Shelby County News

Week Ending April 19, 2012



Gilbert Gates, Jr., 71 of DeRidder, Louisiana, died April 9, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, DeRidder. He was born in Abilene, Texas, to Gilbert Gates, Sr. and Rosalie Woodard Gates. He was retired from the U. S. Army with 20 years of service and a Viet Nam veteran. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Erma J. Blanchard. Survivors include, Wife, Alice Crutchfield Gates of DeRidder; Sons, Ricky Lee Poteet & wife, Lisa of DeRidder, Gilbert Gates, III & wife, Susanne of South Carolina, Gerald Poteet & wife, Kathy of DeRidder, Gregory Poteet & wife, Stacey of DeRidder; Daughters, Deborah Daw & husband, Bobby of Center, Texas, Angela Johansen & J. R. Herbert of DeRidder.
Labby Memorial Funeral Home, DeRidder, Louisiana
Ellen Jeanene Vines Maxwell, 71, of Spring, Texas, formerly from Center, Texas, died April 3, 2012 in Spring. She was born August 28, 1940, in Sexton, Texas to Kit Vines and Lola Williamson Vines. Survivors include, Husband, Wayne Maxwell of Spring; Sons, John Alan Maxwell, James Byron Maxwell & wife, Michelle; Sister, Shirley Askew of Center; Nephew, Robert McDonald of Center; Niece, Donna Strickland of Palestine.
Addison Funeral Home, Spring, Texas

Hugh L. “Sonny” Swanzy, 79, of the Appleby Community, died April 14, 2012 at his residence. Interment was in Truitt Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born July 10, 1932 in Pineland to William Roger Swanzy and Mary Addie Garrett Swanzy. Mr. Swanzy served his country in the U. S. Air Force. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Christine Lubojacky; Brother, William Garrett Swanzy. Survivors include, Wife, Doris Swanzy of Appleby; Sons, Hugh Swanzy, Jr. & wife, Karla of Nacogdoches, Bubba Swanzy & wife, Jennifer of Nacogdoches.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Mary Lee Witcher, 98, of Timpson, Texas, died April 13, 2012, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. She was born September 24, 1913, in Timpson to E. W. Witcher and Eula Rhodes Witcher. Survivors include nephews, Billy Witcher of Port Arthur, Texas, James Howard Foster & wife, Cherry of Corpus Christi, Texas; N. L. Witcher & wife, Betty of Nacogdoches, Texas
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Pablo Cruz, 48, died April 11, 2012 in Center, Texas. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born March 22, 1964 in Posarica, Vera Cruz, Mexico to parents, Galdino Cruz & Lucrecia Tellez. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lucrecia Tellez. Survivors include, Father, Galdino Cruz of Mexico; Wife, Rosa Aurora Gomez of Mexico; Daughters, Yamili Joselin Cruz Gomez of Mexico, Karla Itzel Gomez of Mexico, Ginny Cruz Gomez of Center; Sons, Pablo Alberto Cruz Gomez of Mexico, Darling Wilbeth Cruz Gomez of Center, Josmar Cruz Jaramillo of Center, Brian Cruz Jaramillo of Center.
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Louise Lorene Holcomb, 77, of Center, died April 16, 2012 in Center. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born August 16, 1934 in Kilgore to James A Bradberry and Grace Whitlow Bradberry. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husbands, Roy Lee Turner, Charles W. Holcomb; Son, James Lee Turner; Daughter, Debra Louise Turner. Survivors include, Stepson, Mike Holcomb & wife, Norma of Tyler; Aunts, Myrline Bradshaw & husband, Jimmy of Center, Opal Hughes of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas


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