Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending June 03, 2005


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       On Sunday, July 3, 2005  the descendants of  David H. Durr will hold the 56th  annual reunion at the Ajax (LA) Community Center located at the ;intersection of LA 487 & LA 174.  If you are a descendant of one of the children of David who settled in Shelby County (Michael D. Durr & wifeArabella Byrd; Cynthia Ellen Durr & husbands John P. Thomas & Louis Davis; Lucinda A. "Belle" Durr & Thomas Leroy Barnhill)  come and join your Louisiana cousins starting at about 10:30 and bring something to share at lunch.  If you have never been to the Durr reunion come to meet;your long lost cousins, share in the fellowship of the day, and share  research with others who are working on the family tree.  For additional informaton contact Susan W. Laurent  


      The annual Wimberly Cemetery Homecoming will be held at the Wimberly Memorial Chapel in Paul Store Community on June 19 with the Shelby County Singers performing during the Sunday afternoon singing. Those who have friends and/or relatives interred in the cemetery are invited to bring lunch, visit with friends and relatives and enjoy the singing. Donations will be accepted for the upkeep of the cemetery and if you are unable to attend, donations may be mailed to the Wimberly Cemetery Fund, 13305 FM 139, Shelbyville, TX. 75973Shelby County in World War II exhibit is now open at the Shelby County Museum. Hours are 1p.m. to 4p.m. daily. To arrange for special tours call the Museum at 936-598-3613


    The descendants of William P. Hughes, (son of Ennis and Mary McCain Hughes) and Margaret Samford, (daughter of Elkanah Samford and Mary Weaver) are planning a reunion to be held  Saturday, June 25, 2005 in Myra, Cooke County, Texas.  For more details, please contact Mary C. Moore at or Charlotte Hughes at  We would love to have other members of the Ennis and Mary McCain Hughes family present.   PLEASE RSVP.  We are also participating in the Hughes DNA project.

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   Virgie May Turner, 95, of Center died May 25, 2005 in Angleton.  Burial was in Sandhill Cemetery, Shelby County. Mrs. Turner was born May 5, 1910, in Shelby County.  She was a Homemaker.  She was married to Floyd Turner, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include sons, Henry Turner of Angleton, Lynn Turner of Center and Tal Turner of Clute; daughters, Flo Wilburn of Center and Belle Burner of Gainsville, Florida.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Valeta Louise Edwards, 66, of Timpson died May 26, 2005, at her residence.  Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery, Timpson.  Born February 5, 1939, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Samford L. Galbreath and Troy Louise Ramsey Webb.  Survivors include her mother, Louise Webb; daughters, Debbie Amos and Maria Livingston, both of Timpson, Rebecca Lynn Whiteside of Delta, Colorado and Lisa Curry of Bremond; son, James David Edwards of Timpson.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   James Burnis Edwards, of Timpson died May 26, 2005, in Center.  Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery, Timpson.  Born August 19, 1935, in Shelby County he was the son of Johnie Arthur Edwards and Gladys V. Kimbro.  Mr. Edwards was a Poultry Farmer.  Survivors include Debbie Amos an dMaria Livingston, both of Timpson, Rebecca Lynn Whiteside of Delta, Colorado and Lisa Curry of Bremond; son, James Davis Edwards of Timpson; sisters, Rosia Burt of Nacogdoches, Elsie Carrigan of Pasadena and Jackie Fountain, Dianne Crawford and Benda Edwards, all of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Mavis L. Williams, 74, of Center died May 26, 2005, at her residence.  Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery.  Born September 26, 1930, in Mount Herman Community, she was the daughter of James Cleveland and Sarah Letha Taylor Williams.  Ms. Williams was retired school Teacher with the Nederland ISD.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Burtis H. Permenter, 80 of Pinehurst died May 23, 2005.  Burial was in Strong Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born in Huxley, and was a member of Sam Houston Lodge #32.  Survivors include sons, T. W. Permenter of Pinehurst, Bobby Permenter of Orange and Billy Permenter of Pinehurst. 
   Acie Calloway, 80, of  Gary died May 19, 2005.  Burial was in St. John Cemetery, Tenaha.  Survivors include sister, Evelyn Taylor of Carthage; children, Barbara Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia, Mary Black of Tucson, Arizona, Alice McIntosh of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Willie Calloway of Los Angeles, California, OmoWali of Carthage, Robert Calloway of Tenaha, Cherry Earl of Timpson S. L. Calloway of Tenaha. 
   Phillip Lee "Doc" Youngblood, Sr., 51,died May 28, 2005 in Timpson.  Cremation was requested.  Born May 11, 1954, in Memphis, Tennessee, he was the son of Richard Lee and Mary Bernice Gardner Youngblood.  Mr. Youngblood was a US Marine veteran of the Vietnam War.  Survivors include wife, Nancy Will Youngblood of Timpson; sons, Phillip Lee Youngblood, Jr. of Timpson and Nathan Will Youngblood of Timpson; daughters, Stephanie Gail Youngblood and Courtney Leigh Youngblood.  Taylor Funeral Home
   William Robert Wyatt, 85, of Center died June 1, 2005 in Center.  Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.  Born November 17, 1919, in San Augustine, he was the son of William Ludie and Annie Rawson Wyatt.  Mr. Wyatt was a WWII veteran, and a teacher in the Center Schools District for 46 years.  He was married first to Blanche Wyatt, and she preceded him in death.  Survivors include his wife, Mattie Frank Wyatt of Center; sons, William Hal Wyatt of Center and Don Wyatt of Nacogdoches; stepson George Willingham of Tyler. Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Dorothy Tidwell Whittlesey, 89, of Winnie and formerly of Shelby County, died June 1, 2005, in Beaumont.  Cremation was requested.   Born August 4, 1915, in Claydon, Alabama, she was the daughter of William Franklin and Charlotte Roden Tidwell.  Mrs. Whittlesey was a nurse's aide and a homemaker.  Survivors include children; Grady Wittlesey of Center, William Whittlesey of Humble, Barbara North of Warren, Judy Whittlesey of Houston, Julia Mae Bienek of Spring, Robert Whittlesey of Winnie and M. A. Whittlesey, Jr. of Dallas; brother, Odis Tidwell of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.


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