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Shelby County Historical Society-Museum would like to welcome a new President, John Tomlin of Tomlin Insurance, Center.  The May meeting will be held May 27, 2004 at 6PM at the Museum. Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome.


A Confederate Marker Ceremony.     Attention relatives of Benjamin (Ben) Bullard , a confederate veteran....  there will be a confederate marker ceremony at Pleasant Grove Cemetery with cannon and rifle salute by the Sons of Confederate Veterans ... May 23rd 2004 at 2:PM....Your attendance will provide evidence that the past is part of your present. Hazel Dean Williams


  The James M. Robertson descendants will be having a reunion on June 19, 2004, at Ramah Baptist Church near Tenaha. The program will start at 9:00 AM. Present Shelby County families include Mary Pauline Robertson Wilburn descendants:   Stella Wilburn Jacobs, and Monroe Wilburn.   Other Robertson lines are descendants of  Mollie Innes and Archie Smith Robertson , who remained  in Shelby County.  Three brothers; Joseph Neal Robertson, Robert Lewis Robertson and Houston Bascom Robertson migrated to the Garland/Mesquite/Rockwall area about 1900.   Wesley Burke Robertson went to the Galveston area.  Malcolm Newton ( Richard)Robertson and Jesse Arthur Robertson went to Corpus Christi.  We want people from all these lines to be present.  If you have not received an email or snail mail invitation please contact Reecie Stanley  by email:    or 1548 CR 1021, Center, TX 75935.  I will send you all the information that you will need. Other information may be added to this announcement so check back before June.




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   Vance Weldon Campbell, 82, of Hemphill, died May 15, 2004.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born January 2, 1922, in Sabine County, he was a welding inspector and he was a U.S. Army veteran. He leaves a niece and several nephews.  Starr Funeral Home.
   Michael Weldon Grubbs, 33, of Center died may 15, 2004 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Ashbury Chapel Cemetery.   Born March 9, 1971, in Houston, he was the son of Jody R. Grubbs, II and Lila Mae Everett Grubbs.  He was a construction carpenter.  Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Lela M. and Buddy Davis of Center; father, Jody R. Grubbs, II of Caldwell; sisters, Theresa A. Grubbs of Houston and Sharon Grubbs of Livingston; brothers Jody R. Grubbs, III of Huntsville, Ricky L. Grubbs of Apopka, Florida, Thomas R. Grubbs of Splendora, Curtis Graves of League City and David Graves Grubbs of Houston.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Donnie Jones Kendrick, 54, of Joaquin died May 15, 2004, in Joaquin.   Burial was in Sholar Cemetery.  Born October 7, 1949, in Houston, she was the daughter of Rufus and Betty Dunn Jones.  Ms. Kendrick was a cook for JJ's in Logansport. Survivors include sons, Joey Kendrick of Tenaha, Dewayne Kendrick and Terry Kendrick, both of Joaquin and Ronnie Kendrick, Jr. of Shreveport; mother, Betty Jones of Houston; sister, Nancy Sturgeon of Houston; brother Jerry Jones of Houston.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   John E. Tidwell, 86, of Center died May 16, 2004, in Center.  Burial was in Shelbyville Cemetery.  Born January 8, 1918, in Guntersville, Alabama, he was the son of William Franklin and Charlotte Roden Tidwell.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran receiving Purple Heart and Silver Star, among other metals.  He was an Electrician.  Survivors include son, Danny Tidwell; brother, Odis Tidwell of Center; and sister, Dorothy Whittlesey of Spring.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Forrest H. "Frosty" Hawkins, 71, of Joaquin died May 17, 2004 in Joaquin.  Cremation was requested.  Born November 15, 1932, in Dewey, Oklahoma, he was the son of Charlie Lewis and Opal Jane Dunkle Hawkins.  Mr. Hawkins was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict.  Survivors include his wife, Mary Hawkins of Joaquin; sons, Robert L. Hawkins of Katy, Warren D. Hawkins of Houston and Anthony E. Hawkins of Oglesby, Oklahoma; brothers, Jim Don Hawkins of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Harvey L. Hawkins of Ramona, Oklahoma; sisters, Phyllis Hawkins of Bartlesville and Patricia G. Thompson of Copan, Oklahoma.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   S.H. Williams, 91, of Joaquin died May 18, 2004 in Carthage.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born October 11, 1912, in Shelby County, he was the son of T.J. and Emma Donahoe Williams.  He was retired from General Dynamics as an aircraft technician.  Mr. Williams was married to Mae Williams and she preceded him in death.  Survivors include, daughters, Jenny Huff of Carthage and Joyce Hayes of Cabot, Arkansas; sister, Lois Barkley of Duncanville; brother, George Williams of Fort Worth.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Louis A. "Tony" Runnels, II, 49, of Center died May 18, 1955, in his residence.  Burial was in Mount Olive, San Augustine County.  Born February 18, 1955, in Center, he was the son of Louis Runnels, II and Helen Arnold.  He was a member of the Sons of the Republic.  In addition to his parents, survivors include wife, Norma Runnels of Center; son, Louis Runnels, IV of Center; daughters, Bonnie Miller of San Augustine, Gayla Crelia of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Liz Ingles of Des Moines, Iowa; brother, Tim Runnels of Shelbyville. Mangum Funeral Home.
   Jerlene Wilson, 65, died May 14, 2004.  Burial was in Bennett Chapel Cemetery.  Born March 9, 1939, she was the daughter of T.C. Cartwright and Velma Kirksey Cartwright.  Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her father, T.C. Cartwright; husbands, Flotie King and Guy Wilson, Jr.; brother Raymond Cartwright.  Survivors include daughters, Queen Anderson of Whitney and Claudine King of Shelbyville; sons, Joe Boykins of Shelbyville, Tommy Mason of   Deberry; sisters, Mary Thompson of Shelbyville, Emma Cartwright of Shelbyville and Margie Garrett of Shelbyville; brothers, T.C. Cartwright, Johnny Cartwright, both of Shelbyville and Earl Cartwright of Tenaha. Community Funeral Home.


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