Shelby County News

Week Ending February 27, 2014


The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting March 18, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The guest speakers this month will be Chris Watlington and some of his students. They will be speaking about the history of some of the buildings on the downtown square. Everyone is invited to come out and hear this program on local history.  


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 2014 whether it is an article in the newsletter, lectures, events or maybe a historic preservation issue.
Regular Membership:
 ___         Individual/Families:      $25

Business Memberships:
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___         Gold                            $250
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___         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




Sarah Pearl Godwin Stephens, 87, of the Logan Community in Panola County, Texas, died February 21, 2014 in Carthage. Interment was in Deadwood Cemetery. Sarah Pearl Godwin Stephens was born on April 29, 1926, in Hope, Arkansas to Melvin Hartwell and Eugenia Turnage Godwin. She was preceded in death by, Husband, James Fred Stephens; Brothers, Lynn Elvin Godwin, Ben Ervin Godwin, Alvin Franklin Godwin, Clyde Farley Godwin; Sisters, Mattie Belle Shires, Thelma Pauline Bice, Exa Doris Eason. Survivors include, Son, James Riley Stephens & wife, Brenda of Shelbyville; Daughter, Mary Louise Kelly & husband, Henry of Fair Play; Brother, Melvin Harold Godwin & wife, Becky of Clayton; Sister, Emma Louise Godwin.
Online condolences can be sent at
Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home
Wanda Lamerle Askew Enmon, 84, of Groves, died February 19, 2014 at her residence. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born September 6, 1929 in Shelbyville to Eugene Askew and Bessie Hagler Askew. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Edgar “Cootie” Enmon; Brother, Homa Askew; Sisters, Pauline Askew, Maurine Mitchell. Survivors include, Children, Diana L. Bellard of Groves, David L. Lout & wife, Jan of La Porte, Tom Enmon & wife, Collean of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Loren Enmon of San Marcus, Lynn Marino & husband, Joey of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Lesa Funk & husband, Danny of Ponchatoula, Louisiana; Sister, Helen J. Lout of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Randall Porter, 61, of Austin, formerly of Center, died February 20, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Interment was in Sardis Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born September 9, 1952 in Shelby County to A. E. “Elton” and Doris Elliott Porter. He was preceded in death by his father, Elton Porter. Survivors include, Mother, Doris Porter of Center; Sons, Matt Porter of Center, Jon Porter & wife, Lindsay of Center, Samuel Porter of Center; Sister, Janice Porter of Center; Brothers, Michael Porter & wife, Sharon of Center, Mark Porter of Dallas.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Donald L. “Don” Burt, 84, of Center, died February 24, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born December 23, 1929 in Alto to James T. Burt and Edna Latham Burt. Mr. Burt served his country in the United States Army. Survivors include, Wife, Grace Burt of Center; Daughters, Kathryn Leigh Burton & husband, John of Canton, Georgia, Janet Hairgrove & husband, Billy of Center; Brothers, Vernon Burt & wife, Jeanne of Silsbee, Billy Burt & wife, Sammie of Jasper; Sister-in-law, Sybil Burt of Nacogdoches.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Marie Sharpton Spiker, 89, of Fort Worth, died February 19, 2014 in Fort Worth. Interment was in Old Salem Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born February 26, 1925, in San Augustine County.
Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, Texas
Darryl Morris, 48, died February 17, 2014 at Lufkin Memorial Hospital. Interment was in Mt. Gillion Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born September 2, 1965 to Bobbie Joe Morris and Irene Morris. He was preceded in death by, Father, Bobbie Joe Morris; Brother, Dwayne Morris. Survivors include, Mother, Irene Morris; Sisters, Sheila (Shelton) McCollister of Center; (twin) Sharryl (Anthony) Mitchell of Austin.
Sid Roberts Funeral Home



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