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.
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,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.
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.
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 with 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
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.
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.
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.