Shelby County News

Week ending August 22, 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




Weldon Eugene “Gene” Rudd, 82, of Lufkin, died August 7, 2019. Interment was in Garden of Memories Memorial Park, Lufkin, Texas. Mr. Rudd was born August 20, 1936 in Shelby County, Texas to Duetta L. (Youngblood) and Weldon Dorman Rudd. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Leah Faye Richardson Rudd; Brother and Sister-in-law, Teddy and Norma Rudd; Sister and Brother-in-law, Charlcie and George “Butch” Willingham. Survivors include, Son and daughter-in-law, Kit and Sharon Rudd of Warrenton, Virginia; Daughter and son-in-law, Cinda and Randall Taylor of Lufkin; Sister-in-law, Betty Jean Richardson of Crockett.
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Janet Permenter Cammack, 73, of Joaquin, died August 15, 2019, in Center. Interment was in Willow Grove Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born August 1, 1946, in Logansport, Louisiana, to Harold Permenter and Mary Annette Lawrence Permenter. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Weldon and Ercell Cammack; Brothers-in-law, Eugene Cox, Wayne Cammack, Dale Cammack. Survivors include, Husband, Rennie Cammack of Joaquin; Children, Scott Cammack of Joaquin, Caryn Bergeron of Carthage; Sister, Elizabeth Cox of Stonewall, Louisiana; Sisters-in-law, Ann Cammack of Minden, Louisiana, Connie Harvey & husband Rodney of Joaquin, Joyce Neal of Joaquin, Loyce Dickerson & husband Kenneth of Joaquin.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Jimmy Ray Eddins, 79, of Center, Texas, died August 17, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Interment was in East Hamilton Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born, June 18, 1940, in Chireno, Texas to Willis Harvel Eddins and Glendon Adelle Parrish Eddins. He served his country in the United States Navy, Special Forces. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sons, Christropher Eddins, Jeffery Allen Eddins; Brother, Bobby H. Eddins. Survivor include, Sons, Johnny Ray Eddins, James William Eddins; Daughter, Katie Crofoot; Brother, W. H. “Dub” Eddins; Sisters, Barbara Jean Corbell, Joyce Hughes.
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Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.
Lucille Gray, 84, of Center, Texas, died August 16, 2019, at Focused Care Nursing Facility in Center, Texas. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Lucille was born December 30, 1934 to Rev. Jessie Gray, Sr. and Callie Hamilton Gray. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Daughter, Dollie Hall; Son-in-law, William Hall; Brother, Jessie Gray, Jr.; Sisters, Mary Phipps, Hazel Scott. Survivors include, numerous nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.
All Families Mortuary in Burke, Texas.
John Stephens Walker Sr., 80, of Center, died August 21, 2019, in Nacogdoches. Interment will be in Smith Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born September 2, 1938, in Carthage to Newton Flournoy Walker and Rose Mary Bozeman Walker. He served his country in the United States Navy. He owned and operated John S. Walker Law Firm in Center for fifty years, during which time he also served as District Attorney for Shelby and Panola Counties for eight years and County Attorney in Shelby County for eight years. Mr. Walker was awarded for his fifty years of service to the Texas State Bar. He was preceded in death by, Wife, Jo Anne Manning Walker; Parents, Newton Flournoy Walker and Rose Mary Bozeman Walker; Brothers, Robert F. Walker, Gholston Walker. Survivors include, Wife, Diann Walker of Center, Children, Amy Walker Hampson & husband Gregory John of Cochrane, Rhonda Kaye Walker of Wichita, Kansas, John Stephens Walker Jr. of Pearland.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Charles R. Perry, Sr., 95, of Palestine, died August 1, 2019 at his residence. Interment was in New Hope Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born December 1, 1923, in Percilla, Texas to Elija Earl Perry and Ima Grace Foster Perry. He served his country in the U. S. Marines during WWII. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Son, Bill Perry; Wives, Mildred Sue Horsley Perry, Mildred Lucas Perry; Brothers, Troy Perry, Dick Perry, Thomas Perry, J. L. Perry; Sister, Eloise Roberts. Survivors Include, Sons, Jim Perry, Rusty Perry; Sisters, Ann Perry, Dorothy Henderson; Brothers, Blue Perry, James “Pop” Perry, Jimmy Ray Perry.
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Bailey and Foster Funeral Home
Polly Ann Garrett, 72, of Nacogdoches, died August 7, 2019 at her residence. Interment was in Carroll Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Daughters, Sherry (Kyle) Hardy of Nacogdoches, Jackie Haley of Nacogdoches, Tammy (Stephen) Pinkney of Lufkin; Sons, Tommy (Tabitha) Williams of Center, Ronnie Williams of Nacogdoches.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Nelson Ray Weathered, 73, of San Augustine, Texas, died August 17, 2019 at Twin Lakes Rehabilitation and Care Center in San Augustine, Texas. Interment will be in Countyline Cemetery, Geneva, Texas. Survivors include, Wife, Ruby Price Weathered of San Augustine, Texas; Sons, James Weathered (Linda) of Center, Texas, Marvin Weathered of San Augustine, Texas, Calvin Weathered of San Augustine, Texas, Anthony Weathered (LaToya) of Terry, Mississippi, Alex Weathered of San Augustine, Texas.
Garner and Son Mortuary, San Augustine, Texas.
Nettie Lou Jenkins, 74 of Logansport, Louisiana, died August 12, 2019 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, Texas. Interment will be in Haslam Cemetery, Haslam. Survivors include, Husband, Wilbert Jenkins of Logansport, Louisiana; Sons, Wilbert Ray (Val Zenia) Jenkins of Chesapeak, Virginia, Harold Dean Jenkins of Logansport, Louisiana, Reginald Dewayne Jenkins of Carthage, Jeffery Lamar Jenkins of Logansport, Louisiana, Dexter Lee Jenkins of Logansport, Louisiana; Daughters, Kimberly Kay Jenkins of Mansfield, Louisiana, Shelia Michelle Jenkins of Ervin, Texas; Brother, Pete Williams of Minden, Louisiana; Sister, Jeanie Mae Watts of Joaquin.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.



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