Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending April 5,  2002
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ARNOLD Michelle Holston RICHARDS Michelle Holston

Corrections/Additions/New Stuff 



We wish make a special thanks to all of you who have helped us by loaning your annuals to be scanned and put on our website.  For Joaquin Annuals, A special thanks to Edgel Permenter, Mike Wood, Elaine Davis, Mery Henry and Charlotte Hughes.  For Center we wish to thank the Center High School Library, the First Baptist Church Library, Lena and Dyson Nickle, and the Fannie Brown Booth Library.  For Shelbyville, we wish to thank Tammie Steptoe, Bonnie Moore, Charlotte Hughes and Barbara Lout.  For the Center Christian School, thanks to Charlotte Hughes.  I hope that I have not forgotten to thank someone else.  If I have please forgive me.  Leonard Irish


Shelbyville High School, classes 1980 through 1987 and 1997 has been added to the web.


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, 1988, 1990 and 1991
We still need Timpson and Tenaha High School Annuals.
If you have or know where these can be found please email Leonard Irish.


  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 June 30, 2002.  You may visit the web site at for more information.


The Smith Cemetery, James Community, has been transcribed and is on the Web site.


   This page is open for anyone to submit information or queries.
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Does anyone  have any idea where I can find information on the old Santa Fe train that ran from Center to Beaumont back in the 30's?  I would love to get a picture of that train.  I have very fond memories of it as mama and I used to ride it to Beaumont to visit her parents.  I remember two of the conductors faces but not their names.  I've gone to every Santa Fe web site I can find but nothing on that particular train.  I'm so sorry the folks in Center didn't preserve the old depot.......I think so much could have been done with it.   I can't find anything in the history books I have on Center.  Someone should write an article about that train.  You know Brad Collier was the telegraph operator and he taught me how to fly.......good memories......       June Stolebarger 2


I am searching for information on the SHEPHERD (SHEPHEARD) family in Shelby County, Texas.  Any informaion on Cecelia (Celia) Willis Towns Shepherd who moved to Texas from Wilkes County, Georgia in the 1870's to 1890's and her decendents would be greatly appreciated.  I am very willing to share my information on her, her first husband and her ancestors who lived in Georgia. Frances Henderson Johnson  My email address is:




BOBBY L. HOWARD---Bobby L. Howard, 56, of Texas City, died March 30, 2002 in Texas City.  Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Shelby County.  Mr. Howard was born January 25, 1946 in Center.  He is survived by his wife Patricia; son Steven Craig Howard; daughters, Stephanie Whittington, Charissa Nichols, Stacy David, Amy Ramsey and Candice Rife; mother Ora Pauline Howard; brother, Rex Howard: sisters, Laverne Jeans and Betty Sue Howard.  Mangum Funeral Home.
TOMMY SHARPTON---Tommy Sharpton, 60, of San Augustine died March 30, 2002 at his residence.  Burial was in Old Salem Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born February 26, 1942, he was the son of Seab Sharpton and Arme Stewart.  Survivors include his daughter, Pricilla Louis Sharpton; brother, Charles Raiford Sharpton.   Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.
LAURIE ELBERT HAGLER---Laurie Elbert Hagler, 89, of Center died April 1, 2002 in Shelby Regional Hospital.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born January 23, 1913, in Shelby County, he was the son of John Wilburn and Edna Matthews Hagler. He was married to Alice Hagler and she preceded him in death.  Survivors include sons, Wayne Hagler and Jimmy Hagler, both of Center; daughter, Barbara Hagler of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.
W.D. NICHOLS---W.D. Nichols, 60, of Timpson, died April 3, 2002 in Tyler.  Buial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Born February 12, 1942, in Patroon, he was the son of Willie Dee and Susie Deanson Nichols.  Survivors include his wife  Whirley Hartley Nichols of Timpson; sons, Patrick Nichols of dayton and Larry Hendricks of Garrison; daughters, Angela Griffin of Nacogdoches, Paula Wright of Fairfield and Robin Hendricks of Timpson; brother John D. Nichols of Garrison; sisters, Shirley Herrington of Longview.  Taylor Funeral Home