Shelby County News

Week Ending June 19, 2014


The Shelby County Museum is now a drop off station for Box Tops for Education.  These will go to Shelby County Schools.  Bring your Box Tops and visit the museum and see our new displays of Family Bibles and Family Pictures.


Lula Belle Pierce David, 94, of Logansport, Louisiana, died June 12, 2014. Interment was in O. E. Price Cemetery, Logansport, Louisiana. She was born in Shepperd, Texas May 30, 1920 to Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Pierce. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, W. B. “Hookie” David; Daughter, Joyce Wooden; Son, Freddie Paul David; Son-in-law, Elwyn Ariola; Siblings, Doshie Fisher, Laurence Pierce, Sr., Frank “Red” Pierce, Essie “Dimples” Rogers. Survivors include, Daughters, Ozelle Ariola of Houston, Deborah Wilkinson & husband, Howard of Logansport, Louisiana.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Logansport, Louisiana
Sarah JoAnn Chantland, 75, of Center, died June 12, 2014 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center. Interment was in Clayton Cemetery, Panola County. She was born August 18, 1938 in Sheridan, Arkansas to John W. Ashcraft and Della Allen. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husbands, J. C. Henshaw, Dale Schuler, Clifford Chantland; Daughter, Nancy Ann Trevino; Brothers & Sisters, James Hershal Ashcraft, Glen Ashcraft, Opal Louise Holmes, Oma Blackwell, Frank Lee Ashcraft, Yuba Marie Freeman, Neggie Mae Bettis. Survivors include, Daughter, Cheryl Green & husband, Danny of Shelbyville; Sons, Johnny Henshaw & wife, Kim of Yorktown, Virginia, Robert D. Schuler & wife, Sue of Kellogg, Minnesota.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Thomas Edward “Junior” Sparks, Jr., 91, of Timpson, Texas, died June 12, 2014, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment was in County Line Cemetery, Rusk, County. He was born March 4, 1923, in Rusk County, Texas to Thomas Edwin Sparks and Ora Lee Barnes Sparks. After graduating from Timpson High School, Junior served his country in the U. S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Elma Brown Sparks, Son, Thomas E. “Eddie” Sparks, III; Brothers, Rayford Sparks, Lloyd “Pete” Sparks. Survivors include, Daughters, Drucilla Dickey & husband, Gary of Nacogdoches, Texas, Sandra Simmons & husband, Billy of Texas City, Texas, Sara Cornett & husband, Charlie of Missouri City, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Lexa Willoughby Whitton, 82, of Timpson, died June 14, 2014 at Holiday Nursing Home. Interment was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born July 24, 1931 in Shelby County to Luther and Jenny Byrd Willoughby. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, T. J. Whitton; Sons, John Whitton, Roger Whitton; Daughters-in-law, Edith Whitton, Peggy Whitton. Survivors include, Children, Annette Bradshaw & husband, Dale of Timpson, David Whitton of Joaquin, Cecil Whitton & wife, Kay of Timpson, Joyce Wolfe & husband, Ronnie of Timpson, Frances Miller & husband, Rick of Pasadena; Daughter-in-law, Zaundra Whitton of Joaquin.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Leon Allen, 75, of Center, Texas, died June 11, 2014. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Survivors include, Wife, Linda Allen of Center, Texas; Son, Antonio (Denise) Allen of Lavergene, Tennessee; Daughter, Loura (David) Hunt of Nacogdoches, Texas; Brothers, Jerry (Joyce) Lathan & Ira Jackson of Center, Texas, Hughie (Doris) Allen of Orange, Texas.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Clifton O. Boniol, 72, of Center, died June 14, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born May 16, 1942 in Center to Walter Boniol and Ruth Williams Boniol. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Mary Williams; One Infant Brother. Survivors include, Wife, Mary Boniol of Center; Children, Tammie Lawrence & husband, Danny of Center, Rodney Boniol & wife, Kim of Center, Jeff Boniol & wife, Jeanne of Red Oak, Kristal Walker of Center; Kevin Boniol of Center, Clifton James Boniol of Center; Brother, Michael Manungram & wife, Rose of Center; Sisters, Norma Rudd of Center, Gaynell Wilburn & husband, Jimmy of Center, Janice Churchman & husband, Max of Tenaha; Brother-in-law, James Williams of Gilmer.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Lonnie “L. J.” Chance Jr., 85, of Center, died June 16, 2014 at his residence. Interment was in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born May 15, 1929 in Shelby County to Lonnie Lawrence Chance and Ora B. Spurlock Chance. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Billie Jo Chapman Chance; Stepson, Donald Ray Milam; Brothers, Maxie Nolan Chance, Claude Chance, Larry L. Chance. Survivors include, Sons, Gary Chance & wife, Debbie of Magnolia, Wendell Chance & wife, Becky of Center; Sister, Fleta Warr Hill of Friendswood.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas



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