Shelby County News

Week Ending June 06, 2013



Walter Columbus Chadwick , 87, of Gary, Texas, died June 5, 2013 in Gary. Interment will be in County Line Cemetery, Rusk County. He was born November 1, 1925, in Long Branch, Texas to Donnie Don Chadwick and Mabel Lake Chadwick. Walter served his country in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Nadine Keating Chardwick; Son, Dwight Chadwick; Daughter, Lucretia Essery; Brothers, Doyle Chadwick, Billy Chadwick; Sisters, Lois Peveto, Christine Compton. Survivors include, Wife, Lillie Keating Chadwick of Gary, Texas; Sons, Mike Chadwick & wife, Leisa of Timpson, Texas, Jonathan Chadwick of Timpson, Anthony Chadwick of Hallsville, Texas; Daughters, Patricia Maddox & husband, Jared of Gilmer, Texas; Stepsons, Jimmy Smith & wife, Evah of Nacogdoches, Texas, Donald Smith of Center, Texas; Stepdaughter, Kimberly Pleasant & husband, Roger of Nacogdoches; Sister-in-law, Joyce Keating Scott of Timpson.
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Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
William Riley “W.R., Bill” Boyd, 96, of Center, died June 1, 2013. Interment was in Cushing Community Cemetery, Cushing, Texas. Bill was born February 24, 1917 in Houston, Mississippi. In 1945, W. R. Boyd, Inc. organized with Bill being the President and Controlling Stockholder. Two years later, the corporation qualified as a prime contractor under the exacting standards of the Texas Highway Department and by 1967 Bill was the sole stockholder in the company. W.R. Boyd was elected president of the Texas Highway-Heavy Branch of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) in 1969. This organization represents the highway and heavy contractors of Texas and at that time was one of the five largest contractor associations in the United States. At that time, approximately 95% of the highway construction in Texas was performed by this group of contractors. This achievement would go down as the pinnacle of a 73 year career. W.R. Boyd was a member of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce and the Center Chamber of Commerce. A Shriner, he was a charter member of Sharon Temple, Tyler. Bill was a “Southern Gentlemen” and gracious host to all, a true celebrant of life who lived every day with passion. Survivors include, Wife of 70 years, Tim Boyd of Cushing; Daughter, Yancy Bradford & husband, George of Fort Worth.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Bonnie Garner, 78, of Joaquin, died May 28, 2013 in Center. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born December 17, 1934 in Jamestown, Tennessee to Oplis Adam West and Ella Williams West. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, James Garner, Sr.; Daughter, Belinda Clifton; Son, James Garner, Jr.; Sisters, Anna Price, Joyce Stephens; Genieva Wittenburg, Josie Donnelly; Brother, Merle West. Survivors include, Daughter, Karen Clifton & husband, Roger of Joaquin; Sons, Tom Garner & wife, Donna of Vidalia, Georgia, Sam Garner & wife, Tammy of Joaquin, Tim Garner of Center, Raymond Garner of Joaquin; Sister, Loma Marlow of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Sister-in-law, Beaula Fay Webster of Center.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Dawon Harris, 31, of Carthage, Texas, died June 1, 2013 at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. Interment will be in Shady Grove Cemetery, Mansfield, Louisiana. Survivors include, Father, James Sonny McClure of Houston, Texas; Mother, Sandra Harris of Gary, Texas; Sisters, Carolyn Cooks of Tenaha, Gracie Martin of Dallas, Texas, Melissa Harris of Tyler, LaKeisha Davis of Nacogdoches, Christy Wallace of Houston; Brothers, LaMicah Harris of Orlando, Florida, Roderick McClure of Carthage, Texas.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
James Earl Hewitt, 86, of Center, died June 1, 2013 at his residence in Orange, Texas. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Survivors include, Wife, L.E. Hewitt of Orange, Texas; Son, Doyle W. Hebert of Northern California.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Jerry Wayne Tharp, 76, of Aledo, Texas, died June 1, 2013 at his residence. Interment was in Short Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born November 14, 1936 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents; Brother, L.B. Tharp. Survivors include, Wife, Brenda Collins Tharp of Aledo; Children, Kimberlee Mosley & husband, Jack of Lake Tawakoni, Lance Tharp & wife, Cindi of Keller, Brad Tharp & wife, Kelli of Arlington, Maci Champan of Weatherford, Jason Green of Aledo; Sister, Connie Sue Maddux of Garner.
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Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Montrell O'Bryant Pennington, 27, of Center, died June 1, 2013 at Shelby Regional Medical Center, Center, Texas. Interment will be in Blount Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Mother, Ethel Moore of Center; Father, Curtis Henry of Shelbyville; Daughters, Monta Ja Pennington of Lufkin, La'Shelby Pennington of Center.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Revern (Boe) Bell Blackshire, 58, of San Augustine, Texas, died May 29, 2013 at Hospice in the Pines. Interment will be in Boggie Cemetery, Geneva, Texas. Survivors include, Husband, Johnny Blackshire of Nacogdoches, Texas; Daughters, Aretha (Rev. Anthony) Jackson of San Augustine, Texas, Carola Williams of San Augustine, Texas; Son, Leonard Blackshire of Timpson, Texas; Sisters, Carolyn (Franklin) Mathews of San Augustine, Texas,
Debra (Jessie) Jackson of San Augustine, Texas; Brother, Curtis (Linda) Bell of San Augustine, Texas.
C. W. Rhodes, 77, of Kilgore died May 29, 2013 in Kilgore.  Interment was in Danville Cemetery.  He was born November 8, 1935 in Nacogdoches.  Mr. Rhodes was a graduate of Center High School.  He was preceded in death by his son, Mitch Rhodes.  Survivors include, Wife, Doyline Rhodes of Kilgore; Son, Alan Rhodes of Kilgore; Sister, Pat Vaughn of Longview.
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