Shelby County News

Week Ending April 16, 2009

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The Shelby County Museum would like to announce their latest exhibit.
The Early Schools of Shelby County 

Mrs. Fannie Watson has done a great job gathering and displaying information she has acquired on the 90 plus school districts that existed in the early 1900’s. We would like to invite everyone who can to come by and read about the history of our early schools.

    Kathey Lout, 55, of Shelbyville, died April 14, 2009 in Nacogdoches. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center. She was born September 5, 1953 in Center to Raymond Fults and Dovie Tindol Fults. Preceded in death by, Parents; Daughter, Melody Ann Lout. Survivors include, Husband, Shelley Lout of Shelbyville; Daughter, Jenni Mooney and husband Bryan of Center; Son, Sawyer Lout and wife Amber of Shelbyville; Sister, Joan Johnson of Nacogdoches; Brothers, Jerry Fults & wife Betty of Nacogdoches, Kenneth Fults & wife Patricia of Round Rock.
    Online condolences can be sent at
    Bessie Mae Thomas Hanna, 83, formerly of Joaquin, died April 9, 2009, in Houston, Texas, of an apparent heart attack. Bessie Mae was born April 13, 1925 in Joaquin, Texas to Mary Agnes Fuller Thomas & Jesse Ezekiel Thomas. She graduated from Joaquin High School in 1942. She left Joaquin immediately after graduation to go to Ann Arbor, Michigan to build Bombers for the war effort. Returning to Texas in 1943, she later moved to Houston, Texas, where she lived until her death. Survivors include, Children, Newburn W. Hanna & wife Melba of Houston, Kathy Ann Giannotti & husband David of Los Angeles, Ca., Kenneth Wayne Hanna & wife of Corpus Christi, Texas; Brother, Herschel Thomas & wife Doris of The Woodlands, Texas; Brother-in-law, Monroe E. Doster of Houston; Sister-in-law, Shirley Thomas of Nashville, Tennessee.
    Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer St., Houston, Texas 77089
    Clifton Roland, 73, died March 26, 2009. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Tenaha. He was born January 16, 1936 to Oscar and Charlie Mae Roland. Preceded in death by, 1st wife, Doris Roland; Daughter, Angela Roland-Durham; Sisters, Ima Jean Cleaver, Cora Mae Hewitt-Clarence; Brothers, Frank Roland, George Roland. Survivors include, Wife, Mary Smith Roland; Daughter, Syavana D. Roland of Tenaha; Mary Craig of Ca.; Son, Calvin; Brothers, Alvin Roland, Housie Roland, Todies Roland.
    Community Funeral Home
    Elwanda Ogden, 84, of Tenaha, died April 15, 2009 in Longview. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. She was born March 29, 1925 in Nacogdoches to Claude Greer and Nina Golden Greer. Preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Jack Ogden; Brothers, Paul Greer, John T. Greer, O’Neal Greer; Sisters, Helen Lunsford, Holland Barron, Claudie Lee Wiggins, Brooksie Ogden. Survivors include, Daughters, Kathryn Lewis & husband John of Nacogdoches, Margaret Holt & husband Danny of Longview; Son, Mike Ogden & wife Crystal of Tenaha; Brother, Billy Joe Greer & wife Josie.
    Online condolences can be sent at
    James Cranford Lathan, 83, died April 2, 2009. Burial was in Westview Cemetery. He was born September 1, 1925, in Center, to Mose and Merdie Lathan. He served in the U. S. Army. Preceded in death by, Sister, Joyce Price; Brother, Alfonzo Lathan. Survivors include, Wife, Zelma Ruth Lathan; Children, Annie Joyce Ford of Houston, Michael Harrison of Dallas, James Lathan of Bossier City, La., Claudus Lathan of Center; Kim Lathan of Center, Mattie Suell of Center
    Community Funeral Home
    Ruth Lou Lawrence, 92, of Center, died April 14, 2009 in Center. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born August 23, 1916 in Shelby County to Parents, Alford Bell Watson & Eula Mae Yancey. Survivors include, Son, Freddy Lawrence & wife Patricia of Center.
    Online condolences can be sent at
    Vineta “Neet” Neel, 94, of the Tennessee Community, died April 9, 2009 in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Tennessee Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born October 19, 1914 in Timpson to Arthur M. Ramsey & Anna Woodfin Ramsey. Preceded in death by, Husband, Dolphus Neel; Sons Charles Neel, Joe Neel. Survivors include, Son, Ben A. Neel & wife Barbara of Denton; Daughter, Peggy Hancock & husband Gail of Stockman.
    Online condolences can be sent at
    Weldon Brown, 81, of Vinton, Virginia died April 14, 2009. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center. Mr. Brown was a proud Marine having served in World War II. Preceded in death by, Wife, Bonnie Brown; Infant Daughter. Survivors include, Daughter, Judy Carter of Virginia; Son, Raymond Brown & wife, Diane of Irving, Texas.
    Mangum Funeral Home
    Willie B. Tolbert, 102, died March 28, 2009 in Center. Burial was in Westview Cemetery, Center. She was born March 23, 1907 in Center to Vicy Solomon and July Blankenship. Preceded in death by 11 sisters and one brother. Survivors include great nieces and great nephews.
    Hicks Mortuary.







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