Shelby County News

Week Ending January 15, 2015



The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting January 20, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The guest speaker this month will be David Swanzy.  Everyone is invited to attend.


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 2015 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




Alton Wilkinson, 55, of Center, died January 9, 2015 at his residence. Interment was in Buckner Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born March 12, 1959 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Tommy Mitchell and Mozelle Wagstaff Wilkinson. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, Wife, Karen Wilkinson of Center; Daughters, Maranda Wilkinson of Center, Jessica Wilkinson of Center; Sisters, Ima Jean Grantom of Nacogdoches, Shirley Amburn of Center, Manuela Shuemaker & husband, Bobby, of Tenaha, Cindy Sanders & husband, Mike, of Center; Brothers, Tommy Frank Wilkinson & wife, Karen, of Tenaha, Kenneth Wilkinson & wife, Sheila, of Pineville, Louisiana; Mother-in-law, Betty Figueroa & husband, Carlos, of Logansport, Louisiana.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Billie Joyce Wagstaff Hooper, 81, of Shelbyville, died January 8, 2015 in Nacogdoches. Interment was in Strong Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born February 21, 1933 in Shelby County to A. E. “Buddy” Wagstaff and Evie Lou Anthony Wagstaff. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Bennie Hooper; Stepson, Jody Hooper; Brother, Jerry Wagstaff; Sisters, Mary Guidroz, Ima Hendricks, Doris Thompson; Father of her children, H. C. Mac McQueen. Survivors include, Children, Steve McQueen & wife, Becky, of Mt. Enterprise, Shelia Bozeman & husband, Ricky, of Carthage, Brenda Perez of Center; Stepchildren, Ray Hooper & wife, Rachael, of Austin, Mike Hooper & wife, Teresa, of Longview, Beth Golden & husband, Doug, of Elysian Fields, Treva Humphries & husband, Mike, of Golden, Cindy Alfred & husband, Steve, of Shreveport; Sister, Linda Rachal & husband, Alton, of Natchitoches.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Gail Cuculic, 88, of Center, died January 12, 2015, at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born February 15, 1926, in Huntington to Johnny Cuculic and Burney Lee Ivey Cuculic. He served his country in the U. S. Navy. Gail worked at many reputable companies, mostly related to the poultry industry before settling in Center with Shelby Savings Bank, where he was president for seven years and vice chairman of the Board of Directors for twenty years. Gail has been affiliated with numerous organizations including the Lions Club, Roughrider Scholarship Foundation (Secretary), member of the Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International, Center Flying Club (Secretary Treasurer), Center Country Club (Director), Center City Council. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Theresa Cuculic. Survivors include, Wife, Janie Cuculic of Center; Children, Mark Cuculic & wife, Betty, of Spring, Jan Crow & husband, Steve, of Houston, Sue Cuculic & Sue Long of Houston, John Cuculic & wife, Ayme, of Montgomery, Gayla Fidje & husband, Glenn, of Weston, Florida; Step Children, Linda Warren & husband, Doug, of Tyler, Steven Sharp of Dallas; Brother, Jim Jinkins & wife, Jonnie Sue, of Houston.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Glaydis Ramey Barton, 81, of Tenaha, died January 11, 2015 in Carthage, Texas. Interment was in Restland Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. She was born June 7, 1933 in Tenaha to Alton and Ida Ross Ramey. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Leroy Barton; Son, Douglas Wayne Barton; Daughter-in-law, Janet Barton; Brothers, Alton, Alvin, Travis, Jimmy Lee, Leo, Clarence; Sisters, Earline, Eloise; Twin Sister, Gladis Rickman. Survivors include, Sons, Robert Lee Barton & wife, Janice, of Tenaha, Donald Ray Barton of Carthage; Daughter, Joann Smith & husband, Ronnie, of Center; Siblings, Pearly Webster & husband, Russell, of Pasadena, Earl Ramey & wife, Joyce, of Garrison, Juanita Watson of San Augustine; Brother-in-law, Tommy Barton & wife, Jeanne, of Kingwood; Sister-in-law, Judy Rodriguez & husband, James, of Porter.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Wesley Livingston, 47, of Center, died January 12, 2015 at his residence. Interment was in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born December 4, 1967 in Center to Richard and Dianne Lynch Livingston. He was a 1986 graduate of Center High School. He was preceded in death by, Grandfathers, Jim Livingston & John Henry Lynch; Brother, Gregory Livingston. Survivors include, Wife, LaResa Anthony Livingston of Center; Son, Cash Livingston of Tenaha; Son, Ryan Hall of Denton; Parents, Ricky & Dianne Livingston of Center; Brother, Bryan Livingston & wife, Amanda of Garrison; Grandmothers, Dolly Molina of Center, Adell Livingston of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Frederick Earl Hewitt, 56, died January 9, 2015. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Center. He was born on August 11, 1958 in Center, Texas. Survivors include, Sons, Deondric & wife, Candice, Jonathan and Josh. Mother, Fannie; Father, L. H.; Stepmother, Shirley; Sister, Teresa; Brothers, Darryl, Eddie & wife, Brenda, Eric & wife, Lana, Lawrence.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Jean Whitley, 76, of Timpson, died January 12, 2015 in Nacogdoches. Ms. Whitley’s wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned. She was born November 13, 1938 in Kaufman to Luther Hickson and Dorothy Fay Thomas Hickson. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, James Alan Whitley; Sons, Joe Lynn Barton, Michael Ray Hall. Survivors include, Daughters, Pamela Jean Lowery & husband, Joe Don, of Crockett, Karen Sue Martin & husband, Benny Leo, of Tenaha, Darlene Cave & husband, John, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Sister, Gail Arnold of Center; Step Sister, Hedy Shafranski of Houston; Daughter-in-law, Kay Hall of Humble.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Marc Glynn Askew, 63, of Center, died January 13, 2015 at his residence. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born December 12, 1951 in Center to Homa Askew and Lillian Campbell Askew. Survivors include, Wife, Debbie Bivens Askew of Center; Son, Roger Askew & wife, Kendra of Union Grove; Daughter, Nicole Faulkner & husband, Jimmy of Shelbyville; Grandchildren, J. R. Faulkner, Colton Askew, Colby Askew, Avery Faulkner; Brothers-in-law, Coleman Bivens & wife, Dalene of Shelbyville, Jerry Bivens & wife, Polly of Marshall; Sister-in-law, Teresa Johnson & husband, Glen of Shelbyville.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Ray Byrd, 73, of Nederland, Texas, died January 13, 2015 at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Interment will be in Reynolds Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas. He was born on February 10, 1941 in Shelbyville, Texas to Joseph Warren Byrd, Sr. and Ada Brittain Byrd. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Joseph Warren Byrd, Jr. and wife, Mary E. Byrd. Survivors include, Wife, Frances Byrd of Nederland; Son, Marty Byrd & wife, Sheila of Nederland; Brother, James Byrd & wife, JoAnn of Nederland; Sister, Marie Fleming of Shelbyville.





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