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Week Ending October 13, 2006

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      The descendants of William Robert and Rachel Hicks Pate and James Robert and Mary Elizabeth Dockens Pate will hold their annual reunion Saturday, October 28th at the First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, Center.  Beginning at 10:30 AM till.  Friends and relatives are invited to attend and bring a covered dish.  Drinks, bread and paper goods will be furnished.  Please Bring any  family photos or family articles that would be of interest.  Don't Forget our silent auction table.  For additional information email


The Patroon Cemetery Homecoming will be Sunday October 15,2006.
            We will have a covered dish dinner about 12:30PM.  After lunch, a memorial Honoring Veterans buried at Patroon from the Civil War to Veitnam. Following, will be a dedication of the Historical Marker.  Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the dinner and Dedications. 
Directions: Exit SH 27 at Patroon onto FM 2261, go to driveway on Right past the Patroon Baptist Church.  The cemetery is a very short distance after you exit SH87.  For additional information contact Sallie Hagler at


        PRICE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION will hold its meeting Saturday, October 14, at Lone Cedar Missionary Church Activities Building.  The meeting will start no later than 11, and a pot luck lunch will be held after the meeting.  Anyone with family buried at Price (Lone Cedar) Cemetery is invited to attend.  We would love to see anyone who has not attended before, no matter how  "extended" a family member you may be!  For directions to the church, see the Lone Cedar Cemetery page under the CEMETERY listing at


2006 Center High School Homecoming
October 27 - 28

 Friday Night October 27, 7:30pm -  Center Roughriders vs

Saturday October 28, 3pm - Parade

Alumni meeting at 10am at the Cafetorium on Malone Drive

Class of 1938 will meet at the Pizzeria at 12-noon Saturday, October 28.

Class of 1939 will meet at Pinewoods Seafood at 12-noon Saturday, October 28.

Classes of 1945-1946 will meet at TR's Steaks and More following the alumni meeting October 28.

Class of 1956 will meet at Center Country Club at 7pm October 28.  Costs $25 single, $45 couples.  Will be food games dancing, Door Prizes, silent auction and photo ops.

Class of 1961 will meet at Harry's Smokehouse at 7pm Friday, October 28.  The classes of 1960 and 1962 are also invited to attend.  For more information contact Buddy Hancock at

Class of 1976 will meet 3738 Hwy 96 North at 6:30pm October 28, back yard fish fry (casual) home of Katha Kitt Bush
  $10 per person email

Classes of 1965-1966 will meet at Don Wheeler's old rock school house building at 7pm on Upper Arcadia Road October 28.

Class of 1981 will meet at JOI Ranch on FM 2026 October 28. The classes of 1980 and 1982 are also invited to attend. For more information email

Class of 1995 will meet at Lake Country Inn at 7pm on October 28.  $35/Couple, $20/Single for information


Shelbyville class to hold reunion

Shelbyville classes from 1931 to present are invited to attend a class reunion to be held, Saturday, October 28, in the School   The Doors is open at 2pm for visiting and a brisket meal will be available at 6:30pm cost is $7.00 per plate.  For additional information contact Jack or Marcia at


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        Seeking information on Non Clark WILLIAMS, b. 1832 Alabama and his wife, Sarah Jane DAVIS, b. 1837 GA. The family settled in Shelby County, Texas sometime between 1880 and 1894 from Louisiana. Their children [all born in Louisiana] are: Vienna Williams, b. 1856; Joseph Williams, b. 1858; William Dan Williams, born 1863, died 1913, buried Strong Cemetery, Shelby Co.; Mary S. Williams (twin to Peter), b. 1865; Peter S. Williams (twin to Mary), b. 1865; James A. Williams (twin to Alexander) b. 1868; Alexander Williams (twin to James A.), b. 1868; Jesse D. Williams, b. 1871; Nellie Jane Williams, b. 14 Feb. 1874, died 21 Nov 1918, married Eugene Anthony FRANCIS [my g. grandmother] buried Dixon Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas; Allen O. Williams, b. 1876, buried Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. I believe that Vienna and Joseph died in childhood as they are listed on the 1860 Census, but not on the 1870. I believe that Clark and Janie may be buried somewhere near the Huxley community in Shelby County as they were living in this area, but I canít find any record of their burial in Shelby County records. Would like to hear from anyone having information on this family. E-mail  or write Troyce Hendricks, 472 WJ Beck Road, Minden, LA 71055. Or call (318)382-9783


    Margaret Cannon Bradberry, 91, of Shelbyville died October 7, 2006 in San Augustine.  Burial was in Shelbyville Cemetery.  Born December 24, 1914, in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Napoleon B. Cannon and Cleo Crawford Cannon.  Mrs. Bradberry was preceded in death by husband, Ray Bradberry.  Survivors include sons, Jack Bradberry and Marcy Bradberry both of Shelbyville, and Charles Bradberry of San Augustine; sister, Norma Jordan of Huntsville.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Norrid Watkins, 85, of Center died October 6, 2006.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born April 21, 1921, in Bunkie, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Francis M. Morgan and Australia Couvillon Watkins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William Lovis Watkins, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.  Mrs. Watkins retired owner of Watkins Jewelry Store.  Survivors include daughters, Jerilyn Adams of Center, Linda Kay Grubbs of Houston  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Charles Thomas, 78, of Center died October 6, 2006 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Adams Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born June 9, 1928, in Henley, Texas, he was the son of Aubrey Thomas and Annie Merle Smith Thomas.  Mr. Thomas was the former Fire Chief of Shelbyville Fire Department. He was a Veteran of U.S. Air Force having served in Korea and Germany.  He was preceded in death by parents, 5 sons; brothers, Bill Thomas and Wayne Thomas.   Survivors include wife Annie L. Thomas of Center; daughters Patricia Ann Perkins of Tenaha, Mary Frances Higgins of Timpson, Linda Sue Frankline of Baytown and Alice Yvonne Gardiner of Houston; sons, Kenneth Wayne Beall of Tyler.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Betty A. Matthews, 82, of Houston died October 5, 2006 in Houston.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  She was born November 22, 1923, in Shelby County. Mrs. Matthews was preceded in death by parents, Clyde and Georgia Bell Bivins Matthews; sister, Mary Jo Davis, Ruth Matthews Wade, Joy Matthews and brother Walter Matthews.   Survivors include Friend, Dolores Terrell of Houston; Brother, Larry Fred Matthews of Carthage
    Jimmy Moss, 80 of Joaquin died October 8, 2006, in Center.  Cremation was requested.  Born July 13, 1926, he was the son of Barney Henry and Julia Love Moss.  Mr. Moss was a U. S. Army veteran, having served during World War II.  Survivors include brother, Barney Moss of Joaquin and sister, Bobbie Wallace of Burleson.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Pastell Bigger, 94, died October 7, 2006. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Mr. Bigger is survived by one sister, Blanche Odell Bailey, of Vernon.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Lucille Marie Bush Johnson, 93, of Gary died October 7, 2006.  Burial was in Corinth Cemetery.  Born April 22, 1913, in Timpson, she was the daughter of George and Allie Eakin Bush.  She was preceded in death by husband Clifford Johnson; Parents and brother Haley Bush; sisters, Rachel Tinkle and Mozelle Dennard.  Mrs. Johnson is survived by sons, Jack Johnson and Michael Johnson, both of Timpson.  Garrison Funeral Home.
    Selma Oswalt Owens, 87, of Huxley died October 8, 2006.  Burial was in Strong Cemetery.  Ms. Owens is survived by husband, James S. Owens of Huxley; sons, Kenneth Owens of Old River Winfree and James E. Owens of Huxley; daughter, Cathie Kirkland of Orange; sisters, Ruthie Vaughn and Johnnie Dean, both of Huxley, ann Permenter, of West Virginia, Grace Moore of Montana and Ginny Weideman of Callas; brother, Billy Windham of Cotton Valley, Louisiana.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Emma Lee Milford, 89, of Timpson died October 11, 2006.  Burial was in Corinth Cemetery.  Born April 28, 1917, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Hugh Henry and Ethel Bush Milford.  She is preceded in death by her parents and sister Hazel Wilford.   Mrs. Milford is survived by brother Oran Milford of Mt. Enterprise and sister Annie Ruth Tate of Timpson.  Taylor Funeral Home.

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