Shelby County News

Week Ending January 15, 2009

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Sybil Cravey, 86, of Center, died January 13, 2009 in Center. Burial will be in West Hamilton Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born January 16, 1922 in Center to George and Callie Mayes Burkhalter. Preceded in death by, 5 Sisters; 1 Brother. Survivors include, Husband, Audie Cravey of Center; Son, Bill Cravey of Center; Daughter, Linda White of Center.
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    Melba C. Forbis, 90, of Clever Creek Community, died December 17, 2008 in Tyler.  Burial was in Clever Creek Cemetery, Shelby County.  She was born on March 11, 1918 in Center to Dudley Dean  and Myra Horn Cammack. Preceded in death by, Husband, Eric J. Forbis.  Survivors include, Daughters, Myra Brown of Emerald Bay, Nelda Baldwin of Providence Village; Son, Guy Forbis of Whitehouse; Sister, Margaret Nell Russell of Center.
       Stewart Family Funeral Homer, Tyler, Texas
    Calvin “Bud” Waller, 53, of Center, died January 11, 2009 in Center. Burial was in Neuville Cemetery, Shelby County. He was born February 22, 1955 in Center to Granvil Columbus Waller and Luna Elizabeth Parker Waller. Preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Harvey Waller, Earl Waller, Billy Ray Waller.
Survivors include, Daughter, Amy Waller of Center; Sisters, Carolyn Denby of DeRidder, Louisiana, Jeanie Amburn of Center, Susan Fountain of Center; Brothers, Jesse Waller of Center, Jerry Waller of Center, Alton Waller of Center, Aaron Waller of Center.
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    Daniel Guinn, 72, of Huxley, died January 8, 2009. His wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned. He was born April 15, 1936 in Seminole, Oklahoma to Odis and Susie Janes Guinn. He served in the United States Air Force. Preceded in death by, Parents; Brothers, Lawrence Guinn, Earl Guinn, Harvey Guinn; Sister, Christine Guinn. Survivors include, Wife, Redia Guinn of Huxley; Son, Garrion Manriquez of Las Vegas; Daughters, Kimberly Link of Billings, Montana, Gilberta Piovesan of Columbia, SC, Wilma Harris of Columbia, SC, Christina Allen of Las Vegas; Brother, Otis Guinn of Huxley; Sister,
Peggy Bowen of Tustin, CA.
       Mangum Funeral Home
    Dorothy A. Johnson, 72, of Joaquin, died January 9, 2009 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center. Ms. Johnson was born October 23, 1936 in Cloutierville, Louisiana to Joe and Phyllis Cannon Basco. Preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Lloyd Johnson. Survivors include, Children, Anya Johnson of Joaquin, Kenneth Johnson of Bloomfield, New Mexico, Denise Johnson of Joaquin, Phyllis Curry of Joaquin, Mona Cox of Keithville, Louisiana, Amanda Johnson of Logansport, Louisiana, David Johnson of Dallas, Betty West of Sylacauga, Alabama. Brothers and Sisters, Jean Rachal of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Faye Ostrander of Shreveport, Louisiana, Jerry Basco of Farmington, New Mexico, Sandra Williams of Grand Cane, Louisiana, Michael Basco of Farmington, New Mexico, Kenneth Lavesphere of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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    Jinnie Marie Reynolds Windham, 77, of Center, died January 13, 2009 in Center. Burial will be in Reynolds Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born April 3, 1931 in Center to Bill Reynolds and Minnie Currie Reynolds. Preceded in death by, Parents; Son, Michael Roy Windham; Brother, Billy Reynolds.
Survivors include, Husband, Willie Windham of Center; Daughter, Kay Lawson of Center; Sons, Donald Everett Windham of Dayton, Randy Windham of Center; Brother, Otis Reynolds of Woodville; Sister, Jan Bishop of Madisonville.
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    Joann Hyatt, 68, of Huxley, died January 9, 2009 at her residence. Burial was in Wimberly Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born November 9, 1940 in Edinburg, Mississippi to Johnny and Lois Tucker Jackson. Preceded in death by, Parents. Survivors include, Husband, Thomas “Tommy” Hyatt of Huxley;
Daughters, Marla Morgan of Nashville, Tennessee, Jo Stone of Center; Sons, Tommy Hyatt of Coventry, Connecticut, David Hyatt of De Berry, Rodney Hyatt of Galena, Missouri; Stepmother, Laverne Jackson of Shreveport, Louisiana; Half Sister, Linda of Shreveport, Louisiana
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    Mamie “Maw” Elizabeth (Coyle) Foley, 91, died January 10, 2009. Burial was in Willow Grove Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born October 27, 1917 in Shelby County, Texas to parents, Daniel and Enda Blount Coyle. Preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Alton Foley; Son, Danny Foley; Brothers, Tom McGee, Van Coyle, Roland Coyle; Sisters, Minnie Thrasher, Leona Hughes, Beatrice Long, Viola Sholar, Willie Crawford. Survivors include, Sister, Flora Rudd of Joaquin; Daughter, Cathy Gossett of Henderson.
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    Roxie Cheshire Curtis, 60, of Center, died January 8, 2009 in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Old Center Cemetery. She was born June 24, 1948 in Joaquin to Ed & Ina Cheshire. Survivors include, Daughter, Tenia Stanford of Center; Sons, Jimmy Smith of Center,
Edward Moorman of Center; Brother, Johnny Cheshire of Timpson; Sister, Juanita Phillips of Joaquin.
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Looking for  Information

Searching for family or persons for genealogy - Email I have an interesting problem with which I hope someone from Shelby  Co. can help. I have a RILEY family that lived in Shelby Co.  from before 1880: William Monroe RILEY and wife Catherine Elizabeth HENDERSON from Alabama. One of their sons was William Robert RILEY who was married to Ida MULL. They had the following children:
William Jeffrie (b 1899), Katie Estelle  (b. 1901) md Raymond HUBLEY, Thelmon M. (b 1903), Elizabeth Lucille (b. abt 1904), Zelaka (Zuleika) (b 1909)  md Harvey Pink VAUGHN, Zeno (b.abt 1910), Leno (b. abt 1913), Doniece Corlye (b. 1920), Jack (b.1922), Bobby (b. 1923). Several things make this family difficult to work on: first, on the 1930 census, the last four sons are listed as having their mother born  in Louisiana and all the older children are listed with mother born in Georgia which Ida was. Next there is a gap of seven years between Zeno and Leno and the last three are less than two years apart each at 9, 7, 6. The third problem is that I can not find a trace of any of the youngest four except the last three when they die: 1989, 1999, 2002 respectively; Doniece in Henderson Co., Jack in Shelby, and Bobby in  Smith but they are all buried in Ramah Cem. with their parents (?) and grandparents. I have not found any info at all on William Jeffrie, Thelmon M, Betty Lucille, Zeno,  or Leno either but they are not buried in Shelby Co. Maybe the youngest were by a different mother. I could certainly use any help available.


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