Shelby County News

Week Ending February 28, 2013

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting March 19, 2013 at 6:30 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The speaker for this meeting will be announced at a later date. Everyone is invited.

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 2013 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








Clay Esther Scull, 90, of Tenaha, died February 21, 2013 in San Augustine. Interment was in Scull Family Cemetery, Tenaha. She was born May 1, 1922 in Palestine to Henry Clay Cooper and Esther Laurette Hull Cooper Geisler. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Drue Dale Scull. Survivors include, Son, John Dale Scull & wife, Erma Dee of Tenaha; Daughters, Priscilla Jayne Hill of Ft. Worth, Jodie Annette Wright & husband, Michael of Friendswood; Half-Sister, Betty Ellison of Corpus Christi.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Jenell Peace Shofner, 75, of Center, died February 20, 2013 at Holiday Nursing Home. Interment was in Ramah Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. She was born June 27, 1937 in Tenaha to Carl L. and Irene Hooper Peace. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Father of her Children, Harley Burris; Step-Daughter, Toni Alford; Sister, Jeanette Luman. Survivors include, Husband, Prentice Shofner, Sr. of Center; Daughter, Tina Burris McGuffin & husband, Don of Henderson; Son, Jeff Burris & wife, Gena of Carthage; Step-Children, Penny Todd & husband, Ricky of Center, Mary Sims & husband, Ricky of Shelbyville, Prentice “Bubba” Shofner, Jr. of Center, John Shofner & wife, Wanita of Center, Jennifer Holt & husband, Ben of Center; Brother-in-law, Verlon Luman.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Shelby Lee Goodman, Sr., 70, of Logansport, Louisiana, died February 14, 2013. Interment was in Smetana Cemetery, near Bryan, Texas. He was preceded in death by, his parents; Brother, Virgil Goodman. Survivors include, Son, Shelby Goodman, Jr. of College Station; Daughters, Rhonda Mahle & husband, Terry, of Portland, Shelly Lundberg & husband, Jarrod, of Spring; Sisters, Virginia Howell & husband, Derwin, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma (formerly of Joaquin), Mary Jones & husband, Mark, of Maricopa, Arizona; Brother, Randy Goodman of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Hillier Funeral Home
Martha Lucille Robbins, 85, of Carthage, died February 25, 2013 in Tyler. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born December 16, 1927 in Shelby County to John Jacobs and Stella Wilburn Jacobs. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Vernon Jacobs, James Jacobs. Survivors include, Husband, Daniel Robbins of Carthage; Sons, Tol Alvin Miller, Jr. & wife, Peggy of Austin, Johnny Lee Miller & wife, Rhonda of Center, Eddie Lynn Miller & wife, Patty of Tenaha, Richard Dale Miller & wife, Lisa of Center; Daughters, Toshi White & husband, Kent of Lufkin, Valarie Davis & husband, Glen of Huntington, Shelly Quintero of Huntington; Brothers, Harold Jacobs & wife, Dorothy of Troup, Roy Jacobs of Huxley; Mary Hill of Carthage.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Dr. Joe B. Hooker, 86, of Center, died February 20, 2013 at his residence. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born September 22, 1926 in Galatia, Illinois to Charles Frank and Ruth Alma Standerfer Hooker. He served his country in the U. S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman from 1944 to 1946 and he also served on the USS Salerno Bay. He started practicing in Center in June 1964. He has served this community as a medical doctor for forty-nine years where he has delivered over 3000 babies. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Step-Mother, Lucille Hooker; Sister & Brother-in-law, Verdine and Olan Williamson; Brother, Charles Davis Hooker. Survivors include, Wife of 62 years, Marian Hooker of Center; Son, Lewis Hooker & wife, Sue of Converse, Texas; Daughters, Sharon Hooker Nelson & husband, Donald of Center, Carol Lee Hooker Chandler & husband, Mickey of Center; Brother, Dixon Hooker & wife, Alice Jo of Welaka, Florida; Sisters-in-law, Marie Hooker of St. Cloud, Florida, Rachel Hall of Old Town, Florida, Carolyn Thomas of Lake City, Florida, Clarice Neal.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Phillis I. Filbeck, 71, died February 17, 2013 in Huxley, Texas. Cremation has taken place and a “Celebration of Life” will be held in July in Gillette, Wyoming for family and friends. She was born July 24, 1941 in Beaver, Oklahoma to Bill and Edna Durham. Survivors include, Husband, Johnie Filbeck; Daughters, Tammie, Sandra (JR), Debbie; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 2 brothers; 3 sisters.
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