Shelby County News

Week Ending September 28, 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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    Ruby Pate, 98, of Center died September 21, 2007, in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in White Oak Cemetery.  Born October 21, 1908, in Takoka, Texas, she was the daughter of Henry and Cora Romans Veach. Ms Pate was a nurse of Shelby General Hospital for many years.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry & Cora Veach; Husband, Obie Pate, 4 Brothers and 2 Sisters.  No survivors are listed.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Jimmy Ray Choate, 63, of Houston died September 21, 2007 in Galveston, Texas;  Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born September 23, 1943, in Center, he was the son of Pierson Choate and Mae Wilson choate.  Mr. Choate was a Truck Drive.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Pierson and Mae Choate; Brothers, Andrew Choate and Donnie Choate.  Survivors include Daughters, Beth Anna Ward of Katy and Cynthia Kay Choate of Richmond, Texas; Brothers, Jimmy Gene Choate of Lumberton, J. C. Choate of Center, C. C. Choate of Douglas, Arizona, Lonnie Choate of Center and Larry Choate of Baytown; Sisters, Mildred Isabel of New Caney, Ele Ray Pratt of Wilmer, Shirley Nichols of Center and Loretta Choate of Bryan.
Clairbel Bryan Laham, 90, died September 27, 2007, in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born September 3, 1917, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of A. E. Bryan and Emma Christian Bryan.  Ms Latham was preceded in death by her husband, John Kemper Latham, Parents; Daughter, Lynda Ann Latham Garza; Brothers, Jesse Arthur Bryan Albert Eugene Bryan and James Paul Smith.  Survivors include Daughters, Sherry Latham Smith of Nacogdoches, Lisa Latham Smith of Sarasota, Florida; Sons, John Kemper Latham, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia and Jack Bryan Latham of Show Low, Arizona.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Marie Lee, 84, of Huxley, died September 25, 2007 in Houston.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born June 11, 1923, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Minnie Josephine Morton Burton.  She was employed with E. L.  Bruce.  Ms. Lee was preceded in death by her Parents;  Husband, Alvin Thomas Lee; 3 Brothers and 2 Sisters.  Survivors include daughters, Sarah McCauley of San Augustine, Linda Roberts of San Augustine, Joyce Metcalf of Joaquin and Patricia Broadway of Huxley; Son, William Lee of Timpson; Brothers, Charles Burton of Beaumont and Freddy Maurice Burton of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Lola Mae McDaniel, 104, died September 26, 2007 in Center.  Burial was in Jackson Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born March 13, 2903 in Deadwood, Panola County, Texas.  Survivors include Nephews and Nieces and a host of friends.  Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Logansport.
    Jacky Fancher, 74, of Timpson died September 26, 2007 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born December 10, 1932, in Center, she was the daughter of Kermit McSwain and Cora Spells McSwain. Ms. Fancher was preceded in death by Husband, Allen Fancher; Son, Richard Allen Fancher.  Survivors include Daughters, Sandra Maloy of Joaquin, Kathy Carrington of Timpson; Sons, Tim Fancher of Lufkin and Scott Fancher of Terrell. 


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