Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending June 17, 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 & wife Arabella 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 ( ).


The annual Memorial Day and Dinner on the grounds will be held at the Newburn Cemetery on Saturday June 25, 2005 from about 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Everyone who has an interest in the cemetery is urged to come and enjoy the fellowship with us.


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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 @ 2


   Billy Jack Worsham, 72, of Joaquin died June 10, 2005 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Burial was in Jackson Cemetery.  Born January 26, 1933, in Houston, he was the son of Wilburn nd Mamie Stone Worsham.  Mr. Worsham was a veteran of the Korean War and retires from Bayer Company, Orange.  Survivors include his wife, Anita Worsham of Joaquin; sons, W. Dale Worsham of Houston, David L. Worsham of LaGrange and Richard L. Worsham of Nederland; brother, Levis Worsham of Joaquin; sister, Gwen Roquet of Houston.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Charles Aubreyneal Rash, 69, of Huxley died June 10, 2005 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Burial was in Liberty Hill Cemetery, San Augustine County.  Born April 5, 1936, in San Augustine, he was the son of Elza and Vera Berry Rash.  Survivors include his wife, An Rash of Huxley; daughter, Tammy Milkest of Huxley; sons, Larry Rash of Benning, Washington.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Linda Ann Garcia, 58, of Timpson died June 10, 2005, in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born January 12, 1947 in Columbus, Texas, she was the daughter of Alexander and Frances Counter Crouch.  Mrs. Garcia was retired as Office Manager at SFA.  Survivors include her father, Alexander Crouoh of Tyler; husband, Javier Garcia of Timpson; daughter, Ann Marie Barnes of Timpson; sisters, Judy Robbins of Buda, Jane Pelzel of Rockdale and Rebecca Brock of Abilene.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Travis D. Candrell, 83, of Center died June 10, 2005, in Center.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born My 14, 1922, in Athens, he was the son of Robert Cantrell and Vera Mae Cox Cantrell.  Mr. Cantrell was a veteran of WWII, member of VFW, member of American Legion and D.A.V.  Survivors include wife, Peggy Cantrell of Center; daughters, Annie M. Peters of Lorien, Louisiana, Iris Gregg of Center and Sherlene Cantrell of Conroe.  Watson and Sons Funeral Home.
   Monroe Glenn Richardson, 47, died in Center. Burial was in White Rock Cemetery.   Born August 25, 1947, in Center, he was the son of M. E. and Bernice Folsom Richardson.  Mr. Richardson was a member of Sam Samford Masonic Lodge. Survivors include daughter, Liz Ingles of Des Moines, Iowa, and Gayla Crelia of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; stepdaughters, Elizabeth Armstrong and Rebeha Ideker, both of Joaquin and Mary Idker of Alvin; sister, Patsy Majors of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

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