Shelby County News

Week Ending July 12, 2012



Betty Jane Gilchrist, 70, of McKinney, formerly of Center, died July 3, 2012. She was cremated. Betty Jane was born September 23, 1941 in Shelby County to Gene & Billie Bryan. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Royce Gilchrist. Survivors include, Children, Alice Chin & husband Yong of McKinney, Francis Snider & husband, Allen of Elysian Fields, Lee Gilchrist & wife, Laurie of Center; Sister, Nan O’ Bryan & husband, Clark Glenn Garret of Las Vegas.
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Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas

Otis Glenn Pierce, 89, of Timpson, died July 4, 2012 at his home. Interment was in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born on December 19, 1922 in Gary, Texas to Alonzo Pierce and Mattie Soape Pierce. Mr. Pierce served his country during World Warr II on the U.S. Army. He received the Asiatic –Pacific Campaign Medallion with 2 Bronze Stars, Meritorius Unit Award, Phillipines Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal and 1 Overseas Service Bar. Survivors include, Wife, Imogene Pierce; Son, Danny G. Pierce & wife, Dinah; Daughter, Dannette Pierce; Grandchildren, Deke Pierce & wife, Ann, Derek Pierce & wife, Amy, Drew Pierce & wife, Dari, Dachiele Keeling & husband, Justin, Kirk Dillon & wife, Haley, Natisha Allen & husband, Kyle, Kyle Harris & wife, Carie.
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Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Pauline Hansen, 91, of the Old Center Community, died July 4, 2012 in Whitesboro, Texas. Interment was in Old Center Cemetery, Panola County. Pauline Hancock Hansen was born on August 28, 1920 in the Old Center community in East Texas to Robert E. “Bob” and Stella Johnson Hancock. Pauline enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1951. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Jens Hansen; Sisters, Rosa Lee Edge, Bobbie Jean McDaniel; Brother, Robert E. “Emory” Hancock. Survivors include, Daughter, Kay Thomas & husband, Jim of Whitesboro; Brother, Charles Hancock & wife, June of Tenaha (Old Center community); Stepchildren, Lynn Hansen of Iowa, Jeannie Schwepp of Iowa.
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Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Roy “Todo” Gene Lunsford, 71, of Porter, Texas, died July 6, 2012 at his home. Interment was in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born on August 24, 1940 in Etoile, Texas to D.H. Talmadge Lunsford and Audrey Partin Lunsford. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, PeeWee Lunsford, Bill Lunsford. Survivors include, Wife, Patsy of Porter; Sons, Andy Miller of Porter, Kenny Miller & wife, Lisa of Magnolia, Roy G. Lunsford, II of Yuma, Arizona, Dusty Lunsford & wife, Becky of Porter; Daughters, Linda Lunsford of Houston, Tina Lunsford of Houston; Brothers, Don W. Lunsford, Royal L. Lunsford, Talmadge M. Lunsford, Troy E. Lunsford, Larry W. Lunsford, Terry L. Lunsford; Sister, Wanda Faye Sims.
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Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.
Jimmy McSwain, 65, of Center, died July 5, 2012 in Nacogdoches. He was cremated and no services are planned. He was born November 28, 1946 in Center to Sherlon Lonnie McSwain and Yvonne Willoughby McSwain. Mr. McSwain served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by, Mother, Yvonne McAdams; Brothers, Randy McAdams, Kenneth Ray McAdams. Survivors include, Son, Kevin McSwain & wife, Teresa of Cedar Park; Brother, Billy Bob McAdams & wife, Lisa of Center.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Kathy Gardner , 52, of Ft. Worth, Texas, died July 2, 2012, at her residence. Survivors include, Husband, Jerry Wayne Gardner formerly of Center, Texas now of Ft. Worth, Texas; Mother-in-law, Mary Ella Gardner of Center, Texas; Brothers-in-law, Billy Gardner (Margie) of Lufkin, Texas, Thomas Gardner (Wanda) of Houston, Texas, Fredrick Gardner (Stella) of Center, Texas; Sisters-in-law, Ester Singleton (Archie) of Longview, Texas, Myrtis McClelland, Brenda Jackson of Center, Texas.
Hicks Mortuary and Golden Gates Funeral Home of Ft. Worth, Texas.

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