Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending  November 29,  2002
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I am the oldest son (adopted) of William Evan Sanford, born August 19, 1891 to Elkana Asbury Shank Samford and Catherine D. Lenora Metcalf Samford, in Center, TX. I am new to the pursuit of genealogy information, but would like to hear from anyone with information about my father, grandfather, grandmother, or previous generations of the Samford or Metcalf families. William Evan Sanford Jr.



WALLACE HILLON RITTER---Wallace Hillon Ritter, 74, of Tenaha died November 20, 2002 in Houston.  Burial was in Ramah Cemetery.  Born July 13, 1928, in Meadow, he was the son of Rufus R. Ritter and Zettie Smiley Ritter.  Survivors include his wife, Ceclia Finklea Ritter of Tenaha; daughters, Beck Ritter Barker of Tenaha and Angie Ritter Skergesketter of Houston; son , Clifton H. Ritter of Rockwall.   Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
BARBARA JEFF DAVIS WARREN---Barbara Warren, 84, of Center, died November 24, 2002 in Pine Grove Nursing Home.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  born may 18, 1918, in Center, she was the daughter of T.O. and Ellen Mary Ellington Davis.  Mrs. Warren was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Spencer Warren.  Survivors include son, Thomas Charles Warren of New Orleans; daughter, Barbara Warren Dance of Center; brothers, T. O. Davis, Jr. of Dallas and Charles Edward Davis of Mansfield.  Mangum Funeral Home.
LUCY MCLENDON GREGORY---Lucy Gregory, 92, of Center, died November 24, 2002.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.  Born January 13, 1910, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Bartow and Carie Smithson McLendon.  Mrs. Gregory is survived by her sister, Mattie Dellinger of Center; brother, George McLendon of Center. Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
LISA MARIE TIPTON SOLLAZZO HOUCHENS---Lisa Houchens, 40, of Houston died November 25, 2002 in Houston.  Burial was in Adams Cemetery. Born October 1, 1961, in Houston, she was the daughter of Bobby Dean and Maudice Yvonne Tipton.  Survivors include   her parents, Bobby Dean and Yvonne Tipton of Houston; daughter, Tressa Marie Thames of Cypress; sons, John Michael Sollazzo of Fort Campbell, Kentucky; step-daughter, Dawn Houchens of Railey, Tennessee.  Sisters, Belinda Host of Pearland and Michell Minnick of Houston; brother, Maurice Tipton of West Monroe, Louisiana; grandparents, Dewiit and Vada Hite of Center and Bessie Tripp of Houston.  Watson and Sons Funeral Home.
RILEY BRYANT OLIVER, JR.---Riley Bryant Oliver, Jr., 69, of Timpson, died November 25, 2002 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Timpson.  Born September 21,m 1933, in Timpson, he was the son of Riley B. Oliver, Sr. and Bessie Kay Whitley Oliver.   Survivors include his wife, Audrey Oliver of Timpson; son, Rick Oliver of Nacogdoches; daughters, Cindy Harvey of Pasadena, Laura Drummond of Carthage and Sara Barrett of Timpson; brothers, James Oliver of Timpson, Bruce Oliver of Pasadena, Gordon Oliver of Houston, Byron Oliver of St. John's Virgin Island and Cecil Oliver of Timpson; sisters, Bessie Reeves of Center and Varolyn Elliott of Houston.  Taylor Funeral Home.
JAMES SAMUEL BURNS---James Samuel Burns, 77, of Joaquin, died November 25, 2002 in DeQuincy, Louisiana. Burial was in Smith Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born April 28, 1925, in Wimple, Louisiana, he was the son of William Alfred and Lenora Matthews Burns.   Survivors include daughters, Jean Peterson of DeQuincy, Louisiana and Sandra Ambrose of San Antonio; brother, Chester Burns, Sr. of DeBerry; sisters, Dorothy Jean Paxton of Center and Gladys Moore of Stringtown, Oklahoma.  Watson & sons Funeral Home.
I.Z. JONES---I.Z. Jones, 89, of Center died November 26, 2002 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Smith Cemetery. Born August 23, 1913, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Marion Donagan and Mary Idel Oats Hughes.  Mrs. Jones is survived by daughter, Helen Samford of The Woodlands, Pat Peace of Center, Linda Foreman of Spring, Mary Walker of Center, Billie Jean Wall of Center, Jo Norris of Houston and Rose Jones of Center; sons, Sam Jones of Shelbyville, David Jones of Mauriceville, Donald Jones of Shelbyville and Bob Jones of Center; sisters, Mrs. Hubert Corbitt of Center, Brooksie Krshul of DeBerry and Ray Craig of DeBerry.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.