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Did you know you it's bad luck ????

For a bird to get in your house   To pass anyone on the stairs To raise an umbrella in the house
To step over a broom    To move on Friday To thank a person for a flower
To bring a hoe in the house   A rooster to crow at the back door   Right eye itches, you will be displeased
If you put clothes on wrong side out   wear them till noon, and have good luck    Let anyone sweep under your feet you will never get married A horse-fly in house and lands on anything white, there will be a death in the house.  


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.





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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 2



   Jerry Michael Estes, 33, of Lufkin died April 15, 2004, in Denton.   Burial was in Ramah Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born December 5, 1970, in Mansfield, Louisiana, he was the son of Elzie Ray and Vera Lou Davis Estes.  Mr. Estes was a 21 year competitor in Special Olympics.   He is survived by his mother, Vera Roberts and husband Bill Roberts of Tenaha; father Elzie Ray Estes of Joaquin; brothers, Bobby Eddie Estes of Joaquin and James Estes of Shelbyville; grandfather, George Davis, Jr. of Tenaha.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Edward Shofner, 71, of Timpson died April 16, 2004 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Willow Grove Cemetery, Shelby County. Born April 16, 1933, in Center, he was the son of Oscar and Ellen Ervin Shofner.  He was a retired truck driver and a member of Timpson Masonic Lodge #437.   Mr. Shofner is survived by daughters, Susan R. Shofner of Grand Saline, Jan Berry of Shelbyville and Monise Rashell Shofner of Timpson; brother, J.B. Shofner of Center; sister, Mardell Worthey of Houston.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   John Edward England, Jr., 81, of the Buena Vista community died April 16, 2004.  Burial was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Born August 20, 1922, in Henrietta, he was the son of John Edward and Bertha Clara Shubert England.  Mr. England was employed with Sheffield/Armco Steel. He served during W.W.II and the Korean conflict.  He was married to Ethel Kathryn England and she preceded him in death.  Survivors include daughter, Jean Hammond of Buena Vista Community; step-son Edward Hill of Live Oak, Florida; brother, Harold England of Palestine; sisters, Mary Alice Kuykendall of Jacksonville and Ruby England of Palestine.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Julie Bowman, 88, of Center died April 16, 2004 in Center. Burial was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.   Born November 5, 1915, in Timpson, she was the daughter of Frank Harlan and Georgia Aman Harlan.  She was a homemaker.  She was married to Jake Bowman and he preceded her in death. Survivor are son, Lee Castleberry of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Yvonne Windham Rider, 88, died April 18, 2004 in Austin, Texas.  Burial was in Joaquin Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born August 17, 1915, in Burkeville, Texas, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mae Blankenship Windham. She worked as a licensed vocational nurse.  Mrs. Rider was preceded in death by her husband Travis Rider, Sr; daughter Beth Rider White. Survivors include, sons, Travis Rider, Jr. of new Braunfels and Win Rider of Austin, Texas; brother Robert L. Windham of Magnolia, Texas.  Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home
   Oren D. Smith, 80, of Center died April 19. 2004 in Center. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.  Born March 8, 1924, in Shelby County, he was the son of William Daniel and Lela Elizabeth Buckner Smith.  He was a U.S. Veteran of W.W. II.  He leaves a number of nieces and nephews.    Mangum Funeral Home.
   Vessie Enmon, 88, of Lewisville died April 22, 2004 in Carrollton.   Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.   Born May 26, 1915, in Center, he was the son of Thomas Calvin Enmon and Frances Elizabeth Ann Holt.  He had been a lab technician at the Texas Company in Port Arthur.  Survivors include wife, Iva Neal Enmon of Irving; daughter Sharon Stancil of Coppell.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Anita Ross Lilly, 42, died April 14, 2004. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.  Born April 29, 2004, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of James and Elouise Moore.  Ms. Lilly was preceded in death by her father James Moore; husband John Ross and brother, Percy Keith Moore.  Survivors include friend, Travis Barnes; husband, Archie Glen Lilly; parents, Johnny Lee and Elouise Morris; boys, Dominich Moore, Shamus Ross, CaCedric Ross and Kennis Henderson; girl, sparkle Lilly.; sisters, Dorise Netherly, Vivian Watts, Jena Williams; brothers, Danny Wilson, Robert Moore and Don Moore.  Community Funeral Home.
   Ruby Crockett, 84, died April 6, 2004.  Burial was in Thompson Cemetery.  Ms. Crockett was born July 6, 1919.  She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, two sister and one child.  Survivors include children, Dean Crockett of San Augustine, Charlotte R. Hyten and Johnnie R. Cross, both of Dallas, Betty J. Lathan and Collin Crockett of Center, Ruth E. Lathan, Joyce A. Montgomery and David E. Crockett, all of Houston and Daisy Crockett of Dallas.  Community Funeral Home.
   Booker T. Gardner, 80, died April 14, 2004 in Lufkin. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.  Born August 29, 1923, he was the son of Dove Gardner and Eddie Hightower.  Survivor include wife, Nettie Mae Gardner; sons, Curtis Gardner of Houston, Jerry Gardner of Center and Billy Dean Gardner of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Hicks Mortuary.

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