Shelby County News

Week Ending October 13, 2011

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The Shelby County Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting on October 18, 2011 at the Shelby County Museum. The guest speaker will be Dr. Duane Hooper of Bay Area Christian School in League City, Texas. He was born in Shelby County and descends from Richard Hooper, an early settler during the Republic of Texas days, who was elected as Shelby County’s first delegate to the first Congress of Texas. Dr. Hooper was the pastor of Ramah Baptist Church at one time. He has been principal at the Bay Area School for 21 years. He will speak about his book, Such is the Cause of Texas.



John Dean Windham, 74, of Bossier City, Louisiana, formerly of Center, died October 5, 2011 at his residence. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born on December 25, 1936 in Center, Texas to John Desmond Windham and Maude Mahan Windham. Mr. Windham served his country as a Captain in the United States Army and later served his community as Mayor of the City of Center. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sisters, Fay Nell Reeves, Joyce Spivey; Brother, Quinn Munnerlyn. Survivors include, Wife, Barbara Windham of Center; Sons, Brad Windham of Center, John Phillip Windham & wife, Chana of Shreveport, La., Michael Windham & wife, Michelle of Bossier City, La.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
L. B. Green, 81, of Garrison, died October 8, 2011 in Garrison. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery, San Augustine County. He was born in Joaquin on May 14, 1930 to Judd Green and Lillie Mae Eaves Green. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Williard Robison, Luther Green, Richard Green; Sister, Nancy Bockwich; Sons, Jerry Randall Green, L. B. Green, Jr. Survivors include, Wife, Janet Green of Garrison; Sons, Johnnie Green & wife, Tina of Garrison, Judd “Tuffy” Green & wife, Lisa of Carthage; Daughter, Skeeter Flournoy & husband, Wesley of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas

Tabatha Joy Risinger, 25, of Nacogdoches, Texas, died October 08, 2011, in Appleby, Texas. Burial was in Simpson Campground Cemetery. She was born on December 15, 1985 in Nacogdoches. Survivors include, Parents, Alice Fulmer and Step Dad, Shannon Clifton of Nacogdoches and Troy Lee Risinger of Shelbyville; Grandparents, Thomas and Joy Nichols Bradshaw of Nacogdoches; Great-grandmother, Westerfield Nichols of Center, Texas; Daughters, Natalea Smith, of Nacogdoches, Aleasha Broadway, of Nacogdoches; Son, Kyle Smith, of Nacogdoches; Sisters, Kimberly Risinger, of Center, Rebecca Risinger, of Center.
Laird Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas

Arthur G. Taylor, 71 of San Augustine, died Oct. 5, 2011 in San Augustine, Texas. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born April 6, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas to Chester Arthur Taylor and Ema Rebecca Hatton Taylor. He is preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Delores Flatt. Survivors include, Wife, Martha Bohannon Taylor of San Augustine; Sons, Chester Howard Taylor of San Augustine, Arthur R. Taylor of San Augustine.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Christene Parker Parrott, 77, of Tenaha, died October 6, 2011 in Center. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born in Center on December 2, 1933 to Dewie Parker and Gladys Folsom Parker. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, J. L. Parker. Survivors include, Husband, George Allen Parrott of Tenaha; Son, Allen Ray Parrott & wife, Michele of Cypress; Daughter, Pamela Gail Montferrand & husband, Marcel of Sugarland; Sister, Sara Parker Meredith & husband, Mac of Lindale.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Frances Ann Bush, 79 of Garrison, died October 8, 2011 in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Corinth Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born June 17, 1932 in Harris county to Edmund Porter and Alta Morrison Porter. Survivors include, Husband, Billy Ray Bush of Garrison, Texas; Sons, James Dennis Houston & wife, Judy of Colorado, David Edmund Houston & wife, Linda of Bend Brook, Texas, Mark Bennet Bush & wife, Karen of Crosby, Texas;
Daughters, Mary Denise Jurgens & husband, Frank of Pearland, Texas, Patty Diane Cotton of Houston, Texas;
Sister, Mary Jane Humphrey of Houston, Texas.
Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas.
Joanne Roddy, 66, of Center, died October 10, 2011 in Nacogdoches. She was born in Toledo, Ohio on February 25, 1945 to Lillian Cowell. Survivors include, Sons, Richard Roddy Jr. & wife, Tina of Center, Robert A. Roddy & wife, Jeannie of Lumberton; Daughter, Margie Bolton & husband, James of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
James Eugene "Midget" Brittain, 54, of Douglass, Texas, died October 8, 2011, in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Douglass Cemetery, Douglass, Texas. He was born August 19, 1957 in Center, Texas, to parents Mary Murphy and J. C. Brittain. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Murphy; father, J. C. Brittain; Sister, Phyllis (P. J.) Cortines. Survivors include, Wife, Carol Brittain of Douglass; Son, Corey Brittain & wife, Shellie of Douglass; Daughter, Summer Brittain of Douglass; Son, James (J. C.) Brittain & wife, Jamie of Nacogdoches; Brothers, Lewis Brittain of Lumberton, Bobby Brittain of Center, Keith Brittain of Huntington, Robert Brittain of Woodville; Sisters, Linda Gail Jacobs of Center, Melissa Evans of Joaquin; Second mother, Linda Brittain of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches, Texas 
James W. Richards, 73, of Converse, Louisiana, died October 11, 2011 in Center. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born on March 19, 1938 in Center to Elmer Ross Richards and Lula Elliott Richards. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Stepmother, Leonie Richards; Brothers, Allen Ross Richards, Howard Ray Richards, A. G. Self; Sisters, Dorthy Fay Miller, Lavine Duncans. Survivors include, Wife, Jerelyn Richards of Center; Sons, Jonny Richards & wife, Paula of Arkansas, Wayne Richards & wife, Lucinda of Center, Gene Richards & wife, JoAnn of Center, Mathew Bird of Louisiana; Brother, J. B. Richards & wife, Lula of Louisiana; Sisters, Doris Mott of Louisiana, JoAnn Powers & husband, Glifton of Corrigan, Betty Luien & husband, Kenny of Louisiana.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas




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