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SEPTEMBER 10TH - 11TH, 2004

Football game at Roughrider Stadium Friday, September 10, 2004,7:30PM

Alumni meeting will be held at the Center Middle School Cafetorium (known as old High School) on Malone Drive on September 11th at 9:00AM

Homecoming parade will begin at 4:00PM on September 11, 2004. 

Class of 1929 will meet at the Golden Corral on Saturday September 11th for a Dutch-treat meal and entertainment.

Class of 1938 will meet at the Pizzeria on Saturday, September 11, 2004 at noon.

Class of 1939 will meet at Pineywoods Seafoods and Steaks, Saturday, September 11, 2004 for lunch.

Class of 1940 will meet at Lake Country Inn Saturday, September 11, 2004 at 8AM.

Class of 1942 will meet at Harry's Barbeque for a Dutch-treat meal on Saturday, September 11, 2004 at noon.

Class of 1944 will meet at Pineywoods Seafood and Steaks, Saturday, September 11, 2004 at noon

Classes of 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950 will meet for lunch at Lee's Kitchen (Lake Country Inn) on Saturday September 11, 2004 at 12 Noon.

Class of 1953 and 1954 will meet at the Lakehouse of Weldon Boles on Saturday, September 11, 2004 at 6PM

Class of 1956 will meet for lunch at Pickles and Petunias Eatery, 510 Shelbyville Street Saturday, September 11th.

Class of 1959 will meet at Chaps Barbeque and Catfish Restaurant, 823 Hurst St., on Saturday September 11 at 6PM

Class of 1964 will meet at the Pine Colony Inn, 500 Shelbyville St. on Saturday September 11th.

Class of 1969 will meet at Chaps Barbeque Saturday, September 112, 2004 at 8PM.

Class of 1974 will meet Saturday and have a pre-parade lunch at 2PM at Kathy Bowlin Thomas' house. At 7:00PM will party at the JOI Ranch on Saturday night.  Email

Class of 1979 will meet at Lee's Kitchen on Saturday, September 11, 2004 at 7PM.

Class of 1984 will Saturday night meet at 7:00PM at Center Country Club/Hwy 96 North .  Email

Class of 1989 will meet at the Lamar School building on Don Wheeler Farm on September 11, 2004 at 7 PM

The annual William J Connell family reunion will be held on Sunday, September 5, 2004, in the Hospitality room on Texas State Bank, Haslam, Tx..  Bring a covered dish.  Doors open at 10:30 am.  For more information, contact

The annual Windham reunion will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2004, in the Hospitality room of Texas State Bank, Haslam Texas.  Bring a covered dish.  Doors open at 10 am.  For more info contact

The descendants of C. C. Cain and their cousins will hold their annual reunion on Sunday, September 18th at Kurth Lake from 10:00 am until the last one leaves.  There will be a pot luck dinner served at about 1:00. For more information please e-mail Laura Clark at




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   Wanda Mason Decker, 63, of New Iberia, Louisiana died August 19, 2004 at her residence.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center.  Ms. Decker was a retired licensed practical nurse.  She was married first to Henry Dry, and then to Marion O. Decker, both preceded her in death.  Survivors include son, Richard Dry, Sr. of Austin; daughter, Anita Viator of New Iberia; stepdaughter, patty Decker Thibodeaux of New Iberia; stepsons, Larry Decker of Denver, Colorado and Bob Decker of Carthage, David Funeral Home New Iberia, Louisiana.
   Steven Delane Smith, 34, of Logansport, Louisiana, died August 20, 2004 in San Augustine County.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center. Born May 2, 1970, in Shelby County, he was the son of Jerry Smith and Dianne Rogers Smith.  He was self-employed, owner of Steve Forestry Service.  Survivors include his wife, Jana Smith of Logansport, Louisiana; daughters, Shana and Savana Smith, both of Logansport, Louisiana; parents, Jerry and Dianne Smith of Joaquin; and sister, Shelly Naquine of Joaquin.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Lane Rogers Porter, 52, of Center died August 21, 2004 in Center.  Burial was in Folsum Chapel Cemetery.  Born September 11, 1951, in Big Springs, he was the son of John and Dorothy Lane Porter.  He was a construction worker.  Survivors include daughter, Candace Dickerson of Center; sons, Chance Porter of Center and John Rogers Porter, III of Dallas; father, John Porter of Center; sister, Dee Dee Wood of Vidor. Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Doug Tyler, 66, of Joaquin died August 21, 2004, in Center.  Burial was in Strong Cemetery.  Mr. Tyler was born February 14, 1938.  He was retired from Texas Eastern and was a Army veteran of Korean War.  Survivors include his wife, Margie Tyler of Joaquin; daughter, Lesa Parmer of Center; sisters, Helen Bixler of Gilbert, Arizona and Juanita Beasley of Joaquin.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Atron D. Gardner, 32, died August 19, 2004.  Burial was in Westview Cemetery.  Born January 14, 1972, he was the son of Betty Sanders and Robert Ayers.  Mr. Gardner was preceded in death by his father Robert Ayers; brother, Charles Gardner and sister Taukie Ayers.  Survivors include his wife, Nicole Gardner; daughters, Kiara and Tkeyah Gardner; Stepson, Jay; mother, Betty Sanders; step-father, Johnny Sanders of Center; sisters, Atoshia Ayers of Tenaha and Valerie Hudson of Abilene; brothers, Sugarman Williams of Center, Dennis Gardner of Houston; stepbrothers, Jamie Sanders of Center and Johnny Sanders of Kansas.  Hicks Mortuary.
   W. L. Greer, 82, died August 17, 2004.  Burial was in Smyrna Cemetery.  Born March 27, 1921, in Timpson, he was the son of Will and Caroline Young Greer. Mr. Greer was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII.  Mr. Greer was preceded in death by his son Charles Victory Greer.  Survivors include his brother, Bland Greer of Ft. Worth; children, Glenda Martinez Greer and Johnny Lee Greer of Center, Carol sue Greer and Willie Glyn Greer of Houston and Peggy Greer of Nacogdoches.  Hicks Mortuary.
   Maxcine Swindle, 62, died August 13, 2004.  Burial was in Bennett Chapel Cemetery.  Born June 16, 1942, she was the daughter of C.D. Cartwright and Beulah Garrett Cartwright.  Mrs. Swindle was preceded in death by her mother Beulah Garrett Cartwright and son, Bobby Ray Swindle.  Survivors include children, Ronnie, Dennis an Rodney Swindle, all of Shelbyville and Cassandra Swindle of Lufkin; father, C.d. Cartwright of Center; sisters, Lola Phillips, Loriane Osby, both of Center, Gwendolyn Singh and Vera Brown, both of Nacogdoches and Jessie Bolton of Palestine; brothers, Billy Earl Cartwright and Henry Cartwright.  Community Funeral Home.
   Earlena Wilson Murray, 97, of Center died August 24, 2004 in Center. Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery.  Born August 20, 1907, in  Shelby County, she was the daughter of James Washington and Ella Polvadore Wilson.  She had been a nurse.  Mrs. Murray was married to J. Walter Murray and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include Verna Mills of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Clarice McCrary Sobota, 91, of Center died August 26, 2004 in Center. Burial was in Strong Cemetery.  Born December 20, 1912, in Downsville, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Eugene Warren and Ella Stephens McCrary. Mrs. Sobota was married to Jack Sobota and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include brother, Quintin McCrary of Cheniere, Louisiana; sister, Theada Barber of Cheniere.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Billy Anderson, 71, of Joaquin died August 25, 2004 in his residence.  Burial was in Jackson Cemetery. Born November 20, 1932, in Sextion, he was the son of Jeff and Aleene Williamson Anderson.  Mr. Anderson was Justice of the peace for precinct 3.  Survivors include his wife Margie Anderson of Joaquin; sons, Billy Wayne Anderson and Charles Ray Anderson, both of Joaquin; brother, Wade Anderson of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

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