Shelby County News
 

Week Ending October 22 & 29, 2015

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The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting November 17, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The guest speaker this month will be Mr. David Swanzy.  He will speak to us about the Elusive Historical Facts that enhance Shelby County traditional history.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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DONATION
Woodman Life

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Memorial donations given in honor of:

                                                                      Mary Edith Foster  
                                                                          Donated by
                                                                      Donna Thomason    

Malcolm Weaver
Donated by
Donna Thomason

Malcolm Weaver
Donated By
J. C. & Venorah McSwain

Malcolm Weaver
Donated By
C. S. Massey

Mary Edith Foster
Donated by
J. C. & Venorah McSwain

  Malcolm Weaver
  Donated by
   Marleta Childs

  Malcolm Weaver
 Donated by
Bill Carroll, Bob Carroll, Courtney C. Davis

  Malcolm Weaver
  Donated by
   Heber & Sallie Parker Family

  Malcolm Weaver
  Donated by
Bonnie Foster Walker, Jim Bob Foster, Buster Foster, Teresa Tebow

  Malcolm Weaver
 Donated by
    Susan & Walter Witek

  Malcolm Weaver
 Donated by
    Chuck & LeeGayle Lunsford

 Inez Davis
 Donated By
 Chuck & LeeGayle Lunsford

 Inez Davis
 Donated by
 J. C. & Venorah McSwain

  Sallie Smith
  Donated By
 J. C. & Venorah McSwain

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OBITUARIES


 
ROBERT HILTON ADAMS, SR.
Robert Hilton Adams, Sr., 73, died October 11, 2015. No services are planned, a private memorial service will be held by his family at a later date. He was born on December 4,1941 to Robert Carroll Adams and Pearl Hughes Adams in Center, Texas. Robert "Baby Joe" was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Franklin Carroll Adams, Walter Harold Adams. Survivors include, Sons, Robert Hilton Adams, Jr., Tim Adams Riddell (Diana); Brother and sister-in-law, Jack & Mary Ann Adams; Sister-in-law, Shelby Adams.
 
SHIRLEY ANN KOLTONSKI
Shirley Ann Koltonski, 64, of Shelbyville, died October 23, 2015 in Lufkin, Texas. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born December 8, 1950 in Shelby County to John William and Fronie Estelle Denby Moore. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include, Husband, John “Ski” Koltonski of Shelbyville; Sons, John Koltonski & wife, Summer of Shelbyville, Matt Koltonski & wife, Crystal of Center, Chris Koltonski & wife, Whitney of Shelbyville, Cade Koltonski & wife, Ashley of Midland; Brothers-in-law, Tony Koltonski & wife, Deborah of South Carolina, Frank Koltonski & wife, Joan of South Carolina, Ed Koltonski & wife, Marcy of Ohio.
Online condolences can be sent at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
 
KEITHER STALEY DENNIS
Keither Staley Dennis, 80, of Center, died October 22, 2015 in Baytown, Texas. Interment was in New Gasby Cemetery, Geneva, Texas. He was born June 10, 1935 in Bronson, Texas to Dee Paul and Goldie Cook Dennis. Survivors include, Daughters, Janet Lynn Dennis of Long Beach, California, Roshanda Shyrese Dennis Leonard of Victorville, California; Sisters, Thelma Carmichael, Velma Davis of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Brothers, Tommie Dennis (Evelyn) of Bellwood, Illinois, Willie Charles (W. C.) Dennis of Rosevine, Texas.
Sid Roberts Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas
 
SALLY JO PHILBRICK SMITH
Sally Jo Philbrick Smith, 75, of Center, died October 22, 2015. Interment was in Sibley Cemetery, Florien, Louisiana. She was born July 26, 1940, in Dallas, to Charles Baxter Philbrick and Thelma Jewel Cunningham Philbrick. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Doris Mae Philbrick Green, Brother-in-law, Kent Sague. Survivors include, Husband, Rev. Carl Smith of Center; Children, Matthew Coleman Smith & wife, Brandi, of Wylie, Carla Jo Smith Denney & husband, Kurt, of Center, Jonathan Charles Smith of Atlanta, Georgia; Sisters, Nancy Joy Philbrick Sague of Hawkins, Carol Lee Philbrick of Carrollton.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
 
EMILYE HOPE ADAMS
Emilye Hope Adams, 8 months old, of Bridge City, Texas, died October 19, 2015, in Orange. Interment was in Shelbyville Cemetery. She was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on February 21, 2015 to Tyler Lawayne Adams and Jacklyn Danielle Adams. Survivors include, Parents; Twin sister, Brooklyn Faith Adams; Grandparents, Billy and Reatha Bradberry, Kim and William Adams.
 
INEZ NEILSON DAVIS
Inez Neilson Davis, 89, of Center, Texas, died October 17, 2015 in Carthage, Texas. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born in McKinney, Texas to H. H. Neilson, Sr. and Mavet Thomas Neilson on February 20, 1926. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, W. I. Davis, Jr.; Brother, Horace Neilson, Jr. Survivors include, Son and daughter-in-law, Neilson and Diana Ashby Davis; Daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Davis Griffin and Guy Griffin; grandson, Patrick Griffin and wife, Kasey; granddaughter, Kelly Griffin Wahl and husband, Wesley; grandchildren, Shannon Grammer and Larry Shoults; great-grandsons, Justin and Jason Bobbitt.
Online condolences can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
 
HELEN ANNIE EWING
Helen Annie Ewing, 93, of Tenaha, died October 27, 2015 at her residence. Interment will be in Enterprise Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born July 3, 1922 in Dayton, Texas to Frederick Augusta and Helena Julia Kostka Thamm. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Emerson Marion Ewing; Daughter, Betty Trout; Sisters, Martha Williard, Mary Love; Brothers, Rudolph, Fritz, Ed, Herbert, Hans Thamm. Survivors include, Daughters, Barbara Reed & husband, Robert of Tenaha, Linda Young & husband, Floyd of Nacogdoches; Brother, August Thamm & wife, Maxine of Channelview; Sisters, Sylvia Patterson of Channelview, Pauline Simmons of Louisiana; Sisters-in-law, Betty Thamm of Dayton, Mary Ann Thamm of Highlands.
Online condolences can be sent at www.mangumfuneralhome.com 
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
 
MILDRED I. WILLIAMSON
Mildred I. Williamson, 87, of Baytown, died October 7, 2015 in Houston. Interment was in Memory Gardens. She was born September 29, 1928 in Timpson to Albert Porter Nelson and Lovie Crump Nelson. She was a 1947 graduate of Timpson High School. She was preceded in death by, Husband, Harold Lynn Williamson. Survivors include, Children, Tommy Williamson & wife, Linda, Terry Williamson & wife, Naomi, all of Houston, Patti Carhart of Shoreacres, Donald Motley & wife, Becky of Trinity, Paula Widner & husband, Michael of Cove.
Online condolences can be sent at www.navarrefuneralhome.com
Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Baytown, Texas
 
ALICE GARDNER LEWIS
Alice Gardner Lewis, 59, of Houston, Texas, died October 10, 2015. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Local survivors include, Uncles, Tom (Katy) Gardner of Shelbyville, Texas, Lucky (Wilda) Gardner of Center, Texas; Aunts, Betty (John) Sanders of Center, Texas, Mary Ella Gardner of Center, Texas.
Claire Brothers and Hicks Mortuary
DANNY LYNNE JOHNSON
Danny Lynne “Dan-o” Johnson, 56, of Center, died October 25, 2015, at his residence. He was born July 29, 1959, in Orange, to Jo Dan Johnson and Rita “Labou” Johnson. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Shannon Johnson. Survivors include, Wife, Sissy Jaimes of Center; Daughter, Birgina Patena and Jeff Blanca of Douglas; Son, Angle Patena of Oklahoma; Brother, James Johnson & wife, Cynthia, of Center; Sister, Angela Daniel and Judd Picqu of Georgia.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
FRANK LAWRENCE ANDERSON, JR.
Frank Lawrence Anderson Jr., 67, of Bryan, died October 18, 2015, at his residence. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born March 24, 1948, to Frank Anderson and Dorothy Childs Anderson. He was preceded in death by, Wife, Edna Faye Anderson; Parents. Survivors include extended family and friends.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
JACK WILDER
Jack Wilder, 65, died October 22, 2015 in Longview, Texas. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born February 11, 1950 in Center, Texas to Wiley and Doris Fleming Wilder. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Robert Bruce Wilder; Sister, Patsy Watson. Survivors include, Wife, Kimberly Wilder of Longview, Texas; Sons, Steven Wilder of Denver, Colorado, William Wilder of Austin, Texas, Zachary Wilder of Longview, Texas; Daughters, Rhonda Kachilla & husband, Chris of Austin, Texas, Crystal Wilder & fiancÚ Brandon Carrington of Longview, Texas; Sisters, Wilma Wilder of Houston, Texas, Kay W. Bowers of Nacogdoches, Texas.
Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas
VANCE ETHRIDGE
Vance Ethridge, 41, of Center, died September 2, 2015, in Center. Interment was in North Jericho Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born January 24, 1974, in Center. He was preceded in death by, Father, Ricky Ethridge; Brother, Mickey Ethridge. Survivors include, Parents, Sue Chisenhall and husband, Eddie; Brothers and Sisters, Amber Chisenhall and children, Calob Chisenhall, Cole Chandler, Nicky Ethridge and family, Taylor Colton and Makayla Ethridge, Joe Chisenhall and children, Little Joe and Krissy Chisenhall, John and Crystal Chisenhall and children, Lilly and Gavin Chisenhall.
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
JAMES H. TEMPLIN
James H. Templin, 83, of Houston, formerly of Tenaha, died October 21, 2015 at his residence. Interment was in Ramah Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas. He was born May 17, 1932 in Shelby County to James Hubbard Templin and Reba “Della” Templin. He served his country in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Annie Marie Brennon Templin; Son, James Hubbard Templin, III; Sister, Betty. Survivors include, Companion, Alice Taylor of Houston; Children, Eddie Gurka & wife, Melanie of Arkansas, Rebecca Butcher & husband, David of Houston, Carlene Garrick & husband, Lynn of Montgomery, Patricia Gurka; Brothers, John Templin & wife, Margaret of DeQuincy, Louisiana, Dan Templin & wife, Loyce of Hallsville.
Online condolences can be sent at www.mangumfuneralhome.com
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
JOHNNY RAY COOKS
Johnny Ray Cooks, 42, of Tenaha, died October 17, 2015 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Center, Texas. Survivors include, Mother: Lola Mae Cooks of Tenaha; Fiance, Sylvia Hodge of Gary; Daughters, Jericka L. Moore of Tenaha, JoRhonda Cooks of Tenaha, Jasmine Cooks of Center; Sons, Malik Cooks of Houston, John Cooks III of Gary, Joseph Cooks of Gary, Joshua Cooks of Gary; Sister, Ishamick Roland of Tenaha.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
SALLY ANN DUNLAP
Sally Ann Dunlap, 59, of Timpson, died October 27, 2015, in Nacogdoches. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born March 6, 1956, in Beaumont, to Simon McGhie Pyles and Mary Allene Keeton Pyles. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Judy Chantzifotis. Survivors include, Husband, Johnie Dunlap of Timpson; Children, Jason Pyles & wife, Katha, of Center, Joshua Dunlap & wife, Stephanie, of Timpson, Amy McSwain & husband, A.J., of Center; Brother, Danny Tullos of Vidor; Sister, Tammy Johnson of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
SIDNEY GALBREATH
Sidney Galbreath, 76, of Timpson, died October 15, 2015 in Garrison, Texas. A memorial service will be held at a later date. He was born December 16, 1938 in Timpson, Texas to A. D. Galbreath and Lavennia Ramsey Galbreath.  He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Patricia Galbreath; Sister, Cynthia Churchman. Survivors include, Sister, Betty Jo Parker of Nacogdoches, Texas; Special Cousins, Linda Askins of Timpson, Texas, Tammy Marlowe of Timpson, Texas, Cathy Windham of Timpson, Texas, Gerald Stanley Stamps of Timpson, Texas; Aunts, Avis Stamps of Garrison, Texas, Margie Childs & husband, Terrell of Garrison, Texas, Alma Bridwell of Nacogdoches, Texas.
Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas
MARY LAVERNE FOSTER
Mary Laverne Foster, 88, of Hallsville, died October 17, 2015 in Hallsville. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. She was born in Timpson, Texas on October 28, 1926 the daughter of Bluch and Ophelia Hayes. Mary was raised in Timpson and graduated from Timpson High School in 1944. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Herschel Foster; Daughter, Susan Oleta Foster; Brother, Charles Hayes. Survivors include, Daughter, Sharron Haden & husband, J. B. of Hallsville; Sister, Sherel Oleta Skinner of Houston.
Online condolences can be sent at www.taylorfh.net
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas

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