Shelby County News

Week Ending December 18, 2008

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I am a native of Shelby County and am doing some research on the affects of the influenza epidemic of 1918 on the area.  I am also interested in any information you might have regarding the calling up of men registered for the draft.  My grandfather, Clement Snider, lived near Choice and registered for the draft in Shelby County on June 5, 1917, but I'm not sure when he was called up.  I know he was sent to Camp Cody in Deming, NM, and I know he was there during the influenza epidemic.  I come into Shelby County quite often to visit family, so I would be able to come by and do research if you have anything available that might have some of the information I'm interested in.  Really anything from the fall of 1918 would be something I would be interested in.

Thank you so much for your time & any help you can give me in this matter,

Dorinda Blount Williams
Houston TX

    Helen Cockrell Powdrill, 85, of Joaquin died, December 12, 2008 in Center. Burial was in Lone Cedar Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born September 22, 1923 in Joaquin to Walter Eugene Jeans and Ella Belle O'Rear Jeans. Preceded in death by, Husbands, A. D. Cockrell, Lacy Powdrill; Brothers, E. B. Jeans, J. W. “Boe” Jeans. Survivors Include, Daughters, Judie Irish of Joaquin, Sue Morris of Huxley; Sons, David Cockrell of White Oak, Dean Powdrill of Joaquin, Ray Powdrill of Tatum; Brothers, Louis Jeans of Elton, La., Johnny Jeans of Balsile, La.
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    Mary Lou Powdrill, age 78 of Dallas, died, December 12, 2008. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born September 29, 1930 in Winfield, Iowa to parents, Raymond J. & Lois (Brown) Lambert. She is preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Bobby Joe Powdrill; Son, Ron Powdrill. Survivors include, Son, Robert Powdrill of Dallas, Texas; Brother, Marvin Lambert of Winfield, Iowa.
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    Steve Crocker, age 50, died, Dec. 11, 2008 in Center. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center. He was born December 22, 1957 in Center, Texas to Parents, Orvis & Aline (Stewart) Crocker. Preceded in death by, Parents; Children, Terry Lynn Crocker, Kerrie Wayne Crocker. Survivors include, Daughter, Bridgette Ramirez of Center; Son, Steve Clinton Crocker of Center; Sisters, Louise Crocker of Shreveport, La., Peggy Luna of Ft. Worth; Brother, Thomas Crocker of Center.
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Temple Olenick, age 90 of Joaquin, died, December 11, 2008. Burial was in Joaquin Cemetery. She was born July 14, 1918 in Joaquin, Texas to Rev. Richard & Primrose Cockrell Bazer. Preceded in death by, Parents; Sister, Robbie Hughes; Brothers, O.P. Bazer, Printon Bazer, Infant Brother, Arnold Boyce Bazer. Survivors include, Daughters, Mitzie Duffy of Arlington,TX, Rosie Deskin of Joaquin, Lessie Olenik of Joaquin; Son, Joseph Olenik of Joaquin; Brothers, Raymond Bazer, Bryan Bazer, Jed Bazer; Sister, Violet George.
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Mrs. Vashti Oates, 91, of the Dreka Community, died December 15, 2008 in Shreveport, LA. Burial was in Rather Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born June 25, 1917 in Dreka to William Booker Ross and Mollie Lout Ross. Preceded in death by, Parents; Husband, Jessie Earl Oates; Brother, Coy W. Bookout. Survivors include, Daughter, Joyce Flournoy of Shreveport, LA.; Sons, Jimmy Oates of Keatchie, LA, Larry Oates of the Dreka Community.
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    James E. “Flip” Hagler, 83, of Shelbyville, died December 17, 2008 at his home. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery, San Augustine County. He was born January 8, 1925 in Center to Oliver and Emma Mae Askew Hagler. He served in the US Army during WWII. Preceded in death by Parents; Brother, O.K. “Buddy” Hagler; Sister, Bernice Eubanks. Survivors include, Sons, James Carroll Hagler of Center, Donny Hagler of Center, Ronny Hagler of Center; Brother, Jack Henry Hagler of Center; Sister, Emma Jean “Bunchie” Ross of Center.
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