Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending September 9, 2005


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 The annual Bates Family reunion will be held Saturday, September 17, 2005 at the Jackson Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Joaquin, Texas.  Friends and relatives of the Larkin and Tempie Bates are invited to attend.  The doors will be opened at 10:30 a.m. and a covered dish lunch will be spread at noon.  For additional information contact Tommie Williams at 903-984-9053 or email her at


The annual Cockrell-Lilly Family Reunion will be held Saturday September 2th at the Texas State Bank, Haslam Branch Community Room.  Friends and relatives of the late William Henry and Marnie Lilly Cockrell are invited to attend.  A covered dish lunch will be spread at noon.  For any additional information contact Tommie Williams, 903-984-9053 or email her at


    The annual Sparks Family Reunion will be held Sat., Sept. 17, 2005, at the County Line Missionary Baptist Church. All descendants of Edmund Neeley and Mary Emma Martin Sparks are invited to attend. We will have lunch and  fellowship starting about 11:30 a.m. Drucilla Sparks Dickey



It is time for Homecoming of Center High School.    September 30 thru October 2, The schedule for the occasions are:

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Class of 1938 will meet at the Pizzeria at noon, October 1 to celebrate its 67th year. 

Class of 1945, 1946 will meet at TR's (formerly Golden Corral) for dutch treat lunch.  Contact Yvonne Loveladdy
at 936-598-5248    

Class of 1965 needs current addresses of classmates for their 40th year. Contact Peggy Bryan Monk at 936-598-2911.

Class of 1985 will meet at Harry's Bar-B-Que on Saturday, October 1, at 7P.M. Contact Yondi Watson 598-2402.

If you have a 1938, 1945 annual, please email lirish@sbcglobal


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  I am doing research on the Doggett Families and I find where my uncle Marvin Lee Doggett passed away in 1962 and his wife Avis Pearl Doggett in 1989. Their son Jimmy Lee Doggett is also listed but it doesn't give a date when he passed away. They are buried at Oaklawn #1 Garden of Prayer. I was wondering since there was no date by the name of Jimmy Lee Doggett does that mean he is still living? Hope you can help me. Again Thank you.   Darrell Doggett 


   Jason Edward Riley, 26, of Center died August 30, 2005 in Shreveport.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center.  Born April 20, 1979, in Lubbock, he was the son of Wayne and Sherry Riley.  Mr. Riley was employed with Steel Building Supply.  Survivors include his wife, Tina Marie Lantz; daughters, Alison Jordan and Emilie, all of Center; parents, Wayne and Sherry Riley of Tenaha; brothers, Jeremy Archer Riley of St. Petersburg, Florida and Jesse Clayton Riley of Tenaha; sister, Jenny Lynn Riley Chessher of Tenaha. Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Lela Ethel Christian Eaves, 95, of Silsbee died Steptember 2, 2005 in Center.  Burial was in Clever Creek Cemetery.  Born July 3, 1910, she was the daughter of Charlie W. and Ethel Whittlesey Christian.  Mrs. Eaves was retired a school teacher in Shelby County Schools.  Survivors include son, David Eaves of Silsbee; and sister, Bonnie Modiz of Wildwood.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Lamerle Fleming Anderson, 85, of Center died September 3, 2005.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.   Born May 5, 1919, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of W. C. Lovell II and Effie Lola Baggett Lovell.  Mrs. Anderson was married to Alfred S. Fleming and Norman Anderson, and they preceded her in death.  Survivors include daughters, Rani Jamison of Center nd Johnnie Beth Hogg of Lufkin; son, Sam Williams of Grand Prairie.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Clemente Medina Gutierrez, 51, of Huxley died September 4, 2005.  Cremation was requested.   Mr. Gutierrez was born January 14, 1954 in Lytle.  He was an oil field driller.  Survivors include Debbie Gray of Huxley,; Ellie Gutierrez of Tyler; children, Felicia Ramos of Palestine, Angie Henry of Tennessee Colony, Clemente Gutierrez, Jr. of Lubbock and John Gutierrez of Tyler.  Mangum Funeral Home.
  Jimmy Neal Bolton, 57, of Timpson died September 6, 2005 in Timpson.  Burial was in Blair Cemetery.  Born August 8, 1948, in Panola County, he was the son of Neal and Anna Lou Langley Bolton.  Mr. Bolton was a heavy equipment operator and Veteran of the Vietnam War.  Survivors include wife, Shirley Scott Bolton of Timpson; parents, Neal and Anna Lou Langley Bolton of Carthage; sons, Brian Bolton and Brett Bolton of Beckville; sister, Judy Spicer of Oilfield, Missouri.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Toby Wayne Steyer, 70, of Joaquin died September 6, 2005.  Burial was in Bethel Cemetery, Logansport, Louisiana.  Born December 15, 1934, she was the daughter of Lufus and Selena Thomas Hicks.  Mrs. Steyer was married to Marvin George Steyer, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include daughters, Barbara Smith of Houston, Carlos Whitlock of Waco, Selena Wilson of Defuniah Springs, Florida and Monty Swift of Joaquin; sons, Marvin Steyer of Joaquin and Phillips Steyer of Pasadena.  Watson & Son Funeral Home.
   Charlyse Crawford, 88, of Garrison died September 3, 2005 in Garrison.  Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born April 17, 1917, in Appleby, she was the daughter of A. B. and Vera Smith Crawford.  Ms. Crawford was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jack Dempsey Crwford and Smithy Crawford: sisters, Raynell Matthews and Mildred Joy Samford.   Survivors include brother W. D. Crawford of Ore City and a host of friends.  Mangum Funeral Home.

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