Shelby County News

Week Ending May 9, 2008

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"The 31st annual Leo and Ada McSwain Memorial Family Reunion will be held in Colmesneil Texas at the McSwain "lakehouse" on  Saturday, May 24, 2008.  This reunion was started in 1978 by the children of Leo and Ada McSwain and has been held in Colmesneil ever since. The living children of Leo and Ada are Norma George, Odell Hart, and E.C. McSwain. There will be family, food, pictures, and family info. Email for more information and directions."

Did you know???

In 1789 - the first inaugural ball was held in New York in honor of President and Mrs. Washington.
In 1812 - poet Robert Browning was born in London.
In 1833 - Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany.
In 1840 - Peter Tachaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia.
In 1862 - Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeated French troops sent by Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla.
In 1891 - Carnegie Hall had its official opening night in New York.
In 1904 - Cy Young Pitched the American League's first perfect games, as the Boston Americans defeated  the Philadelphia Athletics. 3-0.
In 1925 - John T. Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
In 1945 - Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied HQ in Rheims, France.
In 1954 - the 55-day Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces.

     Stephen Lee Towns, 58, of Timpson died May 5, 2008 in Timpson.  Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery, Timpson.  Born May 30, 1949, in the Buena Vista Community, he was the son of Robert Lee and Lois Alcine Hairston Towns.  Mr. Towns was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include daughter Rhonda Kirkpatrick of Bossier City, Louisiana.  Taylor Funeral Home.
    Douglas I. Schillings, 80, of Deer Park died May 1, 2008.  Burial was in Antioch Cemetery, Shelby County.  Survivors include sons, Steve Douglas Schillings, Earnest Daniel Schillings and Jimmy Dale Schillings. 
     Marye McSwain Danley, 70, of Center, died May 7, 2008 in Center.  Burial was in Old Salem Cemetery.  Born September 13, 1937, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of James Roscoe McSwain and Evie Lee Dean McSwain.  Ms. Danley was preceded in death by Husband, Escule Eugene Danley, Brother, James Lee McSwain.  Survivors include Daughter, Tresa Konderia of Center; Sons, Shawn Rowdy Danley and David Danley, both of Center; Sister, Ima Joy Hribal of Center; Brother, J. C. McSwain of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

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     Michael Edward Cantrell, 67, of Timpson died May 7, 2008 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery.  Born August 19, 1940, in Houston, he was the son of Samuel Tanksley and Cleve Alleen Tyer Cantrell.  Mr. Cantrel was preceded by Parents, Sister Sammie Jean Rushing; Daughter, Leisa L. Cantrell Taylor Funeral Home. 

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