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Week Ending October 5, 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


        You  are invited to join us as we honor one of East Texasí 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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    Belva Ann King, 73, of Center died October 2, 2007 in Center.  Burial was in Folsom Chapel Cemetery.  Born December 17, 1933, she was the daughter of John Robert Porter, Sr. and Cynthia Brittian Porter.  Ms. King was a member of VFW Ladies Ausillary.  She was preceded in death by her Parents; Brothers, E. B. Porter, Billy Porter and Ted Porter; Sister Fran Mena.  Survivors include Husband Frank Otis King of Center; Daughter Peggy Lee Richards of Center; Sons Edward Richards of Santa Fe, Mexico and Vernon A Richards of Springs, Colorado; Brothers, John Rogers Porter, Jr., of Center and Cooper Porter of Center; Sister, JoRuth Waltington of Lufkin.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Mittie Mae Carrell, 54, of Gause, Texas died September 28, 2007 at her residence. Cremation was requested.  Born September 2, 1953, in Kountze, Texas, she was the daughter of William Monroe Carrell and Susie Mae McKee Carrell.  Ms Carrell was preceded in death by Sister, Sharon Gail Walker; Brother, Bill Carrell.  Survivors include Husband James Shafer of Gause; Daughter, Susan Renae Hanbart Almaguer of Center; Sisters, Dorothy Mae Mitchell of Onalaska, Lillie Collins of Lockhard.  Watson and Sons Funeral Home.
    Judge Lenard M. Anstead, 95, of Athens, Formerly of Tenaha, died September 29, 2007 in Athens.  Burial was in Ramah Cemetery.  Born June 19, 1912, in Hillsboro, he was the son of Wiley Henry, Sr. and Ollie Elizabeth Stoker Anstead.  Judge Anstead served as Justice of Peace for Shelby County in Precinct 4 and Municipal Judge for the City of Tenaha.  Survivors include Son Lenard W. Anstead of Athens; Daughter, Jan Brown of Grand Prairie; Sister Oleta B. Lorenzen; Brothers, Ulric Anstead of Abilene Wiley H. Anstead, Jr.   Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.
    Billy Banks Samford, 74, of Tenaha died September 30, 2007 in Longview.  Burial was in Asbury Chapel Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born May 12, 1933, in Shelbyville, he was the son of Duke Perkins Samford and Annie Mae Pratt DeJohn Samford.  Mr. Samford was a veteran of the U. S. Army.  Survivors include Wife, Shirley Samford of Joaquin; Daughter, Vicky Rankin of Wimberly; Sons, Ronny Samford of Tenaha and Sammy Samford of Joaquin; Sister, Hilda Ann Samford Pena.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home. 
    Jimmy Milton Balkcom, 56, of Nacogdoches died September 30m 2007 in Lufkin.  Burial was in Tennessee Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born March 12, 1951, in Shreveport Louisiana, he was the son of James Normis and Lolette Agnew Balkcom.  Survivors include wife, Sherri Bishop Balcom, of Anchorage Alaska; Mother, Lolette Balkom of Tenaha; Daughters, Autumn Landrum of Nacogdoches and Karlee Balkcom of Anchorage, Alaska; Sister, Barbara Sapp of Huntsville; Brother, Roger Balkcom of Joaquin.  Laird Funeral Home. 
    James Earl Rhodes, 78, of Timpson died September 26, 2007.  Burial was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.  Born August 9, 1929, in Timpson, he was the son of James Berry Rhodes and Bertha Hall.  Mr. Rhodes is a veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He was preceded in death by his parents; Brother, Kenneth Gene Rhodes.  Survivors include Wife Joan Spradley Rhodes; Daughter, Joy Rhodes of Timpson; Sister, Sara Nell Rhodes Raines of Timpson.  Taylor Funeral Home.


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