Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending June 27, 2003
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---September 2, 1914-D.S. Harrison, owner Crystal Theater, M. I. Pittman, Manager 5 - 10 Cooled by electric  fans.
---Polley Hotel, L. Beatty, Proprietor - $2.00 per day.
---Cowhides wanted - 12 per lb. for green salted hides.
---J.W. Bruner, Pastor, 1st Baptist Church leaving Center to 1st Baptist of Quanah?
---S.P. Irvin remolding his home on Tenaha Street.
---Bring your laundry to Marion Davis, next door to Wells-Fargo & Express.
---Miss Lucille Swanzy visited friends in San Augustine
---Noble Weaver bought property on Pecan Street from A.V. Wood.
---C.H.S -O.J. Rushing, Superintendent.
---Mrs. Olga Lovell & son George visit relatives in Neuville.
---Young Attorneys in Center- Duke Taylor, K.W. Stephenson, Smith Sanders and Bascomb Burns.
---Business men met to discuss plans to build a warehouse in Center to store cotton.. selling for 7 to 8 Per lb.-Jake Urdong? named Chairman and R.C. Adams, Secretary.


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  




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   Avis Sample, 77, of Shelbyville died June 19, 2003 in Center.  Burial was in Wimberly-Rayburn Cemetery. Born August 29, 1925, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Jack Snider and Nettie Anthony.   Ms. Sample is survived by daughters, Barbara Lindley and Vickie Martin, both of Shelbyville; son, David Sample of Center; brother, Buck Snider of San Augustine.   Mangum Funeral Home.
   T.C. "Pete" Brittain, 78, of Center died June 21, 2003 in Center. Burial was in Cedar Yard Cemetery.  Born February 4, 1925, in Center, he was the son of Ira and Liza Snider Brittain.  Mr. Brittain is survived by his wife Hazel Brittain of Center; son, Travis Brittain of Center; daughter, Barbara Richards of Silsbee; sister, Meadge Heller of Pennsylvania.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Norris Phipps, 64, of Tenaha died June 20, 2003 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Bogata Cemetery.  Born August 31, 1938, in Clarksville, he was the son of Vaudie and Vera Young Phipps.  Mr. Phipps was married to Wanda Lou Topping, and she preceded him in death.  He later married Rosa Kaulza.  He is survived by his wife Rosa Kaulza Phipps; son, Brad Phipps of Mt. Pleasant; daughter, Janette Acevedeo of Gainsville; stepsons, Nathan Kaluza of Timpson and Arnold Kaluza; sister, jean Raulston of Paris; brother,  Kenneth Phipps of New Boston.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Mary Helen Adams, 79, of Navasota died June 21, 2003 in Navasota.   Burial was in Rather Cemetery.   Born September 12, 1923, in Sarepta, Louisiana, she was the daughter of William Johnson and Winnie Herrick.  Ms. Adams was preceded in death by her husband Clarence R. Adams, Sr.  Survivors include sons, Clarence R. Adams, Jr. of Pasadena and Stanley G. Adams of Deer Park; daughter, Ginger Isenburg of Navasota; sisters, Dorothy Rogers and Juanita Laird, both of Pasadena; Freida Veazy of Ruston, Louisiana and Martha Jo Larkins of Arkansas; brother, John Allen Johnson of Shreveport, Louisiana.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Willaim Ihlo, 76, of Center died June 22, 2003.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born October 16, 1926, in Carthage, Texas, he was the son of William Ihlo and Jennie Bunyard Ihlo.   Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Ihlo of Center; children, Janan Pigg of Houston, Roy Blackshear of Center, Pat Porter of Houston and Kristi Laverdure of Dallas; brother George Ihlo of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Betty Lou Sanford, 73, of Center died June 24, 2003 in Center. Burial was in Borders Cemetery. Born December 13, 1929, in San Saba, she was the daughter of James William Moore, Jr. and Edith Grace Beck.  Ms. Sanford is survived by husband Brealon Sanford, Sr. of Center; son, Brealon Sanford, Jr. of Odessa; daughters, Edith Mae LeBlanc of Houston and Susan Joann Sanford of Center; sister Doris Shipman of Tucson, Arizona.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Billy Yarborough, 56, of Center died June 26, 2003 in his residence.   Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park. born November 7, 1946, in Shelby  County, he was the son of William Alexander and T9C Prince Yarborough.  Mr. Yarborough is survived by his wife, Teresa Yarborough of Center; son, Richard A. Yarborough of Center; daughter, Rachell Jones of Center; sister, Retha Mize of Tenaha; brothers, Charles Yarborough of Timpson, Drenon Yarborough of Hemphill and Rogers Yarborough and Joe Yarborough, both of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.

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