Shelby County News

Week Ending October 1, 2009

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C.D. “Jake” Vaughn, 88, of Huxley, died September 24, 2009 at his residence. Burial was in Strong Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born September 30, 1920 to Clayton and Annie McDonald Vaughn. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Oneita Vaughn; Brothers, Bill Vaughn, Tom Vaughn, Jim Vaughn, Henry Vaughn; Sisters, Ophelia Snider, Dobie Wagstaff, Bessie Lanier. Survivors include, Daughters, Margaret Cockrell & husband Jerry of Joaquin, Lynette Vaughn of Carthage; Sisters, Eula Long of Huxley, Catherine Rash of Monticello, Ark.
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Curtis J. Hilliard, 83, died September 25, 2009 in Smithville, Texas. Burial was in Restland Cemetery, Tenaha. He was born September 3, 1926 in Tenaha, Texas to William Lovell and Annie Lou Matthews Hilliard. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sisters, Marie Ferricane, Ruby Mae Whiteside; Brother, Glen Hilliard. He served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War. Survivors include, Wife, Joyce Ray Hilliard of Houston; Daughters, Libbey Scheible & husband Glen of Muldoon, Glenna Hamilton & husband Bill of Austin, Melinda Hammond & husband Glenn of Houston.
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Kathryn Vitala, 93, of Center, died September 28, 2009 in Center. Burial was in Shelbyville Cemetery. She was born November 7, 1915 in Shelbyville to William Nathan and Mary Lee Johnson Yates. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Norman James Vitala; Sisters, Vivian Brame, Verna Lea Myers; Brothers, Myrl Yates, Evert Yates, Paul Yates. Survivors include, Brother, Charles Yates of Port Arthur; Sister, Iris Adams & husband Clarence Earl of Lakey.
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Peggie Jo Bowden, 82, of West Helena, died September 29, 2009 in Little Rock. Burial will be at Ramah Cemetery, Tenaha. Mrs. Bowden was born April 22, 1927 in Joaquin, Texas to John Thomas Brown and Lena Harvey Brown. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, King W. Bowden; Brother, Don Brown. Survivors include, Son, Larry W. Bowden & wife, Sandra, of Little Rock; Daughter, Pam Brady of Russellville.
Services will be directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, Ar.
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Delmas Leon “D. L.” Moore, 84, of San Augustine, died September 23, 2009. Burial was in Haley Bush Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Wife, Birdie Mae Netherly Moore; Sons, Leon Delmas Moore of Houston, Bobby Lewis Jones & wife Blanche of Nacogdoches, Fredrick Moore & wife Mary of Nacogdoches; Daughters, Mary Kennedy Green & husband James of Dallas, Patricia Randall Williams & husband Edmond of California, Barbara Burrell & husband Antoine of The Colony, Pamela Jeanette Garrett of Lucas; Sister, Mae Kate Kennerson of Beaumont.
Garner & Son Mortuary
Joe Conley Blackman, 79, died September 21, 2009. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born October 29, 1929. He was preceded in death by, Wife, Mooneen Y. Blackman; Sisters, Billie Jean Langham, Alma Bottomley; Brothers, W.C. Blackmon, R.B. Blackman; Mother, Nancy Daniels. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force where he flew B-29, B-36 and became a radio operator. He joined the Strategic Air Command and became a B-52 tail gunner. He served in both the Korean and Viet Nam Wars. He received the Air Force Longevity Service Award, Korean Service Medal, FEAF Air Medal, FEAF U. N. Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Survivors include, Son, Scott Blackman & wife, Linda of Ft Worth; Daughter, Susan K. Reed & husband, Randy of Sacul.
Watson & Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
John Wesley “Jake” Jacobs, Jr., 60, died September 14, 2009. Burial was in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Timpson. He was born December 27, 1948 in Houston. Survivors include, Wife, Velmarie Richardson Jacobs; Son, John Wesley Jacobs, III; other children; brothers; sisters.
Community Funeral Home
Melton Cortez Garrett, Jr., 4, died September 20, 2009. Burial was in Bennett Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born December 4, 2004 in Shreveport, La. To Angel Singleton and Melton Garrett, Sr. He was preceded in death by a sister, T’Onnia Murphy. Survivors include, Parents; Brothers, Kawmain Singleton, Chay’se Duckett; Sisters, DeJuanna Singleton, Ambria Garrett, JaKayla Parks.
Community Funeral Home.
Nell Sue Mauldin Fory, 80, of Lake Cherokee, Longview, Texas, died September 26, 2009. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. She was born at home, in Linden, Texas on July 27, 1929, to Forest Houston, and Nancy Judson Mauldin. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, James, Bluford, Gene, Forest; Sister, Irmadee. Survivors include, Husband, Howard; Children, Gina Anderson & husband Raymond of Lovington, N.M., Nanci Bassett of Dallas, Robert Fory & wife Carol of Longview; Sister, Becky Stanley of Longview.
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Ronnie Metcalf, 61, of Center, died September 27, 2009 in Shreveport. La. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born May 22, 1948, in Center to Jay Metcalf and Bivie Stanley Metcalf. Mr. Metcalf served in the US Army. Survivors include, Sons, Joshua A. Metcalf of Shelbyville, Jake Metcalf of Las Vegas, Nevada, MIchael Metcalf of Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Thomas Courtney, Jr., 44, of Splendora, died September 20, 2009. Burial was in Bradley Springs Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Wife, Marion Courtney of Splendora; Son, Thomas Eugene Courtney, III of Splendora; Mother, Betty Gail Timmons of Georgia; Brothers, Brian Keith Courtney of La Porte, David Edward Courtney of La Porte, Anthony James Courtney of Colorado Springs, CO.
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Verniece Luman Holt, 84, of Center, died September 29, 2009 in Center. Burial will be in Old Salem Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born September 23, 1925 in Shelby County to John “Sel” and Eunice Anderson Luman. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Oliver “Dick” Holt. Survivors include, Sons, David of Lufkin, Lawrence Holt of Lufkin, Benny Holt & wife Jennifer of Center; Daughter, Deborah Sue Holt Jones & husband Thomas of Lufkin; Brother, Verlon Luman of Center; Sisters, Vastine Folsom of Center, Velma Smith of Center, Vaudine of Center.
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