Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending March 22, 2002
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BUSSEY William Pressly Devaughn William Pressly PRESSLY William Pressly
MAYS/MAYES S.Mays Sinclair GOODBREAD Ila Crabb DeSpain - -

Corrections/Additions/New Stuff 


Joaquin High School Classes 1976  thru 1988 have been added to the web site this week


We need annuals for Joaquin from Classes 1951 and 1975.
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.


Sam "Pat" Hooper has been added to the Military of World War II.

The Clardy Cemetery is been revisited and transcribed.

Watson & Sons Funeral Home Burial Records have been added to the web

Oaklawn Memorial Park has been added to Shelby County Cemeteries

Billy Clyde Stephenson has been added to the Korean Military Memorial




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  2



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    2

I am looking for BRANDT, JERRY and found his name in your Marriage Registry Index, 1976.   I wonder if this is the person I'm looking for,  he has a sister named DORIS BRANDT and his father is MR. JOHN BRANDT a German national. If he is still in your community, or anybody knows him, please send me his address, or notify him of this message. it's important. thanks a lot. Aaron Karlo <



CHARLES RUBEN JACKSON---Charles Ruben Jackson, 73, of Damon died March 15, 2002 in Methodist Hospital, Houston.  Burial was in Blair Cemetery, Timpson.  Born June 25, 1928, in Timpson, he was the ston of Herman Ruben and Lester Mae Herndon Jackson.  Survivors include son,s Ronald Jackson and Donald Jackson, both of Lewisville, Davis Jackson of Bedford and Darrell Jackson of Plano; brother, Ralph Haston Corry of Lake jackson; sister, Lou Nell Billingsley of Timpson.  Taylor Funeral Home.
JOHN ELVIN THOMPSON---John Elvin Thompson, 86, of Center died March 15, 2002 in Center.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center.   Born March 4, 1916 in Shelby County, he was the son of Johnny Regan and Dorinda Priester Thompson.  Survivors include wife, Lois Etoile Thompson, of Center; brothers, Willard Thompson and Steve Thompson, both of Center; sister, Aileen Lilly of Timpson.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
TRAVIS GLENN WAGGONER, JR.---Travis Glenn Waggoner, Jr., 82, of Pearland died March 15, 2002 in Clear Lake Regional Center.   Burial was in Wilkinson Cemetery, Center.   Born June 14, 1919, in Stamford, he was the son of Travis Glenn, Sr. and Vada Irene Turner Waggoner.  Survivors include sons, Travis Waggoner of Ft. Worth and Edwin Waggoner of Mauriceville; daughters, Marjorie Waggoner of Pasadena, Carmen Wallace of Pearland. Bonnie Gail Lassetter of Dayton and Glenda Andrews of LaPorte.  Mangum Funeral Home
DESSIE BELLE BALLARD---Dessie Belle Ballard, 87, of Kinder, Louisiana died March 15, 2002 in Louisiana.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park. Born October 8, 1914 in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Dock and Ollie Campbell Fleming.  She was married to Neal Ballard, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include a daughter, Pattie Martin of Kinder, Louisiana; sister, Leta Lansford of Center; brohter, J.C. Fleming of Beaumont. Mangum Funeral Home.
BOBBY NEAL CARTER---Bobby Neal Carter, 61, of Center, died March 16, 2002 in Shelby Regional.  Burial was in Rather Cemetery.  He was born January 30, 1941 in Gilmer, Texas.  Survivors include nieces, JoAnn Edwards, Donna Lindsey, Judy Scarbrough; and nephew Otha Davis, Jr.  Mangum Funeral Home
EDITH G. ROBERSON---Edith G. Roberson, 101, of Tenaha, died March 18, 2002 at Local Care Facility.  Burial was in Union Cemetery in Tenaha.  Born December 31, 1900, she was the daughter of Joseph T. and Clarisse Bogard Parker.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, four sisters and five brothers.  Mrs. Roberson is survived by her sons, Jack Roberson of Carthage, Chuck Roberson of Tenaha, Charles Roberson of Clear lake; brother Dick Parker of Tenaha; sisters Charcyce Menefee of Tenaha and Darrell Johnson of Carthage. 
CLEBURN MCCAULEY---Cleburn McCauley, 99, of Center, died March 16, 2002 in Holiday Nursing Home.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  He was born January 10, 1903, in Tenaha.  Mr McCauley was preceded in death by his wife Pauline McCauley.    Survivors include sister, Dovie Adams, of Center; Nieces and nephew, Jimmy and Jacie McCauley, Janice Peacock, J.M. McCauley, Bobby McCauley, Oneal McCauley, Charles Ray McCauley, Kinda Baker, David Bowlin, Louis Baowlin, Mack George Bowlin and Edwing Ott.