Joel W Myers | 1932 – 2017 |

Mr. Myers passed away Wednesday, October 18th in Lufkin. Joel was born September 2nd, 1932 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Hill and Emma Jo Mitchell Myers. He lived in LaPorte for many years and had lived in Alto for the last 20 years. Mr. Myers left school  to help on his families farm and later joined the Army. After leaving the Army he worked as a Lineman in Marshall until he opened his first Dairy Queen in Kemah, Texas. He owned and operated several Dairy Queens for many years. Prior to his retirement, he owned and operated Ronito’s Pizza in Alto with his wife Amy for several years. Joel was preceded in death by his wife Amy after 35 happy years and his brother, Harold Myers. Joel is survived by daughters Michelle Myers-Uschak (Adam) of Katy and Shirley Koerner (Norm) of Trophy Club, son Ron Rose (Kay) of Alto, brother Mitchell Myers (Nan) of Marshall, sisters Sue Cantrell (Earl) of Longview, Liz Brooks (Charles) of Marshall and Judy McArthur (Harold) of Marshall several grandchildren and great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. There is no visitation scheduled.

Funeral services for Joel W. Myers, 85, of Alto will be Friday October 20th, at 2pm at the Alto Community Fellowship with Rev. Ron Rose and Rev. Earl Cantrell officiating. Burial will follow at the Old Palestine Cemetery near Alto.

Funeral Service
Friday, October 20, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Alto Community Fellowship
595 Marcus St.
Alto, Texas 75925

James Richard Swilley | 1952 – 2017 |

Beloved husband, cherished father, devoted grandfather, James Richard Swilley, age 64, passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. James was born in Shreveport, LA on September 18, 1952 to Charles Edward and Georgie Leone Swilley. On January 8, 1972, he married the love of his life, Janice Marie and together they had three children. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Edward and Georgie Leone and his daughter, Jennifer Lea. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Janice; his children, Shane E. and wife, Paula, and Shannon Michael and wife, Stacie; his grandchildren, Sydney Leigh-Anne, Chesley Claire and Stetson Michael; his brother and sister, Robby and wife, Dianne; Dottie Mercer and husband, Leonard; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Marsha and Otis Dobbs, David and Tammie Bowman, Darla and Jerry Vaughn and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Loy and Loren Bowman. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends who knew and loved him.

James was the owner/operator of Swilley Oversize Escort Service and had previously worked for Fabsteel, Frito-Lay, Borden’s, Piggly-Wiggly and A.L. Williams. He had a love for travel and enjoyed jeeping, midnight boat rides at Lake of the Pines, motorcycles and mud trucks. He spent many hours with the “Rusty Lug Nuts”, White Eagle Motorcycle Club and Mud Racing. He was a self-taught pilot, and owning and flying his plane gave him great joy. But his true passion in life was his family and the time he spent with them. James loved the Lord and was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Meadowbrook Funeral Home. Funeral Service will follow at 3:00pm at Meadowbrook Funeral Home with Bro. David Rice and Jerry Vaughn officiating.

Interment will be in Restland Cemetery in Waskom, Texas. Pallbearers will be Keith Lockhart, Matt Shepherd, Doug Lang, Bradley Lewis, Jerry Carraway, David Sellers, Rob Stewart, Brian Charbonneau, James Crooks and Dustin Summers. Honorary pallbearers will be Victor Shepherd, Harold Campbell, Homer Stout, Hugh Hunton, Ira Morse, Royce Plemmons, Adam Hall, The Rusty Lug Nuts Car Club and the Hooch Guys. The family would like to express a very heartfelt thanks to Dara-Agent Thurmon and Heartsway Hospice for the love and care given to James during his illness. Online condolences may be offered at

John P. Windham | 1952 – 2017 |

John P. Windham, 64, of Hamilton, passed away May 25, 2017, in Missoula.

John was born Oct. 16, 1952 in Kilgore, Texas, the son of Haskell and Dorothy Windham and grew up in Waskom, Texas.

He spent most of his early days making straight A’s in school and pondering the meaning of life while assembling plastic models of airplanes, ships and classic cars. He eventually migrated to Longview, Texas, where he practiced the art of tomfoolery with his brother from another mother, Dennis Ponder. There he met his first wife and her son, and discontent with the lifestyle of East Texas, John took his small clan and headed south to Austin, where their daughter was born. In Austin, John found that he could express himself amongst his collective and explore the ideas of thinking outside of the box.

He eventually became a registered nurse and decided to head North to the big sky country of Montana on his own, to start another chapter of his life. He strongly believed that laughter is the best medicine, and could be located in his workplaces by following the sound of laughter, or by tracking the nurse in the bright Hawaiian scrub top. He befriended many of the locals and met another important partner in adventure, and her daughter, and they joined him in his quest for balance and enlightenment.

John is survived by his daughter Ashley Windham, stepson Chris Wieber, good friend Lisa Milch and her daughter Laura, Buddy the dog, sister Annie Schmalfeldt, sister Patricia Hicks, brother Jerry Windham, ex-wife Vicky Holden, and many great friends here, there and everywhere. We would like to thank all of John’s wonderful caregivers, the J team, Riverside Health Care, Palliative Care and Partners Hospice who kept John smiling.

A memorial pot luck will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 2 p.m., 1057 Tefft St., Corvallis. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt!

The family of Doris McMahen will host a Memorial Service at 10:30a.m., Friday, June 30, 2017 at First United Methodist Church of Waskom. Reverend, Sherry Crenshaw will officiate. A visitation with family and friends will take place Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Downs Funeral Home from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Ms. McMahen passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Shreveport, LA.

Doris Ann McMahen was born May 18, 1935 in Panola County, Texas to Jack and Gracie Bailey. Doris was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Waskom. She was active in her church and loved her church family. She was known by many for her servant heart and enjoyed doing for others. Doris enjoyed giving and was well known for apple bread. In her younger years, she enjoyed hunting and fishing. In more recent years, she enjoyed BINGO, but importantly, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly.

Those left to cherish the memories of Doris McMahen are her children, Donita McMahen and Teri McMahen; sibling, Gay Coleman; grandchildren, Dustin Heath, Justin Heath, and Hanna Heath; two great-grandchildren, Weston Heath and Brentlee Heath.

Preceding Doris in death were her parents, Jack and Gracie Bailey; husband, Billy McMahen; four brothers and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers the family request donation be made to First United Methodist Church of Waskom.

Thursday, June 29, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Downs Funeral Home
4608 Elysian Fields Rd.
Marshall, Tx. 75672

Memorial Service
Friday, June 30, 2017
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
1305 West Texas Avenue
Waskom, Texas 75692

Miss Glenna Allene Stone Wellborn passed peacefully in her sleep on June 18, 2017, at her home in Waskom, Texas, at the age of 79. No public services will be held at this time.

Miss Wellborn is survived by her daughter, Lisa Wellborn Hayes and husband Michael of Waskom; her grandson, Brandon Heath Hayes and wife Jordan of Elysian Fields; her grandson, Ty Wesley Hayes of Waskom; her most faithful companion, her dog Casey; and her brother, Calvin Stone.

Miss Wellborn is predeceased by her parents, Frank and Retha Stone, and by her sister and her brother.

Miss Wellborn was born on March 6, 1938, in Odessa, Texas, to Frank and Retha Stone. Miss Wellborn loved to sit in her chair and watch Nascar and old western shows. She found great joy in mowing her grass and tending to her yard. Miss Wellborn spent much of her time crafting, and her family members will forever cherish the stockings she made for each of them to hang at Christmas time. Miss Wellborn is remembered by all who knew her as a kind, generous, and caring lady. Her grandchildren affectionately knew her as “Granny,” and she always enjoyed their company more than anything.

Jonathan A. Manning | 1968-2017 |

Jonathan Aaron Manning was born August 8, 1968, in Albany, Missouri, and passed away June 18, 2017, at the age of 48.

Jonathan worked for KCS Railroad for 24 years. His last position he held with the railroad was senior road foreman of engines.

On May 5, 2002, he married Cindy Ann Amaral in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Survivors: wife, Cindy Manning (Waskom, Texas); mother, Linda Miller (Albany); daughter, Courtney (Trent) Hamilton (Ridgeway, Missouri); son, Gunner Manning (Bethany, Missouri). When he married Cindy, Jonathan gained more children, all of whom he loved as his own, April Amaral Phillips (Bossier City, Louisiana); Robert (Bob) (Samantha) Amaral (DeRidder, Louisiana); adopted daughter, Cynthia Manning (Waskom, Texas); granddaughters, McKenna Hamilton (Ridgeway); Alayna Phillips, Kinsley Phillips (Bossier City); grandson, Ryett Amaral (DeRidder, Louisiana); step-brother, Quentin Miller (Excelsior Springs, Missouri); maternal grandfather, Bobbie Allenbrand (Maryville, Missouri).

He was preceded in death by his father, Larry; son, Dustin Blake Amaral; maternal grandmother, Lodema Allenbrand and paternal grandparents, Harold and Naomi Miller.

Jonathan was a loving husband, father, grandfather and son, as well as a loving friend to many. He will be dearly missed.

Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, at the Roberson-Polley Chapel, Albany, with burial in the Grandview Cemetery, Albany.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, at the chapel, where friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. Monday.

Online condolences:

As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.

Benny Alford | 1939 – 2017 |

Benny was born and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Graduated from College High in 1958. In November 1958 Benny and Della Mae Burkart from Dewey, Oklahoma was united in marriage. Benny was employed at Leonard Printing, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Chris was born in 1960. 1965-1967 he went to college at Oklahoma State University Technical Branch in Okmulgee, Oklahoma earning a Commercial Art Degree. After college he was employed with Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Kim was born in l967. In 1968 moved his family to Assaria, Kansas where he taught Commercial Art at the Salina Area Vocational Technical Training School in Salina, Kansas.  Scott was born in 1970. In June, 1972 moved to Ore City, Texas and started Studio A, a commercial art studio. Just after Christmas in 1974, moved to Waskom, Texas. After moving to Waskom, Benny saw a real need for rental housing and started A & A Home Rentals. He continued to operate Studio A until retiring.

After committing his life to Christ at the age of 21, he has always been an active church member in the community where he lived, worked with youth in church and in business and used his art talents where ever he could.

Benny Alford was a faithful servant at Faith Baptist Church in Waskom, Texas. From overseeing the building construction to teaching bible lessons.  He put his heart and soul into every task.  Benny cared deeply for everyone that he came in contact with. He had a burden to see souls saved and souls serving Christ. He will be missed and could never be replaced. To God be the glory for his wonderful life.

“I want to say a big Thank You to the Marshall Texas Heart’s Way Hospice Group for their assistance and help they have been to me and my family during this transition time also to all my family, friends and church family for their visits, help and prayers.”

Memorial service
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
10:00 AM
Faith Independent Baptist Church
465 S. Eberle St., Waskom, TX 75692
Phone: (903) 687-2900

Funeral Services for Tommy Edward Green, 68, of Marshall will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, May 25, 2017 in the Chapel of Downs Funeral Home with Bro. Gregory Goynes officiating. Interment will follow the service in Panola Mt. Zion Cemetery, DeBerry, Texas. Visitation with family and friends will take place Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the funeral home. Mr. Green passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 at his home in Marshall.

Memorial service
Thursday, May 25, 2017
2:00 PM
Downs Funeral Home
4608 Elysian Fields Rd, Marshall, TX 75672
Phone: (903) 927-1700

God only picks the most beautiful roses from His garden.  On May 18, 2017 He chose the prettiest, strongest rose when He wrapped His loving arms around our family matriarch and took her home.

She came into this world on September 2, 1931 in Hill County, TX.  Upon her arrival in heaven there was a joyful reunion with her mother, brothers, uncles, aunts, son, grandson, daughter-in-law and many other loved ones that went home before her.

She was a strong woman and worked hard her whole life.  She helped support her family starting at the very young age of 10 by picking cotton.  In her lifetime she worked many different jobs and nothing was too menial.  She was raised on farms in Hill County, TX.   She had limited formal education.  She was self educated and earned her GED. To her, education was the most important thing you could do for yourself.

Left to celebrate her life are her wonderful and loving husband of 51 years, Joe Coulter, her son Robert Hickey, daughter Carolyn DeLeon and her daughters and sons- in-law, Peggy & Billy McCreary, Barbara & Orion Shockey, and her brother, C.J. Baxter and sister-in-law, Dorothy Baxter, 12 grandchildren, 29 grt- grandchildren, and 6 grt- grt-grandchildren.

Her Life Celebration will be held May 27, 2017 at 11am at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, Panola, TX.

Obituary provided by her loving family.

Memorial Service
Saturday, May 27, 2017
11:00 AM
Mt. Zion Methodist Church
1174 County Road 378
DeBerry, Texas 75639

A visitation for Billy Coy Moore, 66, of Marshall will take place Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Downs Funeral Home.

Billy Coy Moore was born January 28, 1951 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Bill and Atrell Moore. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time outdoors. Family and friends meant a lot to Billy and he enjoyed spending time with them, sharing and creating new memories. After many years of hard work providing for his family, Billy retired from the oilfields.

Billy is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marilyn Moore; daughter, Tanya Landreneaux and husband, Dan; son, Bill Moore II; daughter Tina Moore; son, Daniel Moore; daughter, Kimber Thomason and husband, Rusty; son, William Ness; sisters, Evie Zell, Joyce Watkins, Kathy Surratt and her husband, Jerry, Evelyn Escude and her husband, Claude; grandchildren, Wyatt Wilson, Harlie Wilson, Natalie Wilson, Caden Landreneaux, Cutter Landreneaux, Bailey Kirkland, Colby King, Dillion White, Jessica White, and Cierra Carullo; and one great-granddaughter, Justice.

Preceding Billy in death are his parents, Bill and Atrell Moore, and one sister, Ruby Layton.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Downs Funeral Home
4608 Elysian Fields Rd, Marshall, TX 75672
Phone: (903) 927-1700

Gene Oden | 1933 – 2017 |

Funeral services for Mr. Walter E. “Gene” Oden, 84, of DeBerry, Texas will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday 23, 2017 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ken Camp officiating. Burial will follow in the Panola Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday morning from 9 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Mr.. Oden passed away peacefully at his DeBerry home May 20, 2017. After a prolonged illness resulting from heart surgery and multiple strokes.
Mr. Walter Eugene “Gene” Oden was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, January 5, 1933 and lived in DeBerry all his life except for his time away in college and traveling playing professional baseball. Active in sports all of his life he played basketball and baseball for Carthage High School, baseball for Panola College, baseball for the University of Texas and professional baseball with the Baltimore Organization where he became friends and roommates with Brooks Robinson. Upon his marriage to Sandra White in 1956 she joined them in the apartment in San Antonio where they played for the San Antonio Missions and he continued calling her “roomie” all the 61 years of their marriage. He and Brooks remained close friends thru all the years. He began his teaching career in Elysian Fields ISD in 1959 where he remained for 34 years as teacher, coach, Athletic Director, Principal and Assistant Superintendent. Gene was loved and admired by all he taught and coached.

Gene was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Panola, Texas and hosted many independent basketball tournaments to raise money for the church playing along with his brother Donald Ray Oden, who preceded him in death.

During his teaching years he continued to enjoy sports playing Fast Pitch and Slow Pitch Softball with teams in Texas and Louisiana. He especially enjoyed his years with the Cajun Kings in Shreveport and looked forward to the “Boys of Summer” Reunion each year. At the age of 50 he organized a team made up with his three sons and their friends and this team named Rainbow was a consistent winner which every team tried to beat. He played first base on this team refusing to sit himself on the bench. In his later years he turned to golf and spent many enjoyable hours with his friends at Marshall Lakeside Country Club, Carthage Country Club and LaTex Golf Course. His favorite saying was “Watching sports is good, playing is better and winning is best”.

Gene is survived by his wife, Sandra White Oden and three sons. Walter Dale Oden, Ronald Gene Oden and Stephen Neal Oden, all of DeBerry. He also leaves a devoted grandson Cody Ray Oden also of DeBerry. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Toby and Mack Monday and sister-in-law Mary Del Oden, also nephew Matt Oden and niece Vonn Oden, all of Kilgore, Texas. He came from a close-knit family and leaves many close cousins.

In lieu of flowers donation may be made to R. A. Tompkins Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 1681, Waskom, Texas 75692, where he was a 65 year member; Heartsway Hospice, 437 W. Panola St., Carthage, Texas 75633 whose care was indispensable or Panola Mt. Zion Cemetery Assoc,. P.O. Box 243, Panola, Texas 75685.

Memorial Service
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
11:00 AM
Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel
307 W Wellington St.
Carthage, TX

Edna Miracle | 1937 – 2017 |

Graveside services for Mrs. Edna Miracle, 79, of the Woods Community of Panola County, Texas will be 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Woods Cemetery with Rev. Rodney Puryear officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Mrs. Miracle passed away May 19, 2017 in Longview, Texas.

Mrs. Enda Bess Tomlinson Miracle was born June 1, 1937 in the Woods Community of Panola County, Texas. She was the oldest of four children born to Sydnor Hamp and Maggie McCoy Tomlinson. Edna was raised and schooled in Woods and graduated from Carthage High School. She met and married Charles Miracle and he preceded her in death in 1977. Edna was a homemaker and a member of the Woods New Hope Baptist Church. She is also preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Miracle is survived by her siblings, William L. Tomlinson, Sr. and wife Louise of Carthage, Jimmy Tomlinson of Woods, Lucy Tomlinson Dunnam of Longview; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Service
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
3 PM
Woods Cemetery

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T.C. Lindsey & Co. General Store Day Proclamation for 170th Anniversary

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FUMC hosts “Twined Lives: Open Hearts – Living Interconnections in Nicaragua”

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First United Methodist Church of Waskom, Pastor Sherry Crenshaw and Marty Vaughan hosted Sarah  Junkin Woodard, for “Twined Lives: Open Hearts – Living Interconnections in Nicaragua”, in conjunction with the Center for Development in Central […]