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Week Ending June 11, 2004

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---Due to the relationship of the moon to the earth's surface in the month of July, it is a bad time to plant cabbage and parsnips.
---When building a fence, do so at the proper sign.  When the moon is in the last quarter you will not have enough dirt to fill up the holes.
---When you see lightning in the east before nine o'clock at night it will rain within the next five days.
---If you plant peanuts too close to watermelons, your cow will go dry.
---Caution should be exercised in planting peas. If they are planted on "flower" days they will produce flowers, but no peas.
---If it thunders the first four days of October we will have a wet January and February.
---If it rains during the day in the month of June, that night will have servere storms.

Predictions that came true----made in 1931.

---Folks say they are working on a radio that shows pictures.  Next thing you know they will be trying to build a shed over the ball field.
---Fellow says he hears cars will come in different colors next year.  Before you know it they will be puttin 45 or 50 horsepower motors in 'em.
---Folks keep traveling further and further on aeroplanes.  Soon the co-pilot will be feeding 'em while they ride.
---Heard a feller in Austin had set up a store with all the merchandise displayed on shelves. First thing you know they will be giving you a little cart and asking you to get your own stuff.


There will be a Williams Family Reunion June 19 for lunch, dutch treat at the Lake Country Inn ... If you are a descendent of John and Melinda Williams, this is a must do.. Remember Melinda was the Daughter of James Merrill Walker, so there are two lines of ancestry... Please attend and meet your kin..


  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.


Once again, it is time to remind you of the annual Memorial Day and Homecoming at Newburn Cemetery.  The date is Saturday, June 26, 2004, 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-ground.  Remember, we are expecting to see all of you and your families and friends on June 26.  For additional information email Leonard Irish


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Looking for information of the Byrd family especially Joseph Headrick Byrd of Byrdtown in Shelby Connty.  Please email Frances Griffin at    2



I am looking for my father  CHARLES OTIS SANFORD of the Shelby County Sanford's.  My mother divorced him when I was two, know little of him.  My mother's name Emily Alice McClung. Johnny Wayne Sanford  2

My great grandfather was killed in an accident on October 25, 1938.  His name was William Franklin (Frank) Tinsley and he was killed in an accident while driving a log truck.  The family story has it that he was driving from Shelbyville to Center when his load of logs came loose and broke through the cab of the truck killing him.  I wanted to find a newspaper article about the accident, but I understand that the newspaper had a fire and the records from that time have been destroyed.  Does anyone happen to have any publication about this accident, or any ideas where I might look? Tom Tinsley,   1


   Catherine Daics Pinkston, 92, of Center died June 7, 2004, in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Davis Cemetery.  Born July 18, 1911, in Center, she was the daughter of W.I. Davis, Sr. and Eula Irene Redditt Davis.   She had been a legal assistant and homemaker.  Mrs. Pinkston is preceded indeath by her sister Christine Kenny Hankins; and daughter, Jeannine Foster Walker.   Survivors include her husband, A. L. "Mann" Pinkston; son, Joe Davis Foster of Fort Worth; brother W. I. Davis, Jr. of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Winfred Wayne Wheeler, Sr. 77, of Joaquin died May 28, 2004 in Joaquin.   Burial was in Sabine Parish, Louisiana.  Born December 4, 1926, in Duncan, Oklahoma, he was the son of Grover Cleveland Wheeler and Ollie Pope Wheeler.  He was a retired farmer and served in U.S. Navy and U.S. Army and served in World War II, and Korean conflict.  Survivors include wife, Shirley Wheeler of Joaquin; son, Winfred Wayne Wheeler, Jr. of Joaquin; daughter, Brenda Kay Cobb of Grand Prairie; Brother, Billy Joe Wheeler of Fort Worth; sister, Sally Majestik of Arlington.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Betty Merle Bass, 66, of Shelbyville, died June 8, 2004 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Strong Cemetery.   Born June 13, 1937, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Ross and laverne Risinger.  Survivors include husband, Kester Bass of Shelbyville; daughter, Brenda Bass of Shelbyville; brohter kenneth Risinger of Shelbyville; sister, Yvonne Smith of Jasper.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Robbie Peacock, 56, of Center, died June 4, 2004, in Mississippi.   Cremation was requested.  Born November 1, 1947, in Center, he was the son of Donese and Wynell Peacock.  Mr. Peacock was a U.S. Army Veteran.  Survivors include son, Cortland Peacock of Kingwood; mother, Wynell Peacock of Houston; brother, John Peacock of Spring; sister, Connie Peacock of Houston.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Mickey Gwendolyn Bell, 68, of Center died June 7, 2004 in Houston.   Burial was in Sardis Cemetery, Center.   Born August 29, 1935, she was the daughter of gus and Susan Tabor Enloe.  She was a homemaker.  Mrs. Bell was married to Jim Bell, and he preceded her in death.   Survivors include sons, Larry Michael Bell and David Glenn Bell, both of Pasadena; daughter, patsy Ann Kupferer of Deer Park; brother, Billy Enloe of Plum Grove; sister, Patsy Lucas of Splendora.  Mangum Funeral Home.


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