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Week Ending May 30, 2003
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Not Even a Tear------
  Tenderly she laid the silent, white form beside those that had gone before.    She made no cry, she did not weep.  Such a moment was too precious to be spent in idle tears.  But soon there came a time when it seemed nature must give way.    She lifted her voice, and cried long and loud.  Her cry was taken up by others who were near, and it echoed and echoed over the grounds.  Then suddenly all was still.  What was the use of it all?   --- She would lay another egg tomorrow.

    --When one could see wagon load of bones passing down Shelbyville Street, going to the Railroad Station, where the bones were bought.  Cows had starved to death during the depression and their bones were sold.
    --Tomato sheds and pickle vats in Center? The Brick Yard Pond?   Taxi Cabs in Center?   Bland Lake? Pearl Lake? McKee's Lake? Crystal Lake? Weaver's Pond?  Carriker's Lake?  
   --Those 2 story houses on Shelbyville Street--1. N.O. Thomas Home.  2.  Sol Smith Home later Center Sanitarium     3.   ThePadon House. 4.  L.C. Smith House.  5.   The Polly Home, where Dr. Spencer Warren later built.  6.  The    McCallum Hotel, near the Railroad.  7.  Mrs. Saldel's Home.   8. Mrs. Ramsey's Boarding House.
    --On the North side of the Elementery School on Nacogdoches Street, once had a small building-or stall-where some of the students parked their buggies and horses.  At one time there were water wells on the campus.
    --R.A. Carriker drove a car to Tenaha every day to carry passengers and to pick up the mail from the train.
   --The Black man that sold tamales from a wagon cart on the Center Square?   -- What was his name???
    -- When you could jump on a running board for a free ride? 
    --Tried to be good and received a dime allowance for a movie?


The descendants of Robert L and Lula Peace Murray will meet June 21, 2003, in Joaquin, Texas.  For more
information, contact Kenneth Cummings.


A memorial stone will be dedicated in memory of Benjamin Bell and Mary E. Murray Pleasant, on Friday, May 30, 2003, at the Cove Springs Cemetery, near Melrose, Nacogdoches Co., Tx., at 5:00.  All Pleasant and allied cousins are invited to attend.  Their daughter Adeline Pleasant and her children lived in Center after 1890. For information email


The Annual Reunion and Memorial for the Newburn Cemetery will be held on June 28, 2003 from about 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.   There will be dinner on the grounds.  Everyone is invited to come and visit with all of us  



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I am looking for information on ZENUS BURTON  who died Dec. 17, 1910 and is buried in Center, TX  in Shelby Co., TX . He was a Confederate Veteran and a Master Mason His spouse:  HELEN Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you. 2



   Ruth Elaine Pilgreen, 77, of Tenaha died May 25, 2003, in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Ramah Cemetery.  Born June 15, 1925, in North Carolina, she was the daughter of Walter Franklin Autry and Cassie Warren.  Ms. Pilgreen is survived by her children, Vivian Crush Supak of Houston; Linda Albanese of Tenaha, Ealine Scheffler of Houston and Guy Pilgreen of Houston. Mangum Funeral Home.
   Sonny James Tippett, 53, of Timpson died May 24, 2003 in Tyler.  Burial was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.   Born July 21, 1949, in Elkins, West Virginia, he was the son of Ron and Dixie Vivian.  Mr. Tippett is survived by his wife, Beverly Fausett Tippett of Timpson; mother Dixie Vivian of Ocala, Florida; son, Clint Tippett of Timpson; daughter, Kristy Tippett Calloway of Marshall; brother, Rob Vivian of Ararap, North Carolina; sister, Denise Vivian of Ocala, Florida.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Mitchell D. Jetton, 80, of Center, died May 24, 2003.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born March 7, 1923, in Center, he was the son of William E. and Minia Jetton.   Mr. Jetton was preceded in death by his parents, William Jetton and Minia Jetton; sister, Marie Rane and daughter Julie Jetton.  Survivors include his wife, Virginia; sister, Maurine Dean of Jasper; Children, Marcia Alderman of Commerce, Stephen Jetton of Houston and Michele Black of Longview.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Helen Morris Pollard, 78, of Tenaha died Mary 25, 2003 in her residence.   Burial was in Tennessee Cemetery. Born July1 5, 1924, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of William Arthur Morris and Eula Mary Thompson Morris.  Ms. Pollard was preceded in death by her husband, Joe G. Pollard; her parents, William Arthur and Eula Mary Morris; brother, C.D. Morris and Earl Morris and sisters, Alma Weir and Ollie Hairston.  Survivors include sons Joe Allen Pollard of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Charles Pollard of San Augustine and Johnny Pollard of Katy.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Joshua Nolan Wood, 3, of Joaquin died May 26, 2003.  Burial was in Joaquin Cemetery.  Born November 30, 1999, in Nacogdoches, he was the son of Casey Shane and Amanda Cooper Wood of Joaquin.  Master Wood is survived by his parents, Casey Shane and Amanda Cooper Wood; brother Ethan Wood of Joaquin; grandparents, Nolan and Liz Cooper of Joaquin and John A. and Debra Wood of Hennessee, Oklahoma.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Willie Joseph Cucco, 71, of San Augustine died May 25, 2003 in San Augustine.   Burial was in Spann Chapel Cemetery.   Born June 17, 1932, in La Marque , he was the son of Frank Cucco, Sr. and Jennie Ferro.  Mr. Cucco is survived by his wife, Dixie Amburn Cucco of San Augustine; sons Ronnie Cucco of Nacogdoches and Billy V. Wiler of San Augustine; daughters, Darlene Cucco of Conroe, Wanda Dennis of Lufkin and Telena hunt of South Carolina; brothers, John Cucco of Broaddus and Frank Cucco of Pearland; Stepfather, C.L. Kehtel of San Augustine. Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.
   James Raymund Creech, Sr. 80, of Shelbyville died May 28, 2003, in Center.   Burial was in Adams Cemetery.  Born December 7, 1922, in Choice, he was the son of John Wilson and Dora Adams Creech.  He was married first to Martha Creech and she pieced him in death. Mr. Creech is survived by his wife, Bernadine Creech of Shelbyville; son, James R. Creech, Jr. of Sugarland, John W. Creech of Lake Jackson and Robert Creech of Rosharon; daughters, Betty Sue Perry of Corpus Christ, Linda Kay Bryant of Van Cleve, Mississippi and Lynn Ellen Boedeker of Corpus Christi; brother, D. Roy Glenn Creech of Starksville, Mississippi and Jerry Creech of Beaumont; sisters, Mildred Webb of Center and Marcella Guedner of Littleton, Colorado.   Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

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