Shelby County News

Week Ending January 29, 2009

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Vivian Weaver Menefee, 100, of Center, died January 23, 2009 at her home. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center. She was born May 10, 1908 in Aldridge to Matthew Weaver and Annie Short Weaver. Preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Richard Menefee; Brother, Gordon Weaver; Sister, Eula McElfatrick. Survivors include, Daughter, Mary Anna Menefee of Center.
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    Elese K. “Happy” Clark, 91, of Vidor, died Januray 13, 2009 in Vidor. She was a native of Shelby County, Texas. At her request, she was cremated. Elese was preceded in death by, Parents, Homer and Ruby Kay; Husband, Lemmie Clark; Son, Homer Frank Kaiser. Survivors include, Daughter, Louise Harper of Whitehouse; Brother, Charles D. “Bill” Kay of Shelbyville, Texas; Sisters, Elaine Glenn of Silsbee, Lois E. Fernandez of Raleigh, NC, Johnnie M. Cassell of Shelbyville, Evenlyn D. Miley of Huffman, Bertha L. Davidson of Conroe.
    Joyce Crocker Scott , 86, of Center, died January 21, 2009 in Center. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born May 1, 1922 in Shelby County, Texas to Jim and Della Ramsey Holt. Preceded in death by, Parents; Husbands, Neal Gillis, Willie D. Crocker, Tracy Scott; Son, Bob Crocker. Survivors include, Daughters, Mary Paxton of Center, Carolyn Sue Walker of Center; Sister, Marie Tolar of Prospect.
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    LaVerne Patterson Franks, 86, of Angleton died January 22, 2009 in Houston. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center. She was born September 7, 1922, in Shelby County, Texas, to parents Floyd Patterson and Lou Vena Halliburton Patterson. Preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Howard Lennard (H.L.) Franks; Daughters, Brenda Gayle Franks, Gloria Jean Franks Hensley; Sister, Eleanor Patterson Rogers; Brother, Hoyt Patterson. Survivors include, Sister, Earlene Patterson Crawford of Center, Brother-in-law, Henry Dorvel Franks of Jacinto City, Texas; Sisters-in-law, Juanita Franks Bush of Center, Elaine Hardy Patterson of Jackson, Tennessee.
Watson and Sons Funeral Home
    Lois Stone, 88, of Joaquin, died January22, 2009 in Center. Burial was in Jackson Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born July 22, 1920 in Joaquin to Nathan McGee and Leola English McGee. Preceded in death by, Husband, James Elton Stone; 3 Brothers; 2 Sisters. Survivors include, Daughters, Shirley Irish of Joaquin, Sue Pridgen of Joaquin.
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    Margaret Nell “Margie” Mitchamore Chessher, 79, died January 27, 2009, in Timpson, Texas. Burial was in Weaver Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born November 14, 1929. Survivors include, Husband, Pastor Earl C. Chessher, Sr. of Timpson; Children, Earl C. Chessher, Jr. of Huntington Beach, California, Clarence Thomas Chessher of Timpson, Philda Nell Adams of Timpson, Jacquelyn Ellen Fountain of Center, Cecil Duane Chessher of Tenaha; Sisters, Deloris Gilbert of Arkansas, Doris Hambrick, Nancy Brown, Dixie Jacob; Brother, David Mitchamore all of Texas.
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    Warren Dale Billingsley, 45, of League City, Texas, died January 20, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Ft. Worth, Texas on June 30, 1963. He was the son of David Billingsley and June Henry Billingsley Richmond. As per request, he was cremated. Survivors include, Father, David Billingsley and wife Helen of Timpson; Mother, June Richmond and husband Al of Denison, Texas; son Warren Dale Billingsley Jr. of Spring, Texas; Brothers, Larry Billingsley of Corpus Christi, Evan Billingsley of League City, Texas, Step brother, Rodney Ferguson of St. Thomas, USVI; Step sister, Suzanne Layman of Austin.
Taylor Funeral Home
Daniel Gilbert Ellington, 79, of the East Hamilton Community in Shelbyville, died January 23, 2009 in San Augustine, Texas. Burial was in East Hamilton Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born January 21, 1930 in Shelby County to Parents, Earl & Willie Mae Scott Ellington. He served in the US Army. Preceded in death by Parents; Brother, J.E. Ellington; Sister Edna Mae Ellington. Survivors include, Children, Cindy Nichols of Sulphur Springs, Randy Ellington of the East Hamilton Community, Lisa Williams of Waco; Brothers, E.W. Ellington of Lufkin, Texas, L.C. Ellington of Lufkin, Texas, Earl Ellington, Jr. of Lufkin, Texas, Glenn Ellington of Lufkin, Texas; Sister: Pearly Mae Rambo of Houston.
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