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 I am search for my half brothers and sisters.  They lived in Texas, so I am searching all over to see if any leads surface.
       Forrest Oliver Bohannon: DOB: April 17, 1953; POB: Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
       John David Bohannon: DOB: April 10, 1954; POB: Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
       Lois Marie Bohannon: DOB: April 12, 1955; POB: Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
       Herman Wilson Bohannon, Jr.: 08 May 1956; POB: Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
Lisa Bohannon: DOB: 1957; POB: Texas
If anyone knows any of these people, please ask them to get in touch with me.  I appreciate any help in locating them. Email Address:


    Like to hear about Shelby County, especially Joaquin! I was born in Joaquin, as well as my brothers and sisters. My father, Jessie E. Thomas moved to Joaquin with his family in 1895 and lived there until the waning years of his life. He loved Joaquin! My grandfather, Jacob Ezekiel Thomas, came to Shelby County sometime in this era, I guess? He married My grandmother, Jesse Whitlock, near Hunter community on the Louisiana side of the Sabine river in 1895 and moved to Joaquin the same year. If anyone knows where he was born and family connections, I would appreciate knowing them.  Herschel Thomas


        Family reunion for descendants of Jefferson Davis Hairgrove and Mary Tempie Corley Hairgrove.  This year our covered-dish get-together has been set for Saturday, June 3rd, 2006.  The location will be in the facilities of the First Assembly of God Church in Lufkin, TX.  If you need directions, please contact Sheryl Gallier at or Mary Ann Foster at .  The facilities will accommodate our family with plenty of tables and chairs.  There is a kitchen with a commercial stove so we will be able to heat dishes as needed. You will not need to bring paper plates, cutlery, cups, napkins or ice. These will be provided along with cold drinks, tea and coffee.  Lois Corry is the oldest living relative of Jefferson Davis and Mary Tempie Hairgrove, being their granddaughter.  She will be celebrating her 93rd birthday on May 31st, 2006, and we plan to observe her birthday during our reunion by having a special birthday cake.  No gifts are requested, but we would appreciate birthday cards for her.  Hope to see y'all there!


    Once again, it is the time to remind you of the annual Memorial Day and Homecoming at Newburn Cemetery.  The date is Saturday, June 24, 2006, about the middle of the morning.  Please bring all your family and join in the fellowship; visit with old friends and relatives; enjoy the music of guest singers; enjoy the message of our visiting minister' and have a hearty meal at the dinner-on- the-grounds.


    Arlie "Ed" Ferguson, Jr., died April 26, 2006 in Houston.  Burial was in Sholar Cemetery, Shelby County.   Born June 9, 1931, in Lufkin, he was the son of Arlie, Sr. and Addie Ferguson.  Mr. Ferguson was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joyce Marie Ferguson.  Survivors include his sister, Arlene Alford of Milam; brother J. L. Ferguson of Odessa; daughter Arlicia Netto of Hockley.    
    Lewis Bowden Hughes, 80, of Timpson died May 18, 2006, at his residence.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Born January 31, 1926, in Timpson, he was the son of Edgar and Peggy Hughes.  Mr. Hughes was a Farmer.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthie Hughes and his parents.  Survivors include his son, Edgar Bill Hughes of Carthage; daughter, Ann Akers of Houston; brother, Charles Hughes of Center.  Taylor Funeral Home.
    Charles Eric Jones, 29, of Center died May 20, 2006. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born June 27, 1976, in Carthage, he was the son of C. S. Jones and Kathryn Louise Clark Jones.  Survivors include wife, Dianna Jones of Center; daughter, Adreana Jones of Center; mother Louise Clark of Carthage; father and stepmother, of Beckvilloe; sister, Kelly Jones of Center and Half-sister, Lindsey Jones of Carthage.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Skylar Shea Williams, infant, died My 17, 2006.  Burial was in Powdrill Cemetery.  Baby Skylar is survived by her parents, Stephen and Tanya Williams of Center.  Watson & Sons funeral Home.
    Iva Dell Eddins, 87, of Center died May 21, 2006, in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.  Born March 8, 1919, in Center she was the daughter of Ross and Lou Emanis Graves.  Ms. Eddins was w Homemaker.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Reggie Eddins; children, Ronald Wayne Eddins, R. L. Eddins and Irene Nichols; brothers, Ross Graves, Jr., Larry Graves and Mahon Graves; Sisters, Ann Sherman, Willie Mae Fancher and Katie Bell Bridges.  Survivors include son, Mike Hughes of Center; brother, Fairy Graves of Center; sister, Lucy Hutto of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Bill G. Ramsey, 79, May 19, 2006 in Center.  Burial was in Lone Cedar Cemetery.   Born September 13, 1926, in Joaquin, he was the son of Edward Lewis & Euna Finklea Ramsey.  Mr. Ramsey was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edward Lewis Ramsey, II, William Alan Ramsey; sisters, Pauline Gibbs, Jeanette Carriker and Mary Martin.  Survivors include his wife, Mildred Ramsey of Joaquin; children, Almagene Sheffield of Porter, Rodney Ramsey of Old River, Billy Ramsey of Goodwin and Kelly Ramsey.
     Charles Richard McLeroy, 80, died May 25, 2006 in Center.  Burial was in Corinth Cemetery.  Born July 28, 1925, in Shelby County, he was the son of James Wiley, Jr. and Lula Richards McLeroy, who precede him in death. 
 Mr. McLeroy was a veteran of the Marines having served in WWII.  He  was one of the unit Four siblings also precede him in death: Vernon H McLeroy, Mary Alice Pessarra, Betty Jo Crain and Nelda Ruth Brister.  Hewas a pipeline worker and served in the US Marines.  His Marine unit arrived on Iwo Jima on day 2,  Feb 17, 1945, staying till the end of one of the most decisive battles of WWII. Taylor Funeral Home.
    Irene Dearing, 87, of Timpson died May 21, 2006 in Webster.  Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born April 23, 1919 she was the daughter of Pat Wheeler, Sr. and Lena Richardson Wheeler.  Mrs Dearing was preceded in death by her parents; husband Arling Dearing; sister, Norma Wheeler and Bernice Wheeler Sperry; brothers, Royal T. Wheeler, Buzz Wheeler, E.B. Wheeler, Joe Wheeler, Jefferson Patrick, Jr and half-sister, Cecile Johnson.  Survivors include daughter Shirley Foster of Scottsdale, Arizona; son, Harlon Dearing, of Houston and George Dearing of Clear Lake; sister, Jimmie Hetzel of Houston.  Mangum Funeral Home.


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