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On August 1, 1944, the POW Camp Center, canteen received 100 Watermelon @ .30 each from E.P. Bradshaw, Choice, Texas.  The E.P. Bradshaw and Clifford G. Haynes, 1st Lt, Inf. signed the document.

The top hits and Composers from 1892 - 1899 were:  **1892 - After the Ball by Charles Harris
                                                                                        **1894 -
Sidewalks of New York by J.W. Blake
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Sweet Rosie O'Grady by Maude Jerome
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Gypsy Love Song by Victor Herbert
                                                                                        **1899 -
My Wild Irish Rose by Chauncey Olcott


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I am looking for information on John Latham and wife Mary Susan Andrews Latham.  John Latham died April 22, 1828 in Dreke, Shelby Co., and Mary died 1842 in Dreke, Shelby Co..  Their son King Henry Latham is the only relative I know about.. I would like to find any more children they had.  Both John and Mary was born in NC.  Clifford Eubanks 2


   Artie Barr, 84, of Garrison died January 25, 2004 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Caledonia Cemetery, Rusk County.  Born January 8, 1920, in Center, she was the daughter of William C. and Lola Taylor Covington.  Mrs. Barr was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lola Covington; husband, Thomas Lee Barr; daughter, Bonnie Bell Barr.  Survivors include sons, Thomas Ray Barr of Center, Jimmy Bruce Barr of Arlington, James terry Barr of Gary, David Barr of Richmond and Paul Barr of Garrison; daughters, Bertha Marie Abramowitz of Cantonment, Florida and R.Bell Penn of Grand Prairie; brothers, Jessie Ray Covington of Alto Loma and William Horace Covington of California; sisters, Daisy Carroll of Wilson, North Carolina, Essie Mae Ferguson of Lufkin.   Taylor Funeral Home.
J. D. Carroll
   J.D. Carroll, 90, of Center died January 26, 2004 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Many, Louisiana.  Born August 27, 1913, in Sabine Parish, Louisiana, he was the son of Daniel Webster and Alice Salter Carroll.  Mr. Carroll was preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Alice Carroll; son, Gary Carroll of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Billy Wayne Fountain, 63, of Center died January 28m 2004 in Houston.   Burial was in Old Salem Cemetery.  Born November 8, 1940, he was the son of Bill and Lessie Mancil Fountain.  Mr. Fountain was preceded in death by father, Bill Fountain; brother, Waylon Fountain.  Survivors include mother, Lessie Fountain of Center; wife, Carmel Fountain of Center; children, Ramona Coleman of Timpson, Shannon Gibbs of Center, Billy Fountain of Dixon, Tennessee and Buddy Fountain of Center; brothers, Jim Fountain, Gary Fountain and Larry Fountain, all of Center and Eddie Fountain of Etoile; sisters, Carol Cook of Conroe and Merlene Walhood of Vidor.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Dovie Adams, 92, of Center died January 29, 2004 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.   Born November 16, 1911, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of John T. and Jennie Emanis McCauley.  She was married to Ernest Adams, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include daughter, Kinda Baker of New Caney.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   David Eugene Schillings, 71, of Center died January 30, 2004 in Center. Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery.  Born April 19, 1932, in Shelbyville, he was the son of Thomas Jewell and Willie Beatrice Nail Schillings.  Survivors include his wife, Gladys Schillings of Center; daughter, Carolyn Jackson of Shelbyville; sons, Joseph Schillings, Anthony P. Schillings, Raul Schillings and Roy Weeks, all of Center; sister, Bennie Wilson of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Faye "Muddy" Green, 91, of Fannett died January 26, 2004 in Port Arthur.  Burial was in Carroll Cemetery.   Mrs. Green was born July 27, 1922, in Shelbyville.  Survivors include daughter Jeanine Sain of Fannett; son, Bobby Green of Nederland; brothers, Vance Green and Fred Green, both of Shelbyville; sisters,  Vernelle Williams of Kountze and Johnnie Price of Shelbyville.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home
   Willie Joe Williamson, 69, of Center died January 31, 2004 in Center.   Burial was in Jackson Cemetery.   Born September 28, 1934, he was the son of Jesse Colemon and Maureen Mitchell Williamson.  Survivors include sons, Shayne Williamson and Cole Williamson, both of Little Rock, Arkansas; brother Glenn Williamson of Florida; mother of his children, Beverly Williamson of Little Rock, Arkansas.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home
   James L. Thompson, 62, died January 26, 2004.  Burial was in Haslem Cemetery.  Mr. Thompson was born January 31, 1941 to Frank and Veannie Mae Thompson.   He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Vannie Mae Thompson and wife, Betty Jean Williams.  Survivors include Jerrell Thompson of Longview, Vanita Thompson McClelland of Houston, Don Thompson of Joaquin, Adrain Thompson of Mansfield, Louisiana. Hicks Mortuary.
   Burnet Richard, 100, died January 18, 2004.   Burial was in Friendship Bobo Cemetery.  Born September 11, 1903, in New Prospect Community, he was the son of Zack and Eliza Caraway Richard.  Mr. Richard was a graduate of Buena Vista School.  Survivors include sister, Lenora Crawford of New Prospect of Tenaha.  Community Funeral Home.
   Eloise Fountain, 76, died January 23, 2004.  Burial was in Westview Cemetery.  Born October 17, 1927, she was the daughter of Rector and Nettie McCollister.  Mrs. Fountain was preceded in death by parents, Rector and Nettie McCollister; brother, Evan McCollister and sister Othella McCollister.  Survivors include brother, Raymond McCollister; daughter, Wilma Mock; son, Robert Glenn Fountain.  Hicks Mortuary
   Jessie Obry Bricker, 67, of Huxley, died February 2, 2004 in Kirbyville.   Burial was in Strong Cemetery.   Born May 13, 1936, in Huxley, he was the son of William Henry Vicker, Sr. and Tommie Bright Bricker.  Survivors include brothers, Bill Bricker of Kirbyville and Frank Bricker of Mauriceville; sisters, Fanny Cook of Beaumont and Patsy Llamas of Huntsville.   Mangum Funeral Home.
   Bonnie L. Hope Wilkinson, 79, of Center, died February 2, 2004 in Center.   Burial was in Liberty Hill Cemetery, San Augustine County.  Born July 17, 1924, in Prattsville, Arkansas, she was the daughter of Clifton and Sadie Smith Hope.   Survivors include husband Dr. Milton Wilkinson; sons, Cliff Wilkinson of Center, Nick Wilkinson of Los Angeles, California and Tim Wilkinson of Destin, Florida; step-sons Wayne Wilkinson of Reynosa, New Mexico and George Wilinson of Shallowwater; sisters, Ruth Sealy of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Eloise Ray of Sheridan, Arkansas, Maxine Brittain of Dallas, Genivie Thompson of Cleveland and Merline Whitfield of Hot Springs, Arkansas; brother, Russll Hope of Livingston.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   David Gunnels, 37, of Sugarland died February 1, 2004.  Burial was in Spann Chapel, Shelby County.  Born July 20, 1966 in Center, he was the son of john Edward and Martha Sue Shipp Gunnels.   Survivors include his wife Christy Raines, of Sugarland; parents, John and Martha Gunnels of Kingwood; daughters, Brittany Gunnels, Samantha Gunnels and Ashley Mann, all of Sugarland, Texas; brother, Marc Gunnels of Kingwood.  Davis Greenlawn Funeral Home.
  Morris Lee Booth, 56, of Nacogdoches died February 2, 2004 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Westview Cemetery, Shelby County. Born August 30, 1947 in Shelby County he was the son of Morris Booth, SR. and Kate White Booth.  Survivors include his wife Virginia Booth of Nacogdoches; sons, LaShun Booth of Kingsland, Georgia, Barthlomew Booth Sr. of Nacogdoches and Jackie booth of Lufkin; daughter, Ramona Booth of Houston; sisters, Katie Hall of Cushing and Alzato Smith of Nacogdoches.  Sid Roberts Funeral Home
   Bettie Sue Belin, 56, of Center died February 3, 2004 in Center.  Burial was in Thompson Cemetery, Shelby County. Born March 23, 1947, in Center, she was the daughter of Frank Moton and Marvis Johnson.   Survivors include husband, Joe Belin of Center; daughter Tanya Yvette Belin of Center; sons, Joe B. Belin of Houston and James D. Belin and Travis W. Belin, both of Center; stepfather, N.H. Johnson, Sr. of Center; stepchildren, Damone D. Giles and Jasmine N. Robeson; sisters, Mavis D. Nickerson of Houston, Doris MN. Stansberry of Center and Carolyn S. Lacy of San Augustine; brothers, James W. Moore of Tenaha, Tommy L. Johnson of Houston, Willie L. Johnson of Shelbyville, Clyde Johnbson of Center and Eddie Johnson of Lufkin. Sid Roberts Funeral Home
   James David Yates, 33, of Joaquin died February 3, 2004 in Joaquin.   Burial was in Jackson Cemetery.   Born May 24, 1970, in Shreveport, he was the son of Mary Louise Yates.   Survivors include his mother, Mary Louise Yates of Joaquin.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.



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