Shelby County News

Week ending June 11, 2020



Ora T. Lane
Donated By
Venorah McSwain

Martha Lout
Donated By
Venorah McSwain

Tana Leigh Hairgrove
Donated By
Venorah McSwain

Tommy West
Donated By
Leonard Irish

John D. Scull
Donated By
Leonard Irish

 Howard Lout
Donated By
Venorah McSwain


Shelby County High School Graduate Pictures

Center High School

Joaquin High School

Shelbyville High School

Tenaha High School

Timpson High School




Robert (Bob) Gene Tucker, 79, died in Timpson, Texas April 8, 2020.  He was born March 09, 1941 in Raleigh, North Carolina to Hazel and Bertie Mae Tucker.  He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Perry, Louis, Dan, Hazel; Sister, Carol.  Survivors include, Wife, Virginia Gail (Cox)Tucker, of Timpson, Texas; Son, Don Tucker & wife Sharon of Mineola, Texas, Son, Chris Tucker of Mt. Enterprise, Texas; Daughter, Kelly Shanahan & husband Mike of Jacksonville, North Carolina; Sons, Rusty Sanford & wife Melanie of Timpson, Texas, Howie Sanford of Timpson, Texas, Steven Tucker of Douglass, Texas; Sister, Isabel Belangia of Manning, South Carolina; Sister-in-law, Sheila Tucker of Mathews, North Carolina; Brother-in-law, Carl Fritts of Concord, North Carolina.

Kevin Francis O’Connor, 58, from Center and Houston, Texas, died June 3rd, 2020. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to Mary Angela Geraci and Michael O’Connor.  He was preceded in death by, Parents; Father-in-law, Charles E. Lackey.  Survivors include, Wife, Saundra O’Connor; Daughters, Kayla O’Connor of Dallas, Mary O’Connor of Houston; Brothers, Michael O’Connor & wife, Lisa of Jacksonville, Alabama, Timothy O’Connor & wife, Lindsey of Castle Rock, Colorado; Sister, Mary O’Connor Holland & husband Randy of Houston, Texas; Mother-in-law, Wanda P. Lackey of Center; Brother and sister-in-laws, Doug Lackey of Anniston, Alabama, Steve and June Cubstead of Grapeland, Texas, Craig and Debra Hallman of Charleston, South Carolina, Ronald and Vickie Lackey of Munford, Alabama, Carolyn Lackey of Lincoln, Alabama, Perry and Samantha Lackey of Munford, Alabama, Dona Lackey-Malone of Midland, Texas, Rodney and Denise Mathews of Joaquin, Texas.
Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, Texas

Terry Lynn Adkison, Sr., 65, of Center, Texas, died June 3, 2020.  Interment was in Springhill Cemetery.  He was born in Big Spring, Texas on June 9, 1954 to Hollis Adkison and Myrtle Minyard Adkison.  He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Sharon Adkison; Brothers, Stevie Adkison, James Adkison.  Survivors include, Wife, Jeannie Adkison of Center; Sons, Terry Adkison, Jr. & wife, Brandy, of Center, Colby Adkison & wife, Brandi, of Center, Jeff Hopson of Scrappin Valley, Richard Hopson & wife, Amanda, of Georgia, Scottie Moore of Beaumont; Daughters, Taja Harvey & husband, Kenneth of Huxley, Bridgette Hopson & fiancé, Rick McWilliams, of Center, Heather Perez & husband, Pedro, of Beaumont; Brother, Howell Adkison & wife, Pam, of Center; Sister, Shirley DiVerdi & husband, Vince, of Center.

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Billy L. Funderburk, 75, died June 7, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.   He was born July 16,1944 in Corpus Christi, Texas to James and Diana (Kennedy) Funderburk.  He served his country in the United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant during the Vietnam war era. He served as Commander of the 543rd Military Police Company in Ft. Knox, Kentucky until his discharge in 1971. He was preceding him in death by, Father, James Lawrence Funderburk; Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Knox and Rubye Porter; Brothers-in-law, Ronald Porter, Royce Porter, Billy Redus.  Survivors include, Wife, Joyce Porter Funderburk, Lake Charles, Louisiana; Children, Kevin Funderburk, wife Regina of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kimberly Funderburk Roberson, husband Kevin of Temple, Texas; Mother, Diana Funderburk of Midland; Sisters, Dianne Redus of Cleveland, Judy Day & husband David of Midland.
Johnson Funeral Home, Lake Charles, Louisiana



Ethel Elaine Billingsley Amos, 87, of Timpson, Texas, died June 7, 2020. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.  She was born in Timpson, Texas on December 27, 1932, to Travis and Oris Billingsley.  She graduated from Timpson High School in 1950. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Donald E. Amos, Sister, Edith Cross; Brother, Edgar Billingsley.  Survivors include, Daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Rick Harris of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Son and daughter-in-law, David and Patricia Amos of Nacogdoches, Texas; Son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Julie Amos of Roanoke, Texas; Daughter and son-in-law, Dari and Drew Pierce of Lufkin, Texas; Brother-in-law, Tom Amos and wife, Betty of Timpson, Texas; Sister-in-laws, Lou Nell Billingsley of Timpson, Texas, Iris Amos of Timpson, Texas.
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Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas

Iva Nell Brown, 98, of Center, died June 9, 2020, in Center.  Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas.  She was born January 16, 1922, in Shelby County, to Curtis Marian Pate and Lottie Cornelia Bullard Pate.  She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Ford S. Brown Sr.; Brothers and sister, Vestal Pate, Charles Pate, Sam Pate, Curtis Edward Pate, Billie Maxie Mullins; in-laws, Perry Maxie Brown, Merle Stratton Brown.  Survivors include, Children, Sylvia Hearn of Center, Ford Brown Jr. & wife Janis of Center, Cynthia Perez & husband Ramiro of Angleton; Brothers and sisters, Robert Pate of Kenner, Louisiana, Nelda Test Miller of Richard, Kelsey Jo Stewart of Picayune, Mississippi, Rachel McCleary of Brazoria, Inez and Tim Peltier of Clute, Patsy and Bob Mahone of New Boston; Sister-in-law, Clive Rush.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas

W. N. “Bill” Hairgrove, 75, of Timpson, died June 10, 2020, in Timpson.  Interment will be in Buena Vista Cemetery, Shelby County.  He was born December 14, 1944, in Center, to W. N. Hairgrove and Pearl Burns Hairgrove.  He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Gail Hairgrove; Brothers, James Edward Hairgrove, Van Hairgrove,  Franklin Hairgrove; Sisters, Wilma Culp, Jo Nell Young; Father-in-law, Monk Peace.  Survivors include, Wife, Rita Peace Metcalf Hairgrove of Timpson; Sons, Tom Hairgrove & wife Paige of Center, Burt Hairgrove & wife Melissa of Nacogdoches, Kaleb Metcalf & wife Melissa of Frederick, Colorado; Sister, Frances McIntyre & husband Dudley of Timpson; Mother-in-law, Pat Peace; Sisters-in-laws, Glenda Ray & husband Alan, Jan Allen & husband Terry; Brother-in-law, Roy Peace & wife Sharon.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas





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