Shelby County News

Week Ending May 07, 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                                    



Mark Thomas “Monkey” Moore, 59, of Joaquin, died May 1, 2015 at his residence. Interment was in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born April 19, 1956 in Center to Austin R. Moore and Maxine Thomason. He was preceded in death by, Father, Austin Moore; Grandparents, Marshall C. Thomason, Zora Thomason, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Moore. Survivors include, Daughter, Kristy Dunn of Charleston, Arkansas; Mother, Maxine Thomason Keiling of Mineola, Texas; Sisters, Tresa Ross Pearce of Joaquin, Texas, Debbie Childs of Mineola, Texas; Brothers, Lynn Moore of Port Arthur, Texas, Johnnie Moore of Mount Ida, Arkansas.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Charlie Helms, 74, of Center, died May 3, 2015 in Tyler. Interment was in New Hope Cemetery, Shelby County.  He was born December 21, 1940 in Oak Grove, Louisiana to Marvin H. Helms and Virginia Lovett Helms. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Sarah Helms. Survivors include, Daughter, Patricia Helms of Center; Brother:, Kenny Helms & wife, Laurie, of Shreveport.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Danny Ray Allison, 65, died May 03, 2015 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment was in Cold Springs Cemetery, Nacogdoches County. He was born February 20, 1950 in Center, Texas to William Allison, Jr. and Wanda Sanders Allison. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, Wife, Donna Allison of Garrison, Texas; Son, Kelvin T. “KT” & wife, Tracy Allison of Timpson, Texas; Sister, Sandra Allen of Garrison, Texas.
Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas
Francis Louise Todd, 80, of Timpson, Texas, died April 30, 2015 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. She was born on August 10, 1934 in Caledonia, Texas, to Walter P. Stone and Frankie Crump Stone. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Sam K. Todd; Brothers, Boug Stone, Howard Stone; Sisters, Jeanette Burger, Katie Herndon; Son-in-law, Glen Yates. Survivors include, Daughters, Betty Caldwell & husband, Dan of Timpson, Texas, Nell Yates of Channelview, Texas, Frankie Parkman & husband, Kim of Marshall, Texas; Sons, John Todd & wife, Patricia of Timpson, Texas, Sammy “Bo” Todd of Timpson, Texas, Buster Todd & fiancÚ Mandy Mayes of Nacogdoches, Texas, Joe Todd & wife, Linda of Timpson, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
James Milton Purdy, 88, of Houston, died April 29, 2015 in Pasadena. Interment was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. He was born May 19, 1926 in Lafayette, Indiana to Darby C. Purdy and Margaret A. Mather Purdy. He served his country in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Mother-in-law & Father-in-law, Zelma V. Flournoy and Arbie A. Flournoy; Brothers, Jack W. Farrell, Richard D. Purdy; Brothers-in-law, Henry D. Flournoy, Clifford E. Flournoy, Paul E. Flournoy, Ray Lowry. Survivors include, Wife, Katy Purdy of Houston; Brothers-in-law, Guy Flournoy & wife, Joyce, of Shreveport, Louisiana, Pete Flournoy & wife, Carolyn, of Tenaha; Sisters-in-law, Weeda Lowry of Center, Sarah Lewis & husband, John, of Huntington, Betty Duke & husband, George, of Timpson, Rachael Brannon & husband, Ronnie, of Longview, Madora Purdy of Lafayette, Indiana, Norma Flournoy of Nacogdoches, Dorothy Flournoy of Longview.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Lucious Lee Rector, 51, of Center, died April 29, 2015 at his residence in Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Survivors include, Wife, Winnie Rector of Nacogdoches, Texas; Sister, Teresia (Tim) Rector of Nacogdoches, Texas; Brothers, Johnny (Barbara) Rector of Center, Texas, Jimmy (Ella) Rector of Nacogdoches, Texas; Special Uncle, Grant Rector of Center, Texas; Special Aunt, Queen Standley of Center, Texas.
Community Funeral Home of Center , Texas
Jerry Dwight Willey, 67, of Shelbyville, died May 6, 2015 in Lufkin. Interment will be in Dunnigan Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born August 1, 1947 in Silsbee to David Crockett Willey and Anna Mahaffey Willey. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Emory D. “Bill” Willey; Sisters, Cynthia A. West, Johnnie Faye Willey. Survivors include, Wife, Debbie Willey of Shelbyville; Children, Amanda Willey of Shelbyville, Gary Willey of Plantation, Florida, Arthur Willey & wife, Samantha, of Buckatunna, Mississippi; Special Children, Ellen Lout of Center, Barry Lout of Patroon; Brother, Nat Willey and wife, Charlene, of Pineland; Sisters, Viola McKinney of Colmesneil, Grace Simmons of Milam, Mary Sullivan of Broaddus, Carolina Elliott & husband, Latrent, of Milam; Mother-in-law, Ruby Risinger of Goober Hill.
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Jimmy Michael Cosby Sr., 75, of Nacogdoches, died May 4, 2015 at his residence. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born January 26, 1940 in Center to Thomas Cosby and Helen Passmor Cosby. He served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Son, Mike Cosby; Brothers, Guy Cosby, Thomas Cosby, Jr. Survivors include, Children, David Day of Silsbee, Scarlett Schweim of Douglass, Wesley Cosby of Douglass, Kevin Cosby of Douglass, Patricia Cox of Nacogdoches, Thomas Cosby of Midland, Austin Cosby of Connecticut, Linda Weatherly of Garrison; Sisters, Mary Walker of Center, Linda Hightower of Longview, Kathy Reed of Shreveport, Louisiana; Brother, Larry Cosby of Nacogdoches.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Joe Bell, 60, of Tenaha, Texas, died May 5, 2015 at Holiday Nursing Home in Center, Texas. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. Survivors include, Sons, Kendricks McClure of Tenaha, Texas, Korey McClure of Tenaha, Texas; Daughter, Greta Robertson of Houston, Texas; Sisters, Shirley Joffrion of Alexandria, Louisiana, Linda Bell of Houston, Texas, Dorothy Smith of Houston, Texas.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas





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