Shelby County News

Week Ending March 14, 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 will be Bill O'Neal of Carthage. 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








Eudelia “Delia” Reyes Saenz, 68, of Center, died March 8, 2013. She was born on April 21, 1944, in Raymondville, Texas to Filiberto Reyes and Angelita Hernandez Reyes. She was preceded in death by, Father, Filiberto Reyes; Brother, Filiberto Reyes, Jr. Survivors include, Mother, Angelita Reyes of Raymondville, Texas; Son, Lee Saenz & wife, Tracy of Center, Texas; Daughters, Christina Saenz Hudspeth & husband, Yancy of Center, Texas, Annette Saenz Montemayor & husband, Aaron of Nacogdoches, Texas, Priscilla Saenz Smith & husband, Michael of Diboll, Texas; Sisters, Antonia Aguirre of Ft. Worth, Texas, Margaret Sosa & husband, Gilberto from New Mexico; Brother, Jerry Reyes & wife, Mary from Raymondville, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Laird Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas
William H. “Bill” Todd, 87, of Timpson, Texas, died March 6, 2013 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born August 27, 1925, in Bastrop, Louisiana to Ray Stewart Todd and Virginia Chenault Todd. He served his country in the U. S. Navy during WW II. Survivors include, Wife, Joy Todd of Timpson; Daughters, Donna Todd of Timpson, Lysa Donalson & husband, Tom of East Benard, Texas, Michelle King & husband, Ty of Mercer Island, Washington; Sons, SFC William Todd, Jr. & wife, Susan of Jacksonville, Texas, David Todd & wife, Carole of Houston; Brothers, Stewart Todd of Nacogdoches, James Todd & wife, Sally of Sugar Land, Texas, Dan Todd & wife, Sybil of Swartz, Louisiana, John Todd & wife, Pat of Denton, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Mavis Shofner Hughes, 90, of Timpson, died March 8, 2013 at Garrison Nursing Home. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born September 20, 1922 in Shelbyville to Van Buren Shofner and Susie Corbell Shofner. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Harold G. Hughes; Sister, Avis Ramsey. Survivors include, Daughter, Margaret Boutte of Bossier City, Louisiana; Granddaughter, Margaret Michelle Boutte of Waco; Sister-in-law, Maebelle Yarbrough of Garrison.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Charlcye Parker Menefee, 86, of Tenaha, died March 13, 2013 at Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Facility in Carthage. Interment will be in Restland Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. She was born March 20, 1926 in Tenaha to Ford and Bessie Parker. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Max Menefee; Son, Leland Menefee; Brothers, Forrest Parker, Joseph Parker, Jr., Ben Parker, William Ford Parker, Harry Parker; Sisters, Edith Roberson, Ethel Hennigan, Derrell Johnson, Mary Lee Browning, Ruth Lewis, Francis Christian. Survivors include, Sons, Joe Menefee & wife, Donna of Mt. Pleasant, Mitch Menefee & wife, Shannon of Tenaha; Daughter, Melissa Covington & husband, James of Nacogdoches; Daughter-in-law, Peggy Menefee of Mt. Pleasant.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Billie Marie Fitts, 85, of the Harmony Community, San Augustine County, died March 6, in San Augustine County. Interment was in Old Salem Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born on December 10, 1927 in the Bland Lake Community of San Augustine County to Homer Arnold and Sarah Mitchell. She was preceded in death by, Husband, Joe Fitts; Sisters, Tina Brown, Mary Milstead, Dixie McQueen. Survivors include, Son, Homer Joe Fitts & wife, Carolyn of San Augustine; Sister, Melba Valdez & husband, Robert of San Augustine.
Online condolences can be sent at www.timeformemory/wymanroberts  
Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, Texas
L. B. Bolton, Jr, 48, of Shelbyville, Texas, died March 3, 2013 at Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center, Texas. Interment was in Bennett Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Wife, Janetter Bolton of Mansfield, Louisiana; Children, Zackery Bolton of Houston, Texas, Damion Bolton of Center, Texas, Anthony Rideaus of Houston, Texas, Christopher Hubbard of Houston, Texas, Damarcus Perry of Marshall, Texas, Gloria Bean Bolton of Palestine, Texas, Takesia Perry of Mansfield, Louisiana; Sisters, Shirley Hightower of Nacogdoches, Texas, Shelia Cartwright of Shelbyville, Texas, Sophia Cartwright of Shelbyville, Texas, Willie Mae Cartwright of Tenaha, Texas, Mary Bennett of Mansfield, Louisiana; Brothers, Willie Ray Bennett of Shelbyville, Texas, Wayne Thompson of Center, Texas, Billy Bennett of Shelbyville, Texas, Larry Cartwright of Center, Texas, Kenneth Earl Bolton of Center, Texas.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
William Levell Jones, 80, of Center, died March 11, 2013 in Nacogdoches. Interment was in Myrtle Springs Cemetery, Sabine County. He was born October 20, 1932 in Belmont, Louisiana to William Nathan Jones and Blanche Davis Jones. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Betty Jones; Sons, Jerry Wayne Jones, Ricky Jones, Kim Jones; Brothers, R. H. Jones, Elbert Jones; Sister, Marie Coombs. Survivors include, Son, Teral Jones & wife, Kathy of Nacogdoches; Sister, Elaine Yarbrough & husband, Joe of Tenaha; Brothers, Harden Jones & wife, Libby of Center, Leon Foster of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
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