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Week Ending January 6, 2005


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***The first rock chimney built in East Hamilton by Jim Payne.. mud was used before.
***E. B. Eddins owned first Grist Mill in East Hamilton in 1872.
***First Car sold in Shelby County was to Foster Parker of Tenaha in 1899... Jim Bogard was the author of the Shelby County Road Law, in which appears for the 1st time " the idea of levying a vehicle tax.


4 principal groups of Indians in Texas
Caddo....East Texas
Coaluilticans....South Texas
Apache....West Texas


John Latham, 1st white man to settle in Shelby County, in 1818, in East Hamilton. 1st school in 1825.  1st church 1829.  William Brittain, a Baptist preacher, organized the church at East Hamilton and he was the 1st Pastor.  He was born in Scotland in 1774 and he is buried in East Hamilton Cemetery.  The Texas Governor built a rock wall around this old cemetery and erected a small chapel in the enclosure.   The Brittain family hold an annual family reunion on the 4th Sunday in September. 


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   JoAnn Daniels, 74, of Joaquin, died December 30, 2005.  Burial was in Lone Cedar Cemetery.  Born December 17, 1931, in the Lone Cedar Community, she was the daughter of John R. McDaniel and Grace Oleta Samford.  Mrs. Daniels was married to Robert P. Daniels, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include daughter, Rexanne Weeks of Joaquin; brothers, Rex Eugene McDaniel of Kerrville and Jerry E. McDaniel of Joaquin.  Watson & Sons Funeral Homne.
   Rachel Oswalt Wimberly, 83, of Center died December 30, 2005.  Burial was in Wimberly-Rayburn Cemetery.  Born January 24, 1923, in Huxley, she was the daughter of Wesley Samuel and Rena Rebecca Oswalt.  Mrs. Wimberly was married to Alva George Wimberly, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include daughters, Georgia Rebecca Kelley of Houston and Carol Regena Outlaw of Sugar Land; sister, Elora Mae Gafford of Center.  Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.
   Gaye Neel, 84, of Joaquin died December 30, 2005 in Bryan.  Burial was in Jackson Cemetery, Shelby County. Born December 4, 1921, in Ashton, Texas, she was the daughter of Stewart and Cannie Leggett. Mrs. Neel was preceded in death by her father Stewart Leggett; mother, Canne Leggett; brother, J. C. Leggett; brother, Marion Everett Neel, Sr.; and daughter, Dolorus Beddoe.   Survivors include sister, Joan Dickerson; sons, Marion Everett Neel, Jr. of College Station and William S. Neel of Austin.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Maria Eva Ramirez, 19, of Center died December 31, 2005, in San Augustine.  Burial was in Neuville Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born December 11, 1986, in Center, she was the daughter of Adam and Victoria Martinez Ramirez.  Survivors include her parents; brothers, Fernando Ramirez, Silvestre Ramirez, Hermenejildo Ramirez and Adam Ramirez, Jr., all of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Gary Wilburn, 59, of Joaquin died January 3, 2006, in Houston.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born September 14, 1946, in Shelby County, he was the son of Walter and Cynthia Payne Wilburn.  Mr. Wilburn was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War.  He was maintenance foreman for Fluor in Tatum.  Survivors include his wife, Betty Hennigan Wilburn of Joaquin; sons, Brad Wilburn of Humble, Jon Wilburn of Channelview and Kerry Hinton of Baytown; daughters, Angela Ridenour of Humble, Melissa Wilburn of Splendora and Courtney Turner of Baytown; sisters, Louis Wagstaff and Judy Scarborough, both of Shelbyville; brothers, Bobby Wilburn of Joaquin, Gerald Wilburn and Elmer Ray Wilburn, both of Orange and Price Wilburn of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

   Vera Louise Glaze Paxton, 73, of Joaquin died January 5, 2006.  Burial was in Wimberly-Rayburn Cemetery, Huxley.  Survivors include sons, Harold Glen Glaze, of Joaquin and Johny Wayne Glaze, of Center; daughters, Kay Bates, of Joaquin and Diane Wilkerson, of Atlanta, Texas; sister, Avis Hanson of Galloway; brothers, Tommy Parker of Lufkin and Johnny Parker, of Joaquin.  Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Loganport.

   James Bruce Scarber, 63, of Mesquite and formerly of Huxley died January 4, 2006. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Survivors inlcude son, James Scarber, of Mesquite and brother Prentice Scarber, of Orange.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   C. J. Johnson, 62, of Center died January 3, 2006.  Burial was in Brittain Creek Cemetery.  Survivors include mother, Ellawee Doll-Johnson; wife, Gloria Nell Johnson; daughters, Gloria John and Kim Nobles, both of Center and Brenda Johnson and Linda Carthwright, both of Shelbyville; sons, Jeffrey Chumley, of Nacogdoches, Johnny Johnson of San Augustine and Lathan and Marcus Johnson, both of Center.  Community Funeral Home.
   Mary Lucille Reed, 62, of Center died January 3, 2006.  Burial was in Brittain Creek Cemetery.  Survivors include sons, Melvin Jackson, of Lufkin, Tony Garrett, of Tenaha and Eric Garrett of Center; daughters, Gloria Garrett, of Center, Marvies Riggins, of Carthage and Machell Hubbard of Center.   Community Funeral Home.


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