Shelby County News

Week Ending January 27, 2005


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A Trip to Neuville Cave

        On October 28, 1921, we visited my grandmother in Neuville. The trip through the country in a buggy from Tenaha to Center was a real joy ride. The gravel highway is simply grand, and from Center to Neuville is a good graded, better than we expected it would be.  It is no trouble at all now to go by private conveyance 20 to 30 miles a day.  While at Neuville, myself and boys went out to what is known as the Gunnel's cave, two and half miles west of Neuville.  It is useless for me to try to describe the beauty of that scene.  It is more beautiful than I can express in words.  I cannot express the pleasure we had out there.  We expected to go back home for dinner, but to our surprise, Mrs. DeFee had carried the lunch, which she spread and we had the pleasure of eating a picnic style on the ground.  For refreshments we drank some of the good cool water which runs through the cave.  Those old sand hills are dotted with lots of things for folks to enjoy; pretty things to look at and good things to eat.  There are lots of beauties and luxuries in Shelby County.   (Edited from letter written by Mrs. John White, Gary, Texas )


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    Looking for information on anyone who would have known my mother, Helen Ruth Cline, who graduated from Shelbyville HS in 1948, I believe. She was married to a "Wagstaff" briefly. Thanks for any information - Tracey Wolfe


    I am searching information on John Crunk that lived in Shelby Co around 1840,  his father-in-law  was John May,  whose daughter Louisa married John Crunk. These are my ggg.  can any one help me..?  Louisa and John Crunk's daughter, Lucinda Crunk, married William F. Bryant in Cherokee  County Texas in gg.   Thanks   Pauline Bryan Davis.


    Jacky Covington, 70, of Tenaha died January 20, 2006, in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Burial was in Ramah Cemetery.  Born September 14, 1935, in Shelby County, he was the son of Alton E. Covington, Sr. and Irma Hairgrove Covington.  Mr. Covington was a veteran of WWII.  Surviviors include son, Jay Covington of Shreveport and Jody Covington of Joaquin; daughter, Inee Cowdin of Grand Cane, Louisiana; brother, James Covington of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.`
    Estell Ramey, 69, of Center died January 19, 2006.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park. Born July 18, 1936, in Gilmer, she was the daughter of Joseph Marcus Eugene and Vannie Estell Bennett Smith.  Mrs. Ramey was a homemaker.  Survivors include husband Billy Ramey of Center; son, Jessie Ramey of Longview; sisters, Martha Etta Beavers of Georgetown, Louisiana and Debra Smith of Longview; brothers, Paul Eugene Smith of Houston and Jose Smith of Ontario, Canada.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Berlin Dennis, 64, died January 7, 2006.  Burial was in St. John Cemetery.  Born November 14, 1941, he was the son of Fannie and Knocken Dennis.  Mr. Dennis was preceded in death by father Knocken Dennis; mother, Fannie Robinson and sister Sammy Ann Gardner.  Survivors include sisters, Perrillion White of East Liberty, Nancy Ann Robinson and Bruce Hall of Houston; brother Billy Thomas of Center, Maxie Richard and Tommie Richard of Lufkin.  Community Funeral Home.
    Jerry Thompson, 52, of Center died January 23, 2006, in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born August 25, 1953, in Center, he was the son of John Elvin and Lois Joplin Thompson.  Mr. Thompson was a residential contractor.  Survivors include sons, Sean Thomnpson of Huntsville and Patrick Thompson of Longview; mother, Lois Thompson of Center; brother, John W. Thompson of Carthage.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Leon Bittick, 86  of Lufkin died January 24, 2006 in Lufkin.  Burial was in Old Salem Cemetery, Shelby County.   Born September 10, 1919, in Shelby County, he was the son of Jessie Bart and Dolena Covington Bittick.  Mr. Bittick was employ with Atkinson Candy Company.  Survivors include his wife, Marie Coe Bittick; son, Tommy bittick of new Iberia; sister, Syble Bradshaw of Kilgore.  Mangum Funeral Home.

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