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Week Ending October 17, 2003
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Did you know.....

--The "Father of Center" was Judge R.L. Parker.  The great-grandfather of Tolbert Foster.  He is buried in the Methodist Church Cemetery.   
--The first
County Seat of Shelby County was in Shelbyville. There is an official State marker to denote the site.
--At one time Shelby County had 90 Common
School Districts. Today they are Center, Timpson, Tenaha, Joaquin, Shelbyville and Excelsior.
Joe Sheilds, a young white man, was hanged by a mob near Timpson in 1892.  The men were said to have been jealous of the man's charms with the ladies and he was waylaid one night and hanged in his grandmother's orchard.

The annual Cockrell-Lilly Family Reunion will be held Saturday, October 18, 2003 at the Texas State Bank, Haslam Branch Community Room.  Friends and relatives of the late William Henry Cockrell and Marnie (Lilly) Cockrell are invited to attend.   The door will be opened at 10:30 a.m.  A covered dish lunch will be spread at noon.  For further information contact:  Tommie Williams e-mail her at


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   Jim F. Taylor, 49, of Joaquin and formerly of Houston died October 11, 2003 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Johnson Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born September 30, 1954, in Houston, he was the son of Ray and Agnes Allen Taylor.  Survivors include wife, Margaret Taylor of Joaquin; and brother Wayne Taylor of Joaquin.   Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Bud Triana, 76 of Center died October 12, 2003 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born August 20, 1927, in Nacogdoches, he was the son of Manuel B. and Mary Jane Arriola Triana.   Survivors include wife, Susan Triana of Center; son Roger Dale Triana of Taylor, South Carolina; daughter, Toni Marie Schumacher of San Antonio; sister, Margie Bates of Nacogdoches.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Ruby E. Erwin, 98, of Tenaha died October 12, 2003 in Carthage.  Burial was in Woods Cemetery, Panola County.  Born March 19, 1905, in Panola County, she was the daughter of Fletcher Goolsby and Sally Belle Ware. Survivors include children, Paul Erwin of Texarkana, Arkansas, Iris Wooley of Tenaha, Betty Childress of Harvey, Louisiana and Jack Erwin of Liberty; sister, Bessie Baldwin of Center; brother Jim Goolsby of Houston.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Virginia Fisher, 63, of Huntsville, formerly of Shelbyville, died October 13, 2003.  Burial was in Corinth Cemetery.   Born February 3, 1920, in Hayworth, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Bess and Deveda Jones Johnson.  Mrs. Fisher was married to Doyle Fisher and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include sons, Aaron Fisher of Huntsville and Terry Fisher of Paradise; daughter, Jan Bosque of Texas City; brother, W.H. Johnson of Ashdown, Arkansas; sisters, Orie Fawcett of Ashdown, Arkansas and Bonnie McCombs of Almagordo, New Mexico.   Taylor Funeral Home.
   Connie Jean Brunson, 45, of Timpson died October 15, 2003 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Tennessee Cemetery.  Born August 16, 1958, in Pasadena, she was the daughter of Scott and Carrie Ramsey Tarter.   Mrs. Brunson is survived by her husband, Rusty Brunson of Timpson; parents Scott and Carrie Tarter; son, Robert Kirchman of San Marcus; brothers, Doug Tarter and Lee Tarter, both of Houston; sister Clara Jenson of Friendswood.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Maria Luisa Escanuelas, 53, of Center died October 15, 2003.  Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Born September 28, 1950, in Durango, Mexico, she was the daughter of Magdaleno and Margarita Hernandez.  Mrs. Escanuelas is survived by her husband, Isidro Escanuelas of Center; daughters, Diana Escanuelas of Center, Lucia Escanuelas Vera  of Santa Ana, California and Carmen Nava of Durango, Mexico; sons, Julio Escanuelas of Center and Luis Escanuelas of Florida; sister, Margarita Hernandes of Durango, Mexico; brothers, Augustin Hernandes of Loredo and Francisco Hernandez of Mexico.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Elwyn Murphree, 80, of Center died October 16, 2003 in Gary.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born July 12, 1923, in Alabama, he was the son of Almuth and Dora Mae Hule Murphree.  Mr. Murphree is survived by his wife, Betty Murphree of Center; son, Rev. Don Murphree of Center; daughter, Pam Wilkes of Birmingham, Alabama; brother Winfred Murphree of Steele, Alabama.   Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Willie Goodwin, Sr. 83, of Center died October 4, 2003. Burial was in St. John Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born September 20, 1920, in Center, he was the son of Charlie and Eliza Redman Goodwin.  Mr. Goodwin is survived by his wife, Gertha Goodwin of Orange; sons, Robert Goodwin and Michael Goodwin, both of Houston, Donnie Goodwin of Beaumont and Wayne Goodwin and Willie Goodwin, both of Orange; daughters, Janice Goodwin of Orange and Barbara Jacob of Los Angeles, California; sisters, Ruth Goodwin and Addie Brown, both of Orange and Imogene Williams and Charlie Mae Goodwin, both of Center.  Hicks Mortuary.
   Joshua Randell Plunkett, infant, died October 15, 2003 in Center.   Burial was in Jackson Cemetery.   Born August 16, 2003, he was the son of Ricky and Jolene Plunkett of Joaquin.   Master Plunkett is survived by his parents Ricky and Jolene Plunkett; sister, Krislynn Angel Plunkett of Joaquin; maternal Grandparents, Paul Matlock and Artha of Logansport; paternal grandparents, Brother Richard Plunkett and Marie of Joaquin.   Rose-Neath Funeral Home.


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