Shelby County News

Week ending April 04, 2019

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting April 16, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Terri Lacher.  She will speak to us about the History of the Banking in Texas.  Everyone is invited to attend



Pictures of Center High School for the years 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009

are now on our website.





Billy Bob and Lisa McAdams


                      Leetha Boren                  
     Donated By 
        Shelby County Historical Commission

     Vickie Martin

    Jennifer Ford




Bobbie Ann Adams, 55, of Shelbyville, died March 26, 2019 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Lee and Rosie Lee Brooks Adams. A memorial service will be set for a later date by the family. Survivors include, Brothers, James Ray Adams of Center, Texas, James Earl Adams of Dallas, Texas; Sister, Jannie Berry of Shelbyville, Texas; Aunt: Arlene Barnes of Nacogdoches, Texas.
Jesse Ray Hamilton, 57, of San Antonio, Texas, died March 27, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Center in San Antonio, Texas. Interment was in Blount Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born on March 24, 1962. Survivors include, Special Friend, Cynthia Lynn Brannon ; Daughters, Jameka Bell of Bossier City, Louisiana, DeWykisha Edwards of Orange, Texas, Crystal Hamilton of Houston, Texas; Brothers, Charles (Gayle) Hamilton of Center, Texas, Curtis (Sharon) Hamilton of Timpson, Texas, Ivan Earl Hamilton of Center, Texas, Mack Hamilton of Center, Texas, Kenneth (Qhana) Johnson of Huntsville, Alabama; Sisters, La Rhonda (Eldric) Thomas of Tenaha, Texas, Ruby Johnson of Center, Texas, Rasetta Berry (Roy) of Carthage, Texas, Debra (John) Randle of Center, Texas.
Please visit  to leave your online condolences, thoughts, and memories.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
James “Jimmy” Ross Vickers, 75, of Milam, Texas, died March 29, 2019 at Summer Meadows Nursing Home in Longview, Texas. Interment was in Vickers Cemetery, Milam, Texas. He was born July 19, 1943 in Center, Texas to Ross Evans Vickers and Paunee Lord Vickers. He served his country as a member of the Army National Guard. He was preceded in death by, Wife, Martha Vickers; Daughter-in-law, Crystal Vickers. Survivors include, Sons, Mike Vickers of Shelbyville, Texas, Vance Vickers & wife, Johanna, of Sexton, Texas, Rodolfo Martinez of Slidell, Louisiana, Edgar Martinez of Martinsville, Texas; Daughter, Debbie Terry & husband, Cooper, of Longview, Texas; Brother, Vance Vickers & wife, Juanice, of The Woodlands, Texas; Sisters, Betsy Cox & husband, George, of Milam, Texas, Susie Clark & husband, Jimmy, also of Milam.
Star Funeral Home  
David Lamar Mooney, 77, of Live Oak, Texas, died April 1, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Center, Texas. He was born on August 26, 1941 in Center, Texas to Lawrence H. “Bob” Mooney and Lonita Carnahan Mooney.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
William J. “Don” Moore, aka East Texas Plowboy, 81, died April 1, 2019 in Hemphill Care Center. Interment will be in West Hamilton Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born in Shelby County on August 12, 1937 to Amos and Laverne Moore. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Edward Paul Moore, Sister, Juanita Amason & her husband Bobby; Sisters-in-law, Shawnee Moore, Thersea Moore; Brothers-in-law, Carl Horne, Roland Eugene Clegg. Survivors include, Wife, Lena Mae Moore of Bronson, Texas; Son, Donald Moore of Bronson, Texas; Daughters, Becky Ellison & husband, Butch, of Bronson, Texas, Vicki Moore & Marty Forse of Black Ankle, Texas, Sheri Hanks & husband, Orasha, of San Augustine, Texas; Brothers, K. F. (Cotton) Moore, Rodney Moore, both of Hemphill, Texas; Sisters, Carolyn Horne of Geneva, Texas, Shirley Jasper & husband, Glenn, of Bowie, Texas, Diane Clark of Hemphill, Texas, Mary Collis of Hemphill, Texas, Helen Jacks & husband, Mark, of Pineland, Texas.
Star Funeral Home
Doris Marie Eaden Washington (Joy Baby), 67, of Mt. Gillion Community, died March 26, 2019 in Joaquin. Interment was in Mt. Gillion Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Sister, Irene Eaden Morris of Center; Brothers, Charles E. Eaden (Jackie) of Center, Robert L. Eaden of Center.
Leetha Ann Boren, 81, of Center, died March 29, 2019, in Center. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born March 26, 1938, in San Augustine to Henry Cecil Long and Lottie Buckelew Long. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Hal Dane Boren; Sisters, Lois Bailey, Evelyn Mathews; Brothers, Lewis Lone, Huey Long. Survivors include, Children, Matthew C. Boren & wife Lana of Center, Angela Cross & husband Buddy of Crockett, Allison Harbison & husband John of Shelbyville, Jeffrey Dane Boren & wife Toyia of Cocoa, Florida; Sister-in-law, Marie Long of Center.
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Della Francine Sanford Taylor, 63, died March 21, 2019 in Lufkin, Texas. She was born in Houston, Texas on March 9, 1956 to William Frank Sanford and Della Faye Sanford. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, David Wayne Taylor. Survivors include, Daughters, Ashlee Steel & husband Marcus Steel of Center, Texas, Jade LaNae Taylor & Boyfriend Joseph Lamphier of Lufkin, Trxas.
James C. “J. C.” Windham, 45, of Joaquin, died April 1, 2019, in Joaquin. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born February 23, 1974, in Tucson, Arizona, to James E. Windham and Linda Bright Windham. Survivors include, Parents, James E. Windham and Linda Bright Windham; Uncle: Jewell Bright Jr.; Numerous cousins.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center,, Texas
James Earl Garrett, 63, of Center, died March 26, 2019 at Pam Specialty Hospital, Lufkin, Texas. Interment was in Bennett Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Brother, Robert Garrett of Lufkin; Aunt, Annie Ruth Walker of Shelbyville.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
James Ray Williams, 74, of Gilmer, died April 2, 2019, in Gilmer. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Center, Texas. He was born September 29, 1944, in Shelby County to Comer Arden Williams and Gracie Odell Mobley Williams. He served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Mary Boniol Williams; Brother-in-law, Clifton Boniol; Mother-in-law, Rth Mangrum. Survivors include, Sister, Maxine Nolan of Gilmer; Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mike Mangrum & wife Rose of Center, Janice Churchman & husband Max of Center, Norma Rudd, Gay Nell Wilburn & husband Jimmy of Center, Mary Boniol of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas



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