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Week Ending April 22, 2005


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The second Myers Family Reunion will be Saturday, May 14, 2005 in the fellowship hall at Ramah Baptist Church. Please bring a covered dish for lunch and any old pictures of Paxton and family members that you may have. Get there early and plan on spending the day. For more information contact David G. Myers  e-mail , Peggy (Myers) Langley e-mail , Angela (Myers) Cervantez  e-mail


The annual Lilly - Scott reunion will be held in Jasper, Texas at the Martin Dies State Park on Sat. April 30th.   Descendants, relatives and friends of the late Mina Lilly Scott and Samuel B. Scott are all invited.   It's a covered dish affair and dress is casual. So come on down and have fun with us for more info contact


Shelby County in World War II exhibit is now open at the Shelby County Museum. Hours are 1p.m. to 4p.m. daily. To arrange for special tours call the Museum at 936-598-3613


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    I am searching for information about my grandfather, Joe Elec Bryant ( J. E. Bryant) ( Joe Eleck Bryant) who was born in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Texas on 27 August, 1847.  His parents possibly were John Bryant, born 1815 in Alabama, and Lavina B. Cooper, born 1824 in Tennessee.
His mother died when he was small and he and a sister were left in the care of one set of grandparents.  At the age of 11 years he left his grandparents, setting out on his own, possibly working in the lumber camps of East Texas.  My first record of him is in Upshur (now Camp) County in the City of Pittsburg, Texas in 1864 where, at the age of 17 years,  he joined a new company of the Confederate Home Guard which was raised by Josh Johnson and proceeded to Johnson County, Texas where they served as guards at a prisoner of war camp.  After the war ended in 1865 he possibly remained in Johnson County and drove a team of oxen to Dallas, Texas hauling freight on a regular basis.
 My next record of him is in Grandview, Johnson County, Texas when he married (his second marriage) my grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Nelson on 10 December, 1885.  Around 1900/1901 he and his family moved to Snyder, Scurry County, Texas, and then on to Terry County, Texas about 1905 where he lived until his death in 1939. Kenneth Bryant Cook 2


    Richard and Hannah Yarbrough are listed on the 1850 census of Shelby County Texas along with several children, Elizabeth, John, Mary, James, Gilbert Gains, Sary, Joel, Amandy.   Not listed is Narcissa, believed to be the oldest daughter who was married to John W. Burns in 1850, along with three daughters, Mary, Hannah, & Martha.  Richard is listed on the Shelby Tax rolls as early as 1837.  A land grant was alloted to Richard in 1839 by the Republic of Texas.  I am seeking to exchange information with other descendants of Richard and Hannah.  I am the third Great Grandaughter of Narcissa Yarbrough and John W. Burns.  Carol Vincell  2


Any information On Schoolers, Corbells and Brittains would be appreciated.  My 2nd great grandfather was Benjamin Henry Schooler.  My great grandfather was Benjamin Henry Schooler. He married Sarah Ann Corbell. Any Information On Corbells ,Schoolers and Brittains Would Be appreciated. Thanks Mary Gibson. 2


Looking for my cousin, Anne Doggett, who graduated from Center High School in 1971. If you know her whereabouts please email Alan Daggett at  2


   Doris Marie Hays Davenport, 75, of Gary died April 16, 2005 in Carthage.  Burial was in Tennessee Cemetery.  Born November 12, 1929, she was the daughter of Haywood H. and Pauline Nunnlee Hay.  Survivors include husband, Marvin Davenport; sons, David Mitchell Davenport and Haywood Benjamin; brother James M. Hays; and sister, Shirley Royal.  Hawthorn Funeral Home
   Eva Stanley Taylor, 97, of Joaquin died April 12, 2005 in Center.  Burial was in Willow Grove Cemetery.  Born October 21, 1907, in Stanley Louisiana, she was the daughter of Buster and Lena Stanley.  Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by husband Howard Taylor, brothers, Pete Stanley and Douglas Stanley; and sisters, Bobbie Stanley and Maurice Chandler.  Survivors include son, Joe Taylor of Rosenbery; daughter, Loretta McGurit of Logansport; sisters, Myrtle Lee Windham, Mabel Dawson and Billy Latham; brothers, Roy Stanley and Murray Stanley.  Roseneath Funeral Home.
   Annie B. Scott, 90, of Center died April 20, 2005, in Center.  Burial was in Strong Cemetery.  Born December 22, 1914, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of George W. and Almeda Chambliss Bass.  Survivors include daughter, Grace Wilburn of Shelbyville and Murlene McMahon, Edith Hughes and Cathy Holt, all of Center; son, Bobby Scott of Joaquin; brother Kester Bass of Shelbyville; sisters, Myrtie Lou Williams and Gay Nell Crawford, both of Shelbyville.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   George Bailey, 68, of Neuville Community died April 20, 2005, at his residence.  Burial was in Neuville Cemetery.  Born June 18, 1936, in Center, he was the son of J. C. and Lona Bailey.  Mr. Bailey was retired from L&R Lumber Company.  Survivors include wife, Jerry Ann Bass Bailey of Neuville; daughters, Lavonda Tackett of Center and Terre Noble and Kim Hennigan, both of Center; brothers, Bill Bailey and James Bailey, both of Center; sisters, Ethel Gee and Christine Waller, both of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Claude Jackson Methvin, 83, of Timpson died April 20, 2005, in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson.  Born June 21, 1921, in Jena, Louisiana, he was the son of Joseph Eugene and Grace Methvin.  Mr. Methvin had been a machinist with Gray tool.  He was a veteran of WWII.  He was preceded in death by his first wife Vera Molloy Methvin.  Survivors include his wife, Tommie Wall Methvin of Timpson; daughters, Claudette Braden of Spring and Lola Jacobs of Woden.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Ruth Jones Graves, formerly of Joaquin, died April 19, 2005 in Shreveport.  Burial was in O.E. Price Cemetery, Logansport.  Mrs. Graves was preceded in death by husband, Jimmy Graves.  Survivors include son, David Graves of Logansport; daughters, Sherry Dean of Shelbyville, Joyce Singleton of Tyler and JoLynn Lewis of Shreveport; sister, Oletha Chambers of Grand Prairie.  Rose Neath Funeral Home.
   Dalton Fletcher, died April 14, 2005.  Burial was in Antioch Cemetery, Timpson.  Born June 23, 1933, he was the son of Pairlee and Willie Fletcher.  Mr. Fletcher is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mildred Fletcher; brothers, Wise B. Ross and Sidney Fletcher; and sister Willie Lee Fletcher. Survivors include son Curtis Simon; sisters, Lovie Goosby and Sue Davis; brother, L. c. Fletcher.  Community Funeral Home.


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