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Week Ending January 7, 2010

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Jacob Allen “Jake” Gasway, 80, died December 26, 2009 in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. He was born July 6, 1929 to John Bluitt and Mabel Frazier Gasway. Jake was preceded in death by, Parents; Sisters, Anita Lamerle Gasway; Nelwyn Arlene Gasway Bickford. Survivors include, Cousins, Paul Amos of Tomball, Phillip Amos of Arlington, Virginia.
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas
Louann Harris Parrish, 76, of Tenaha died December 29, 2009 in Carthage, Texas. Burial was in Harris Cemetery. She was born November 12, 1933 in Panola County, Texas to Joe Bailey and Clovis Parker Harris. Mrs. Parrish was preceded in death by, Parents; Son, James Harris Jackson; Brother, Joe Parker Harris. Survivors include, Sons, Rhett Parrish & wife Patti of Shreveport, Louisiana, Joe Parrish & wife Marilee of Tenaha; Daughter, Susan Jones & husband Larry of Tenaha.
Hawthorn Funeral Home, Carthage, Texas

Lillian Brown McSwain, 87, of Center died January 01, 2010 in San Augustine, Texas. Burial was in Old Salem Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born July 2, 1922 to James Dewey and Eva Mae Thacker Brown. She is preceded in death by, Parents; Infant Son, Ronnie Clark McSwain; Brother, J.D. Brown. Survivors include, Husband, Warren G. McSwain of Center; Sons, Gene McSwain & wife Betty of Deadwood, Travis McSwain & wife Donna of Cypress; Daughters, Jeanette Mena & husband Lynn of Broadus, Edna Carroll & husband Robert of Magnolia; Sisters, Rachel Fountain of Center, Ruth Armand of Spring; Brother, Howard Brown & wife Judy of Paradise Valley, AZ.
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Fred Wilburn Spurlock, 90, of Paxton, died January 4, 2010, in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Old Home Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born October 19, 1919 in the Paxton Community of Shelby County, Texas to William M. Spurlock and Mary Jane May Spurlock. He served in the US Army. He was preceded in death by, Wife, Imogene Spurlock. Survivors include, Daughters, Carolyn Grein & husband Eddie of Pasadena, Jennifer Johnson & husband Don of Center; Sons, Michael Spurlock & wife Shirley of Tenaha, Jeffery Spurlock of Cypress.
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Allie Adams, 94, of Houston, died December 30, 2009 in Sugarland, Texas. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center. He was born February 6, 1915 in Shelby County to Joseph and Duetta Jones Adams. He served in the US Air Force. He is preceded in death by, Parents; Sisters, Mildred Martin, Macil Ahern; Brothers, Clifford Adams, Hugh Adams, Murvel Adams. Survivors include, Wife, Jane Lacy Adams of Houston; Daughter, Alda Dede & husband Christopher of Dedham, MA; Sons, John Adams & wife Malou of Danville, CA, David Adams of Houston.
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Bobby Williams, 49, of East Hamilton Community and Lufkin, Texas died December 31, 2009 in Lufkin. Burial will be in Burton Field Cemetery, Shelbyville. Survivors include, Wife, Loralee Williams of Lufkin; Son, Bryan Williams of Lufkin; Daughter, Tiffany Williams of Lufkin; Sisters, Nancy (Lonnie) Lane of San Augustine, Margie Kibble of Lufkin; Brothers, James Williams and Calvin (Jewel) Williams both of Shelbyville.
Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.
Deborah Ann Lewis Marshall, 50, of Timpson died January 02, 2010, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born February 11, 1959 in Baltimore City, MD, to Georger Edward Lewis, Jr. and Tresa Kay Hall Lewis. Survivors include, Son, James Travis Marshall of Timpson; Daughter, Jessica Lyn Marshall of Timpson; Father of the children, Robert Marshall of Timpson: Stepdaughter, Eileen Marie Marshall of Phonenix, Arizonia; 2 sisters; 1 brother.
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J. R. Hudson, 67, of Tenaha, died January 1, 2010, in Center. Burial was in Ramah Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born March 20, 1942 in Carthage to James Odes Hudson and Rachel Pitts Hudson. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Kay Hudson; Brother, Chris Hudson; Sisters, Jimmy Abernathy, Bonnie Langford. Survivors include, Daughter, Lisa K. Castilleja & husband Charlie of Austin; Brother, Joe Hudson of Carthage; Sister, Peggy Avery of Overton.
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Mozelle Fletcher, 89, of Timpson died January 4, 2010 in Houston. Burial will be in Smyrna Cemetery, Timpson. Survivors include, Sons, Harvey Watts of Oaklawn, Cal, Dan Fletcher Jr. of Bronx, New York; Daughters Bobbie Driver of Taff, Texas, Earnice Fletcher of Houston.
Community Funeral Home, Timpson Texas
Ruben Smith, 90, of the Arcadia Community, died December 30, 2009 in Center. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born November 20, 1919 in Arcadia to J.F. Smith and Josephine King Smith. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Evelyn Powdrill Smith; Brothers, John Smith, Ray Smith; Sisters, Cora Lee Smith Kjarstead, Nora Bell Smith Burwick. Survivors include, Daughter, Miriam Joyce Fontenot of Center, Son, Calvin Ruben Smith, Sr. & wife Barbara of Center;
Sister, Nellie Smith Frazier of Groves.
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Sheila Cassandra “Lil Sheila” Wilson, 57, died December 24, 2009. Burial was in St. John Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born January 21, 1952 to Aaron and Annie Mae Pitts. She was preceded in death by, Brothers, Tony Kindle, Freddrick Pitts; Sister, Stephanie Pitts. Survivors include, Sons, Manuel Zane Johnson of Nacogdoches, Miguel Demonte Johnson & wife Madeline of Dallas, Franjuan Eucola Johnson of Houston; Brothers, James Pitts, Jackie Pitts, Lester Pitts, all of Center; Sisters, Cassandra Brock, Latonya Pitts of Nacogdoches, Sophia Warren of Center, Kelly Watts of Center.
Hicks Mortuary
William “Dwight” Biggar, 48, of Lusby, MD formerly of Center, Texas, died December 26, 2009 at his residence in Lusby, Maryland. Burial was in Sand Hill Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born February 11, 1961 in Center to Hubert Earl Biggar and Blanch Marie Campbell Biggar. He was preceded in death by, Father, Hubert Earl Biggar. Survivors include, Wife, Judith Ann Biggar of Lusby, Maryland; Daughters,
Lila Catherine-Huai Biggar, Carolyn Elizabeth-Jie Biggar; Mother, Blanch Biggar of Center; Sister, Shirley Luna of Nacogdoches; Brother, James Biggar of Center.
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