Shelby County News

Week Ending October 17, 2013




Debbie Marie Stevenson, 58, of Center, died October 15, 2013 at her residence. She was born April 4, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Floyd Schell and Jean Blumrick Schell. She was preceded in death by, Mother, Jean Blumrick; Sister, Diana Thomas. Survivors include, Husband, Neal Stevenson of Center; Sons, Eric Wayne Stevenson of Center, Joseph Toner of Houston; Daughter, Belinda (Nathan) Lazarine of Houston; Father, Floyd (Truusje) Schell; Step-father, Paul Blumrick; Sister, Donna (Rick) Morgan; Brother, Steve Schell; Brother-in-law, Gary (Temple) Stevenson; Step-brother, Paul Blumrick Jr.; Step-sister, Renae Poteet.
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Donald Gene Bates, 71, of Wharton, Texas, formerly of Tenaha, died October 8, 2013. He was born February 7, 1942 in Tenaha, Texas to Oliver and Mattie Lou Bates. He passed away two hours before his beloved wife Lynn Bates who was by his side until the end. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, George Bates. Don graduated from Tenaha in 1960. Survivors include, Sister, Sara Stupic (Cleveland, Ohio); Niece, Judy Schnelle & husband, Jerry (Springtown, Texas); Their son, Justin & wife, Patricia and children Ally, Hannah, and Ian, Their daughter, Jana Lynn Whitsitt & husband, Justin and children Tyler, Andrew, Stephanie, and Andi Lynn; Nephew, Michael Bates (Corpus Christi) and children Sean and Matthew.
Katie B. Cole, 89, of Pasadena, died October 15, 2013 at Holiday Nursing Home in Center. Interment will be in Shady Grove Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born March 16, 1924 in Timpson to William Thomas Baker and Arie Richards Baker. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, H. M. Cole, Jr.; Sisters, Erel Baker Laake, Uradee Baker Dockrell, Thelma Baker Moore, Yvonne Baker; Brother, Walter Thomas “Jack” Baker. Survivors include, Son, Ronnie Cole & wife, Frances of Pasadena; Granddaughter, Jennifer Cole of Pasadena; Nephews, Phillip H. Baker & wife, Janell of Timpson, Tommy Moore.
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Bob Shelton Cook, 73, of Center, died October 11, 2013 at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center. He was born October 25, 1939 in Shelby County to Jeff Davis Cook and Lois Shelton Cook. Mr. Cook served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Charles Cook; Sister, Delores Ballard. Survivors include, Daughter, Lisa Miller & husband, Richard of Center; Sons, Mike Cook of Lufkin, Thomas Beard of Mt. Enterprise; Sister, Brooksie Bearden of Timpson.
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Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas



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