Shelby County News

Week Ending October 31, 2013


Milton Irish Descendants Gather at San Jacinto Monument
Submitted by Charlotte King
GG-Granddaughter of Milton Irish

On Saturday October 5, 2013, the descendants of Milton Irish, a soldier in the war for Texas Independence, gathered at the San Jacinto Monument in Deer Park, Texas. They were 81 descendants strong and were there to view a Land Grant, issued to Milton Irish for his service in 1835-1836 in the Texian Army. This land grant was signed by Anson Jones, President of Texas, in 1846. This land grant was for 1/3 league of land which is located west of Center, Texas. Milton signed the Convention Memorial, fought at the Siege of Bexar, was a survivor of the Goliad Massacre and was issued several land grants for his service. This particular instrument was donated to the San Jacinto Monument in 1951 by his Grandson, Rouser L. Irish. After viewing the document, the family went into the theatre and a short program was given by Lisa Struthers, a librarian at the Monument. Jack Irish, Great-Grandson gave an explanation of Milton’s service and Lyn Irish, a GG-Grandson gave more information. Milton Irish died in California in 1870.  After the program at the Monument, everyone went to the Monument Inn for a great meal and more visitation. A special thanks to the employees of the San Jacinto Monument for their help in planning this event. Another special thanks to the Monument Inn for the good service and great food for so many people at once.


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.



Willie Frank Elliott, 81, of Splendora, Texas, died October 21, 2013 at Kingwood Medical Center. Interment was in Wimberly Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born July 30, 1932 in Tenaha, Texas. He comes from a family of 5 girls and 7 boys. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Survivors include, Sons, Willie F. & Diane, Joe David; Daughter, Dolly Anna Ruth; Brother, Kernie and Mac; Sisters, Doris, Delmar, Kat.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, Texas
Cecil Pearl Wall, 72, longtime resident of San Augustine, died October 24, 2013, in San Augustine County. Interment was in Old Salem Cemetery, Shelby County. Cecil was born to Ada Bell White and Willie Lee White on March 13, 1941, in Shelby County, Texas. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Mother-in-law and Father-in-law, Claxton and Jeffie Wall. Survivors include, Husband, John Thomas Wall of San Augustine; Children, Cherry and Clay Mathis of San Augustine, Willie and Susan Wall of San Augustine, Connie Thornton and Jose Javier of San Augustine; Charles (Hoss) and Linda Thornton of San Augustine; Sister, Patsy Ruth (White) Coulter; Brothers, Richard Earl and Florien Wall; Charles Donald (Don) and Lorene (Parker) Wall; Sister-in-law, Shirley Wall.
Online condolences can be sent at 
Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, Texas
Erma Thomson Scull, 65, of Tenaha, died October 25, 2013 at her residence. Interment was in Scull Family Cemetery, Tenaha. She was born November 22, 1947 to D. P. Thomson and JoAnn Smith Thomson. She was preceded in death by, Father, D. P. Thomson and wife, Jo; Mother, JoAnn Norris. Survivors include, Husband, John Dale Scull of Tenaha; Sons, John Drue Scull & wife, Suzanne of Tenaha, Terry Stephen Scull & wife, Alison of Center; Daughter, Dee Ann Starr & husband, Greg of Texarkana; Brothers, S. L. Norris & wife, Leann of Peoria, Arizona, Jack S. Norris, Jr. & wife, Linda of Kennedale.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Kenneth Edward Gardner, 52, of Houston, Texas, died October 17, 2013 at a local hospital in Houston. Interment was in Rosewood Cemetery, Houston, Texas. Local survivors are, Uncles, Tom Gardner of Shelbyville, Texas, Lucky Gardner of Center; Aunt, Betty Sanders of Center, Texas.
Services are under the direction of Lockwood Funeral Home, Houston, Texas. Obituary announced by Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas.
Margie Ruth Box, 79, of Nacogdoches, died October 24, 2013 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born May 21, 1934 in Center to Alvin Cagle and Addie Clark Cagle. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Max Box; Sister, Ann Braxton; Brother, Billy Ray Cagle.  Survivors include, Sons, Steve Caudle & wife, Sherry of Nacogdoches, Terry Caudle of Carthage; Stepdaughters, Kadie Brown & husband, Tim of Portland, Oregon, Monica Bohlman & husband, Ron of Joshua.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Nancy Jenkins, 79, of Center, died October 21, 2013 at her residence. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Center, Texas. Survivors include, Daughters, Gail Mitchell of Center, Deborah Jenkins of Center, Dalene Jenkins of Houston; Granddaughter, Shaletra Asley (Shun) who she raised as her own; Uncles, Tom Gardner of Shelbyville, Lucky Gardner of Center; Aunt, Better Sanders of Center.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Ronald Hill, 64, of Center, died October 23, 2013 at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. He was cremated and no services are planned at this time. He was born June 28, 1949 to Johnnie Marie Brown Harvey. He is preceded in death his Mother; Grandmother, Myrtle Brown; Brother, Doug Sims. Survivors include, Wife, Debra Hill of Center; 3 Children & 5 Step Children; Brothers & Sisters, Richard Brown of Cuero, Laura Kann & husband, Don of Cuero, Debbie Jones of Center, Mark Harvey & wife, Sandra of Center, Rodney Harvey of Arizona , Caleb Harvey & wife, Paula of Center; Sister-in-law, Chris Sims.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Marvin McCormick, 55, of Carthage, died October 25, 2013 at East Texas Medical Center in Carthage, Texas.  Interment was in Brookland Cemetery, Joaquin, Texas. He was born January 13, 1958 in Center to Marvin Frank McCormick, Sr. and Edna Evans McCormick. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, Children, Kerri Phelps & husband, Brian of Henderson, Jeff McCormick of Henderson, Kelli Romero & husband, Dana of Louisiana, Chad McCormick & wife, Lisa of Joaquin, April Ham & husband, Michael of Tenaha; Sister, Carolyn LaGrone & husband, Mike of Deadwood
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Shirley Ann Smith Brazil, 72, of Center, died October 27, 2013 at San Augustine Memorial Hospital. Interment was in Houston National Cemetery. She was born November 18, 1940 in Palestine to Homer Marshall Smith and Daisy Nell Shinn Smith. She was preceded in death by, Husbands, Alfred “Tex” Hughes, Roy Daniel “Dan” Brazil; Parents; Brother, Homer Dewayne “Dennie” Smith. Survivors include, Sister, Barbara Reynolds & husband, Jimmy of Center; Brother, Marshall W. Smith of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Mary Marie Simpson, 93, of Center, formerly of Mt. Enterprise, died October 24, 2013. Interment was in County Line Cemetery, Panola County. She was born June 25, 1920, in the County Line Community of Panola County, to Jim Richard Keating and Odessa Burks Keating. Marie graduated from Timpson High School. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, L. D. “Red” Simpson; Brothers, Harold Keating, Glen Keating, Douglas Keating; Sister, Donella Jimmerson. Survivors include, Brother, Leo Keating, Burleson, Texas; Sisters, Lillie Chadwick of Nacogdoches, Texas, JoAnn Gary, of Timpson, Texas, Lanette Els, of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas



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