Shelby County News

Week Ending February 04, 2016


The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting February 16, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. We will have two guest speakers this month.  Ms Billie Sue Payne will speak to us about the history of The First United Methodist Church and Ms Suzanne Ihlo will speak about the Methodist Church Cemetery.  Everyone is invited to attend.



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


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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:
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___         Gold                            $250
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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




Malcolm Weaver
Donated by
Daughters of the Republic of Texas

Reecie Stanley
Donated by
Daughters of the Republic of Texas


Jason Covington
Donated by
J. C. & Venorah McSwain



Sunni Sicko, 27, of Center, died January 31, 2016 as a result of an automobile accident. Interment will be in Rather Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born June 27, 1988 in Nacogdoches to Roy Sicko and Inga Bell Sicko. She graduated from Shelbyville High School in 2006. She was preceded in death by, Sisters, Brandi Lynn Lout, Angel Larraine Lout; Grandparents, Bryan & Billie Bell & Bonnie Mabe. Survivors include, Children, Jackson Holloway, Heaven Metcalf, Allison Bolton; Parents, Roy & Inga Sicko of Center; Brother, Eric Sicko of Center; Sister, Jayce Jackson of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Bishop A.G. Duffield, 80, of Houston, Texas, died January 30, 2016. Interment will be in Thompson Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Wife, Gladys Duffield of Houston, Texas; Children, Otis Price Jr. of Houston, Texas, George Price (Sondra) of Houston, Texas, Gordon Price of Houston, Texas, Teddy Lewis of Houston, Texas; Siblings, Pastor Martha Sharp of Toppenish, WA, Evangelist Maggie Duffield-Perkins (Felton) of Houston, Texas, Wilda Goodwin (Leonard) of Houston, Texas, Rosa Duffield of Houston, Texas, Earl Duffield (Susie) of Houston, Texas, Walter Duffield of San Augustine, Texas.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Jerry Andrew Cozart, 77, died January 28, 2016 in Galveston, Texas. Interment was in Caledonia Cemetery, Rusk County. He was born October 19, 1938 in Timpson, Texas to Thomas Jefferson and Lola Adelle Wilson Cozart. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Elton Cozart, Wilson Cozart, Kenneth Cozart; Sister, Sadie Burgay. Survivors include, Daughters, Debbie Banks & husband, Billy of Nacogdoches, Texas, Angie Cozart of Mt. Enterprise, Texas; Sons, Robby Cozart & wife, Sylvia of Cushing, Texas, Jody Cozart & wife, Valerie of Nacogdoches, Texas; Mother of his children, Becky Williams of Mt. Enterprise, Texas; Sister, Sue Stilley of Timpson, Texas; Brothers, Billy Cozart & wife, Dyanne of Houston, Texas, Thomas Cozart & wife, Pat of Garrison, Texas.
Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas
Sue Bradberry Derr Kimbrough, 80, of Shelbyville, died January 28, 2016, in Nacogdoches. Interment was in Shelbyville Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas. She was born September 7, 1935, in Shelbyville, to John Hulon Bradberry and Ida Lorraine Miles Bradberry. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Laddie Derr; Son, Gary Derr, Brother, Robert Bradberry; Sister, Helen Stock. Survivors include, Husband, Calvin Kimbrough of Shelbyville; Daughters, Linda Derr Reichert of Splendora, Terri Devine, Tanya Businelle; Sons, Randy Derr & wife, Lillian, of Pearland, Robbie Derr & wife, Lydia, of Pasadena, Calvin Kimbrough II; Daughter-in-law, Beth Derr Gumm of Marshall; Brother, James Larry Bradberry & wife, Christy, of Bridge City.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Betty Jo Lathan, 84, of Center, died January 28, 2016at her residence. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Survivors include, Son, Ira Lathan, Jr.; Daughter, Vernice (Danny) Brown; Granddaughter, TaDansha Brown; Great Granddaughter, JaNiyah Jones.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Danny Dale Cohen Tidwell, 71, of Henderson, died February 2, 2016, at his residence. Interment will be in Shelbyville Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas. He was born September 14, 1944, in La Crosse Wisconsin, to John E. Tidwell and Imah Cohen Tidwell. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, Wife, Marcia Tidwell of Henderson; Step-children, Amy Dumas of Henderson, Robert Taliaferro of Henderson, Damion Taliaferro of Henderson.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Flora Mae Bozeman Foster, 81, died peacefully on January 27, 2016 at Dadeville Healthcare Center in Dadeville Alabama. Interment was in Williams Cemetery in Alabama. She was born January 24, 1935 to Charles and Ada Bozeman. She was preceded in death by, Husband, Lewis Mack Foster. Survivors include, Children, Danny (Andi) Foster, Center Texas, Melissa Foster (Tom) Denney, Auburn Alabama, Jeff Foster, Columbiana Alabama; Sister, Mildred Bozeman Baldwin; Sisters-in-law, Marzell Foster, Ann Foster.
Bolton Funeral Home is directing.





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