Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending March 28, 2003
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  Before KDET came to Center--- Funeral notices were printed notices with black borders and delivered to all stores around the square and to homes.

Punctuation marks were NOT used in printing until about 1520.

If you put a few tablespoons of Vanilla in a cup of water and let it stand in the room where there is fresh paint, it will dispel the paint odor.


The annual Vaught Family Reunion will be held April 12, 2003 at Frazier Hall at the Stockman Community Church at Stockman. Time will be 10:00 a.m. until, dinner will be served at 12:00 noon. These are the descendants of Lena Francis Vaught and James Oscar Vaught. Family and friends are invited through this announcement. Troyce Hendricks. email


The annual HOGAN family reunion will be held on April 12, 2003 at the Scout House in Diboll, Texas from 9:00 AM-3:00PM.   Please bring a covered dish. For more information, call Grace Hogan Foresyth in Center, TX at 936-598-2612. Jane Sanford-Hogan Keppler


The Martha Moce Burial site has been updated with the name correction to Martha McGee.  Thanks to Lloyd Beckham for submitting the following:
My father is Aubrey Beckham, who owns the land where Martha is buried.  There could be 10 to 15 people buried there, as some of the red rocks used as head stones are below the ground a couple of inches. Since the 1900 census list of people living in Shelby county has become available, I found listing of father (Ben F. Mcgee) and mother (Sarah J. Mcgee) , as well as brothers and sisters. I believe the man that that owned the land, at that time was William B. Wood and Sallie A. Wood, who had country store and house on the land. The land is still known as " Old Wood's Place".   Lloyd Beckham


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I am looking for anyone connected to the Walling family-originally from Panola and Shelby Counties. Frank Walling is my great-uncle. Would like contact with his family and any other Walling descendents. 2



   Marjorie Cox Beasley, 80, of Tenaha died March 21, 2003 in Carthage.   Burial was in Old Center Cemetery.  Born June 29, 1922, in Panola County, she was the daughter of Ferrin Lorenzo and Olive Idell Moore Graves. Ms. Beasley is survived by her daughter, Helen Harman of Onalaska.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home
   Richard L. Fancher, 49, of Martinsville, died  March 23, 2003 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in White Rock Cemetery.  Born May 14, 1953, in Shelby County, he was the son of James E. and Mary Jo Reeves Fancher.  Mr. Fancher is survived by his wife Brenda Fancher of Martinsville; son, Michael Fancher; daughter, Chanda Fancher Pipes; Brother, James A. Fancher of Graham, Texas; sister, Sharon Fancher.  Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home.
   Jimmy Lowell Webb, 67, of Center died March 23, 2003, in Shelby County.   Cremation was requested.  Born October 9, 1935, in Shelby County, he was the son of Lowell Webb and Zelda Bush Patterson.  Mr. Webb is survived by his mother Zelda Bush Patterson; wife, Waldine Webb of Bossier City, Louisiana; son, Colin Webb of Bossier City, Louisiana.  Mangum Funeral Home
   Joe Netherly, 80, of Center died March 18, 2003.  Burial was in Thompson Cemetery, Shelbyville.  Born March 28, 1922, in Shelby County, he was the son of Willis Netherly, Sr. and Mary Jane Matlock Netherly.  Mr. Netherly was preceded in death by his parents, nine brothers and one sister.  Survivors include son, Robert Woodridge of New Jersey; brother, Hollis Netherly of Los Angeles, California.  Hicks Mortuary.
   Charles Morgan Connell, 82, of Galena Park died March 25, 2003, in Houston.   Burial was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Cemetery.  Born December 26, 1920, in Rusk County, he was the son of John and Ethel Stone Connell.  Mr. Connell is survived by his wife Christy Faylene Rhodes Connell of Galena Park; sons, Mark Connell and David Connell, both of Houston; daughters, Elaine Welch of Pasadena and Rebecca Ann Graham of Huffman; sister, Sally Bird of Timpson.   Taylor Funeral Home.
   Jose Alberto Perez Gomez, 28, of Center died March 25, 2003 in Center.  Buiral will be in Mexico.  Born June 27, 1974, he was the son of Cliserio Perez Barahona.  Mr. Gomez is survived by nine brothers, two from Center, Raul Perez Gomez and Luis Miguel Perez Gomez; five sisters, one from Center, Lili Perez Gomez.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Juanita Strobel, 84, died March 25, 2003, in Shelby Regional Center.   Burial was in Joaquin Cemetery.  Born October 27, 1918, in Kilbourne, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Ben and Lucy Ann Russell.  Ms. Strobel is survived by daughters, Connie Giles of Chandler and Juanita Ann Cerventz of Joaquin; son, Ralph Joseph Strobel of New Boston; sister, Reba Wade of Richmond.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Bernadine Hooks, 44, of Grand Prairie died March 24, 2003 in Dallas.   Burial was was in Duncan Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born January 21, 1959, in Center, she was the daughter of Harris Cleveland and Vernell Windham Hooks.  Ms. Hooks is survived by mother, Vernell Hooks of Grand Prairie; daughter, Bernardette Padgett of Waco; sisters, Rhonda Hooks and Janell Hooks Beck, both of Grand Prairie.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Mary Evelyn Tilley, 81, of Timpson died March 23, 2003.  Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery.  Born December 12, 1921 in Timpson, she was the daughter of John and Viola Bay Ramsey Richards.  Ms. Tilley was preceded in death by her husband Charles Tilley.  Survivors include daughters, Candace King of Timpson, Pam Frey of Pasadena and Sherre Tilley of Pasadena; sisters, Ona Belle Ash of Pasadena and Allie Mae Richards of Pasadena.  Taylor Funeral Home.

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