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        Chili lovers will always go for that extra mile to find a café that serves a good bowl of “red hot chili.” But in 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s, in Center, one only had to go to the West side of the square to a café known as “Jess and Bob’s.” On any day, hot or cold, Jess and Bob Watson always had a Bowl of teaming hot chili ready for their customers. Mr. Jess presided at the cash register while Mr. Bob presided over the kitchen. When Mr. Jess took your order for chili, he calls it back to his brother in the loud voice “Another Bowl of Fire” or “Red Line”. Soon you were served with a big bowl with crackers, catsup, salt, water, napkins and any other thing you might need. It was here people came, all day long, to eat, drink, talk, trade and rest. No where could you find nicer people, a big bowl of hot chili for just .15 cents.
        Also at Jess and Bob’s you could have “Ball One” for Hamburger --- “Shamrock” a bowl of Stew – “One foot in the Grave” Stew without meat and taters – “Shamrock Paint Her Red” Stew with Chili on top.




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   Marsha Singletary Clotiaux, 54, of Center died October 29, 2004 at her residence.  Burial was in Adams Cemetery.  Born February 15, 1950, in Center she was the daughter of O.F. Adams and Laverne Goings Adams. She was Shelby County Tax Assessor-Collector and District Clerk.  Survivors include husband, Robert E. Clotiaux of Center; parents, O.F. Adams and Laverne Adams; daughter, Stacy Warr of Huntsville; sister, Melba Lee of Center; stepdaughters, Rhonda Secrest of Deer Park, Winter McCauley of Longview and Meaghan Clotiaux of Carthage; stepson, Robert Clotiaux, Jr. of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Yvonne Smith Rhodes, 90, of Tenaha died October 31, 2004 in Center. Burial was in Enterprise Cemetery.  Born March 21, 1914, in Timpson, she was the daughter of H.B. and Era Mae Lebo Rhodes.  Mrs. Rhodes was a member of the Easter Star.  She was married to Preston Rhodes, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include daughter-in-law, Evelyn Rhodes of Houston.  Taylor Funeral Home
   Rachel Denise Moton Alvis, 29, of Joaquin died October 31, 2004 in Shreveport.  Burial was in Willow Grove Cemetery.  Born June 1, 1975, in Center, she was the daughter of Randall Moton and Julie Blount Moton.  Mrs. Alvis was a homemaker.  Survivors include husband, James Alvis of Stanley, Louisiana; daughter Brianna Alvis of Stanley; parents, Randy and Julie Moton of Joaquin; sister, Windi Chambliss of Joaquin; brothers, J.B. Moton and Colter Moton, both of Joaquin.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Jean Evelyn Pichette, 73, of Center died October 28, 2004 in Nacogdoches.  Cremation was requested.  born January 11, 1931, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Thomas Harry Rutherford and Pearl Marie Barnes.  Mrs. Pichette was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Rutherford and Pearl Barnes.  Survivors include daughters, Tudy Pryor and Traci Schroeder, both of Center; sisters, Elizabeth Dobbs and Patricia McCain, both of Irvin.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Vernon Lee Locke, 83 of Orange died October 29, 2004 at his residence.  Burial was in Willow Grove Cemetery.  He was born in Center and was a retired as a Boilermaker, a veteran of WWII and a member of Masonic Lodge in Joaquin.  Survivors include wife, Sybil Powdrill Locke of Orange; sons, Tommy Lock, Gene Locke, both of Orange; daughter, Cindy Naivar of Atlanta, Georgia.  Dorman Funeral Home, Orange.
   Gladney Frame, 76, of Jasper died October 29, 2004, in Jasper.  Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rebecca Frame Williams.  Mr. Frame is survived by his wife, Kathryn Frame of Jasper.  Griffin Funeral Home, Jasper.
   Jeanne Dover, 78, of Center died November 1, 2004, in San Augustine.  Burial was in McClelland Cemetery.  Born November 3, 1925, in Flagstaff, Arizona, she was the daughter of Ceacel and Helen Frances Lynche Wittorff.  Mrs. Dover was a retired Nurse.  She was married to Joe Dover and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include daughters, Lona Menefee of Shelbyville and Frances McMahon of Center; brother Ceacel Wittorff of Cresent Mills, California.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Billie Jo Chance, 76, of Center died November 1, 2004 at her residence.  Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery.  Born January 8, 1928, in Goldthwaite, she was the daughter of George W. Chapman, Sr. and Lois Margaret Jones Chapman.  Mrs. Chance was a homemaker.  Survivors include her husband, Lonnie J. Chance of Center; sons, Don Chance of Van Alystyne, Gary Chance of Magnolia and Wendell Chance of Center; sister, Vade Mae Aydelott of San Antonio; brothers, George Chapman, Jr. of Deer Park and Milton L. Chapman of Bryan. Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
     Rodney B. Oates, 46, of Center died November 4, 2004 in Center.  Burial was in Smith Cemetery.  Born August 31, 1958, in Houston, he was the son of Doyce L. and Elanor K. Reynolds Oates.  Survivors include mother, Elanor K. Oates of Center; brothers, Michael Oates, Robert Oates and Stacy Oates, all of Center, Dean Oates of Shreveport, Louisiana and Roy Oates of Marshall.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Wesley J. Bowles, 85, of Beaumont died November 9, 2004 in Beaumont.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Mr. Bowles served in WWII and was retired from Texas Department of Transportation.  Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Bowles of Beaumont; stepsons, Donald Davis of Henryetta, Oklahoma and Teddy Davis of Port Neches.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Ruth Ann Allen, 58, died November 2, 2004.  Burial was in Thompson Cemetery.  Born January 14, 1946, she was the daughter of James and Robbie Allen.  Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her mother Robbie Allen.  Survivors include father, James Alton Allen; brother, Adrian D. M. Allen.  Hicks Mortuary.
   Pearley McDaniel, 95, died November 10, 2004 in Houston.  Burial was in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson.  Born December 7, 1908, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Angy and Oma Wedgeworth.  Mrs. McDaniel was cook and homemaker.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Gregory McDaniel; parents, Angy and Oma Wedgeworth; brothers, Delma, Mewlvin William, J.T. and Cullen.  Survivors include daughter, Mary Meyer of Houston.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Otis T. Butts, III, 57, of Center died November 8, 2004, in Center.  Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park, Nacogdoches.  Born May 17, 1947, in Houston, he was the son of Otis A. Butts, Jr. and Betty Smith Butts.  Mr. Butts career included banking and other humanitarian endeavors.  Survivors include his wife, Candace Velvin of Center; mother, Betty Butts of Nacogdoches; daughters, Michael Butts Wilmet of Bonita springs, Florida and Laura Jeanne Butts of San Marcos; brother, Mike Butts of Nacogdoches; sister, Kathy Butts McQuinn of Tavares, Florida.  Cason-Monk Metcalf Funeral Home.

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