Business of the Month

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    In 1949, Floyd and Earcel Green opened their funeral home and furniture business in
    Centerville. Floyd had been the manager for Burleson Funeral Home in Centerville. They purchased the Wilma McEachern home on south Highway 75 and remodeled it as a funeral home and a place for them to live. In the late 1950’s, the Greens added a chapel to the building . Up until that time, funerals were held in local churches because of a lack of space at the funeral home. In March 1978, the Greens sold their funeral business to Billy and Carol Walters.

    The Walters grew from a couple to a family with three children. Aryn, Allyn and John Lee Walters were all born in Madisonville and raised in Centerville. Aryn and her husband, Jimmy Gifford and two sons, Riley and Breck Gifford and John Lee Walters and his wife, Brandy and son, Rush Walters all live in Centerville.

    The Walters Funeral Homes have grown in number, also. In addition to Walters Funeral Home (once called Green Funeral Home) Billy and Carol own and operate Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville and Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo. Together, the facilities are the “Walters Family Funeral Homes”.

    The Walters Funeral Homes staff (full time and part time) includes David and Nancy Haas of Madisonville; Aryn Gifford (funeral director/embalmer) of Centerville; Billy and Carol Walters (funeral director/embalmer) of Centerville; Sandy Cole of North Zulch; Margie Robinson of Madisonville; Sherry Pate and Judy Hester, both of Buffalo; Kim Cummings, Lawrence Johnson, Essie Mae Johnson, Larry Wayne Bell, Dewayne Bell and Anthony Sterns, all of Centerville.

    Billy and Carol Walters have remodeled the original house and chapel through the years. The facility is very nice for the size of town it is in. For the Walters, it has been both livelihood and a labor of love for the past almost 37 years.

    Walters Funeral Home
    610 S. Commerce St.
    P. O. Box 35
    Centerville, TX 75833
    (903) 536-2551
    Walters Funeral Home





    Events, New Members, and Information


    Thinking of Moving to Centerville?

    Come to the country! Centerville is located half-way between Houston and Dallas on Interstate 45, in the middle of it all. The pace is slower in Centerville, and the hometown values are from days gone by.

    Strangers still wave at each other when they pass on the roads. It has almost all the conveniences of larger communities, just not the hassle.

    Join families, retirees, and professionals that have moved out of the hustle and bustle of Houston, Dallas, or Bryan/College Station to an affordable life in the center of the rural life.

    According to

    Population in 2012: 891
    Median resident age: 45.2 years
    Texas median age: 40.8 years
    Median household income in 2011: $36,576
    Median house value in 2011: $81,530
    Median real estate property taxes in 2011: $642 (1.1%)
    Median gross rent in 2011: $496

    Important Information:

    (Water Department. Trash Pickup, etc.)
    Address: 325 St Mary’s Street
    Phone: (903) 536-2515

    Open Wednesdays and Thursdays only,
    8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (closed 12-1)
    Address: 125 East Main Street
    Phone: (903) 536-3095







    Interested in joining the Centerville Chamber of Commerce?

    Interested In Joining the Chamber of Commerce?

    Membership has its privileges.

    • Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings
    • Detailed Listing of your business on the Chamber website
    • “Classic Currency” gift certificates that can only be used at Chamber member stores
    • Workshops and seminars
    • Representation at the state and federal levels for small business owners

    It’s easy to join, and only costs $35

    Download the correct application: Businesses or Individuals & Families, complete it, and then drop it off with a check for $35 (made out to “Centerville Chamber of Commerce”) at either Circle T Realty, Karen’s Kowlicks, or Bobby Walters Insurance.

    Mail the application and a check for $35 to:
    Centerville Chamber of Commerce
    PO Box 422
    Centerville, TX 75833-0422

    Call (903) 536-7261 if you have any questions.

    Outdoor Recreation.

    There's plenty to do in Centerville


    Deer Hunting

    Leon County is known for its deer hunting. Hunters come from all over Texas to hunt wild game as well as exotic deer. You can find a list of available deer leases and exotic game by clicking here.



    If fishing is your game, the fifteen-acre lake at Ft. Boggy State Park gives you the opportunity to fish from the pier, the embankment, or small boat. It is part of the Angler Education “Tackle Loaner Program” where individuals can borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers.


    Ft. Boggy State Park

    Fort Boggy Creek State Park is one of Centerville’s favorite places to go. You can fish, swim, hike, ride bikes, grill, play on the playground, or just sit under the canopy of thick shade trees. Watch this excellent video.

    Admission is free. Rut reservations for the covered pavilion must be made through the Texas Parks & Wildlife by calling (512) 389-8900. The park is open Saturdays and Sundays only, from 8 AM to sunset.