Shelby County News

Week Ending January 07, 2016


The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting January 19, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The guest speaker this month will be our own Teddy Hopkins.  He will speak to us about Mr. R. L. Parker.  Everyone is invited to attend.

A new planning initiative of the "Shelby County Historical Society Museum & Library" has been established to pursue continuing development of its genealogy/local history library. David Swanzy, who has agreed to lead this effort, asks members with genealogical/local history interests to stay after the program (no longer than 30 minutes) to participate in an introductory discussion.


Shelby County Historical Society
Celebrating 50 years… expanding horizons through knowledge, education and preservation


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E-Mail Address__________________________________________________
Please make check out to Shelby County Historical Society, PO Box 1542, Center, TX 75935-1542
On the back of this card please drop us a note on items you would like to see addressed in 2016 whether it is an article in the newsletter, lectures, events or maybe a historic preservation issue.
Regular Membership:
 ___         Individual/Families:      $25

Business Memberships:
___         Platinum                      $500
___         Gold                            $250
___         Silver                           $150
___         Bronze                         $  50
___         Life Member              $1000


Thank you for your continued support.

The Shelby County Historical Society and Museum is now asking for renewals and new memberships.  If you are not already a member or if you did not get our mailout last week, we would like to have you join and help the museum continue operation.  You can just print out this form or make up one of your own and mail it to us at:

Shelby County Historical Society
P. O. Box 1542
Center, Texas  75935






Magnus H. “Randy” Ransom, 83, of Shelbyville, died January 1, 2016 at his residence in Shelbyville. Interment was in Wimberly Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born April 13, 1932 in Branchville, Indiana to McKinley Hobert Ransom and Annabell Saalman Ransom. He served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.  He was preceded in death by, Parents; Son, Steve Arnold; Brothers, Charles Ransom, Edgar Ransom. Survivors include, Wife, Rossie Ransom of Shelbyville; Son, Randy C. Ransom & wife, Mary of Champlain, Illinois; Daughters, Janet Eppler & husband, Todd of Bossier City, Louisiana, Rhonda Lewis & husband, Dalton of Shreveport, Louisiana, Cindy Poellnitz of Shelbyville; Brothers, Russell Ransom of Wabash, Indiana, Cedric Ransom & wife, Virginia of Indianapolis, Indiana; Sister, Wanda Gillman of Austin.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Arnold Dean Raymond, 83, of Huxley, died January 6, 2016 at his residence. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born February 4, 1932 in Huxley to Claimond and Ozella Anderson Raymond. He served his county in the U. S. Army. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Twin Sister, Norma Jean Raymond; Brothers, Charlie Edward Raymond, Boyce Ray Raymond & wife, Betty & Jessie “Bud” Raymond; Son-in-law, Steve Hughes; Father-in-law & Mother-in-law, Henry & Alice Vaughn; Brothers-in-law and Sister-in-law, T. O. Brittain, Edward Vaughn, Cindy O’Rear, Mack Dillard, Charles & Agnes Bryan. Survivors include, Wife, Bertha Lee Raymond of Huxley; Children, James & Regina Raymond of Shelbyville, Pat Lovell & Steve Lovell of Center, Teresa Hughes of Joaquin, Chuck Raymond of Huxley; Sisters, Margaritte “Tbo” Brittain of Orange, Lamerle Willey & husband, Henry Lee of Mauriceville; Sisters-in-law, Vivian Raymond of Huxley, Joan O’Rear of Huxley,
Mildred Dillard of Center, Joan Vaughn of Nacogdoches.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Andy Ray Robertson, 63 of Houston, died December 27, 2015 in Houston. Interment was in St. John’s Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. Survivors include, Wife, Rose McCollister Robertson of Tenaha; Sons, Terrence Robertson of Tenaha, Darrell Robertson of Tenaha, Anthony Robertson of Tenaha, Willie Pipkin of Tenaha, Anthony Rollings of Houston, Courtney Robertson of Houston; Daughters, Valeria Brooks of Bossier City, Louisiana, Andrea Rollings of Houston, Ieshia Rollings of Houston; Brothers, Clifford Robertson of Houston, Billy Robertson of Houston,
Talbert Robertson of Houston, Jerry Robertson of Houston, Jermaine Robertson of Houston, Paul Price of Mansfield; Sisters, Peggy Robertson of Houston, Bobby Robertson of Houston.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Perry Wayne Smith, 49, of Center, died January 3, 2015, at his residence. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born June 20, 1966, in Houston to Wayne and Katherine Smith. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Barry Smith. Survivors include, Daughter, Stacey Cummings & husband, T. J. of Shelbyville; Son, Barry Wayne Smith of Shelbyville; Kimberly Smith; Sisters, Rhonda McElhaney of Fort Worth, Karren Price of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Charles Ray “Charlie” Brittain, 83, of Center, died December 31, 2015 in Nacogdoches. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born August 2, 1932 in Center to Lee Brittain and Leva Marie Fleming Brittain. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, Wife, Pat Brittain of Center; Daughter, Polly Brittain Montemayor & husband, Johnny, of Center; Sister-in-law, Portia Gaines of Center;
Brother-in-law, James Payne of Hemphill.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas





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