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December Obits



Rev. Bobby Strange, 79, of Nacogdoches and born and raised in Timpson passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Center.

A wake is scheduled for Friday night, December 19, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm at Community Funeral Home in Timpson. Services will be Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11am at Antioch Baptist Church in Timpson. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Timpson with Rev. Carlius Johnson officiating.

Rev. Bobby Strange is survived by

2 sons: Fredric, and wife, Rhonda Strange of Nacogdoches; and Walter, and wife, Aretha Strange of Seattle, Washington.

1 stepson: Rodney Ingram, of Dallas.

Fred Brown, 64, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014. He was born on April 2, 1950 in Panola County to the late John L. and Alice Brown. He attended Westside Elementary and Turner High School in Carthage, Texas.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church, Timpson, Texas with Reverend Cedric Grace, Sr., Pastor. Interment at Smyrna Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.

He leaves to cherish his memories:

Daughter, Vickie Brown Yarbrough (Tony)

Grand Children: Latoyia Jeter (Kawan), Destiny and Ryleigh Yarbrough

Great-Grand Children: Javera Brown and Kawan Jeter, Jr.

Daughter, Zerita Robertson (Damien)

Grand Children: Rorey and Sarah Robertson

Daughters, Tiayana and Keiosha Brown

Daughter, Kendra Yarbrough

Grand Children: Isha, Kaden and Kylie

Son, Fredarian Yarbrough (DeShonda)

Grand Children: Avery, Austin, JaDarian, Jaleeca, and Nikki

Great-Grand Children: Kegan

Son, Fredoneus Yarbrough (Beverly)

Grand Children: Jay, Orkezz

Son, Fredrick Yarbrough (Scottie)

Grand Children: Isaac, Kevie, and Tyrell

Son, Tevin and Terrance Brown

Aunt, Markie Gates

Sisters: Johnnie Roberts, Effie Owens, Betty Smith (Will), Linda Lister

Brothers: Clarence Brown (Joyce), John R. Brown (Doris), Dale R. Brown (Peggie)

Very Special Sister-in-law, Lucy Gossett (Allen)

Sister-in-laws: Angie Alexander, Linda Randel (Earl), Connie Yarbrough

Ex-daughter-in-law, Jackie Yarbrough

Brother-in-laws: Emmett Yarbrough, Kenneth Yarbrough

God-son, Reverend Cedrick Grace

God-daughters: Sheraka Johnson and Kay Francis Rhodes.

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

He was preceded in death by his father, John L. Brown; mother, Alice Brown; brothers, Joe E. Brown, Bobbie Woods and Bessie Bowers; brother-in law, Ozzie Owen; his first wife, Katie Brown, and second wife, Johnnie Brown.

Pallbearers: Roberta Bussey, Clyde Holt, Anthony Caraway, Charles Hodge, Billy Wayne Thomas, and Billy Joe Yarbrough

Honorary Pallbearers: Clarence Brown, Dale Brown, John Brown, Allen Gossett, Fredrick Yarbrough, Fredarian Yarbrough, Fredoneus Yarbrough, Tony Yarbrough

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


Melva Darland “Mickie” Boyett Gibbs, 69, of the Deadwood Community of Panola County, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in Longview.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Royce Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Reeves-McMillan Cemetery in Panola County.

Ms. Gibbs was born October 17, 1945 in Carthage to Lonnie Boyett and Edith Williams Boyett. She attended Logan Full Gospel Church in Panola County.

She is survived by
Edith “Edie” Taylor of Deadwood
Bobby Windham of Diana
Terry Windham and wife, Teresa of Harleton
Andy Gibbs Jr. and wife, Tina of Tenaha

Crissy Downing and husband, Rodney of Deadwood
Charlie Sharp and wife, Ashley of Stonewall, Louisiana
Kaitlyn Windham and fiancé, Terry Smith of Diana
Kristin Windham of Diana
Brooke Windham of Diana
Bailey Windham of Diana
Bryan Griffith of Oil City
Sha Windham of Jefferson
Shelbie Windham of Harleton
Sammie Jo Windham of Harleton
Shelby Gibbs of Tenaha
Jesse Smith of Joaquin
Christopher Smith of Joaquin
Summer Smith of Springhill, Louisiana
Trent Nickerson and wife, Jamie of Deadwood
Joe Palmer of Stonewall, Louisiana

Great Grandchildren:
Madison Downing
Kirsten Downing
Peyton Downing
Tray Sharp
Tyler Sharp
Hunter Sharp
Claire Smith
Sophia Jackson
Masson Nickerson
Matthew Nickerson

Judy Dailey and husband, Tommy of DeBerry
Helen Graves and husband, J.C. of Bossier City, Louisiana
Maxine Barnhill of Irving

Brother: Lonnie Lee Boyett of Carthage

Lifelong Best Friends:
Andy Gibbs Sr. of Tenaha
Edward Laird of Deadwood

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Husband: Bob Windham
Parents: Lonnie Boyett and Edith Williams Boyett
Brother: Thomas Boyett
Sister-in-law: Vernie Boyett
Brother-in-law: Jerry Barnhill, Roy Evans

Pallbearers will be Joe Palmer, Michele Harrison, Arthur Roberts, Charles Parker, Troy Mathis and Patrick Gage. Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Owens, Bailey Windham and Rodney Taylor.

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


Mrs. Elmarine Lyvon Anders Hoyt, age 96, of Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Hoyt passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at her daughter’s residence in Dallas, Texas. She was a native of the Greer town Community in San Augustine, Texas.

Funeral Service Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 p.m. St. Mathews Baptist Church
Interment: Greer Town Cemetery
Rev. David Mosby, Officiating Minister

Visitation the day of the service from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Garner and Son Chapel 11:30 a.m. until service time at St. Mathews Baptist Church

2 Daughters Cherie Jones (Tony) of Dallas, Texas
Calla M. Hoyt of Dallas, Texas

6 grandchildren
8 Great-Grandchildren

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are under the direction of Percy Garner and Son Mortuary.

Marjorie Neal Hooks, known as “Margie”, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2014, at the age of 94.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

Margie was born to Norman and Cassie Oliver Neal on January 10, 1920, in Patroon, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Jean Owens, and her husband, Bernard Hooks.

Margie focused her early adult years on rearing her two daughters; June Lynn Askew Steiner and Montie Askew Jones. Her world revolved around her daughters; they were the joy of her life. Later, when her children were grown, she began her dream career in the jewelry and fashion world. Her first job in the 50’s was working for Travis Price, a well-known Center jeweler, as his store manager and purchasing agent. Mr. Price depended heavily on Margie’s gift to recognize fine jewelry and her ability to make the appropriate purchases for Price Jewelry Store on the East side of the Center Square. In the early 1960’s, Margie and her husband, Bernard Hooks, purchased the business from Mr. Price and renamed the store Bernard’s Jewelry. The business thrived under Margie’s experience, good taste in fine jewelry, gifts, and exemplary customer service and Bernard’s expertise in watch and jewelry repairs.

In the 1970’s, June and Montie opened an apparel shop in Center, and they persuaded their Mother to join them in the business. She dearly loved working in the fashion industry, as she had always been a fashion maven, and was always dressed in great style. Margie became store manager when the second location of Just For Her was opened in Nacogdoches, Texas. She drove from her home in Center to Nacogdoches, daily. Margie enjoyed seeing her friends and loved meeting new ones as they dropped in to shop. She has now joined her dear friend, Helen Bell, in heaven, who faithfully worked by her side for many years.

Margie always wanted everyone to know how blessed she was to have two wonderful sons-in-law, Al Steiner and Deck Jones. She went out of her way to cater to her handsome sons-in-law, as she frequently referred to them. She was very proud of their business success and of their devotion to their families. She also loved being a grandmother. Although she always felt she was too young to be called Granny, she loved being their “Margie Honey”, as she was lovingly called by them. “Margie Honey” showered her granddaughters, Monette Wagnon Stockton, GiGi Jordan Steiner, Alison Neal McIntosh, and Ashley Elizabeth Steiner with love, books, gifts and her treasured possessions. When Charlie Jones came into her life as her only grandson, they instantly bonded and enjoyed many special times and warm conversations.

“Granny-Great” as she was known by her great-grandchildren; Sarah Klein, Robert McIntosh, Elton McIntosh, and Cassie Anna McIntosh, were a late in life pleasure to her. She was always interested in their accomplishments and interests, as they grew through the years. She was quick to brag on them to others and always waited eagerly for their visits to embrace them with open arms and special treats.

Nieces, Barbara Palmer and Sandra Tye of Mineral Wells, Texas, are also left behind with many fond memories of family holidays and gatherings spend with their Aunt Margie.

Without a doubt, anyone who knew Margie was aware of her special love for animals. Margie’s dearest companions were her loving puppy, Brandi, and her sweet kitty, Baby. She was never at peace leaving her animals for any length of time. She always rushed back to take care of their needs. If her Dallas family convinced her to come for a visit, they could be sure the pets would be visiting, too.

Margie was blessed to have two wonderful, caring and skilled caregivers in her later years, Mary Netherly and Ashley McCollister. Mary and Ashley followed Margie to Holiday Nursing Home where they continued their support and devotion to her needs until the end.

She will be dearly missed by her family, her kind friends in Center, and her church, Hillcrest Baptist.

Pallbearers will be Robert McIntosh, Scott Meyer, Elton McIntosh, Brian Chestnut and Charlie Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be David Chadwick, Charles Rushing, Bill Holt, Sammy Dance, Mr. Jim Forbes and Jimmy Forbes.

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

Hoyt Kimbro “Pop-a-top”, 79, of Center, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in Carthage.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Watson & Sons Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Hoyt was born May 4, 1935 in Waterman to Sebern Kimbro and Avis Renfro Kimbro. He served in the United States Army. Hoyt enjoyed fox hunting and dancing. He always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. He loved to entertain others and see a smile when he was done. Hoyt was also known as “Pop-a-top” and made many friends up and down the road over the C.B. Radio. He was always willing to help anyone he could help. Hoyt was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by
Wanda Perkins and husband, Les of Shelbyville
Jennifer Davis and husband, Brad of Carthage

Brother: Kenneth Kimbro of Dayton

Coleman Smith
Savannah Smith
Ashley Gay
Brody Davis
Micah Perkins
Luke Perkins

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Parents: Sebern Kimbro and Avis Renfro Kimbro
Brothers: Alton Kimbro, Allen Kimbro
Sisters: Shirley Kimbro, Wilma Kimbro

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


Earnie Mae Goodwin, 65, a former resident of Center, TX, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014. She was born to Mazana Sanders Goodwin and L.Z. “Red” Goodwin on June 16, 1949.

Earnie received her high school diploma from C.H. Daniels School in 1967. She later went on to receive a degree in business and a degree in theology. Earnie became a licensed missionary and continued to spread God’s Word throughout her life.

Memorial services will be held at 1pm on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Pleasant Grove Church, Center, Texas. A wake will be held all day Friday, December 19, 2014 at Community Funeral Home in Center. Visitation will be held from 9am until 11am Saturday, December 20, 2014 prior to the memorial service at Pleasant Grove Church, Center. Following visitation Saturday Ms. Goodwin will be cremated.

Missionary Goodwin leaves to cherish her memory:

Daughter; Gretta L. Goodwin of Washington, D.C.

Son, Christopher Goodwin (Sharon) of Humble,TX

Two grandchildren: Joseph Goodwin and Jaidyn Goodwin of Humble,TX.

Brother, Leonard Goodwin (Wilda) of Houston, TX

Sisters as follows:
Alma Grace of Timpson, TX
Clara Johnson (Elray) of Houston, TX
Rose Stephenson of Nacogdoches, TX
Katherine Reed of Center, TX
Horacey Hawkins of Morton, TX

A host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by both parents, four sisters: Elmira Williams, Ora Giddings, Bennie Tatum, and Blanchey Goodwin and two brothers: Willie Glen Goodwin and Rev. Billy Ray Goodwin.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Center, TX.

Graveside service for Marguerite Shahan Griffin will be 10:00 AM, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Cool Springs Cemetery with Rev. Wayne Butler officiating. The family will receive friends at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Logansport on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 5:00 until 9:00 PM.

Marguerite was born February 19, 1922 to Henry and Beatrice Williams Shahan in Logansport and passed away December 15, 2014 in Carthage, TX.

She is preceded in death by her husbands Claude E. Griffin, Sr. and Marvin Burns; son George Raymond Hogg; parents, and brothers Benton Shahan, Cleveland Shahan, Buster Shahan, Don Shahan, Harold Shahan, and Wendell Shahan.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her sons Robert Hogg and wife Lisa, Donald Hogg and wife Lavenda, Steve Hogg, Cleve Hogg and wife Patti, Claude Griffin, Jr, and Danny Griffin and wife Kim; 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Funeral services are under the direction of Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Marilyn Odell Lawson, 94, of Center, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014 in Center.

Graveside service was held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Ms. Lawson was born May 10, 1920 in Polk County, Arkansas to John D. Miller and Ona Heath Miller.

She is survived by

Susan Hagler Huddleston
Martha Greer Lawson

David Keith Hagler
Robbin E. Cooper

Great-Granddaughter: Abigail Meyers

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

Funeral services for Mrs. Syble Cylesta Newton, age 87, will be held Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 p.m., at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, in San Augustine, Texas. Mrs. Newton was born July 12, 1927, in Ozark, Alabama to the late Harvey I. and Georgia Melissa (Weeks) Andrews. She passed away December 11, 2014, in San Augustine.

Mrs. Newton was a very active member of the Liberty Hill Baptist Church in San Augustine. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Aux and spent many years volunteering at a local nursing home.

Mrs. Newton is survived by her husband of 68 years, Alvin V. Newton of San Augustine; sons, Alvin K. and wife Ruth Newton of Beaumont, and Gregory C. & wife Angela of Martinsville; daughters, Betty Chambers and husband Lane of San Augustine, and Brenda McCurry of Hot Springs, Arkansas; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Rachael Mitchell and husband Howard of San Augustine.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, James and Loy Kohatha Andrews; and sister. Voncile Newton.

Funeral services under the direction of Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.


Charles Monroe “Chuck” Armstrong, age 67 passed away at Willis Knighton Medical Center North in Shreveport, LA on December 12, 2014. He was born on July 3, 1947 in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana to parents Charles Monroe Armstrong, Sr and Helen Louise Rutherford Armstrong.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 9:30 am Calvary Baptist Church in Nacogdoches with Rev. Paul Sevar officiating. Pallbearers will be Jerry Kirk, Dewayne Prestwood, Raymond Wiggins, Marty Morris, Randy McClain, Ruben Carmona, and Vernis Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Tennessee Cemetery in Timpson, Texas.

Friends and family are invited to visitation on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 pm at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Brenda Harrison; son, Charles Michael Armstrong. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Alice Armstrong; daughters Shannon Menefee and husband Mitch, Christy Boothe and husband Jason; grandchildren, Clarissa Menefee, Hannah Menefee, Josiah Menefee, Jackson Boothe, Sarah Jane Boothe, Audrey Boothe; brothers, Lloyd Armstrong and wife Pat, Alan Armstrong and wife Janie, Kevin Armstrong and wife Janet, Keith Armstrong; sister, Joyce Bailey and husband Bob; numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles was known to his friends and family as “Chuck”, a name that stuck with him after his military days. Chuck had that entrepreneurial spirit that always kept him busy. It is that same spirit that propelled him to start his own three businesses and hold six distinctly different patents. His recognized expertise in utility industry technologies led Chuck to not only travel extensively across the United States but around the world.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam War and a member of the Dallas Chapter of Greet the Troops. He was a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church and a member of the Renewal Sunday School Class. Chuck never met a stranger and people enjoyed spending time with him. He was always eager to share his faith and to mentor others. He loved his wife, his daughters and grandchildren and lead a devoted life to honor God. He was an admirable man and will be greatly missed.

Memorial Contributions may be offered to Calvary Baptist Church, Building Fund Activity Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors located at 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965

Online condolences may be offered to www.casonmonk-metcalf.com


Mr. Robert Joe Marshall, 49, of Timpson, TX, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014, in Nacogdoches, TX, following an automobile accident. A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM, Thursday, December 18, 2014, in Taylor Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation for family and friends will be from 2:00 PM until service time at 4:00 PM on Thursday.

Born September 13, 1965, in La Plata, Maryland, Robert Joe Marshall was the son of the late Jackson George Marshall and Glenda Jean Lobaugh Polk. Robert was a truck driver, carpenter, and of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed reading, deer hunting, and most of all, spending time with his grandkids. He loved to be needed and took much pleasure in helping others. This was evident even after his death because of his wishes to be an organ and tissue donor.

Survivors include his wife Robin Beavers Marshall of Timpson; mother Glenda “Granny” Polk of Timpson; son James Travis Marshall of Timpson; daughters, Jessica Lynn Marshall of Center and Eileen Marie Marshall and husband Kevin of Carthage; stepchildren: Amanda Muska and husband Zach of Barbers Hill, TX, Travis Goodrum of Timpson, Danielle Brown and fiance’ Reginald Davis III of Lubbock, and Shelby Brown of Martinsville; and 5 grandchildren: Jayden, Brooklynn, Brielle, Jazzmine, and Rylan.

Also surviving are brothers, George Marshall, Jerry Marshall, and George James “Jimmy” Curtin, Jr. and sisters, Phyllis Defibaugh, Sue Peck, Rebecca Queen, Margaret Jean Hardman, Thrisa “Sue” Wolfe, and Vi Ellen Arlene Bowers and husband Frank.

Robert Joe Marshall was preceded in death by stepfather Jesse “Pops” Polk, father Jackson G. Marshall, and brothers Jackson George “Jack” Marshall and Harry “Buck” Benson.

Serving as pallbearers are Harris Weaver, Melvin Waller, John Nelson, Gene Muckleroy, and Jeremy Bowley. Honorary pallbearers are Frank E. Baker and Larry Joe Eaves.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made at Austin Bank, Timpson, to assist with funeral expenses.

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


Joe Bruton, 58, of Timpson, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in San Augustine.

Mr. Bruton will be cremated and a memorial service will be planned at a later time.

Mr. Bruton was born September 17, 1956 in Houston to Melva Jean Hickson Whitley.

He is survived by
Jessica Diane Bruton of Timpson
Jamie Leigh Hulsey and husband, Frank of Timpson

Mother: Melva Jean Whitley of Timpson

Gail Arnold of Timpson
Hedy Shafranski and husband, Richard of Katy

Karen Sue Martin and husband, Benny of Tenaha
Pamela Lowery and husband, Joe Don of Crockett
Darlene Cave and husband, John of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Sister-in-law: Kay Hall of Houston

Madison Lynn Parry of Timpson
Violet Leona Hulsey of Timpson

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by
Father: James Allen Whitley
Brother: Michael Ray Hall

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

Matthew Trevino, 27, of Center, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2014 in Center.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014 at McClelland Community Church in Shelbyville with Bro. Chris Collins officiating.

Matthew was born January 21, 1987 in Wharton to Danny Trevino and Carrie Moore. He was a member of McClelland Community Church.

He is survived by
Jerrie Ann Chandler of Center
Eva Trevino of Palacios

Father: Danny Trevino of Palacios

Mother: Carrie Lynn Moore of Center

Sister: Savana Trevino of Paris

Timothy Yance Flores of Center
Gabriel and Misty Moore of Center

Special Nieces & Nephews:
Haeli Gregory
Lane Gregory
Samantha Zoe Gregory

Girlfriend: Ceceal Dean

Special Friends:
Jeffery, Yvette, Nicholas and Nichole Sims

Numerous other relatives

Preceded in death by
Grandfather: Gilbert Trevino
Aunts: Evelyn Frazier, Samantha Moore
Uncle: Gilbert “BB” Trevino, Jr.

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


Dr. Steve Oates passed away at his home on December 8, 2014. He was born in Center, Texas on January 23, 1933, to Dr. L.S. Oates and Lucille Weaver Oates. Steve graduated from Center High School in 1950, attended the University of Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, Texas. It was there that he met the love of his life, Frances Shepherd, who became his wife and the mother of his sons, and a partner in every aspect of his life and work. Their impact on the lives and activities of the people in Center and Shelby County is legend. Dr. Steve’s greatest sorrow was the death of Frances in May of 2010.

Both Dr. Steve and Frances, a registered nurse, joined his dad’s medical practice, Shelby Clinic, in 1958, and Dr. Steve continued to treat his patients until the day of his death. He will be sorely missed by all of those who depended upon him to see to their health needs for so many years as well as by the many friends who relied on him to make their lives brighter and make them laugh at the “punny” jokes that he loved.

Dr. Steve was a lifetime member of the First Christian Church and continued to worship there until the time of his death. He is survived by two sons, Laried Oates, of Center, Shepherd Oates and wife Denise, grandson Stephen D. Oates and wife Leslie, and great granddaughter, Ryiot Kloe Oates, the joy of his life, all of Mesquite, Texas and Sister, Portia Gaines of Center.

It is so hard, indeed, impossible, to say goodbye to a man who has meant so much to so many, but we are deeply grateful to have had him in our lives for so many years as our trusted physician and beloved friend, and our memories of Dr.Steve will continue to live in our minds and hearts. He was a man of honor: kind, modest, smart, funny, one who devoted his life and time to improving the lives of others. Oh, yes, his was a life well spent.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fannie Brown Booth Library, the First Christian Church in Center, or any charity of choice.

Graveside Services will be 4:00 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Fairview Cemetery in Center with Bro. Aubie McSwain officiating. No visitation is planned.

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


Edith Smith, 82, of Center, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Memorial Health Systems in San Augustine.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele officiating. Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday prior to the service starting at noon at the Ramah Baptist Church.

She was born October 14, 1932 in Seabrook, Texas to Ralph Adolph and Murl Beatrice (Pate) Hammer.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Ralph & Bea Hammer, Husband & Father of her children, Eddie Dalton Smith, Sr., Children, Billie Ruth Smith, Ralph Dwayne Smith, Richard Lee Smith & Infant Son, Dwight Smith, Daughter-in-law, Patricia Rae Smith & Brothers, Ralph Adolph Hammer, Jr. & Lawrence Nicholas Hammer.

She is survived by:

Dalton Smith & wife, Diann of Center
J.K. Smith of Hugo, OK
Linda Murl Parr of Center
Brenda York & husband, Robert of Center
Marie Perry & husband, Harry of Joaquin
Donnie Rowan & husband, Charlie of Ingram
Denice Dement & husband, Ray of Crosby
Rocky Smith of Lovelady
Penny Smith of Center

Daughter-in-law: Christine Smith of Santa Fe

34 Grandchildren

50 Great-Grandchildren

2 Sisters:
Ruth Tully of Canyon Lake
Gay Smith

Pallbearers: Derek Dement, Joey Rowan, Jonathan Rowan, Gregory Perry, Kelly Brooks & Corey York

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


James E. “Bud” Parker (Honey), 64, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, December 5, 2014 in San Augustine.

Services will be 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 8, 2014 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born September 5, 1950 in Center to E.E. and Lela (McDaniel) Parker. He graduated from Joaquin High School. He served in the US Army Reserves for 6 years. He worked as a mechanic at Holly Farms.

He is survived by:

Wife: Sheila Parker of Joaquin

Daughter: Meschelle Parker Raybon & husband, Eric of Joaquin

Son: Clint Parker & wife, Amanda of Joaquin

Micah, Jax & Cam Sanford of El Dorado, Ark
Shelby Diven of Joaquin
Jesse & Emma Parker of Joaquin
Vincent Raybon of Joaquin

Mother-in-law: Katherine McGee of Joaquin

Lerea Foster & husband, Melvin of Canton
Mae McGown & husband, Jimmy of Center
Katherine Jernigan of Center
Debra Waller of Joaquin

Brother: David Paul Parker & wife, Micha of Colorado

Sister-in-law: Laquannah Parker of Joaquin

Buddy McGee & wife, Rosemary of Joaquin
Kevin McGee & wife, Susie of Martinsville
Olan Ray Cockrell of Martinsville

Honorary Daughter: Angel Smith & husband, Roy of Overton

Honorary Son: Chris Cockrell & wife, Nikki of Martinsville

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews & Friends that he loved dearly.

Pallbearers: Stephen McGee, David Ray, Chris Cockrell, Terry Parker, Dustin Parker, Preston Parker, Jason Fletcher, Torin McSwain & Cobin McSwain

Honorary Pallbearer: Ronnie Hampton

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


Russell Stone, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014 in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Wimberly Chapel in Shelby County. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Wimberly Chapel in Shelby County with Bro. Jeff Spring officiating. Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery.

Russell was born July 15, 1942 in Wheeler, Texas to Christine and Lewis Stone. Russell had a large family including father, mother, 5 brothers and 2 sisters, all except a brother of which have preceded him in death.

While spending time in Japan, Russell met the love of his life Kim and they later married. Kim preceded him in death in 2009.

Russell was a retired navy man as well as a retired worker from the nuclear plant in Bay City, Texas.

He is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews and his joy, best friend and dog, Cowboy.

He will be greatly missed.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Pike, Jason Pike, Gary Braley, Aaron Broaddus, Dakota Bridge, Charlie Patton, Mike Huebel and Danny Hodson.

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


Irene Wilson, 98, of Center, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at East Texas Medical Center in Carthage.

Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating.

She was born October 29, 1916 in Shelby County to Luther and Maggie (Smith) Parker. She was a member of Heritage Missionary Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death her Parents, Luther & Maggie Parker, Husband of 68 years, E.W. Wilson, Sisters, Annie Mae Kelly & Florence Polk & Brothers, Zelburn Parker & Dewie Parker.

She is survived by:

Son, Kenneth Wilson & wife, Helen of Center

Daughter, Pat Fry & husband, Lee of Kerrville

Allen Wilson & wife, Chris of Abilene
Jennifer Wilson of College Station
Dennis Austin & wife, Rhonda of Stuttgart, Germany

Elyse Austin
Emma & Madlyn Wilson

Sister-in-law, Doris Wilson of Center

Several Nieces, Nephews & Other Relatives

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


Larry Lorenzo Johnson was born to the late Carl and Geraldine Johnson in Shelby County on May 3, 1957 and passed away peacefully at his residence on November 20, 2014 after a brief illness. Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2014, at Wallace Chapel Baptist Church officiated by Pastor Derrick Rhodes.

Mr. Johnson loved life. He was an avid golfer and delighted in family gatherings. He loved spending time with his youngest son, Tyreese, and teaching him how to fish, hunt and play football. He was also very proud of his son D.J. (Lorenzo) and daughter, Kimberly. He especially loved his brothers, sisters, other family members and his friends who will all miss him dearly.

He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Tucker and husband, Torry Sr., of Tyler; sons, Lorenzo Johnson of Tyler and Tyreese Johnson of Garrison; two grandchildren, Jourdin Johnson and Torry Tucker Jr., both of Tyler; his brother Mario Johnson (Haruka), sisters Hattie Love, Etoise Mclendon (LaVance), Jeanette Johnson, Faye Johnson (Larry), his very special friend Lutricia Patton-Garrett, and a host of other relatives and friends who were so special to him.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Carl and Geraldine Johnson, sister, Carylon Hudson, and brother, Charles Ray Johnson.

The family would like to thank the health care workers and staff members at East Texas Hospice for their professional, tender care.

The family also wishes to express their sincere thanks for the expressions of love from family and friends.

Memorial floral contributions can be sent to Wallace Chapel Baptist Church on Friday, December 5, 2014.




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