Shelby County News

Week Ending June 30, 2006


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        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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Lessie Hughes Eaves, 93, of Timpson died June 22, 2006, in Nacogdoehes.  Burial was in Sardis Cemetery, Shelby County.  Mrs. Eaves was born June 22, 1913.  She was preceded in death by husbands, Clarence Hughes and Sam Eaves.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Ola Mae Hendricks, 85, of Center died June 22, 2006.  Burial was in White Rock Cemetery.  Born January 5, 1921, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of William N. Crawford and Lola Thornton Crawford.  Mrs. Hendricks was preceded in death by her husband Travis Hendricks and Walter Glenn.  Survivors include son, Jerry L. Hendricks of Magnolia; daughter, LaNell Beckham of Timpson, sister, Verlene King of Houston.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Joy Matthews, 88, of Houston, formerly of Center, died June 24, 2006, in Houston.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born August 18, 1917, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Clyde and Georgia Bell Bivens Matthews.  Survivors include sister, Betty A. Matthews of Houston and Brother Larry Fred Matthews of Carthage.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Thomas Earl Hairston, 81, of Mansfield died June 24, 2006, in Mansfield, Louisiana.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson.  Born October 18, 1924, he was the son of Dorothy Bryan McLaughlin.  Mr. Hairston was a veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Navy.  Survivors include son, David Bryan Hairston of Mansfield; daughter, Linda Horne of Mansfield.  Taylor Funeral Home.
    Luriene Gunter Oates, 77, died June 26, 2006.  Burial was in Willow Grove Cemetery.  Born November 10, 1928, in Joaquin, she was the daughter of R. L. Gunter and Lula Blanche Priester Gunter.  Mrs. Oates was a Homemaker.   She was preceded in death by her husband John Calvin Oates.  Survivors include Daughters, Cynthia Peters of Laporte and Nelda Mills of Pasadena; son, John Fischer Oates of LaPorte. Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Chester Allen Neel, 86, died June 25, 2006 in Lufkin.  Burial was in Restland Cemetery, Tenaha.  Born December 4, 1919, in Timpson, he was the son of William Horace and Nora Bowlin Neel.  Mr. Neel was School Teacher and a veteran of the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Burns Neel, of Lufkin; son, Chester Allen Neel, Jr. of Red Oak; daughters, Kay and Janet Neel, both of Dallas and Mary Cantrell of Lufkin; sisters, Elnora Black of Joaquin and Loyce Fulmer of Logansport.


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