Shelby County News

Week Ending September 05, 2013


The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting September 17, 2013 at 6:30 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The guest speaker will be Dr. Gerald Edwards with the Baptist Retreat located on F. M. 138.  He will be telling about the work that is going on there.   Everyone is invited.



Rachel Fountain, 88, of Center, died August 29, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Interment was in Old Salem Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born August 18, 1925 in San Augustine County, Texas to James Dewey and Eva Mae Thacker Brown. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Homer “Jack” Fountain; Son, Homer Fountain, Jr.; Daughters-in-law, Jana Fountain & Wanda Coats; Brother, J. D. Brown; Sister, Lillian McSwain. Survivors include, Son, Jackie Lee Fountain & wife, Teena of Joaquin; Brother, Howard Brown & wife, Judy of Paradise Valley, Arizona; Sister, Ruth Armand of Spring, Texas; Son-in-law, Jeff Coats of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Frances Roberts, 88, of Center, died August 31, 2013 at Holiday Nursing Home. She was born August 22, 1925 in Crossett, Arkansas to Edward and Mary Harris Walsh. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Harold E. Roberts; Son, William Harold “Bill” Roberts. Survivors include, Daughter, BJ Laird & husband, Rodolph “Spook” of Lawrence, Georgia; Grandchildren, Corey Laird of Georgia, Kit Laird of Georgia , Austin Roberts of Austin,
Lexie Roberts of Nacogdoches.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Alicia I. Worsham, 89, of Matthews, North Carolina, formerly of Shelby County, died September 2, 2013. Interment will be in New Hope Cemetery, Shelby County. Alicia was born on August 28, 1924 in Panama. She was preceded in death by, Husband, Virgil R. “Bill” Worsham. Survivors include, Daughter, Lorain & Terry Evans of Matthews, North Carolina; Sons, Rev. Jerry & Jane Worsham of Racine, Wisconsin, Ralph Easy & Sue Worsham of Elizabeth, Colorado, Arvin & Tammy Worsham of Center, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Billy Clayton Warr, 69, of Tupman, California, died August 31, 2013 at his home. Interment was in Shafter Memorial Park, Bakersfield, California. He was born September 12, 1943, to Earnest and Liddie Warr, in Shelby County, Texas. Survivors include, Wife, Melva; Daughter, Julie Casteel & husband, James; Sisters, Ruby Smith & husband, Ray, Betty Prior & husband, Travis Mary Scates & husband, Harry.
Kern River Family Mortuary, Bakersfield , California
J. J. Votaw, 91, died August 29, 2013. Interment was in Jackson Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born April 22, 1922 in Holdenville, Oklahoma to John J. and Venetta Broughton Votaw. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Army Air Corps during WWII being awarded the Good Conduct Medal, three Overseas Service Bars, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, the American Theatre Service Medal, and the Victory Medal. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Siblings. Survivors include, Wife, Juanel Grant; Children, Bob Holliday (Marsha), Susan Votaw Burson (Stanley), John L. Votaw (Annette Peters)
Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Southside
H. B. “Bub” HARRIS, JR.
H. B. “Bub” Harris, Jr., 78, of Center, died August 31, 2013 in Houston. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. Bub was born on November 3, 1934 in Center, where he attended Center High School. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maggie and Bridges Harris. Survivors include, Sisters, Marge Harris Bentsen & husband, Calvin of McAllen, Ann Harris Ralph of Beaumont; Nieces, Pam Bentsen Havens & husband, Tim, Margo Bentsen Falb, Susie Bentsen Corrigan & husband, Leo; Nephew, Tommy Ralph, Jr.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Johnny Lamar Ricks, 85, of Center, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died August 31, 2013 at Briarcliff Health Center in Carthage. His wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned at this time. He was born August 21, 1928 in Titus County to H. R. and Verna Copeland Ricks. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Jim Ricks. Survivors include, Son, John Lee Ricks of Bayou Vista; Daughter, Debbie Moughon & husband, Joe of Bayou Vista; Sisters, Margaret Parkman & husband, Willard of Tenaha, Julia Knobloch of Mt. Pleasant; Brother, Carol Ricks of Erie, Colorado.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Posey Lee Smith, 89, of Tenaha, died September 2, 2013 at her residence in Tenaha, Texas. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Tenaha. Mrs. Smith is survived by, Son, Fred Walker of Tenaha; Sisters, Melinde Alexander of Tenaha, Bennie Smith of Tenaha.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Horace Wayne Bell, Sr., 62, of Timpson, Texas, died August 24, 2013 in Timpson. He was born December 28, 1950, in Shelby County, Texas to Willard D. Bell and Bethel Hough Bell. He was preceded in death by, Mother, Bethel Bell; Daughter, Bethel Renee’ Bell; Son, Willard D. Bell, II; Aunt, Geneva Hutto. Survivors include, Son, Horace Wayne Bell, Jr., of Amarillo, Texas; Father, Willard D. Bell & wife, Josephine of Cleveland, Texas; Sisters, Barbara Sykes of Dallas, Wendy Bell of Cleveland; Stepbrother Jody of Cleveland; Cousins. Janis Bass, Billie Jean Williamson of Timpson.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Franklin Poskey, 76, of Nacogdoches, died August 31, 2013. He was born on December 3, 1926 to Abel Triana and Dora Triana. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Joe Poskey, Chap Triana. Frank served his country in the United States Army. Survivors include, Wife, Ilse Poskey; Daughters, Connie Poskey of Huntsville, Lydia Spratley & husband, David of Timpson; Brothers, Billy Triana & wife, Patricia.
Online condolences can be sent at
Laird Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas
William “Bill” Moore, of Bossier City, Louisiana, died September 01, 2013. Interment will be in Rose-Neath Cemetery, Bossier City. The son of Elvin and Ethel Moore, he grew up in Shelbyville, Texas. Bill served his country in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Survivors include, Son, Ofc. Mike Moore BCPD, & wife, Carrie; Granddaughter, Sara; Wife, Virginia; Her son, Stephen Hammett & wife, Nikki; Daughter, Sharron Brooks; Sister, Thelma Smith & husband, Benny.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Bossier City, Louisiana



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