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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 2


    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.2


    I am looking for a photo or information about the Padon Boarding House that was in Center early 1900s.  The Padons, Jesse and Eugenia were my husband's great grandparents. i was looking in the Shelby history books at the Houston Clayton Gen. Library yesterday but found nothing.   If anyone knows of a photo please let me know.  Thanks, Maureen Beck

    Iris Gregg, 54, of Center died January 29, 2006, in Center.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born June 2, 1951, in Waco, she was the daughter of Travis Cantrell and Dorthy Juanita Smith Cantrell.  Mrs. Gregg was a homemaker.  Survivors include husband, Robert Gregg of Center; son, Marty W. Gregg of Center; daughters, Tina Kim Grammer of Center and Martha Juanita Rose of Huntington; sisters, Ann Peters of Flowerine, Louisiana and Sherlene Cantrell of Conroe; brothers, Robert Effinger of Houston, Gary Effinger of Conroe, Dough Effinger of Marble Falls and James Effinger of Plano.   Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Dr. David Jones, 78, of Nacogdoches died January 30, 2006 in Dallas.  Burial was in Blair Cemetery, Timpson.  Born December 1, 1927, in  Celeste, he was the son of Caleb Alonzo Jones and Renna Elizabeth Buchanan Jones.  Dr. Jones was a professor of music at SFA and a veteran of the Korean War.  Survivors include his wife, June Warr Jones of Nacogdoches; daughters, Juli Wood of Austin, Laura Bezden of Round Rock; sons, Grey Gones of San Antonio and West Jones of Longview; stepdaughter, Tara Warr Williams of Angleton; stepson, Jeff Warr of Tyler; sister, Sue Babb of Wichita Fallas; brother, Bob Jones of Tupelo, Mississippi.  Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
   J. L.  Battles, 79, of Nacogdoches died January 31, 2006.  Burial was in White Rock Cemetery, Shelby County.  born January 11, 1927, in San Augustine County, he was the son of Marvin and Della Dillard Battles.  Mr. Battles was retired from Tipton Ford in Nacogdoches.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Iris Chandler.  Survivors include his wife, Melba Hughes Battles of Nacogdoches; children, Dennis Battles of Wichita, Kansas, Ricky Battles of Nacogdoches, Joy  Scarborough of Nacogdoches, Linda  Raymond of Lindale, Gay McDonald of Jefferson, Sonde Groff of Martinsville, Shane Battle of Longview, Sean Battles of Nacogdoches; brothers, D. L. Battles of Center, Clayton Battles of Henderson and Frank Battles of Tyler; sister, Thelma Bracken of Cordova, Nebraska.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Sandra Davis, 55, of Tenaha died January 31, 2006, in Sherman.  Burial was in Ramah Cemetery. Born January 2, 1951, in Tulia, she was the daughter of Leonard Leslie Hicks, Sr. and Uzetta May Culbert Hicks.  Survivors include her husband, George Davis of Tenaha; daughter, Barbara Fulbright of Center; sister Sharon Cockerell of Center; brothers, Donald Hicks of Tenaha, Gary hicks of Little Rock, Arkansas and Leonard Leslie Hicks, Jr. of Ramona, California.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Omar Ray Cockran, Jr., 59, of Tenaha died February 1, 2006, in Tenaha.  Cremation was requested.  Born September 25, 1946, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, he was the son of Omar Ray Cockran, Sr. and Andia Mae Cobb.  Mr. Cockran was a truck driver.  He was married to Beth Cockran, and she preceded him in death.  Survivors include brother, Ronald Cockran of Longview and Raymond Cockran of Pasadena; sister, Audria Vaught of Tenaha and Roxanne Kent of Commerce.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

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