Shelby County News


Week Ending August 31, 2017             

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting September 19, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Colleen Doggett. She will speak to us about the Early Century Ferry Landings on the Sabine River. Everyone is invited to attend.





Dora Lee Coan, 78, of Timpson, Texas, died August 25, 2017 in Timpson. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. She was born in Palo Pinto County, Texas on May 6, 1939 to Alton Emmitt and Nannie Mae Hale Stephens. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Margaurite Stephens Andries; Brothers, David Charles Stephens, Alton Earl Stephens. Survivors include, Husband, Elroy Bert Coan; Son, Bert Coan & wife, Rita of Timpson, Texas; Daughters, Kaylee Coan Burkhardt & husband, Joe of Mexia, Texas, Jannette Stephens Hindman of Denton, Texas; Brother-in-law, Stanley Coan & wife, Barbara.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Patricia A. Ingram, 56, of Center, Texas, died August 22, 2017at local emergency room. Interment will be in Shady Grove Cemetery, Gary, Texas. Survivors include, Husband, Johnny Sanders of Center, Texas; Mother, Elmiria Ingram of Carthage, Texas; Brothers, James (Yvonne) of Longview, Texas, Frank (Rachel) of Logansport, Louisiana, Larry (Jennifer) of Center, Texas; Sisters, Louella (Edgar) of Center, Texas; Alica (Howard) Lewis of Carthage, Texas; Linda Ingram, Johnson of Carthage, Texas; Youlandia Ingram of Dallas, Texas; God Children, Briana Mitchell, Nikki Ross.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Isaiah Hill, Jr., 85, of Center, Texas, died August 28, 2017. Interment will be in Burton Fields Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Wife, Dorthy Hill of Center, Texas; Sons, Bobby Hill of Center, Texas; I. J. (Brenda) Hill of Shelbyville, Texas; Michael Hill, Marcus Hill of Shelbyville, Texas; Daughters, Helen Hill of Houston, Texas, Charlotte Hill of Houston, Texas, Debra (Sugarman) of Center, Texas, Angela Hill of Houston, Texas; Sisters, Mirla Garrett of Shelbyville, Texas, Eva Wells of Houston, Texas, Vernon Jewel of Houston, Texas.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Evangelist Dianne Theresa Lathan, 56, of Shelbyville, died August 22, 2017 at her residence in Shelbyville. Interment was in McWilliams Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Husband, Glen Lee Lathan, Jr. of Shelbyville; Daughters, Miracle Lathan of Shelbyville, Shereatha Lathan of Diboll, Shenequa Lathan of Center, RaShendria Lathan of Nacogdoches, Tameria Lathan of Nacogdoches, Shameria Lathan of Nacogdoches; Sons, Milagra Bennett of Houston, Jamorian Harrison of Center; Mother, Cecil Lee Sparks of Shelbyville; Sisters, Gloria Harris of Center, Linda Robertson of Center; Brothers, Ray Charles (Barbara) Sparks of Shelbyville, Melvin Robertson of Center.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
J. L. Emmons, 86, of Center, died August 28, 2017, in Center. Interment will be in White Rock Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born on February 6, 1931, in Shelby County, to Leland Emmons and Johnie Choate Emmons. He served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Carolyn Patterson Emmons; Son, Rodney Emmons. Survivors include, Daughter, Pamela Bolton & husband, Billy.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Robert M. "Bob" Basham, 68, died August 28, 2017 in Clear Lake, Texas. Services will be announced at a later time. He was born August 25, 1949 to Vera and Coy Basham. Survivors include, Daughters, Nicole Basham of Clear Lake, Texas, Sedonia Sebran of Longview, Texas; Sister, Judy Horton of Clear Lake, Texas; Brothers, Jessie Basham of Tenaha, Luke Basham of Joaquin.
Melanise Alexander, 91, of Tenaha, died August 24, 2017 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. Survivors include, Sister, Bennie L. Smith of Tenaha; A host of nieces and nephews.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas



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