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

Homecoming parade will begin at 4:00PM on September 20, 2003. Floats will line up on Malone Drive at 3:30PM. Walking participants will line up at Methodist Church on Porter Street.

Alumni meeting will be held at the New High School Cafetorium on September 20, 2003, at 10:30 AM.

Class 1929 will meet at Golden Corral, September 20, 2003 at 6-9PM

Class of 1936 will meet at Isaac's Restaurant, 202 Tenaha Street at 6:00PM on September 20, 2003.

Class of 1938 will meet at Pizzeria, 225 San Augustine St. from 11:30AM until 1:30PM on September 20, 2003. This is the 65 year reunion.

Class of 1940 will meet at Lake Country Inn Restaurant, at 9:00AM Breakfast on September 20, 2003.

Class of 1942 will meet at Pickles and Petunias Eatery, 510 Shelbyville Street at 1:30PM September 20, 2003.

Class of 1945 and 1946 will meet at Golden Corral at 11:30AM, September 20, 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 1956 will meet for our monthly luncheon at Pickles and Petunias Eatery, 510 Shelbyville Street at 11:30AM on September 20, 2003.   This meeting has been moved from the first Tuesday of the month to coincide with Homecoming 2003

Class of 1967 will meet at Pickles and Petunias Eatery, 510 Shelbyville Street at 6:30PM on September 20, 2003. The Class invite Classes of 1966 and 1968 to join in.

Class of 1978 will meet at Ihlo Farm on Airport Road, on September 20, 2003.  Cost is $25 person.  Contact for additional information.

Class of 1983 will gather at the Homecoming Game Friday, September 19, 2003.  This is the 20th year.


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Graduates of Shelbyville High School, Class of 1960, contact Audley D. Dry at in order that a class reunion may be organized this coming fall.  If anyone who reads this request, but is not a graduate of 1960, knows the whereabouts of a 1960 graduate he will be grateful if you would let him know how to contact the individual.


I am searching for  WILLIAM M. BURTON    b:1810 in GA  d: 1881   married LOUISE M. JOHNSON     b: 1812 in Liberty Co., GA  d: 1898 in Baxter Co., AR    There is a possibility they were in TX  at some time  Any help would be appreciated. Doris email 1



I am looking for descendants of H.J. Neel and Blanche Pickard Neel. Her Father was Alfred B. Pickard and Rosa Parkman Pickard and they are buried in  Tennessee Community Cemetery. Liz Neel  2


Looking for relatives and information on my Mother Eddith Geneva Thompson, daughter of George M. Thompson and Nora Worsham Thompson. She married John B. Kerr in Kansas.  Could have relatives in the Nacogdoches area.     They separated in 1950.  My grandfather, George Thompson, was a teacher in various Shelby County Schools.  My grandmother, Nora Thompson, is buried in Short Cemetery, Shelby County.  Appreciate any help!  David Kerr, M.D. 2


   Dora Burkhalter, 85, of Center died August 27,2 003 in Houston.  Burial was in Asbury Chapel Cemetery.  Born May 9, 1918, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of John David Halsted and Nonie Chapman.   Mrs. Burkhalter was married to Travis Burkhalter and he preceded her in death.   Survivors include sons, Charles Burkhalter of Baytown, James Burkhalter of Houston, Ronnie Burkhalter of New Orleans, Louisiana, Dennis Burkhalter of Magnolia, Darrell Burkhalter of The Woodlands, Donnie Burkhalter of Humble, Danny Burkhalter of Magnolia and Corey Burkhalter of Conroe; daughters, Brenda Buckner of Shelbyville and Judy Reynolds of Conroe.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   James "Bubba" Eddins, 45, of Marshall died August 29, 2003 in Longview.  Burial was in Strong Cemetery, Shelby County. Born July 1, 1958, in Center, he was the son of Rev. James R. Eddins and Joy Dockens Eddins.  Mr. Eddins is survived by son Jody Eddins of Beckville; daughter, Mindy Eddins of Beckville; mother, Joy Eddins of DeKalb; and brother Greg Eddins of DeKalb.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Charlcey Loving, 88, of Terrell, formerly of Center died September 1, 2003 in Terrell. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Center.   Born September 16, 1914, in Center, she was the daughter of Robert E. and Lotti Eddings Loving. Mangum Funeral Home.
   Betty Davis, 60, of Joaquin died August 28, 2003 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Sholar Cemetery, Joaquin.  Born May 29, 1943, in Center, she was the daughter of John E. and Irene Jimerson Davis.  Ms. Davis is survived by her mother, Irene Davis; brother, Bill Davis and Kenneth Davis both of Joaquin; sisters, Barbara Davis Cook of Joaquin and Carolyn Davis McGehee of Houston.   Mangum Funeral Home.
   Cole Carswell, 12, of Shelbyville died September 2, 2003 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Burial was in McClelland Cemetery.   Born January 26, 1991, in Nacogdoches, he was the son of Gary Doyle and Pamela Puttman Carswell.  Master Carswell is survived by his parents, Gary and Pamela Puttman; brothers, Phillip Dunn of Mesa, Arizona and Gary Allen Carswell of Lufkin; sisters, Kristy Anderson and Alissa James, both of Shelbyville; Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Vernon G. Bridges, 78, of Center died September 2, 2003 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.   Born December 28,m 1924, in Center, he was the son of Benjamin A. and Vera Fields Bridges.  Mr. Bridges is survived by his wife, Dollie Oliver Bridges of Center; daughter, Charlotte Powell of Missouri City; sisters, Mary Owens and Louise Glaze, both of Houston; brother, James Bridges of Joshua Tree, California.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Betty Lou Raymond, 66, of Center died September 3, 2003 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Huxley.  Born February 26, 1937, in Norwood, she was the daughter of Ralph Wilburn Parker and Dessie Chance.  Ms. Raymond is survived by daughter, Cathie Raymond of Timpson and Glenda Smith of Center; son, Elzie Ray Raymond of Center; sister, Syble Armstreet of Gary.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Rhoda Ann King, 82, died August 24, 2003.  Burial was in Bennett Chapel Cemetery. Born June 10, 1921, she was the daughter of Lacy Lang and Lewis Cartwright.  Mrs. King was preceded in death by her husband Luther James King; children, Nehemiah King and Jeramiah King.  She is survived by brothers, Lewis Cartwright, Jr., Willaim Cartwright; children, Norman King and Alice Blunt of Shelbyville.  Hicks Mortuary

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