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05/31/2011

Harold Reeves, 69, of Carthage, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at his residence.

No services are planned at this time.

He was born September 24, 1941 in Galloway, LA to Looney Earl and Margaret Lafaye (Barnett) Reeves.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Looney Earl and Margaret Reeves.

He is survived by:
Daughter:
Rhonda Williamson & John Soto of Logansport

Grandchildren:
Lauren Curry Holman & husband, William of Logansport
Zachary Curry & fiancé, Sara of Shreveport

Great Grandchildren:
Drayden Holman
Harleigh Holman
Salaura Holman
Boston Lemione

Brothers:
Bob Reeves & wife, Kathy
Billy Reeves
Johnny Reeves

Host of Nephews, Nieces, & Many Friends

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


Kennith Edward Lock, 64, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2011 at his home. He was born January 1, 1947 in Center to Elzie E. Lock and Willie Ballard Lock. Mr. Lock was a member of North Jericho Baptist Church in Shelby County.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Hale and Bennie Boles officiating. Interment will follow at North Jericho Cemetery in Shelby County.

Pallbearers will be Tommy McMahon, Mike Hurst, Michael Lee Hurst, Jeff Young, Toby Robertson, Randy Carroll and Jimmy McMahon. Honorary pallbearer will be Wayne Bittick.

He is survived by:

Wife of 33 years, Mary Ann Jefferson Lock of Center

Daughter, Bronwyn “Bee” Lock Hart of League City

Granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Hart of League City

Grandson, Colby Wayne Hart of League City

Sisters:
Jeanette Lock Watkins of Wimberly
Lynn Lock Nolte and husband, Harold of Waxahachie
Kathy Lock Bailey & husband, Chuck of Center

Nieces and Nephews:
Greg and Stacy Watkins of California
Steve and Toresa Watkins of Pennsylvania
Luke and Ginger Garrett of Joaquin
Toby and Melissa Robertson of Center
Kathryn Nolte of Waxahachie
Kristi and Travis Tucek of Austin

Great Nieces:
Alyson Garrett, Lauren Garrett, Whitney Garrett, Savannah Robertson Alexis Robertson, and Brenna Kate Tucek

Special Relatives, Bennie and Anita Boles of Center

Also numerous other relatives

Preceded in death by:
Parents, Elzie E. Lock and Willie Ballard Lock

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


05/29/2011

Bennie Ferne George, 83, of Pasadena, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2011 at her residence.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Bender officiating. Burial will follow at Old Center Cemetery in Panola County. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born August 15, 1927 in Shelby County to James Burke and Willie Grace (Cammack) Samford. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Master Degree and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Sam Houston State University in Education. She was also an Education Diagnostician for Pasadena ISD. In 1973, she received Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America award. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Burke & Grace Samford, Husband, Jimmy George, Sons, Skooter George and Billy Burke George, Sister, Mae Morrow, Niece, Lynn Johnson and Great Great Nephew, Justin McIntyre.

She is survived by:
Nephew:
Ronnie Morrow & wife, Lajuanda of Spring
Nephew:
Roger Johnson of Mt. Enterprise
Great Nieces:
Rhonda McIntyre & husband, Lakel
Melissa Love
Rhonda Carmody & husband, T.J.
Susan Edgar
Great Great Nieces:
Macy Mader
Payton Herrington
Great Great Nephews:
Jason McIntyre
John Mader
Matt Carmody
Tom Carmody
Cody Carmody
Landon Love
Pallbearers:
Great Great Nephews, Jason McIntyre, John Mader, Matt Carmody, Tom Carmody,
Cody Carmody, Landon Love, Great Nephew, T.J. Carmody and Nephew, Roger Johnson

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


Bernadine Bessie Leetch Christian, 91, of Center, she went home to meet her Lord, on May 29, 2011 at Green Acres Nursing Care Center.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jerry Hopkins and Dr. Charles Christian officiating. Burial will follow at Clever Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 31, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

She was born February 7, 1920, to Jesse and Edna Leetch in Oto, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Clarence Whitfield Christian on November 15, 1976 and son Charlie, September 8, 1959, Infant Daughter, Nadine Bessie Christian on September 27, 1950 and Brothers, Duane Durman, Darrell Durman, Verlin Leetch and Leland Leetch.

She is survived by:

Children:
Wayne Christian and wife Ava Christian, Bedford, TX
Linda Christian Bomar and husband Irvin Bomar, Joaquin, TX
Millie Christian Alford and husband Rick Alford, Houston, TX
Laura Ruth Christian-Crawford and husband Lyle Crawford, Roanoke, TX

Grandchildren:
Teresa Lemoine and husband, Joey Lemoine, Center, TX
Dr. Charles Christian and wife Edna Christian, Kent, OH
Kevin Christian and wife Christa Christian, Euless, TX
Lisa Hassler and husband James Hassler, Crocker, MO
Capt. Brandon Alford and wife Cara-Lee Alford, Las Vegas, NV
Brian Alford and wife Nori-Lyn Alford, Frisco, TX
Leslie Walter and husband Jason Walter, Murfreesboro, TN
Mylinda Elana Quijada
Tana Bomar McKenney, Joaquin, TX
Curtis McKenney, Joaquin, TX
Ashley Alford Brodie and husband Steven Brodie, Waco, TX
Lyndee Crawford, Roanoke, TX

Great Grandchildren:
Crystal Lemoine Kennon and husband William Kennon, Tuscon, AZ
Jeremiah Reese Lemoine, Center, TX
Weston Lane Christian, Euless, TX
Whitney Lemoine McLemore and husband Patrick McLemore, Center, TX
Alexander Nathan Coutinho, Joaquin, TX
Alana Jade McKenney
Elijah Oliver McKenney
Kiara Cheree Guzman, Center, TX
Jacob Ryan Christian, Kent, OH
Zachary Austin Christian, Kent, OH
Caleb Christian Alford, Frisco, TX
Madison Noel Brodie, Waco, TX
Gabriel Alexander Brodie, Waco, TX
Baby Alford, Las Vegas, NV (12-11)

Great-Great Grandchildren:
Emelia Cheyanne Kennon, Tuscon, AZ
Alivia Skye McLemore, Center, TX
Christian Edwin Kennon, Tuscon AZ

Brother-in-law:
Raymond Modiz, Wildwood, TX

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

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


Funeral services for Gary “Rip” Ritnour, 53, of Huntington will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with Brother Jackson Colwell officiating. Graveside services with military honors will follow in the Jonesville Cemetery.

Mr. Ritnour was born September 4, 1957 in San Augustine, Texas to the late Sarah “Marie” (Warr) and Herman “Pete” Ritnour, and died Saturday, May 28, 2011 in a Houston hospital.

Mr. Ritnour was a lifetime resident of the East Texas area, and had resided in Huntington since 1984. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and retired from Lufkin Industries following 26 years of service. Mr. Ritnour was an avid motorcyclist and rode a Harley Davidson Street Glide. He was a member of Gypsy MC International - Lufkin Chapter. Mr. Ritnour was a member of the Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Vickie Ritnour of Huntington; daughters and sons-in-law, Holly and Joshua Glover and Sarah and Cody Spears, all of Lufkin; son, Morgan Ritnour and girlfriend Megan Frazier of Lufkin; grandchildren, Ethan Glover and Sophie Glover, both of Lufkin; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janis and Chick Harris of Huntington and Tonja and Johnny Gladden of Georgia; brother and sister-in-law, Stan and Deanna Finn of Van; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Ritnour was preceded in death by his stepfather, William Finn; and grandparents, Simion “Tommy” and Almedia Ritnour and Hooker and Nell Warr.

Pallbearers will be Larry Moore, Ray Mack Mathews, Michael Rowland, David Pirtle, James Covington and James McIntire.
Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Gypsy MC International - Lufkin Chapter.

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.

Services are under the direction of Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.


05/26/2011

Joel Edward (Ed) Morgan Sr., 80, well known and respected East Texas businessman, died Wednesday, May 25, at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Sunset Memorial Park, located at 5127 North Street in Nacogdoches.

Mr. Morgan He was born in Houston, Texas, to Charles and Callie Stevenson Morgan on October 2, 1930.

Mr. Morgan was a lifetime resident of Nacogdoches and a graduate of Nacogdoches High School and Stephen F. Austin State University. He served in the air force during the Korean War from 1950 until 1954. Mr. Morgan was the CEO and President of Morgan Oil Company for 56 years.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ellen Morgan, his parents Charles and Callie Morgan, his brother, Dr. Charles Morgan, and nephew, Charles Morgan III.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Shelton Morgan, their children, Callie Morgan Bricker and husband, Randy; Claire Morgan Jordan and husband, Doug; Julie Morgan Taylor and husband Rick, and Ed Morgan, Jr. and wife Kristen. 10 grandchildren: Jennifer Jordan, Morgan Jordan, Ellen Jordan, Robert Jordan and wife Emily, Caroline Jordan, Shelton Taylor, Grayson Taylor, Ian Morgan, Sam Morgan, and Jed Morgan; 3 great grandchildren; Extended family members include Ab and Hazel Abernethy and their children, Luanna, Robert, Deedy, Maggie, and Ben. Nephews Steve Morgan and Wesley Morgan. Also, his lifelong family friend Clara Jean Flemons, and his beloved co-workers at Morgan Oil Company.

Ed loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Throughout his life, he continued to be proud of his athletic accomplishments and his nickname, “Rabbit.” Ed’s life revolved around his family; he was a devoted son, husband, father, and friend. Ed was loved and will be missed by many. He loved life and lived every day to its fullest.

Pallbearers are Morgan Jordan, Robert Jordan, Ian Morgan, Grayson Taylor, Sam Morgan, Jed Morgan and Travis Clark.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. Online obituary posted and condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com.


Sandra “Sandy” Cooper, 39, of Brookeland, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2011 at her home. She was born June 23, 1971 in Center to Harry Cooper and Delois Tarver Cooper.

Visitation will begin at 4:00 pm, Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, May 30, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home with Bro. Arnold Green and Bro. Robert Horn officiating. Interment will follow at Broaddus Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Shon Cooper, Kyle Tyler, Jason Sims, Stephen Wallace, Scotty Tyre, Dustin Luna, Cade Cooper and Ricky Kelley.

She is survived by:

Mother, Delois Sims and husband, Wayne of Brookeland
Father, Harry Cooper of Center

Sisters:
Missy Cooper Phythian and husband, Charlie of Center
Kristen Miller and husband, Ryan of Center

Brothers:
Harry Cooper, Jr. and wife, Melissa of Silsbee
Robert Redmon and wife, Misty of Silsbee
William Hutto and wife, Jessica of Cincinnati, Ohio

Stepbrothers:
Robbie Sims and wife, Shannon of Lumberton
Shea Sims and wife, Carla of Foley, Alabama

Stepsister, Paula Sims of Fair Hope, Alabama

Also a host of other relatives and friends

Preceded in death by:
Grandparents, Earl, Sr. and Mary Ann (Mag) Cooper, and Thelma Tarver
Cousins, Chad Sims, Louie Cooper, Jr., and Christopher Sigler
Uncle, Sam Cooper

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


05/25/2011

Mrs. Ora Mae Beard, 83, longtime resident of the Broaddus Community, in San Augustine County, passed away early Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in Lufkin, after an extended illness.

She was a custodian for the Nederland Independent School District, and was married to the love of her life James Nelson Beard for 60 years of whom preceded her in death on May 25, 2009. Being baptized as a young women by Luther Blackmon at Pt. Arthur, Texas. She was a very faithful member of the Broaddus Church of Christ where she would attend church in her motor scooter wheelchair.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with interment to be in the Broaddus Cemetery, in Broaddus. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas 75972

Survivors include: her Daughters: Pat and her husband, Joe Simmons of Pineland, and Pam and her husband, Jimmy Evans of San Augustine; Grandchildren: Scott and Crystal Simmons of Broaddus, Heather and Joey Woods of San Augustine, Cody and Kayleigh Evans of San Augustine; Great-grandchildren: Jessie Logan Woods, Case Aaron Woods, Brenden Gage Evans, Kacen Lane Evans, and Caleb Nelson Evans and Naomi Rene' Simmons, Sister: Medallion Poteet of Magnolia. Brother: Dewey Rash and his wife, JoAnn of San Antonio; Sisters-in-law: Lois Rash of Baytown, Joyce Rash of Lumberton, Sis Rash of Houma, La., Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-Law: Orvis and O'Neida Beard of Nederland, Wilton and Jane Beard of Lumberton, and Tilton and Louise Beard of Jasper.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Mr. James Nelson Beard on May 25, 2009.

Pallbearers will be Clifford Kingsley, Michael Taylor, Mickey Beard, Kirk Hensarling, Garland Wood, and Doyle Davis

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


05/23/2011

Mrs. Sally Louise Jenkins, 78, of Lufkin, passed from this life late Sunday evening, May 22, 2011, in Lufkin.

A native of Shelby County, Texas, she was born to Mamie (Dixon) Jackson and Samuel Jackson on February 22, 1933. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church in the Bland Lake Community of San Augustine County, Texas.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2011, at the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, with Rev. George Cartwright, Rev. Anthony Jackson, and Rev. Wilbert Simmons and Leland Whatey officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Horeb Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday evening, May 27, 2011, from the hours of 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine.

Survivors include: Husband: Rev. Melvin Jenkins of Lufkin; Daughters: Mary L. Jenkins of Lufkin, Linda F. Cuney of San Augustine, and Shirley J. Bass of Houston; Son: Melvin R. Jenkins of Lufkin; Sister: Mozelle Smith of Center; Brothers: Maurice Jackson of San Augustine, and Dennis (Nick) Jackson of San Augustine, along with 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Melvin R. Jenkins, Jr., Greggory D. Jenkins, Tharin L. Jenkins, Sr., Leland Watley II, Darrian T. Watley, and Kevin McQueen.

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


05/21/2011

David Robinson, 51, of Timpson, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011 at his home. He was born September 23, 1959 in Houston to David O. Robinson, Sr. and Yvonne Robinson Doggett .

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Watson and Sons Chapel with Deven O’Neal officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Shelby County.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Simmons, Jimmy Snider, Wesley Bailey, Devin O’ Neal, Chris Snider, Wade Angelo, John Wright and Andy Depaepe.

He is survived by:

Wife:
Toni Robinson of Timpson

Daughters;
Carri Robinson Simmons and husband Brandon of Garrison
Dana Robinson of Garrison

Mother:
Yvonne Robinson Doggett and husband Billy Ray of Shelbyville

Brothers:
Kenneth Robinson of Louisiana
Curtis Robinson of Shelbyville
Franklin Doggett of Shelbyville
Billy Doggett of Center

Special Friend:
Jimmy Snider of Timpson

2 Grandchildren:
Justus Hooper and Kaydence Simmons

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


Martha Graves Jousan, 83 of Joaquin, passed away Friday, May 20, 2011 at Willis Knighton Norht. She was born January 25, 1928 in Brookland, Texas to B.A. Graves and Amy Viola Jones. She was a memeber of the First United Methodist Church of Joaquin. She retired from Joaquin ISD where she worked for 20 years.

Visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am, Monday, May 23, 2011 at Watson and Sons Chapel with Rev. Randy Smith and Rev. Paul Silvey officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Gill, Larry Hennigan, George Doyen, Randy Shaw, Rodney Dean, Scott Doyen, and Michael Shaw.

She is survived by:

Husband, Frank Jousan Sr. of Joaquin

4 Grandchildren:
Lance Jones and special friend Tiffany of Center
Dr. Dean Jousan and wife Heather of Pontotoc, Ms.
Dr. Mark Jousan and wife Kristin of Center
Sonny Mawson and husband Brian of Kingsland, Ga.

5 Great Grandchildren:
Ethan Mawson, Bradley Jones, Erik Mawson, Cody Jones and Cheyenne Mawson.

Also Numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends

Preceded in death by:
Daughter, Elizabeth Jousan Jones and both of her parents.

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonand sonsfuneralhome.com

In Memorary of Ms Martha Jousan the family request flowers and donations to be made to the First United Methodist Church of Joaquin.


Patrick Steven Gandy, 52, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011 in Paris, Texas. He was born September 27, 1958 in Laruel, MS to Mr. and Mrs. Winston Allen Gandy.

Visitation will be held from 9am to 10:30am, Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside services will be held at 11:00am, Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Mt. Herman Cemetery.

He is survived by:

Former wife, Donna Voyles of Elizabethtown, KY

Sons,
Christopher L. Mayhorn and wife Beatrice, of Center
Patrick S. Mayhorn, of Jackson, KY
Joshua Gandy, of Taylorville, MS

Daughters,
Patricia Gandy of Baysprings, MS
Janelle Gandy of Baysprings, MS

5 Grandchildren

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


05/17/2011

Our beloved Grandmother, Fannie Bell 'Polly' Windham, passed away April 17, 2011 at the age 91. Graveside services will be held at Strong Cemetery on Saturday, May 21st at 2 pm. She was preceeded in death by her husband Dartis Windham and two sons Gene Braxton and Tom Braxton. She is survived by her brother, Jessie Martin sister, Christine Carter two sons, Paul Braxton and Kelton Braxton 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

 

 

 


Lorene Chandler passed away on May 16, 2011, in Nacogdoches. She was born on August 3, 1936, in Swift, Texas to Henry Raines and Dollie Durrett Raines.
Lorene grew up in the Caledonia area of Rusk County, graduated from Mt. Enterprise High School and completed nursing school in 1954. She began her nursing career in the emergency room at Memorial Hospital and continued caring for patients in private practice for 25 years. She went on to co-own and operate Chandler Equipment Company. She became a very knowledgeable business woman in a man's world and was well known and respected by many farmers and ranchers of East Texas.

Lorene loved, guided and had precious relationships with her children. She loved antiques and spent many happy hours at her farm, seeing after the cattle, watching the calves play and flowers grow. She touched many people's lives with acts of kindness and generosity that went untold. She will be remembered for her enthusiasm and quest for a full, happy, productive life.

Survivors include a son, Robert Weaver of Dallas; one daughter, Beverly Heaton and husband, Donald of Redland; two grandchildren, Sara Hutto Thomson and Mark Hutto; great-grandchild, Briley Kate Thompson; sister, Lerlene Raines of Caledonia; two brothers, John Raines and Buck Raines of Timpson; former spouse and close friend, Troy Chandler.

Pallbearers will be Mark Hutto, Tommy Chandler, James Chandler, David Chandler, Augustine Calderon, and Josh Thompson.

Funeral service will be on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 10:00 am at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Kyle Ross officiating. Burial will follow at County Line Cemetery in Rusk County. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, from 6-8 pm.

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


05/15/2011

Joe A. Wright, 95, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Mr. Wright was born Feb. 13, 1916.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Jim Kingham of Nacogdoches.

Services have tentatively been set for 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Sunset Memorial Park, located at 5127 North Street in Nacogdoches.

Services are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. Online obituary posted and condolences accepted at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com.


Bruce Dalby, 89, of Center, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011 in Center. He was born August 12, 1921 in Center to Ira Dalby and Inez Crenshaw Dalby. Mr. Dalby served in the Navy and was a deacon at Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Monday, May 16, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center with Bro. Rob Merriman officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Ed Matthews, Judd Matthews, Jody Matthews, Johnny Matthews, Dude Matthews, George Matthews, Duane Lout, Mac Warren and Larry Warren.

He is survived by:

Daughters;
Vicky Warren and husband George of Shelbyville
Brenda Carroll and husband Gary of Center

Granddaughter, Jennifer Gregston of Livingston

Grandson, Danny Carroll of Thibodaux, Louisiana

Preceded in death by:
Wife, Louise Dalby
Great Grandson, Beau Carroll

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


Audria Regina “Mama” Robertson, 59, of Tenaha, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Center. She was born March 10, 1952 in Galveston to Omer Ray Cochran, Sr. and Audria Mae Cobb Cochran. Mrs. Robertson was a homemaker, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tenaha. Mrs. Robertson was a longtime resident of Tenaha and proudly served her community for over sixteen years.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Union Cemetery in Tenaha with Judge “Dude” Jones officiating.

Pallbearers will be Michael Vaughn, Johnny Vaughn, Kenneth Robertson, Jason McDonald, Jeff Stewart, and James Watson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Thompson, Matt Linebarger, Rodgers Cochran and Troy Parrish.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to assist with final expenses.

She is survived by:

Husband, Kelly Robertson of Tenaha

Sons;
Jack Thompson and wife Leslie of Anthem, Arizona
James Watson of Beaumont
Michael Vaughn and wife Carrie of Longview
Johnny Vaughn and wife Consuella of Longview
Kenneth Robertson and wife Meagan of Tenaha

Daughters;
Renee Acker and husband Dwayne of Tenaha
Michelle McDonald and husband Jason of Tenaha

Daughter-in-law, Pam Whitton of Joaquin

Eighteen Grandchildren

Brothers;
Raymon Cochran and wife Stacy of Pasadena
Ronal Cochran and wife Diane of Longview

Sister, Roxanne Kent and husband David of Commerce City

Numerous family and friends, as well as a number of “Adopted Kids” of Tenaha

Preceded in death by:
Parents, Omer Ray Cochran, Sr. and Audria Mae Cobb Cochran
Brother, Omer Ray Cochran, Jr.

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


JoeAnn Vaughn Stolich, 67, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011 at her residence in Center. She was born February 12, 1944 in the McClelland Community of Shelby County to Forrest Glynn Vaughn and Annie Bell Reynolds Vaughn.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Monday, May 16, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Watson and Sons Chapel with Pastor Keith Rose officiating.

She is survived by:

Daughters;
Regina Danley and husband Rowdy of Center
Melinda Williams of Center

Son, Michael Stolich of Center

Grandchildren:
Brandi Adkison, Shawn Danley, Kyle Danley, Miranda Williams, B. J. Williams, William Blake Gann, Morgan Gann and Kyle Denby.

Five Great Grandchildren

Brother, Glynn Vaughn of Center

Sister, Judy Guidry of Orange
Sister, Betty Jones

Very Special Friend, Jerry Russell of Center

Preceded in death by:
Parents, Forrest Glynn Vaughn and Annie Bell Reynolds Vaughn
Son, Edwin Biondillo

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


05/14/2011

Edward Ray “Ed” Furlow, Edward Ray “Ed” Furlow, 86, of Joaquin, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Schumpert Hospital in Shreveport, LA.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2011 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Elumbaugh and Bro. Mike Fodge officiating. Burial will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born October 2, 1924 in Shelbyville to James Thomas and Vera (Permenter) Furlow. He retired from Enterprise Products and he also retired from Joaquin ISD where he drove a school bus for 10 years. He was a member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist in Joaquin and a member of Teamsters Local 568 in Shreveport, LA. Mr. Ed loved hunting and fishing & he dearly his family and will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by Parents, James and Vera Furlow, Wife, Ima Furlow,  Brother, Harold Furlow and Sister-in-law, Gracie Furlow.

He is survived by:
Daughter:
Carla Adkison & husband, David of Shreveport

Son:
Morris Wayne Brown & wife, Sally of Joaquin

Daughter:
Beth Brown Lee & husband, Harold of Lake Conroe

Grandchildren:
Cheryl Clemens, Billy Watson, Tim Brown,
Shannon Wheless, Douglas King, Jr.,
Casey Adkison and Shane Adkison

12 Great Grandchildren

Brothers and Sisters-in-law:
J.T. “Shorty” Furlow & wife, Sally of Huxley
Royce Gene Furlow of Many, LA
Alma Furlow of Logansport, LA

Numerous Nieces, Nephews & Cousins

Pallbearers:
Harry Furlow, Larry Furlow, Lennis Holt,
 Wendall Coker, Tom Permenter and Tony Davis

Honorary Pallbearers:
Tommy Lilly, Bert Furlow, Clifford Hamilton & Randy Garrett
 
You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


05/13/2011

Rosa “Rose” Lee Holloway Willoughby, 64, of San Augustine, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2011 at Lufkin Memorial Hospital. She was born September 16, 1926 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Leo Holloway and Daisy Alberta Noble Holloway.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, May 13, 2011 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Watson and Sons Chapel with Bro. Pat Windham and Rev. Dale Carter officiating. Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in Shelby County.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Willoughby, Shane Willoughby, Alan Willoughby, Justin Willoughby, Clayton Wright, Shelby Willoughby, Kevin Whitton and Dillon Benefield. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Borders and Nowell Borders.

She is survived by:

Husband, Wayne Willoughby of San Augustine

Son, Shane Willoughby and wife, Sylvia of Zavalla

Daughter, Shannon Willoughby Benefield of San Augustine

Step Son, Michael Willoughby and wife, Dori of Colorado

Grandchildren:
Cody Thompson, Ryan Gray, A.J. Thompson, Alan Willoughby, Amanda Thompson, Justin Willoughby, Jazmin Moody, Shelby Willoughby, Clayton Wright, Dillon Benefield, Ashlyn Willoughby and Kristen Willoughby

Seven Great Grandchildren

Uncle, Dee Noble and wife, Ella

Aunt, Ola Nobles

Niece, Wynelle Houston and husband, Rueben

Great Niece, Rachel Houston

Also numerous nieces and nephews

Very special cousin, Marilyn Johnson

Brother-in-Law, Alvis “Buddy” Willoughby

Sister-in-Law, Maxine Oswalt

Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law, Charles Chambliss and wife, Betty

Preceded in death by:
Mother, Daisy Holloway
Sister and brother-in-law, Nelda Jean and Leon Bartley
Son, Ray Thompson

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


05/10/2011

Charles Ray Walker, 69, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at his residence.

Graveside Service will be 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2011 at Old Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, May 13, 2011 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born June 30, 1941 in Center to Austin and Ruby (Smith) Walker. He worked for Tyson for 12 years and he also worked for Quick Lube here in Center.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Austin & Ruby Walker, Wife, Tina Stanfield and In-Laws, Ernest & Essie Stanfield

He is survived by: Son:
Keith Walker & wife, LaDonna of Camden, Ark

Daughter:
Carla Meshell & husband, Ernest of Center

Son:
Richard McGee & wife, Glenda of Center

Numerous Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren

Brother-in-law:
Robert Stanfield & wife Melissa

Numerous Friends

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


Harry J. Surginer, 79, of Tenaha, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Willis Knighton North in Shreveport, LA.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Old Center Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born April 10, 1932 in Longview to Gilliam Henry Surginer and Kate “Bea” (Soape) Hoard. He was retired from the US Air Force. 

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Kate “Bea” Soape and Gilliam Surginer and Brother, J.P. Surginer.

He is survived by:
Wife:
Betty Surginer of Tenaha

Children:
Linda Spencer of Springdale, Ark
Gwen Maxwell of Shreveport, LA
Patty Harantcavage of Diana, TX
Kathy Bounds of Carthage
Roy Surginer of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Brandy Beasley of Carthage
Amber Isbell of Carthage
Randall Behrens of Shreveport, LA
Ryan Bailey of Longview
Brandon Bounds of Carthage
Alexia Ford of Henderson
Gregg Spencer, Jr. of Springdale, Ark
Haley Landtroop of Carthage
Garrett Spencer of Springdale, Ark

10 Great Grandchildren
Host of Nieces, Nephews and Friends

Pallbearers:
Greg Spencer, Sr., Greg Spencer Jr., Ryan Bailey,
Joey Maxwell, Dale Walace and Randall Behrens
 
You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


Betty Jean Merrill, 63, of Shelbyville formerly of Huxley and Louisiana, passed away Monday, May 9, 2011 at her residence.

Family and Friends will have a gathering on May 21, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Hosston, LA.

She was born February 18, 1948 in Vivian, LA to James Richard Graves and Jonnie Ruth (Moore) Graves.

She is preceded in death by her Husband, Billy Merrill, Father, James Richard Graves and Sister, Rita Schmidt.

She is survived by:
Mother:
Jonnie Graves of Shelbyville

Children:
Tonya J. Black & husband, Doug of Derry, NH
James A. Merrill & wife, Tanya of Atlanta, TX
Larry P. Merrill of Tulsa, OK

Grandchildren:
Robert J. Black of Derry, NH
Kyle C. Black of Derry, NH
Tiffanie M. Merrill of Shreveport, LA
Jon R. Merrill of Shreveport, LA

Sister:
Sandra Garren & husband, Johnny of Blanchard, LA

Great Grandchildren:
James Richard of Shreveport
Mathew Dwayne of Shreveport

Nieces & Nephews:
Stan, Danna & Micki

In Lieu of flowers you may make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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

05/09/2011

A graveside service for Mr. Alan Charles Williams, age 59, of Carthage, TX, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at New Hope Cemetery in Milam, TX, with Rev. Steven Shotzman officiating under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Mr. Williams passed away on Sunday morning, May 8, 2011, at his home in Carthage.

Alan Charles Williams was born on Feb. 28, 1952 in Center, TX to A C Williams and Jimmie Opal Williams. He graduated from Hemphill High School with the class of 1971. Mr. Williams served his country in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. He married Alice Marlene Wright on Oct. 9, 2008, in Texarkana, AR. Mr. Williams worked as an operator for Luminant Mining for over 30 years. He moved to Carthage over 30 years ago from Sabine County, TX. Mr. Williams was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Carthage. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother, Daniel Earl Williams.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Marlene Williams of Carthage; two step-daughters, Heather Allen and husband George of the Woods Community and Allison Charles of Carthage; two step-sons, Warren Noble and wife Angela of Little Rock, AR and Colin Noble and wife Shay of Marshall; six step-grandchildren, Devoni Allen, Rebecca Galloway, Ben, Nikki, Connor, and Cannon Noble; one step-great-grandchild, Elizabeth Galloway; two brothers, Wayne Williams and wife Frances of Lumberton and Martin Williams and wife Debbie of Brazoria; one nephew, Channon Williams and wife Brandy of Kountze; four nieces, Cindy Parrie and husband Eric of Zwolle, Delana Williams of Lumberton, Holly Soderman and husband Sam of Pearland, and Marci Reyes and husband Jason of Brazoria; two uncles, Waydean Williams of Center and Carmon Williams of Milam; and one aunt, Sandra Newman of Spring.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are Channon Williams, Larrah Wright, Mike Hildebrand, Kevin McAlister, Aalon Williams, Wesley Boren, Jessie Adams, and Cabot “Kabo” Baker.

If desired, memorials may be made to the Panola College Foundation, 1109 W. Panola, Carthage, TX 75633.

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


05/06/2011

Benna Dell Russell was born February 18, 1919 in Bronson, Texas to Matthew Hamilton (Hamp Stephens) and Dovie Smith Stephens. She died May 5, 2011 at Woodland Heights Medical Center, Lufkin, Texas.

She was graduated from Center High School as Valedictorian and was also Valedictorian of her Nacogdoches Beauty College graduating class. She was married to Desmon Sidney Russell on November 17, 1937 until his death May 17, 1996. She was an active member of Lufkin’s First Baptist Church for over 70 years and was secretary of the Rebekah Sunday School Class. She enjoyed singing and was a member of the Senior Choir. She loved her God, her church, her family and her many friends. She loved flowers and was an avid gardener, an accomplished seamstress and a wonderful cook. In her later years, she pursued genealogy and authored her own biography. She also enjoyed birdwatching.

Left to cherish her memory are her four children and their spouses: Charles Ray and Suzanne Russell, Lynda and Bob Melton, Carlyn and Duncan Garner, all of Lufkin, and Deborah and Alan Webb of Vidor. She is also survived by her ten grandchildren and spouses: Craig and Melissa Russell of Austin; Robin Melton Allen, and Bob Melton, Jr. and Mona of Lufkin; Carl Russell, Houston; Cathy and Mark Kettering of Diboll; Angela and Ismael Monroig, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Tamara and Phillip Adamo, Cannonsburg, Penn.; AIC Alan David Webb, Moody AFB, Ga.; Tammy and David Miller and Amy and Allen Rush, all of Lufkin. She also had 21 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

She is also survived by her sisters: LaFaye Perkins, Sue Farris, and Maxine Malnar and brother-in-law, Harold, all of Lufkin. Also brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Margie Stephens and sister-in-law Murel Thomason, all of Center.

She is also survived by her loving care givers Sherry Johnson, Elvia Silvia, Rebbecca Reeves, Demicia Mandoza and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her husband, Desmon Sidney Russell, a brother, T.O. Stephens, and an infant grandson.

Pallbearers will be: Bob Melton, Jr., Alan David Webb, Craig Russell, Carl Russell, Robert Russell, Russell Allen, Zach Allen, and Mark Allen.

The family extends our appreciation to the doctors and nurses at Woodland Heights Medical Center for their compassionate care. We also thank the staff of The Meadows for their loving care of our mother over the past 4 years.

Services for Mrs. Russell will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 7 in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Andrew G. Pittman officiating. Interment will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. The family will receive friends and family from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lufkin’s First Baptist Church, 106 E. Bremond St., Lufkin, Texas 75901.

Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.

Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.


05/04/2011

Donnie Ester (Joe Boy) White, age 75, of the East Liberty Community passed away Monday, May 2, 2011 at Lufkin Memorial Hospital. He was born October 16, 1935 to Donnie White and Lillie Ratcliff.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 12 noon - 1 pm prior to the services which will began at 1 pm at East Liberty Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Texas. Officiating will be Pastor Curtis Archie with interment to follow at Thompson Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas.

He is survived by:

Wife, Betty White of San Augustine, Texas

Daughter, Machelle Lathan of Center

Sons:
Donald White of Center
Joe Nathan White and wife Sue of Center

Two grandchildren and four great grandchildren

Brother, Lorenzo White of Anderson, AL

Sisters:
Verna Smith of Dallas, Texas
Roena White of Center, Texas


John Ray Cooks, Sr, 64 of Tenaha passed away April 28, 2011. He was born to James Cooks and Evelyn Ford in Gloster, LA. He moved to Tenaha where he met his wife of 48 years, Lula Mae Cooks. They lived and loved one another for 48 years honoring the covenant that they made with and for the Lord, being a dedicated husband, father, and a dedicated friend.

Services will be held Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 11am at St. John Baptist Church, Tenaha, Texas with Minister Natalie Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Center, Texas.

He is survived by:
Wife, Lula Mae Cooks

Son, Johnny Ray Cooks

Daughters:
Jarhonda Cooks
Isharicka Roland

Brothers:
C.L. Cooks
Willie T. Cooks

Sister, Pearlie B. Boykin Cooks

Grandchildren: Jericka Lanea Moore, Jarhonda Keyshun Cooks, Jasmine Monique Cooks, Malique Antwan Cooks, John R. Cooks, III, Zaykivious Tutt, D'KayDen Moore, Ladarren Cooks

Special Friends:
Robert Jean Richard
Steve Arline

Sister-in-Laws:
Betty Jo Cooks
Claudia Goodwin

Special Sister-in-Law, Patsy Ann Goodwin

Brother-in-Laws:
Asie B. Goodwin
Romie L. Goodwin
Larry W. Goodwin

Preceding him in death: Son, John Ray Cooks, Jr.; brothers, Harvey Lee Cooks and Jessie James Cooks; his mother-in-law, Sarah Goodwin; sister-in-law, Sarah Goodwin; sister-in-law, Juanita Roland.

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


05/03/2011

Terry Raymond Burch, 57 of Stanley Louisisana, passed away at his residence on May 3, 2011.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 5pm to 8pm at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Logansport, Louisisana.

Services will be held at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011 with Bro. Dennis LaFleur officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

He was born on July 12, 1953 in Orange, Texas to Troy and Emily Burch.

He is survived by wife Linda Burch.

Two Sons, Terry Gene Burch and wife Kim of Center Tx, Jason Troy Burch and wife Tammy of Center Tx.

4 step sons Colin Broadus of Long Branch Tx, John Blunt of Stanley La, Jason Blunt and wife Becky of Stanley La. Jeremy Blunt of Logansport,La.

Mother, Emily Burch of Stanley La.

Sisters, Lonna Crawford and husband Steve of Stanley La, Carla Caston and husband David of Stanley La, Joanna Cortinez and husband Shane of Stanley La.

Brothers, Jeffrey Burch of Longview Tx, Jacky Burch of Stanley La.

15 grandchildren, and a host of famliy and friends that love, respect, and will miss him dearly.

Preceeded in Death by his GrandParents Martha and Lonnie Burch, and Raymond and Hazel Boyd, Father Troy Burch, and Former wife Tonja Hughes Folsom.


05/02/2011

Elton Fenley, 75, of Center, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011 at his residence.

Services will be 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Williams and Bro. Jerry Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 3, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

He was born January 17, 1936 in Nacogdoches to Elva Norris and Viola (Bates) Fenley. He was a member of Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Elva Norris and Viola (Bates) Fenley; wife, Ruth Fenley; daughter, Patsy Lander; sister, Thelma Fenley; brothers, Zeno Fenley, B.J. Fenley and Johnny Fenley; and son-in-law, Tommy Moss.

He is survived by:
Children:
Glenn Fenley & wife Laurie of Baytown
Tommy Fenley & wife Francine of Splendora
Anita Moss of Center

Grandchildren:
Misti Whittley & husband, Bill, Brandon Fanestiel & fiancé Nickie Hughes, Lacy & Lucas Fenley
Noah Fenley & wife Amanda, Eric Moss & wife Karen, Barrett Moss, Justin Moss & Vincent Page & wife Stephanie

Great Grandchildren
Truit, Christopher & Taylor Whittley
Aedan, Connor & Nolan Fenley
Kale Moss
Blake, Madison & Camden Fanestiel
Ryder Fenley
Chloe Fenley
William & Jacey Page

Brother:
Lamar Fenley & wife Frances

Sisters-in-law:
Nelva Fenley

Host of Nieces and Nephews, Numerous Friends & Relatives

Pallbearers:
Noah Fenley, Eric Moss, Justin Moss, Barrett Moss, Connor Fenley
Brandon Fanestiel, Bill Whittley, Truit Whittley and Christopher Whittley

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

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