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Week Ending April 18, 2003
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A Historical Marker dedication for the Sardis School will be held Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m  The marker will be located off FM 414.    Sardis School was built in the summer of 1917 on land donated by R.R. Pickering Lumber Company.   In June of 1956 the Sardis School was dissolved by the Commissioners Court.


The Bittick (another) Reunion at Diboll, Texas May 4th at The Boy Scout Camp.   Family, friends and everyone is invited.  For Additional information contact Lillian Bittick at



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My great-grandparents are from the Shelby County, Tx area. They were Henry James Fancher and Claudia Ann Dillen. They were married in 1888. I have the family Bible with names listing his and her family members. Henry parents were Johnson and Harriet Fancher. Her parents were J N Dillen and Martha (Tishie) Milstead. I  do know that their sons, Otis, (my grandfather), Grover and Henry, jr (the youngest) were born in the Timpson area. There were, also, in the Bible as listing for twins who last name was Paxton, I have no clue how they tie into the family. I am trying to meet up with someone that know of the Fanchersor Dillens and give me some in-sight on the family in Texas. Henry and Claudia eventually moved to Fayetteville, Washington County, AR. That is where Henry died and is buried. Claudia moved to N LIttle Rock until her death in the early 1960's. She is buried next to Henry in Fayetteville. I would appreciate knowing some facts about the famly. Cathy (Fancher) Davis  2


I am trying to find the burial site of Adaline(Martin) Pleasant.  She died Nov 5, 1902.  Service held at the Methodist Church. Was there more than one Methodist Church in 1902??  Any help will be appreciated.. 2





   Theadore Currie, 70, of Tenaha died April 18, 2003 at his residence.   Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery.  Born June 19, 1932, in Maddisonville, he was the son of Theadore R. and Verdie M. Montgomery Currie.  Mr. Currie is survived by his wife Alare Edison Currie of Tenaha; son, Randall Lee Currie of Livingston; daughter, Sharon Brumley of Tenaha; brothers, Travis Currie of California and James Currie, of Arkansas; sister, Verdie Marie Knight of Houston. Mangum Funeral Home.
   Gunter Holt, 59, of Joaquin died April 19, 2003.  Burial was in Willow Grove Cemetery.  Born July 18, 1943, in Joaquin, he was the son of C.L. and Lucille Gunter Holt.  Mr. Holt was preceded in death by his parents C.L. Burton and Lucille Gunter Holt.  He is survived by his wife, Sharon Holt of Joaquin; daughters, Denise Curry, Shelly Rutherford, both of Joaquin; son, Larry Holt of Joaquin; brothers, Cyrris Holt of Longview and Lennis Holt of Joaquin.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Eula Jones, 94, of Center died April 20, 2003 in Center.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.  Born March 20, 1909 in Center, she was the daughter of Will and Edna Burroughs.  Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her parents Will and Edna Burroughs and husband John Thomas Jones.  She is survived by daughters, Sarah Smith of Shelbyville and Midge Piccirelli of Port Washington, New York.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Helen McHugh, 68, of Joaquin died April 19, 2003 in Joaquin.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born November 13, 1934, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of R.K. and Lucille Mayes Faulk.   Mrs. McHugh was preceded in death by her parents, Pat Faulk and Lucille Mayes Faulk; husband, Lester McHugh and sister Raye Hart.  She is survived by her son Leter McHugh of Joaquin; brother, Harold Faulk of Joaquin; sister, Pattie Eaves of Joaquin.   Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Perry Buren Smith, 99, of Center died April 19, 2003 in Center.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park. Born February 2, 1904, in Shelby County, he was the son of Ran and Lizzie Ann Smith.   Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Gracie Smith; sons, Wayne Smith and Jerry Smith; daughter, Edna Earl Smith.  He is survived by son Ray Smith of Center; Daughters, Virginia LeMoine of Center, Frances Snow of Tyler and Odessa Weaver Dowling of Mt. Enterprise.  Watson & Son Funeral Home.
  Lonza Curtis Carroll, 62, died April 16, 2003.  Burial was in St. Johns Cemetery.  Born December 18, 1940 he was the son of Annie Ruth Sparks.  Mr. Carroll is survived by his daughter Vedah Carroll; sisters, Andra Shankle of Orange and Martha Frances Josey of Houston.  Hicks Mortuary.
   Marlene E. Batts, 79, of Joaquin died April 21, 2003 in Center.  Burial was in Jackson Cemetery. Born July 15, 1923 in Joaquin, she was the daughter of Jesse English and Alice Jackson English.  Mrs. Batts was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Alice English; husband, Robert F. Batts; son, David Ronald Batts and brothers William T. English and John F. English.   She is survived by her daughter, Lenora Jean Walton of Center; sons, Wayne Batts of Joaquin and John Mark Batts of Joaquin.  Watson & Son Funeral Home.
   Mildred Ida Beck, 90, died April 21, 2003 in Houston.  Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.  Ms. Beck is survived by her sister Majorie. 
   Cranford Gilchrist, 65, died April 23, 2003 in Center.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  born March 13, 1938 in Center, he was the son of J.D. and Mildred Samford Gilchrist.  Mr. Gilchrist was preceded in death by his parents J.D. and Mildred Gilchrist.  He is survived by his sons, Scott Gilchrist of Center and Lark Gilchrist of Center; sister, Peggy Haley of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Evelyn Taylor Herndon, 75, of Tenaha died April 16, 2003 in Center. Burial was in Blair Cemetery in Timpson.  Born January 2, 1928 in Converse, Louisiana, she was he daughter of Leslie and Eula Taylor.   Mrs. Herndon was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Eula Taylor; three brothers; one sister and husband Edward Herndon.  She is survived by sons, Carroll Ray Herndon and Charles Herndon, both of Tenaha; brother, J.L. Wallace of Ft. Worth.   Taylor Funeral Home.
   Elray 'Joe' Lathan, 71, died April 17, 2003.  Burial was in Bennett Chapel Cemetery.  Born Jnaury1 4, 1932, he was the son of Ira and Jessie B. Lathan.  Mr. Lathan was preceded in death by his wife, Mae Gladys Cartwright Lathan; son, George Gardner; daughter, Jacqueline Lathan; sisters, Dorothy Lathan and Doris Lathan; brother, Glenn Lathan, Sr., L.T. McClelland and Shelray Lathan.  He is survived by his children, Charles Ray Lathan, Don Lathan, both of Center, Ricky Dorothy Cartwright Lathan of Mt. Gillion, Ira Joe Cartwright Lathan of Shelbyville, Dalton Lathan of Shelbyville, Gerald Polley of Diboll, Zebbta Riggans of Center and Vanessa Lathan of  Shelbyville. Hicks Mortuary.


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