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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



The annual Wimberly Cemetery Homecoming will be held Sunday, June 20, 2004. There will be dinner on the ground at noon with singing in the afternoon led by the Shelby County Sunday Singers. Those who have family members buried in the cemetery are invited to attend the homecoming. Donations will be accepted for the upkeep of the cemetery, or can be deposited at the Farmers State Bank or can be mailed to Wimberly Cemetery, 13305 FM 139, Shelbyville, TX 75973.




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Looking for information about Jeremiah Bowlin II born in 1777. Came to TX with the Second Austin Colony in 1826.  Looking for his wife's name and his mother's name ,  I know his father was Jeremiah Bowlin I and born in 1756 in VA.  Can you help in any way. Nettie Holland email 1


 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,  2


   Glenda Thomas, 76, of Center died June 10, 2004 in Center.  Burial was in Sardis Cemetery.  Born March 9, 1928, in Flomot, she was the daughter of Jessie Ray and Eula Pearl Sims Bethel.  Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker.  She was married to Ike Thomas and he preceded her in death. Son, Ike Thomas, Jr and parents Jessie Ray and Eula Pearl Simns Bethel, two brothers and one sister also preceded her in death.    Survivors include daughter Patricia Ann Self of Clement, Oklahoma; sister, Barbara Henry of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Clara Holder, 92, of Center died June 10, 2004, in Center.  Burial was in White Rock Cemetery.  Born August 10, 1919, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of James F. and Isora Holder Stewart.   Mrs. Holder was a homemaker and a retired nurses aid.  She was married to George W. Holder, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include daughter, Margie Strong of Nacogdoches; sister, Odell Brittain of Center. Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Marion Walter Williams, 79, of Fairfield died June 11, 2004, in Fairfield.   Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.   Born October 22, 1924, in Shelby County, he was the son of James Thomas and Vernona Webb Williams.  He was preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas and Vernona Webb Williams; sisters, Mattie Lee Williams, Shirley Williams Alexander and Adelle Counts and brothers, Pearl, A. J. and Rebel Williams.  Mr. Williams retired from the Air Force in 1964, NASA in 1984 and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Fairfield.  Survivors include his wife, Maxine Dean Williams; son, Darryl T. Williams; daughters, Rhonda Cavender, Karen Lombardo and Felecia Lebus; sister, Mozelle Williams Richards Belshar.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Willie LaRied Holt, 58, died June 15, 2004 in Conroe.  Burial was in Short Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born January 17, 1946, in Center, he was the son of Willie E. and Lizzie Page Holt.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, having served during the Vietnam War.  Survivors include his wife, Gerarda "Lala" Holt of Montgomery and mother, Lizzie Page Holt of Conroe.   Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.


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