Shelby County News

Week Ending September 04, 2014


The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting September 16, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The guest speaker will be noted historian David Swanzy.  Everyone is invited to attend.


Alton Crawford, 86, of Shelbyville, died August 29, 2014 in San Augustine. Interment was in Strong Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born July 29, 1928 in East Point, Louisiana to Frank Crawford and Lela Belle Gilbert Crawford. He served his country in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Gay Bass Crawford; Daughter, Sandy Forbes; Brothers, Frank Crawford, Herman Crawford. Survivors include, Daughters, Becky Maris & husband, Dewey of Mont Belvieu, Gena Williams & husband, John of Arlington, Sue Dendy of Cooper; Sisters, Virginia Eckfield, Ann Joiner, Patsy Metz, Mercille Jach.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funerals Home, Center, Texas
Frances Ann Weaver, 69, of Center, died August 30, 2014 at her residence. Interment was in Bethany Cemetery, Coushatta, Louisiana. Frances was born November 6, 1944 in Coushatta, Louisiana to Elton Harrell Weaver and Annie Mae Jackson Weaver. She was preceded in death by, Husband, Dennis J. Liker; Parents; Brothers, Harrell Weaver, Virgil Joe Weaver, James Marlowe Weaver; Brother-in-law, Jackie Johnson. Survivors include, Children, Dennis Liker & wife, Becky of Center, Carol Thomas & husband, John Patrick of Center, Anna Stephens of Center, Jason Liker & wife, Karen of Center, James Liker of Center; Brother, Richard Weaver & wife, June of Coushatta, Louisiana; Sister, Carolyn Weaver Johnson of Shreveport.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Royce Ray Wilburn, 52, of Melrose, died August 31, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Interment was in Old Salem Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born on October 15, 1961 in Center to Charlie Dane and Shirley Eloise Daugherty Wilburn. He was preceded in death by his Father; Grandparents, George & Lena Wilburn, Jim & Eva Daugherty. Survivors include, Wife, Cora Jackson Wilburn of Melrose; Son, Brandon Wilburn of Melrose; Daughters, Fara Wilburn of Melrose. Catherine Ray & husband, Mitchell of Nacogdoches, Jackie Luaders of Missouri; Mother, Shirley Wilburn of Nacogdoches; Brother, Robert Wilburn & wife, Margaret of Nacogdoches; Sisters, Gail Kent & husband, John of Louisiana, Sherry Sowell & husband, Wesley of Nacogdoches, Brooksie Wilburn of Nacogdoches; Father-in-law & Mother-in-law, Jesse & Kathy Jackson of Nacogdoches; Brothers-in-law & Sisters-in-law, Cindy & Harlan Baker of Nacogdoches, John & Tracie Jackson of Tyler, Jason & Kristen Jackson of Nacogdoches, Joey & Lacy Jackson of Nacogdoches.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Taylor Keith Keele, 21, of Center, died August 30, 2014 at Memorial Medical Hospital in San Augustine. Interment will be in New Hope Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born April 1, 1993 in Nacogdoches to Troy and Tirrie Dobos Keele. He graduated from Timpson High School in 2011. Survivors include, Parents, Troy & Tirrie Keele of Center; Brothers, Randall Gilchrist & wife, Cheli of Martinsville, Therrin Keele & fiancÚ, Tiffany of Center, Camden Hughes of Center, Twin Brother, Tyler Keele & girlfriend, Kelsey of Center; Sister, Terrin Strahan & husband, Brenton of Gary.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas

Henry Leroy Wilburn, 64, of Patroon, died Sept. 3, 2014. Interment will be in Strong Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born September 29, 1949 in Orange, Texas to Henry L. and Grace Wilburn. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry L. Wilburn. Survivors include, Mother, Grace Wilburn of Patroon; Children, Brandi Emanis & husband, Scott, of Patroon, Shannon Wilburn & wife, Tera, of Sexton, Katie Smith & husband, Jonathan of Patroon; Siblings, Bernice Graham & husband, Hugh of Lufkin, Donice Wilburn & wife, Alice of Nacogdoches.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Dollie Frances Stephens Black, 64, of Bedias, Texas, died August 27, 2014 in Madisonville. Interment was in Hagan Cemetery, Crockett, Texas. She was born on June 5, 1950 in Houston to John L. Stephens, Sr. and Rena J. Panama Stephens. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Charles Beach; Brother, Bobby Stephens, Sr.; Brother-in-law, Robert Jackson, Sr.; Sister, Frances Steelman; Step-daughter, Terry Black. Survivors include, Sons, Lee “PoJo” Crank, Jr. & wife, Annie of Freeport, Texas, Louis “Diddle” Black of Latexo, Texas; Daughter, Angela “Angie” Jansen & husband, Bryan of Tenaha, Texas; Brother, John Stephens, Jr. & wife, BJ; Sister, Margie Jackson; Sister-in-law, Shirley Key; Stepchildren, Barbara, John, Louie.
Day Funeral Home, Madisonville, Texas
Hatcher B. "Paw Paw" Horton, 92, of the Mt. Gillion Community, died September 01, 2014. Interment will be in Mt. Gillion Cemetery, Shelby County. Mr. Hatcher was a WWII Veteran. Survivors include, Brothers, His twin Lane B. Horton & Milton Horton, Jr. of Center; Sister, Thelma Henderson of Center; Children that he reared, Bessie Mangum of Tacoma, Washington, Margie Nell Thomas of Portland, Oregon, Joseph Horton of Center, Texas, Eric (Shelia) Horton of Austin, Texas, Edward Horton of Center, Texas, Josie Harper of Spring, Texas, Sharon Hamilton of Timpson, Texas.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Jim Burr III, 57, of Center, died September 1, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana. A memorial service will be planned at a later time. Mr. Burr was born June 25, 1957 in Mansfield, Louisiana to Jim William Burr Jr. and Mary Ellen Estes Burr. He was preceded in death by, Father, Jim William Burr, Jr.; Sister, Sonya Burr. Survivors include, Wife, Vickie Burr of Center; Children, Danny Hayden Burr of New Mexico, Jessica Michelle Ingerton & husband, William of Shelbyville, Jim William Burr IV & wife, Tiffany of Center, Steven Huskey & wife, Lindsay of Neuville; Mother, Mary Ellen Estes of Joaquin; Six Sisters.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas



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