Shelby County News

Week Ending March 10, 2005


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 An old English Saying:
"Buy a broom in May, and you will sweep your friends away."

In Welsh Tradition among the Gypsies, there was an old custom of the broomstick wedding.   The couple solemnized their rites before witnesses by jumping over a broom placed in a doorway, without dislodging it. To dissolve the marriage, they had to reverse the process, jumping backwards out of the house, over the broom, before the same witnesses. 
        An old Yorkshire belief: should a young girl inadvertently step over a broom handle she will become, a mother before she becomes a wife.
        In Sicily, on Midsummer's Eve,  a broom is placed outside the home to ward off any wickedness that might come knocking. Never sweep after the sunset, or fear chasing away happiness  or hurting a wandering soul.  Brooms laid across the doorways are believed to keep evil out.  Never use a broom when there is a dead person in the house.  Never bring old brooms into new houses as a broom becomes attached to houses so leave the old one behind. Never walk on a broom. Never use a broom to sweep outside the house, unless the inside of the house is cleaned first.  If you sweep under someone's feet tell them that you will dance at their wedding. Otherwise they will have bad luck.  A new broom should sweep dirt out of a house only after it has swept something in.

WALNUT GROVE COMMUNITY --- The Walnut Grove Community was once a part of Shelby County.  The picture of the Pate Family looks like the camera was tilted, but the houses leaned sideways like that.  Notice the had-split boards and mud chimneys.  The family shown is that of Jeff and Lizzie Pate.  The children include twins, Amos and Obie, nicknamed Cudge, on the right with a brother between them.


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    Mildred Wigley Dean Langford, 92, of Lufkin died March 2, 2006 in Lufkin.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Shelby County.  Born October 18, 1913, in Louisiana, she was the daughter of Winifred Robinnete and Ed Carney.  Mrs. Langford was preceded in death by her husbands, Jasper Wigley, L. D. Dean and Larry Langford.  Survivors include sons, the Rev. Charles Wigley and Michael Wigley, both of Conroe; daughter, Ann Lewis of Lufkin; stepdaughters, Joyce Dean and Carolyn Patterson, both of Nacogdoches; stepdon, Robert Dean of Nacogdoches.  Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home.
    Lela Parker, 97, died February 29, 2006 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Shelby County.  Born September 14, 1908, in Kirbyville, she was the daughter of Hamp V. and Ellie McMahon.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Willie Bea Rains and her husband Willie B. Parker.  Survivors include daughter, Majorie Culver of Tulsa Oklahoma; son, Billy rae Parker of Atlanta Georgia; brother, Hoy McMahon of Center. 
     1st Class Petty Officer, George Thomas Hughes, 40, died February 3, 2006.  Burial was in Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Houston.  Born November 10, 1966, in Center, he was the son of Frances and Thomas Hughes.  Survivors include his wife Alexis; daughter, Caiden Emily Rose; stepdaughters, Rachael and Callie Billiot; parents, Frances and Thomas Hughes; sisters, Catherine Foote, Ann Rewis and Michelle Hughes. 
    Bob Young, 57, of Baytown, died February 28, 2006 in Baytown.  Cremation was requested.  He was born November 9, 1948, in Charleston, West Virginia.  Mr. Young was preceded in death by is mother, Edith Brown.  Survivors include his wife, Jeannette Young of Shelbyville; sons, Robbie Young and Scott Young, both of Richmond, Virginia; father and stepmother, Jesse L. and Kaye Brown of Chesapeake. West Virginia; brothers, Ken Brown of Kansas City, Kansas, Eddie Brown of Sutton, West Virginia and Jack Brown of Chelyan, West Virginia. 
    Mither Picolla Patrick, 81, died March 4, 2006 at her residence.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born July 13, 1924, in Hall Summitt, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Dewey and Susie Smith.  Mrs. Patrick was preceded in death by infant son Dewey Lynn Patrick.  Survivors include husband, Thomas Alton Patrick; children Tom Patrick, Joyce Kane, Jinx Preble, Barbara Kelly, Ron Patrick. Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   JoAnn O'Rear Lanigan, 74, of Shreveport died March 3, 2006.  Burial was in Wimberly-Rayburn Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born November 24, 1931, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Joe and Hilda Wych O'Rear.  Survivors include husband, Kenneth Lanigan of Shreveport, Louisiana; daughter, Pat Lanigan of Shreveport. 
    Samuel R. Daw, 68, of Willis died March 4, 2006.   Burial was in Joaquin Cemetery.  Born November 30, 1937, in Vivian, Louisiana, he was the son of M. D. Daw and Perdita Miller Daw.  Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Cockrell Daw of Willis; daughters, Mary Angela Daw of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Susanne Hunt of Coppel; sister, Marianne Gordon of Portland, Oregon.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    William Smith, 71, of Livingston died March 4, 2006 at his residence.  Burial was in Strong Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born September 23, 1934, in Houston, he was the son of Carl and Syble Harrison Smith.  Mr. Smith had served as Livingston Police, Chief Deputy for Waller County.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  Survivors include his wife, Sally Jonell Smith; son, Tim Smith of Livingston; daughters, Carol Wilkinson of Livingston and Mary Beth Terry of San Saba; brothers, Jerry Smith of Austin and Jack Smith of Montgomery.  Cockran Funeral Home, Livingston.
    Velma Lee, 86, of Center died March 1, 2006.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Dora Cravens; brother, Tony Cravens; sisters, Cleo Vinson and Nanny Sump.  Survivors include son, Lawrence Gandy of Phoenix; daughters, Sandi Sample of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Shirley Tippit, 76, of Center died March 6, 2006 in Lufkin.  Burial was in White Rock Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born September 21, 1929, she was the daughter of Hoyle and R. V. Tindol Conder.  Survivors include son, Louis Ciccone of Denver, Colorado; daughter, Virginia Self of Hugh, Oklahoma; brothers, Jimmy Corder of Hollister, California and Bobby Corder of Crosby.  Mangum Funeral Home.
     James Carroll Oliver, 80, of Timpson died March 6, 2006 in Center.  Cremation was requested.  Born February 16, 1926, in the Arcadia Community, he was the son of Riley Bryant and Bessie Withley Oliver.  Survivors include his wife, Georgette Pauwels Oliver of Timpson; son, Jimmy Carroll Oliver of Mineola; brothers, Gordon Oliver of Houston, Dr. Byron Oliver of St. Johns, Virgin Islands and Cecil Oliver of Timpson; sisters, Bess Reeves of Center and Caroling Elliott of Houston.  Taylor Funeral Home.
    Mildred Lamerle Johnson Pickard, 80, of Cleveland, Texas died March 8, 2006 in Conroe.  Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born February 11, 1926, in Center, she was the daughter of Thomas and Callie Johnson.  Mrs. Pickard was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd Pickard; daughter, Carolyn Pickard Roshto; and brother, Grady Johnson.  Survivors include brothers, Howard Johnson of Jasper and the Rev. J. T. Johnson of Nacogdoches; sister, Lena Mae Perry of Grapevine.  Cason-Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
    Reva "Vi" Johnson, 73, of Nacogdoches died March 8, 2006 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County.   Born July 25, 1932, she was the daughter of O. H. and Julia Nealon.  Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters and her son Tom Johnson.  Survivors include her husband, the Rev. John T. Johnson. 

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