Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending June 10, 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.


    Family Reunion for descendants of Jefferson Davis Hairgrove and Mary Tempie Corley Hairgrove will be located in the facilities of the First Assembly of God Church in Lufkin, TX.  The date is Saturday, July 2, 2005.  The church is located on Loop 287 in Lufkin.  For more information, please contact Mary Ann Foster ( ), Sheryl Gallier ( ), or  Libby Parish ( ).




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       I am interested in finding any information I can on my first cousin, Mildred Thomas, who lived in Joaquin, Texas in 1940, with her Mother, Madeline Cook Thomas Todd. She supposedly ran away to get married; don't know who, where or when, exactly.  Mildred was the daughter, of Earl Jacob Thomas and Madeline Cook Thomas.  She would be probably in her early 80's if she is living today. If anyone has any information on Mildred after she left Joaquin in 1940, I would appreciate hearing from them. Madeline was a part of the Cook family in Joaquin.  Oliver Cook may have  been her brother. contact me @ 1


   Johnnie Sue Williams Francis, 83, of Stockman Community  died June 4, 2005, in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery.  Born July 29, 1921, in Stockman, she was the daughter of Will Franklin Williams and Annie Rose Wilson Williams. Mrs. Francis was a homemaker.  She was married to Horace Eugene Francis, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include sons, Horace Eugene Francis, Jr., of Stockman; David Anthony Francis of Tyler.   Garrison Funeral Home.
   R. H. Jones, 60, of Center died June 4, 2005 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Myrtle Springs Cemetery, Sabine County.  Born May 7, 1945, in Center, he was the son of William Nathan Jones and Blanche Davis Jones.  Mr. Jones was a farmer.  He was married to Charlene Bell Jones, and she preceded in  death.  Survivors include brothers and sisters, Elaine Yarbrough of Tenaha, Hardin Jones of Cener, Levell Jones of Center, Marie Combs of Milam and Leon Foster of Nacogdoches.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Grace Johnson Child, 95, of Joaquin died June 3, 2005.  Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery, Timpson.  Born September 2, 1909, in Shelby County, she was the daughter Thomas Jefferson Johnson and Izora Henry Johnson.  Mrs. Childs was a School Teacher, Retired.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ulyce Childs, husband Sam Crawford; sister, Odell Dent.  Survivors include stepdaughter, Phyliss Mitchell; and Stepson Julian Childs.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Charles R. Adkison, 76, die June 6, 2005 in Crockett.  Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born July 14, 1928, in Shelby County, he was the son of Fannie Mae Sanford  and Willis Howell Adkison.   Mr. Adkison was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of VFW Post 3893.  Survivors include wife, Sallie Thomas Adkison of Grapeland; sons, Jerry R. Adkison of Nacogdoches and George R. Scarborough of Garland; daughters, Carrie Holloway of Center, Kimberly Smith of Hudson and Freida Scarbrough of Sugar Land.  Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
   Anna Marie Cuarenta, 26, of Tenaha died June 2, 2005 in Tyler.  Burial was in Maroney Cemetery, Tyler(?).  Ms. Cuarenta was born September 6, 1978, in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Survivors include, mother, Beatrice Ann Harris of Texarkana; daughters, Mielia Ebarb of Texarkana and Ann Marie Guadeloupe of Tenaha; sons, Jose Cuarenta and Javier Cuarenta, both of Shelbyville, and Oscar Ebarb of Texarkana; sister, Janet Murphey of Brazil; brothers Jimmy Harris of McPine, Florida, Ronnie Harris of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Brother Gary Harris of Little Rock, Arkansas. 
   Julian Ellis Berry, 75, of Cedar Park died June 3, 2005.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Shelby County.  Born May 13, 1930, in Fountain Run, Kentucky, he was the son of Ellis and Ethel Berry.  He was a Physician.  Survivors include wife, Bernice Phillips Berry; son, Steve Berry of Cedar Park; daughters, Kaye Henson of The Woodlands and Kimberley Lawhor of Alvin, Brother Milton Berry of Kentucky.  Beck Funeral Home
   William Lee Mills, 80, of Waco, formerly of Center, died June 7, 2004 in Waco.  Burial as in Rosemound Cemetery, Waco.  Born February 12, 1924, in Center, he was the son of Elza and Edith Mills.  Mr. Mills was preceded in death by his parents a sister Myrtle.  Survivors include his wife, Hazel; daughter Judy Butler of Woodville; brothers, Dr. Milford Mills of Waco, Bob Mills of San Marcus.


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