Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending July 1, 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  


    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 ( ).


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        My family was in Shelby Co. in the 1930's and the 1940's. We attended school in Gooberhill, Dreka, Choice and later were in the Center High School before leaving the county. Our order of birth was Joe, Bonnie Joyce and James. We would love to hear from anyone that might see this and remember. Our parents were Herbert Lee Bodine and Essie B. (Goings) Bodine. I started school at age 5 and my earliest memories are vague  James M. Bodine



    George N. Hooper, 96, of Center died June 26, 2005.  Burial was in White Rock Cemetery.  Born September 13, 1908, in Aiken, he was the son of Charles C. Hooper and Mertie Dell Hinkle.  Mr. Hooper was married to Dollie Hooper and she preceded him in death.  Survivors include daughters, Mildred McSwain of Center, Marie Golden of Huxley, Georgie Waller of Kountze and Cynda Jones of Nacogdoches; son, Kenneth Hooper of Center; sister, Jewell Brown of Nacogdoches.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Vivien Taylor, 84, of Center died June 24, 2005 in Beaumont.  Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery.  Born June 4, 1921, in Hurstown, Shelby County, she was the daughter of Fate Luman and Vera Selma Hatton Luman.  Mrs. Taylor was married to J. B. Taylor, Jr., and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include daughters, Gwen Taylor Stewart of Houston and Gaye Lokey of Beaumont; sons, Gary Taylor of Longview and Rev. Gregory Taylor of Benton, Arkansas.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Eric J. Forbis, 86, of Center died June 29, 2005, in Center.  Burial was in Clever Creek Cemetery.  Born October 16, 1918, in Shelby County, he was the son of Eddie and Pearl Jetton Forbis.  Mr. Forbis was a Veteran of WWII.  Survivors include his wife, Melba Forbis of Center: daughters, Myra Brown and Nelda Spears of Plano; son, Guy Forbis of Whitehouse. Mangum Funeral Home.
   Gertie Loyce Webb Collins, 73, of Timpson died June 29, 2005, in Timpson. Burial was in Corinth Cemetery.  Born July 21, 1931, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Thatchell and Omie Loyce Oliver Webb.  Mrs. Collins was preceded in death by her husband, Billie R. Collins.  Survivors include daughters Jean Amos of Nacogdoches and Cathy Soape and Sonja Rolfes, both of Houston; brothers Troy Webb of Sillsby, Louisiana, and Weldton Webb of San Leon.  Hawthorn Funeral Home, Carthage.

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