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02/27/2011

Mary Grace Hughes, 66, of Center, passed away Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. She was born May 7, 1944 in Center to Theron Hughes and Thelma Gathright Hughes. Ms. Hughes was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, and was a mother and homemaker.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn and Bro. Henry Hughes officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Michael David Bush, Bo Chandler, Ryan Chandler, Jason Burch, Tony Willoughby and Terry Gene Burch.

She is survived by:

Son, Joey Bushiey of Carthage

Granddaughter, Kelsea Bushiey of Nacogdoches

Brothers:
Billy Don Hughes & wife Janice of Center
Johnny Hughes & wife Jimmie of Jasper
Richard Hughes & wife Rita of Center

Preceded in death by:
Parents, Theron Hughes and Thelma Gathright Hughes
Son, Jeffrey Bushiey
Brothers, J.T. Hughes, Jack Hughes, Alton Hughes, Bob Hughes and Kenneth Hughes

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


02/25/2011

LaVida Jernigan, 90, of Tyler, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2011 at her home. She was born November 13, 1920 in Center to Robert Johnson and Mary Holland Johnson. Mrs. Jernigan was of the Baptist faith.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. James Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Shelby County.

Pallbearers will be Marcus Wilson, Wheeler Wilson, Denny Mack Jernigan and Jimmy Jernigan.

She is survived by:

Son, Jay W. Jernigan & wife Pam of Georgetown

Daughters:
Linda Head of Tyler
Shirley Tarver & husband Glen of Tyler

Five Grandchildren

Seven Great Grandchildren

Sister, Zelma Hughes of Lufkin

Preceded in death by:
Husband, Johnnie W. Jernigan
Sister, Nelma Reme McCreary
Brother, William Burch Johnson

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


02/24/2011

Ranzie Swindle, 100, of Shelbyville passed away February 24, 2011 at Shelby Regional Hospitalin Center, Texas. He was born June 9, 1910 to Elisha and Mary Swindle in Shelby County. He married Leavinsa Keeglan in 1932 and married Dorothy Chumbley in 1937.

He will lay-in-state from 11am - 12 noon, Saturday, March 5, 2011 at John D. Windham Civic Center in Center. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon at the John D. Windham Civic Center with Bro. Wille Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Bennett Chapel Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas.

He is survived by:

Sons,
Bro. Archie Swindle and wife, Clarice of Shelbyville
A.C. Swindle of Shelbyville
Charles Swindle and wife, Giselle of Lufkin, Texas
Mike Swindle and wife, Dorothy of Shreveport, LA

Daughters,
Lena Blanson and husband, Charles of Shelbyville
Mary Helen Swindle of Shelbyville
Wanda Swindle of Shelbyville
Linda Wallace of Amarillo, TX

19 Grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren

2 sisters,
Jane Ann Land of Shelbyville
Pinkie Atkinson of Shelbyville

2 Brothers,
William Swindle of Kileen, TX
willie Swindle of Shelbyville

Preceeded in death:
Parents, Elisha and Mary Swindle
Wives, Leavinsa Keeglan and Dorothy Chumbley


James Burk Clark, 59, of Center, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Promise Hospital in Shreveport. He was born November 9, 1951 in Center to Lee Burk Clark and Annie Forice Byrd Clark. James was a member of Spann’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He owned and operated 4C Cattle Company, and was self-employed in the logging industry for many years.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, February 25, 2011, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Noble and Bro. Michael Dickerson officiating. Interment will follow at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery in Shelby County.

Pallbearers will be Boo Klein, James White, Michael Kay, Zach Warr, Mike Johnson and Ricky Harbison.

He is survived by:

Wife, Jeannie Clark of Center

Children:
Cody Clark of Center
Judd Clark & wife Megan of Center

Grandson, Lane Allen Clark of Center

Mother, Annie Vorice Byrd Clark of Center

Sister, Gloria Denum & husband James of Lufkin

Mother-in-Law, Claudine Buckner of Center

Sisters-in-Law:
Kathy Kay & husband Chuck of Huxley
Jamie Buckner of Center

Preceded in death by:
Infant Twins, Brett James & Suzanne Morgan Clark
Father, Burk Clark
Father-in-Law, James Buckner

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


Lavern Fields, 81, of Center, passed away February 24, 2011 at Pine Grove Nursing Center. She was born April 18, 1929 in Center to W.E. “Jack” Clark and Gertrude Dean Clark. Mrs. Fields was the past secretary for Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and was a member of Hurst Street Church of Christ.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, February 25, 2011, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Tim Perkins officiating.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Robert L. Clifford, Richard Hughes, Dr. Robert Hughes, Matt Perkins and Edward Risinger.

She is survived by:

Daughter, Jan Permenter & husband Jim of Center

Son, Gene Fields of Center

Grandchildren:
Alpha Fields
Whitney Koltonski & husband Chris
Hannah “Cori” Fields

Brother, N.W. “Dub” Clark & wife Mary Kay of Austin

Nephews:
Steve Clark & wife Helen of Whitehouse
Bill Clark & wife Melinda of Huntsville
Jimmy Clark & wife Susie of Milam

Preceded in death by:
Husband, Winston Fields
Daughter-in-Law, Cathy Risinger Fields

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


Kevin Dwayne Watts, 41 of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away February 19, 2011 in Nacogdoches, Texas. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Watts was born on January 26, 1970, in Dalhart, Texas to Louis Ronald Watts and Patricia Joy Lang.

Kevin was raised in Palinview, Texas. He had worked as a mechanic and was known to be able to fix or repair anything mechanical. He loved sports, especially football and could recite the statistics of all NFL teams.

Kevin is survived by his father, Ron Watts, of Wichita, Kansas; his mother, Patricia Lang Watts of Nacogdoches; one brother, Rodney Dean Watts of Nacogdoches; two cousins, Brittany Paige Jallite of Memphis, Tennesee and Regina Riley of Bandera, Texas; two nieces, Anna Thomason and Trina of San Antonio, Texas.

Services are under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.


Glenda Stewart, 59 of Splendora, Texas passed away.

Local survivors are sisters, Gail Arnold and Jean Whitley. Additional survivors and service information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Services are under the direction of Green Lawn Memorial Funeral Home, New Caney, Texas.


02/23/2011

Warren G. (Chris) Christensen, 89 of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Tenaha, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2011. He was born March 13, 1922 in Tillamook, Oregon to Fred and Lucille Christensen. He had three brothers: Carrol Christensen, C Vern Christensen, Willard M. Christensen.

While attending college at the University of Oregon, he played varsity baseball for the Oregon Ducks. On his way to Madison Square Garden for a game, the team was informed by the train conductor that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. Christensen joined the armed services and served for three years in the Philippines. Upon returning to the states, he married Fern Harrison. They lived in Tillamook, Oregon where they had twin girls. They moved to Centralia, Washington and then to Mesa, Arizona where he worked with the H.D. Lee clothing company until retirement.

After retiring from the H.D. Lee Company, Warren and Fern moved to Tenaha, Texas and established a home in the country where Warren was the happiest; especially when his daughters came to visit with the grandchildren.

He is survived by:
Wife, Fern Christensen

Daughters:
Donna Jarzyna and husband Mark of Tucson, Arizona
Cheri Bradshaw and husband Allen of Arizona

Grandchildren:
Grandson, John Dickinson and wife Robbin of Tucson, Arizona
Grandson, Mark Dickinson and wife Aimee of Tucson, Arizona
Granddaughter, Kristen (Bradshaw) MacKenzie and husband Scot of Arizona
Grandson, Lee Bradshaw and wife Lisa of Arizona

Great grandchildren:
Great grandsons, Alex and Grant Dickinson
Great granddaughters, Kaitlin and Isobel MacKenzie
Great grandson, Broderick Christen Bradshaw

At the family's request, Mr. Christensen was cremated under the direction of Mariposa Funeral Home in Mesa, Arizona. Memorial arrangements will be determined at a later date. Burial will be in the Corley-Harrison Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

Memorial suggestions include the Corley-Harrison Cemetery fund in Tenaha, Texas or the First United Methodist Church in Tenaha, Texas.

He loved the country and he dearly loved his family. He will be greatly missed!


02/22/2011

James Michael Barbe, 49 of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2011 in Nacogdoches, Texas. A graveside commital service will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2011, at 4:00 pm at Mt. Herman Church of Christ Cemetery with Pastor Kyle Childress officiating.

Mr. Barbe was born on January 31, 1962, in Center, Texas to James Gibson Barbe and Bobbie Ann Bradshaw.

James graduated from Center High School in 1980. After graduation he moved to Nacogdoches to attend college and was a long time resident of Nacogdoches. He graduated from Cosmetology school and had a 22 year career in his chosen field. He was employed with Head West Salon in Nacogdoches and had a very loyal clientele. James loved spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed many activities in his life including shopping, traveling, decorating and landscaping. He kept an immaculate home and showcase yard. James also liked cars, the newer the better. He enjoyed searching for antiques as well.

James was a kind, loving person who was known for his giving generosity. He loved his family tremendously, including doting on his numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He also loved animals, he did not go long without a loving dog at his side, with "Levi" his chihuahua, being his latest canine companion. To his loving family and to his work clientele those who knew James will miss his tremendous spirit and large heart.

He is survived by his mother, Bobbie Ann Barbe, of Baytown, Texas; brother, Richard W. Barbe and wife, Connie of Chireno; a sister, Leslie Metcalf and husband, Mark of Baytown; his best friend, Anthony Allen of Nacogdoches, Texas; nieces and nephews, Laura Hendrix and husband, D.J. of Anahuac, Texas, Leah Moody and husband, Shane of Baytown and Sheila Barbe of Ashville, North Carolina; great-nieces and nephews, Daniella Brunson of Ashville, North Carolina, Sierra, Savannah and Lane Moody all of Baytown, and Lindsey and Dalton Hendrix of Anahuac, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, James Gibson Barbe.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter, 3211 South West Stallings Dr., Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.

To offer condolence or to sign an online register book please log onto www.lairdfh.net.


Nancy K. Swift, 67, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at Shelby Regional Medical Center. She was born October 1, 1943 in Orange to Ollie Woodrow Franks and Nancy Katherine Avant Franks. Nancy was a hairdresser and was a member of Word of Faith in Joaquin.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Jeff Spring officiating. Interment will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Pallbearers will be T.J. Swift, Matthew Swift, Joshua Swift, Patrick Swift, James Alan Chamberlain, Jonathan Chamberlain, Jason White and Bryan Foster.

She is survived by:

Husband, Jerry E. Swift of Joaquin

Sons:
Jeffrey Alan Swift & wife Monty of Joaquin
James Warren Swift & wife Joyce of Kirbyville

Daughter, Christy Lynn Chamberlain & husband Brode of Dayton

Thirteen Grandchildren, Twelve Great Grandchildren

Brother, Roger Carroll of Magnolia

Sister, Carolyn Smith of Pasadena

Brother-in-Law & Sister-in-Law, Tom and Joe Swift of Liberty

Best Friend, Barbara Pridgen of Joaquin

Also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

Preceded in death by:
Sister, Eva Joy Dodd

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


02/21/2011

Tommy Dale Amburn, age 64 of the Neuville Community, passed away Monday, February 21, 2011 in Nacogdoches.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Byrd and Bro. Don Noble officiating. Burial will follow at Spann’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Mangum Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

He was born July 24, 1946 in San Augustine to Rube and Lena (Crawford) Amburn. He was a member of Neuville Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Rube & Lena Amburn, Brothers & Sister, Bonell Amburn, Charles Amburn, Kenneth Amburn, Doug Amburn, David Amburn and Gertie Leach.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Shirley Amburn of Center

Son:
Tommy Lee Amburn & wife, Taunua of Tenaha

Daughter:
Beverly Amburn Hendricks & husband, Roger of Center

5 Grandchildren:
Dustin & Austin Estes
Ariel Amburn
Dakota Amburn
Lena Hendricks

Brothers, Sisters and In-laws:
Pat Hardy & husband, Ray of San Augustine
Dixie Cucco of San Augustine
Jeannie Amburn of Center
Maxie Chumley & husband, Keith of San Augustine
Billy Amburn & wife, Barbara of Center
Jane Robbins & husband, Kelly of Center
Leona Amburn of Center
Virginia Amburn of Huxley

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends

Pallbearers:
Andy Amburn, Raymond Amburn, Ricky Amburn, Kelly Amburn,
Billy Vonne Waller, Tim Hardy, Jammie Waller and Wesley Diamond

Honorary Pallbearers:
Robert Amburn, Billy Jack Amburn, Jerry Lynn Amburn and Leslie Amburn

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


James L. “Jim” Cunningham, 75, of Huxley, passed away Monday, February 21, 2011 at a local nursing home.

Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born February 13, 1936 in Grapeland, Texas to Earnest Cunningham and Gladys (Beeson) Smith. Jim served in US Air Force for 4 years. He retired as a Postmaster in Center after many years. He also worked at the Post Office in San Augustine as well as a postal carrier in Houston, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Earnest Cunningham and Gladys Smith, Wife, Joyce Cunningham, Son, Michael Cunningham and 2 Sisters, Jo Ann Baker and Carlyn Brown.

He is survived by:
Daughter & Son-in-law:
Brenda & Keith Alford of Center

Grandchildren:
Barbara Alford & fiancé, Dustin Pressley of Hudson
Kayla Alford of Center

Brother:
Jerry Cunningham of Center

Sister-in-law:
Louise Gage & husband, Billy of Humble

Brother-in-law:
James Scott of Humble

Pallbearers:
Keith Alford, Dustin Pressley, Dustin Cowdin, Jerrod Nutt, Henry Goode, Don Whitton, and Dennis Barnes

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


02/20/2011

Funeral services for Bobby Gene Merritt Smith, 74, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, February 22, 2011, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, Timpson, with Rev. Josh Walters officiating.  Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson.  Mr. Smith passed away Saturday, February 19, 2011, in Timpson.

Born May 9, 1936, in Timpson, TX, Bobby Smith was the son of the late Robert Hardy and Tura (Andrews) Smith.  He was a graduate of Timpson High School and married Tommie Lynn Atkins on March 13, 1954, and she preceded him in death in 1983.  Bobby was a planer foreman for over 40 years at Nix Forest Industries where he worked for the Tyer and Nix families.  He was also a member of First Baptist Church, Timpson.

Survivors include 4 sons: Paul Merritt Smith and wife Debra of Timpson, David Gene Smith of Willis, TX, John Theodore Smith of Nacogdoches, and Mark Robert Smith and wife Kimberley of San Antonio, TX; sister Gloria “Sister” McLeod of Houston; 8 grandchildren: Michael Paul Smith, Amber Lea Smith, Christopher David Smith, Toni Lynn Smith, Sean Christopher Smith, Dorey Ann Kreiger and husband Adam, Jorden Lin Smith, and Kaley Atkins Smith; 2 great grandchildren: Triston Michael Smith, and Tatum Irene Smith.  In addition to his parents and wife Tommie Lynn (Atkins) Smith, Bobby Smith was preceded in death by brother Harold Lloyd “Pete” Smith and infant daughter Lisa Kaye Smith.

Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Monday, February 21, 2011, at Taylor Funeral Home.  To convey condolences or to register online, please visit www.taylor.net.  Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


02/19/2011

Collis Stephens, 84, of the Woods Community, passed away Friday, February 18, 2011 at Marian Place Assisted Living in Carthage, Texas.

Graveside Services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at Woods Cemetery in Panola County with Rev. Rodney Puryear officiating. Visitation will be prior to the graveside service from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Woods New Hope Baptist Church where he was a member.

He was born May 6, 1926 in Nacogdoches County to Clyde Monroe Stephens and Lena (Hilliard) Stephens. He was a veteran of World War II and served in Korea, also. He was employed by the paper mill in Lufkin where he retired.

Mr. Stephens is survived by his wife, Ruth Baldwin Stephens of the Woods Community, foster son, Danny Joe Mott & wife, Marivel of the Woods Community, sister, LaVerne Jackson & husband, Marshall of Lufkin, sister, Laura Ann Renfro of Lufkin, brother, Billy Stephens & wife, Shirley of Lufkin, sister-in-law Fannie Watson of Tenaha and a number of nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents, Clyde and Lena Stephens, two brothers, Lamar Stephens and Elmer Ray Stephens, and in-laws Clarence and Bessie Baldwin and Floyd (Dock) Watson.

Pallbearers are David Fleming, Charles Humphries, Gene Giles, Steven Watson, Charlie Leflett, Lowell Hanson and Larry Fontaine.

A special acknowledgement is extended to Judy Stallone and the staff at Marian Place Assisted Living for their loving care during these past few years.

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.
You may sign the online registry at www.mangumfuneralhome.com


02/17/2011

Rev. Leroy Moore, Sr., 70, of Tenaha passed away Thursday, February 17, 2011 at his residence in Tenaha, Texas. He was born December 19, 1940 to Harry Moore and Charlcie Lee Reed, both deceased.

A wake will be held Friday, February 18, 2011 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Community Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 2pm at Benford Chapel Baptist Church in Tenaha with Rev. Joseph Hall, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at St. Johns Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.

He is survived by:
Wife: Josephine Moore of Tenaha

Sons:
Jimmy Moore of Tenaha
David Moore of Key West, Florida

Daughters:
Charlcie Parker of Tenaha
Linda Williams of Wylie, Texas
Equillia Peradin of Dallas

Daughter-in-law:
Tomiko Moore of Tenaha

14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren


John D. McCoy, age 75, of El Paso, Texas passed away Saturday, February 12, 2011 in El Paso, Texas. Services will be held Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 11am at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center, Texas with interment to follow at Corinth Cemetery, Sexton, Texas. Officiating will be Pastor Lucian Tatum.

He is survived by:

Sisters:
Eddie McCoy White of El Paso, Texas
Elrin McCoy Terry of rantoul, IN
Fannie McCoy Hubbard of Center, Texas


02/16/2011

D.M. “Drewie” Bradshaw, 85, of Timpson, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. He was born January 16, 1926 in Center to Shade Thomas Bradshaw and Jessie James Walker Bradshaw. Mr. Bradshaw was a member of the Arcadia Church of Christ. He Graduated from Camp Worth High School in 1943. Mr. Bradshaw served in the Philippines for the United States Army, where he was released from duty in 1946.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, February 18, 2011 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Minister Tom Barthel officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center.

Pallbearers will be Steve Sigler, Michael Sigler, Travis Brock, David Sigler, Joey Bradshaw and John Alvis.

He is survived by:

Wife, Olean Bradshaw of Timpson

Son, Dale Bradshaw and wife Annette of Timpson

Daughter, Faye Sigler and husband James of Center

Grandchildren:
Jennie and John Alvis, Marsha and Travis Brock, Steve and Robyn Sigler,
David and Lisa Sigler, Michael and Jodi Sigler and Joey and Kynda Bradshaw

9 Great Grandchildren

Also numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends

Preceded in death by;
Parents, Shade Thomas Bradshaw and Jessie James Walker Bradshaw
Brother, Jewel Bradshaw
Sisters, Euna Ferguson and Buna Byford

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


02/16/2011

Harry H. Harrington, 63, of Shelbyville, passed away February 15, 2011 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. He was born October 3, 1947 in Galveston to Harry Harrington, Sr. and Sybil Aline Lawson Harrington.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ed McRae officiating. Following services, Mr. Harrington will be cremated.

He is survived by:

Wife, Mary Ann Harrington of Shelbyville

Daughter, Amber Leigh McDowell and husband Richard, Jr. of Lufkin

Grandchildren:
Ashleigh McDowell, R.J. McDowell, and Shahala McDowell

Sister, Sheila Strother of Houston

Preceded by:
Parents, Harry Henry Harrington, Sr. and Sybil Aline Lawson Harrington

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


02/15/2011

Funeral services for Mr. Cecil Rex Taylor, age 88, of Carthage, TX, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Allen Tilley officiating. Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park near Carthage. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Taylor passed away on Tuesday morning, Feb. 15, 2011, in Carthage.

Cecil Rex Taylor was born on Nov. 19, 1922, in the Paxton Community of Shelby County, TX to Henry Cecil and Sallie Coyle Taylor. He graduated from Joaquin High School. Mr. Taylor served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and was honorably discharged on Nov. 4, 1945. He married Dessie Lee Settle on Jan. 24, 1946, in Center, TX and she preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 2007, after 61 years of marriage. Mr. Taylor worked for United Gas and Pennzoil for many years until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carthage. Mr. Taylor was also preceded in death by two sisters, R.V. Crutchfield and Sara Shaver and one brother, Max Taylor.

Mr. Taylor is survived by two sons, Ronnie Taylor and wife Darlene of Spring and Randy Taylor and wife Kathy of Austin; five grandchildren, Lee Anne Taylor Sharpe and husband Patrick of Carthage, Kelly Taylor Simmons and husband Mike of Houston, Charlie Taylor and wife Jenna of East Bernard, Justin Taylor and wife Jessica of Dallas, and Brandon Taylor of Dallas; six great-grandchildren, Taylor, Kelsey, and Kolbey Sharpe, Pierce Randall Simmons, Canon Rex Taylor and Cailyn Ryce Taylor.

Serving as pallbearers are Brandon Taylor, Justin Taylor, Charlie Taylor, Patrick Sharpe, Mike Simmons, and Eddie Settle.

If desired, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Capital of Texas Chapter, 3429 Executive Center Dr., Ste. 100, Austin, TX 78731-1626 or to First Baptist Church, Youth Ministries, 256 S. Market, Carthage, TX 75633.

A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.


Graveside service for 1SG (Retired) John T. Gafford, 70, Lawton will be at 2:00pm Monday at Post Cemetery, Fort Sill with Chaplain Dennis King, Faith Hospice officiating.

Sergeant Gafford died Thursday at his home in Lawton.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Becker Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

He was born April 9, 19 40 in Center, Texas to Bert F. and Maurice (Sowell) Gafford. He married Kyong (Tina) Hwang on December 22, 19 66 in Seoul , Korea . He served in the United States Army from June 1959 until December 1984, and was proud to serve his country, retiring as a First Sergeant. He served tours in Germany , Korea , Vietnam and Fort Sill . He made Fort Sill his home. While in the Army he earned the following awards, The National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal – 2, Good Conduct Medal-6, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon-2, and the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon-3. After his Army retirement, he worked for various contractors, but retired from I.T.T. as his final job. He saw his most important roles, as a father, husband and grandpa. He was a member of Lawton First Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by his wife Kyong (Tina) Gafford of the home, daughter & son-in-law Jeanne and Glynn Preast of Lawton , OK , son and daughter-in-law John Gafford Jr., and Jennifer of Little Elm, TX, his sister and her husband Dorice and Scott Ramsey of Houston, TX, three grandchildren, Isaac and Joshua Preast and Isis Chouchane. He is also survived by his niece Jo Lea and husband Kelly Froehlich and their children Collin and Kyndall.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son Kenneth Wayne Gafford.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com


02/13/2011

George Davis, Jr., 87, of Tenaha, passed away February 13, 2011 at Shelby Regional Medical Center. He was born April 18, 1923 in Panola County to George Davis, Sr. and Vera Silvey Waldon Davis.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham and Bro. Don Windham officiating. Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Pallbearers will be Robert Skinner, James Estes, Danny Davis, Wayne Davis, Jr., Billy Ray Davis and Adam Estes.

He is survived by:

Daughters:
Mary Ann Skinner & husband Bill of Joaquin
Vera Roberts & husband Bill of Tenaha

Sons:
Billy Davis & wife Cherry of Center
Johnny Ray Davis & wife Marie of Cushing

Sixteen Grandchildren

Twenty Five Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by:
Parents, George Davis, Sr. and Vera Silvey Waldon Davis
Son, Wayne Davis
Wives, James Vernie Davis & Sandra Kay Davis
Grandsons, Jerry Michael Estes & Brian Davis

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


Ruby M. McCrary, 98 of Minden, La, formerly of Shelby County, passed away, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 in a nursing facility in Kilgore.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 from 5pm-8pm at Mangum Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am; Wednesday, February 16, 2011 with Homer Stout officiating, burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha.

Mrs. McCrary was born April 15, 1912 in Joaquin to parents, Samuel Blain Scott & Mina Lily Scott. She worked as a line worker at the Louisiana Ordinance Plant in Minden, La, motel manager in Minden as well as a clerk for Morgan & Lindsey in Crowley, LA. She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Minden before moving to Gregg Home in Kilgore.

She is preceded in death by her son, Wayne McCrary, Husband, Delbert Dyer McCrary, five Brothers; Johnny, Bill, Leonard, Blaine & Elijah Scott, five sisters; Lizzy S. Crump, Myrt S. Ritter, Doris S. Ingram, Marie S. Vice and Millie Scott.

She is survived by:
Son, Pat McCrary & wife, Chloe of Carthage
Daughter, Glenda M. Atkinson & husband, Leroy of Crowley, LA
Sister-in-law, Holvis Stout of Bossier City, LA
Sister-in-law, Martha McCrary of Vivian, LA
Brother-in-law, Doyce McCrary of Longview
Grandchildren; Dale, Nenna & Shanna, Buster, Dean & Sheryl, Sherry, Carla, Lewis & Stacy

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas


02/12/2011

Louie “Weldon” Fittz, 69, of Deweyville, beloved husband, father and grandfather, peacefully went to be with the Lord on February 12, 2011, at his home with his family, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Deweyville. Brother Damon Bickham and Brother Brad Bickham will be officiating. A Masonic Graveside Service will follow at Trout Creek Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2011, at the church.

Weldon was born in Shelbyville, Texas on May 8, 1941, to L.G. Fittz and Delmer Snider Fittz. He graduated from Shelbyville High School and attended Stephen F. Austin College. He was a born again Christian, a member of First Baptist Church of Deweyville, and instilled his Christian faith in his family.

He was a 32nd degree Master Mason member of Sam Houston Lodge #32 in Shelbyville. He was a retired member of Local 195 Pipefitters Union and retired from Ameripol-Synpol. He was also a paramedic serving Orange County for several years, was a coordinator and instructor for Peoples Ambulance Service in Deweyville and taught at Lamar State College Orange.

Weldon was preceded in death by his mother, father, and his wife, Beverly Rhodes Fittz.

He is survived by his wife, of 23 years, Ophelia Burks Fittz of Deweyville; sister, Phyllis Wagstaff and husband, Glenn of Shreveport; children, Dean Fittz and wife, Pam of Dallas, Angela Shelton and Eric Zahlmann of Orange, Todd Cooper of Deweyville, Kimberly Smalley and husband, Josh of Bridge City, Melanie Sharpe and husband, Donny of Houston, and Scott Fittz of Dallas; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends who will all miss him dearly. He was looking forward to the arrival of 2 more grandchildren as well as another great-grandchild.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas.


John A. Pate, Jr. was born December 16, 1925 in Center, Texas to John A. Pate, Sr. and Ruth Chapman Pate and went to be with his Lord on February 10, 2011.

He graduated from Timpson High School in 1943 and attended BMI in Longview, Texas. John served our country during WWII in US Army Medical Corps. He married the love of his life, Maxine Rhodes, and they were blessed with 63 years of marriage. The lived several places including Center, Longview, Daingerfield and Tulsa. He was employed by Skelly Oil and Holly Farms as an accountant. John was a part owner of Reliable Pipe in Lone Star.

In retirement, he and his wife lived in Longview for about 25 years and were members of Longview Missionary Baptist Church. He is a Master Mason and a member of the Gregg County Scottish Rite.

John is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and their husbands, Debbie and Dwaine Barthol of Hughes Springs and Janet and John Blake of Longview. Also two granddaughters and their husbands, Brooke and William Dannelley of Hughes Springs and Brandi and Nick Smith of Redwater; four great grandchildren, Landon, Dawson and Tessa Dannelley and Tyler Smith; one sister, Lawanda Heaberlin of Longview and several nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends Sunday Feb. 13 at Rader Funeral Home, Longview, from 2-4PM. Funeral services will be at Rosewood Park Cemetery Mausoleum Monday Feb 14 at 10AM with Reverend Bill Voss and Reverend Nathan Rogers officiating.

The family requests memorial donations can be made to Margaret’s House or Longview Missionary Baptist Church.

A special thanks to Dr. Sawyer and Dr. Rama Nayini, the staff at Pine Tree Home Health, Longview Regional Hospital, Good Shepherd Medical Center, and the Staff at Margaret’s House for all their care and compassion.

A memorial guestbook may be signed online at www.raderfh.com.


02/10/2011

Howard Johnson, 73, of Center, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at his home. He was born September 22, 1937 in Jeanrette, Louisiana to Howard Judson Johnson and Mozelle Patterson Miears. Mr. Johnson served in the US Army, and was of the Baptist faith.

At the family's request, Mr. Johnson has been cremated.  Family and friends will visit from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Sunday, Feburary 13, 2011 at Watson & Sons Funeral  Home.

He is survived by:

Daughters:
Michelle Johnson of California
O’Shann Terry of Texas

Grandsons:
Nicolas Sammons of Texas
Noah Terry of Texas

Sister, Quincy Borders & husband Murray of Center

Brother, Haskell Miears & wife Shirley of Tuscola

Special Cousins:
Tommy & Nelda Robison
Rebecca Patterson Carroll
Ron Linscomb
Bob Linscomb

Also a number of other relatives and friends.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 152
Center, Texas 75935


Glennda Angel Nestle was born and passed away February 9, 2011 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, February 11, 2011 at McClelland Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Chris Collins officiating.

She is survived by:

Mother, Alice Ann Nestle of Gary

Grandmother, Candy Ann Nestle of Center

Great Grandmother, Alice Ansley of Gary

Uncle, Allen Nestle of Center

Preceded in death by:
Great Grandfather, Glenn Ansley

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


Ann Louise Konderla, 79, of the Stockman Community, passed away February 10, 2011 at her residence.

Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at St. Theresa Catholic Church with Father Jose Vidarte officiating. Burial will follow at Powdrill Cemetery. Rosary will be Monday, February 14, 2011 7:00 PM at St. Theresa Catholic Church.

She was born July 25, 1931 to Richard and Irene (Jones) Halleck. She was member of the St. Theresa Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Richard W. and Irene Halleck and Brother, Richard W. Halleck, Jr.

She is survived by:
Husband:
Edward A. Konderla Sr. of the Stockman Community

Children:
Ed Konderla Jr. & wife, Patresa of Ecuador
Phillip Konderla & wife, Pennye of Denton
Marianne McLemore & husband, Alan of Beaumont
Richard Konderla & wife, Dorothy of Timpson

Grandchildren: Jeremy Konderla & Juiia of Garrison
Chase Konderla of Timpson
Andrew Konderla & wife, Melanie Konderla of Biloxi, Mississippi
Heidi Borden& Husband, Chip of Conroe
Lance Konderla of Timpson
Valorie Konderla of Timpson
Anthony Martin of Nacogdoches
Michael Konderla of Houston
John Konderla of Timpson
Prisca Konderla of Denton
Joseph Konderla of Denton

Great Grandchildren:
Aiden Konderla
Amelia Borden
Aeri Konderla
Brothers & Sisters:
Ernest Halleck
Edward Halleck
Pat Halleck
Elsie Rao
Catharine Martin
Tony Halleck

A Host of Nieces, Nephews and Friends

Pallbearers: Jeremy Konderla, Chase Konderla, John Konderla, Michael Konderla, Anthony Martin, Lance Konderla and Joseph Konderla

In Lieu of Flowers, Donations can be made to St. Theresa Catholic Church, 717 FM 2974, Center, Texas 75935

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Doris Massey Parker passed away February 9, 2011.

Doris was born on February 12, 1921 in Center, Texas, the first of three children born to Lola Ruth (Hunter) Massey and Johnnie Thomas Massey, who preceded her in death. Growing up in Center she demonstrated her love of horses by participating in barrel racing and being crowned Rodeo Queen. She graduated from Center High School and attended Stephen F. Austin where she was a majorette with the Lumberjack band. She then attended Massey Business College in Houston before returning to Center to work at Farmers State Bank. On June 30, 1946 she married Frank Edward Parker and they settled in Center.

Doris was first and foremost a Christian woman who loved God, her family and her friends. She joined the First Baptist Church at an early age, but upon marriage she joined the Parker family at the First Methodist Church where she was active serving on its Board of Trustees in various capacities and enjoyed teaching Sunday School, directing Vacation Bible School, presided as President of the WSCS and chaired numerous bereavement luncheons. She was a tireless volunteer for the Center Public Schools PTA, Halloween Carnival Chairman, charter member of Beta Sigma Phi, Center Garden Club and the Shelby County Historical Society.

Loving wife and mother, devoted sister and daughter, the world’s greatest “Dee Dee”, mother-in-law, loyal friend, unparalleled homemaker, Doris was all of these things and much more to her family and friends.

She enjoyed decorating her home, Christmas at Parker Pines, summers in Vail, Colorado, fishing, having afternoon coffee with her friends, cooking pies and all things beautiful. Doris was the happiest when surrounded by her family as she always said they were her hobby.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-one years, F.E. Parker, her sister Johnnie Ruth Massey Brown, her brother, Cecil Edgar Massey and her parents. She is survived by her loving and grateful children, Pam Parker Wall (William) of Denver, Colorado, Patti Parker Peterson (James) of Fort Worth and Frank E. Parker, Jr. (Cheryl) of Dallas. She left behind seven grandchildren who will miss “Dee Dee”, her irresistible cooking and her unconditional love. They are William Harrison Wall III (Anna) of Denver, Colorado, Claiborn Massey Peterson (Katie) of Dallas, Treven Parker Wall (Alison) of Baltimore, Maryland, Pamela Peterson Lancaster (Daniel) of Fort Worth, Winter Patricia Wall of Denver, Colorado, Frank E. Parker, III and Bolt Houston Parker of Dallas plus seven great grandchildren Adelyn, Willow, Pax, Peter and Ian Wall, Kate and Caroline Peterson.

The family will receive friends Friday, February 11, 2011 from 6 to 7:30 in the evening at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. A graveside service is scheduled for 2 pm on Saturday February 12, 2011 at Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery with Reverend Joel McMahon officiating.

Pallbearers are Tripp Wall, Treven Wall, Claiborn Peterson, Trey Parker, Bolt Parker, Pamela Lancaster, Winter Wall, Rick Campbell and Murray Mathews.

Honorary pallbearers are W.R. Boyd, James Campbell, Gail Cuculic, W. I. Davis, Malcolm Weaver, Scott Massey, Randy Massey, John Massey, Mark Massey and Burton Brown and Jack R. Parker. Honorary (deceased) pallbearers are Franklin Pigg, Jack Motley, Mann Pinkston, Tolbert Foster, Frank Rawls and Gene Biddle.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a memorial donation to the First United Methodist Church 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935 or Marian Place 1690 NE Loop, Carthage, Texas 75633.


02/09/2011

Norma Jean Shamblin, 83, of Friendswood passed away February 6, 2011. She was born December 12, 1927 in Center, Texas to Minnie and Dewey Randolph Tyer. She was a long time resident of La Porte before moving to Friendswood. Norma was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi.

She is survived by her daughters Milta Whitman and husband Jack, Leezan Grun and husband Eddie, grandchildren Angie Vegas and husband Luke, Blake Morgan and wife Jennifer, Chelsie Calhoun and husband Chris, Dallas Smith and wife Andrea, Brandon Smith and Araka, and great grandchildren Jacob, Chynna, Joshua, Zachary, Lane, Koehl, Jodi, Lyla, Ethan, and Connor.

Visitation will be held Friday February 11, 2011 at 9am -10:30am at Paul U. Lee La Porte Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside service will be held later in the day (3PM) at Oaklawn Cemetery in Center, Texas.


02/08/2011

Mrs. Margaret Ann (Mayfield) Malone, age 77, entered into rest in San Augustine, Texas, Friday, February 4, 2011, following a brief illness. She was born October 29, 1933, in Nacogdoches County, Texas.

Margaret was the executive Secretary for the Forestry department at Stephen F. Austin State University for many years. She married Sam Malone and the couple started the San Augustine and Hemphill/Pineland Rambler newspapers in San Augustine and Hemphill until the couple sold the newspapers many years later, and then operated a printing company in San Augustine until Sam Malone's death. Sam referred to Margaret as his "Lady Margaret" and they were active in many organizations across the state. Margaret was onetime president of the Texas Outdoors Women's Press Association and a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Margaret was a resident of Twin Lakes Care Center, San Augustine, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, N.Q. and Glayds (West) Mayfield of Nacogdoches, Texas, her husband, Sam Malone of San Augustine, a brother, Joe M. Mayfield of Nacogdoches.

She is survived by a sister, Madge (Mayfield) Pitts of Westlake, Lousiana, Stepson, Mike Malone and stepdaughter Samye Johnson, both of San Augustine. Also by a host of nieces and nephews.

Ashes will be interred at the Christ Church Episcopal in San Augustine, Saturday, February 19, 2011, at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that any contributions be made to a charity of choice, The San Augustine Public Library, or Christ Church Episcopal, San Augustine.

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.timeformemory.com/wymanroberts.


Mrs. Winnie Davis Greer Markle, 101, longtime resident of San Augustine passed away late Wednesday evening, February 2, 2011 in San Augustine. Winnie was born to Mary Samantha (Powell) Greer and Robert Vance Greer on December 22, 1909, in San Augustine County, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Presbyterian Church. Winnie married W.H. (Dutch) Markle in 1927 and eventually settled in Port Arthur where Dutch worked for the Texas Company. Twin daughters were born in 1931. During WWII Dutch served in Europe while the family lived across the country. A son was born after the war. Over the next several years while working for Texaco, the family lived in Port Arthur, Porta la Cruz, Venezuela, Lockport, Illinois and Casper, Wyoming. In 1970, Winnie and Dutch returned to Port Arthur where they retired and divided their time living in Port Neches and San Augustine. Winnie moved permanently to San Augustine after Dutch's death and lived next door to her sister Nell Gillman.

She is survived by twin daughters: Bettie Carroll & her husband, James of LaMargue, Texas; Connie Stein of San Augustine; son: Walter Greer Markle and his wife, Donna of Ashland, Oregon; grandchildren: Constance Upshaw and her husband, Charles of Raleigh, NC; Bob Stein Jr., and his wife, Toni of Lakeland, Florida; Mary Kay Hicks of Axtell, Texas, Carol Jane Locarro, and her husband, Robert of Merritt, NC; Michael Carroll and his wife, Debbie of Austin, Patrick Carroll and his wife, Laurie of Dallas, and Adam Markle of Los Angeles, California. 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; nieces Brenda Turpin and husband Jim of Missour City, Texas and Becky Landry and husband Mike of Salem, South Carolina.

Funeral services will be held in Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, Thursday, February 10, 2011, 11:00 A.M. with Bro. Rick Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the San Augustine City Cemetery.

In lieu of usual remembrances the family has requested memorials be made to San Augustine Library, M.D. Anderson or the charity of your choice.

Online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.timeformemory.com.


02/06/2011

Harold Edward Sherrill, 82, of Center, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2011 at Shelby Regional Medical Center. He was born January 21, 1929 in North Carolina. He was of the Baptist faith.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Monday, February 7, 2011 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro Chris Collins officiating. Interment will follow in the Old Salem Cemetery in Shelby County.

He is survived by:

Sons;
Harold Sherrill and wife Connie of Lumberton
James Edward Sherrill of Nacogdoches

Daughters;
Linda Quigley of Center
Kay Green and husband Buck of Center

Eleven Grandchildren

Twelve Great Grandchildren

Four Great-Great Grandchildren

Brothers-in-law & Sisters-in-law;
J. B. Scott and wife Bobbie of Center
Barbara Sue Miller of Haughton, Louisiana
Iva Nell Miller of Center
Patsy Madison of Mississippi
Marvin Mitchell of Center
Robert Mitchell and wife Nelda of Lufkin

Preceded in death by:
Parents; Byron S. Miller, Sr. and Helen May Williams Miller
Wife, Ruth Sherrill
Daughter, Patsy Sherrill
Brothers; Carl Miller, Eugene Miller and Byron S. Miller, Jr.
Son-in-law, Bubba Livingston

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


02/04/2011

Funeral services for Geneva Jones Higginbotham, 74, of Timpson, TX, will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, February 7, 2011, at First Baptist Church, Timpson, with Rev. Josh Walters officiating. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM, Monday, in Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery, Tyler, TX. Mrs. Higginbotham passed away Friday, February 4, 2011, in Timpson.

Born July 4, 1936, in Grand Saline, TX, Geneva Higginbotham was the daughter of the late Robert Jones and Lorretter Clark Murphy. After graduating from high school, she attended Tyler Junior College and was an executive secretary in several area banks. She and Richard Vernon Higginbotham were married May 4, 1956. She was also a member of First Baptist Church of Timpson.

Geneva not only was a loving mother to her children Lisa and Ricky, but also was an international mom who welcomed 13 exchange students from 8 countries into her home. She and Vernon provided each of them with a wonderful experience of living in the United States.

Survivors include her husband Vernon Higginbotham of Timpson; daughter Lisa Higginbotham of Shreveport, LA; daughter-in-law Katrina Higginbotham of Lake Dallas, TX; granddaughter Carmen Higginbotham and Michael Kramer of Humble, TX; grandson Kamren Higginbotham and wife Christie of Longview, TX; great granddaughters Kelsey and Kilynn Higginbotham of Longview and Kristian Kramer of Humble; and 3 brothers: Alvin Murphy of Colorado, Calvin Murphy of Tyler, and Dalvin Murphy of Tyler. In addition to her parents, Geneva was preceded in death by son Ricky Higginbotham.

Visitation to receive family and friends will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Sunday, February 06, 2011, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson. To convey condolences or to register online, please visit www.taylor.net.

Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


02/02/2011

Walter Rainbolt, Jr., 44 of Center, passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at Shelby Regional Medical Center. He was born March 13, 1966 in Nacogdoches to Walter Clarence Rainbolt, Sr. and Laura Bounds Rainbolt.

Walter was a 1984 graduate of Center High School. Over the years, he had been involved in many different business endeavors. He was currently managing Timpson Tire Company in Timpson. Walter was a member of Shelby County Cookers, and founded the National Wild Turkey Federation in Shelby County. He was a member of Center Christian Church.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, February 4, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 5, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Bruce James and Bro. Chris Collins officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Pallbearers will be Chris Mayfield, Bruce Jones, Larry Horn, Randy Gilespie, Jonathan Wulf, Adam Ray, Steve Tinkle, Don Wheeler, and Jordan Horn. Honorary pallbearers will be the Shelby County Cookers, Carter Ray Garner, Murray Mathews, J.B. Raymond, Mitch Davis, Roscoe McSwain, Prentis Hay, Tim Guenther and Kelly Thompkins.

He is survived by:

Daughter, Cassidy Elizabeth Rainbolt of Center

Son, Walter Caiden Rainbolt of Center

Mother, Laura Bounds Rainbolt of Center

Brother, Mark Phelps and wife, Jane of Center

Sisters:
Jon Phelps Rholes of Kyle
Laura Jo Richardson and husband, Kirk of Jasper

Nieces:
Dianne Phelps of Austin
Kelly Rholes of San Marcos
Avery Richardson of Jasper
Alex Richardson of Jasper
Alivia Richardson of Jasper

Nephew, Ryan Rholes of San Diego, California

Special Friend, Jennifer Weaver of Center

Great Aunt, Frances “Sister” Moody of Mt. Enterprise

Preceded in death by:
Father, Walter C. “Bo” Rainbolt
Brother, Randy Phelps

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Walter’s name to the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation, http://www.roughriderscholarship.org or PO Box 152 Center, Texas 75935.

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


02/01/2011

Mr. Bernon Howell, age 86, entered into rest January 30, 2011, in Lufkin, Texas. He was born October 6, 1924, in San Augustine County, Texas to the late Willie Justin Howell and Vera (Sanders) Howell.

Mr. Howell worked as a mechanic and drove the bus for many years for the San Augustine Independent School District. He was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his daughters Gayla Hoffman of San Augustine and Pamela Hammack and husband Troy of San Augustine; grandchildren Allen and Jason Hoffman, Samantha and husband Mike Dorsett, Tabitha and husband Granvil Fountain, and Tracey Hammack; great-grandchildrne William Horne, Gabriel Hoffman, Tyler Fountain, Mason Fountain, Charlie Fountain, and Jenna Dorsett; sister Wilma and husband Joe Cleckley of San Augustine.

Furneral services will be held Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 10:00 a.m., Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, with Bro. Doug Howell officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tracey Hammack, Granvil Fountain, Mike Dorsett, Darrenn Fountain, Joe Moore, Robert Byley Jr. and Ben Byley.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 1, 5:00 til 8:00 p.m., Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.

online obituary and condolences may be posted at www.timeformemory.com/wymanroberts

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