Shelby County News

Week Ending March 16, 2017


The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting March 21, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Mr. Bill O'Neal. Mr. O'Neal is the Texas State Historian and is a well-known author. He has written many books about the history of Texas. He taught history for many years at Panola College. He will be speaking to us about The Alamo. Everyone is invited to attend.


                   Pam & Terry Bailey                                Margaret A. Nix Warren                    
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    J. C. & Venorah McSwain                       Carolyn and Darnese Parrish   

 Mitch Menefee                                             Mildred Ashby 
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J. C. & Venorah McSwain                            J. C. & Venorah McSwain

Lesa Davis
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J. C. & Venorah McSwain




SeDerrick Goodwin, 32, formerly of Center, now of Ft. Worth, Texas, died March 06, 2017 due to the result of a car accident. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. He was a Center High School graduate of the class of 2002. Survivors include, Wife, SaTadra Jackson; Father, Ricky Daniels & wife, Jerdena of Center, Texas; Mother, Debra Edwards & husband, Willie Edwards of Mansfield Louisiana; Children, Brooklyn Goodwin, Malik Goodwin, Aiden Goodwin, Cameron Goodwin all of Ft. Worth, Texas; Brothers, Byron Daniels, Chad Gray of Nacogdoches, Texas; Sisters, Ashley Taylor and husband, Kevin of Ft. Worth, Texas, Kellie Sullivan & Amber Anderson of Little Rock, Arkansas; Grandmothers, Berta Mae Goodwin of Ft. Worth, Texas, Billie Joyce Daniels of Center, Texas.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Perry Lee Beard, 58, of Milam, Texas, formerly of Timpson, Texas, died March 12, 2017 at his home. He was born on August 21, 1958 to Joe Bill Beard and Gearldean Curbow Beard. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Jerry Beard, Tommy Beard; Sister, Shirley Cottongin. Survivors include, Son, Perry Lee Beard Jr.; Brothers, Randy Beard & wife, Martha, Terry Beard & wife, Carol, Donny Beard & wife, Darlene. Ronny Beard; Sisters, Sandra Beard, Becky Palmer & husband, Bobby, Barbara West & husband, Michael.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Donna Jean Morgan, 56, of Tenaha, died March 9, 2017, at her residence. Her wishes were to be cremated. She was born October 2, 1960, in Mobile, Alabama, to Floyd Schell and Jean Carol Vogelsang Schell. She was preceded in death by, Mother, Jean Carol Blumerick; Sisters, Debbie Stevenson, Diane Thomas. Survivors include, Husband, Richard Morgan of Tenaha; Daughters, Amy Workman of Las Vegas, Melissa Morgan of Dallas, Kelly Diedrich of Tenaha, Samantha Morgan & Jacob Clifton of Tenaha; Brother, Steven Schell of Center; Brother-in-law, Neal Stevenson of Center; Father, Floyd Schell of Wyoming; Step Father, Paul and Diana Blumerick of Houston.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Nancy Marie Barnett Evans, 68, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, died March 8, 2017. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born April 9, 1948 in Baytown, Texas to Alvin and Myrtie Gunter Barnett. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, James Evans. Survivors include, Children, Vavette Blevins of Kileen, Janeene Owens of Moss Bluff, Louisiana, Donnie Owens of Jacksonville, Florida; Sisters, Maudie Sue & Ruth.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Vantrice Kaye Roland, 55, of Tenaha, died March 15, 2017 in Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, Texas. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Survivors include, Daughters, Ravene Roland of Tyler, Vanessa Ratcliff of McKinney; Son, Randle Tremaine Roland of Houston; Sisters, Edith (Walter) Thomas of Center, Patsy Casey of Tenaha, Betty D. Ratcliff of Tenaha, Elaine Greer of Tenaha, Joyce (Jackie) Garrett of Beaumont; Brothers, Anderson Polley, Jr. of Center, Roderick Ratcliff of Tenaha.
Community Funeral Home
Alice Jean Barnes, 57, of Lufkin, died March 15, 2017 at her residence in Lufkin, Texas. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Survivors include, Daughters, Chasmon Amie of Lufkin, Elizabeth (Wilbert) Thomas of Palacios, Linda (Andra) Jefferson of Lufkin; Sisters, Deloris Johnson of Center, Vivian (Leo) Buckley of Center, Patricia (Leo) Williams of Center, Katina Johnson of Center, Victoria Booth of Center; Brothers, Kenneth (Nichell FoFona) Jones of Nacogdoches, Lawerence (Lali) Johnson of Lufkin, Robert (Shelia) Johnson of Humble.
Community Funeral Home
James L. Payne, Jr., “Jamie”, 82, a lifelong resident of Sabine County, died March 9, 2017 at his home. Interment was in Hemphill Cemetery. He was born June 24, 1934 to Fronie and Roy Payne, Sr. in Hemphill, Texas.  Jamie graduated from Hemphill High School. Jamie owned and operated Hemphill Motor Co. in Hemphill, Texas for over 50 years following in the footsteps of his father, Roy Payne, who had founded the dealership in the 1930’s. He received the Chairman’s Club Award with Ford Motor Company, Ford’s highest honor, along with numerous other awards. He was active in the community and served on the board of directors of First Bank & Trust, on the Hemphill School board, on the Sabine County Hospital board, and served as director of Shelby Savings Bank. He was a longtime member of the Hemphill Lions Club. He was preceded in death by his sister, Frances Payne Sewell. Survivors include, Wife, Ella Frances “Fran” Payne of Hemphill, Texas; Son, Sonny Payne of Dayton, Texas; Daughters, Paula Pruitt & husband, Ronnie of League City, Texas, Pamela Payne of Dallas, Texas, Liz Noyes & husband, Jason, of Dallas, Texas.
Starr Funeral Home, Hemphill, Texas





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