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James Monroe Ross, born 1852 died 1918 has been added to Fairview Cemetery.

Does anyone know of a cemetery located near the Old Salem Community about one mile from an old cotton gin.  The McRae Family members are buried there. If you know of this cemetery please email    


The long anticipated, first annual Myers Family Reunion. Be sure and mark your calendar, May 15, 2004, starting around 10:00 am. Ramah Baptist Church, between Tenaha and Payton, Texas. This will be an opportunity to visit with folks you probably haven't seen in years. Everyone should bring an old fashioned covered dish. All family members and friends are urged to attend. A special invitation to Dock and Fannie Watson and Edgel Permenter. For more information please call David G. Myers at 936-825-7123 or email at of Peggy (Myers) Langley at 337-786-8150 or email at Hope to see you there!    


Buckner Extended Family Reunion. Saturday  May 8, 2004, Community Center on St Augustine Street, Center, Texas. Setting up at 9:00am but come at your convenience. Lunch at Noon. No Catering this year,  potluck.





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   Majorie Opal Beck Moran, 95, of Tomball died April 2, 2004 in Tomball.   Burial was in New Hope Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born June 15, 1908, in Center, she was the daughter of John and Cora Corbitt Beck. She had been a chemist for Cameron Iron Works in Houston.    Mrs. Moran was married to George Moran and he preceded her in death.   Survivors include, sisters, Mary Ella Walzel, Varina Kuykendall, Mildred Beck, LaQuida Beck and Sadie Leach; brothers, Bryan Beck, Alton Beck, Jesse Beck, and Weldon Beck.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Johnnie Ruth Jackson, 60, died March 26, 2004 in Shelby County. Burial was in East Liberty Cemetery.  Born December 25, 1943, she was the daughter of John E. and Amanda Randle Blount.  She was a member of East Liberty Baptist Church and was a 1962 graduate of East Liberty High School.  She was a graduate of Panola College of Cosmetology.  Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by husband, Sylvester Jackson; father, John Blount and brother, W. J. Blount.  Survivors include, children, Sylvia Johnette Jackson and Brian Lee Jackson; mother, Amanda Randle Blount; sisters, Mary LaBouve, Bobbie Boykins, Wilda Gardner, Verna Williams and Alice Davis.  Hicks Mortuary.
   Isaiah "Buck" Golden, 95, of Center died April 4, 2004 in Center. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.   Born July 19, 1908, in Shelby County, he was the son of Robert Henry and Janie Wilson Golden.  He was a member of Arcadia Church of Christ.   Mr. Golden was married to Mildred Loyce Jones Golden, and she preceded him in death.  Survivors include sons, Aaron B. Golden and R. J. Golden, both of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.
      Roxie Arnold, 95, died March 28, 2004.  Burial was in East Liberty Cemetery.  Born June 19, 1908, she was the daughter of Liz White and Sip Sharp.  She was a member of the "Order of Eastern Star, Love and Peace, Chapter 270.  Mrs. Arnold was preceded in death by her parents, Liz White and Sip Sharp and brothers and sisters.  Survivors include daughter, Lou Avis Phillips of Plain View, Virginia.  Hicks Mortuary.
   Phylls Bell, 42 died March 31, 2004.  Burial was in Westview Cemetery.   Born march 19, 1962, she was the daughter of Timothy and Billie Harris.  She was a 1980 Center High School graduate and employed at the Medical Center.  Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Charles Bell: daughter, LaTasha Kentrice Bell; son, Kenneth Bell, Jr.; brother, Timothy Mark Harris.  Hicks Mortuary. 
   Donnie Bragg, 48, of Milam died March 31, 2004 in Milam.  Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.  Born February 26, 1956 in Sabine County, he was the son of David Bragg and Evelyn Williams Bragg.  Mr. Bragg is survived by his wife Karen Bragg of Milam; mother, Evelyn Bragg of Milam; son Douglas Bragg of Center; step-son Joseph Windham of Center; daughters, Kristie Porter of Center and Vickie Clark of Center; step-daughter, Cristy Cassell of Huxley; brothers, Rodney Bragg of Huxley and Jerry Williams of Albuquerque. New Mexico; sisters, Martha Hagler of Milam, Pansy Gray of Garrison and Dorothy West of Evadale. 
   Oda Bridwell Latham, 101, of Nacogdoches died April 5, 2004 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Latham Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born September 1, 1901, in the Arcadia Community, she was the daughter of William Henry Bridwell and Amanda Palmer Bridwell.  Mrs. Latham was preceded in death by her parents William and Amanda Bridwell; husbands, John V. Yarborough and Clinton Latham; daughter, Helen Yvonne Jacobs; sisters, Nera Mason and Edna Nelson and brother Ernest Bridwell.  Survivors include daughter Irene Yarborough Grimsley of Longview and Bonnie Latham of Nacogdoches.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Michael Dwayne Presswood, 46, of Center died April 3, 2004 in Fort Worth.   Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center.  Born June 16, 1957, in Groves, he was the son of Wilburn Lewis and Janette Monk Presswood.  He was a self-employed Rancher.  Survivors include sons, Heath Presswood of Port Neches and Michael Den Presswood of Joaquin; daughter, Janette Presswood of Oklahoma; father and step-mother,. Wilburn and Fran Presswood of Orange; sister, Janice Miller of Groves; step-sisters, Carla Shelton of Isanti, Minnesota, Suzanne Reed of Orange and Kelly Smith of Weslaco.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Gertie Wilson Purifoy, 88, of Timpson, died April 7, 2004 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Corinth Cemetery, Timpson.   Born July 16, 1915, in Logansport, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Granville and Iris Roberts Wilson.  She was a homemaker.  Ms. Purifoy was married to Leonard Purifoy, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include, son, Mickey Purifoy of Lovelady; daughter, Shirley Pinkston of Salado; sisters, Ellie Quinn and Hazel Donaldson, both of Timpson.  Taylor Funeral Home.

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