Doris Strahan Tomlin, 94, of Center, Texas, passed away on July 13, 2019 in Center

Doris Strahan Tomlin, 94, of Center, Texas, passed away surrounded by her family on July 13, 2019 in Center.

She was born on November 5, 1924 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Harvey B. Strahan and Nancy Emiline Chandler Strahan. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home with Rev. Andy Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Herman Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Mangum Funeral Home.

Doris grew up in Nacogdoches and graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1942. On August 29, 1942, she married the love of her life, Orvil J.J. Tomlin and they had three children, Tommy, Sue and Richard. The family enjoyed a wonderful life together until his passing in 1984.

She served as a dental assistant for Dr. Matthews and eventually retired from his office after her lengthy career. In her spare time, she absolutely loved to read, along with gardening, working puzzles, painting and quilting. She treasured the moments she was able to spend with her family and friends.

During the past few years, she has enjoyed having her iPad. This gave her the chance to join Facebook and have the opportunity to see all of her grandchildren from different cities grow up. Doris spent many hours reading her Bible and in prayer. She was a devoted member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church. In her early years, she served as a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School Volunteer.

Doris is survived by:

Son: Richard Tomlin and wife, Vicki of Center, Texas

Daughter: Sue Lovell and Darcy Charbonneau of Forsyth, Georgia



Martie Brown and husband, Cary of Forsyth, Georgia

Canton Lovell of Juliette, Georgia

Tommy Tomlin, Jr. and wife, Shay of Butler, Texas

Rory Tomlin and husband, Sonny of Houston, Texas

Ludy Tomlin of Mt. Enterprise, Texas

Rique McHenry and husband, Billy of Lufkin, Texas

Traci Willoughby and husband, Tony of Center, Texas

Randy Tomlin and wife, Jennifer of Center, Texas


Thirteen Great Grandchildren

Eight Great-Great Grandchildren


She is preceded in death by her husband, Orvill J.J. Tomlin; parents, Harvey and Nannie Strahan; son, Thomas Tomlin; and sister, Nina Martin.


Pallbearers will be Randy Tomlin, Rory Tomlin, Tommy Tomlin, Jr., Tyler McHenry, Austin Craig, Hagan Craig, Wesley Tomlin and Randy Lee Tomlin.


The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit