Shelby County News

Week Ending March 10, 2011

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The Shelby County Historical Society will have their monthly meeting Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 6:30 P. M.  This meeting will be help in the Training Room of the Farmers State Bank on Shelbyville Street.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Jerry Hopkins.  He will speak on the history of Farmers State Bank.  Everyone is invited.

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 2011
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





John Paul Sanford, 89, of Center, died March 3, 2011 in Center. Burial was in Borders Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born January 4, 1922 in Shelby County to John Henry and Viola May Borders Sanford. He served his country in the U. S. Marines. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Gladys Sanford; Daughter, Marion Jean Burnett; Brothers and Sisters, Rufus Sanford, Ervin Sanford, Worthy Vernon Sanford, Edith, Arlon Otis Sanford, John Boyd (Jake) Sanford, Mertice Odell, Loniel Clayton Sanford, Aidron Henry Sanford, Brealon Allen Sanford, William Frank Sanford, Elroy Sanford, Ray Sanford. Survivors include, Daughters, Pauletta Mires of Center, Cheryl New of Center, Linda Shisler of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas

Sarah J. Palmer, 81, of Deweyville, died March 8, 2011 in Port Arthur. Burial will be in Deweyville Cemetery, Deweyville, Texas. She was born May 29, 1929 in Center, Texas to John Wilburn and Isabell Eddings Wilburn. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Vernon Palmer; Nine Brothers and Sisters. Survivors include, Daughter, Norma Guidry of Deweyville; Son, Billy McMahon of Leakesville, Mississippi.
Dorman Funeral Home, Orange, Texas

Shirley Mae Rayson Rogers, 63 of Center, died March 2, 2011 in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Walker Cemetery, Carthage, Texas. She was born September 24, 1947 in Panola County to Marvin Rayson and Suda Ramsey Rayson. She is preceded in death by, Parents; Four Brothers; One Sister. Survivors include, Husband, Thomas Rogers of Center; Daughter, Kim Rogers of Tyler; Brothers, David Rayson of Center, Joseph Rayson of Longstreet, Louisiana; Sisters, Katy Gardner & husband Tom of Shelbyville, Mary Alice Swindle of San Augustine.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Barbara “Jeff” Watkins Stephenson, 71, of Gary, Texas, died March 6, 2011 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Burial was in Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Gary. She was born December 15, 1939, in Center, Texas to Pleas Wright and Charlcie Edna Goodman Watkins. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Joe Stephenson; Daughter, Teresa Stephenson; Sister, Billie Jean Crump. Survivors include, Daughter, Lisa Stephenson of Gary; Sister, Dixie Watkins of Gary; Half-brother, Tom Steel of California.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Mattie C. Handy, 81, of Center, died March 5, 2011 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Burial will be in Bennett Chapel Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas. Survivors include, Son, Willie H. Handy Jr. of Center; Sister Annie Ruth Walker of Shelbyville; 25 Grandchildren; 15 Great Grandchildren, 4 Great Great Grandchildren.
Willie D. Yarbrough, 70 of Timpson, died March 4, 2011 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Survivors include, Husband, Charlie Yarbrough of Timpson; Son, Billy Joe Yarbrough of Timpson; Step-daughter, Mary Lou Chatman of Dallas; Sisters, Irene Finely of Waco, Betty Faye Douglass of Waco; 2 Grandchildren; 5 Great-Grandchildren.
Community Funeral Home
Caril Dwight Wilson, 76, died February 27, 2011 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born December 26, 1934 in Derrick, Arkansas to Fred Wilson and Hazel Wilson. He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include, Daughter, Tersa Anderson & husband Steve of Timpson; Mother, Hazel Wilson; Brothers, Leon Wilson & wife Doris of Splendora, Donald Wilson & wife Cecilia of Cleveland, William Wilson & wife Sandra of Porter.
Garrison Funeral Home
Mavis Harris-Ivery, 90, died February 23, 2011. Burial was in Ashton Hill Community Cemetery, Haslam, Texas. She was born July 19, 1920 in the Ashton Hill Community to Sandy Harris and Minnie Williams-Harris. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Jack Ivery; Brothers, S. H. Harris, Marshall Harris, Franklin “Jack” Harris, Samuel Harris; Sisters, Era Cotton, Edna Esco. Survivors include, Nieces, Minister Connie J. Harris-Smith of Tyler, Michelle Denson & husband, William of Humble, Bonnie McClain & husband, Kenneth of Center, Rugsby Harris of Fort Worth, Trina Harris of Houston, Minister Natalie Harris-Nelson of Nashville, Tennessee; Nephews, Kenneth Cooper of Quitman, Marshall Harris, Jr. of Houston, Franklin Harris, Jr. & wife Sonya of Pascogoula, Mississippi.
Hicks Mortuary
Jarvis Jonathan Robinson, 53, died February 19, 2011 in Tyler. Burial was in Rather Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born August 17, 1957 in Houston to Milton B. and Mary E. Robinson. Survivors include, Parents; Wife, Saingla Baker Robinson of Evergreen, Alabama; Sons, Cochancis Robinson of Tucson, Arizona, Cambrian Robinson and DeMarco Robinson of Evergreen, Alabama; Sisters, Deborah Hicks and Lisa Robinson of Houston, Sheila & husband Rev. Lamar of Layton, Utah.
Hicks Mortuary

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