Shelby County News

Week Ending April 23, 2015


The Shelby County Historical Society will resume their monthly meeting in September 2015.


Memorial donations given in honor of:

                    Sara Samford Jackson                            Sara Samford Jackson 
                          Donated by                                             Donated by
                      Bobby J. Jackson                                 Janet Jackson Parham                                    



Titus Nathaniel Brandon, 78, of Timpson, died April 18, 2015 in Nacogdoches. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. He was born on August 1, 1936 in Troup, Texas to Effie and Curtis Brandon. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Daughter, Janet Brandon; Sister, Dorothy Nutt. Survivors include, Wife, Barbara Hayes Brandon; Daughters, Kathy Brandon, Lois Brandon; Brothers, Joseph Brandon, Sidney Brandon & wife, Linda, Johnny Brandon & wife, Joyce; Sisters, Lois Brackin & husband, Forrest, Eunice Humphrey & husband, Rusty; Sisters-in-law, Bea McDonald, Era Bell Inglis.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Walter Cullen Chadwick, 30, of Old Town, Florida, died April 14, 2015 in Old Town. Interment was in County Line Cemetery, Rusk County. He was born on April 25, 1984 in Bryan, Texas to Walter Jonathan Chadwick and Susan Jo Callaway. He was preceded in death by, Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Chadwick. Survivors include Parents, Jonathan Chadwick and Jo Brown; Brother, Nicholas Chadwick; Grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Calloway of College Station.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Flora Bell Kirkpatrick Wedgeworth, 86, died April 18, 2015. Interment was in Corinth Cemetery, Shelby County. She was proceeded in death by, Husband, Melvin Wedgeworth, Sr.; Parents, Mollie Frances Erwin and James Isaac Kirkpatrick; Sister, Christine Kirkpatrick Dove; Brothers, Prentice, Ragsdale, Forrest Kirkpatrick;Son in Law, Butch Jacobs. Survivors include, Sisters, Edris Kirkpatrick Adams and Pauline Kirkpatrick Wagner of Jacksonville; Children, Diane Welsh (David) of Houston, Donna Nash (Jimmy) of Timpson, Dale Jacobs and Melvin Wedgeworth, Jr. of Beaumont.
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
John “JB” Madison Hughes, Jr., 45, of Oak Leaf, Texas, died April 9th, 2015. He was born on December 5th, 1969, in Hempstead, Texas, to John “Johnny” Madison Hughes, Sr. and Barbara “Babs” Preston. He was preceded in death by, Mother, Babs Preston; Sister, Roni Riggs; Grandfather, Robert “Bob” Burns; Grandparents, Velton Bee and Bonnie Ruth Franks Hughes. Survivors include, Wife, Leanna Hughes; Daughters and their families, Courtney and DJ Divers, Roni, Tyler and baby Waylon John Boidy, and Lauren Hughes; Father, John Hughes; Grandmother, Faye Burns; Stepfather, Doug Preston; Aunts & Uncles, Terri Cox, Bonnie B Hughes Lane, Annette Burns, and Veda, Sherry, Deryl and Eddie Preston; In-laws, Bill and Deana Lovsey and Brenda and Irv Albrecht; Siblings, Jon Robert & Marilyn Hughes Pfeiffer, Niki, Jeb and baby Kinlee Chesson, Shelly and Jason Wells, Austin and April Preston, Jesse and Heather Hughes, Dennis and Melanie Preston, Billy Joe and Randi Brown, Ashley Nelson, Kasey Preston, Steven Preston; and his in-laws, Billie, Mike, Zina, Kerri, Melinda, Toni, Billy, and Todd.
Wayne Boze Funeral Home, Waxahachie, Texas
Merline Luman Metcalf, 89, of Panama City, Florida, formerly of Shelby County, died on January 3, 2015.  A Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Mt. Pleasant Church of Christ in Center with Bro. Shak Arlington officiating. She was born April 17, 1924 in Shelby County to Bud and Nonie McSwain Luman. Survivors include, Daughter, Delores Brown of Baconton, Georgia.
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Ruby Bullock, 82, of Center, died April 17, 2015 at Holiday Nursing Home. She will be cremated and no services are planned at this time. She was born May 15, 1932 in Rusk, Texas to Willie T. Bullock and Kizze Mae Richardson Bullock. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Willie Fenley; Brother, Roy Bullock. Survivors include, Brother, Robert Bullock of Rosharon; Niece, Kathy Casey of Shelbyville.
Bo Barbe, 79, of the Aiken Community of Shelby County, died April 19, 2015 at his residence. Interment was in White Rock Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born November 12, 1935 in Shelby County to Charles N. Barbe and Lois McKinzie Barbe. He graduated from Center High School in 1953. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Jo Thomason; Sister-in-law, Ray Nell Jones Bailey. Survivors include, Wife, Linda Jones Barbe; Children, Deborah Poquette & husband, Lee, John Barbe & wife, Keely; Sisters-in-law, Patricia Webb & husband, Dr. James Webb, Jerry Sowell & husband, Robert; Brothers-in-law, Richard Thomason, O. A. Bailey.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Charlie Mack Bussey, 77, of Center, died April 17, 2015 at his residence. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born November 9, 1937 in Center to Malcom Lee Bussey and Mattie Lou Steele Bussey. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Lucretia Liem Bussey; Brother-in-law, John D. Windham. Survivors include, Daughters, Beth Bussey Jones of Nacogdoches, Texas, Glyn Bussey Sloan & husband, Larry, of Groesbeck, Texas; Son, Chuck Bussey of Center, Texas; Sisters, Barbara Windham of Bossier City, Louisiana, Mary Lou Lout & husband, Howard of Center, Texas. 
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Mary Ruth Green McKibben, 92, died April 17, 2015. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. She was born on March 31st 1923 in Timpson Texas to Joe John Green and Ruth Blankenship Green. Mary. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, J. W. “Mac” McKibben. Survivors include, Son, Frederick McKibben & wife, Diane Danis of Pasadena, California; Daughter, Helen McKibben of Bethesda, Maryland.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Clifford Ray Sparks, Jr., 56, of Shelbyville, died April 16, 2015 at Center Nacogdoches Medical Center Emergency Room, Center, Texas. Interment was in McWilliams Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Wife, Evelyn Sparks of Shelbyville; Daughter, Bonishaia (Judge) Davis of Houston, Texas; Sons, SirRoderick Sparks of Houston, Texas, Fredrick Sparks of Houston, Texas; Mother, Cecil Lee Sparks of Shelbyville, Texas; Sisters, Gloria Harris of Center, Texas, Linda Robertson of Center, Texas, Theresa (Glenn) Lathan of Shelbyville, Texas; Brothers, Melvin Robertson of Center, Texas, Ray Charles (Barbra) Sparks of Shelbyville, Texas.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Cristine Lane, 93, of Lufkin, Texas, died April 21, 2015 at Southland Nursing Center. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Survivors include, Nieces, Pam Martin (Joe) of Nacogdoches, Texas, Tammie Caraway (Keith) of Tyler, Texas, Patsy Stephenson of Carson, California; Nephew, Billy Harris (Beverly) of Beaumont, Texas; Godson , Jimmy Ervin of North Carolina.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Ben Johnson, 82, of Timpson, Texas, died April 17, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center, Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment will be in Antioch Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Survivors include, Son, Ben Johnson III of Abilene, Texas; Special Niece and Nephew, Lucy and Allen Gossett of Timpson.
Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Margie Dockens Garrett, 63, of Joaquin, died April 20, 2015 at her residence. Interment will be in Johnson Cemetery, Joaquin, Texas. She was born September 18, 1951 in Center to Clarence Dockens and Willie Dee Elliott Dockens. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Charles Dockesn. Survivors include, Husband, George Randall “Randy” Garrett of Joaquin, Texas; Children, Richard Jones of Joaquin, Maranda Knox & husband, Mike, of Eddy, Texas, Summer Covington & husband, Jody, of Joaquin, Texas, Chip May & wife, Kendra, of Joaquin, Texas, Luke Garrett & wife, Ginger, of Joaquin, Texas, Cristal Vasquez & husband, Salvador, of Opelousas, Louisiana; Brother, Harold Dockens of Joaquin, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas





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