Shelby County News

Week Ending March 5, 2009

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    Bernice Brittain, 79, of Center, died March 3, 2009 at her home. Burial was in East Hamilton Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born July 14, 1929 in the East Hamilton Community of Shelby County to Sam Coleman Nichols and Della Gotchie Nichols. Preceded in death by, Parents; Three Brothers; Three Sisters; Son, L. A. Davenport. Survivors include, Husband, Gerald S. Brittain of Center; Son, Johnny Davenport of Palestine; Daughters, Jackie Yarborough of Center, Vickie Hagler of Longview, Juanice Smith of Colorado; Sister, Vera Wilson of Center.
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    Chester Harper, 61, of Joaquin, died March 4, 2009. Burial will be in Harper Hill Cemetery, Joaquin. He was born April 21, 1947 in Dewitt, Arkansas to Willard L. Harper, Sr. and Catherine Denise Connor Harper. Survivors include, Wife, Shirley Henley Harper; Daughter, Lisa Harper Thompson of Simpson, Louisiana; Sons, Heith Harper of Joaquin, Rodney Harper of Joaquin; Adopted Daughter, Carmen Hearon of Joaquin; Sisters, Kathy Basnett of Charleston, South Carolina, Deanna Lamb of Scottsdale, Arizona; Brothers, Jimmy Harper of Charleston, South Carolina, Gene Harper of Conway, Arkansas.
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    Claude Davis Hairgrove, 83, of Timpson died February 26, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Burial was in Buena Vista Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born September 1, 1925, in Timpson, to Mark C. and Lizzie Rhodes Hairgrove. Preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Marcus Hairgrove, Linvell Hairgrove. Survivors include, Sister, Betty Bailey of Center; Brother, Vernon Hairgrove of Splendora.
    Taylor Funeral Home
    Kay Marie Nickerson, 54, died February 9, 2009. Burial was in Westview Cemetery, Center. She was born April 27, 1954 to Clara and K. C. Nickerson. Preceded in death by, Sister, Mary Jeanette Harris. Survivors include, Children, Debbie K. Nickerson of Center, Artis J. Nickerson of Center, Latounia Washington of Humble, LaTrise Cummings of Dallas; Sisters, Ada Nickerson of Houston, Clara Washington of Houston, Ruthis Chavis of Baytown, Willie Mae Chatlin of Beaumont, Mary Lee Booker of Beaumont, Mary Nickerson-Edwards of Center, Jenny Greer of Center; Brothers, James L. Nickerson of Beaumont, J. L. Nickerson of Beaumont, John L. Nickerson of Houston, E. L. Nickerson of Houston, R. L. Nickerson of Center.
    Community Funeral Home
    Mamie L. Bluford, 58, died February 10, 2009. Burial was in Thompson Cemetery, Shelbyville. She was born July 27, 1950 in Center to Tennessee and Jennie V. Thompson. Survivors include, Husband, Willie Bluford, Jr. of Shelbyville; Mother, Jennie V. Thompson; Daughter, Tomeka Jones; Sons, El Tarus Bluford of Wilmington, N. C., Willis Bluford of Duncanville; Grandmother, 108 year old Clara Dumpy Davis; Three Sisters; Six Brothers.
    Community Funeral Home
    Oscar “Uncle Bo” Casey, 73, died February 14, 2009. Burial was in Westview Cemetery, Center. He was born May 28, 1935 to Enoch Casey, Sr. and Lucy Johnson Casey. Preceded in death by, Brothers, LeRoy Casey, Enoch Casey, Jr., Cleveland Casey, M. T. Casey; Sisters, Elizabeth Murry, Inez Blanton, Lucille Garrett. Survivors include, Patsy Casey; Daughters, Twyana Williams of Center, Shuntray Reed of Timpson, Barbara Casey-Coverson of Plano, Vergel Casey of Tenaha, Alicia Casey of Tenaha; Sons, Bryan Thomas of New Orleans, La., Wesley Casey of Tenaha; Brother, Preston Casey of Bay City; Sisters, Hazel Johnson of Bay City, Margert Jackson of Bay City, Nattie May Gardner of Center.
Community Funeral Home
    Ruth Lucille Ward, 91, died February 23, 2009 in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Corinth Cemetery. She was born June 7, 1917 in Gary, Texas to J. Hugh and Lavada Sessum Pike. Preceded in death by, Parents; Four Brothers; Seven Sisters. Survivors include, Husband, L. M. Ward; Daughters, Carolyn Garcia of Lufkin, Judy Rice of Center, Glynis Ritter of Carthage.
    Taylor Funeral Home
    Stella Faye Williams, 58, died March 2, 2009. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Stella was born September 16, 1950 to R.T. and Mae Bell Jones Williams. Preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, R. T. Williams, Jr., Tommy Lee Williams, James L. Williams. Survivors include, Sons, Michael Williams of Beaumont, Texas, Marcus Williams of Center, Texas; Brothers, Sammy Lee Williams of Tenaha, Texas, John L of Beaumont, Texas; Sisters, Della Mae Gardner, Shirley Faye Williams Hewitt, Sharon Dian Williams all of Center, Texas.
    Sudie Rogers, 85, died February 11, 2009. Burial was in Bennett Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, Possum Trot. She was born April 1, 1923 to Boot McWilliams and Minnie King. Preceded in death by, 1st Husband, Samuel Lane; 2nd Husband, Foster Rogers; Sisters, Nellie Morris, Elma King. Survivors include, Son, Alton Grace of Shelbyville; Daughter, Terry Johnson of Housston.
    Community Funeral Home
    Velma Sharpton, 100, of the Spanns Chapel Community, died February 27, 2009 in San Augustine. Burial was in Old Salem Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born November 24, 1908 in Shelby County to Walter Eaves and Linnie Leona Estes Eaves. Survivors include, Sister, Christine Honeycutt of Crockett; Nieces, Claudine Buckner, Willie Bunting, Johnette Holloway, Margie Smith; Nephews, Walter Martin, Curtis Eaves, David Eaves, Maxie Eaves, James Honeycutt, Otis Honeycutt.
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    Wynell Peacock, 83, died February 28, 2009 in Houston. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Shelby County. Wynell was born March 20, 1925 to Austin Wheeler and Vera Kimbro Wheeler. Preceded in death by, Husband, Donese Peacock; Daughter, Donnell Peacock Dry; Sons, Robbie Peacock, Jerry Peacock. Survivors include, Sons, John Peacock of Spring, Terry Dry of League City; Daughter, Connie Peacock of Houston; Sister, Betty Easom of Shreveport, La; Brother, Joe Wheeler of Va.
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