Shelby County News

Week Ending May 27, 2010

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If you have family buried here, you are welcome to attend the annual cemetery working at Bradley Springs the last Saturday in May.  If it is raining, the gathering usually moves to the First Methodist Church in Tenaha. Come about 11 AM and bring a covered dish, a chair, and  information about your family (copies of pictures we may use are especially welcome).
 Donations to the upkeep of the cemetery may be made to:
              Bradley Springs Cemetery Fund
              Citizens State Bank
              PO Box 380
                 Tenaha, Texas 75974


Floyd Adolphus (Dock) Watson, age 81, of the Paxton Community, died May 20, 2010 at his home. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. Dock was born February 22, 1929 in Eldorado, Arkansas to Sidney & Mary Hataway Watson. He served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Doyle Watson, Robert Earl Watson. Survivors include, Wife, Fannie Watson; Daughters, Brenda Giles & husband Gene of Carthage, Glenda Leflett & husband Charlie of Joaquin; Son, Steven Joe Watson of Paxton Community. Dock began his teaching career in Center in 1949-1967. He then served as Tenaha ISD Superintendent and Joaquin ISD Superintendent. He was elected Shelby County Judge in 1982 were he served for sixteen years. Dock served on many boards: Paxton Water Supply, Shelby County Hospital Board, Deep East Texas Council of Government, Deep East Texas Electric Co-Op Board of Directors, Resource, Conservation and Development Council, Shelby Panola College Advisory Board, and the Shelby Soil Conservation Committee.
He was awarded the Shelby County Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 1994. In 1995 he received the Sam Samford Lodge #149 Community Builders Award. Tenaha ISD inducted him into their Hall of Honor in 2004. Dock also received the Tenaha Masonic Lodge Community Builders Award in 2008. Close to his heart was the restoration of the 1885 Shelby County Courthouse and working with Shelby County citizens.
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Jo Anne Manning Walker, 72, of Center, died May 24, 2010 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Burial was in Smith Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born July 24, 1937 in Joaquin to Walter D. Manning, Jr. and Alice Louise May Manning. Survivors include, Husband, John Stephens Walker, Sr. of Center; Daughters, Amy Walker Hampson & husband Gregory John of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, Rhonda Kaye Walker of Wichita, Kansas; Son, John Stephens Walker, Jr. & wife Lisa Marie of Pearland; Brother, Walter D. Manning, Jr. & wife Ellen of Center.
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Emily Ann Adams Dickey, age 63, of Joaquin, Texas, died May 21, 2010 in Tyler. Burial was in Restland Memorial Park near Carthage. She was born May 8, 1947 in Texarkana, Arkansas. She was the adopted daughter of James Lowell and Jessie Lema Lollar Adams. Mrs. Dickey was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include, Husband, Dan B. Dickey of Joaquin; Daughters, Angela Grupp & husband Jeff of Rowlett, Monica Bishop & husband Shawn of Carthage, Melanie Kitchens & husband Jason of Aurora..
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Frances Joe Shepherd Oates, 74, of Center, died May 20, 2010 in Shreveport, LA. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Center, Texas. She was born December 18, 1935 in Denton, Texas to William and Phadolia Matthews Shepherd. Mrs. Oates, was first elected to the City of Center Council in April 12, 1982, serving continuously until her death. She was appointed Mayor Pro Tem, a member of the City Council Committees for Financial/Audit, Streetscape Steering, Parks. She also represented the Council on the Board of Directors for the City of Center Economic Development Corporation and the Center Industrial Development Authority and was the Chairman of the City of Center Main Street Program. She served as Chairman of the Fannie Brown Booth Library. She received the Outstanding Young Woman of the Year award in 1976 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1993. Mrs. Oates was appointed by Governor Ann Richards to be on the board of the Executive Women in Texas Government. She is preceded in death by her Parents, William and Phadolia Shepherd. Survivors include, Husband, Dr. Steve Oates of Center; Sons, Lareid Oates of Center, Shepherd Oates & wife, Denise of Mesquite.
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Betty Smotherman, 81, of Huxley, died May 19, 2010 in Tyler. Burial was in Strong Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born October 6, 1928 in Eldorado, Arkansas to Robert D. and Opal Della Raymond English. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, L.B. Smotherman; Sisters, Hazel Vaughn, Allie Ruth Parrish, Johnnie Lynch, Margie Martin; Infant Brother, Buddy English. Survivors include, Daughters, Sue Bolton & husband, Glen of Center, Ann Crocker of Center; Son, Randy Smotherman & wife, Mindy of Huxley; Twin Sister, Bobbie Jean Condon of Beaumont; Brother, R.D. “Dale” English & wife, Barbara “Babs” of Houma, LA.
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Thomas (Jeff) Sims, 87, of Center, died May 20, 2010 in Center. Burial was in Campti Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born October 6, 1922 in the Campti Community of Shelby County to Jesse James Sims and Cynthia Caroline Byrd Sims. He was preceded in death by, Wife, Ruby Marie Sumner Sims; Five Brothers; Five Sisters. Survivors sinclude, Family Members, Carolyn Sims Field of Center, Helen Rogers & husband Billy of Center, Doc Sims of Beckville.
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Harold E. Stephens, 87, of Willis, Texas, formerly of Timpson, Texas, died May 23, 2010 in Willis. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery, Montgomery, Texas. He was a retired Houston Police Officer and had also been employed with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Postal Service. Survivors include, Wife, Beth of Willis; Sons, Eric Stephens & wife Judy of Anchorage, Alaska, William “Bill” Stephens & wife Jill of Houston.
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, Montgomery, Texas
Pamela Jean Oswald, age 51, of Livingston, Texas, died May 22, 2010 in Livingston. Burial was in Campti Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born April 16, 1959 in Pasadena, Texas to Sidney Tatum and Orlena Tate Tatum. She was preceded in death by, Mother, Orlena Tate Tatum; Brother, Stephen Tatum. Survivors include, Son, Jonathan Oswald of Wichita, KS; Father, Sidney Tatum of Center; Sister, Bobbie Sue Warren of Center;
Brother: John Tatum & wife April of Kingwood, Texas.
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