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09/01/2014

Hatcher B. Horton, age 92, of Center, Texas died September 1, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Funeral services are pending at Hicks Mortuary, 804 Martin Luther King, Center, Texas 75935.


08/31/2014

Royce Ray Wilburn, age 52 of Chireno, formerly of Shelby County, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

Services will be 4 pm Wednesday, September 3, 2914 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2-4pm at Mangum Funeral Home.

Among his survivors include:

His wife, Cora Wilburn of Chireno

Additional survivors will be announced later.
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral home, Center, Texas.


Alton Crawford, 86, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, August 29, 2014 in San Augustine.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 1, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. A visitation will be held one hour prior to funeral service.

Mr. Crawford was born July 29, 1928 in East Point, Louisiana to Frank Crawford and Lela Belle Gilbert Crawford. He grew up in North Louisiana and entered the Army near the end of WWII, serving in the Army Security Agency in Europe. Mr. Crawford enjoyed a long career as an oil and gas producer. Alton and Gay enjoyed traveling to many places across the country this work required. In later years, they were blessed to have the company of their grandchildren in their home. Even in retirement, Mr. Crawford worked hard and always liked to keep busy with his yard and many projects.

He is survived by
Daughters:
Becky Maris and husband, Dewey of Mont Belvieu
Gena Williams and husband, John of Arlington
Sue Dendy of Cooper

Grandchildren:
Angie Klutts and husband, Ben
Traci Forbes
Kimberly Williams
Jennifer Sproat and husband, Mickey
Chris Maris

Great Grandchildren:
Emily
Kaylee
Marcus
Micah

Sisters:
Virginia Eckfield
Ann Joiner
Patsy Metz
Mercille Jach

Preceded in death by
Wife: Gay Bass Crawford
Daughter: Sandy Forbes
Parents: Frank Crawford and Lela Belle Gilbert Crawford
Brothers: Frank Crawford, Herman Crawford

Pallbearers will be Brad Bass, Chad Bass, Paul Crawford, Joe Crawford, Clinton Risinger and Kenneth Risinger.

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


08/30/2014

Taylor Keele, 21, of Center, passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014 in San Augustine.

Services are pending at Mangum Funeral Home.

Among his survivors include:

Parents:
Troy Keele of Center
Mother, Tirrie McDonald of Center

Brothers & sister:
Tyler, Terrin & Therrin

Additional service information & survivors will be announced at a later time.
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral home, Center, Texas.


Frances Ann Weaver, 69, of Center, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 1, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Bethany Cemetery in Coushatta, Louisiana.

Frances was born November 6, 1944 in Coushatta, Louisiana to Elton Harrell Weaver and Annie Mae Jackson Weaver.

She is survived by
Children:
Dennis Liker and wife, Becky of Center
Carol Thomas and husband, John Patrick of Center
Anna Stephens of Center
Jason Liker and wife, Karen of Center
James Liker of Center

Thirteen Grandchildren

Two Great Grandchildren

Brother: Richard Weaver and wife, June of Coushatta, Louisiana

Sister: Carolyn Weaver Johnson of Shreveport

A number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Dennis J. Liker
Grandchildren: Joshua Liker, Jaysen Graves, Joseph Liker
Parents: Elton Harrell Weaver and Annie Mae Jackson Weaver
Brothers: Harrell Weaver, Virgil Joe Weaver, James Marlowe Weaver
Brother-in-law: Jackie Johnson

Pallbearers will be Johnathan Liker, Avery Liker, Jordan Graves, Jake Liker, Aaron Liker and Jesse Liker.

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


08/29/2014

Kenneth Ray Curbow, age 73, of Garrison, Texas passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014. Kenneth was born February 11, 1941 in Galveston, Texas to Will D. and Edna Sweetie (Lawson) Curbow.

Funeral will be Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Bro. James Edwards will hold the service.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Interment will be Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.

Surviving family:

Son, Michael Curbow and wife Jan

Grandchildren:
Melissa Jernigan and husband Jeremy
Amanda Barham and husband George
Michelle Curbow

Great Grandchildren: Christian, Shawn, Kaden, Cason Jack, Lawson & Kathleen

Brother: Roger Curbow

Sisters: Sally Ritter, Geneva McCray, Martha Wade

Host of other relatives and friends

Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.


Dollie Frances (Stephens) Black, 64, of Bedias, TX passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Madisonville. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00AM Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Day Funeral Home Chapel. Derwin Youngblood will officiate. The family will receive visitors from 5-7PM Monday, September 1, 2014 at Day Funeral Home Chapel. Burial to follow in Hagan Cemetery in Crockett, Texas.

Dollie was born on June 5, 1950 in Houston to John L. Stephens, Sr. and Rena J. (Panama) Stephens. Dollie spent most of her adult life in Crockett where she raised her children and grandson, Bryan. For many years, she owned/operated Wholesale Auto Parts and Home Laundry in Crockett. Dollie moved to Bedias in 2000 where she loved being close to her family, but missed her friends in Crockett. She was very active with Madisonville High School Band while Bryan was attending. Dollie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Beach; brother, Bobby Stephens, Sr.; brother-in-law, Robert Jackson, Sr.; sister, Frances Steelman; step-daughter, Terry Black; and grandson-in-law, Brandon Hayes, Sr.

Survivors include:

Sons:
Lee (PoJo) Crank, Jr. and wife Annie of Freeport, TX
Louis (Diddle) Black of Latexo, TX

Daughter, Angela (Angie) Jansen and husband Bryan of Tenaha, TX

Brother, John Stephens, Jr. and wife BJ

Sister, Margie Jackson

Sister-in-law, Shirley Key

Grandchildren: Trey, Bryan, Emalee, Raylen, Josalynn and Drake

Great-grandchildren: Ryker, Brandon, Lilly, Caidi and Aiden

Step-children, Barbara, John and Louie and their families

Numerous nieces and nephews that she loved dearly as her own, especially Brooklynne her coffee drinking buddy and her caretaker Heather.

Services are under the direction of Day Funeral Home, Madisonville, Texas.


08/27/2014

Ollie “Cot” Sigler Ellington, age 93, of Shelbyville, Texas passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Center in Center, Texas. She was born September 23, 1920.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, August 30, 2014 at True Vine Baptist Church with interment at Greer Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, August 29, 2014 from 12:30 pm until 6:30pm at Garner and Son Chapel.

She is survived by:

Sons
Gene Alton Sigler (Myra) of Converse, Texas
Charles R. Ellington (Patricia) of Nacogdoches, Texas

Daughter, Patsy Johnson (Willie) of Center, Texas

8 Grandchildren

4 Step-Grandchildren

5 Great-Grandchildren

2 Great-Great-Grandchildren

A host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.


08/26/2014

George Allen Goodwin Jr., 56, of Joaquin, died August 15, 2014 with his family by his side.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 18, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Hollis Bass officiating. Interment will follow at Old Home Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Goodwin was born on July 11, 1958 in La Marque to George Allen Goodwin Sr. and Pauline Edomm Goodwin. George was a member of the Old Home Baptist Church.

George was previously employed by N. L. Baroid for many years and was recognized for the design and introduction of the Mobile DWD Pulser District Flushing Rig, a tool used for downhole drilling and widely used in the oilfield industry today.

He grew up in Alvin and as a young child loved riding mini-bikes with his siblings, cousins and neighbors. He later started riding motorcycles and raced motocross, winning many trophies. George loved sailing and had a sailboat that he loved sailing in the Clear Lake/Kemah area. He also had a small Hobie Cat sailboat that he frequently took his nieces and nephews on, sailing for hours. They called him “Galby” and they would go “Hobieing”.

George will be especially remembered for his quick wit and the ability to make people laugh. He was very caring and giving. He loved to make gifts for people; making guns, knives and special mementos for family and friends.

He is survived by
Mother, Pauline Kaper and husband Ronnie

Sisters;
Pam Cunningham
Georganne Palmer

Niece, Jamie Trevino

Nephews;
Michiel Lemaster
Richard Shafer
Chris Shafer

A host of family and friends

Preceded in death by
Father, George Allen Goodwin Sr.
Dear Friend, Ruth Sanford

Pallbearers will be Don Russell, Scott Kaper, John Oliver, Mike Ramsey, Michiel Lemaster and Waylon George. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Shafer and Chris shafer.

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


W. M. Williams, Jr. (Buck), 90, of Center, passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family on August 26, 2014.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Joel McMahon officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

W. M. Williams, Jr. (Buck) was born in Shelby County on December 21, 1923, to Walter Williams and Willie Ada Muckleroy Williams. He graduated from Center High School in 1941 and went into the U. S. Navy for six years and returned to Center as a disabled veteran. He got his Bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas and taught for two years at Carthage High School.

He met Melba Grimsley in 1948 and it was definitely “love at first sight”, and they were married on September 2 of the same year. They will have been married sixty-six years in September of 2014. Buck and Melba were married in the First Christian Church in Center, where Buck was chairman of the board for many years. He was a charter member of the Center Country Club and served as president several times. For many years, he was the oldest member playing golf.

In August of 1953, the Atlas Plywood Corporation came to Center, and Buck was the first employee hired by that company. He had an “office”, a building 12x12 that had one door and no windows. He was with the “plywood mill” until 1993. He survived six sell-outs and remained forty years with the company. He retired in 1993 with the title of general manager.

In December of 2003, Buck went back to work with his lifetime friend, James Campbell, at General Shelters and Campbell’s Portable Buildings. He had agreed to work for six months, but he stayed for six years and again retired in September of 2010 to his home on Highway 96 where he has lived since that time. During his illness he remained in his home, receiving loving care from his family who were always there for him.

Buck is survived by his beloved family: His wife, Melba Grimsley Williams; his daughter, Montie Dawson of Longview, Texas; his son, Todd Williams and wife, Donna of Weatherford, Texas; one granddaughter, Lindsey Dawson of Fort Worth, Texas; three grandsons: Austin Williams and Garrett Williams of Weatherford, Texas and Stephen Tinkle and wife, Gabreala of Bryan, Texas. His two great-grandchildren are Ilsa Tinkle and Stocker Tinkle of Bryan, Texas. Buck had eight brothers and sisters, but only two brothers survive, Banks Williams and wife, Dorothy, of Montgomery, Texas, and Lowell Williams and wife, Karen, of Longview, Texas. He is also survived by three sisters-in-law: Betty Williams of Longview, Betty Grimsley of Center and Irene Grimsley of Winnsboro, Texas.

One of Buck’s greatest sorrows was losing one grandson, six-year-old Shane Tinkle, in an accident on Highway 96 in the year 1978; he was the son of Montie Williams and Steve Tinkle.

In Buck’s family are fifty surviving nieces and nephews who will serve as honorary pallbearers, and his special friends make up the active pallbearer list. They are Rick Campbell, Jason Covington, Johnny Covington, David Ginn, Steve Tinkle, Charles and Martha Rushing, David and Angela Koonce, Retha Starkey, Derek Pierce, and Joe West.

A special thank you goes to Joel McMahon and Chris Watlington, the pastor and music director at the First United Methodist Church as well as to all the members whom Buck was proud to call his “church family”. Also a special word of gratitude goes to a special friend and cousin who lives just up the road, whose employees would come and lift Buck from the floor each time he fell. Thanks, Weldon.

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


Joe Dan Hairgrove, 77, of Timpson, Texas, passed away August 26, 2014, in San Augustine, TX. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Timpson, with Bro. Cliff Hughes and Bro. Eric Pledger officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Born April 20, 1937, in Shelby County, TX, Joe Dan Hairgrove was the son of the late Joel Otto and Leta Mae (Bowlin) Hairgrove. After graduating from Timpson High School in 1955, Joe Dan attended Henderson County Jr. College and Stephen F. Austin State University. On June 14, 1958, he and Betty Crump were married in Mt. Olive Baptist Church, and he was a faithful member there at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife Betty Hairgrove of Timpson; son Shawn Hairgrove of Timpson;
daughters Nat Klein and husband Boo of Center, TX, Trellis McCann and husband Gary of Center, and Sutton Spieckerman and husband Jeff of Zephyr, TX; 8 grandchildren: Justin Klein and wife Tiffanne, Dakotah Klein and wife Erica, Taylor Brown, Wyatt Hairgrove, Tristan Hairgrove, Abram Hairgrove, Hadley Spieckerman, and Haley Spieckerman; 4 great grandchildren: Lieza and Liela Klein and Ryder and Drake Klein; “ just like another son” Bobby Morris and wife Tracie; and “ just like one of the grandsons” Gavin Pierce; brother-in-law Homer Tompkins of Nacogdoches; sister-in-law Cecil Hairgrove of Timpson; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Joe Dan Hairgrove was preceded in death by brother Charles Hairgrove and sister Thelma Joyce Tompkins.

To convey condolences online please visit www.taylorfh.net. Taylor Funeral Home, 511 Ross Graves Dr., Timpson, TX 75975, is in charge of arrangements.


08/25/2014

Harry M. Logan, 76, of Center, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 in Tyler. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Center with Rev. Joel McMahon officiating.

Mr. Logan was born December 11, 1937 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to John Logan and Hazel Mathias Logan.  He was a member of Center First United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir, was a past trustee, served as vice chair of the church council and participated in the missions committee. 

He is survived by
Wife: Lyn Lawrence Logan of Center

Children:
Christopher Logan and wife, Annette of Vista, California
Amy Logan-Ditolla and husband, Clyde of Columbia, South Carolina

Step Children:
Jeffery Abinette and wife, Lisa of Baiting Hollow, New York
Timothy Abinette of Palmyra, Virginia

Grandchildren:
Erin Bennett, Tony Ditolla, Angela Ditolla, Jeffery Abinette, Travis Abinette, Trevor Abinette, Ryan Abinette, Gabrielle Abinette

Great Grandchildren:
Max, Bubba, Hailey, Holden

Brothers:
John Merle Logan and wife, Lorna of Bandon, Oregon
Howard Logan and wife, Delores of Lake Oswego, Oregon
Kenneth Logan and wife, Grace of New York, New York

Sister-in-law: Jane Logan of Columbus, Ohio

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: John Logan and Hazel Mathias Logan
Brother: Wayne Logan

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


Charles Albert DeGaugh, 61, of Center, passed away August 23, 2014 in Crockett.

His wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned.

Mr. DeGaugh was born March 24, 1953 in Angleton, Texas to James Oscar DeGaugh Jr. and Johanna Cico DeGaugh. He was previously employed with both Center ISD and Shelbyville ISD, where he served as custodian. Mr. DeGaugh enjoyed picking up cans and visiting with friends and family.

He is survived by
Brothers:
James Ray DeGaugh and wife, Jeannie of Center
Donald Earl DeGaugh and wife, Aileen of Montgomery
Chester Wayne DeGaugh of Houston

Nieces & Nephews:
Matthew Charles DeGaugh
Lisa Cmerek
Jennifer Harvell
Charles Steven Justice
Diantha Renfro

Preceded in death by
Parents: James Oscar DeGaugh Jr. and Johanna Cico DeGaugh
Sister-in-law: Susan DeGaugh
Nephew: Darrell Justice

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


08/24/2014

Don Dotson, 76, of Garrison, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison with Bro. John Spurgeon officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service.

Mr. Dotson was born June 7, 1938 in Dickson County, Tennessee to William Dotson and Louise Shay Dotson. He served in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Dotson loved to read western books and was an avid NASCAR fan.

He is survived by
Wife: Glendolyn Dotson of Garrison

Children:
Donna Sue Dotson of Greenville, South Carolina
Dickie Wayne Dotson of North Carolina
Debbie Donaldson of North Carolina
John Dotson of North Carolina
Jeff Dotson of North Carolina
Kim Hutchins of Dickinson, Texas

Stepson: Eddie O’Bryan and wife, Sasha of Pearland

Brothers:
Billie Dotson and wife, Linda
Jimmy Dotson and wife, Linda
Dean Dotson and wife, Ruby
Albert Wayne Dotson and wife, Lauren
Michael Dotson

Sisters:
Pat Travis
Barbra Wills and husband, Elmer
Mary Lankford and husband, Jimmie

Fourteen Grandchildren

Three Great Grandchildren

Two Step Grandchildren

Preceded in death by
Parents: William Dotson and Louise Shay Dotson
Sister: Francis Igou
One Grandchild

Services under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas


Gwen Thomas “Skeet” Rawson, age 83, of Tenaha, Texas passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2014 in Lufkin Memorial Rehab Hospital in Lufkin, Texas following a severe illness.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas. Prior to the memorial service, there will be a visitation held beginning at 12:00 noon, and his family invites all of his friends to attend.

“Skeet”, as he was known to his friends, was born on March 21, 1931, in San Augustine County to Thomas Blackwell Rawson and Audrey Sanders Rawson. He was the middle son of three boys. He attended Tarleton State University and graduated as a “Fighting Texas Aggie” from Texas A&M University in 1951 with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Sciences. Skeet used to say that he was at A&M when there were not any sidewalks and no girls! He was an active student at Texas A&M and served on their cattle judging team as well as a member of A&M’s national championship horse judging team. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Army.

He began living in Tenaha when he went to work for Arbor Acres Farms, a poultry and egg raising business and he later owned Tenaha Milling Company, a feed mill specializing in custom feeds and fertilizers. He worked every day there until its close.

Skeet was a member of many community organizations in Tenaha through the years, and served as a school board member and as school board President during some turbulent times in the community.

His favorite pastimes were bird hunting and he loved to raise and teach dogs and go hunting with his friends and family. He also loved to read and spent many hours enjoying classic literature as well as his favorite author, Louis L’Amour.

Skeet went by many names to many people. To his daughters and son, he was always “Daddy” and to his nephews he was Uncle “G”. Many of his business associates knew him as “G.T.” and his friends knew him as “Skeet”. His three grandchildren knew him as “PopPops” and they loved playing cards and playing catch with him.

He is survived by his wife, Analea Rawson, of Tenaha, his daughters, Renee Rawson Phillips and her husband, Kirk, of Prosper, Amanda Jackson, and her husband John, of Cayuga, and a son, Matt Rawson of Tenaha. He has three grandchildren, Jeremy Phillips, Jordan Phillips and Nathaniel Jackson. He is further survived by his three “special” nephews, Mike Rawson, Bob Rawson, and Joe Rawson. He also has one surviving brother, Dean Rawson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Blackwell Rawson, his mother, Audrey Sanders Rawson, and his beloved brother. D.D. “Ace” Rawson.

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


08/22/2014

Joseph "Jody" Frank Whitman, age 60 of Copperas Cove, Texas, formerly of Shelbyville and Joaquin, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014 at ETMC Tyler.

A memorial visitation will be held Monday, August 25, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born June 7, 1954 in Orange, Texas to parents, John Joseph & Helen Louise (Johnson) Whitman.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Johnny & Helen Whitman and 2 Brothers, John Whitman and James Whitman.

He is survived by:

3 Daughters:
Renee Martin & husband, Kevin of Copperas Cove
Louise Hernandez & husband, Albert of Prairieville, LA
Heather Kendrick & husband, Terry of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Jesse Hendrix & husband, Jon of Ft. Benning, GA
Dylan Martin of Copperas Cove
Gabe Ramos of Prairieville, LA
Betty Hernandez of Prairieville, LA
Patsy Hernandez of Prairieville, LA
Chris Fleming & Bethany of Shelbyville
Cullen Kendrick of Joaquin
Cailie Kendrick of Joaquin

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


Bro. Kenneth Verner, 74, of Center, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, 2014 at New Hope Congregational Methodist Church in Center with Rev. Carl Smith and Bro. Aubie McSwain officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

James Kenneth Verner was born to James Walter Verner and Velma Vallie Davis Verner in Commerce, Texas on February 9, 1940. He graduated Lubbock High School in 1958 and then attended Westminster College and Bible Institute for biblical studies, where he graduated valedictorian. Kenneth met and married Laura Lee in Dallas, Texas, in 1960, and in 1963 they moved to Magee, Mississippi, where he began pastoring the Congregational Methodist Church. In 1969 he moved his family to Clute, Texas, where he pastored the Congregational Methodist Church for seven years, and then moved to Center, Texas, to pastor New Hope Congregational Methodist Church, from which he retired in 2011. He also pastored the Tennessee Presbyterian Church in Shelby County, Texas, on several occasions, and was doing so at the time of his death. After Laura passed away in 2002, Kenneth renewed an old friendship with Evelyn Lawson Meeks, who had also been recently widowed, and they married in 2003.

Kenneth was a man of many interests and talents, and he pursued those with diligence over the years. He learned carpentry skills from his father and used them throughout his life. As a young man, he was trained as a draftsman, and he applied those skills as the designer of numerous residential houses and church buildings. His early interest in fine arts permeated all of his work, and he developed these skills through courses of study at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, the University of Houston, and Stephen F. Austin State University, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialty in watercolor. In addition to fine arts, Kenneth worked as a commercial artist and sign painter and owned and operated JKV Art/Design.

While serving as pastor, Kenneth also served in numerous administrative roles in the larger structure of the Congregational Methodist Church. Among these, he was director of Hilltop Camp in Garrison, Texas, for over twenty years, District Conference Chairman for twenty-five years, and the member of various boards, including missions and publication. Locally, he was an active member of the Ministerial Alliance for many years.

As the eldest of six living children, Kenneth became a father figure to his siblings, who often called on him for advice or just to talk. As a husband, he was devoted and loving. As a father, he taught his sons how to work, the value of honesty and dependability, and how to care for people.

He is preceded in death by his Mother, Velma Vallie (Davis) Verner, Wife, Laura Lee Verner, Father, James Walter Verner, Brother, Gerald Eugene Verner and Infant brother, Jonathan Verner.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Evelyn Lawson Meeks Verner of Center, Texas
Son:
Craig Verner and wife, Shannon of Quinlan, Texas, and their sons, Jace and Drew
Son:
Timothy Verner of Center
4 Sisters:
Mary Mitchell and husband, Roy of Nacogdoches
Naomi Brimhall and husband, Ron of Bryan
Jane Anderton and husband, Merrell of Sheffield, Alabama
Carolyn Wines and husband, Darren of Lake Jackson
Step Children and step grandchildren:
James Everett Meeks & wife, LeighAnne of Tracy City, TN, and their daughters, Rena Elizabeth, Elizabeth Anne, Hannah Grace & Rebekah Leigh
Johannah Ries & husband, Dale Wayne of Franklin, NC and their children, Nathanael Dale ( and his son, Jadon Elijah) and Stefani Erin Mason & husband, Matthew
Timothy Lyn Meeks and wife, Erica and their children, Phillip Quinten & Raven Eeray
Jeremy Houston Meeks and wife, Kimberly Erin of Fayetteville, TN, and their son, Micah Samuel
Pallbearers:
James Everett Meeks, Jason Verner, Clifford Grimes,
Jace Henry, Gabriel Vidal & Tommy Lawson

In lieu of flowers, family request donations can be made to one of the following charities:
Ministerial Alliance (Good Samaritan Fund) c/o Bro. Michael Hale 117 Cora St. Center, Texas 75935
New Hope Congregational Methodist Church c/o Dorothy Fausett 404 Parks St. Center, Texas 75935
Congregational Methodist Church General Conference fund for Missions

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


08/20/2014

Funeral services for Heather Elaine Green, 24, and her unborn daughter, Emmie Jo, of Elkhart will be at 11am on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Randall Reeves officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 pm on Saturday at Mt. Comfort Cemetery near Maydelle. Arrangements are under the direction of Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home.

Heather passed away in Shelby County on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
She was born March 12, 1990, in Palestine, Texas to Mark and Brenda Scott Jorgensen. Heather at 24 years old was very strong in her faith, loving God with all her heart. She reached out to people touching many lives and was always there for her friends. Her family was her life and she loved them unconditionally. Her love of animals was ever present and part of her daily life and actions. She will be missed by everyone whose life she touched. We love you Heather.

Survivors include her husband, Christopher B. Green, her daughters, Camie Capri and Victoria Grace, parents, Mark and Brenda Jorgensen, and her brother, Hayden D. Jorgensen all of Elkhart; in-laws, Eddie and Donna Green and brother-in-law, Chuck Green all of Center; grandparents, Alonzo and Billie Sherman of Maydelle, Rebecca Bitner of Elkhart, and John and Lois Scott of Montalba; and numerous other important and loved family members.

Condolence calls will be received from 6-8 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014, at Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to GoFundMe.com (Help the Green Family, Center, TX).
View online at www.herringtonfuneral.com


08/19/2014

Wilbur Cordell Lout, 72, of The Woodlands, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in The Woodlands.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 22, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville with Bro. Andy Wilson officiating.

Mr. Lout was born October 31, 1941 in Shelby County to Charlie C. Lout and Dollie Mae Blackstock Lout. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Lout was later employed as lead hand at Armstrong Flooring, where he worked for 40+ years. He was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Center.

He is survived by
Sons:
Ronald Lout and wife, Martha of The Woodlands
Jonathan Lout of Center

Grandchildren:
Breia Lout of Joaquin
Holly Lout of College Station
Brandon Lout of The Woodlands

Brothers:
Kenneth Lout and wife, Marilyn of Shelbyville
Randolph Lout of Center

Sister: Carolyn McGee of McKinney

A number of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Charlie C. Lout and Dollie Mae Blackstock Lout
Brother: Donice Lout
Mother of his children: Jerri Nail Lout

Pallbearers will be Randall Lout, Richard Tomlin, Jeff McGee and Larry Windham.

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


08/18/2014

Martha Alice Dennis Luman Anthony, 73, of Center, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 in Center.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Corinth Cemetery in Timpson.

Ms. Anthony was born August 8, 1941 in Timpson to Albert Dennis and Nancy Walden Dennis. She worked as a home health provider and attended Central Baptist Church.

He is survived by

Children;
Linda Flores and husband Jose of Tenaha
Betty Marie Miller and husband Ronald of Nacogdoches
James Luman and wife Carolyn of Center
Martha Jaimes of Center
Johnnie Susie Plata of Tenaha
George Luman of Center
Thomas Anthony of Center

Grandchildren;
Kristy Adams, Kevin Flores, Korey Flores, Kolton Flores, Jennifer Miller, David Miller, Paul Beard, Jessie Luman, Johnny Luman, Kayla Luman, Alicia Plata, Angela Plata, Alexis Plata, Virginia Patena and Angel Patena

Great-Grandchildren;
Cameron Miller, Skyler Ferguson, Tyler Ferguson, Hannah Adams, Jace Adams, Mikayla Luman, Johnny B. Luman, Marie Flores, Hunter Flores

Brothers:
Albert Dennis of Center
Jimmy Dennis of Shelbyville, Illinois
Gilbert Dennis of Huntington

Preceded in death by:

Parents, Albert and Nancy Walden Dennis

Husbands, Johnny B. Luman and Morris Anthony

Son, Johnny F. Luman

Granddaughters, Nickie Luman and Brandy Nicole Jaimes

Sister, Margaret Lynch

Brother, John T. Smiley

Pallbearers will be Paul Beard, Jessie Luman, Johnny Luman, Thomas Dennis, Matt Chandler, Willie Dennis, Randy Dennis and Shane Dennis. Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Barton and Gilbert Dennis.

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


Gladys Edith Campos, 34, of Center, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches. She was born October 16, 1979 in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico to Juan Francisco Campos and Maria Del Socorro Chaves de Campos.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 18, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Juan Francisco Campos officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

She is survived by
Parents: Juan Francisco Campos and Maria Del Socorro Chavez de Campos

Brothers:
Juan Campos Jr. and wife, Juanita Garcia of Center
Alberto Campos and wife, Alyssa Powell of Center
Eliud Misael Campos and wife, Ana of Center

8 Nieces and Nephews

Numerous other relatives of the Campos-Chaves Family

“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” – Job 19:25-27

“Yo sé que mi redentor vive, y que al final *triunfará sobre la muerte. Y cuando mi piel haya sido destruida, todavía veré a Dios con mis propios ojos. Yo mismo espero verlo; espero ser yo quien lo vea, y no otro. ¡Este anhelo me consume las entrañas!” – Job 19:25-27

Online condolences & tributes can be sent atwww.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com


Nellie Lucille Jackson Hughes, 96, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Joe Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

Mrs. Hughes was born December 31, 1917 in the Jackson Community of Shelby County to Thomas Lee Jackson and Sarah Oma Jeans Jackson. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, crocheting and most of all spending time with her precious family. She was a member of Logansport Missionary Baptist Church in Logansport.

She is survived by
Daughters:
Zelna Belsha of Joaquin
Sue Weaver and husband, Buford of Center

Grandchildren:
Reene’ Hooper and husband, Duane of Houston
Denise Owens and husband, Pete of Center
Larry Weaver and wife, Pam of Center
Chad Hughes of Benton, Louisiana

11 Great Grandchildren

7 Great Great Grandchildren

Many greatly loved step grandchildren, step great grandchildren and step great great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by
Husband: Leon Hughes
Son: Grady Olen “Bo” Hughes
Infant Daughter: Alice Faye Hughes
Great Grandson: Clint Weaver
Parents: Thomas Lee Jackson and Sarah Oma Jeans Jackson

Pallbearers will be Chad Hughes, Alex Hooper, Rafael Fonseca, Kolby Owens, Karson Owens and Kamden Owens. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Weaver and Pete Owens.

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


Funeral services for Mr. Charles Delmar Crawford, 81, of Henderson, will be held at 2 pm on Monday, August 18, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home with Dr. David Higgs and Rev. Don Edmiston officiating. Interment will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 pm until service time on Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Crawford passed from this life August 15, 2014 at Hospice Homeplace in Tyler. He was born October 6, 1932 in Joaquin to the late Tommy and Bessie Scott Crawford. Charles served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and later became a superintendent with an air conditioning company. He was a member and deacon at First Baptist Church and a member of the William Odom 42 Club. Charles was also a past master of Clinton Lodge #23 and was co-founder of the Rusk County Treasure Hunters Club.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: brothers, Bud Crawford and Doug Crawford Sr.; and sister, Bennie Hutto.

Survivors include: wife of 62 years, Lou Crawford of Henderson; son, Joe Crawford and wife Susan of Tyler; brother, Tom Crawford of Henderson; grandchildren, Emily Ellis and husband Hughes, Kelcey Crawford, and Brady Crawford; and great grandson, Jace.

Pallbearers will be Roy Hall, Glynn Bert Rawlinson, Ronnie Ferguson, Mike Ferguson, Gene Layne, and Ronney Ortigo. Honorary pallbearers will be Lavern Gibson, Doug Crawford, Edward Lee Ivey, A.L. Layne, Weldon Hopkins, Tommy Hopkins, Dallas Woods, members of Clinton Lodge #23, and the Adult 7 Men's Sunday School class of First Baptist Church.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawfordacrim.com.


08/16/2014

Graveside services for Odelle Cockrell Moore, 97, of Wells will be held Monday, August 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston with Chaplain Bob Harbuck officiating.

Mrs. Moore was born October 27, 1916 in Joaquin, Texas to Johnny A. and Zella (Wood) Cockrell, and died Thursday, August 14, 2014 in a local nursing home. Formerly of Houston, she had resided in Wells for seven years. She was a supervisor at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 30 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pasadena.

Survivors include her great-niece, Sherry Conway and husband Eddie of West Columbia; great-great-niece, Hilliary Mitchell and husband Bobby; and great-great-great nephews, Keagan French, Jaymie French, Tristin Doss and Trace Doss.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl B. Moore; sisters, Betty Sapp and Lurline Stuckey; and niece, Esther King.

The family extends special thanks to Wells LTC, Heart to Heart Hospice, and Chaplain Bob Harbuck for their care of Mrs. Moore.
Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.


08/14/2014

Winnifred Helton, 88, of Center, passed away Friday, August 15, 2014 at Memorial Health Systems of East Texas in San Augustine.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ozay Ford officiating. Burial will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born July 17, 1926 in Shelby County to Flewellyn and Zettie (Stack) Samford. She recently retired from Napa-Toledo Automotive where she was a bookkeeper for 35 years. She was formerly a member First United Methodist Church in Center for many years and later a member of St. Marks Methodist Church in Center.

She is preceded death by her Parents, Flewellyn & Zettie Samford, Husband, T.O. Helton & 3 Sisters, Lucille Lamkin, Oneta White & Estelline Bush Parmley.

She is survived by:
Son:
Gary Helton of Center

Daughter:
Zettie Dean & husband, Tommy of Center

Grandchildren:
Dr. Carmon Lampley- Roberts & husband, Darren of Nacogdoches
Dan Helton & wife, Stephnie of Center
Charla Young & husband, John of Natchitoches, LA

Great-Grandchildren:
John Earl & Trey Young of Natchitoches, LA
Elizabeth Bailey of Center
Case Roberts of Nacogdoches

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends

Pallbearers:
John Young, Charles Eberenz, Willie “Bill” Eberenz, Darren Roberts,
Randy Hughes, Alfred Brown, John Earl Young & Jasen Watlington

Honorary Pallbearers:
Rayford Lamkin and Dan Helton

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


George Allen Goodwin Jr., 56, of Joaquin, died August 15, 2014 with his family by his side.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 18, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Hollis Bass officiating. Interment will follow at Old Home Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Goodwin was born on July 11, 1958 in La Marque to George Allen Goodwin Sr. and Pauline Edomm Goodwin. George was a member of the Old Home Baptist Church.

George was previously employed by N. L. Baroid for many years and was recognized for the design and introduction of the Mobile DWD Pulser District Flushing Rig, a tool used for downhole drilling and widely used in the oilfield industry today.

He grew up in Alvin and as a young child loved riding mini-bikes with his siblings, cousins and neighbors. He later started riding motorcycles and raced motocross, winning many trophies. George loved sailing and had a sailboat that he loved sailing in the Clear Lake/Kemah area. He also had a small Hobie Cat sailboat that he frequently took his nieces and nephews on, sailing for hours. They called him “Galby” and they would go “Hobieing”.

George will be especially remembered for his quick wit and the ability to make people laugh. He was very caring and giving. He loved to make gifts for people; making guns, knives and special mementos for family and friends.

He is survived by
Mother, Pauline Kaper and husband Ronnie

Sisters;
Pam Cunningham and husband Jim
Georganne Palmer and husband James

Niece, Jamie Trevino and husband Luis

Nephews;
Michiel Lemaster
Richard Shafer
Chris Shafer

A host of family and friends

Preceded in death by
Father, George Allen Goodwin Sr.
Dear Friend, Ruth Sanford

Pallbearers will be Don Russell, Scott Kaper, John Oliver, Mike Ramsey, Michiel Lemaster and Waylon George. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Shafer and Chris Shafer.

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


08/14/2014

Celia Pearl Greer, age 86, a long time resident of Center, TX went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Ms. Greer moved to Highlands, TX in 2009, to live with a daughter, when Altzheimer’s resulted in her not being able to live alone. In June 2014 her care needs resulted in her final days at the Rehabilitation & Healtcare Center of Baytown.

Her Homegoing Celebration will be held Saturday, August, 16, 2014 at 11:00 am at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church, 623 Martin Luther King Dr., Center, TX 75935 with Pastor Lucian Taum officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service on Saturday, August 16, 2014 beginning at 9:00am until 11:00 am. Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery, Africa Rd. Center, TX. Family and friends will gather at Bright Morning Star cafeteria for the repass after interment

Ms. Celia Pearl Greer was born April 3, 1928 to the late Dee Paul and Goldie Cook Dennis of Bronson, Texas. Celia Pearl was one of nine children and established herself as the boss of them ALL, at an early age. [Tommie, Curtis, Leonard, Keither, W.C., Paul Jones, Velma, Thelma]

Younger Siblings had to suffer the humiliation of being taught and reprimanded both at home and in the school setting as she started her career of teaching after she graduated from Texas College.

She wore many hats and was always involved in and heading up some project, whether Church, Community, or County. Whatever she saw that she deemed might need to be done, she readily tackled, with no fear or regard for anyone else's opinion. She taught school starting in 1947 and continuing thru 1979, in Hemphill, San Augustine, C.H. Daniels and Center Schools. She also worked at Tri-County, at Holly Farms, assumed a trash pick up business after "Dank" had suffered a stoke that disabled him, taught Adult education classes. She was active and involved in numerous community and Church endeavors. Community centers, C.H. Daniels Alumni functions, New Zion Gatsby cemetery, Westview Cemetery, Usher Board, Mission Board, Sunday School Teacher.

She was married to Delton Neil Greer on December 24,1954 at her home in Geneva, Texas by Rev G.W. Taylor and Garfield Richards was their witness. They had two daughters Regina Neil, and Leachress Anita. He preceded her in death in December 1988.

She became a member at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church, sometime between 1954 and 1957 and has maintained membership there until her passing.

She leave to cherish her memories two daughters: Regina G. Netherly of Baytown, TX, Leachress A. Dorsey of Highlands, TX. Two grandchildren: Justin Wayne Netherly and Kendall Elyse Dorsey, two sisters Thelma Carmichael and Velma Davis of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. three brothers, Tommie Dennis (Evelyn) of Bellwood, Illinois, Keither Dennis of Rosevine, TX and Willie Charles (W.C.) Dennis of Rosevine, TX, a paternal aunt Vernell Donley of Jasper, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Arrangements Entrusted to the Professionals of Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Dr., Nacogdoches, TX 75961.


Mary Nell Garrett Teer, 80, of Joaquin, passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at her residence. She was born August 14, 1933 in Panola County to Grady Alvin Johnson and Ella Alexander Johnson.

The family will have a private memorial service at a later time.

She is survived by
Son: Randy Garrett and wife, Margie of Joaquin

Daughter-in-law: Mary Garrett of Beckville

Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren

Sister: Laverne Higgins of Splendora

Brothers:
Charles Johnson of the Deadwood Community of Panola County
Buddy Johnson of South Houston

Preceded in death by
Husband: Morris Garrett
Son: Weldon Garrett
Parents: Grady Alvin Johnson and Ella Alexander Johnson
Eight brothers and sisters

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


08/13/2014

Kay Loretta Waterhouse, age 66, of Center, passed away Sunday evening, August 10, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. A wake will be held Friday, August 15, 2014 from 6pm until 8pm at Community Funeral Home Chapel, Center, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Triumph Church, Center, Texas with interment to follow at Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas, Bishop Howard Cloudy officiating.

She is survived by:

Husband, Richard Phillips of Center

Son, Ardie J. Phillips of Center

A number of cousins and relatives.

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.


A private family memorial service for Esther King, 86, of Lufkin and formerly of San Augustine, Nacogdoches & Wells will be held at a later date.

Mrs. King passed away Monday in Lufkin. She was born January 6, 1928 in Joaquin, Texas to B.H. & Betty Cockrell Sapp. She lived most of her life in the San Augustine and Nacogdoches area where she worked as a nurse for numerous nursing homes. She was a member of the Joaquin First Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents. The family would like to express a special thanks to the staff of Hospice in the Pines Inpatient Unit of Lufkin.

Survivors Include

Daughter & Son-in-law:

Sherry Crawford & Eddie Conway- West Columbia, Texas

Granddaughter: Hilliary Mitchell and husband Bobby

Great Grandchildren: Keagan & James French & Tristin & Trace Doss

There will be no visitation.

Services under the direction of O.T. Allen & Son Funeral Home, Alto, Texas.


08/11/2014

Philip John Bounds, 66, of Garland, formerly of Center, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Garland.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Tim Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

Mr. Bounds was born November 29, 1947 in Houston, Texas to Hubert Burke Bounds and Margie Jones Bounds. He served in the United States Air Force.

He is survived by
Wife: Pam Bounds of Garland

Son: Phil Bounds of Spring

Daughter: Mishea Davis-Bounds of Garland

Grandchildren:
Kingsley
Ayden
Hannah

Father: Hubert Burke Bounds

Sisters:
Jama Holder & husband James of Richardson
Marsha Bounds of Center
Melonia Molloy & husband Larry of Timpson
Anita Long & husband Tim of Center

Brother-in-law: Chris Head and wife Annie of Flower Mound

Sister-in-law: Cynthia Butler of Farmers Branch

Preceded in death
Mother: Margie Jones Bounds
Sister: Vickie Jan Bounds

Pallbearers will be Phil Bounds, James Holder, Scott Holder, Isaiah Molloy, Larry Molloy and Darren Wiggins. Honorary pallbearer will be Ayden Davis.

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


08/10/2014

Ruth Sanford, 76, of Center, passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014 at her residence after a brief illness.

Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park Rev. Carl Smith officiating. Visitation will be Monday, August 11, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born April 3, 1938 in Orange County, Texas to Lonnie and Mildred Irene (Whisenhunt) Windham. She worked at Tyson for many years where she was a supervisor in the shipping department and she was also a caregiver to the elderly.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Lonnie and Mildred Windham, Husband, C.E. “Tooter” Sanford, Sister, Wilma Jean Lout, Brother, Charlie Windham, Step-Brother, Floyd Socia, Step-Sister, Bernice Branner & Father-in-law & Mother-in-law, W.W. & Annie Sanford.

She is survived by:

2 Sons:
Darrell Sanford & wife, Pam of Center
Clovis Sanford & wife, Barbara of Dallas

Grandchildren:
Scott Sanford & wife, Allison of Center
Kirk Sanford & wife, Kelli of Center

Great-Grandchildren:
Jaxon & Maddox Sanford
Madelyn Sanford

Brothers & Sisters:
Robert Windham of Murkel
Douglas Windham & wife, Shelia of Timpson
Richard Windham & wife, Lynn of Center
Earl Windham & wife, Pat of Center
Gearld Windham & wife, Irma of El Paso
Lonnie Windham, Jr. & wife, Jan of Lufkin
Pat Sherman of Center
Kay Johnson & husband, Al of Carthage

Step Brother, Jimmie Socia & wife, Faye of Nacogdoches

Pallbearers: Scott Sanford, Kirk Sanford, Al Johnson, Earl Windham, Alberto Cortez & Jackie Hilton

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


Clara Ann Touchstone, 71, of Shreveport formerly of Joaquin, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Willis Knighton South in Shreveport, LA.

Graveside Service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin with Ms. Melba Rogers officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born November 4, 1942 in Shelby County to Avery and Girtuce (Parker) Blount. She graduated from Joaquin High School in 1961.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Avery & Girtuce Blount and Niece, Meta Michelle Bates.

She is survived by:

Husband:
Ben Touchstone of Shreveport

2 Sons:
Benjamin Ray Touchstone, Jr. & wife, Cheryl of Effie, LA
Aaron Scott Touchstone of Shreveport

3 Grandchildren:
Benjamin Ray Touchstone, III
Amanda Dale Henderson & husband, Wes
Brittany Nicole Marcotte & husband, Jeremy

2 Great-Grandchildren:
Baugh Ray Touchstone
Jace Marcotte

Brothers & Sisters:
Mickie Shull of Center
Aaron Avery Blount, Jr. of Joaquin
Sandra Stephens & husband, Jimmy of Logansport
Norma Gene & Webb Bates of Joaquin

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Pallbearers will be her Nephews & Family

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


T. G. Gerald Bellmyer, 92, of Tenaha, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Newburn Cemetery in Center.

Mr. Bellmyer was born June 7, 1922 in Copan, Oklahoma to Arlie Bellmyer and Evelyn Wagaman Bellmyer. During World War II, he served in the Eighth Bomber Command of the United States Air Force. Mr. Bellmyer later became a maintenance supervisor for Charter Oil Company, where he retired after many years of service. Loving the outdoors, he spent much time farming, caring for his cattle and keeping his property in immaculate condition. Mr. Bellmyer had a special passion for his family, always including them in his daily activities. He taught both his children and grandchildren to work hard, but taught them to play hard as well. As a hobby, Mr. Bellmyer enjoyed square dancing with friends across Texas. He was a 50+ year member of the Tenaha Masonic Lodge #737.

He is survived by
Daughter: Sharon Kay Bartee and husband, Royce of Madill, Oklahoma

Son: Tom Bellmyer and wife, Noreen Clair of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Richard Bartee and wife, Cheryl
Mandi Bellmyer Johnson and husband, Ronnie
Chris Bellmyer and wife, Julie Lux

Great Grandchildren:
Zoe, Noah, Ruby, Lucien

Many other family members and friends

Preceded in death by
Wife: Betty Bellmyer
Great Grandson: Dylan Russell
Parents: Arlie Bellmyer and Evelyn Wagaman Bellmyer
Five Brothers

Pallbearers will be Royce Bartee, Ronnie Johnson, Chris Bellmyer, Richard Bartee, Jimmy Medearis and Tom Bellmyer. Honorary pallbearers will be great grandchildren, Noah and Lucien.

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


08/07/2014

Charles “Hutch” Hutcherson, Charles “Hutch” Hutcherson, 90, of Center, passed away Thursday, August 07, 2014 at his residence.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joel McMahon officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be prior to the service on Sunday beginning at 12:00 p.m. (noon) until 2:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born November 21, 1923 in Oakdale, Louisiana to William and Bertha (McKinney) Hutcherson. Revelations 14:13 tells us that “blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes says the spirit, they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” It is hard for us that knew Charles Newell Hutcherson to believe that he will ever rest. However, it is not hard for us that knew Hutch to believe that he will be known for his deeds and to know that those deeds will follow him. For it is his deeds and his labors that we all remember of him.

Hutch was a man known for his work and his actions. It is the passion that he had for the work he did that we remember. Hutch began work at Center Motor Company in the spring of 1951 and he has been there ever since. Seldom was the day that a person could drive by and not see Hutch sitting at his desk in the front window. He worked Monday thru Saturday, arriving at 6:00 A.M. to make sure that the coffee was made. Hutch was even known to meet customers on Sundays if they couldn’t make it any other time because he was not going to let something like a day off cause him to miss a chance to sell a car. Often was the case that Hutch’s duty to get to work and sell a car could be attested to by Liz Ann for so many times she was awakened by an early morning phone call to bring Hutch his spare keys because he locked his in his truck quite often.

Two years after starting at Center Motor Company Hutch married the love of his life Peggy Joyce Wicker. Peggy won his heart when she would come into Center Motor Company to deliver papers. Hutch lied about his age in order not to frighten Peggy off but that was as far as his dedication to her would ever stray. In their 57 years of marriage Hutch was forever the faithful servant. Never once did Hutch raise his voice or come close to an argument with Peggy a fact that all his daughters and grandchildren attest to with great admiration.

Hutch applied that dedication and passion to the rest of his life as well. He was an avid coin collector even up to his last days, showing his newly found Elvis coin off to any one that happened to stop by for a visit. Such was his desire for collecting coins that when he was at a loss trying to come up with a name for his second daughter he chose to name her after a rare coin that had long escaped him. He found that rare coin on the day of his daughter’s birth and not one to let an opportunity to pass he named his lucky daughter Penny in honor of both of their arrivals.

His passion was also so evident in his love for his grandchildren. Teaching them to hunt, fish and appreciate the outdoors. However, like is job and his marriage, Hutch was devoted to the hunt and that meant waking at 2:00 A.M., breakfast at 3:00, and on the stand by 4:00. A tough but necessary chore if you were going to hunt with Hutch. However, the boys managed to get their fun in also. Many stories of hunting were told by family these past few days and one that stood out was when Hutch decided to take Brant and Kevin Jones to hunt one day. As they arrived at the gate, Hutch climbed out of the truck to go and open the gate, leaving Brant and Kevin in the cab of the truck with a loaded gun. Somehow these two young men managed to cause that gun to go off blowing a very large hole in the floorboard of the truck, leaving two very frightened boys. Scared of the gun that just went off but more afraid of what Hutch was going to do to them. However, to their amazement and maybe to all of yours as well, Hutch never heard that gun go off.

Hutch also loved the Super Bowl and more importantly selling squares for the super bowl board. And oh how he loved his Cowboys. Just like his dedication to be at his desk at work Monday thru Saturday, Hutch was going to be in his recliner in front of his T.V. when his beloved boys came on. A few years ago when the NFL network began televising games on Thursday nights Hutch was elated to find out his Cowboys were going to be on the first game of the season. That elation soon turned to anger when he found out that his cable provider did not carry the NFL network and that he would not be able to watch his cherished Cowboys. He was soon on the phone to Little Bit to make sure that she could get that fixed for him. And a few phone calls and one switch to satellite T.V. later Hutch was in his recliner that Thursday with his Cowboys on in front of him.

His hard work and dedication to job, family and friends was also very evident in one of his other passions, his yard and gardens. Weed eating, mowing, trimming hedges, and to everyone’s dismay blowing leaves off of the roof at his house. Without fail he would have his yard and garden worked to perfection. Still taking care of his own yard when many of his neighbors have long let others take care of it for them. So much was his dedication to his yard and garden that this past Easter, not a meal was eaten, a picture took, or an egg hunted until his grandsons figured out how to get his new tiller running so he could plow his garden. After all he had to get his vegetables planted. His many friends and neighbors were dependent on him to drop off their bags of vegetables that he left on their doorsteps on his way to work every morning.

Hutch’s life was a life well lived. He lived his life devoted to the many things that he cherished. His devotion is unmatched by any person that I know. He showed a dedication and loyalty to his job that is unheard of in today’s world. He was faithful and devoted to his wife Peggy, never once in 57 years raising his voice to her. An amazing feat when you consider how much we raise our voices and yell at the ones we love daily. He adored his 3 daughters Jayne, Penny, and Liz always keeping them close by and together in a time when families so often leave and stay in touch by phone or text they still met daily at his house to visit in person. He doted on his grandchildren Brant, Mindy, CJ, and Nathan. Always greeting them with a big smile, hug and an occasional chore to do. Just to let them know how he needed them so. And he so treasured his many great grandchildren; Samantha, Brookelynn, Peyton, Colbeigh, Cale, Connor, Cullen, Jaxon, Haleigh, and Bryleigh. Watching them play was a prized pastime he so valued. Hutch was a true friend to so many always there for others before himself. Often taking time to talk to them at the Ford place and having conversations that everyone was privileged to hear even if he couldn’t. So we should be happy for Hutch who can go and finally rest from his many labors and we and the Lord will remember him for his many good deeds.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, William and Bertha Hutcherson, Wife, Peggy Hutcherson, Granddaughter, Samantha Joyce Goings, 2 Sons-in-law, Mike Burke & Roy Crain, 3 Brothers, Arthur Hutcherson, William Hutcherson & George Hutcherson & Sister, Frances Farmer.

He is survived by:

3 Daughters:
Jayne Crain of Center
Penny Lynch & husband, Ronny of Shelbyville
Lizann Burke & Roy Blackshear of Center

Grandchildren:
Brant Bridges & wife, Michelle of Tenaha
Mindy Henson & husband, Jake of Center
C.J. Goings & Vanessa of Center
Nathan Lynch & wife, Beth of Joaquin

Great-Grandchildren:
Samantha Bridges & Lane Metcalf
Brookelynn Bridges
Peyton Bridges
Colbeigh Bridges
Connor, Cale & Cullen Henson
Jaxon Goings
Haleigh & Bryleigh Lynch

2 Great-Great-Grandchildren on the way:
Stormy Metcalf
Cooper Goings

Sister-in-law, Donna Hutcherson of Hallsville

Nephews:
Lamar Huctherson
Michael Hutcherson
Mark Hutcherson
William Farmer
James Farmer

Niece, Lois Templin & husband, Dan

First Cousin, Beth Shepherd & husband, Marion

Pallbearers: Kevin Jones, Josh Wulf, Jonathan Wulf, Jimmy Andrews, Warren Smith, Willie “Bill” Eberenz, Harold Patton, Lane Metcalf, Wil Blackshear, Edgar Sanders & Gilbert Curtis

Honorary Pallbearers: Ray Jones, J.W. Adams, Jamie Payne, Tim Wulf, Mack O’Rear & Luke Motley

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


Gracie Jean Wimberly Fancher, 78, of Joaquin, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

Ms. Fancher was born October 17, 1935 in Center to Walter Wimberly and Eula Hartsook Wilburn Wimberly. She loved reading and spending time with her family. Ms. Fancher was of the Baptist Faith.

She is survived by
Daughter: Connie Carroll of Joaquin

Granddaughter: Brandi Atkinson and husband, Mike of Joaquin

Great Grandchildren:
Mikah Atkinson of Joaquin
Gracie Atkinson of Joaquin
Cayden Atkinson of Joaquin

Brother: Wayne Wimberly of the Old Center Community of Shelby County

Brother-in-law: Bill Fancher of Victoria

Sister-in-law: Gloria Fancher of Victoria

Special Family Friend: Barbara Reagan of Joaquin

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Royce Fancher
Daughter: Debbie Goings
Parents: Walter Wimberly and Eula Hartsook Wilburn Wimberly
Son: Randy Fancher
Son-in-law: Stephen Carroll

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


B. Donice Shilling, 64, of Milam, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mrs. Shilling was born June 14, 1950 in Pasadena to William B. Ruble and Mary Lois Shofner Ruble. She retired as an electrical engineer from Center Point Energy where she was employed for thirty three years. Mrs. Shilling was a member of Hemphill First Baptist Church.

She is survived by
Husband: Robert D. Shilling of Milam

Son: Timothy Glenn Shilling and wife, Sabrina of Jacksonville, Florida

Granddaughter: Tiffiny Ann Shilling of Jacksonville, Florida

Sister: Dorina Ruble

Brother-in-law: James Michael Shilling of Bayou Vista

Nephew: Rodney Shilling and wife, Miranda of League City

Great Nephew: Keegan Shilling

Step-mother: Ruth Ruble of League City

Preceded in death by
Parents: William B. Ruble and Mary Lois Shofner Ruble

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


James Edward Scott Cole, 70, of Tyler formerly of Joaquin, Shelby County, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Quinton Creme officiating. Burial will follow at Sholar Cemetery in Joaquin with military honors under the direction of US Navy Honor Guards. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

He was born February 13, 1944 in Lake Charles, LA to Herman Wyatt and Dovie Mae (Whiddon) Cole. He retired from the US Navy where he served 4 years with a tour to Vietnam.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, H.W. and Dovie Cole, Sister, Elizabeth Ann Cole Strickland, Niece, Susan Danielle Miller & Brothers-in-law, Nick Creme & Burl Strickland.

He is survived by:

3 Sisters:
Sandra Jean Cole Watkins of Tyler
Winifrey Jane Cole Creme of Houston
Brenda Sue Cole Miller & husband, Tom of Tyler

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces & Great Nephews & Cousins

Pallbearers: Tom Miller, III, Donny Watkins, Quinton Creme, Wayne Hughes & Keith Forsythe

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


08/06/2014

Attorney John R. Smith, 74, of Center, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in San Augustine.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 8, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Rev. Carl Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

John Russell Smith, aka “John R,” was born in Knox County, Texas on March 31, 1940 to John Pate and Lois Louise "Honey" Smith. John R grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico where he graduated from Carlsbad High School. While in high school, in the fall of 1957, he was the All State Quarterback for his football team and led them to winning the State Championship. He was the Vice President of the Student Council and he also played on the All State Basketball Team. His talent as an athlete prompted Texas Christian University to offer him a full basketball scholarship. After graduating from TCU, John R went to work for the State of Nevada, serving as the personnel director for the State of Nevada. While working as the director, the Governor of Nevada persuaded John R to attend law school. He graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas in 1973. He moved to Center, Texas and began his career as an attorney. His first position was in the Law Offices of Bill Griffin. However, he soon realized he had his own way of doing things and hung out his own shingle and thus began the legendary “Law Offices of John R. Smith.” During his career, he represented clients all over the United States, in both Federal Courts as well as State Courts. He served as the elected Shelby County District Attorney for a time. However, no matter what attorney “hat” he was wearing, he always represented his clients vigorously. He never cared with whom he was arguing or who he was making mad. His first concern was always, first and foremost, his client. Up to the date of his death, he continued to practice law, seeking justice and fairness for each and every client he represented.

When not practicing law, John R loved to travel. He and his wife Cindy made yearly trips to New Mexico, Colorado, and Cancun, Mexico. John R also loved his “family” time with his beloved pets. Paco, Bogey, Maggie and Patron will miss the TLC he reaped upon them daily. He and Cindy also loved to go to the lake with their Pontoon Boat. During hunting season, it was not uncommon to see him speeding out of town, headed for the deer lease and all the tall tales he and all his hunting buddies would tell around the campfire. When he had the time, he also loved to play golf. In 2006, he entered a golf tournament at Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico along with 300 other golfers. John R won first place and brought home prizes in excess of $15,000. He served for a time as President of the Center Country Club and was responsible for organizing and making the Calcuttas held each year at the Country Club a huge success. In his more mischievous moments (and there were many of them), he loved to “exterminate” the frogs in the beautiful pond he and Cindy built on their back patio. It is located directly under his bedroom window, and he said the frogs were too noisy and kept him from sleeping. So, regularly, he would get the Clorox bottle, dump the Clorox into the pond, and smile that John R smile as Cindy would fuss about the poor frogs.

John R was also an accomplished writer. His book “Redneck Country, Black Letter Law” was an intriguing novel and had many people in Shelby County asking when the next book would be released. He was working on three other books at the time of his death.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church and has been a member of Dr. Joe Hooker’s Sunday School Class for many years.

John R is survived by his loving wife and constant companion Cindy Conway Smith; his son John Russell Smith, Jr. and his spouse Mark Dunn of Tampa, Florida; his sisters Nancy Lambert and her husband Don of Kentucky and Rita Smith of Reno, Nevada; sister and brother-in-law Barbara Conway and Robert Earl Bailey of Nacogdoches; many other nieces, nephews, and other family too numerous to mention.

He was preceded in death by his parents John Pate Smith and Lois Louise Smith and mother and father in law, Mr. and Ms. W.O. Conway.

Pallbearers will be Phil Hennigan, Dr. Dixon Golden, Billy Bob McAdams, Josh McAdams, Don Stewart, Victor Crawford, Burley Lamb and Jerry Agnew. Honorary pallbearers will be Weldon Boles, L.V. “Toptsy” Williams, and George Bowers.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Smith’s name to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718 or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929.

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


08/05/2014

Jack Henry Hughes, Sr., 74, of Center, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ron Luman officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park with military honors under the direction of the Local VFW Post #8904. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born March 6, 1940 in Shelby County to R.C. Hughes and Willie Eva (Bowlin) Hughes. He farmed and sold produce and watermelons for many years. He served in the US Army for over 6 years with 2 tours to Vietnam. He was a member of the Local VFW Post #8904 and also a member the Odd Fellow Gaiety Masonic Lodge #84 in Carthage.

He is preceded in death by his Father, R.C. Hughes, Mother, Willie Eva Burns, Brothers & Sister, Harvey Hughes, R.C. Hughes, Jr., Robert Hughes, Wayne Hughes & Johnnie Ruth Adams.

He is survived by:

8 Children:
Angela Latham & husband, Randy of Tenaha
Judy McDonald & husband, Robert of Center
Jack “Peanut” Hughes, Jr. & wife, Melinda of Center
Tammy Roden of Center
Billy Hughes of Center
Amy Oswalt & husband, Kyle of Tenaha
Chad “Shorty” Hughes & wife, Cortney of Center
Jaclyn Morris & husband, William of Center

Grandchildren:
Bradley Latham & wife, Courtney of Huntington
Bryant Latham & Ashley of Tenaha
Jamie Dwire of San Augustine
Kristen Cooley of Center
Ashely Runnels & husband, Louis of Center
Joshua Cooley of Center
Holly Roden of Center
Coty & Cade Oswalt of Tenaha
Kayla Hughes of Center
Michael Hughes of Center
Tyler Hughes of Center
Jaycee Hughes of Bossier City
Hayden Pate of Center
Jayleigh Hughes of Center
Chris, Jordyn & Justyn Morris

Great-Grandchildren: Easton Latham, Brylee Hendricks, Brynley Hendricks, Louis Runnels, V, & Corbin Runnles

Sister, Dorothy Shofner of Center

Numerous Other Family & Friends

Pallbearers: Douglas Jackson, Jay Harvey, Pat Bradshaw, Harry Cooper, Robert Holloway, Kirk Holloway & Robert Porterfield

Honorary Pallbearers will be Grandsons: Bradley Latham, Bryant Latham, Joshua Cooley, Coty Oswalt, Cade Oswalt, Michael Hughes, Tyler Hughes, Hayden Pate, Chris Morris, Jordyn Morris & Justyn Morris

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


Alma Mae Hall, 88, of League City formerly of Huxley, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at St. John’s Hospital in Nassau Bay, Texas.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 11, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

She was born August 10, 1925 in Fulton County, Illinois to John Logan and Hazel Marie (Huston) Whitehead.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, John and Hazel Whitehead, Husband, William F. Hall, Granddaughter, Melody Curtis & Daughter-in-law, Nelma Hall.

She is survived by:

Children:
William “Bill” Hall of Galesburg, Illinois
Jack Hall & wife, Kathy of Houston
Rebecca Tucker & husband, Howard of League City
Melissa Jensen & husband, Robert of Carbondale, Illinois
Numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren & Great Great Grandchildren

Sister-in-law, LaVonne Law of Lewistown, Illinois

Pallbearers will be her Grandsons

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


Henry Doyle Carroll, 81, of Joaquin, passed away Monday, August 4, 2014 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home. No services are planned, cremation to follow visitation.

He was born July 12, 1933 in Joaquin to Mack and Ethel (Childress) Carroll.

He is preceded in death by Parents, Mack & Ethel (Childress) Carroll, Wife, Ellen Carroll, Son, David Carroll, Son, Frank Carroll, Brother, Joe Carroll & Brother, Felix Carroll.

He is survived by:

Son & Daughter-in-law:
Dewey & Diane Carroll of Joaquin

Daughter-in-law:
Elizabeth Carroll of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Draper Carroll of Center
Stephan & Alicia Carroll of Joaquin
Felicia Carroll of Joaquin
David Wayne Carroll & wife, Shannon of Joaquin
Christina Claypool & husband, Brad of Center
Ellen Hudson & husband, Randy of Sparta, WI

Great-Grandchildren:
Charles, Hunter & Dakotah Carroll
Isabella Carroll
Andrea & Tristien Carroll
Serah & Deven Blunt
Emma Hudson
Logan Hudson

Numerous Nieces & Nephews

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


08/04/2014

R.E. “Bobby” Thomas, Sr., 74, of Center, passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home. No services are planned. Cremation to follow visitation.

He was born August 27, 1939 in Hickman, Kentucky to Oliver and Modina (Alderdeis) Thomas. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Oliver and Modina Thomas, 3 Brothers, James Thomas, Artell Thomas and Will Ed Thomas and Sister, Barbara Babcock.

He survived by:

Wife, Joy Kenderdine Thomas of Center

4 Children:
Robert Thomas, Jr. & wife, Angela of Bossier City, LA
Mark Thomas & wife, Dorothy of Houston
Detra Lehman & husband, Kevin of Waller
Elizabeth Thomas of Joaquin

Grandchildren:
Crystal Thomas, Jason Thomas & wife, Leora & Marshal Thomas
Xander Thomas
Cody, Owen, Hayden, Wyatt & Nolan Lehman
April, Micheal & Ariel “Little Girl People” Price

Great Grandchildren, Alex & Jacob Thomas

Sisters & Brother, Teeny, Vida & Cecil Thomas

Mother of Son, Judy Triplett of Houston

Mother of Daughters, Nancy Price of Joaquin

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


Danny Lee Crowley Sr., 85, of Nacogdoches, passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 4, 2014 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Cold Springs Baptist Church in Garrison with Bro. John McGuire officiating.

Mr. Crowley was born July 19, 1929 in Houston to Lee O’Conner Crowley and Marie Frances Branson Crowley. He served as a medic in the United States Army during the Korean War. Mr. Crowley loved to play pool, golf and sailing.

He is survived by
Loving wife of 60 years, Erma Jewel “Dupie” Crowley

Children:
Sharon Mason and husband Jack of Cypress
Danny Crowley, Jr. of Houston
John Crowley and wife Felicia of Houston
Leslie Crowley and wife Jennifer of Houston
Gwen Crowley of Nacogdoches

Grandchildren:
Doug Lowrey
Lisa Lowrey
John Crowley, Jr.
Lacey Flowers
Zachary Crowley
Christine Crowley
Colton Crowley

Great Grandchildren:
Chelsea Schuur
Kayla Crowley
Teagon Flowers

Sister: Jody Turner and husband Allen of Dallas

Preceded in death by
Parents: Lee O’Conner and Marie Frances Branson Crowley

Pallbearers will be John Crowley Jr., Zachary Crowley, Doug Lowrey, Jack Mason, Kevin Flowers, Brad Laidler, Pat Goodson and Kendall Kinchen.


08/01/2014

Raymond C. Payne, 92, of Laplace, Louisiana, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Shelbyville with Bro. Bobby Warr officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

Mr. Payne was born September 5, 1921 in Shelbyville to Hillard Payne and Lilly Metcalf Payne. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a member of the 79th Engineers Battalion. Mr. Payne was a member of Fair Park Masonic Lodge #436 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He is survived by
Daughter: Dolores Payne Gennaro and husband, Anthony of Laplace, Louisiana

Son: Randall R. Payne and wife, Zelma of Lumberton, Mississippi

Grandchildren:
Joey Gennaro
Steven Gennaro
Anna Gennaro Duhe
Deana Payne
Mary Payne Sistrunk

Nine Great Grandchildren

Two Great Grandchildren

Two Great Great Grandchildren and one on the way

Preceded in death by
Wife: Bernita English Payne
Parents: Hillard Payne and Lilly Metcalf Payne
Sisters: Bernice English, Chestine Parker, Joy Oswalt, Lola May Payne, Ruby Lout

Pallbearers will be Joey Gennaro, Steven Gennaro, Randall Dusang, Patrick Duhe, Justin Gennaro and Jeremy Sistrunk. Honorary pallbearer will be Kenny LeBlanc.

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


Marjorie Beth Ruddell, 84, of Center, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center.

Visitation will be held at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Steve Noble officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center.

Ms. Ruddell was born September 8, 1929 in Shelby County to Robert Hollis and Lola Mae Jacobs. She retired from Tyson Foods, where she worked as a receptionist. Ms. Ruddell was a member of New Life Church in Center.

She is survived by
Son: Robert Ruddell of Center

Granddaughter: Pam Williams of San Benito

Great Grandchildren:
Tristan Williams of San Benito
Trinity Williams of San Benito

Preceded in death by
Husband: Johnnie Ruddell
Daughters: LaDonna Mae Ruddell, Deborah Kay Ruddell Jones
Parents: Robert Hollis and Lola Mae Jacobs
Sister: Lola Mae Jacobs

Pallbearers will be Scott Jacobs, Tommy Alford, Lee Sowell, Buddy Sowell, Michael Crouch and Melvin Crouch.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ms. Ruddell’s name to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718 or Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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

 

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