Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending June 24, 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 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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   Ellen Mitchell, 89, of Center died June 18, 2005 in Center.  Burial was in Old Salem Cemetery.  Born April 4, 1916, she was a Homemaker.  Survivors include sons, Marvin Mitchell of Center and Robert Lee Mitchell of Lufkin; daughters, Bobbie Scott of Center and Doris Bailey of Newton.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   David Dry, 58, of Shelbyville died June 17, 2005 in Shelbyville.  Burial was in Carroll Cemetery.  Born December 26, 1946, in Center, he was the son of O. M. Dry and Mary Katherine Askew Dry.  Mr. Dry was a Vietnam Veteran and former pastor of First Baptist Church, Shelbyville.  Survivors include wife, Jane Dry of Shelbyville; son David Dry, Jr. of Gilmer; daughters, Christy Sams of Shreveport and Crystal Dry of Shelbyville; mother, Mary Katherine Dry; brothers Kenneth Dry of  Apple Springs and Mike Dry of Palestine; and sister, Sandy Stringer of Palestine.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Jennie Pearl "Biddie" Mathews Monroe, 83, died June 16, 2005, in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park. Born May 1, 1922, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Reece Mathews and Lydia Elizabeth Hagler Mathews.  Mrs. Monroe owned and operated Monroe Motor Company.  Survivors include son Donald Monroe of Center; daughter, Brenda Hubble of Shelbyville; brother C. J. Mathews of San Augustine.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home. 
   Audry Mae Stolz, 70 of Shelbyville died June 18, 2005 in Shreveport.  Burial was in Wimberly-Rayburn Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born November 28, 1934, in Glouster, she was the daughter of Carl Henry McWhitney and Loula Belle Smith McWhiney.  Mrs. Stolz was retired from AT&T.  Survivors include husband, Eugene Stolz of Shelbyville; son Billy Boyd of Houma, Louisiana; Daughters, Vicki Boyde Hazelwood of New Inberia, Louisiana and Donna Nalley of Tyler; stepson, Larry Eugene Stolz of Dallas; stepdaughter, Sharon Ann Shaw of Duncanville; brother, Leroy McWhiney of Shreveport; sisters, Nan Bush of Ashdown, Arkansas, Betty Cooper of Shelbyville and Elizabeth Bowler of Jackson Michigan. Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Lena Mae Liles Ball, 70, died June 13, 2005.  Burial was in Tennessee Cemetery. Born November 19, 1935, in Garrison, she was the daughter of Amos and Essie Clifton Liles.  Mrs. Ball was preceded in death by husband John Ball; son, Michael Martin; brothers, Ernest Liles and Thomas Liles.  Survivos include her mother, Essie Mae Liles McBride of Center; sons, John Martin of Carthage, Glenn Martin of Florida; daughters Ann Cain of Henderson; brothers, Jackie Liles of Timpson, Jessie Liles of Gary and Joe Liles of Pinehurst; sister, Marvin Godwin.  Jimerson Funeral Home, Carthage.
   Lt. Col. Perman Clay, 93, died June 18, 2005 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery.  Born October 8, 1912 in the Waterman Community, he was the son Quincy Adams Clay and Rilla Viola Williams.  Lt. Col. Clay was an Air Force Veteran of WWII.  He was preceded in death by his parents; Elpha Geraldine Barber; daughter, Deanne Wood.  Survivors include a host of relatives and friends.  Garrison Funeral Home.
   Francis Armstrong Eakin, 84, of Timpson died June 23, 2005, in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson.  Born April 26, 1921, in Carthage, she was the daughter of W. D. and Mitteola Donald Armstrong.  Mrs. Eakin was a secretary and married to Lovis Eakin, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include daughter, Judy Towns of Timpson; sister, Jean Beckner of Marshall.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Creva May Abbot Yarborough, 95, of Center died June 21, 2005.  Burial was in Waterman Cemetery.  Born December 23, 1909, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Marion Edward and Mattie Emma Bryce Abbott.  Mrs. Yarborough was a seamstress.  She was married to Charles Vester Yarborough, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include daughters, Charlotte Bailey of Center, Sherry Ward of Waterman; son, Charles Yarborough of Nacogdoches.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Mildred Taylor, 87, of Tenaha died June 22, 2005 in Groves.  Burial was in Woods Cemetery, Panola County.  Born March 21, 1918, in Panola County, she was the daughter of Blanton and Winnie Hardy Ingram.  Mrs. Taylor was the owner of I&T Grocery Store in Tenaha.  Survivors include daughter Pat Tamplin of Port Neches; sister, Joann Samford of Kilgore.  Mangum Funeral Home.

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