Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending July 15, 2005


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    The Netherly Eleventh Family Reunion will be July 29th - July 31, 2005. The fish fry, picnic and talent show will be at the Community Recreation Center, San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935.   The events are as follows:
Friday, July 29th will be the fish fry - 6:00pm - 10:30pm.
Saturday, July 30th will be the picnic - 10:00am - 5:00pm.
Saturday, July 30th will be the talent and fashion show- 7:00am - 10:00pm.
Sunday, July 31st will be Sunday Services - 7:45am - 9:00am, Sunday worship service will be held at the Todd Springs Baptist Church.
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           I am researching the Ballards who have lived in Shelby Co. since the 1850's. Aquilla Ballard was reported killed in 1912. I would appreciate any info on this killing. Also any info on Richard Ratliff and wife Melita, maiden name Whitaker, married 1st to Willis Ballard. Married Ratliff in West Feleciana, St. Francisville La in 1836. Moved into Tx. with Ballard children in the 1850's. This site has opened so many new avenue for research. Thank You  - Loretta Ballard Woods email   2


    I am looking to trace the family of my mother Gwendolyn Dell Caldwell who was born to Hugh Elvin Caldwell and Velma Orella Agnew on November 20th 1915. In particular any family of L.R. Bagwell. I have several letters and Ancestor Charts that he had sent to my mother in 1966. He had done a fair amount of work and I am anxious to find the results of his searches. thank you  Marilee P. Beamer.  email MARILEE.P.BEAMER@BOEING.COM 2


I am Betty Walker Anderson and I am looking for information on Doris Marie Adams.  We graduated from Center High School in 1950.  I have been trying for years to get in touch with her without any success.  Anyone with any information at all, as to where she lives, who she married, or other family members that could give me info would be greatly appreciated.  My email address is: 1



   Olivia Lawson Howard, 84, of Center died July 11, 2005.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born September 15, 1920, in Mansfield, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Dewey and Avis Bush Lawson.  Mrs. Howard was a Homemaker and owned East Texas Poultry Supply, with her husband, John Alvis Howard and he preceded her in death
Survivors include sons, John Howard, Dewey Howard, Bob Howard, Howell Howard, Steve Howard and Thomas Howard, all of Center and Dana Howard of Jefferson; daughters, Jeannie Dessilla of Chicago and Olivia Campbell of Franklin; sisters, Ruth Peelor of California, Marie McGuire of Santa Ana, California and Bonnie Moore of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Kenneth Dale McSwain, 67, of centere died July 9, 2005, in Center. Burial was in Jackson Cemetery.  Born March 22, 1938, in Center, he was the son of Jesse William and Iris Lowery McSwain.  Mr. McSwain was a Navy Veteran.  Survivors include mother, Iris McSwain of Center; wife, Billie McSwain of Center; sons Jeffery McSwain and Jimmy Dale McSwain, both of Center; daughter, Rhonda Patterson of Tenaha; stepchildren, Wayne Belrose and Chris Belrose, both of Center; brothers, Rex McSwain of Crockett and Billy McSwain of Joaquin; sister, Jackie Adams of Nacogdoches.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Larry Joe Beets, 53, of Joaquin died July 5, 2005 in Beaumont.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born January 10, 1952, in Athens, he was the son of Lonneff Beets and Willie Pearl Garner Beets.  Mr. Beets was a teacher in Joaquin School District.  He was preceded in death by his daughter Khystalyn Lankford.  Survivors include wife, Darlene Beets of Joaquin; son, Joe Beets of New London, Connecticut; daughters, Jennifer Beets and Mary Pearl Beets of Joaquin; brothers Earl Wayne Beets of Eustance and Patrick Beets of Overton; sister, Diane Adams of Eustace.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Kyrystalyn Lankford, 18, of Joaquin died July 7, 2005 in Beaumont.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  born October 6, 1986, in Houston, she was the daughter of Jamie Lankford and Tonni Pierce Lankford.  Ms Lankford was preceded in death by her daddy, Rev. Larry Joe Beets.  Survivors include father, Jamie Lankford; mother Tonni Lankford of Lewsiville; sister, Amber Lankford of Joaquin; brothers, J. R. Lankford of Bogato.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home
   Cora Grace, 81, died July 3, 2005.  Burial was in Smyrna Cemetery, Timpson.  Born April 23, 1924, in Shelby County she was the daughter of Rev. Mose Reagans and Leaner Hooper and stepfather Tommy Hooper.  Mrs. Grace was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather; two daughters, two sons, two sisters, five brother.  Survivors include children, Rev. Willie Alvin Grace of Beckville, Ora Lee Piro, Jessie Faye Chimney Dorothy Mae Green; sisters, Annie B,. Patton of timpson, Ruby Mae Hooper of Austin and Ruby Mae Bussey of Many, Louisiana; brothers, Rev. Samuel Reagans of New York, Leroy Reagans of San Antonio, Rev, Roosevelt Hooper and Luther Hooper of Riverside, California, Eugene Hooper of Austin, Willie J. Hooper of Augusta, Georgia, Matt Hooper of Diablo and Roy B. Johnson of Center.  Hicks Mortuary.
   Jerry Gene Harvison, 65, of Friendswood died July 7, 2005 in Center.  Cremation was requested.  Born August 1, 1939, in Shelby County, he was the son of Elzie Harbison and Cecil Mozelle Brittain.  Survivors include wife Helen Harbison of Friendswood; daughters, Delores Migues of Beaumont, Susie Martin of Alvin, Kathy Edwards of Belverde, Diana Webber of Alvin; father Elzie Harbison of Shelbyville; brother Lewis Harbison of Shelbyville; sister, Martha Matlock of Shelbyville.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Jimmie Faye Wardell, 85, of Tenaha died July 12, 2005, in Bossier City, Louisiana.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born October 13, 1919, in Joaquin, she was the daughter of James Calhoun and Willie Holiday Black.  Mrs. Wardell was a school Teacher.  She was married to Dan Harper, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include sons, Michael Wardell of Elm Grove, Louisiana, Mark Lee Wardell and Donny Wardell a both of Memphis, Tennessee and Jimmie Wardell.   Mangum Funeral Home.
   Lawana Lynn Permenter, 58, of Huxley died July 14, 2005, in her residence.  Burial was in Strong Cemetery.  Born December 23, 1946, in Orange County, she was the daughter of John Weasley and Ila McLaughlin Heath  Mrs. Permenter was owner of a restaurant in Huxley.  survivors include her husband, Roy Permenter of Huxley; son, Wesley Permenter of Dreka; daughter, Deniesa Lilly of Huxley; sister, Becky Torento of Deweyville.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

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