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    The Eugene Francis home ca 1916 behind the old Stockman Community general store.
    Pictured left to right: Elizabeth (Lizzy) Williams Green, Kitty Hickey, Samuel Francis, Frank Francis, Eugene Anthony Francis, Nellie Jane Williams Francis, Willie Francis, Bryant Francis.
    Eugene and Nellie are my G. GP's. Eugene was half French and Cherokee Indian. Eugene built this house in 1915/1916. The house burned in 1917 or 1918.
    Eugene grew his own tobacco and smoked a pipe. The house had cedar shingles on it.  During W.W.I matches were expensive and instead of Eugene putting his pipe out after each use in the evening he would set it in the fireplace and let it stay lit to save matches. One night a gust of wind blew up the chimney carrying cinders from the pipe, landing on the cedar shingles the cinders caught fire and burned the house down. He rebuilt the house but in a different style which still stands today.  Eugene's grandson lives there now, on the dirt road behind the Stockman store. Nellie Francis is buried at Dixon and Eugene is buried at Mt. Olive with his second wife.
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I have looked, before, for the burial site of Thomas "Little Brit" Britain.  Originally, the Shelby County site told me that he was buried in Europe.   (He was in the 101st Airbourne, and was killed in the Battle of the Bulge)   That turned out to be incorrect.  The federal burial entity said that his body was returned to the U.S. and buried here.  Surely he would have been buried in Shelby County.  How can I find out where??  Thanks.    Louis Muldrow 2


I would very much like to touch base with anyone who might be of the Worsham family in Shelby or surrounding Counties.  I know the Worshams in Shelby Co are related to mine and that they should also be related to those in Wood, Upshur, Lamar Counties as well, probably others, too.. Would love to hear from anyone out there. Vila Worsham Beam 2


   Mary Kessinger Miller, 78, of Timpson died January 2, 2004 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson.  Born November 6, 1925, in Douglass, she was the daughter of Lee and Letha Montgomery Kessinger.  Ms. Miller was preceded in death by her husband Orval Miller, Sr.  Survivors include son, Orval Miller, Jr. of Timpson and Marion Miller of Henderson; daughters Letha Hightower of Timpson and pat Headley of Shelbyville.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Jean Sinclair Bowlin, 80, of Shreveport died January 1, 2004 in Shreveport.   Burial was in Tennessee Cemetery, Timpson.  Born January 18, 1923, in Marshall, she was the daughter of Samuel and Clara Stephens Sinclair.  Ms. Bowlin was preceded in death by her husband James Truitt Bowlin, Sr. and her brother, Sam Sinclair.   Survivors include sons, James Bowlin of Houston and Tom Bowlin of Shreveport; sister, Claire Sinclair of Marshall.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Barron Brooks, 79, of Timpson died January 1, 2004 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson.  Born November 13, 1925, in Shelby County, he was the son of A.B. and Martha Bridwell Brooks.  Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Brooks and son Barry Brooks.  Survivors include daughters, Kathy Burns of Joaquin and Jane Fulmer of Nacogdoches.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Otha Faye Nunn, 76, of Center died January 1, 2004 in Center. Burial was in Old Hardin Cemetery, Kountze.  Born October 23, 1927, in Zavalla, she was the daughter of O.P. and Eula Dykes Brown.  Ms. Nunn is survived by daughters, Beth McCauley of Center, Darlene Walker of Ben Wheeler and Joyce Holton of Carrollton; sons Daniel Chiles of Kilgore and Joel Chiles of Gainsville, Georgia.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Raquel "Rachel" Spruiell, 60, of Austin died January 1, 2004 in Austin.  Burial was in Powdrill Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born May 10, 1943, in Groesbeck, she was the daughter of Santiago Torres and Raquel Liscano Torres.  Mrs. Spruiell is survived by her husband, Bob Spruiell of Austin; son, Christopher Spruiell of Austin; daughter, Rebeckah Spruiell of Lumberton, New Jersey; brother, Robert Torress of Beaumont.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Bonnie Armstreet Anthony, 57, of Shelbyville died January 6, 2004 in Center.   Burial was in McClelland Cemetery.   Born February 23, 1946, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Robert Hugh and Zellene Halliburton Armstreet. Ms. Anthony was married to Morris Anthony, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include son, Allen Anthony of Booker; daughter, Kathy Norwood of Harrisburg, Arkansas; sisters, Linda Hughes of Martinsville and Sharon Webster of Panama City Beach, Florida; brothers, Jack Armstreet of Shelbyville and Richard Armstreet of McComb, Mississippi.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Travis Hurst Askew, 74, of Shelbyville, died January 6, 2004 in Shelby County.  Cremation was requested.  Born February 7, 1929, in Shelby County, he was the son of Buford and Lola Hagler Askew.  Survivors include wife, Nola Askew of Shelbyville; daughters, Lisa Holloway and Pamela Askew, both of Shelbyville and Shelia Denise Kilgore of Victoria; sons, Travis Askew, Jr. of Shelbyville, Douglas Drew Askew of Lewiston, Idaho, Mike Askew of Grandbury and Richard Askew of Schenectady, New York; sisters, Erma Page and Myrlie Bradshaw, both of Center and Edna Hardy of Henderson; brothers, B.B. Askew of Port Arthur and Vernon Askew of Nederland.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Dollie L. Oliver Bridges, 81, of Center, died January 7, 2004, in Missouri City.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.   born January 20, 1922, in Maysville, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Malachi Edward and Ola Etta Paden Oliver.  Mrs. Bridges was married to Vernon G. Bridges, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include daughter, Charlotte Powell of Missouri City; sisters, Mallie Claude Kleinik of Tomball and Betty Joe Gayle of Magnolia.   Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Louise Rhodes, 80, of Timpson died January 7, 2004 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.  Born August 24, 1923, in Gary, she was the daughter of James Will and Alice Moore White.  Mrs. Rhodes was married to Joe Rhodes and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include sons, Bill Rhodes of Central Heights, Bobby Rhodes and Don Rhodes, both of Timpson; brother, Ervin White of Carthage; sisters, Martha Roberts of Little Cypress-Mauriceville and Katherine Horn of Gary.  Taylor Funeral Home

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