Shelby County News

Week Ending August 28, 2008

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The Britnell reunion will be held on August 30, 2008 (Saturday of Labor Day Weekend), from 10:00 to 3:00 at the Family Life Center at the First Baptist Church in Winnie, Texas! Come and join us for a pot luck dinner with plenty for all! For more information you may call Rodney Britnell at 409-296-4985 or 409-658-9872!  


Center High School Homecoming - October 24 & 25, 2008


October 24, 2008 - Football game between Center & Rusk
October 25, 2008 - Alumni Meeting at Center Middle School Cafeteria at 9:00 AM
Classes will meet at various locations:

Classes 1947, 1948, 1949 & 1950 will meet
at 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 25, 2008 at T/R Steaks & More (formerly Golden Corral), 825 Hurst Street, Center, Texas. If you know anyone in any of these Classes, we would appreciate you calling and giving us their address, phone number, E-Mail address or whether they are deceased. Our phone number is 936-598-4183

The Class of 1967 will hold their reunion on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 7:00 PM at the Center Country Club.


    Corene "Rene" Davis, 104, died August 13, 2008. Burial was in St. John Cemetery. She was born November 15, 1903 to Mr. & Mrs. Aaron Pitts.  Preceded in death by, Husband, Felix "Bo" Davis; Sons, Clifton Davis, Theotis Davis.  Survivors include, Brothers, James "Jake" Pitts of Center, Travis Pitts of Oakland, Ca.; Sister, Elma Norris of Houston.   Hicks Funeral Home 
    Carroll Ray Herndon, 62, of Tenaha, died, August 20, 2008, in Nacogdoches. At Mr. Herndon's request, he has been cremated. He was born March 20, 1946 in Timpson to Edward Herndon and Evelyn Taylor Herndon. Preceded in death by his Parents. Survivors include, Wife, Karen Herndon of Tenaha; Daughters, Carol Ann Cockerham of Carthage, Melinda Ray Herndon of Tenaha; Sons, Joe L. Herndon of Austin, Michael Edward Herndon of Tenaha, Randy Wise of Marshall; Brother: Morgan Charles Herndon of Timpson.
    Gary Bruce Emanis, 52, of Center, died August 22, 2008, at his home. Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born October 22, 1955 in Center to Adron Emanis and Lurline Samford Emanis. Preceded in death by Father, Adron Emanis,
Brother, Tommy Gene Emanis. Survivors include, Wife, Sue Emanis of Center; Daughters, Jolene Pearce of Center, Candy Meyers of Mobile, Alabama; Mother, Lurlene Emanis of Center.
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    Dr. Joe McKee, Sr., 91, of Farmersville formerly of Center, died August 25, 2008 in Farmersville, Texas. Burial will be in Wimberly Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born October 25, 1916 to Vessie Henry and Lula Bailey McKee. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Preceded in death by Parents; Wife, Mary Evelyn Stanley McKee; Brother, Harry McKee. Survivors include, Sons, Jerry W. McKee of McKinney, Joe Bailey McKee, Jr. of Farmersville; Daughter, JoAnn Rubeck of Hedgesville, West Virginia.
                                  Mangum Funeral Home
    Oriena Victoria Tate Tatum, 70 of Center, died August 22, 2008 in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Campti Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born June 5, 1938 in Oak Grove, Louisiana to Woodrow Tate and Carrie Levon Chain Tate. Preceded in death by Parents; Son, Stephen Tatum. Survivors include, Husband, Sidney Tatum of Center; Son, John Tatum of Bridge City; Daughters, Pamela Oswald of Livingston, Bobbie Warren of Center; Brothers, Jerry Tate of New Caney, Dalton Tate of Livingston, Jack Tate of Donie; Sisters, Carolyn Tatum of Waller, Mary Daniels of Humble, Elaine Burns of Bolivar, Judy Tate of Athens.

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    Geneva M. Pledger, age 89, of Garrison, died August 25, 2008. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. She was born June 12, 1919, in Amity, Arkansas, to Marmon and Vada Lou Walker Pledger. Preceded in death by Parents; Brother, Milton Pledger. Survivors include, Sister, Alysie Mae Porterfield of Timpson.
                                Taylor Funeral Home
    Grady Whitton, 86, of Center, died August 23, 2008 in Center. Burial was in Sardis Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born December 31, 1921 in Alto, Texas to James Eli Whitton and Mary Gertrude Patterson Whitton. Mr. Whitton served in the U.S. Cavalry during World War II as part of the Burma China Defensive. Preceded in death by Son, David Wayne Whitton. Survivors include, Wife, Catherine Whitton of Center; Brother, Paul Whitton of Conroe; Stepson, Paul L. Whitton.

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    Marlie Ray Vaughn, 74, of Huxley,died August 23, 2008 in Center. Burial was in Strong Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born November 7, 1933 in Huxley to Austin Henry “Jack” Vaughn and Hazel Margaret English Vaughn. Mr. Vaughn served in the U.S. Army. Preceded in death by Parents; Brother, Darrell Vaughn. Survivors include: Wife, Imer Nell Vaughn of Huxley; Daughters,Kay Balkcom of Joaquin, Gearline Dean of Joaquin; Brothers, Prentice Vaughn of Huxley, Robert Jerry Vaughn of Houston, Larry Vaughn of Huxley, Jack Vaughn of Huxley, Waylon Vaughn of Center, Gerald Vaughn of Huxley; Sisters, Marie Permenter of Huxley, Janice Moody of Center.

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    Elden Earl Appelt, 62, of Center formerly of Victoria, died August 22, 2008 in Kermit, Texas. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born March 10, 1946 in Tiboli, Texas to Fred John Appelt and Elsie Eunice Woytek Appelt. Preceded in death by, Parents; Daughter, Shara Appelt; Brother, Everett Appelt. Survivors include, Wife, Barbara J. Appelt of Center; Daughter, Eunice Pena of Katy; Sister, Carolyn Kiesewetter of Hallettsville.

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