Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending August 15, 2003
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Honor members of the World War II generation by enrolling them in the World War II Registry, a list of individual Americans who participated in the war effort. To search for currently enrolled honorees, or to enroll a family member or friend, click here.


Spin the Bottle ---  Snipe Hunting ---  Tom Walkers  --- Walk on railroad track, see who can walk farthest without falling. Sit in a circle, someone starts a story with a sentence or more - STOPS --and the person next to him/her continues the story with a sentence or more-- on and on-- The last person in the circle ends the story.  (Can be fun even today)  Try that the next time your electricity is off!!  (Thanks to Winnie Smith).


Thomas Oates, died February 7, 1920, has been added to Lone Cedar Cemetery
Elizabeth Oates, died February 21, 1918, has been added to Lone Cedar Cemetery
Gether W. Oates, died November 1, 1907, has been added to Lone Cedar Cemetery
Stuart Alva Oates, died April 18, 1914, has been added to Lone Cedar Cemetery


The annual W J Connell reunion will be held August 31, 2003, in the hospitality room of Texas State Bank, Haslam Branch.   Doors open at 10:30 am.  Bring a covered dish and share memories.  For more info, contact

Center High School Homecoming Events
September 19th - 20th, 2003

Classes 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950 will meet at the new Shelby County Courthouse Community Room at 7:00PM on September 20, 2003

Class of 1967 will meet at Pickles and Petunias Eatery, 510 Shelbyville Street at 6:30PM on September 20, 2003




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 I need help in locating descendants of brothers, Allen O. William, James A. Williams and William Daniel Williams all of whom were in Shelby County in late 1890s and early 1900s.  They had a sister Nellie Jane Williams who married Eugene Francis.  Their mother, Sarah Elizabeth Jane Williams, was shown in the household of her son Daniel on 1910 census.  The Williams family came from Vernon Parish in LA, but I do not know when.  I have no data for the father, Clark Williams, so I do not know if he ever lived in Shelby County.   I am a descendant of Allen O. Williams, who died young in 1936,  so would like to contact some descendants of his brothers or sister  to see they have any information on him in particular.  Contact:   2


I would like to hear from students and teachers of Eagle Mill School. I went to Eagle Mill from 1945 until the
school closed in May of 1948. I would like to know more about the history of the school.   thanks Wayne McCrary 2



   James E. "Red" Whiteside, 77, of Timpson died August 8, 2003.   Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson.   Born June 18, 1926, in Nacogdoches, he was the son of Troy and Mary Eva Harris Whiteside.  Mr. Whiteside is survived by his wife, Doris Whiteside, of Timpson; son Jim Whiteside of Timpson.  Taylor Funeral Home/
   Ellen Allene Mims, 84, of Joaquin died August 8, 2003 in Center. Burial was in Old Center Cemetery, Panola County.  Born November 22, 1918, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Ellen Brawley Waits.  Ms. Mims is survived by daughter Carolyn Sue Bellamy of Joaquin; son, Robert McCall of Gary; sisters, Mary Jordan of Center and Ruby Richardson of Nacogdoches.  Watson & Son Funeral Home.
   Robert Lee Bennett, 52, of Center died August 2, 2003 at Holiday Nursing Home.  Burial was in Westview Cemetery. Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his father, Binnie Bennett and brother, Binnie Bennett, Jr., and James Earl Bennett.  Survivors include his sons, Brodrick Bennett and Christopher Bennett, both of Center; daughter, Stephanie Bennett of Center; mother, Maxine Bennett of Center; brothers, Thomas Earl Bennett and Ervin Lee Bennett of Center; special friend, Willie Mae Raysom of San Augustine; sister, Lila Ann Pennington of Grand Cane, Louisiana, Hattie May Taylor, Frances Mae Edean, Cheanette Renee Lowe and Ella Doneer Bennett, all of Center.  Hicks Mortuary.
   Viola Welch, 91, of New Braunfels died August 12, 2003 in New Braunfels. Burial was in Old Home Cemetery. born March 17, 1912, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Addison O. and Maggie Willis McCann.   She was first married to Kenneth Lee Reeve, who preceded her in death and then married to Joel Welch, who also preceded her in death.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Beverly Jean Lippincott, 63, of Little Rock, Arkansas died August 11, 2003.   Burial was in Wimberly-Rayburn Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born in Beaumont, Texas, she was the daughter of Eugene Victor and Lona Golding Wheeler.  Survivors include her husband, Dr. Richard C. Lippincott of Little Rock, Arkansas; daughter, Michelle Hughes of Canaan, New Hampshire' mother, Lona Golding Wheeler of Center; brothers, Warner Wheeler of Center, Victor Wheeler of Wildwood, Kenneth Wheeler of New Mexico and Rodney Wheeler of Austin; sister, Pamela Ann Wheeler of Los Angeles.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Julie Virginia Samford, 82, of Silsbee died August 14, 2003 in Silsbee.   Burial was in Asbury Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born March 21, 1921, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Smith and Selena McKenzie Whiteside.  Ms. Samford is survived by son Bryan Samford of Lumberton; daughters, Jeanette Shultz of Silsbee and Linda Lowe of Conroe; sisters, Mary Berry Deweyville and Eller Nobles of Evans, Louisiana; brother, Basil Whiteside of Center.   Mangum Funeral Home.
   Billy Bruce Parker, 39, of Joaquin died June 22, 2003 in Mobile, Alabama.   Cremation was requested.  Born July 23, 1963, in Shelby County, he was the son of Acie and Lola Luman Parker.  Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, Deborah Parker of Joaquin, daughter, Kara Ann Parker of Joaquin; son Billy Ray Parker of Livingston; brother, Charles Parker of Tenaha; sisters, Carolyn Vines of Zwolle, Louisiana and Cathryn Parker of Logansport, Louisiana. Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

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