Shelby County News

Week Ending November 27, 2009

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Bobby Jay Covington, 71, died November 11, 2009. Burial was in Mays Addition of Oakwood Cemetery, Huntsville. He was born February 23, 1938 in Center to Leonard “Pete” Levi Covington and Jessie Alciene Debba Sapp Covington. He was preceded in death by, Twin Sister, Betty Faye Self. Survivors include, Wife, Jenny Covington; Daughters, Monica Sue Nixon, Kristen Elizabeth Covington; Sister, LaFayne Holt.
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, Huntsville, Texas
Maurine Annette Hayden Smith, 87, of Center, died November 21, 2009. Burial was in Cedar Yard Cemetery. She was born June 23, 1922 to Wiley Bryan Hayden and Irene Gunter Hayden. Maurine was preceded in death by, Husband, A. Benjamin Smith; Brothers, John R. Hayden, Bill G. Hayden. Survivors Include, Children, Gerald H. Smith & wife Sandra of Tremonton, Utah, Carolyn S. Tibbetts & husband Rod of Moab, Utah, Melanie S. Liechty & husband Mike of Logan, Utah, Hayden B. Smith & wife Lisa of Roy, Utah, Warren G. Smith of Tenaha, Texas.
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Robert Brantley Ross, 78, died November 9, 2009 in Fredericksburg. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park, Midland, Texas. He was born February 2, 1931 in Center to Lewis Allen Ross and Addie Virode Swindell Ross. He served in the Korean War. He was preceded in death by, Brother, Alton Swindell Ross; Sister, Paula Mae Ross. Survivors include, Wife, Janna L. Ross; Daughter, Kimberly Ross Cherryhomes; Son, Brandley W. Ross & wife, Karen; Brother, Paul McKinley Ross.
Ellis Funeral Home, Midland, Texas
Lucy McGee, 77, of Joaquin, died November 21, 2009 in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Strong Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born March 27, 1932 in Keatchie, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by, Husband, G. L. McGee. Survivors include, Daughters, Frances Marie Andrews & husband Robert of Keatchie, Louisiana, Janie Kay Bell & husband Shane of Mansfield, Louisiana, Sherrie Ann Raybon & husband Lonny of Joaquin; Son, Leonard Earl McGee of Joaquin; Brothers, Jack Dickerson of Henderson, Wayne Dickerson of Joaquin.
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Ronald Gene Baldwin, 62, of Center, died November 20, 2009 in Center. As per his request, he was cremated. He was born February 3, 1947 in Decatur, Illinois to Jasper Baldwin and Doris Donnan Baldwin. Survivors include, Wife, Linda Sue Baldwin of Center; Sons, Ronnie Denton Baldwin of Center, Sam D. Baldwin of South Carolina; Brother, Sam Baldwin of Dallas.
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Tommie Lee (Buck) Watkins, 79, of Center, formerly of San Augustine, died November 19, 2009 in Center. Burial will be in Robert Cemetery, San Augustine, Texas. Survivors include, Daughters, Theresa Watkins of Center, Shaunte' Watkins Kirk of Crowley, Texas; Sisters, Ruthie Byndom of Lukin, Texas, Tommye McConnell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Bobbie Stephens of Lancaster, Texas; Brothers, Joe Watkins & wife Patsy of Dallas, Texas, Lewis Watkins & wife Hattie of Wilmer, Texas.
Coummunity Funeral Home, Center, Texas
William David George, Jr. , 54, of Nacogdoches, died November 24, 2009 at his residence. A Memorial Service will be held November 27, 2009. He was born March 3, 1955 to William David George Sr. and Nelwyn Moody. He is preceded in death by, Father; Wife, Kimberlie Stewart George. Survivors include, Children, William David “Trae” George III of Shreveport, Maegan George of San Augustine; Mother, Nelwyn George of Norman, OK; Sister, Debbie Warren & husband, David of Norman, OK; Brother, Ashley George of San Antonio.
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