Shelby County News

Week Ending September 10, 2015


The Shelby County Historical Society announces the beginning of their fall programs on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 2:00 P. M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The guest speaker this month will be Mr. Roger Doyle, who came to Shelby County in 2000 with his wife Judy, from his hometown of Groveton in Trinity County.  He is a licensed embalmer and is employed at Watson and Sons Funeral Home.  He is the Commander of the local camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  He will speak to us about Camp Jesse Amason and tell us about the gear of the common soldier.  He will be dressed in a Confederate uniform.  We welcome everyone to join us at this program and also to visit our displays and genealogical library.  We seek new members and  volunteers who are interested in preserving the historical past of Shelby County. 



Jewel Bernice Floyd, 89, of Center Texas, died September 3, 2015 in Porter, Texas. Interment was in Dry Prong Cemetery. She was preceded in death by, Husband, C E. “Swamp” Floyd; Parents, Wesley and Edith Simmons Hataway; Brothers, Alton Hataway, Melvin Hataway, Russell Hataway, L.C. Hataway; Sisters, Laura Gardner, Loraine Hataway. Survivors include, Sons, Jerry Floyd, Kenneth Floyd, Randy Floyd, Michael Floyd; Daughter, Sandra Cervi; Brother, L. R. “Pop” Hataway; Sisters, Pauline Futrell, Iva Jean DeFresco.
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Walter John Walla, 77, of Joaquin, died September 6, 2015, in Tyler. Interment was in Jackson Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born January 24, 1938, in Staten Island, New York, to Walter John Walla, Sr. and Martha Ruzycka Walla. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Son, Walter James Walla; Sister, Jean Frost; Father-in-law, James E. Lewis; Brother-in-law, Steve Richards. Survivors include, Wife, Jo Ann Lewis Walla of Joaquin, Texas; Daughter, Jamie Richardson & husband, Mark, of Amarillo, Texas; Mother-in-law, Mary C. Lewis of Joaquin, Texas; Sisters-in-law, Mary Koonce & husband, Bruce, of Center, Texas, Joyce Richards of Friendswood, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Kerry Steven Whiteside, 52, of Gary, Texas, died September 6, 2015 at his residence. Interment was in Corinth Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born in Gary, Texas on September 6, 1963, to Kenneth Whiteside and Jo Ann Pass Whiteside. He served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by, Daughter, Jacy Whiteside. Survivors include, Parents; Wife, Carrie; Sons, Steven Harris, Austin Harris; Daughter, Katie Whiteside; Brother, Keith Whiteside & wife, Sherry Campbell; Sister, Karen McAllister & husband, Kevin.
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Jimmy Devan Lout, 48, of Lufkin, died September 7, 2015, in Lufkin. Interment will be in Rather Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born June 18, 1967, in Laurinburg, North Carolina, to Duane Lout and Delois Oxendine Lout. He was a graduate of Shelbyville High School Class of 1985. Survivors include, Son, Devan Lout of Huntington; Parents, Duane Lout and Delois Oxendine Lout of Shelbyville; Sisters, Nikki Miller & husband, Patrick, of Lufkin, Renea Schott & husband, Brian, of Longview; Step Daughter, Cody Parker of Huntington.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Delton W. Martin, 88, of Clute, died August 30, 2015. He was born January 20, 1927 in Joaquin to W. B. and Annie Bell English Martin. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Garland Martin; First wife and the mother of his children, Mary White Martin; Daughter, Kathleen Clarke. Survivors include, Wife, Jan Martin; Sons, Tony Martin (Brenda) of Clute, Bruce Martin (Cheryl) of Austin; Brothers, John B. Martin (Joyce), Gordon Martin (JoAnn) of Joaquin; Sisters-in-law, Dolores Brown, Mary Martin.
Elaine Bailey, 78, of Huxley, died September 6, 2015 at her residence. Interment was in Wimberly Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born September 2, 1937 in Shelby County to Robert Elvin and Nancy Bular Holt Wheeler. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Henry Bailey; Brother, Cecil Wheeler; Sister, Imo Jean Jackson. Survivors include, Sister, Eva Jean Byars of Nacogdoches; Sisters-in-law, Billie Wheeler of Center, Christine Wood of Balch Springs; Nieces, Debbie Bell & husband, Bubba of Center, Deidra Cockrell & husband, Bryan of Center, Tina Clifton & husband, Terry of Nacogdoches, Lesha Byars of Nacogdoches, Carolyn Sipes & husband, Danny of Kaufman; Nephews, David Wheeler of Center, Scott Byars of Garland, Bobby Byars of Austin.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Kim Danette Ballenger, 55, died September 4, 2015. She was born to Peggy and Darrell Ballenger Sr.. She was preceded in death by her dad. Survivors include, Mother, Peggy Willoughby Ballenger; Brothers, Darrell Ballenger Jr. of College Station, Texas, Danny Porter of Keller, Texas; Aunts, Patsy Williams of Millican, Texas, Shirley Willoughby of Center, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at Callaway Jones funeral home in Bryan, Texas.
Steve Adams, 58, of Tenaha, died September 4, 2015, in Center. Interment was in Smith Cemetery, Shelby County.  He was born May 15, 1957, in Liberty, to Travis Lonnie Adams and Peggy Joyce Hicks Adams. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, Wife, Florance Adams of Tenaha; Children, Amanda Caldwell & husband, Jerry, of Gary, Whitney Minix & husband, Zach, of Tenaha, Michael Adams of Tenaha; Brother, Paul Adams & wife, Maria, of Deer Park; Sister, Susan Love & husband, Stephen “Skeeter”, of Houston.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas





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