Shelby County News


Week Ending March 29, 2018
                The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting April 17, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Terri Lacher, a local researcher.  She will be speaking to us about the World War II German Prison Camp in Center.  Everyone is invited to attend.

                       Elaine Weaver                    
     Donated By 
     Marleta Childs




Travis Lee Johnson, 91, of Center, died March 21, 2018, in Nacogdoches. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born April 20, 1926, in Shelby County, to E. C. Johnson and Tinnie Windham Johnson. He served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, J. T. Johnson; Son-in-law, Fern Jernigan, Sr.; Daughter-in-law, Debbie Johnson. Survivors include, Wife, Geraldine Johnson of Center; Children, Eva Johnson Terry of Longview, Vivian Johnson Ford & husband, Bill, of Center, Lewis Johnson & wife, Connie, of Tenaha, Glenn Johnson & wife, Teresa, of Shelbyville; Brother, James E. Johnson of San Augustine.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Leoma Powers Neill, 91, of Timpson, Texas, died March 26, 2017 in Garrison. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born on June 24, 1926 in Garrison, Texas to John Powers and Rosie Hutto Powers. She was preceded in death by, Husband, James “Goat” Neill; Daughter, Bobbie Lynn Carlton; Son, James Hopkins, Sr., Brother, Homer Lee Powers; Sisters, Luella Powers McNease Jacobs, Velma Pauline Lee, Onita Powers, Lillie Merle Powers Carter. Survivors include, Grandchildren, James Richard Hattaway, Johnnie Hopkins Wilkerson, James Hopkins, Jr., Jodi Hopkins Lehman.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Jasmine Breanna Lashun Shepherd, 19, of Nacogdoches, died March 24, 2018 at Center Medical Clinic. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. Survivors include, Mother, Chrystal Shepherd of Center; Brothers, Keylan Shepherd of Nacogdoches, JaKevion Shepherd of Nacogdoches; Step-Mother, Andrea Starghil of Nacogdoches.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Stephens “Steve” B. Campbell, 78, of Center, Texas, died March 21, 2018 in Nacogdoches. He was born on March 26, 1939 in Houston, Texas to Cyril Henry Campbell and Mary Inez Stephens Campbell.
Services are pending at this time with Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas.
Gene Vail, 68, of Shelbyville, died March 24, 2018, at his residence. Interment was in McClelland Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born January 11, 1950, in the Choice Community of Shelby County, to Jessie Vail and Sadie Borders Vail. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Lilly Killen; Brothers, Bill Vail, Leonard Vail. Survivors include, Wife, Mary Vail of Shelbyville; Children, Michael Vail & wife, Tonja, of Shelbyville, Tina Perez of Shelbyville; Special Daughter, Becky Adkinson; Brothers, Jessie Vail & wife, Pat, of Greenville, Harlon Vail & wife, Janet, of Dallas; Sisters, Ellen Burke & husband, Sonny, of Decatur, Ivaneal King & husband, Leonard, of Euless.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Maynard Wilson, 93, of Toledo Bend, died March 26, 2018, at his residence. Arrangements are pending with Forest Oaks Funeral Home of Jasper.



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