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Elizabeth "Bettie" Hill


         Elizabeth "Bettie" HILL was born June, 1840 in Tennessee, a full blood Cherokee Indian. This is my maternal G.G. GM. Bettie was married four times. Her first husband was an unknown HOPKINS. She had two children by this HOPKINS: Mary "Molly" HOPKINS, CONNELL and Clarence HOPKINS.  Bettie's second marriage was to an unknown TANNER. She had three children by this TANNER:  Carrie TANNER and Kittie TANNER, HICKEY;  these girls were twins. Also, Isabel "Bell" TANNER. Bettie next married my G.G. GF. A Frenchman, Augustus "Anthony" FRANCIS, married Jan. 3, 1871 in Jefferson Co., Arkansas. Two children were born to this union: Eugene Anthony FRANCIS  (my G. GF) buried at Mt. Olive Cemetery; Shelby Co., TX .  Golena FRANCIS  died in childhood.  Eugene and Golena were twins.  Augustus FRANCIS died in 1879 and Bettie married for the last time to George L. VAUGHAN. Bettie and George lived in Timpson.  This family moved from Jefferson Co. Arkansas to Shelby Co., Texas in the late 1880's.  Bettie died in 1903. Her son, Eugene Anthony FRANCIS wanted to bury his mother at the Mt. Olive Cemetery as he lived at the Stockman community but the one's in charge wouldn't let him bury Bettie there because she was an Indian so Eugene had her buried at the Dixon Cemetery. Two of Bettie's daughters are buried at Dixon next to her: Bell Johnson and Kitty Hickey, Kitty doesn't have a headstone.   Troyce Hendricks


     Alvie "Red" McDonald, 86, of Shelbyville died November 17, 2006 at his home.  Burial was in East Hamilton Cemetery.  Born July 13, 1920, in Grand Saline, he was the son of Acie and Nellie Lee McDonald.  Mr. McDonald was a member of the Masonic Lodge and served in the US Army Infantry Division, in World War II.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and Granddaughter, Carey Tobey.  Survivors include wife, Bernice McDonald of Shelbyville; daughters, Ann Foster and Shirley Tobey, both of Ft. Worth; Sisters, Nema Davis and Dorothy Pipin, both of Center; brother, Raymond McDonald of Boyd, Texas.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Sheldon Jay Sullivan, 46, of Center died November 16, 2006.  Mr. Sullivan was cremated and remains buried in Cedar Yard Cemetery.  Survivors include Daughter, Shellie Stickle of Center; father, Shirley Sullivan of Hemphill; brother Shirley Jim Sullivan of Houston.  Mr. Sheldon was preceded in death by mother, Johnnie Mae Folsom Sullivan. 
     Kathryn Garrison McIver, 84, of Center died November 18, 2006.  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Nacogdoches County Texas.  Born January 10, 19222, in Garrison, she was the daughter of S. F. Garrison and Verna Moore Garrison. Mrs. McIver was a Homemaker.  Mrs. McIver was preceded in death by husband D. S. McIver; brothers, Flem Garrison, Pat Garrison and Bill Garrison.  Survivors include Martha McIver Rushing of Center, Nancy McIver Bush of Timpson; sons, Davis McIver, Jr. of Spring, Garrison M. McIver of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
  Irene Phillip Campbell, 65, died November 19, 2006.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born October 10, 1941, in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of John Phillip, Sr. and Margaret Warnick Phillip. Ms. Campbell was preceded in death by Parent; brothers, John Phillip and Mike Phillip.  She was a registered Nurse.  Survivors include Husband, Coy Campbell of Center; son, Franco Campbell of Jacksboro; brother Robert Phillip of Uniontown, Pennsylvania; sister, Florence Keifer of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Henry Blaine Turner, 73, of Angleton died November 17, 2006.  Burial was in Sandhill Cemetery.  Born January 21, 1933, in Center, he was the son of Floyd and Virgie Turner.  Mr. Turner was a U.S. Marine, during the Korean War.  Survivors include wife, Della Woodall Turner of Angelton; daughters, Julie Fischer of Lake Jackson and Janet Capuzzi of Corpus Christi; sisters, Flo Wilburn of Center and Belle Turner of Gainsville, Florida.  Mangum Funeral Home. 
Verna Mills, 100, died November 19, 2006 in Center.  Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery.  Born January 24, 1906, she was the daughter of James and Ella Pacadavore Wilson.  Survivors include daughter, Juanita Spears of Center; son, James Ray Mills of Mountain Home, Idaho.
Zeno Fenley, 76, of Center died November 19, 2006 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery.  Born January 12, 1931, in San Augustine County, he was the son of E. N. and Viola Bates Fenley. He is preceded in death by  sister Thelma Hastings and brother, B. J. Fenley.  Survivors include Special Friend, Vastine Folsom & Family of Center; son, David Matthews of Centerville, Missouri; daughter, Carolyn Trocko of Conroe;
     John Thomas Brinson, 78, of Timpson died November 18, 2006.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson.  Born May 3, 1928, in Gary, he was the son of John O. and Willie Jeanette Murphy Brinson.  Mr. Brinson was a veteran of World War II.  Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Anderson Brinson of Timpson; son, Frank Brinson of Timpson; daughters, Pam Franklin, Cindy Brinson and Carol Brinson all of Timpson.  Taylor Funeral Home.
John Paul McSwain, 42, of Joaquin died November 21, 2006.  Burial was in Oaklawm Memorial Park.  Born September 25, 1964 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Billy and Helen Tyler McSwain.  Mr. McSwain was a Lineman for Swepco.  Survivors include wife, Joel McSwain of Joaquin; son, Tyler Dean McSwain of Joaquin; daughter, Bailee Dawn McSwain; parents, Billy and Helen McSwain; brother, Tim McSwain of Baytown. Watson and Sons Funeral Home.


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