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                                                              Notes from Center Ridge, Texas -- November 18, 1884
---Death again has visited our region, this time taking away one of our best citizens, Uncle Lee A. Sinclair.  He was a friend all, and everyone who had acquaintance with found him true and honorable.  In his death, Shelby County has lost a grand old man, one who has spent a lifetime in her borders, living all the while at the same place.  Few of the old settlers of his day survive him.  It was a great treat to hear him relate besetting incidents of the older times.  Uncle Lee left a wife and three children to mourn his death, and the entire community deeply sympathizes with the affected ones.
---Mrs. Mary Spencer Sinclair, age 83, died at her home in Center Ridge, near Choice, in Shelby County.  She is survived by her husband, L.A. Sinclair, by several years.  Burial was in the Sinclair Cemetery, near her home.


                                                                    Notes from Shelbyville, Texas April 24-25, 1896
---Shelby County Teachers Institute Program: synthesis in Grammar, Mrs. Dean Sinclair.
---Mrs. Sudie Ramsey of Longstreet, La., came over last week and brought her daughter, Miss Effie, to attend school here. We feel sure she will be pleased with the school.


The annual Lilly - Scott family reunion will be held again this year on Sat. April 24th at the Martin Dies Texas State Park in Jasper Texas, 10
miles west of Jasper on U.S. Hwy 190 at the Magnolia Ridge Pavillion. (north side of U.S. Hwy 190) Descendants, relatives and friends of Samuel B. and Mina Lilly Scott are welcome. Large A/C dining room with restrooms and full kitchen. Plenty of outside shady places for children. Bring a covered dish and come have fun with us. For more info. 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.



HATTEN Cathy Hatten-Olsen LOUT Cathy Hatten-Olsen PARKER Cathy Hatten-Olsen
RICHARDSON Cathy Hatten-Olsen STRICKLAND Cathy Hatten-Olsen


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I am the great-great granddaughter of Abraham and Polly Young, Shelby County, Texas.  I am looking for information on two of their daughters:  Ellen or Ella Young and Emma Young.  They were both born in Shelby County, Texas around 1865 (Ellen) and 1878 (Emma).  I found marriage licenses for Ellen Young and J.R. Harris, Shelby County, Texas , June 6, 1897; Emma Young and Sam Gatsin, Shelby County, Texas, December 10, 1897. If any one has information, please  email 1



   Ellis L. Wilburn, 73, of Shelbyville, died April 9, 2004, in Shelbyville.   Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.   Born May 1, 1930, in Center, he was the son of Ellis E. and Dorothy Mae Truitt Wilburn.  He attended SFA, earning a bachelor of science and a master's in education.   He was retired from Clear Creek School ISD.  He was a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and the Texas Forestry Association.  Mr. Wilburn is survived by his wife, Jo  Beth Wilburn of Shelbyville; son, Mark Ellis Wilburn of Zwolle, Louisiana.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Mary Shadix, 92, of Center died April 12, 2004 in Center.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born November 4, 1911, in Flo, she was the daughter of Jack and Evie Shaw Moore.  Mrs. Shadix was a housewife and member of First Baptist Church Center..  She was married to Ellis Shadix, and he preceded her in death.   Survivors include, son Mac Shadix of Center; brother, Evan Moore of Flo; sister, Alice Barnett of Centerville.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Hoyt Askew, 80, of Beaumont died April 11, 2004 in The Clairmont.   Burial was in Lovell Cemetery, Center.  Mr. Askew was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in W.W.II.  He was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone.   Survivors include, daughters, Teri L. Petitt of Beaumont and Kayla Ann Askew Midgett of Virginia; sons, Steven Hoyt Askew of Beaumont, Lance Askew of Fannett, Stacy Askew and Brian Askew, both of San Leon; sister, Margaret Warner of Houston.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Tommy Gene Forbis, 45, of San Leon died April 10, 2004, in San Leon.   Burial was in Old Center Cemetery, Panola County. Born October 16, 1958, in Houston, he was the son of Thomas W. and Dorothy Emmons Forbis.  He was employed by Dunbar Construction and a member of Maranatha Baptist Church.  Survivors include wife, Theresa Forbis of San Leon; son, Tommy Jack Forbis of San Leon; daughter, Crystal Forbis of San Leon parents, Thomas W. and Dorothy f. Forbis of Shelbyville; sister, Birginia Meadows of San Leon; brother, William R. Forbis of Shelbyville.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   John Wayne Cruse, 59, of Center died April 12, 2004 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery.   Born July 29, 1944, in Orange, he was the son of John B. and Stella Cruse.   Mr. Cruse was employed with Bruce Hardware Floors and member of Neuville Baptist Church.  Survivors include his wife, Helen Cruse of Center; sons, Allen Cruse of Longstreet, Louisiana and Randel Cruse of Houston; daughter, Christy Smith of Carthage; sisters, Billy Kay of Huxley and Betty Weatherford of Zavalla.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Barbara Lynne Mixon Laws, 46, of Claremont, North Carolina died April 9, 2004 in Lenoir, North Carolina.  Burial was in Strong Cemetery, Shelby County.  Ms. Laws is survived by husband, Steve Laws of Claremont; sons, Christopher Cory Pair, U.S. Medic, Iraq, Daniel Pair, U.S. Army, Alaska and Aaron Laws and Jonathan Laws, both of Claremont; daughters, Stephanie Laws and Ashley Laws, both of Claremont; mother, Rose Marie Mixon of Houston; brothers, Raymond Mixon of Center, Patrick Mixon of Huntsville, Michael Mixon of Keister, Minnesota, Gerald Mixon of Stafford and William Beaud Mixon of Houston; sisters, Elizabeth Kelly of Rosenberg and Jeanette Smith of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Charlie Mae Rather, 72, died April 7, 2004.  Burial was in St. John Cemetery.  Born June 4, 1931, in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Charlie and eldorea McClelland.  Mrs. Rather was Food Service Supervisor.  Survivors include son, Learie Rather of Houston; daughters, Gayle Booth and Tora Nash, both of Center.  Hicks Mortuary.

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