Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending February 15, 2002



ADAMS Sheila Thrash AYERS Lawrence Ayers SHERROD Bonnie Kaemmerling

Corrections/Additions/New Stuff 


We are looking for the annuals of other High Schools in Shelby County.   If you have one or know where we can obtain the annual email Leonard Irish.  The following annuals for Center High School are needed:
1974, 1991, 1993, 1999



    Don't forget, articles for the Shelby County History Book, Volume II is in the process of being gathered.  Your family history should be recorded.  Forward all articles to Shelby County Historical Society, P. O. Box 1542, Center, Texas, 75935.    You may visit the web site at for more information.







   This page is open for anyone to submit information or queries.

 Am trying to get info on my grgrparents Rev James Sodine & Mary Jane McCary Murphy Sr. They lived in the Arcadia/Center area from 1870ish til his death in 1902. Would like to have his date of death if there are newspaper, mortuary records, census info etc. that I might get access to. We are placing a cemetery marker on his grave this year, 100 years after his death, and would like to have the info for that purpose.   If there is any other info available on him or my  grgrgparents, William Littlepage & Mary Worsham McCary  I would love to have that also.    Any cousins interested in the marker installation  service email me and I will keep you posted as to when
this event will take place in Shelby Co.  2


I am trying to find any information on my gggrandfather,William Nail, married Charity Sessums Courtney around 1851, Had 3 children by this marriage John Washington Nail, Sarah Catherine Nail and S.D. Nail, believe he died before 1860, would especially like  to know date of death and place of burial, but anything wil be greatly appericated.  Thank You,  Linda Van Bruggen


My name is Lawrence Ayers,my father name was Marshall Ayers and my mother name is Marie Ayers. Her maiden name was Mims. I am related  to Eltroy, Mitroy, Sonny and host of other Ayers in Center.We moved to Houston in 1952 and my father died in 1955. Any information would-be helpful. Thank You.



TONY JACKSON ADAMS---Tony Jackson Adams, 45, died Februry 8, 2002.  Burial was in New Hope Cemetery Mr. Adams was born August 27, 1956 to Rev. T.O. and Lillie Lou Cook Adams.  Mr. Adams was preceded in death by his father Rev. T.O. Adams.  Survivors include his mother, Lillie Lou Adams of Center; brothers, David Adams and Jerry Adams, both of Center; sisters, Helen Dillon and Nita Sims, both of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.
AUDREY MAE ALLEN---Audrey Mae Allen, 82, died February 2, 2002.  Burial was in Old Salem Cemetery.  Mrs. Allen was born October 4, 1920 in San Augustine County.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Calvin King; husband, Thruman Allen; brother, Alton Fountain.  Mrs. Allen is survived by her son Norman Calvin King of Nacogdoches; daughters, Verda Hasley of Nacogdoches, Sylvia Rouse of San Antonio and LaDonna Slay of Longview.  Sisters, Merle Youngblood of Kingwood, and Loyce Watson of Center. Metcalf Funeral Home, Nacogdoches.
ARDIELA ADDLEE ANTHONY---Ardeila Addlee Anthony, 88 died February6, 2002 in Bridge City.  Burial was in Sardis Cemetery, Shelby County.  Mrs. Anthony was born January 24, 1914 in Shelby County.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee E. Anthony; son Lee Allen Anthony; and grandson, William Lee Scheps.  Mrs. Anthony is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann Clement of Askdown and Maxie Hayes of Maruiceville; son Gordon Anthony of Orange.  Watson & Son Funeral Home.
TRUMAN D. BELROSE---Truman D. Belrose, 55, of Oklahoma City died February 6, 2002 in Oklahoma City.  Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.  Mr. Belrose was born October 6, 1946 to Troy Dale and Claudia Cogswell Belrose.  He is survived by his daughter, Crystal Koonce of Carthage; mother, Claudia Martin of Joaquin; brother, C.D. Belrose of Dayton, E. M. Belrose of Lufkin Bill Belrose of Kingsland, Roy Dale Belrose of Buford, Georgia Austin Belrose of Logansport, and John Thomas Martin of Joaquin; sisters Eva Grice of Logansport, June Dobos of Tenaha Billie David of Olathe, Colorado and Laverne Sanders of Mt. Enterprice.  Mangum Funeral Home.
JEWEL DAVIS MARTIN---Jewel Davis Martin, 95, of Center, died February 7, 2002 in Douglas, Texas.  Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.   Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband; Cecil Martin; her parents, Mary Catherine Rogers and James Duncan Davis; 12 brothers and sisters.   Mrs. Martin is survived by her daughter, Linda Cavender of Somerville;  Mangum Funeral Home.
GEORGIA WINDHAM---Georgia Windham, 84, of Nederland died February 11, 2002 in Nederland.  burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.   Mrs. Windham is survived by daughter, Eva Mosley of Nederland; son, Jerry Windham of Nederland.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.