Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending December 5, 2003
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        Once upon a time there was an old man called Uncle Billie White.  He always went on foot and stopped at several houses on his way. He always carried a suit case with him and would stop beside the road, kneel and pray, and then go a little distance down the road, stop, kneel and pray.  This would continue until he reached the next home or destination.  He would stop and talk with anyone and then kneel and pray. 
        At a home on his route he would talk for a while, eat and go behind the house, kneel and pray.  If he prayed too loud, the children would make fun of him, and then he would pick up his suit case and continue.    He died in January 21, 1921 and is buried in Campti Cemetery. 


Little problems in life

Isn't it amazing how a friend your age always looks older than you do.
The gleam in your eye is from the sun hitting your bi-focals.
Your children begin to look middle aged.
You feel like the night before and you haven't been anywhere.
You sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going
You look forward to a dull evening.
Dialing long distance wears you out.
A fortune teller offers to read your face.



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   Bobby "Buddy" Brittain, 69, of Huxley died November 27, 2003 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Strong Cemetery.   Born September 7, 1934, in Shelby County, he was the son of Eugene and Rosie Scaarber Brittain.  Mr. Brittain is survived by his wife, Bobbie Brittain of Huxley; daughters, Sue Jansen of Huxley and Tammy Lewis of Center; son, Jimmy Rhame of Center; sister, Nettie Lee Windham of Shreveport. Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   William E. Carroll, 71, died November 25, 2003 in Center. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.  Born May 16, 1932, in Shelby County, he was the son of Beulah Lee Williams and Jack Carroll.  Mr. Carroll was preceded in death by his parents, Beulah Lee Williams and Jack Carroll.  Survivors include, sons, Jack Carroll of Lufkin and William Randy Carroll of Center; daughters, Carree Carroll and Cayce Carroll, both of Lufkin; step-son, Scott Stewart of Lufkin; step-daughter, Sheri Kryst of Houston.  Claybar Funeral Home, Lufkin.
   Mattie Lee Wilburn Raymond, 85, of Shelbyville, died November 30, 2003 in Center. Burial was in West Hamilton Cemetery.   Born August 14, 1918, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Robert George Miller and Vicie Ann Winslow Miller.  Survivors include a grandchild and two great-grandchildren. Mangum Funeral Home.
   Baby Ruth DeFriend, 75, died November 25, 2003 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Burial was in Johnson Cemetery, Shelby County.   Born January 1, 1928, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of George and Willie Nichols.  Ms. DeFriend was preceded in death by her husband, Roger DeFriend; daughter, Lisa DeFriend; Sisters, Sissie Wilburn, Dorothy Bailey and brothers, June Nichols and Hookie Nichols.  She is survived y son Eddie Arnold DeFriend; daughters, Rita Anderson , Jody Martin;  sisters, Bobby Ross, Judy Oates, Linda Risinger; brother John Henry Nichols.  Rose-Neath Funeral Home.`
   Stephen Dale Hairgrove, 59, of Lindale died December 1, 2003 in Tyler.   Burial was in Restland Cemetery, Tenaha, Texas.  Born April 16, 1944, in Shelby County, he was the son of William C. and Mildred J. Rhodes Hairgrove.  Survivors include son Steve Hairgrove of Grapevine; brothers Al Hairgove of Longview, Bill Hairgrove of Tyler and Gene Hairgrove of Gilmer.   Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Grace Rehrig Hairgrove, 73, of Pearland died December 1, 2003 in Houston.   Burial was in Buena Vista Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born April 19, 1930, in Easton Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Walter R. and Viola Sheninger Rehrig.  Mrs. Hairgrove is survived by her husband, James Edward Hairgrove of Pearland; son, Ron Hairgrove of Tenaha; daughter, Kay Krenek of Houston; sister, Ann Hockman Densler of Largo, Florida.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Martha Louise Brook Bigger, 86, died November 29, 2003 in Spearfish, South Dakota.  Burial was in Brookland Cemetery, Haslem.  Born January 14, 1917, in Joaquin, she was the daughter of William H. and Mattie Adelle Newton Brook.  Ms. Bigger was married to Thomas Franklin Bigger and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include son David Bigger of Joaquin; sister, LaTraine NcNew of Spearfish, South Dakota.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   J.G. McDonald, 69, of East Liberty Community, died December 4, 2003.   Cremation was requested.  Born June 14, 1934, in Grand Saline, he was the son of Acie and Nellie Lee McDonald.  Mr. McDonald is survived by his wife Laura McDonald of East Liberty Community; son, James McDonald of Center; daughters, Rita Hood of Jacksonville and Jeanine Tagg of Lindale; brother, Alvie McDonald of East Hamilton Community and Raymond McDonald of Fort Worth; sisters, Juanima Davis and Dorothy Piggens, both of the East Liberty Community. Mangum Funeral Home
   Hansel L. Ritter, 74, of Port Neches died December 2, 2003 in Nederland.   Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.   Born April 4, 1929, in Joaquin, he was the son of Snap and Minnie Myrtle Scott Ritter.  Mr. Ritter was married to Kathryn Ritter and she preceded him in death. Survivors include daughter, Carol Bunte of Houston; sisters, Hazel Strickland of Joaquin and Ann Barber of Jasper.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Zelma Mae Risinger, 94, of Patroon Community died December 3, 2003 in San Augustine.  Burial was in Patroon Cemetery.   Born October 27, 1909, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Malachi and Donie Gann.  She was married to William Jordan Risinger, and he preceded her in death.   Survivors include, daughter, Clarice Jackson of Center.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Kaylie Renea Killen, infant, died December 2, 2003.  Burial was in Borders Cemetery.  Infant Killen was the daughter of Steven Killen of Center and Rebecca Killen of Joaquin.  In addition to her parents, survivors include brother, Dillon Killen of Joaquin; sisters, Brittany Killen, Kenzie Killen and Jennifer Killen all of Joaquin.  Mangum Funeral Home.

****from the files of Mattie Dellinger

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