Shelby County News

Week Ending September 21, 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




             Friends and relatives of the late Larkin and  Susana Tempie Bates are invited to attend the annual Bates Family Reunion.  The reunion will be held on September 29th, in Joaquin, TX at the Jackson Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.  Doors will be open at 10:30 a.m.  A covered dish lunch will be spread at 12:00 noon.  Come and enjoy the day.  For further information contact Tommie Williams, email her at



        You  are invited to join us as we honor one of East Texas’ pioneering sons, Veteran of War of 1812 and former Texas Ranger  "John May" on Saturday, October 6, 2007 from 11 am until 1 pm at the John May Cemetery (also called the Hooper-May Cemetery)
We will dedicate a new headstone and a memorial Texas Ranger cross during the ceremony.
We would also like to salute and invite the descendants of other pioneer families represented in this sacred place, including: Bird Bounds, Daniel Haight, Richard Hooper, Asa Davis, John May, JB Williams, and WW Wagstaff.  The program will feature Capt. Dan North, Texas Rangers reciting the Texas Ranger Prayer; a 21-gun salute, courtesy of the VFW Post 8904; Mike Wood, bagpipe player; food and live band entertainment
Bring your chair, soft drinks and a covered side dish -- we will provide the meat!  To get to the cemetery, take Hwy 699 north from Center, turn east on CR 3853 and proceed 1.5 miles. Turn south on CR 3865 for .4 miles. Follow the signs to the cemetery. In the event of rain, we will hold the ceremony at the warehouse of Pro-Log, Inc. 2628 Hwy. 84 E. in Paxton.    


                The annual Brady School Reunion will be held October 6, 2007.  We will meet at the Community House, Center from 9:00 - 3:00.  Bring your pictures, mementos, memories from the past and a dish for our noon meal.  Hope to see you there. Johnny and Lillian Bittick.

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                     I am looking for my ancestors from Shelby County. Their names are William A. Nail and George Nail.  I  know they settled there before the Texas Revolution, and also fought in the Civil War.  William was listed in Nix's Confederate Soldiers and was 3rd Corporal in Levi Truitt's Company.  Sarah E. Eidem at


                I am researching my family - Thomas H. Green married Sudie Duke, then married Effie Marsh. No one knows much or won't talk about Sudie Duke. If you have any information on Sudie Duke. Please email  Thanks! Katy Guerrero

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    Hattie Mae Andrews Tomlin, 91, of Center died September 15, 2007, in San Augustine.  Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Shelby County.  She was Born April 5, 1915.  Ms. Tomlin was preceded in death by Husband, Thomas Early Tomlin.  Survivors include Sons, Steve Tomlin and Melvin Tomlin, both of Center.  Watson and Sons Funeral Home.
    Betty Ann Daugherty, 90, of Center died September 15, 2007 in Center.  Cremation was requested.  Born March 17, 1917, in Montgomery, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Silas and Lilly Garrett.  Ms. Daughtery owned The Angler Restaurant in Huxley for many years.  She was preceded in death by her parents; Husband, Mike Daughtery: Son Billy Michael Daugherty.  Survivors include Son, Pat Daugherty of Joaquin.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Loraine Noble, 90, of Center died September 16, 2007 in Center.  Burial was in Smith-James Cemetery.  born August 11, 1917, she was the daughter of Sam and Paralee Burns Jones.  Ms. Noble worked as a receptionist for Dr. Spencer Warren, for many years.  She was preceded in death by her Parents; Husband, Dale Noble.  survivors include Numerous Nieces and Nephews.  Mangum Funeral Home
    Essie Lee Lilly Foster, 91, of the Tennessee Community, Shelby County, died September 19, 2007.  Burial was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.  Born November 27, 1915, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Asa Ray Lilly and Amie Harris Lilly.  Ms. Foster was prededed in death by her husband William Emmitt Foster; two sisters and one Brother.  Survivors include, Sons, Ray Foster of Old Center Community, Guy W. Foster of the Tennessee Community; Daughters, Jimmie F. Bowlin of Carthage, Anita Singleton of Conroe and Joy Meaux of Carthage; Sisters, Bonnie Heard and Sudie Lilly, both of Mansville Louisiana.
    Bertlyn Ray Pettit, III, 72, of Nacogdoches died September 20, 2007. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson.  Born April 2, 1935, in Houston, Texas, he was the son of Bertlyn Ray Pettit, II and Faylce Pettit. Mr. Pettit was preceded in death by Parents; Sister, Yvonne Bevcers of Dallas; Son Joe Bill Pettit.  Survivors include wife, Anne; Daughter, Cindy German of Anacortes, Washington. Cason-Monk Furneral Directors
    J. W. Barnhill, Sr., 83, died September 20, 2007.  Mr. Barnhill was born December 30, 1915.  Burial was in New Hope Cemetery, Shelby County. Survivors include son J. W. Barnhill, Jr. of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.


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