Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending November 14, 2003
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1900 Center's Opera House

Campti Rural School

1906 Pine Grove School has been added to the School Pages.

1907 High and Elementary (Grammar) School on Nacogdoches Street ceremonies of the cornerstone opening
in 1963.

1912 Holbert School has been added to the School Pages.

1921 Center High School - First Football Team

 1923 Center High School Graduates have been added to the School Pages.

1940's Center Baseball Club

A Texas Historical Marker will be unveiled at the Shady Grove Cemetery Saturday, 11/15/2003 at 2PM


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I need to find proofs to link William & Rosana Brittain to their daughter Cynthia Brittain Wilburn & Cynthia Brittain & Lihue Tandy Wilburn to their daughter Rosanna Francis Wilburn Schooler. Could you please check and see if there are any records of such.  I'm trying to get proofs together for an Daughter of the Republic of Texas application.   Debra Westfall   homas William Ward Chapter, DRT, Osdessa, Texas. 2


Do you know where anyone could find pictures and classes of Jackson School. I attended school there in 1933 or 1934.  I would like to have any of the information you have on Jackson School near the old English store. 
Frances Yates King email 1


I'm trying to find information concerning the Paxton Family who lived in Shelby County, Texas in 1850-1880.  My great-grandfather was John J. (Jackson) Paxton who was the son of William Garland (W. G.) Paxton and Nancy
Jane (N. J.) Weaver Paxton.  John J. Paxton married Mary E. Mayfield (born July 25, 1963, died April 2, 1880) sometime in 1877 or 1878.  Born of that marriage was my grandmother, Ada Bell Paxton (born March 7, 1879). Mary E. Mayfield is buried in the Methodist Cemetery in Center, Texas.  That is the only information I have about her.    I would like to know who her parents were and where Mary was born.  I've got quite a bit of information on John J. Paxton, his second marriage to Laura Maura Dillon, his siblings and parents. Thank you for any help you can give me. Eyvonne Moser 1


   Matthew Lee Andrews, 42, of Carthage died November 9, 2003 in Carthage. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Shelby County.   Born January 15, 1961, in Center, he was the son of Lee Norris Andrews and Margaret Adams Andrews.  Mr. Andrews is survived by sons, Daniel Andrews and Phillip Andrews, both of Atlanta; mother, Margaret Andrews of Center; sister, Claudine McAdams of Huntsville; brother George Andrews of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Frances Helen Ferrell, 74, of Timpson died November 9, 2003 in Nacogdoches. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson.   Born September 3, 1929, in Timpson, she was the daughter of James Luther Morgan and Ellie Mae Morgan.  She was married to Joe Ferrell, Sr. and he preceded her in death. Survivors include son Joe Ferrell, Jr. of Timpson and Brother Bill Morgan of Grandbury.   Garrison Funeral Home.
   Edna Yarbrough Mangrum, 89, of Lufkin died November 11, 2003.  Burial was in White Rock Cemetery, Shelby County.   Born February 24, 1914, in Grisby, Texas, she was the daughter of William and Florence Davis Yarbrough.  Mrs. Mangrum was preceded in death by her husband, William Ralph Mangrum.  Survivors include daughter, Shirley Bauer of Lufkin; sons, William Mangrum, Royce Mangrum, both of Lufkin.  Carroway Claybar Funeral Home.
   Malissee Smith-Nickerson, 60, died October 31, 2003.  Burial was in Westview Cemetery.  Born August 26, 1943, she was the daughter of Norman Smith and Bessie Smith.  Mrs. Smith-Nickerson was preceded in death by her father Norma Smith; mother, Bessie Smith; sister, Etta Mae Rodgers; brother, Chester Smith and daughter, Darlene Nickerson.  She is survived by husband, R.L. Nickerson; children, Debra Nickerson, Robert Nickerson, both of Center, Bobby Nickerson of Leesville, Louisiana and Laginia Nickerson of Center; sister, Dollie Mann of Center.  Hicks Mortuary
   Michael Davis Tamplin, 57, of Shelbyville died November 6, 2003 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Burial was in Strong Cemetery.  Born June 1, 1946, in Center, he was the son of Brodie and Bobbie Davis Tamplin.  Mr. Tamplin is survived by his wife, Annette Tamplin of Shelbyville; daughters, Brooke Tamplin of Shreveport, Louisiana, Tara Vickers of Huxley and Sally Wilburn of Shelbyville; sister, Jane Ann Burnap of Houston.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Harold Clifton Halsey, 55, of Timpson died November 11, 2003 in Center. Cremation was requested.  born December 31, 1947, in Neptune, New Jersey, he was the son of Lloyd and Marie Halsey.  Mr. Halsey is survived by his wife, Sherry Halsey of Timpson; son, Bryan Halsey of Redondo Beach, California; brothers, Dennis Halsey of Pennsylvania and Allen Halsey of Neptune, New Jersey;  stepdaughters, Jennifer Quevede of San Clemente, California and Loni Beyer of Twisp, Washington.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Ransom "Red" Grady Rhame, 84, of Joaquin died November 12, 2003 in Center. Burial was in Carroll Cemetery.   Born December 13, 1918, in Shelby County, he was the son of Ransom Stephen and Meta M. Mueller Rhame.  Mr. Rhame is survived by sisters, Merle Bates, of Joaquin, Ann Marshall of Logansport, Louisiana and Marie Mitchell of Orange.  Mangum Funeral Home.


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