Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending June 13, 2003
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---If a male was the first person to enter your house on New Years day, most of your little chickens will be hens.  If a female was the first, most of your chicken will be roosters.
---Never take out the ashes out of the fireplace or stove on Friday or Sunday and never sweep out the house after sundown.
---Listen UP-- to ease the pain after child birth, place a pair of scissors under her bed, it will cut the pains into.
---Cure for chicken pox-- cut off a black chicken's head and let the blood drip onto the sores.
---Log rolling, Amen Corners, hog killings, candy pulling and Flying Jennys-- what are Flying Jennys???
---Ring Plays (Josie Parties)----It was Square dancing without the music.  Sang songs like calling a set.  Some parents would not let daughters square dance, but let them play Ring Plays??? 
---Candy Drawings---A dance given by a boy at his house, the boy would buy sticks of candy, usually peppermint.  A boy would ask a girl for a dance, and after the dance, he would pay the host boy a dime, and she would draw two sticks and they would eat the candy.


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


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  


The Wimberly Cemetery homecoming will be held June 15.  Lunch will be served at 12 noon with the Shelby County Singers leading the singing in the afternoon.  Donations will be taken for the upkeep of the cemetery.  Everyone is invited to attend the annual event.


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   Aaron Ammons, 21, of Center died June 6, 2003 in Shelby County.  Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery.  Born January 30, 1982, in Guymon, Oklahoma, he was the son of Mitchell and Marcia Mitchell Ammons.   Mr. Ammons is survived by his parents Michell and Marcia Ammons; wife, Amy Ammons, of Center; and daughter, Haleigh Wethington of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Zula McCauley, 89, of Center died June 5, 2003 in Charleston, West Virginia.   Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Shelby County.  Born January 23, 1914, in Center, she was married to Audary McCauley, and he preceded her in death.  Ms. McCauley is survived by her son, J.W. McCauley of Conroe and Jackie McCauley of Mount Hope, West Virginia; daughter, Janis Peacock of Charleston, West Virginia.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Onie Fay O'Rear, 91, of Joaquin died June 5, 2003, in her residence.   Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park. Born July 16, 1911, in Runnels County, she was the daughter of Ransom Stephen and Meta Marie Mueller Rhame.  She was married to James R. O'Rear and he preceded her in death.  Ms. O'Rear is survived by brother Ransom G. Rhame; sisters, Merle Bate of Joaquin, Ann Mitchell of Logansport and Marie Mitchell of Orange.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Lillie Warren, 67, of San Augustine died June 6, 2003 in San Augustine. Burial was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.  She was born March 19 1936 in Baytown, Texas.  Mrs. Warren is survived by her husband, Don Warren of San Augustine; son, James Hayes of Baytown; daughter, Sherry Ray of Baytown; sister, Violet Blevins of Timpson.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Dafford Edward Haight, 71, of Hemphill died June 7, 2003 in Hemphill.   Burial was in Ramah Cemetery.  Born January 24, 1932, in Joaquin, he was the son of Clarence Haight and Carlotta McCary Haight.  Mr. Haight is survived by daughter, Kelli Barton of Longview; sister, Ouida Phillips of Kilgore.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Willie Gay Roberts, 88, of Joaquin died June 7, 2003 in Center.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born October 14, 1914, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Hirham Lewis and Thomas Lula Rhame.  Ms. Roberts is survived by her son Bill Roberts of Joaquin; daughter,   Virginia Green of Timpson.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Evelyn F. "Jeff" Lightfoot, 83, of Center died June 7, 2003 in Center.  Burial was in Old Salem Cemetery. Born December 11, 1919, in the McClelland Community, he was the son of Julius Benjamin and Bessie Smith Lightfoot.  Mr. Lightfoot is survived by his wife, Edna Lightfoot of Center; son, Clifford Lightfoot of San Augustine; daughter, Kathryn Oates of Shelbyville; sister Opal Pierce of Dallas.  Watson & Funeral Home.
   Irene Ayers, 52, died May 29, 2003.  Burial was in Westview Cemetery.  Born January 10, 1951, in Center, she was the daughter of Mentroy and LeDalia Ayers.  Ms. Ayers was preceded in death by her parents Mentroy and LeDalia Ayers; four sisters and one brother.   Survivors include son Mario T. Small of Center.  Hicks Mortuary.
   Carrie May Lynch, 90, died June 5, 2003.  Burial was in Folsum Chapel Cemetery.  Born July 21, 1912, in Newton, she was the daughter of Dave Washington and Emma Josephine Leonard.   Mrs. Lynch was preceded in death by her husband Jim Lou Parnell and husband James William Lynch; and five children;  brothers, Henry, Leroy and Frank Leonard; sisters, Ludie Hardy and Gussie Johnson.   Survivors include her children, Joyce Procell, Eula Champoux and Eva Parnell all of Bronson, Louise Keel of Merryville, Louisiana and Jenny Rocca; sons, Wilburn Parnell and Jim Parnell, both of Pineland, Henry Parnell of Jasper John David Parnell of Carencro, Louisiana;  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Alfred J. Truitt, 84, of Joaquin died June 9, 2003 in Center.  Burial was in Truitt Cemetery.  Born September 4, 1918, in Joaquin, he was the son of A.J. Truitt, SR and Ella Geneva Pinkston Truitt.   Mr. Truitt is survived by his wife Joy Truitt; son, Don Allen Truitt of Orange; daughter, Sharon Weeks of Huxley.  Mangum Funeral Home.


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