Shelby County News

Week Ending March 12, 2015



The Shelby County Historical Society would like to announce their upcoming monthly meeting:

March 17, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. - Guest Speaker, Dr. Bill O'Neal

This meeting will be in the Shelby County Museum, 230 Pecan Street.  Everyone is invited to attend.




Gordon Eddins, 54, died March 2, 2015 after a long fight with cancer. He was preceded in death by, Father, James Eddins; Grandparents, Jimmy and Margaret Eddins, William and MaryAnn Edison. Survivors include, Wife, Shannon Eddins; Mother, Ida Fay Eddins; Sons, Michael Eddins (Brandi), Benjamin Huffman (Candice); Daughters, Angela Eddins (Dustin), Ashley Marler (Brandon), Chrissie McDermott (Dan); Brothers, William Eddins (Evelyn), John Eddins.
Shirley Wooten Crawford, 77, of Henderson, died March 8, 2015. Interment was in Corinth Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born September 10, 1937 in Panola County to Roscoe Zed and Shirley Raye Bridges Wooten. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husbands, Kenneth Milford, Joe A. Neel, David Crawford. Survivors include, Sister, Johnnie McWilliams & husband, L. D. of Whitehouse.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home, Henderson, Texas
Donald L. Pinkston, 64, of Waskom, Texas, died March 11, 2015 at his home. He was born March 22, 1950, in Center, Texas to Bob Farmer Pinkston and Mildred Cariker Pinkston. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Robert Neel “Bobby” Pinkston. Survivors include, Wife, Karen Pinkston of Waskom; Sons, Brad Pinkston & wife, Amber of Dallas, Texas, Ben Pinkston & wife, Rikilee of Stephenville, Texas, Blake Pinkston of Marshall; Brother, Jerry Pinkston & wife, Barbara of Center, Texas; Sister, Sharon Pinkston Roberts of Nacogdoches, Texas.
Chapel of Downs Funeral Home
Johnny Hodges, 71, of the Mt. Herman Community, Center, Texas, died March 11, 2015 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment will be in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Wife, Joy Hodges of the Mt. Herman Community; Daughter, Tamara Hodges Tanner of the Mt. Herman Community; Son, Mark Hodges & wife, Kristi of the Mt. Herman Community.
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Roger Guyton "Guy" Hopkins, 67, of Georgia, died March 11, 2015 at his residence. He will be cremated and his ashes will be interred in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born on June 15, 1947 in Center, Texas to James Granvel Hopkins and Maudine Hughes Hopkins. He graduated Center High School in 1965. Survivors include, Brother, Teddy Hopkins & wife, Becky of Center; Wife, Linda Thompson Hopkins; Children, Rachael Gabrielle Hopkins, Rebekah Michelle Hopkins Frederick & husband, Michael, Benjamin Raphael Hopkins & wife, Paige.
Vince Walker, 48, of Center, died March 9, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Interment will be in Old Sardis Cemetery, San Augustine County. He was born July 21, 1966 in Shelby County to Oliver Curtis Walker and Nina Hudspeth Walker. He was preceded in death by, Father, Oliver Curtis Walker; Grandparents, Herman & Cora May Walker, Ed & Mavy Hudspeth. Survivors include, Wife: Mary Walker; Daughters:, Carolyn Nash Walker, Lori Jo Walker McGinty, Jaclyn Eaves & husband, Doug Jr.; Sons, Robert Vincent Walker, Eric Williams, Justin Williams; Mother, Nina Jo Hudspeth Walker; Stepfather, John Lee Miles; Sister, Brendah Jo Burns & husband, Charles; Brothers, Duval Walker & wife, Katrina, Donald Walker; Mother-in-law, Ursula Soto.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Deandrea Michelle Harper, 43, of Jacksonville, Texas, formerly of Center, died March 6, 2015, in Jacksonville. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Survivors include, Mother, Linda Sue Harper of Center, Texas; Father, B. J. Hunt of Lufkin, Texas; Son, Danell Harper of Rusk, Texas; Daughter, Deandrea Harper of Akron, Ohio; Sisters, Tyshanna Harper of Center, Texas, Christy Harper of Center, Texas, Cininderlla Harper Boykins of Carthage, Texas; Brother, Jessie Harper of Houston, Texas.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Donny Ray Lathan, 57, of Tenaha, Texas, died March 6, 2015 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Interment will be in Bennett Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Mother, Baby Lou Gardner of Center, Texas; Brothers, Roderick Gardner of Center, Texas, Gregory Gardner (Carmen) of Nacogdoches, Texas, Darryl Gardner of Huntsville, Texas, Ricky (Dorothy) Cartwright of Center, Texas, Charles R. Lathan of Center, Texas, Jell (Tessa) Cartwright of Lufkin, Texas; Sisters, Zebbra Riggins of Center, Texas, Vanessa Lathan of Shelbyville, Texas.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Johnnie Rae Nash, 63, of Center, Texas, died March 3rd at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Interment was in Thompson Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Husband, Gerald Bolden of Center, Texas; Sons, Charles Nash, Jr. of Center, Texas, Van Nash of Nacogdoches, Texas, Chris Nash of Dallas, Texas; Sister, Sheretta Patton of Center, Texas; Brothers, Ken Patton of Center, Texas, David Patton of Nacogdoches.
Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas
Winston Eugene “Gene” Fields, 66, of Kilgore, died February 27, 2015 in Brazil. Interment was in East Hamilton Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born February 27, 1949 in Center to Winston Fields and Lavern Clark Fields. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Cathy Risinger Fields. Survivors include, Children, Alpha Fields of Kilgore, Whitney Koltonski & husband, Chris, of Shelbyville, Hannah Lee & husband, Mark, of Nacogdoches; Sister, Jan Permenter & husband, Jim, of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Gussie “Sally” Bird, 84, of Center, Texas, died March 8, 2015. Interment will be in Caledonia Cemetery, Rusk County. She was born August 19, 1930 to John and Ethel Stone Connell in Caledonia, Texas. Survivors include, Sons, Kenneth Richard Bird & wife, Jan of Hull, Texas, John Edward Bird & wife, Linda of Shreveport, Louisiana; Daughter, Pamela Jane Reese & husband, Robert of Anchorage, Alaska.
Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas
Freeda Carlile Allen, 74, of Timpson, Texas, died March 10, 2015. Interment will be in Corinth Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born January 23, 1941.
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Stephanie Lane Miller, 48, of Lufkin, Texas, died March 8, 2015 at Hospice in the Pines in Lufkin, Texas. Interment will be in Lane Town Cemetery. Survivors include, Husband, Glenn Miller of Lufkin, Texas; Daughters, Chiquita Simpson (Quincy) of Center, Texas, Tamika Burrell of Lufkin, Texas; Brothers, Jerry L. Lane, Jr. of Beaumont, Texas, Roy Johnson (Cassandra) of San Augustine, Texas; Sisters, Sheila Lane of Lufkin, Texas, Kandie Holmes (Cedrick) of Lufkin, Texas; God Sisters, Elsa Noble of Longview, Texas, Sonja Gulley of Kaleen, Texas; God Brother, Elbert Noble of Houston, Texas.
Margaret “Maggie” Luman, 81, of San Augustine, died March 08, 2015 in San Augustine. Interment was in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born June 02, 1933 in Charleston, West Virginia.
Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, Texas





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