Shelby County News

Week Ending April 09, 2015


The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting April 21, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The guest speaker this month will be Mr. Leon Aldridge.  He will speak to us about our local paper, The Light and Champion, where he is the publisher, about other newspapers he has been involved with during his career and about the history of Shelby County's newspapers. Everyone is invited to attend.



Billie Eaves McDaniel Davis , 77, of the Neuville Community, died April 5, 2015 in Lufkin, Texas. Interment was in Spann’s Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born November 24, 1937 in Shelby County to Allen and Odell Spann Eaves. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husbands, L C. McDaniel, Charles Ray Davis; Sister, Joyce Windham. Survivors include, Children, Kathy Ford & husband, William of Bronson, Debbie Loftin & husband, Ronald of Joaquin, Marty McDaniel & wife, Ann of Joaquin; Special Niece, Selena Windham & husband, Steve of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Cole Howard DePriest, 8, of Tenaha, died April 3, 2015 from injuries sustained in a horse-riding accident.  Interment was in Ramah Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. Cole was born April 2, 2007 in Nacogdoches. He was a first grader at Carthage Primary School and a member of First Baptist Church in Center. Cole loved life and lived it to the fullest. He played baseball with the Carthage Dixie League and enjoyed swimming, hunting and working on the ranch. He especially enjoyed rodeoing and was a member of PYRA, East Texas Equestrian Drill Team and SCSP Association. He earned 2014 SCSP (6 and under) All-Around Champion. Survivors include, Parents, David Howard and Colette Cross DePriest of Tenaha; Sister, Abigail DePriest of Tenaha; Grandparents, Roland & Dianne Cross of Tenaha, Joe & Edna DePriest of Clarksville; Aunt, Cicily Cross Blair & husband, Jason, of Tenaha; Uncle, Brian DePriest & wife, Tori, of Paris.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
David Wayne “Pork Bone” Taylor, 55, of Timpson, died April 2, 2015 in Nacogodches. Interment was in New Hope Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born May 27, 1959 in Center to Darrell Lloyd Taylor and Wilsie Dee Edison Taylor. He was preceded in death by, Grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Sam Taylor, Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Edison, Sr. Survivors include, Daughters, Ashlee O’Dell Steel & husband, Marcus, of Center, Jade LaNae Taylor & boyfriend, Clayton Peace, of Center; Mother of his children, Francine Taylor of Center; Mother, Wilsie Taylor of Center; Father, Darrell Taylor of Timpson; Sisters, Nancy Fancher & husband, Scott, of Terrell, Rita Cohen & husband, Don, of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Brooksie Griffin Tindol, 67, of Center, died April 7, 2015 at her residence. Interment will be in White Rock Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born March 13, 1948 in Center to George Wesley Griffin and Lois Campbell Griffin. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Daughters, Susan Tindol, Amanda Hannah; Sister, Billie Watson; Brothers, Burnice Griffin, Johnny Griffin. Survivors include, Husband, Roy Tindol of Center; Children, Sylvia McDonald of Timpson, Johnny Tindol & wife, Jolene, of Joaquin, Ricky Tindol & wife, Diane, of Shelbyville; Son-in-law, Tamer Hannah of Dallas; Sisters, Bobbie Roberts & husband, Troy, Barbara Cruse, Betty Shull & husband, George, Beverly Hendricks & husband, Larry, Brenda Farmer; Brother, Ray Griffin & wife, Ilene.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
C. D. Kauffman, 94, of Shelbyville, Texas, died April 2, 2015. Interment will be in Carroll Cemetery, Shelby County. Mr. Kauffman is survived by a host of nieces and nephew.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Janet Elaine Cunning Clark, 64, of Center, died April 6, 2015 at her residence. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born March 10, 1951 in Amarillo to George T. Cunning and Penny Lorene Wunneberger Cunning. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Daughter, Penny Lynn Clark; Brother, Sammy Cunning. Survivors include, Husband, George R. Clark of Center, Texas; Sons, Scooter Clark & wife, Stacie, of Center, Texas, Chris Clark & wife, Sena, of Center, Texas; Brother, George T. Cunning Jr. & wife, Laura, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Sister, Janice Denniston & husband, Lloyd, of Highland Village, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Royce “Red” Raymond Earl, 71, of Timpson died April 4, 2015. Interment will be in Anitoch Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. He was born in Timpson to Benny Early and Juanita Earl. He received his education at Timpson ISD in 1963. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Benny Louis Earl. Survivors include, Wife, Alice Sue Earl of Timpson; Daughters, Sandee Davis of Houston, Jerlina Morrision (Dwight) of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; Brother, Willie Earl (Joe) of Timpson; God-daughter, Aliyah Glacier (LeLe) of Timpson.
Community Funeral Home
Wayne Gundermann, 60, of Center, Texas, died April 6, 2015, at St. Luke Health Memorial of Lufkin. Interment will be in Galveston Memorial Park. He was born June 23, 1954, In Texas City, to Walter Gundermann, Jr. and Dorothy LaCombe Gundermann. He was preceded in death by, Mother, Dorothy Lacombe Gundermann; Grandmother, Kathryn Gundermann Carlin; Grandfather’s, Walton Gundermann, Flournoy Carlin. Survivors include, Wife, Karen Zwahr Gundermann; Daughters, Kayla Gundermann, Kelly Trevino; Son, Wayne Gundermann, Jr.; Father, Walter Gundermann, Jr.; Sister, Dianne Incalcaterra & husband, Artie; Brother, Walter Gundermann III & wife, Joan.
Emken-Linton Funeral Home, Texas City, Texas
Jane Lillian Allen, 68, of Nacogdoches, died April 6, 2015 in Nacogdoches. Interment will be in Saints Rest Cemetery, Nacogdoches County. She was born September 9, 1946 in Lufkin to James Sidney Allen and Mary Frances Edwards Allen. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Harry Allen, Sam Allen. Survivors include, Children, James Colwell Sr. & wife, Brandy, of Nacogdoches, Mary Colwell of Martinsville, Misty Golden & husband, Robert, of Buna; Sisters, Cindy Lynch & husband, Jack, of Martinsville, Mary Ann Allen of Cushing.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas





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