Shelby County News

Week Ending September 24, 2009

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Martha S. Motley, age 92 of Center died September 19, 2009 at her home. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. She was born July 6, 1917 in Tenaha to parents, Ferrin & Virginia Parker Stanley. She is preceded in death by, Parents; Sisters, Winfrey, Virginia, Jimmy, Madge. Survivors include, Son, Luke Motley, III & wife, Silver of Center; Daughter, Jeanne Motley Howard & husband, Leland of Houston; Sister, Johnnie Reaves of Katy.
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Georgie Ethel Rollins Hooper, 93, of Center, died September 21, 2009. Burial will be in Old Sardis Cemetery, San Augustine County. She was born in Shelby County, Texas on January 17, 1916 to George Randolph Rollins and Leana Viola Perry Rollins. She was preceded in death by, Husband, Charlie Green Hooper; Infant Son, Doyle Ray; Sisters, Opal Rollins Parrish, Dorothy Mae Rollins Gipson, Marguerite Rollins Brashears; Brothers, Edgar Perry, Jesse J. Rollins Redmon. Survivors include, Sons, Hoyt Hooper & wife, Jane of Doyline, Louisiana, Durwood Hooper & wife, Shirley of San Augustine, Texas, Tim Hooper of Bossier City, Louisiana; Daughters, Maureen Hooper of Reklaw, Texas, Bonnie Free Lawson & husband, Larry, Charlene Pigg & husband Jackey, Wanda Curbow & husband, David of Lufkin, Texas, Georgia Marshbum & husband, Jimmy of Pollock, Texas, Delorse Martinez & husband, Dave Martinez Jr. of Diboll, Texas, Zelma Litzmann & husband, James of Huntsville, Texas, Daughter by adoption-of-the heart, Geneva Matteo & husband, Tony of Lufkin, Texas.
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Charles H. Anderson, 79, of Center, died September 17, 2009 at his residence. Burial was in Johnson Cemetery, Joaquin. He was born January 3, 1930 in Joaquin to William Joseph and Evelyn Taylor Anderson. He is preceded in death by his Parents. Survivors include, Wife, Dorice Anderson of Center; Son, John Anderson of Garyville, LA; Daughter, Denis Harclerode & husband Scott of Mt. Enterprise; Sisters, Joyce Landers of Houston, Edna of Houston, Patsy Harrison & husband Arnith of Spring.
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Duel Larue Jetton, 77, of Orange, died September 18, 2009 in Orange. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born August 11, 1932 in Joaquin, Texas to Esbond Allen Jetton and Evie Iona Rogers Jetton. Mr. Jetton served in the United States Marine Corps. Survivors include, Wife, Marie Cecilia Jetton of Orange; Daughters, Roxann King of Wills Point, Jessica Ledoux of Manistee, Michigan, Paulette Terrance of Nashville, Tennessee, Kelly Foreman of Orange; Son, Larue Carl Jetton & wife Maria of Nashville, Tennessee.
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James Buckner, 80, of Center, died September 21, 2009 at his home. Burial was in Spann’s Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born April 30, 1929 in Center to Morgan Buckner and Beulah Potts Buckner. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sisters, Beatrice Bowles, Neta Buckner. Survivors include, Wife, Claudine Buckner of Center; Daughters,
Jeannie Clark & husband James of Center, Kathy Kay & husband Chuck of Shelbyville, Jamie Buckner of Center.
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Paul Tindol, 40, of Center, died September 21, 2009. Burial was in White Rock Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born February 24, 1969 in Center to Harrel Ray Tindol and Thenia Burch Tindol. He was preceded in death by, Father. Survivors include, Sons, Paul Avery Tindol of Center, Jaysen Ray Tindol of Center; Daughter, Jesse Vail of Center; Mother, Thenia Tindol of Center; Brothers, Harrel Ray Tindol, Jr. & wife Tammy of Center, Phillip Tindol of Center; Sisters, Elizabeth Reyes & husband Rogelio of Center, Mary Castillo & husband Paul of Center.
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Velverd Gerald Bailey, 73, of Center, died September 21, 2009 in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Martinsville Cemetery, Nacogdoches County. He was born October 29, 1935 in Freeport to Newie Bailey & Ruby Strother Bailey. He was preceded in death by, Son, Gerald Perry Bailey; Brothers, Newie Adelbert Bailey, Laverl Bailey. Survivors include, Wife, Jeannine Bailey of Center; Daughter, Geraldine McWhirter & husband Patrick of Moss Hill; Sons, Darrell Bailey of Center, Michael Bailey & wife Karen of Center; Sisters, Jackie Peacock & husband Cliff of Cleveland, Patricia Ann Smith & husband James of Shepherd, Buttons Coen & husband Terry of Trinity, Lisa Reed & husband Windel of Bay City, Karen Bennettson & husband Dan of Bay City; Brothers, Tommy Bailey & wife Katrina of New Caney, Ben Bailey & wife Susie of Conroe, Bill Bailey & wife Rita of Groesbeck, Bob Bailey & wife Lavonna of Plantersville.
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Mattie Frank Willingham Wyatt, 90, of Center, died September 23, 2009 in Center. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center. She was born October 1, 1918 in Center to W. W. Ballard, Sr. and Mattie Lou McLendon Ballard. She was preceded in death by, Husbands, George A. Willingham, Sr., W. Robert Wyatt; Daughter, Sharon Willingham; 3 Sisters; 3 Brothers. Survivors include, Sons, George “Butch” Willingham & wife Kathy of Tyler, W. Hal Wyatt & wife Delores of Center, Don B. Wyatt & wife Jane of Nacogdoches.
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Blackie Berry, 89, of the Paxton Community, died September 22, 2009 in Carthage. At his request, Mr. Berry was cremated. He was born February 29, 1920 in Amarillo. He was preceded in death by, Wife, Alva May Edwards Berry; Daughter, Florence Addie Lowe. Survivors include, Daughters, Dianna Smith of Middleburg, Florida, Lillian Thomas of Pearland; Sons, Michael J. Berry of Corpus Christi, Dan Berry of Jacksonville, Florida.
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George Harold "Butch" Mefford, of Timpson, died Septembre 21, 2009. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. He was born on December 23, 1940 in Nacogdoches to George E. Mefford and Verna V. Mefford. He was preceded in death by, Parents. Survivors include, Wife, Rebekah S. Mefford; Sons, Kevin Mefford & wife, Shannon of Austin, Kirk Mefford & wife, Keisha of Houston; Sister, Nita Gayle Beard & husband, Mike of Cypress, Texas; Brother, Gary Mefford & wife, Stacy Mefford of Dripping Springs, Texas.
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Jacquline Holt, 54, of Center, died September 17, 2009 in Center. Burial was in Swift Cemetery, Nacogdoches County. She was born November 3, 1954 in Jasper to James “Jack” Sanders and Maureen Chambers Sanders. She was preceded in death by, Father, James Sanders; Daughter, Jackie Shaw; Brother, Harold Sanders; Sister, Sue Preston. Survivors include, Daughters, Shawna Martinez & husband Isidoro of Shelbyville, Christie Peek & husband John of Shelbyville, Mistie Flournoy of Shelbyville; Son, Clark “Trey” Williams, III & wife Dusty of Grigsby; Mother, Maureen Sanders of Center; Brothers, Red Sanders, Donald Sanders & wife Donna, Mike Sanders & wife Cindy, Rusty Sanders & wife Kim, Dusty Sanders & wife Brandy; Sisters, Beck Hillard & husband Rex, Sharon Stringer & husband Dennis, Debbie Adams & husband Gene.
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Martin Allen Alms, Sr., age 74, of Joaquin, Texas, died Sept. 16, 2009 in Shelby County. Burial was in Corinth Cemetery, San Augustine County. Mr. Alms was born May 7, 1935, in Center to Verna Clarice Holt and George Edward Alms. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include, Son, Martin Allen Alms Jr. of Bastrop; Daughters, Sabrina Lynne Alms of Joaquin, Ronna Renee Alms of Bastrop; Brothers, Eddy Alms of Dayton, Danny Alms of Anahuac; Sisters, Jean Lillard, Connie Alms Hudec, both of Channelview.
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