Shelby County News

Week ending August 15, 2019

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting September 17, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Dr. Jodi Edward Ginn.  The topic will be "East Texas Troubles: The Allred Rangers' Cleanup of San Augustine."  This is the story of a rural community's extrication from the grip of a vicious criminal gang who built their power by exploiting institutionally marginalized African Americans.  In telling this story, Dr. Ginn reveals a multifaceted history of the reform of the Texas Rangers, and of an unexpected alliance between the legendary frontier lawman and black residents of the Jim Crow South.  Dr. Ginn will also be holding a book signing while he is here.  The public is invited to attend our meetings.  Also, if you are interested in the History of our State and Area, we invite you to come join our organization and help us get the word out about all the fascinating history that surrounds us all.

Pictures of Center High School for the years 2010, 2011, 2013

are now on our website.


Rotary Club




James Junior Cox, 91, of Joaquin, died August 9, 2019, in Nacogdoches. Interment will be in Smith Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born November 7, 1927, in Shelby County, to James A. Cox and Frances Jones Cox. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, Children, Kenneth Cox & wife Cheryl of Cedar Park, Jeffory Cox & wife Kindra of Houston, Kevin Cox & wife Sherry of Round Rock, Sherri Cox & partner Butch of Waller; Brothers, Edward Lamar Cox of Normangee, Loyde Doyle Cox of Plantersville.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Dennis Lynn Jackson Sr. (Big Diesel), 64, of Center, died August 8, 2019 in Center due to a car accident. Interment was in Brittain Creek Cemetery, East Hamilton, Shelby County. Survivors include, Sons, Dennie Jackson of Center, Thomas Gardner (Sonya) of Center, Quinnion Gardner (Nikieshia) of Center, Rodrick Gardner of Center; Sisters, Edna Foster of Mansfield, Louisiana, Alma Brewer of Crockett, Arkansas.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Lola Mae Jackson Rather, 97, of Center, died August 11, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment will be in Mt. Gillion Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born July 10, 1922 in Longstreet, Louisiana to Martha Mayfield Jackson and Nelson Jackson. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Lee Berk Survivors include, Children, Mary Horn of Little Rock, Arkansas, Samuel Rather (Jeanne) of Garrison, Michael Rather of Nacogdoches, Linda Black of Nacogdoches, Doris Rather of Baton Rouge, Alice Snow Mosley of Tyler, Nelson Rather of Lufkin, Josephine Rather of Houston, Birdie Kelley of Missouri City, Clifford Lynn Rather of Lufkin, Shelia Rather of Houston.
Sid Roberts Funeral Home, 3535 S.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, Texas.
Baby Martinez, our anxiously awaited little one, died due to complications on July 31, 2019 at UT Health in Henderson, Texas. Survivors include, Mother, Josie Martinez of Tenaha; Grandparents, Martin and Marcie Olalde of Tenaha; Uncle, Jimmy Berry of Tenaha; Aunts, Samantha Moreno of Shreveport, Louisiana, Jessica Berry of Tenaha.
Lee Owen Stockton, 80, died August 6, 2019, in Lewisville, Texas. He was born October 29, 1938, in Dallas, Texas, to Ruby Lee and Arcadia Stockton. He served his country in the United States Army during the Berlin Crisis. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, William Edward Stockton. Survivors include, Wife, Margaret; Children, Son, Aaron & wife Misty Stockton of Oklahoma; Daughter, Rachel & husband Lance Loza of Flower Mound.
Martin Oaks Cemetery and Crematory of Lewisville, Texas are in charge of arrangements.
LaMerle Yarbrough, 93, of Timpson, died August 11, 2019 at Pam Specialty Hospital, Lufkin, Texas. Interment will be in Antioch Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Survivors include, Daughters, Maristine (Donald) Rhodes of Timpson, Gladys (Roy) Jenkins of Tenaha; Son, George Ray Yarbrough of Timpson.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas



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