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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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            How to crank a Ford.   In the first place, you must be a pretty good crank yourself, or it is useless to try. Grab the crank with a determined air, and whirl the motor over with great velocity, being careful not to let the Ford fly off the handle; but do not turn it so fast that you get it over heated;  After you have cranked for about 15 minutes, let the thing have a little rest.  Possibly you will want a rest yourself.  See that the Ford has a quantity of Gas in the fuel tank, because sometimes a Ford is very particular about a little thing like that.  Then find out if there are chickens roosting under the hood or a bird has build a next in the exhaust pipe.  If so, remove them. 
            Now you are again ready for a little spin, but first go home and get a jar of old salve that relieves backache.  Then go out and face your battle with a grim smile.  Turn the crank and imagine yourself freezing ice cream.  When you find your hopes again in the dust, you might like a little advise.  Right here it is: Take a small piece of dynamite only large enough to blow up a young mountain and place it directly under the Ford.  Light it, stand aside and watch your lizzie move at last.  The author is not labial of any pain and suffering in the use of these instructions  - From the Champion  04-11-1923

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    Jack Fountain, 80, of Center died August 25, 2006, at his residence.  Burial was in Old Salem Cemetery.  Born January 17, 1926, he was the son of Robert Elvin and Lela Ann Langford Fountain.  Mr. Fountain was a building contractor and operator for Sand Hill Water Supply.  Survivors include his wife, Rachel Fountain, of Center; son, Jackie Fountain, of Center; sister, Kathryn Bennett of Nacogdoches. 
    Bill Reed, 72, of Arcadia died August 25, in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born October 6, 1933, in Nashville, Tennessee, he was the son of William A. Reed and Mary Gibson Reed.  Mr. Reed was a veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Air Force.  Survivors include his sons, Allen Reed of Center and Brian Schoelpple of Austin; daughter, Denise Knight of Houston; brothers, Hugh Reed and Jerry Reed, both of Tennessee.  Watson and Sons Funeral Home.
    Billy Ray Waller, 67, of San Augustine died August 27, 2006, in Lufkin.  Burial was in Neuville Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas. Born August 11, 1939, in Shelby County, he was the son of Granvil C. and Luna Parker Waller.  Mr. Waller was a Army Veteran, having served in the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Survivors include son, Billy Vaughn Waller of San Augustine; daughter, Wanda Dennis of Lufkin; brothers, Jerry Joe Wallker, Jessie K. Waller, Alton Waller and Calvin Waller of of Center; sisters, Susie Fountain and Jeannie Amburn, both of Center and Carolyn Denby of DeRidder, Louisiana.  Wayman Roberts Funeral Home.
    James K. Brown, 50, died August 24,2006.  Burial was in New Hope Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born November 7, 1956, in Locklhourne A.F.B., he was the son of James and Patricia Brown.  Mr. Brown was a U. S. Naval Veteran.  He was preceded in death by his son Christopher Lee Brown.  Survivors include his daughter Kerri Brown of Arizona City Arizona; parents, James and Patricia Brown of Lake Claiborne, Louisiana; sister, Jan Spain of Austin; brother, Gordon Brown of San Antonio. 
    Billie Lovell, 79, died August 28, 2006 in Houston.  Burial was in Rather Cemetery.  Born August 29, 1936, in Electra, she was the daughter of Uless and Olie Nichols Fisher.  Mrs. Lovell was married to Jack Lovell and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include brother, Doyle Fisher and Kenneth Fisher both of California; daughter, Wanda Cleaver of Houston; sons, Rick McWilliams and Mike McWilliams, both of Ohio. Mangum Funeral Home.
    Frankie Maye Coppedge, 85, of Center died August 29, 2006 in Center.  Burial was in Ore City Cemetery, Ore City, Texas.  Born July 30, 1921, she was the daughter of John and Frankie Maye Holt Adams..  Mrs. Coppedge was a Homemaker. She was married to R. C. Coppedge, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include, Daughters, Marilyn Zedlitz of Harleton, Linda Baldwin of Henderson and Rose Addison of Center; brothers, Rober Bailey of Jefferson.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    James Cleveland Turner, 93, formerly of Cotton Gin, Texas, died August 26, 2006, in Austin, TX.  Burial was in Driver Cemetery, Freestone County,  Texas.  J.C.'s parents, Joe and Sarah Jane Cleveland Turner, are buried in  Corinth Cemetery in Shelby County, along with many other relatives.  J.C.  was born April 24, 1913, in Gary, Panola County, TX.
    James C. Bridges, 81, of Center died August 31, 2006 at his residence.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  Born December 19, 1924, in Center, he was the son of Carlie and Liddy Loving Bridges.  Mr. Bridges was a veteran of U.S. Navy, having served in World War II. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Bridges.  Watson & Son Funeral Home.
    Marjorie Beck Campbell, 95, of Shelbyville died August 31, 2006.  Burial was in Shelbyville Cemetery.  Born June 16, 1911, in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Walter and Carrie Helpinstill Beck.  Mrs. Campbell was a retired Teacher of the Shelbyville ISD.  Survivors include brother William Walter Beck of Shelbyville.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

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