Shelby County News

Week Ending July 18, 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.


LaVerne Thruston, 92, of Center, died July 8, 2014 at Green Acres of Center. Interment was in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery, Martinsville, Texas. She was born in Pt. Arthur, Texas, on October 11, 1921. She was preceded in death by, Husband, Brittian Allen Thruston. Survivors include, Daughter, Laura Sue Butler Rowe & husband, Charles Rowe, of Center; Son, Martin Wallace Thruston & wife, Isabel, of Santa Barbara, California.
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Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches, Texas
Frances Lee Ingram, 92, of Jasper, formerly Shelby County, died July 13, 2014 at Rayborn Healtcare & Rehab in Jasper. Interment was in Strong Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born June 16, 1922 in Lavon, Texas to Robert P. and Ada K. Trout Duke. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Carl Ingram, Daughter, Glonda Sharp.  Survivors include, Husband, Larry Squires of Jasper; Son, Douglas Koger & wife, Davina of Mesquite; Son-in-law, Ken Sharp of Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Fred Carter Green, 79, of Shelbyville, died July 10, 2014 in Center. The family will have a private graveside service at a later date. He was born August 31, 1934 in Shelbyville to Vessie Caraway Green and Mary Leigh Carter Green. He served his country in the United States National Guard. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Daughter, Susan Green; Sisters, Mary Ellen Sapp, Fay Green, Vernell Williams. Survivors include, Wife, Bessie Lou Green of Shelbyville; Children, Danny Green & wife, Cheryl of Shelbyville, Ron Green & wife, Donna of Lafayette, Louisiana, Theresa Stem & husband, Bill of Boise, Idaho; Brother, Vance Green & wife, Betty of Shelbyville; Sister, Johnnie Price of Center.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Jerry Wayne Bruton, 55, of Timpson, died July 4, 2014. Interment was in Timpson City Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Survivors include, Wife, Denise Bruton; Mother, Christopher Fay Williams of Admore, Oklahoma; Sons, Jerald Bruton of Oklahoma, Derail Taulton of Oklahoma; Daughters, Antonette Christopher of Texas, Shinika Fagan of Oklahoma.
Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas
J. Tom Steele, 78, of California, died July 8, 2014, in his home on his 78th birthday. A military service will be held July 17, 2014 at Rose Hills Mortuary in Whittier, California. He was born in Center to J. T. and Docia Bishop Steele on July 8, 1936. He grew up in Timpson and Center and joined the Marines at a young age. Survivors include, Children, Jim, Debbie, and Tracy of California, six grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Local survivors include, Nephew, Charlie Mac Bussey; Nieces, Mary Lou Lout of Center, Barbara Windham of Bossier City, Louisiana.
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Johnny Maurice Gee, 86, of Center, died July 10, 2014 at Twin Lakes Care Center in San Augustine. Interment was in Neuville Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born June 22, 1928 in Center to Sidney Gee and Bonnie Lucille Bailey Gee. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, Wife, Ethel Gee of Center; Children, Linda Miller & husband, Dr. Keith of Center; Mike Gee & wife, Stacy of Center, David Gee of Center, Richard Gee of Center; Sister, Helen Hall & husband, James of Angels Camp, California.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Patricia Ann Crawford, 75, of Center, died July 13, 2014 at her residence. Interment was in Powdrill Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born July 23, 1938 in Houston to Robert L. Kirkwood Sr. and Ruthe Gore. She was preceded in death by, Mother, Ruthe G. Holleman; Father, R. L. Kirkwood, Sr.; Brother, David Kirkwood. Survivors include, Husband, Don Crawford of Center; Children, Thomas Ashley Kinsel, Jr. & friend, Rebecca of Ft. Stockton, Ruthe Ann Porter & husband, Jeff of Waco, Patricia Allison Merchant & husband, Kenny of Panama City, Florida; Brothers, Robert L. Kirkwood, Jr. of Hondo, William Kirkwood & wife, Mary of San Antonio; Sister, Royce Woodard of Houston; Stepfather, Benjamin Holleman of Houston.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Susan JoAnn Sanford, 64, of Center, died July 16, 2014 at her residence. Interment will be in Borders Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born October 27, 1949 in Houston to Brealon and Betty Moore Sanford. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include, Children, Louis Underbrink, IV of Center, Barrett Underbrink & wife, Jeneva of Center, Wimberley Underbrink of Center; Sister, Edith LeBlanc & husband, Maison of Center; Brother, Brealon Allen “Buddy” Sanford of Center; Father of her children, Urban Louis Underbrink, III of Victoria.
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Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Julius Ray Cogswell, 83, formerly of Center, died July 6, 2014 in Mountain City, Tennessee. He was born in Center, Texas on September 3, 1930 to Ed Cogswell and Lena Mae Shillings Cogswell. Mr. Cogswell was cremated and no services are planned. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Barney Cogswell, Alton Cogswell, Benton Cogswell, Leon Shillings; Sisters, Elna Lout, Claudia Mae Martin. Survivors include, Wife, Bobbi Cogswell of Mountain City, Tennessee; Daughters, Mitzi Hays of Crystal Beach, Tonya Guillotte of Orange; Brothers, Billy Cogswell of Center, Harold Cogswell & wife, Joyce of Shreveport, Louisiana, Lynn Bueke Cogswell of Garrison; Sisters, Hazel Metz of Orange, Linda Lawler of Longview; Sister-in-law, Nelda Shillings Brown of Center.



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