LaHoma Clanton 1926-2011

Funeral services for Wood County Genealogical Society member LaHoma Clanton are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, August 13 at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel at Quitman. Burial will be at Memorial Gardens at Mineola. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 12 at the funeral home.

LaHoma has been a member of the society since it was formed in 1983 and has served faithfully in many jobs and as a participating member for the 28 years the society has existed. She is a friend whose companionship and service will be missed by her family and her friends in her church, the community, and the society. She was a member of the Clover Hill Baptist Church.

LaHoma was a life-long resident of Wood County from her birth April 23, 1926 to her death August 9, 2011. Preceding her in death were her husband H. J. “Doc” Clanton and son Anthony “Red” Clanton.

She is survived by sons Harris Clanton, Gregg Clanton, Craig Clanton, and Kevin Clanton and daughter Deborah Kinsey and 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grand children, and nieces and nephews.

Welcome to New Member

Welcome to new member Beverley Caddell Ferrell of Harlingen, Texas. She is researching Anderson, Mann, Ratliff, Hartsfield, Blackburn, Preddy, & Adams in the Wood County area. If you have any information on these surnames, you can contact her by email at jf1991@rgv.rr.com. Her mailing address is posted on the membership contact list on the members-only page which can be accessed at the link at the top right of this page.

William Bluford Davis Cemetery Marker

I AM SO VERY HAPPY TODAY!!! I had received a copy of my gr.grandfather and gr.grandmother’s cemetery markers but had never been able to find them in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, in Wood Co, TX. Well, today, I FOUND THEM.
W. B. Davis, was a CSA veteran, therefore, since I have found it, it won’t be necessary for me to request a replacement marker, however, there are no dates, any suggestions as to how I may get the dates attached to the marker.

Thanks, Dorothy Hays Harbin,

Note: Dorothy originally sent this email to us on May, 16, 2011. She shared this also with us at our monthly meeting on that evening so that we were all able to be excited for her then.

Welcome to a new member

Dolyne Stevens of West Columbia, Texas is the newest member of the society. The two main surnames she is searching are Carver in Wood County, Texas and Kerby in Montgomery County, Texas. Her contact information is available on the Members Only Contact List which you can access with the link at the top right side of this page.

Membership Location May 2011

May 2011 Membership: 55 memberships, 60 members
Residence of Memberships: In County 26, Out of County 29
Residence of Memberships: Wood and nearby - 33, Other Texas - 10, Out of State - 12

John Potter of Wood County

We have received the following email from member Violet Shirey:

John T. Potter was in the Civil War and is buried at Shady Grove, Winnsboro.

His tombstone does not show he was in the war. Is there any way we can get a medalion or whatever it is they put on tombstones? Will appreciate your help.

I am mailing your information on the Decendants of John T. Potter and information about his millitary record. (Note: We will publish this in the online bulletin and then the newsletter upon receipt. dh)

He was my daughter’s (Linda S. Shirey’s) g g g grandfather.

v.shirey@sbcglobal.net

Decade of Paid Memberships

The chart below replaces one briefly posted yesterday with more data found after the first chart was composed.
Chart showing memberships paid from 2002 to 2011

2002-03 — 101
2003-04 — 55
2004-05 — 42
2005-06 — 42
2006-07 — 53
2007-08 — 49
2008-09 — 58
2009-10 — 59
2010-11 — 57

Nominating, Budget Committees Appointed

The Nominating Committee to recommend officers for the 2011-2012 society year was appointed at the March regular meeting. The committee will present its report of recommendations at the May regular meeting at which time officers will be elected. Nominating Committee members are Barbara Coleman, Kathy Lutonsky, and Mary Ann Niswanger.

The four offices to be filled are president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Because of constitutional limitation on the number of consecutive terms officers can serve, presently serving president, vice-president, and secretary must be replaced.

Anyone willing to be considered for serving in any of the officer positions or anyone wishing to suggest members for any of the positions can contact Kathy at lutonsky5@co.wood.tx.us.

The Budget Committee will submit for approval a proposed budget for the 2011-2012 society year at the regular May meeting. Members of that committee are Treasurer Wayne McCluney, Deason Hunt, and Ethel Kelley. Anyone wishing to submit budget proposals to the committee may contact Wayne at fwaynemc@peoplescom.net.

To contact Kathy or Wayne by postal mail, you may write them at Nominating Committee (or Budget Committee) P. O. Box 832, Quitman, TX 75783.

Welcome to a New Member

Join us in welcoming our newest member, Jo Ann Dyson of Winnsboro. We met her at the public assistance period before the regular monthly meeting January 17. She has a number of surnames common to the county. We will be posting these at a later date. Jo Ann is now listed on our latest Member Contact list posted on the member-only web page.

June Preston 1931-2010

Long-time society member June Gilley Preston of Paris, Texas died March 3, 2010. She was interred at Colony Cemetery near Alba, Texas.

June was born July 14, 1931 in Alba, a daughter of Albert and Jewel Hathcox Gilley. She attended public schools in Alba,

June Preston

June Preston

graduated from Alba High School, and obtained her Bachelors degree in Home Economics at East Texas State Teachers College. She completed a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling at the University of Houston. She was a member of the Lamar Avenue Church of Christ for over 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Nathan Gilley; and two infant sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Geri Lynn Preston Van Stone, of Ft. Worth and Kimi D’Ann Preston Riley, of Garland; a grandson, Brandon William Riley, of Garland, who she affectionately referred to as “Best Boy”; a sister, Sonja Gae Gilley Holland, of Dallas; George L. Preston, the father of her daughters; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

June was well-known to several members of the society. She had donated to the society genealogy research center a collection of photos: The June Preston Collection.

More details are available at the Starrett Funeral Home website.

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