceded in death by his children, Dejuana Coody and Lane Coody; parents, Jimmie Huntly and James Coody; and brothers, Ben Coody and Maxie Coody.

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

Donald Earl Sowell, Jr.

NAME:     Donald Earl Sowell, Jr.             AGE:    43

 

ADDRESS:     San Augustine, Texas 

 

DATE / PLACE OF DEATH:  Sunday, June 5, 2022, San Augustine, Texas

  

DATE / PLACE OF BIRTH :    October 25, 1978

 

 DATE / TIME OF  SERVICE: N/A

 

PLACE OF SERVICE:     N/A

 

DATE / TIME OF VISITATION: N/A

 

PLACE OF VISITATION: N/A

 

OFFICATING: N/A

  

BURIAL:  N/A

 

FATHER:     Donald Earl Sowell, Sr.                            MOTHER: Renita (Worry) Sowell

 

OCCUPATION:   Timber Industry

 

SURVIVED BY:  Brother: Brad Sowell

                               Sister: Angie Sowell

                               Several Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends 

                                                 

 **Preceded in death by parents Donald Earl Sowell, Sr. and Renita (Worry) Sowell




 

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

Donald W. Sample

Donald W. Sample, 78, of Quitman, passed away Monday, June 13, 2022, in Quitman.

Graveside service will be held at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Sample Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Carl Loften. Visitation will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Born August 22, 1943, in the Dreka Community of Shelby County, Donald is the son of the late Alma Mae Metcalf and Willie Sample.  He served as a minister and also worked as an insurance agent for many years.  He was of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include wife, Deloris Scarborough Sample of Quitman; children, Derek Sample of Center, Dena Brewer of Big Sandy, Delicia Smith of Quitman, and Donel Sample and wife Joyce of Greenville; grandchildren, Ainsley Beavers, Rustyn Sample, Alexis Sample, Jayson Smith, Alayna Sample, Taylor Keply, and Emily Keply; great grandchildren; brothers, Douglas Dale Sample of Pittsburg and Ronald Gene Sample of Jasper; also, numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, Alma Mae Metcalf and Willie Sample; sisters, Mildred and Loreli Sample; and brother, Prentice O’Neal “P.O.” Sample.

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

Rebecca Chance

Rebecca Chance, 67, of Center, went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Mike Thomson officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Born June 5, 1955, in Houston, Rebecca is the daughter of the late Rhoda Laird Mullins and Dempsey Mullins.  Rebecca dedicated her life to the service of others as a nurse, specializing in home health, hospice, and geriatric care.

She is survived by her husband, Wendell Chance of Center, TX; daughter, Lauren Chance and Matt Stackhouse of Boerne, TX; son, Justin Chance and Charlie Leclair of Willis, TX; grandson, Mason Chance Leclair; sisters, Diane Clay and Gary of McKinney, TX, Patricia Hicks of Crockett, TX, and Susan Thomson and Mike of Crockett, TX; sister-in-law, Shelia Milam Estes of OK; brother-in-law, Gary and Debbie Chance of Montgomery, TX; also, numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, Rhoda Laird Mullins and Dempsey Mullins and mother and father-in-law, Lonnie and Billy Chance; brother, Curtis Mullins; nephew, Dooley Mullins; and great niece, Parker Beavers.

Pallbearers will be Justin Chance, Matt Stackhouse, Charlie Leclair, Jason Hudson, John Michael Barnett, and Tony Dyches.  Honorary pallbearers Chuck Kennedy, Gary Chance, and Mason Chance Leclair.

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

Frances Sue Williford "Cisco"

 

Frances Sue Williford “Cisco” went home to be with the Lord on June 8, 2022, at the age of 71.  She was born and raised in Center, Texas, to J.C. and Sallie Williford. 

She is survived by her son, Jason Simms; her daughter, Cynthia Johnson (Lori Johnson); and her sister, Sandra Kaye Robinson; also, by many grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  

Frances loved the Lord, painting, photography, birdwatching, and her family.  She will be greatly missed and forever loved by family and friends.

Services will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home on Saturday the 18th at Noon.

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

Merlin Osburn

 

Merlin Osburn, 83, of Center, passed away Friday, June 10, 2022, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Bro. Josh Samford will officiate.  Internment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Born August 8, 1938, in Valentine, Nebraska, Merlin is the son of the late Gladys Breuklander Osburn and Ervy Leroy Osburn.  He served in the United States Air Force and went on to become a master plumber.  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, welding, and tinkering with broken down equipment.  Merlin attended Lone Star Baptist Church in Shelby County.

Survivors include wife, Phyllis Ann Osburn of Center; daughter, Julie N. O’Neal of Boise, Idaho; son, Mitchell Osburn and wife Paige of Bryan, Texas; grandchildren, Kassie Kate of New York, New York, Dallas Reed of Waco, Texas, Cody and Kitty of Killeen, Texas, Kortney Anne of Bryan, Texas, Dakota Mae of Bryan, Texas, and Dusty Dane of Bryan, Texas.

Preceded in death by parents, Gladys Breuklander Osburn and Ervy Leroy Osburn; brothers, Billy Osburn and Jim Osburn; and sister, Darlene Burge.

Pallbearers will be Huey Britt, Bennie Eddins, Bruce Britt, Chrisco Bragg, Joe Yarborough, and Duane Bomar.

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

Bryant O. Jones

Bryant O. Jones, 42, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Center.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. David Mosby officiating.  Interment will follow at Roberts Baptist Church Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas.

Born March 24, 1980, in Center, Bryant is the son of Evelyn Reed and Bobby Jones.  He loved music and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his mother, Evelyn Jones of Center and father, Bobby Jones of San Augustine.

Preceded in death by his sister, Anita Reed; and grandparents, Jacob and Mattie Reed.

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

Rebecca Chance

Rebecca Chance, 67, of Center, went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Mike Thompson officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Shelby County.  Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Born June 5, 1955, in Houston, Rebecca is the daughter of the late Rhode Laird Mullins and Demsey Mullins.  Rebecca dedicated her life to the service of others as a nurse, specializing in home health, hospice, and geriatric care.

She is survived by her husband, Wendell Chance of Center, TX; daughter, Lauren Chance and Matt Stackhouse of Boerne, TX; son, Justin Chance and Charlie Leclair of Willis, TX; grandson, Mason Chance Leclair; sisters, Diane Clay and Gary of McKinney, TX, Patricia Hicks of Crockett, TX, and Susan Thompson and Mike of Crockett, TX; sister-in-law, Shelia Milam Estes of OK; brother-in-law, Gary and Debbie Chance of Montgomery, TX; also, numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, Rhode Laird Mullins and Demsey Mullins and mother and father-in-law, Lonnie and Billy Chance; brother, Curtis Mullins; nephew, Dooley Mullins; and great niece, Parker Beavers.

Pallbearers will be Justin Chance, Matt Stackhouse, Charlie Leclair, Jason Hudson, John Michael Barnett, and Tony Dyches.  Honorary pallbearers Chuck Kennedy, Gary Chance, and Mason Chance Leclair.

 

Pauline "PK" Kaper

 

Pauline “PK” Kaper, 85, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 13, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Hollis Bass officiating.  Interment will follow at Old Home Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born August 3, 1936, in Alvin, Pauline is the daughter of the late Yvonne Lambden and Paul Edomm.  In 1973, Pauline became a registered nurse.  She saw the need to treat the elderly, and rose quickly to nursing home administrator.  Pauline was named in the 1987 book, Death Without Dignity, which documents her state investigation and testimony into the Autumn Hills Nursing Home trial which prosecuted five executives for abuse, neglect, and the death of 60 elderly patients.  In 1989, she was named Nursing Home Administrator of the Year.  In 1990, Pauline was awarded the BritWill Life Saver Award for going above and beyond to provide the highest levels of care for the long-term care organizations.  Her career as a nursing home administrator continued for many years before she retired as an administrator in Center, Texas.  She loved working outdoors on the ranch, “Kaper’s Acres”, with her husband, Ronnie.  They loved working their cows and all of the chores associated with their ranch.  At one time, they owned many acres in Shelby County.  Pauline was a member of Old Home Baptist Church in Shelby County.

She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Kaper of Joaquin; daughters, Pam Cunningham of Center and Georganne and husband James Palmer of Houston; grandchildren, Christopher Shafer, Richard Shafer, Michiel Lemaster, Jamie Trevino, Randle Kaper, Michelle Kinnan, Jason Kaper, Katrina Armstrong, and Zack Kaper; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Cathy Fox of Center; brothers, Roy Lambden of Amarillo and Troy Lambden and wife Kathy of Graham; caregiver/daughter, Sheila Dixon of Joaquin; also, numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, Yvonne Lambden and Paul Edomm; son, George Allen Goodwin; and son-in-law, Luis Trevino.

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

Darnese Parrish

 

Darnese Parrish, 88, of Center, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Garrison.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Chris Watlington officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Born September 24, 1933, Darnese is the son of the late Alfred and Lucille Parrish of the Spring Hill Community.  He attended Martinsville School until 10th grade and graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1952.  

He was drafted into United States Army in 1955 and was stationed at Fort Carson Army Base-Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He married the love of his life, Carolyn Sue Corbitt, on May 5, 1955, while in Colorado.  Their first child, Marilyn Sue, was born July 19, 1956.  After his discharge from the Army, they settled in Center, TX.  Vickie Ann was born December 26, 1958, Linda Faye was born October 23, 1964, and Michael Darnese was born December 22, 1968.  

He worked for the Texas Department of Transportation for 36 years, retiring in September 1993.  

Daddy loved to play baseball growing up and later loved coaching girls softball, little league baseball, and t-ball.  

He also loved his horses and raising cows.  

He loved going to Friday Night Football with John Holt, Jerry Parker, and Jimmy Matthews.  

Pawpaw was always involved in the grandkids’ sporting events and rarely missed anything. 

Daddy was a great friend to many and admired by all who knew him.  He never met a stranger, always talking with everyone.  He will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include love of his life of 67 years of marriage, Carolyn Parrish; brother, Robert Parrish; sister, Jean Consford; daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn & Larry Latham, Vickie Rudd, and Linda & Tommy Jacobs; son, Michael & Stephanie Parrish; grandchildren, Laurie Latham White, Randi & Jon Lunsford, Matt Latham & Wendy, Adam & Veronica Rudd, Rachel & Michael Quast, Ashley Lowe, and Amber and Matthew Phelps; great grandkids, Blake Latham, Reese White, Ryan Lunsford, Cade White, Jaycie Latham, Laini Lunsford, Noah Quast, and soon to be Baby Rudd; and special friends, Dorothy & Earnest Bailey.

Preceded in death by parents, Alfred and Lucille Parrish; in-laws, Herbert & Audrey Corbitt; brother-in-law, Jerry Consford; and sister-in-law, Sue Parrish.

Pallbearers will be Larry Latham, Tommy Jacobs, Matt Latham, John Holt, Jon Lunsford, and Matthew Phelps.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Parker, Charles Burrows, Adam Rudd, Reese White, Blake Latham, Ronny Rudd, Michael Quast, Cade White, and Noah Quast.

A special thank you to Garrison Nursing Home & Rehab and Affinity Hospice for their compassionate care.

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

Leo Paul Putman

 

 

Leo Paul Putman, 87, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Shelbyville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 13, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Chris Collins and Bro. Michael Belgard officiating.  Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Born December 20, 1934, in Texarkana, Arkansas, Leo is the son of Ira Mae Johnson and Joseph Leon Putman.  

He is survived by his children, Genise Putman Saas and spouse Ben, Pamela Cole, Keith Putman and spouse Shonia, and Kyle Putman and spouse Lisa; grandchildren, Jason Franzese, Jessica Franzese, Jarah Chesnut and spouse Gary, Heather Saas, Kristy Carnes, Alissa James, Jodi Mullins and spouse Jonathan, Haley Dillon and spouse Kirk, Keith Putman Jr. and spouse Angie, Kandace Meisch and spouse Victor, Amanda Linthicum, Kevin Putman, Matthew Putman and spouse Mariah, Adam Copelin and spouse Jennifer, Jessica Greer and spouse BJ, Cade Copelin, Maya Putman, and Elijah Putman; many great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; siblings, Jeanette Edling, Dale Putman, Edna Baldwin, Jack Putman, Wayne Putman, and Pat Yakich.

Preceded in death by wife of 63 years, Wilsa Putman; children, Denise Putman and Kevin Putman; grandson, Cole Carswell; son-in-law, Carlton Cole; parents, Ira Mae Johnson and Joseph Leon Putman; siblings, Travis Vaughn, Mildred Appleby, and Kathy Griffin.

Pallbearers will be Keith Putman Jr., Kevin Putman, Matthew Putman, B.J. Greer, Roger Putman, Lesilie Putman, and Gerald Humphrey.  Honorary pallbearers will be Levi Greer, Gary Chesnut, Kaleb James, Adam Copelin, and Cade Copelin.

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

Vickie Jean O'Pry

 

Vickie Jean O’Pry, 63, of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Martinsville.

Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Steve Noble officiating.  

Born January 16, 1959, in Dallas, Vickie is the daughter of the late William Roy “Bopa” O’Pry and Jacqueline Delores “Nana” O’Pry. She enjoyed spending time with her spouse, children and grandchildren. She was a kind soul who also loved taking care of her animals and gardening. Vickie will leave a void in the lives of everyone who knew her. 

She is survived by her spouse, Juan Ceuvas; Brother, Gary Lynn O’Pry Sr and wife Sheree of Lindale, Texas; children, William Warren “Duke” Campbell of Longview, Texas and Mindi Marie Chavez of Center, Texas; grandchildren, Sophia Marie Anderson of Center, Texas, Eli Shae McWilliams of Center, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents, William Roy “Bopa” O’Pry and Jacqueline Delores “Nana” Green O’Pry; siblings, Debbie Gayle Hudspeth and Peggy Diane Lang; nieces and nephews, Jerry Lynn O’Pry, Jennifer Dianne Lang, and Miracle Starr O’Pry; great nephew, Matthew Maeker; grandparents, Ola Mae O’Pry and William H. O’Pry, Hilda Morie Green and Bruce Irving Green.

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

John Edward Allsbrooks Sr.

John Edward Allsbrooks Sr., 67, of Center, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Center.

Graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Waterman Cemetery in Shelby County.

Born July 12, 1954, in Jacinto City, John is the son of Mary Janet Grimes and Charlie Edward Allsbrooks.  He served in the United States Army and later worked in the oil industry as a truck driver.  His hobbies included hunting and fishing.  John was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include son, John Allsbrooks Jr. and wife Lisa of Utah; stepson, Clinton Risinger and wife Brenda of Center; daughter, Charity Bunting of Oklahoma; and stepdaughter, DeJuana Risinger of Tenaha; sisters, Janet Trojanowski, Ann Moser, and Viola Little; brothers, James Allsbrooks and Robert Allsbrooks; 6 grandkids; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, Mary Janet Grimes and Charlie Edward Allsbrooks; wife, Mildred Fay Allsbrooks; son, Jess Allen Allsbrooks; and sister, Charlene Morrell.

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

Alejandro Albert Lopez

Alejandro Albert Lopez, infant son of Olivia Vega and Alberto Lopez, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Nacogdoches.

Graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. 

He is survived by his parents, Olivia Vega and Alberto Lopez; brothers, Said Alberto Lopez, Jahir Daniel Lopez, and Yared Julian Lopez; grandparents, Felipei Vega, Ruben Lopez, and Maria Lourdes Arce; aunts and uncles, Alicia Javier and Manahen Javier de La Cruz, Jaime Vega and Maricruz Gonzalez, Gilberto Vega, Marcc Sanchez, Bertha Lopez, Norma Lopez, Monica Lopez, Claudia Lopez, Maricruz Lopez, Sandra Lopez, Laurdes Lopez, Anabel Lopez, and Ruben Lopez; cousins, Aaron Gonzalez, Adrian Gonzalez, Aleka Javier, Alexandro Javier, Alex Mendoza, Daniela Mendoza, and Emmanuel Vega.

Preceded in death by sisters, Gezleidi Lopez and Vudit Lizet Lopez; and uncle, Alejandro Mendoza.

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

Leland Matthew Risinger

Leland Matthew Risinger 34 of Center,passed away,Thursday June 2,2022 in Longview.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 pm Sunday June 5,2022 with visitation beginning at 1:00 pm. Cody Price will officiate.

Born May 6,1988,Leland is the son of Latonya Diamond and Wayne Turner. He loved listening to his music, spending time with his friends, and family, and collecting antique knives.

He is survived by his mother Latonya Risinger of Center; father Wayne Turner ; Sister Jeanna Sanders of Center

Brothers Jonathan McDade and wife traci of Tyler and Joshua Turner and wife Katelyn of Queen City.

Aunts Anita Cooper of Center; Suzie Diamond of Center; and Kimberly Dugger of Palestine. 

Uncles Wesley Diamond of Longview; and David Diamond and wife Alaine of Center.

Maternal Grandmother Imogene Grantom of Nacogdoches, and Paternal Grandparents Leland and JoAnn Turner of Bullard.

 

Preceded in death by Grandfather Billy James Diamond, Uncle Phillip Cooper,Nephew Dillion Maddox,and Great Grandmother  Mozelle Wilkinson.

Pallbearers will be John Dwire,Bradley Dwire, Eric "EZ"Willams,Shawn "Blue"Kunkel,Martell "JuJu"Hodge, and Josh Booker.

Mrs. Gloria Booth Peterson

 Hicks Mortuary is announcing funeral service for Mrs. Gloria Booth Peterson formally of Shelbyville, Texas and now of Nacogdoches, Texas. Mrs. Peterson died on May 19, 2022, at CHI St. Luke in Lufkin, Texas.    Mrs. Peterson was born to the late Lee Ester Booth and the late Christine Cartwright Booth in Orange, Texas.    Funeral service will be on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 2:30 PM at Hicks Chapel in Center, Texas.    Elder Faye Dell Allen of Strong Triumph will be officiating. 

Mrs. Gloria Peterson is survived by:

Son:  Archie Peterson Jr of San Angelo, Texas 

Daughters:  Tracey Peterson of Dallas, Texas and Camillia Peterson of Nacogdoches, Texas 

Grandchildren:  Syncere Peterson, Hilton Peterson, Alexus Johnson, and Jahyr Patterson

Siblings:  Caroline Booth, Stacey Booth, Jackie Fredrick, and Cleveland Booth   

 

Visiting:  Friday, June 3, 2022, at Hicks Chapel 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

 

Committal:  Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville, 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 

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