Shelby County News

Week Ending December 26, 2014



Shelby County Historical Society
Celebrating 50 years… expanding horizons through knowledge, education and preservation


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Please make check out to Shelby County Historical Society, PO Box 1542, Center, TX 75935-1542
On the back of this card please drop us a note on items you would like to see addressed in 2015 whether it is an article in the newsletter, lectures, events or maybe a historic preservation issue.
Regular Membership:
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Business Memberships:
___         Platinum                      $500
___         Gold                            $250
___         Silver                           $150
___         Bronze                         $  50
___         Life Member              $1000


Thank you for your continued support.

The Shelby County Historical Society and Museum is now asking for renewals and new memberships.  If you are not already a member or if you did not get our mailout last week, we would like to have you join and help the museum continue operation.  You can just print out this form or make up one of your own and mail it to us at:

Shelby County Historical Society
P. O. Box 1542
Center, Texas  75935




Eldora Koonce Holt, 93, of Center, died December 23, 2014 in Center. Interment will be in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born December 11, 1921 in Center to James Phillip Koonce and Tempie Stephens Koonce. She was preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, J. T. Holt; Sisters, Donna Warr, Christine Barbee; Son-in-law, Johnny Sherrod. Survivors include, Children, Sandra Wilson & husband, Marcus of Center; Phyllis Adams & husband, Jerryl of Center, Phillip Holt & wife, Charlotte of Haslet, Jerry Holt & wife, Cathy of Winter Haven, Florida.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Fred Brown, 64, died December 14, 2014. Interment will be in Smyrna Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. He was born on April 2, 1950 in Panola County to John L. and Alice Brown. He was preceded in death by, Father, John L. Brown; Mother, Alice Brown; Brothers, Joe E. Brown, Bobbie Woods, Bessie Bowers; Brother-in-law, Ozzie Owen; Wives, Katie Brown, Johnnie Brown. Survivors include, Daughters, Vickie Brown Yarbrough (Tony), Zerita Robertson (Damien), Tiayana and Keiosha Brown, Kendra Yarbrough; Sons, Fredarian Yarbrough (DeShonda), Fredoneus Yarbrough (Beverly), Fredrick Yarbrough (Scottie), Tevin and Terrance Brown; Sisters, Johnnie Roberts, Effie Owens, Betty Smith (Will), Linda Lister; Brothers: Clarence Brown (Joyce), John R. Brown (Doris), Dale R. Brown (Peggie); Very Special Sister-in-law, Lucy Gossett (Allen); Sisters-in-law, Angie Alexander, Linda Randel (Earl), Connie Yarbrough; Brothers-in-law, Emmett Yarbrough, Kenneth Yarbrough.
Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Johnnie J. Goodwin 77, of Center, died December 18, 2014. Interment was in Westview Cemetery. Center, Texas. Survivors include, Wife, Helen Joyce Goodwin of Center, Texas; Son, Lester Paul Mann of Center, Texas; Brother, Mac Arthur Goodwin of Marshall, Texas; Sisters, Eddie Ruth Goodwin of Center, Texas, Bredag Mae Cartwright of Dallas, Texas, Ella Rene (Glenn) Suell of Portland, Oregon, Ola Mae Gardner of Center, Texas.
Hicks Mortuary, Center, Texas
Rev. Bobby Strange, 79, of Nacogdoches, formerly of Timpson, died December 16, 2014 at Nacogdoches Memorial Center. Interment was in Antioch Cemetery, Timpson, Texas. Survivors include, Sons, Fredric & wife, Rhonda Strange of Nacogdoches, Walter & wife, Aretha Strange of Seattle, Washington; Stepson, Rodney Ingram, of Dallas.
Community Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Tommy Jay Lilly, 83, of Joaquin, died December 19, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Interment was in Jackson Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born May 25, 1931 in Tenaha to Jake Lilly and Lottie Hooper Lilly. He served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Jimmie Lou Holsey. Survivors include, Wife, Tillie Hamilton Lilly of Joaquin; Daughter, Lisa Hedges & husband, Doug of Shreveport, Louisiana; Son, Stephen Jay Lilly & wife, Misty of Joaquin.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas



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