Shelby County News

Week Ending August 24, 2007

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The King-Oats Cemetery, aka Oates at Day School, will have a Historic Texas Cemetery Medallion erected on October 13, 2007.  There will be a meeting at 9:30am at the historic Shelby County Courthouse Courtroom.  At 1:30pm attendees will meet at the King-Oats cemetery for the installation of the Medallion.  For additional information email Reece Stanley at




   The Annual W. J. Connell reunion will be held on Sunday September 2, 2007 in the hospitality room of the Texas State Bank, Haslam, Texas. The doors will open at 10:30am. Bring a covered dish and lots of memories! Drinks and plate will be provided. If you can come, we are making a Connell Cookbook and all family recipes or stories will be appreciated. For additional information email 


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    Grace Stephens Reno, 95, of Center died August 19, 2007 at her residence.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.  Born April 7, 1912, in Timpson, she was the daughter of Dr. A. D. and Mary Emma Nutt Nail. Ms. Reno was a 1929 graduate of Center High School.   She was the wife of M. I. Stephens and Wade Reno, both preceded her in death.  She is survived by numerous Nieces, Nephews and a host of friends.   Watson and Sons Funeral Home.
    Patsy Ann Whitton, 73, of Center died August 22, 2007 at her residence.  Burial was in Brandon-Shofner Memorial Cemetery.  Born September 22, 1944, in Newton, Texas, she was the daughter of Joe Preznik and Ollie Mae Garlington Preznik.  Survivors include sons, Dan Denney of Dallas, Jerry Denney of Alabama, David Denney of Pasadena, Roy Denney of Galveston and Terry Denney of Nacogdoches; Daughter, Patricia Kimberly of New Mexico.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Mary Frances Garlington, 90. of Center died August 23. 2007 in Center.  Burial was in White Rock Cemetery.  Born January 11, 1917, in Warrensburg, Missouri, she was the daughter of Bert Lester Raynor and Juanita Lea Campbell Raynor.  Ms. Garlington was a Homemaker.  She was preceded in death by her husband Merriam Moore Garlington.  Survivors include Daughter Juanita Lea Campbell of Center; Sons, Billie Moore Garlington Wautoma, Wisconsin and Philip David Garlington.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.


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