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.

Joseph Dean LaRue 1938-2010

We note with sadness the passing of long-time WCGS member Joseph LARUE of Laneville, Texas. Joe has been a researcher of families in Wood County and has relatives in Wood County and in the WCGS. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family.

Joseph Dean LaRue
December 14, 1938 – September 16, 2010

Funeral services for Joseph Dean LaRue, 71, of Laneville, were held
2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home Joseph Laruewith Rev. Joe Brooks officiating. Interment followed at Laneville Cemetery under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home in Henderson.

Mr. LaRue died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at Autumn Leaves Nursing Home. He was born Dec. 14, 1938, in Paris, Texas and had been living in Laneville since 1987. He worked as a mechanical engineer and was owner of Heritage Construction.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; granddaughter, >Devin Newman; and brother, James LaRue.

Survivors include: wife of 34 years, Patsye Moore LaRue; son, Stacy Little of Laneville; three daughters, Kecia LaRue Helms and husband Paul, Carrie LaRue Cox and husband Michael and Deneen LaRue Whitaker and husband David, all of Paris; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Stacy Little, Cody Walters, Twaine Walters, Zack Philpot, Blake Crews and Hayden McGee.

Condolences may be made at http://www.crawfordacrim.com.

Obituary information Provided By:
Crawford – A. Crim Funeral Home
1414 South Main Street
Henderson, TX 75652
http://www.crawfordacrim.com

Eating Meeting Next Monday at Peralta’s

Members, guests, and visitors are invited to join our group meeting at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant in Quitman next Monday (August 16) at 6 p.m. If you can make it, you’ll find us having a good time, talking, and sharing. Some of it will be genealogy (nothing official) and some just plain fun.

Drawing Winners from Old Settlers Named

Congratulations to the winners of our free drawing at the Old Settlers’s Reunion at Quitman last week.

The winner of the free copy of Don RANEY‘s biography and family history of Wood County’s first Anglo-American settler, “Martin VARNER: Texas Pioneer, His Life Story and His Descendants,” is Joe Wayne REYNOLDS of Quitman.

Sherma LARGENT of Quitman won the free year Wood County Genealogical Society membership for 2010-2011 and is, thus, the newest member of our society.

Welcome to New Member

Our newest member is David GILBREATH of Mesquite, Texas. His contact information is available on the latest member contact list on the member-only page which you can access from the link at the top right of this page.

Surnames David is searching are GILBREATH, HOWLE, WHITE, DARNELL, AVERY, ATTAWAY, AND MORGAN.

71 Members as of July 20, 2010

Seven new members have joined the WCGS since July 2009 bringing the membership total to 71. There are 63 memberships paid, but eight of those are family memberships in the name of two people in each of those families.

Welcome to a new member

Welcome to Vickie PETERSEN of Mineola who has joined our society. She is teaching a genealogy workshop this summer at the public library in Mineola which several of our members are attending. I hope she will find a home among all of us here in the genealogical community of Wood County.

Welcome to New Member

Mary Ann NISWANGER of Mineola has recently joined the society. We are delighted to have her as a member. Surnames she is researching are RAGSDALE, PARMER, SWAIN, BENNETT, HARRISON, UNDERWOOD, and DUGGER. Her email and other contact information will be added to the member contact list on the member only site at the next update to that file. In the meantime, if you have help to offer on those surnames, feel free to post something here in the comments.

Contact List Updated, Treasurer’s Report

The member contact list has been updated at the member-only site which can be accessed through this page (See upper right column.). The April treasurer’s report has also been posted there.

Two Members Recognized for Contributions

Two members were recognized for their contribution this spring.

Shirley BATES, long-time newsletter editor, keeper of genealogical research center and acquisitions manager, membership chairman, and many other jobs was presented with an honorary lifetime membership by the society at the March society meeting.

Treasurer Sally ALLCORN was recognized for her three-term service as treasurer at the May society meeting. She has also served on committees and has done research and organization work in the library among her many contributions.

Thanks to both of these ladies and friends who have given “above and beyond” to the society and the cause of Wood County genealogy in general.

Bates&Harbin lifetime award

Shirley Bates, left, receives her Lifetime Member plaque from Vice-president Dorothy Harbin.

Allcorn Service Award

Sally Allcorn, right, receives copy of a Wood County history book in recognition of her service as a three-term treasurer.

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