Shelby County News

Week Ending June 23, 2006


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        Once again, it is the time to remind you of the annual Memorial Day and Homecoming at Newburn Cemetery.  The date is Saturday, June 24, 2006, 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-grounds.


Wimberly Cemetery Homecoming

         The Wimberly Cemetery annual homecoming will be Sunday June 18th beginning at 10:30 A.M. with lunch at 12 noon.  Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a time of food and fellowship. Singing will begin at 1:00 P.M. by the Shelby County Singers.  All of those interested in the upkeep of the cemetery are urged to attend.  Donations may be mailed to Wimberly Cemetery, 13305 FM 139, Shelbyville, TX 75973. Thanks a million.
                                                                                                            Elaine Bailey



         You are invited to the second annual reunion of the descendants of Ennis and Mary McCain Trammell Hughes.  Related families are Samford, Weaver and Snider.  We will meet in Wichita Falls, Texas Saturday June 24 and Sunday 25, 2006.  Contact Brian Davis  for directions to the facility.   We will have our main meal at noon on Saturday.   Saturday night we will have a CD burning and info sharing party at the same facility.   Please bring lots of family, food, picture albums and family info.  We will have family group sheets available.  For more information contact: Mary C. Moore  or Charlotte Hughes


        On Saturday, July 1, 2006 the descendants of John Sample & Jerry Metcalf will host a dedication at the Sample Cemetery to designate this family cemetery as a historial cemetery as noted by the state of Texas.  If you are a descendant of one of the children of John Sample & his wife, Sarah Davis Sample, who settled in Shelby County in 1838 come and join family and friends to honor this special pioneer family.  We will start gathering at the cemetery about 9am with the dedication ceremony to start at 10:30am with lunch to follow.  Bring your family and share in the history of these families.  Other related lines are Metcalf, Cummings, Luman, Kearney, Duncan, Kay, Chandler, Green, Miller, Strickland, Cruse, Tyler and Weeks.  If you have never been to the Sample family reunion come to meet your long lost cousin, share in the fellowship of the day, and share research with others who are working on the family tree.  From Center, take Highway 87 South to Shelbyville, at the top of the hill taken FM 417 E (to the left) about 2 miles at the intersection of FM 2694, bear to the right.  Go about 4 miles until you see a red gravel road to the right marked with a forestry sign (165). Turn on 165, at the dead-end turn left. Continue on this road until it ends at the Sample Cemetery.  The Cemetery is at the Hinkle Schilling Fox Pen.  For additional information contact Vickie Martin @ or Barbara Lindley at 936-368-7176.

     The 12th Netherly Family  Reunion will be held Friday, July 28, Saturday, July 29 and Sunday July 30, 2006 at the Community Center, 423 San     Angustine St., Center, Texas.    Friday, July 28th from 6:00pm - 7:15pm will be family fellowship/get acquainted; 7:30pm - 8:45pm dinner (fish fry); 9:15pm - 10:00pm will be the Netherly "Let's Make a Deal" game.  Saturday, July 29th from 10:30am - 12:00pm family business meeting; 12:30pm - 3:00pm lunch; games will begin at 1:45pm - 3:30pm.  Saturday Evening - 7:00pm - 10:30pm - modeling, talent show and dinner.   Sunday, July 30th, 2006 - 7:45am -  9:00am church services "Todd Springs Baptist Church."    If you should have questions regarding the above information, please contact  Bertha Hooper at 214-375-7408 or Sarah Burns (214-374-1419).  I can be reached by email

     The 1st Swindle Family Reunion will be held June 30- July 2, 2006. The family dues are $50.00 per household. On Friday, June 30, 2006, we will be at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ in the Strong Community. We'll have a fish fry and cake walk. On Saturday, July 1, 2006, we will be at Pineywoods Outreach Center on Haley Drive in Center. Saturday night is our talent and modeling night. Sunday, July 2, 2006 is Church Day. We will once again meet up at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ for church from 9-12. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish for that day. If you want to order t-shirts, you need to contact Zera J. Harris @ 1-405-366-0397. Fro more information about the reunion, please feel free to contact Sylvia M. Hubbard @ 936-368-2611 or email her at

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       This page is open for anyone to submit information or queries.


        I'm looking for my 4th great grandfather, James H. Mauldin, who died in Shelby (co?) in 1851. I have information that says he is buried Robertson cemetery at, on, near Storeys Field, but unable to find these names or places.  Wayne Mauldin


        Am doing research on Joseph (Joe) Hewitt who enlisted in the Civil War At Shelbyville in 1863. Any one knowing anything of this person or any of his family (his father was William M. Hewitt) I would love to hear from you.  Connie Smith


        I am looking for information on Richard Ratliff he is shown on the 1850 San Augistine Census and then on Shelby Co. 1860.  His wife was Malitta Whitaker Ballard Ratliff.   After the 1860 census they disappared. He was listed as owning 10,000 acres in Shelby Co. Shelbyville area.   Also with many slaves on the 1850 and 1860 Slave schedule. Many of the folks buried in the Ballard Cemetery have the last name of Ratliff (could they be some of the Ratliff slaves?)  Any help would be greatly appreciated. Loretta Ballard Woods

    Clydell Cox, 90, of Joaquin died June 8, 2006.  Burial was in Sholar Cemetery.  Born November 5, 1915, in Panola County, she was the daughter of James and Mamie Barron Sholar.  Mrs. Cox was a Homemaker.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Lee Cox; Brother, James Sholar and Sister Tommie New.  Survivors include son Leland Cox of California; daughters, Deloris Jean Cox of Houston and Janet Davis of Joaquin.  Hawthorn Funeral Home, Carthage.
    J. M. "Jim" Livingston, 82 of Center died June 14, 2006.  Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery.  Born March 23, 1924, in Chireno, Texas, he was the son of Lois Montgomery Livingston and Della Carven Abbott Livingston.  Mr. Livingston served in WWII in the US Navy.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Audra and Aubra Livingston; Sister, Ima Jean Bush and Pat Schroyer  Survivors include his wife Dorothy Adell Livingston of Center; children, James Lynn Livingston and Richard Livingston, both of Center, Deanne Sample, Bryan Livingston, Amy Harris, Delana Lovell, Jeremy Lynch, Stephanie Livingston, Eric Livingston Ryan Lynch and Hannah Livingston.
    Bowden Nix, 75, of Joaquin died June 18, 2006 in Bossier City, Louisiana.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born September 10, 1930, in Atoka, Oklahoma, he was the son of Carl Aaron Nix and Estella Prator Nix.  Mr. Bowden was an Army Veteran of the Korean conflict.  Survivors include his wife, Lillian Nix of Joaquin; daughters, Patricia Perrin, Stella Beatriz  and Dorothy Beatiz, all of Joaquin; son, Kenneth Nix of Louisiana; sisters, Bunella Whitmore, Ruby Stroup, Royce Geiger and Betty Nix all of Oklahoma; brothers, Ray Nix and Roger Nix, both of Oklahoma.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Frank Carl Madden, 82, of Pasadena died June 18, 2006, in Houston.  Burial was in Willow Grove Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born November 17, 1923, in Cushing, he was the son of Walter and Effie Madden.  Survivors include son Wayne Madden of Tomball and daughter, Charlene Johnson of Spring.  Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
    Lurline Lafitte, 85, of Center died June 18, 2006, in Center.  Burial was in Wimberly-Rayburn Cemetery.  Born December 18, 1920, in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Sam and Ola LaFitte, Sr.  Survivors include brothers, Foch LaFitte of El Paso and Harold LaFitte of Austin; and sister, Majorie LaFitte of Houston.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Floyd Jay King, 77, of Center died June 19, 2006, in Lufkin.  Burial was in Sardis Cemetery, Shelby County.  He was born October 13, 1928, in Palestine.  Mr. King was a veteran, having served in the US Air Force.  He is survived by nieces and nephews and a host of friends.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Max Menefee, 84, of Tenaha died June 22, 2006.  Burial was in Restland Cemetery. 


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