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.

Welcome to This Quarter’s New Members

Five members have joined the society since the Old Settlers Reuniion in August. Welcome to Sherma Largent of Quitman, Lester Nichols of Garland, Daryl Fowler of Yoakum, Edith Roberts of Yantis, and Ethel Kelley of Quitman. Ethel is researching the ADAIR family of Wood County.

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