Shelby County News

Week ending August 05, 2021




Donnie Borders
Parker Garrett
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Fannie Watson
Magaret Casto
Annette Sanders Person
Linda Drabek Marshall
Dianne Lee Irish
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William Carroll Crawford Chapter of DRT
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Tammy Wedgeworth
Joe Lewis Jones
Melba Coleman
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Prentice Hendricks
Mona Campbell
Hughie Allen
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Bonnie Dorman
Mr. & Mrs. Teddy Hopkins
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Letitia “Tish” Page, 56, died July 27, 2021.  She was born on February 24, 1965, to the late Margie Von Adams Matthews in Center, Texas.  She attended Tenaha ISD from elementary to graduation in May 1983.  She served her country in the United States Air Force where she earned numerous medals like Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, MCO Professional Military Education ribbon, Combat Readiness medal, National Defense Service medal, Southwest Asia Service medal w/First Service Star, and Kuwait Liberation Medal – Saudi Arabia.  Survivors include, Daughter, Brittany Page; Son, Kale Page; Sisters, Robin Beatriz (Isaac) of Tenaha, Texas, Phyllis Thompson of Tenaha, Texas; Brothers, Dexter Adams of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Bryan Adams of Floresville, Texas, Jon Matthews (Tina) of San Antonio, Texas, Jason Matthews (Lana) of Nacogdoches, Texas.
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Margaret Louise Grimsley Bowlin, 83, of Shepherd, Texas, died July 28, 2021, in Lufkin Texas.  Interment will be in Ramah Cemetery, Shelby County.  She was born in Joaquin, Texas, on May 14, 1938, to A. D. Grimsley and Camilla Hall Grimsley.  She  attended Tenaha High School and graduated in 1957. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Siblings,  Mary Hansen, J. L. Grimsley, Frances McDaniel, Bill Grimsley, James Grimsley.  Survivors include, Children, Paul Wayne Bowlin & wife, Karen, of League City, Texas, Linda Gayle Bowlin Ferguson & husband, Tommy, of Shepherd, Texas, Lisa Anne Bowlin Kennedy & husband, Sean, of Etoile, Texas; Siblings, Nancy Kellar, Mamie Vanover (Jim), Forest Crawford (Sherry).

Sarah J. Thomas Coats, 69, of Mesquite, Texas, died July 25, 2021 at a local hospital in Dallas, Texas.  Interment will be in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas.  Survivors include, Son, Allen R. Coats Jr.; Special Daughter, Autumn McClelland; Siblings, Evelyn Cooper of Tyler, Texas; John Bethel Thomas Jr. (deceased), Dr. Clyde Thomas of Omaha, NE (deceased), Geraldine Steel of Center, Texas, Joe Leonard Thomas (deceased), Deloris Stripling (Verlon) of San Augustine Texas, William Thomas, Sr. (Maria) of Tyler, Texas, Joyce Mitchell (Joe) of Garland, Texas, David Thomas (Andrea) of Dallas, Texas, Eric Thomas of Amarillo, Texas (deceased) and one miscarriage.
Harmon Undertaking Company of Tyler, Texas and Hicks Mortuary of Center, Texas.

Charlie James “Jack” Riggans, Jr., 91, of Tenaha, Texas, died July 30, 2021 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Interment was in Friendship Bobo Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. He was born September 20, 1929 in Tenaha, Texas to Charlie James Riggans, Sr. and Georgia Orton Riggans.  He was raised in Shelby County and graduated from the Timpson Colored High School.   He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He was preceded in death by, Parents; Siblings, R. L. Riggans, Teroy Riggans, Octavia Ash, Joy Faye Henderson, James (Sambo) Riggans, Paulette Scott,  Ozell Allen.  Survivors include, Wife, Addie Riggans; Children, Theresa Pitts, Remona Taylor & husband Carl, Charles Keith Riggans, Roy Riggans & wife Linda, Lisa McClure & husband Aubrey, Christy Dennis; Step-children, Kenneth Goodwin, Adrienne Gail Mitchell, Tamy Howard, Kevin Mitchell & wife Fran, Sandra Mitchell; Sister, Johnnie Riggans.
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Tommy Glenn Land "Bubba", 58, of East Liberty Community, died July 29, 2021, in Ft. Worth.   Interment will be in Rather Cemetery, Shelby County.  Survivors include, Wife, Rosalyn Land "Peaches" of Center; Son, Marshane (Felisa) Pitts of Spain; Daughters, Jozlin Moore of Center, Jakera Land of Plano; Sisters, Mary (Eliza) Suell of Center, Annette Land of Center; Mother-in-law, Myrtle Garrett of Center.
Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Center.

Mark Twain Livingston, 51, of Center, died July 26, 2021, in Center. He was cremated.  He was born July 5, 1970, in Center, to Donice Livingston and Barbara Watson Livingston.  He was preceded in death by his father.  Survivors include, Mother, Barbara Livingston; Sister, Donna Schoenewolf & husband Reggie.
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Linda Jacque Downing Tyre, 82, of Center, died August 3, 2021, in Center.  Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas.  She was born January 30, 1939, in Mabank, to Thomas “Jack” Downing and E. Cozette Reynolds Downing. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, James E. Tyre Jr.; Son, James D. Tyre Sr.; Brother, Jeffery R. Downing; Son-in-law, Maurey Miller.  Survivors include, Daughter, Kathy Tyre Miller of Center; Son, Jack Tyre Sr. of Center; Sister, Nan Downing Gulley of Seagoville.

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Lou Jane Womack, 65, of Tenaha, died August 3, 2021, in Tyler.  Interment was in Restland Cemetery, Shelby County.  She was born September 5, 1955, in Carthage, to Joe Dan Womack and Wandell Conner Womack.  She was a member of Tenaha High School’s Class of 1974.  She was preceded in death by, Father, Joe Dan Womack; Sisters, Rebecca King, Terrie Womack.  Survivors include, Mother, Wandell Womack of Tenaha; Brother, Jerry Womack & Dina of Marshall; Brother-in-law, Joe King of Monroe, Louisiana.
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Jessie Mae Fountain, 91, of Center, died July 31, 2021, at her daughter’s residence in Houston.  Interment will be in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas.  Survivors include, Son, Keith Fountain Sr. (Lisa) of Missouri City, Texas ; Daughters, Sharon (Eltroy) Ayers of Houston, LaJuanah Fountain of Houston, Jessica Fountain-Carter of Houston; Step-son, Leon Fountain of Dallas.
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Sheila Rae Windham, 56, of Timpson, died July 29, 2021, in Timpson.  Interment was in Folsom Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County.  She was born November 22, 1964, in Center, to Charles Ray Crawford and Joyce E. Sanford Crawford.  She was a 1983 graduate of Center High School.  She was preceded in death by, Father, Charles Ray Crawford; Sister, Sandra Edison.  Survivors include, Husband, Douglas Windham; Sons, Casey Crawford (Christy) of Timpson, Lonnie Windham of Timpson; Mother, Joyce E. Hughes; Brother, James Earl Edison of Timpson; Sister, Sara Goldsberry of Huxley.
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Keith C. Tamplin, 70, of Shelbyville, died August 1, 2021, in Center.  Interment was in Carroll Cemetery, Shelby County.  He was born August 27, 1950, in Port Arthur, to  Henry Tamplin and Louise Carter Tamplin.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include, Wife, Linda Marshall of Shelbyville; Sons, Jeremiah Tamplin of Beckville, Andrew Marshall of Shelbyville, Timothy Marshall of Center; Sister, Missy Martin (Tommy) of Houston.
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Mae Helen Swindle, 76, of San Augustine, Texas, died August 1, 2021 at her residence in San Augustine, Texas.  Interment will be in St. Luke Cemetery, San Augustine County.  Survivors include, Sons, James Swindle (Stephanie)j of Center, Texas, Jimmy Swindle (Brenda Hicks) of San Augustine, Texas; Daughter, Marilyn Swindle of Houston, Texas; Sisters, Shirlean Anthony (John) of Sexton, Texas, Lori Dupree (Winfred) of Cypress, Texas.
Services are under the direction of Percy Garner & Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas 75972.

Bobbie Faye Irish Whittaker, 92, of Buna died Monday, July 19, 2021 at Silsbee Oaks in Silsbee, Texas.  Interment was in Antioch Cemetery, Jasper County.  She was born February 28, 1928 in Shelby County, Texas to Bob M. Irish and Cavvie (Scruggs) Irish.   She had lived in Buna since 1969 and was a retired teacher for Buna ISD.  Survivors include, Daughters, Linda Faraci of Beaumont, Gay Whittaker of Buna, Robin Rutherford & Roy of Groves; and two grandsons, John Rutherford & Caitlyn, Joey Rutherford.



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