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Week Ending August 18, 2006

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    The annual W J Connell reunion will be held on Sunday, September 3, 2006, in the hospitality room of Texas State Bank in Haslam, Texas.  Doors open at 10:30 am.  Bring a covered dish and lots of memories and photos to share!  For more info contact:  Mary @ 936-269-4141 or email  Make plans to come and bring the kids!

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           Across the road from Boles Field is located a National Hall of Fame Cemetery of Fox Hounds.  A large memorial erected in memory of Dawson Stride, a fox hound owned by Hinkle Schillings of Center, was the beginning of this cemetery in 1941.  Dawson Stride was considered as one of the greatest of fox hounds and the memorial was erected as a tribute to him from many friends among fox hunters of the United States.

      Since 1941, 21 smaller markers have been added in appreciation of other noted fox hounds.  Owners of these hounds are from 11 states and each marker carries a brief history of the hound.  This cemetery is unusual, attractive and well-kept.  This may be the only National Fox Hound Cemetery you will ever visit.  Take your camera (in Shelbyville, turn East on FM 417, then to 2694. Turn right to Boles Field.)


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    Michae Edward Linebarger, 64, of Timpson died August 15, 2006 in Timpson.  Cremation was requested.  Born June 23, 1942, in Dallas, he was the son of Frank and Doris McLeroy Linebarger.    Mr. Linebarger was a veteran of U. S. Army.  Survivors include wife, Coleen Linebarger of Timpson, sons, Matthew Linebarger of Tenaha and Chris Linebarger of Timpson; dautghter, Tami Linebarger of Center and Tony Schaffer of Sagninaw.  Taylor Funeral Home.
    Sybil Oleta Hammers, 85, of Port Acres died August 14, 2006 in Port Arthur. Burial was in Mt. Olive, Timpson.  Born February 26, 1921, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Tom Frank and Leta Idella Prince Rhodes.  Mrs. Hammers was a Homemaker.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Buck Hammers.  Survivors include daughters, Carolyn Frioux of Fannett and Avie Allen of Marletta, Georgia; sons, bobby Hammers of Nederland and David Allen Hammers of Port Acres.  Clayton Funeral Home, Groves.
    Brad Hagler, 28, of Nacogdoches died August 14, 2006, in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Burial was in West Hamilton Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born March 21, 1878, in Shreveport, Louisiana, he was the son of Cathy & Ronald Hughes.  Survivors include son, Zackery Wayne Hagler of Killeen; daughter, Madison Grace Hagler of Killeen; mother and step-father, Cathy & Randy Hughes of Nacogdoches; father and step-mother, Ronald & Renee Hagler of Center; sister, Bridgett Birdwell of Nacogdoches; half-sisters, Angela, Candance, Ronya and Skylar Hagler of Center; step-sisters, Mandy Tyre of Huxley and Misty Kay of Huxley.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Winnie Mae Risinger, 83, of Orange died August 15, 2006 in Beaumont.  Burial was in East Hamilton Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born born June 8, 1923, in Gueydan, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Edwin and Telesia Breaux Richards.  Mrs. Risinger was a School Teacher in the Little Cypress Elementary School in Orange.  She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Gabriel Mott, second husband, Nath Risinger; sons, Wayne and Eugene Mott and daughter, Winifred Ann Mott.  Survivors include daughter Mary Theresa and Mark Couvillion of Kingwood; step-son, James Ray Risinger of Patroon.  Claybar Funeral Home.
    Lavern L. Estes, 69, of Idabel, Oklahoma, formerly of Joaquin, died August 14, 2006  Burial was in Jackson Cemetery, Shelby County. Mrs. Estes was preceded in death by sons, Ruben Lavon and Leonard Wayne Estes; parents Rev. R. L. and Nettie Batts.  Survivors include son James B. Estes of Leesville, Arkansas; daughter, Linda Faye Worley of Idabel Oklahoma.  Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
    Erma Paige, 89, of Center, died August 6, 2006.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born December 2, 1916, in Center, she was the daughter of Buford and Lola Hagler Askew.  Mrs. Paige was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jack Askew, Thomas Askew, J. R. Askew and Travis Askew and Sister Lilly Stephens.  Survivors include daughter, Joy Campbell of Center.  Watson and Sons Funeral Home.

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