Shelby County News

Week Ending July 25, 2013



Margie Hanks Snider, 80, of San Augustine County, died July 17, 2013, in San Augustine. Interment was in Liberty Hill Cemetery, San Augustine. Margie was born on November 24, 1932, to Effie Harvey Hanks and J.P. Hanks. She was preceded in death by, Husband, Travis Snider; Father, J. P. Hanks; Son, Randall Lee Snider; Brother, John Hanks. Survivors include, Daughters, Linda Snider Lewis & husband, Johnny of Center; Patricia Snider Anderson of Houston; Vicki Snider Horton of Center; Mother, Effie Harvey Hanks of San Augustine; Brother, J. W. Hanks & wife, Cynthia of Jasper; Sisters, Wilma Hanks McMillien of Geneva; Betty Hanks Collum & husband, Charles of Vidor; Rita Hanks Doyen of Silsbee; Novis Hanks Stringer & husband, Wayne of DeKalb,Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, Texas
Layton Clay Keeling was born and died July 16, 2013. Interment was in Old Shiloh Cemetery, Rusk County. He was the infant son of Justin and Dachiele Pierce Keeling of Mt. Enterprise, Texas. Survivors include, Parents; Sisters, Landry and Lawson Keeling of Mt. Enterprise; Grandparents, Danny and Dinah Pierce of Mt. Enterprise, Clay and Frances Newcomb of Henderson; Great grandmothers, Imogene Pierce of Timpson and Hazel Keeling of Mt. Enterprise.
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Dortha Haley Burnett, 89, died July 18, 2013. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Houston, Texas. She was born June 12, 1922 in Beaumont to Mary Yates Haley and Ben Haley. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Leslie G. Burnett; Brothers, Mark E. Haley & wife, Louise, Wray Haley & wife, Fern, Carl Haley & wife, Helen; Sisters, Ruth Haley Beck & husband, Woodrow, Opal Haley Byerly & husband, Jasper. Dortha spent the last 12 years in Shelby County, Texas. Survivors include, Sons, Leslie Burnett, Jr., Richard Burnett & wife, Carol.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Houston, Texas
Joseph Leon Berel, 71, of Center, died July 21, 2013 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born February 22, 1942 in Many, Louisiana to Elmer Bo Berel and Hazel Fern McComic Berel. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Infant Son, Joseph Leon Berel, Jr.; Brother, Billy Berel. Survivors include, Children, Weena Rose & husband, Greg of Nederland, Inez Hughes & husband, Derrick of Center, Jerry Berel & wife, Cindy of Tatum; Sisters, Patricia Berel of Shreveport, Louisiana, Sallie Williams & husband, Harold of Zwolle, Louisiana; Mother of his children, Sandra Berel of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
James David Whitton, 75, of Center, died July 23, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born April 25, 1938 in Shelby County, Texas to James Elton Whitton and Irene Cooper Whitton. Mr. Whitton served his country in the United States Air Force. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Elsie Lee Willoughby. Survivors include, Son, David Whitton of Center; Ex-wife, Ina Bass of Center; Step Daughter, Cherie Rudd of Center; Step Sons, Kenneth Shahan of Center, Justin Shahan of Boston, Massachusetts; Brother, E. J. Whitton & wife, Johnnie Ruth of Longview; Step Mother, Jewel Whitton of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas


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