Shelby County News

Week Ending November 13, 2014


The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting November 18, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. The guest speaker this month will be Hans Polk.  Everyone is invited to attend.



Timothy Norrell Taylor, 67, of Nacogdoches, Texas, formerly of Shelby County, died November 03, 2014 at his home. He was born in 1947, to Robert “Bob” Taylor and Beryl Farmer Taylor in Waco, Texas. In 1966, Tim completed the Marine Corps training in San Diego, California, and served in the Marine Reserves. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, Wife, Georgia Taylor; Daughter, Katherine Marie Taylor Daniel & husband, Justin Daniel; Sister, Pattie Taylor Herbert; Sister-in-law, Judy Irving Browne.
Online condolences can be sent at
Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors of Nacogdoches, Texas

Lawrence James Garrett, 72, of the East Liberty Community, died November 7, 2014 at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Interment will be in Thompson Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include, Wife, Jo Ethel Garrett of Center, Texas; Sons, Gregory (Lisa) Garrett of Hewitt, Texas, Donald (Angelia) Garrett of Mansfield, Texas; Daughter, Tammie (Brian) Marshall of Port Arthur, Texas, Tracy Johnson of Lufkin, Texas; Brothers, Sammy Garrett of San Augustine, Texas, Willie (Ella) Garrett of Brazoria, Texas; Sister, Linda Carter of Houston, Texas.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Maurene Borders Jones, 93, of Center, died November 10, 2014 in Nacogdoches. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born May 18, 1921 to Robert Eugene Borders and Mollie Leach Borders.
She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Marlin Jones; Siblings, Doris Borders McCauley, Mattie Borders Parker, Lewis Borders, Alton “Will” Borders, Eustis Leron “Rip” Borders, Marlin E. Borders, Edgar N. “Bill” Borders. Survivors include, Children, Ray Jones; Jeff Jones & wife, Karen; Mike Jones & wife, Cherry; Deck Jones & wife, Montie; Jennifer Wulf & husband, Tim; Jack Jones & wife, Betty.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Linda Jackson, 65, of Tyler, died November 02, 2014 in Cancun, Mexico. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, November 15th at 11:00 am in the Chapel at Lloyd James Funeral Home, 1011 East 1st Street, Tyler, Texas, 75701. Linda was born Linda Kay Barron on September 28, 1949 to Paul Orban and Dorothy Lou Irish Barron in Logansport, La. She grew up in Joaquin, Texas and graduated from Joaquin High School. She then attended Panola Jr. College. Survivors include, Husband, Royce Jackson; Sons, Mark Cockrell (wife Lesia) of Grand Saline, TX, Brian Cockrell (wife Michelle) of Fort Worth, TX; Sister, Charlotte King (husband Don) of Dayton, TX; Brother, Paul Barron (wife Glenda) of Temple, TX; Step children, Eric Jackson (wife Shelly) of Murphy, TX and Melissa Hurst (husband Steven) of Whitehouse, TX.
Billy Ray Fults, 83, of Center, died November 8, 2014 at his residence. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born April 25, 1931 in Nacogdoches County to John Wesley and Minnie Mae Webb Fults. He served his country in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Son-in-law, Dennis Holt; Brothers, Raymond Fults, Wilbur Fults; Sister, Berneice Bradshaw. Survivors include, Wife, Belle Fults of Center; Children, Lecia Holt-Chandler & husband, Ricky of Joaquin, Billy Michael Fults & wife, Liz of Joaquin, Norissa Mays & husband, Grady of Weatherford; Sister, Juanita Harkness of Nacogdoches; Sisters-in-law & Brothers-in-law, Leither Crawford & husband, Mervil of Center, Minnie & Doyle Amidon of Chireno, Joyce Ann Lowe of Palestine.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Freddie Earl Pope, 55, of Center, died November 11, 2014 in Center. Interment will be in Blackjack Cemetery, Nacogdoches County. He was born August 20, 1959 in Houston to John Pope and Jimmie Ruth Boyett Teague. He was preceded in death by, Father, John Pope; Brother, John Edward Pope. Survivors include, Sons, John Pope & wife, Angela of Center, Jeremy Pope & wife, Tiffany of Center, Josh Long of Center; Wife, Rebecca Lynn Pope; Sisters, Bonita Pope of New Caney, Juanita Pope of Nacogdoches; Brothers, Donald Witt of Splendora, Ronald Witt of Splendora.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Spencer Dale Battles, 59, of Center, died November 10, 2014 in Nacogdoches. Interment was in White Rock Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born October 14, 1955 in Center to D. L. Battles and Helen Laverne Goodman Battles. He was preceded in death by, Father, D. L. Battles; Brothers, Eddie Battles, Lynn Battles; Son-in-law, Donald Bryce. Survivors include, Wife, Sue Battles of Center; Children, Shamarie Battles of Lufkin, Shonda Bryce of Center, John Travis Thompson of San Antonio; Mother, Laverne Battles of Center; Sisters, Patricia Massey & husband, John of Center, Helen Gangluff & husband, Richard of Houston; Brother, Kirk Battles & wife, Madeline of Center; Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law, Joyce and Lamar Norton of Shelbyville.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas



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