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Week Ending January 13, 2005


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TOMDAY, TEXAS.  Tomday (Tom Day), on the Sabine River eleven miles north of Center in northeastern Shelby County, was apparently named for one Thomas H. Day.  It may have been settled in the late 1820's or early 1830's; if so, it was one of the earliest Anglo communities in the county.  It received a post office in 1880, and in 1884 it had an estimated 120 residents, served by two churches, a school, a mill, and a gin.  Its post office was closed in 1896, but the school was stilsl in operation in 1903, when it served thirty-seven white children.  The school had closed by 1938, and by 1946 Tomday had ceased to exist as a named community*.  The Oates at Day School Cemetery is located near where a church once stood.


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    Marie Fults, 82, of Center died January 6, 2006 in Shreveport.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born September 3, 1923, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Frank and Maggie Dean Chandler.  Survivors include husband Paul Fults of the James Community; children, Jewell Bright of Mineola and Linda Windham of Joaquin; sister, Lillian Keeling of Shreveport.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Auvis Maudell Fleer, 83, of Timpson died January 6, 2006 in Center.  Burial was in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson.  Born May 10, 1922, in Timpson, she was the daughter of Homer McLeroy and Fay Eison.  Survivors include son, William S. Fleer of Olympia, Washington; daughter, Alice Vaughn of Timpson.  Taylor Funeral Home.
    Forrest Hailey, 69, of Magee, Mississippi died January 4, 2006 in Center.  Burial was in Magee, Mississippi.  Born January 13, 1936, in Shelby County, he was the son of James and I. O. Crawford Hailey.  Mr. Hailey was a U.S. Air Force Veteran.  Survivors include wife, Geraldine Hailey of Magee, Mississippi; son, Lance Hayes of Magee; sisters, Lucille David of Timpson, Hester Hardy of Carthage and Mildred St. John; brother Randal Walker.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Tracy L. Ochoa, 37, of Shelbyville died January 6, 2006.  Cremation was requested.  Born January 17, 1968, in Vivian, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Rosalio Ochoa and Charlotte Iles Ochoa.   Survivors include son, Zane Ochoa of Shelbyville; parents, Rosalio and Charlotte Ochoa of Shelbyville;  brother Tony Ochoa of Shreveport, Louisiana.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Margie Ann Brown, 70, of Center died December 28, 2005.  Burial was in Westview Cemetery.  Born April 5, 1934, she was the daughter of Marvin and Alvena Waterhouse.  Survivors include husband, F. M. Brown; daughters, Monica Ponder of Center, Marsha Randle of Houston, Melba Campbell of Arlington; son, Marlin Suell of tyler; sisters, Myrtle Waltz, Gwendolyn Garrett, both of Center, Annie Turner of Dayton, ohio, Maxine Greer of Lufkin, Onie Alexander and Yolanda Ollie both of Huntsville; brothers, Billy Waterhouse of Dayton, Ohio, Joe Waterhouse and James Standley , both of Center.  Hicks Mortuary.

    *From The Handbook of Texas Online

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