Shelby County News

Week ending October 24, 2019
Pictures of Center High School for the years 2010, 2011, 2013

are now on our website.



Jane Morrison
Donated By
Rayford & Alease Coplin


Joe Anderson
Donated by
Mr. & Mrs. Teddy G. Hopkins


Billy Lawson
Donated By
Mr. & Mrs. Teddy G. Hopkins




Larry Wayne Wilburn, Sr., 70 of Tyler, died October 16, 2019 in Tyler. He was born July 6, 1949, in Shelbyville, Texas to H. E. (Horace) Wilburn and Bernice Wilburn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sabrina Wilburn. Survivors include, Children, Kenneth Wilburn, Jody Matthews, Larry Wilburn, Jr.; Sisters, Louise Tompkins, Joyce Smith; Brothers, Travis "Tappy" Wilburn, Carroll Wilburn.
End of life care provided by Boren Conner Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Texas.
Gail Joleen Abercrombie Keys, 65, of Center, Texas, died October20, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born February 9, 1954, in Dallas, Texas, to Waymon Duaine Abercrombie and Laverne (Leach) Dooley. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husbands, Ronald Keys, Greg Frame. Survivors include, Mother, Patricia Abercrombie; Son, Kevin Duaine Keys & wife Kristy; Daughter, Christy Jackson & husband David; Brothers, Rodney Abercrombie & wife Kristy, Dan Abercrombie & wife Deborah; Sister, Cindy Abercrombie.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.
Bruce Benard Bolton, 53, of Joaquin, died October 19, 2019 at his home. Interment was in Reynolds Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born October 31, 1966 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Henry Thomas Bolton and Iva Dell Harris Bolton. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Henry Edward Bolton.  Survivors include, Wife, Mary Wagstaff Bolton; Daughters, Gina Grubbs Williston & husband James of Longview, Texas, Tina Grubbs Amburn & husband Micheal of Center, Texas, Sandi Grubbs Shahan of New Braunfels, Texas; Sisters, Claudia Smart, Nora & husband Bill Johnson, Virginia & husband Charles Russell, Frances Griffin, Pat & husband Gabreil of Portales, New Mexico, Tina & husband Villis Dowden Jr., of Many, Louisiana; Brothers, James Bolton of Center, Texas, Doug Tyler of Tenaha, Texas, Brian Tyler of San Antonio, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
David Ardis Hogan, 73, of Center, Texas, died October 20, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born January 31, 1946, in Shelby County, to Aubrey Ardis Hogan and Clara (Foresyth) Hogan. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Brother, Gene Hogan; Brother-in-Law, Billy Davis. Survivors include, Sister, Cherry Davis, of Center, Texas.
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas.
Bertha Beatrice Cartwright, 85 of Shelbyville, died October 15, 2019 at the Emergency Room in Center.  Interment will be in Bennett Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Daughters, Albert Smith of Minosta, Marie Siller (Al) of Gary, Indiana, Bertie Cartwright of Shelbyville, Sharon Cartwright of Shelbyville, Debrah Cartwright of Shelbyville, Donna Garrett (Steven) of Shelbyville; Sons, Curtis Henry of Shelbyville, George Henry of Shelbyville, Freddie Ray (Emma) Cartwright of Nacogdoches, Harold (Jacklyn) Cartwright of Center, Rick (Karen) Cartwright of Shelbyville; Sister, Lucille Carr (Willie) of Mississippi.
Community Funeral Home of Center, Texas.
Dr. Clyde Thomas, 77, formerly of Omaha Nebraska and now of Mesquite, Texas, died October 29, 2019. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. He was born on June 9, 1942 in Haslam, Texas.  Dr. Thomas attended schools at C.H. Daniels High School in Center, Texas; Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas; University of Nebraska at Omaha; and Nebraska at Lincoln. Dr. Thomas was enlisted in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by, Parents, John and Virginia Thomas; Brother, Eric Thomas. Survivors include, Son, Clyde Thomas II of Omaha, Nebraska; Daughter, India Thomas, Kelly of Tacoma, Washington; Brothers, William Thomas, Sr. (Maria) of Tyler, Texas, David Thomas, Sr. (Andrea) of Dallas, Texas; Sisters, Evelyn Cooper of Tyler, Texas, Geraldine Steel of Center, Texas, Deloris Stripling (Verlon) of San Augustine, Texas, Shirley Johnson of Carthage, Texas, Sarah Coats of Mesquite, Texas, Joyce Mitchell (Joe) of Garland, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
A. Dale Carter, 69 of Houston, died October 7, 2019 in Houston. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Survivors include, Cousin, Q.T. (Pauline) Edwards of Center.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.
R. G. “Monk” Peace, 90, of Center, died October 19, 2019, in Center. Interment was in Powdrill Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born January 5, 1929, in Center, to James Booth Peace and Ella Mae Patterson Peace. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Lillie Mae Hughes and husband Jeff; Brothers, Reynold Dean “Bully” Peace and wife Yvonne, James Millard “Cudge” Peace and wife Wanda; Son-in-law, Buddy Metcalf; Brothers-in-law, Donald Jones, Bob Jones, Carol Wilson, Mike Walker; Sisters-in-law, Barbara Waller and husband Jimmy, Jo Norris, Billie Wall and husband Lester. Survivors include, Wife, Pat Peace; Children, Roy Peace & wife Sharon, Glenda Ray & husband Alan, Rita Hairgrove & husband Bill, Jan Allen & husband Terry; Sister, Barbara Fay Wilson; Brothers-in-law, David Jones, Sam Jones & wife Joy; Sisters-in-law, Rose Jones, Mary Walker, Helen Samford & husband Oswell,Linda Foreman & husband Bobby, Reneta Jones.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas



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