Shelby County News
 

Week Ending October 24, 2013

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The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting November 19, 2013 at 6:30 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The guest speaker this month will be Colleen Doggett. Everyone is invited.

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OBITUARIES     


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DELLA ROBERTS
Della Roberts, 88, of Center, Texas, died October 15, 2013 at Green Acres Nursing Center in Center. Survivors include, Daughter, Frankie (Jimmy) Arnold of Center, Texas; Son, Allan "Lanny" (Amanda) Bonaparte of Missouri City, Texas; Grandchildren, Marketta (David) Edmond, Jeffery Arnold, Syretta (Walter) Barnes, Talsa Kindle, Christopher Bonaparte, and Sonia (Valton) Harris.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
DOUGLAS ALLEN BRIDWELL, JR.
Douglas Allen Bridwell Jr., 73, of Center, died October 17, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born December 12, 1939 in Timpson to Douglas Allen Bridwell and Irene Oliver Bridwell. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, Son, Jeff Bridwell & wife, Cindy of Center; Daughter, Pam Alford & husband, Noble of Center; Special Friend, Joan Andrews of Center; Granddaughters, Michelle Bridwell & fiancÚ, Luc Allen, Cherry Bennett & husband, Brandon; Grandson, Justin Bridwell.
Online condolences can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
HUNTER BRADSHAW
Hunter Bradshaw, 91, of Center, died October 22, 2013 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born May 24, 1922 in Center to Benjamin Bradshaw and Clemmie Williams Bradshaw. Mr. Bradshaw served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, John Bradshaw, Marvin Bradshaw, Ira Bradshaw; Sisters, Ada Hollis, Vada Anthony. Survivors include, Wife, Clara Bradshaw of Center; Daughters, Terry Rice & husband, Loyd of Longview, Brenda Dean & husband, Bobby of Center; Grandchildren, Tammy Bridwell of Longview, Bobby Hunter Dean of Center, Brandy Dean of Windsor, Colorado.
Online condolences can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
TOMMY JEFFERSON
Tommy Jefferson, 62, of Center, died October 23, 2013 at Longview Regional Medical Center in Longview. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born December 5, 1950 in Winnfield Parrish, Louisiana to Alphia Edna Flenor Jefferson. He was preceded in death by, Son, Quintin L. Jeffrson; Mother, Alphia Edna Jefferson. Survivors include, Wife, Becky Jefferson of Center; Son, Justin Jefferson & wife, Christina of Center; Grandchildren, Alysen Brook Jefferson, Justin Trent Jefferson; Sisters, Mary Ann Locke of Center, Betty Collins of Center; Mother-in-law, Dorothy Parker of Center; Brothers-in-law, Orell Parker Jr. & wife, Juanita of Center, Tony Parker & wife, Donna of Center; Second Parents, Jimmy & Myrline Bradshaw.
Online condolences can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
HARDY LEE BEARDEN
Hardy Lee Bearden, 72, of Nacogdoches, Texas, formerly of Timpson, Texas, died October 16, 2013 in Nacogdoches. Interment was in Blair Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born September 3, 1941, in Conroe, Texas to Benjamin Hardy Bearden and Winnie Fonville Bearden. He was a 1959 graduate of Timpson High School. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Benjamin K. Bearden; Sister, Martha Fletcher. Survivors include, Wife, Shirley Bearden of Boken Arrow, Oklahoma; Son, Mark Lee Bearden &wife, Tammy of Katy, Texas; Daughters, Brenda Pagel of Conroe, Texas, Debra Shelton of Spring, Texas; Grandchildren, Katy and Connor Pagel, Savannah Bearden; Brother-in-law, Charles Fletcher of Nacogdoches.
Online condolences can be sent at www.taylorfh.net
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
JOHNNIE YARBROUGH BROWN
Johnnie Yarbrough Brown, 58, died October 16, 2013. Interment was at Antioch Cemetery, Timpson, Texas.  She was born on March 3, 1955 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Emmitt Ray and Johnnie Dean Yarbrough. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Grandmother, Clara Macon. Survivors include, Husband, Fred Brown; Sons and Daughters-in-law, Fredarian & DeShonda Yarbrough, Fredoneus & Beverly Sterns Yarbrough, Fredrick & Scottie Yarbrough; Daughters, Vickie & Tony Yarbrough, Tiayanna Brown, Keoisha Brown; Sons, Terrance Brown, Tevin Brown; Brothers, Tony Yarbrough, Emmitt W. Yarbrough, Kenneth S. Yarbrough; Sisters, Lucy (Allen) Gossett, Angie Alexander, Linda (Earl) Randel, Connie Yarbrough, Peggy Greer Walker; A very special friend, Lois (Dot) Taylor.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
JOHNNY DEWAYNE BLEDSOE
Johnny Dewayne Bledsoe, 54, died October 14, 2013. Interment was in Haslam Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born May 26, 1959 in Joaquin, Texas to Cleo and Verna Bell Bledsoe. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Vernon Charles Bledsoe, Ray Bledsoe, Jerry Wayne Bledsoe. Survivors include, Wife, Carolyn Bledsoe; Children, Latonya Duncan (Cory), Madrid Johnson (Tyria), Johnny MarChello Bledsoe (Tori); Brothers and Sisters, Shirley Bledsoe of Joaquin, Douglas Bledsoe of Joaquin, Betty Bledsoe of Joaquin, Glenda Bledsoe of Joaquin, Kurt Bledsoe of Joaquin; Sisters-in-law: Audrey Hamson of Mansfield, Arvadia Washington (Kenneth) of Shreveport, Louisiana, Artavia Goodwin (Wayne) of Benson, Louisiana; Brothers-in-law, Namon Booker of Mansfield, William Booker of Mansfield, Donnie Booker of Houston.
Community Funeral Home Center, Texas
JUSTAN HOLMAN JOHNSON
Justan Holman Johnson, 24, died October 15, 2013 in Baptist Hospital, Beaumont, Texas. Interment was in Thompson Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born on October 8, 1989 in Center, Texas to Jerome Johnson and Kim Holman. He graduated from Center High School with the Class of 2008. Survivors include, Father, Jerome Johnson of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Mother, Kimberly Bobb and stepfather Jessie Bobb; Son, Colton Holman; Brothers, Trevarius Johnson, Terence Jerome Johnson, Jaettlyn Johnson, Jercorion Johnson; Mother Figure, Kasaundra Thrower.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
PHILLIP DURHAM
Phillip Durham, 87, of Center, died October 21, 2013 at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born May 26, 1926 in Alto to Timothy Durham and Emme Redd Durham. Mr. Durham served his country in the United States Army and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Son, Larry Wayne Durham; Son-in-law, Mark Walker; Sister, Mariam Greenville; Brothers, Tim Durham, Wade Durham. Survivors include, Daughter, Sue Walker of Joaquin; Sisters, Zelda Saxton, Bonnie Hill; Brother, John Durham; Sister-in-law, Evelyn Durham.
Online condolences can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
LAWRENCE EUGENE KUNZE
Lawrence Eugene Kunze, 85, of Tenaha, died October 21, 2013 in Dallas.  Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.  He was born January 05, 1928 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to Fred and Fannie Collier Kunze.  He was preceded in death by, Parents; A baby sister; Brothers, Orville Kunze, Harold Kunze, Dwight Kunze.  Survivors include, Wife, Ladean; Daughters, Jane Thompson & husband, Rick of Tenaha, Judy Wiggins & husband, Lloyd of Marlow, Oklahoma; Brother, Warren Kunze & wife, Jewell of Cyril, Oklahoma.
Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home, Lawton, Oklahoma

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