Shelby County News

Week Ending September 15, 2016

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting September 20, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Terry Lacher. She will speak to us about "Everyone Has a Story: Bring your Memories to the Page."
Everyone is invited to attend. Terri Lacher, columnist, freelance writer, and speaker, is the author of “Cobwebs in the Attic,” found bimonthly in "The Light and Champion." She has published various short stories in "Chicken Soup for the Soul," and "Women of Worth," along with writing historic articles for David Swanzy's "We the People of Shelby County." Terri has also been a workshop presenter at East Texas Baptist University's Christian Writers' Conference. In addition to writing, she teaches children and adult writing workshops at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library. Her love of writing came through a long family history of Ozark Mountain story tellers living around Fayetteville, Arkansas.

                                MEMORIAL DONATIONS GIVEN IN HONOR OF

                                      Brian Borders                  Jim Dick Powell
                                        Donated By                       Donated By
                               David & Kathy Williams          Jane Keppler

                                      Brian Borders                          Doyle Luman         
                                      Donated By                               Donated By
                           J. C. & Venorah McSwain        J. C. & Venorah McSwain




Bradley Matteauer Rhodes, 4 months, died September 8, 2016. Interment was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. He was born April 30, 2016 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Chris and Jena Metteauer Rhodes of Timpson, Texas. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lois Rhodes. Survivors include, Parents, Chris and Jena Metteauer Rhodes of Timpson, Texas; Brother, Bryan Travis Rhodes; Grandparents, Jimmy Lance and Linda Metteauer of Chireno, Texas; Charlie Rhodes of Timpson, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Helen Blackmon Gray, 75, of the Hawthorne Community, Shelby County, died September 11, 2016 in Lufkin.  Interment was in Rather Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born May 15, 1941 in Shelby County to Jack and Ada Audrey Taylor Blackmon. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Son, James Roland Gray. Survivors include, Husband, Roland “Buddy” Gray of the Hawthorne Community; Children, Denise Wheeler & husband, Ronnie of Shelbyville, Jackie Gregg & husband, Marty of Center, Tricia Steele & husband, Andrew of Rowlett, Daniel Gray & wife, Angie of Center; Sister, Margie McKinzie of the Hawthorne Community; Brothers, Jerry Blackmon of Lufkin, Welton Blackmon & wife, Linda of Patroon.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Paulyne L. Evans of Tenaha, Texas, died September 13, 2016 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. Paulyne L. Davis Evans was a devout Tenahanian born and reared here, the daughter of the late Edgar “Ed”, and Anna Cartwright Davis. Her mother passed away in her infancy. She was reared by her grandmother, the late Mary Ballard, and an Aunt, the late Annie B. Harper. She attended Booker T. Washington High School where she graduated with academic honors. She earned a BA Degree from Bishop College in Marshall, Texas in the Social Sciences and a minor in Education. She received her MA Degree from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. She entered the teaching profession in 1947-1948 at BTW where she remained until integration in 1967. She became an instructor at THS in 1967-1968 remained in the system until complete retirement in 2004; spending 56 years in the local system. Paulyne was married to the late Jimmy Ross Evans of Wichita Falls; he was a graduate of Bishop College, Georgetown University Washington, D.C. with a Doctorate for Maryland University, all in the natural and biological sciences. He retired from Walter Reed Hospital as a microbiologist. Paulyne leaves behind numerous relatives and friends.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Leo Roland Faktor, 33, of Center, died September 9, 2016, in Nacogdoches. Memorial Hospital. He was born to Martin Anton Faktor and Sally Ellen Mullen Faktor on November 24, 1982, in Wharton, Texas. He grew up in Center, Texas; attending Center High School. He was preceded in death by, Father, Martin Anton Faktor. Survivors include, Mother; Sally Ellen Mullen Faktor; Brother, Martin Faktor, Jr. & wife, Elena; Sisters, Shelly Sherrer, Sheena Mullen, Sharon Faktor, and Holly Lopez & her husband, Obed.
Laird Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas
Bertie Koonce, Jr., 86, of Gary, Texas, formerly of Center, Texas, died September 3, 2016 in Garrison, Texas.. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Hawthorn Funeral Home with a family memorial to be held at a later date.  He was born July 2, 1930 in Shelby County, Texas to Bertie Delton and Mable Mae Ritter Koonce, Sr. He graduated from Center High School in 1948. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Billie Jean Chandler Koonce; Wife, Wanda Henning Koonce; Son, Kenneth Koonce. Survivors include, Son, Keith Koonce & wife, Delilah of Center; Daughter, Kelly Parker & husband, Donald of Shelbyville; Daughter-in-law, Barbara Koonce of Houston; Sister, Novis Hitt of Houston; Brother, Buford Weaver & wife, Sue of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Hawthorn Funeral Home, Carthage, Texas
Charles E. Kelly, 71, of Center, died September 10, 2016, at his residence. At his request, Mr. Kelly was cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later time. He was born June 28, 1945, in Gary, Indiana, to James M. Kelly and Vione Hanon Kelly. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Three Brothers. Survivors include, Wife, Lynne Kelly of Center; Children, Heather Thompson & husband, Glen, of Center, Scott A. Kelly & wife, Debbie, of Wheatfield, Indiana; Brother, Pat Kelly & wife, Margie, of East Chicago, Indiana; Sister, Maryann Henke & husband, Gene, of Warrenton, Missouri.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Louto J. Braquet Jr., 79, of Shelbyville, died September 10, 2016, at his residence. Mr. Braquet’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. He was born January 9, 1937, in Loreauville, Louisiana, to Louto Joseph Braquet Sr. and Elda Bourque Braquet. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Eula Mae Champagne; Brother, Eugene Braquet. Survivors include, Wife, Jada Davidson of Houston; Son, Jahnathan Braquet & wife, Karen, of Houston; Stepson, Josh Davidson & wife, Jeannette, of California; Brothers and sisters, Patricia A. Philips of Shelbyville, Larry P. Braquet of Loreauville, Sue Sonnier of St. Martinville, Harvey Braquet of Loreauville, Maxine Latiolas of Loreauville.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Jacob Lavigne, 88, of Center, died September 8, 2016 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Interment was in Houston National Cemetery. He was born November 6, 1927 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana to Harvey and Wilma Lavigne. He served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean War where he was a recipient of two Purple Hearts. He was preceded in death by Father, Harvey Johnson Lavigne; Mother, Wilma Hoyt Lavigne, Wife, Francis Pearl Lavigne; Daughter, Jessie Francis Logan; Son, Jay Spencer Lavigne; Brothers, Leon and Eugene Lavigne; Sisters Jeanne Wern, Julia Elizabeth Hurst, Kevlin Lavigne Weysham, Albertine Rose Lavigne Foy. Survivors include, Wife, Sarah Lavigne of Center, Texas; Brother, Philip Harvey Lavigne of Center, Texas; Son, Jason Scott Lavigne of Belgium; Daughters, Rose Mary Davis, Connee Ann Lavigne both of Center, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Dean Powdrill, 59, of Joaquin, died September 14, 2016, in San Augustine. Interment will be in Lone Cedar Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born January 25, 1957, in Mansfield, Louisiana, to Truitt Lacy Powdrill and Helen Marie Jeans Powdrill. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, Son, Michael Shane Powdrill of Louisiana; Brothers and Sisters, Judie Irish & husband, Harold, of Joaquin, Sue Morris & husband, Joe, of Huxley, David Cockrell & wife, Betty, of White Oak, Ray Powdrill & wife, Cindy, of Henderson.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Jerry Glenn Hancock, 43, of Martinsville, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Nacogdoches Cowboy Impact Church with the Rev. Stan King officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County.. Mr. Hancock died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Martinsville. He was born Aug. 8, 1973, in Nacogdoches. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, at the church.





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