Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending March 15, 2002


GANN Anne Funderburk COGSWELL Cathy Brown Cogswell JORDAN Edith Burrows

Corrections/Additions/New Stuff 


Joaquin High School Classes 1949 thru 1953 have been added to the web site this week


We need annuals for Joaquin from Classes 1951 and 1975 or any before 1948.
We are still looking for an annual of 1991, 1993 and 1999  of Center High School
We need annuals from Shelbyville High from the years prior to 1973 and 1980 thru 1991.
We still need Timpson and Tenaha High School Annuals.
If you have or know where these can be found please email Leonard Irish.


    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.  The due date for articles is March 31, 2002.  You may visit the web site at for more information.


If you have interest in the Civil War, Texas and other States, this site is a great place to visit-click here




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

I am looking for any information on my cousin Bart Gann.   His wife and children. Bart died in Shelby Co.Tx. Jan. 09, 1978. Photos would be great. Thanks   Annie Funderburk 



Our families that are from that  area are Smotherman, Lambert,Collins, and Jackson.  My ggrandfather was Mr Joe Smotherman ,he lived down by the Jackson Church(where Mr. and Mrs. Lilly live).  I have  gone as far back as to England 1723 with the Smothermans. I'm looking  for any other family members that I don't have on my list. My grandparents were James(J.L.) and Tennie Mae Smotherman.  We lost the both of them in the last two years. They are resting in the Jackson Cem. with his parents and his grandparents.   Her parents are at Joaquin Cem with other family members.My mother is Mollie Elizabeth Smotherman Graves.   I am Pamela Denise Graves Smith, we live in Kilgore and try to get down for church as much as possible.  We have six children and three grandbabies, so we really  don't get down as  much as we should.  If you  hear of any other family members, it does't matter  how far down the line please let them know my email address. Thank you so much for getting    back with  me. Pamela Smith   




HERBERT G. OWENS---Herbert G. Owens, 77, of Center died March 7, 2002 at his residence.  Burial was in Joaquin Cemetery.  Born November 11, 1924, in Shelby County, he was the son of Will and Leta Brown Owens.  He was preceded in death by his wife Vivian Owens; parents Will and Leta Owens; and brother Aaron Owens.  Mr. Owens is survived by his son John Owens of Irving.  Mangum Funeral Home.
GLADYS IRENE COCKRELL---Gladys Irene Cockrell, 89, of Tyler died March 14, 2002 in Hospice Home Tyler.  Burial was in Sholar Cemetery.  Born January 26, 1913 in Paxton, she was the daughter of Ed and Mildred Daniel Whiddon.   She was married to Robert Earl Cockrell, and he preceded her in death. Mrs. Cockrell is survived by sons, Olan Ray Cockrell and Jacky Cockrell, both of Tyler; dauaghter, Earlene Heidingsfelden of Port Arthur; sisters, Ona Lee Pyron and Dovie Cole, Both of Tyler, and Mavis Forsythe and Era Scott, both of Port Arthur.  Mangum Funeral Home.
MABLE LOIS HURST MCELYEA---Mable Lois Hurst McElyea, 95, died March 11, 2002 in Plano.  Burial was in Ramah Cemetery.  She was born September 25, 1906 in Tenaha.  Mrs. McElyea was preceded in death by her husbands, Clarence Hurst and Earl McElyea; son Boyd Hurst.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.