Shelby County News


Week Ending May 18, 2017             


Julious Ellis Windham, 89, of Bossier City, Louisiana, died April 28, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was born March 17, 1928 in Center, Texas to Nancy (Nannie) Seago Windham and Ellis Windham. He served his country the U. S. Navy and the U. S. Air Force, where he retired after 26 years of service. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Thelma Laverne Bailey Windham; Son, Glynn Edward Windham; Sister, Frances Windham Glaze. Survivors include, Daughter, Linda Windham Nein of Brentwood, Tennessee, Dr. Alexander G. Nein of Brentwood, Tennessee.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Carmen Reneč Bass, 50, of the Dotson Community of Panola County, Texas, died May 13, 2017 at her home. She was born August 27, 1966 in Carthage, Texas to M. D. “Jock” and Muriel Brevard Bass. At the age of five, Carmen lost her mother and she was raised by her sister, Hazel, in Shelbyville. She attended Shelbyville High School graduating with the class of 1984. She proudly served her country in the U. S. Army. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Ronnie Bass. Survivors include, Her loving spouse, Beth Bass of Dotson Community; Sisters, Hazel Risinger of Patroon, Judy Foster & husband, Dick of Beckville; Brother, Danny Bass & wife, Brenda of Patroon.
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Hawthorn Funeral Home, Carthage, Texas
Robert Glen Fountain, 67, of Baytown, Texas, formerly of Center, died Sunday, May 14, 2017. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Survivors include, Children, Naenya Fountain, Garrett (Kendrick “Mann”), Yatasca London (Arnold), Robert Fountain II, NaShawn Fountain, Ena Fountain, Jones (Thomas-deceased), Robert Cartwright, Jacovian Fountain, Dekeith Johnson; Sister, Wilma Mock (John).
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Debbie Parker, 61, of Joaquin, died May 10, 2017. Her wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned.  She was born September 19, 1955, in Vidor, to James Kenneth Clevenger and Opaline Smith Clevenger. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Sisters. Johan Estes, Bobbie Floyd, Patricia Green; Brothers, Kenneth Clevenger, Rex Clevenger. Survivors include, Daughter, Teena Harris of Joaquin.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
William (Billy, Bill) Harper, 82, died May 09, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Interment was in Concord Cemetery, Rusk County. He was born April 7, 1935 to Howard Harper and Velma “Andrews” Harper in Shelby County. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Robert Harper, Travis Harper; Sister, Lou Corbin. Survivors include, Wife, Gail Harper of Garrison, Texas; Daughter, Shirley Harper Bernsen of Friendswood, Texas; Sons, William “Billy” Harper Jr. & wife, Anna of Belpre, Ohio, McKinley “Mike” Harper of Conroe, Texas; Sisters, Lucille Faubus of Lake Whitney, Texas, Lilly Bixby of Lake Whitney, Texas; Brother, Ernest Harper of Houston, Texas.
Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas
Paul Anthony Handy, 53, of San Augustine, Texas, died May 12, 2017 at Twin Lakes Nursing Home in San Augustine, Texas. Interment was in St. Luke Cemetery. Survivors include, Brothers, James T. Garrett of Ft. Worth, Texas, Jerry Handy of Center, Texas, Winfred Dupree (Lori) of Port Arthur, Texas; Sister, Paula Handy of Atlanta Georgia.
Percy Garner & Son Mortuary
Patrick Dewayne Parks, 52 of Joaquin, died May 9, 2017 in Joaquin. Interment will be in Haslem Cemetery, Joaquin. Survivors include, Mother, Jeannie Watts of Joaquin; Father, Sam Watts of Joaquin; Sister, Sylvia Parks of Shreveport; Brothers, Lloyd Parks of Joaquin, Anthony Watts of Joaquin, Darrell Watts of Joaquin, Jason Watts of Joaquin.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Tommie Gene (Hump) Land, 78, of the East Liberty Community, died May 12, 2017 at his residence. Interment was in Gates Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Daughters, Mary (Elzie) Suell of Center, Annette (Marcus) Land of Center; Son, Tommy Glenn (Roslyn) Land of Center; Sisters, Ora Lee Swindle of Shelbyville, Patricia Kay Williams of California, Millie (James) Johnson of St. Louis, Missouri, Patsy Land of San Jose, California, Gloria Ann Land of Lake Forest, California, Gloria Lynn Land of Lake Forest, California; Brothers, Roosevelt (Girtha) Swindle of Shelbyville, Johnny F (Linda) Ratcliff of San Jose, California.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Victor James Lee, 13, of Shelbyville, died May 15, 2017, in Nacogdoches. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. Victor was born January 5, 2004, in Calhoun, Georgia. He was a student at Shelbyville ISD. Survivors include, Parents, James and Janice Lee of Shelbyville; Brothers and Sisters, Dennis Lee of Shelbyville, Skyler Lee of Shelbyville, Cheyanne Lee of Shelbyville, Jacob Lee of Shelbyville, Elizabeth Lee of Shelbyville, James Robert Lee of Colorado, Joshua Lee of Pearland, Jonathon Lee of Colorado, Kim Withem of Dallas, Larry Withem of Washington, Heaven Sampson of Magnolia, Alexis Sampson of Magnolia.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Thomas Cortez Trussell, 75, of Huxley, died May 15, 2017 in Huxley as a result of an accident. Services are pending at this time. He was born April 7, 1942 in Washington, D.C. to Leon Trussell & Adele Kathleen (Steed) Trussell. He served his country in the U. S. Army. Additional information will be announced at a later time.
Mr. Carl Cornelius Johnson, 70, of Center, died May 17, 2017, at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. .Survivors include, Wife, Mary Louise Johnson of Center; Daughters, Jerdena (Ricky) Daniels of Center, Cheryl Johnson of Center; Son, Charles (Shalley) Standley of Center; Sister, Alice Johnson of Nacogdoches; Brothers, Tommy Johnson of Center, Bobby (Della) Johnson of Center, Glenn (Debra) Johnson of Center, Charles Johnson of Dallas, Robert Lynn (Emma) Johnson of Center.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Mary Lou Paddie Deville, 88, of Center, died May 17, 2017, in Nacogdoches. Interment will be in Jackson Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born April 24, 1929, in Mansfield, Louisiana, to Lew Ebarb and Rosa Line Ebarb. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Eli Paddie; Husband, Emar Deville; Daughter-in-law, Kimber Paddie. Survivors include, Children, Betty Williams of White House, Billy Paddie of Center, Bobby Paddie of Center, Benny Paddie of Tatum, Bonny Paddie Reed of Center; Brother, T.J. Ebarb of Beaumont.
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