Shelby County News

Week Ending October 16, 2014



The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting October 21, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The guest speaker will be David Swanzy.  He will be talking to us about "Fifteen Famous Men of 19th Century Shelby County." Everyone is invited to attend.


Edward Henry Vaughn, 67, of Nacogdoches, Texas, died October 14, 2014, in Houston Texas. Interment will be in Garden of Memories Memorial Park, Lufkin, Texas. He was born on June 20, 1947, in Center, Texas to Thomas Henry Vaughn and Ella Alice Snider. He graduated from Joaquin High School in 1965. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Agnes Bryan. Survivors include, Wife, Joan Patricia Stansel Vaughn; Daughter, Susan Cavanaugh & husband, Jeff; Sisters, Bertha Lee Raymond & husband, Dean, Mildred Dillard, Joan O’Rear.
Laird Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas
Artis “Shedro” Jackson, 80, of Shelbyville, Texas, died October 12, 2014 at San Augustine Memorial Hospital. Interment will be in Thompson Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Son, Johnny Ervin Jackson of Center, Texas; Daughters, Reta Ann Hale (Donald) of Center, Texas, Shirley Jackson of San Augustine, Texas, Shonda Greer (Michael) of Center, Texas; Sisters, Dora Jones of the Bland Lake Community, Margureite King of Shelbyville, Texas, Lena Jones of Houston, Texas.
Garner & Sons Funeral Home, San Augustine, Texas
Pearl Mae Taylor Coon Burgay, 86, of Center, died October 15, 2014 in Nacogdoches. Interment will be in Neuville Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born February 12, 1928 in Utopia, Bandera County, to Robert R. Taylor and Edith Swearington Taylor. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husbands, Claude Elmo Coon, Leon Burgay; Brothers, Frank Taylor, Henry Taylor; One Infant Sister; Stepdaughters, Betty Jean, Dorothy Louise; Stepson, Ronnie Burgay. Survivors include, Sons, Roger Coon & wife, Janice of Joplin, Missouri, William Coon of Gilmer, Barney Coon of League City; Stepson, Johnny Burgay of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Roy Gene Walker, 75, of Monroe, Louisiana, formerly of Joaquin, died October 13, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana. Interment was in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born February 10, 1939 in Joaquin to Wayne and Lottie Mae Wilson Walker. He served his country in the U. S. Army. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Mother of son Glen Walker, Melba Taylor; Brothers, David Walker, Jerrell Walker; Step-daughter, Angel Michelle Kelly. Survivors include, Wife, Ethel Mae Walker of Monroe, Louisiana; Children, Glen Walker & wife, Ann of Rayville, Louisiana, Ricky Walker & wife, Tina of Oak Grove, Louisiana, Tonya Walker Frost & husband, Chad of West Monroe, Louisiana, Todd Walker & wife, Amanda of West Monroe, Louisiana; Jane Phillips, Mother of Ricky, Todd and Tonya; Step Children, Sandra Kay Frith & husband, Glenn of Columbia, Louisiana, Tammy Busby & husband, Jimmy of Bossier City, Louisiana, Steve Kelly & wife, Recce of Monroe, Louisiana; Sisters, Lillian Wallace of Center, Mary Anderson & husband, Tim of Center; Brother, Paul Walker & wife, Brenda of Stanley, Louisiana.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Aubrey Lloyd Beckham, 65, of Monroe, died October 10, 2014 at his residence. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born November 18, 1948 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Aubrey M. Beckham and Alice Lindsey Beckham. He served his country in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, Wife, Dana Luse Beckham; Daughter, Lindsey M. Beckham; Siblings, Ann Beckham Hurst, Janet Beckham Stewart, Edward Lynn Beckham.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Kilpatrick Funeral Home Monroe, Louisiana
Odessa J. Powdrill, 93, of Garrison, died October 14, 2014 at Garrison Nursing Home in Garrison. Interment will be in Powdrill Cemetery, Shelby County. Ms. Powdrill was born August 21, 1921 in Garrison to William T. Strong and Era Pullen Strong. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Howard B. Powdrill. Survivors include, Daughter, Kathryn Howard of Garrison; Brother, Joe Buck Strong of Nacogdoches.
Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas
Bobbie Anderson Brinson, 83, of Timpson, Texas, died October 11, 2014, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born September 3, 1931, in Rusk County, Texas, to Jewell Bernice and Maud Childs Anderson. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, John Thomas Brinson. Survivors include, Son, Frank Brinson of Timpson; Daughters, Pam Franklin & husband, Larry of Timpson, Cynthia Brinson & partner, Carol Brinson of Timpson; Brother, C. E. “Sonny” Anderson & wife, Janice of Longview; Sisters, Nell Seelbach of Nacogdoches, Glenda Golemon & husband, Stan of Dallas; Marjory Gregory of Arlington, Texas, Ann Davis & husband, Bob of Long Branch, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Lee Elma Jenkins, 65 of Center, died October 12, 2014 at LSU Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. She was born February 8, 1949 in Shelby County to Hudson Jenkins and Blue Bell Coleman Jenkins. She was preceded in death by her Father; Sister, Helen Jenkins Haynes. Survivors include, Mother, Blue Bell Jenkins of Center; Husband, Jackie Pitts of Center; Children, Lavetha Jenkins Scott & husband, Bobby of Huntsville, Lisa Jenkins McNealy & husband, Joe of Dallas, LaDonna Jenkins Bailey & husband, Chadwick of Houston, LaDerrica Pitts Williams & husband, Gary of Tyler; Half Sister, Joyce Ann Cartwright of Shelbyville.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Willie Mae Fenley, 87, of Center, died October 14, 2014 at Holiday Nursing Home, Center, Texas. She was born August 9,1927 in Shelby County to Willie T. Bullock and Kizze Mae Richardson Bullock. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Elva Fenley; Sons, Robert Glen Phillips, Charles Ray Bittick; Brother, Roy Bullock; Stepsons; Elton Fenley & wife, Ruth, Lamar Fenley & wife, Frances, Billy Jo Fenley, Zeno Fenley; Stepdaughter, Thelma Fenley. Survivors include, Sister, Ruby Bullock of Center; Brother, Robert Bullock; Daughter-in-law, Delores Phillips of Carthage.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Cleona Bonner Crump Laviolette, 95, of Timpson, died October 14, 2014 at her home in Silas. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born on August 21, 1919 in Huntington, Texas to Samuel Bonner and Effie White Bonner. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Leonard Allen “Bub” Crump; Brothers, Johnny Bonner, Hubert Bonner; Sisters, Rosalee Walters, Janie Gilbert. Survivors include, Sons, Bruce Crump & wife, Bonnie of Kilgore, Bernard Crump of Lufkin; Daughters, Nelda Robison & husband, Tommy of Center, Betty Hairgrove of Timpson, Vicki Huckaby of Liberty, Texas, Valeta Hudman & husband, Billy of Timpson.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Jeanne Marcelle Henry, 95, died October 9, 2014. Marcelle was born June 28th, 1919 in d’Ecommoy, France to John Hendrick Roberts, an American soldier stationed in France, who married a lovely young French maiden, Marcelle Naomi Desmouliere. Hendrick brought his new family back to Center, Texas, then to New York City, then back to Texas during Marcelle’s formative years. Survivors include, Sons, William Hendrick Henry & wife, Ginny, John Robert Henry & wife, Debbie.
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