Shelby County News


Week Ending September 21, 2017             




Larry D. “Bubba” Byrnes, 64, of Center, died September 17, 2017 at his residence. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born November 04, 1952 in Center, Texas to C. M. “Larry” and Billye J. Watson Byrnes. At 18 months of age, he contracted polio and was paralyzed from the waist down. His parents never allowed him to think of himself as disabled. With hard work and perseverance, he accomplished his goals of swimming, horseback riding, motorcycling, snow skiing, baseball and whatever he set his mind to do. He was a 1972 graduate of Center High School. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother-in-law, Larry Danny Crowley; Sister-in-law, Lisa Scott Byrnes. Survivors include, Wife, Mary Byrnes of Center; Sons, Jonathan Byrnes of Center, Larry Joseph Byrnes of Center; Brother, Chris Byrnes & wife, Tina, of Center; Sister, Pam Porter & husband, Russell, of Gary; Mother-in-law, Evelyn Sanford of Center; Brothers-in-law, Dennis Crowley & wife, Stacie, of Huntsville, Charles Crowley of Center; Sisters-in-law, JoBeth Kimbro & husband, Tom, of Center, JoAnn Dodson & husband, J. D., of Center; Sister, Scheli Holloway.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Kimberly Rickett Burkhalter, 44, of Garrison, died September 19, 2017 in Nacogdoches. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born March 3, 1973, in Portsmouth, Ohio, to Henry and Amanda Rickett. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Sons, Charles Michael Rickett, Christopher Wade Rickett. Survivors include, Husband, Chris Burkhalter of Garrison; Daughter, Abigail Burkhalter of Garrison; Brother-in-law, Jason Burkhalter of Plano; Mother-in-law, Jane Burkhalter of Houston; Father-in-law, Darrell Burkhalter of The Woodlands; Sisters, Melissa Lambordo of Seattle, Washington, Brandi Perdue of Portsmouth, Ohio, Sara Cooley of Kentucky; Brother, Christopher Rickett of Ohio.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Johnny Ray Shumway, 65, of Joaquin, Texas, died September 13, 2017 in Joaquin. A private memorial will be held at a later date. He was born on March 16, 1952 in Houston, Texas to Emmitt Johnny Shumway and Francis Louise Pate Shumway. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Lionel Shumway; Sisters, LaQuida Shumway, Belinda Day. Survivors include, Son, Johnny Ray Shumway, Jr. of Joaquin; Brother, Guy Shumway & wife, Debbie of Joaquin.
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Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Minister Prentice Sanders, 58, of Center, died September 16, 2017 in Houston. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Survivors include, Wife, Alice Faye Garrett Sanders of Center, Texas; Father, Bluford Telfire of Shelbyville, Texas; Son, Samuel Sanders of Center, Texas; Brother, Sam Sanders of Center, Texas; Sisters, Dorothy Mae Horton of Center, Texas, Marie (Otis) Rebencil of Dallas, Texas.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
David Earl Dixon, 64, of Tenaha, died September 16, 2017 at Green Acres Nursing Home . Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Center, Texas. Survivors include, Daughter, Sinda Landon of Houston, Texas; Sons, Darrion (Tameka) Landon of Center, Texas, Ron (Tracy) Landon of Tenaha, Texas, David Dewayne (Tameka) Landon of Henderson, Texas.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Annie Laura Jones, 80, of Center, died September 20, 2017, at her residence. Among her survivors is her husband, Huey Paul Jones. Services are pending at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.



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