Birthdays

Happy Birthday Greetings to my only niece, Rachella (Shelly) Garrett Carey, who made 39 years old. Shelly was her grandmother Portia’s special love but she was cut short of that love with Portia’s death when Shelly was only five years old. Being a teacher, Portia taught her granddaughter many things and she remembered her teachings as she went through school. Shelly went through three years at Prairie View A&M before choosing another path. Shelly is married now and is a wife, mother, and owner of a crafting business. She can make whatever one asks for such as t-shirts, designer drinking cups and glasses, and party decorations. For many years she had theme parties for her kids and made the decorations. In fact, she did her own wedding decorations ten years ago. Because of the pandemic, she made many masks with original designs on them for friends and family. I have treated her as my granddaughter since my mom passed. So, it’s a pleasure for me to salute her on her birthday this year. Happy Birthday Rachella!!! Pictured Joan, Shelly, and Shelly’s daughter Gabrielle Joy, who is now 6yrs and smart.


Happy Birthday Greeting to my favorite aunt, Aunt Hazel Garrett Brown! She is a former resident of Center now living in Longview, Texas, and will be 91 years young on September 9. We would be celebrating with a party or family dinner if it wasn’t for the Covid-19 restrictions. I have asked the family to delight her with greeting cards. During her early years, she was so proud to have her nieces and nephews visit for the summers and always cared about the family’s good health and well-being. Now we can do that for her. My Aunt Hazel deserves the right to receive this special tribute during her birthday. The family loves her very much. Pictured Joan with Aunt Hazel.


August 4 is the birthday of Joan Garrett. She is in her 70s and proud to call Center her hometown even though she has lived in Houston, Texas over 60 years. She has enjoyed coming back to Center working with the Daniels School Reunion over the many years of its occurrence. She is retired and wants to be an author of Romance novels. She is active in many organizations. Because of the pandemic shutdown, Joan has missed being around her Circle of Friends. Many blessings and wishes are being sent for a nice Birthday and good health for the rest of the year. Happy Birthday Mrs. Joan!


July Twins. Not really. My friends, Juanita Williams McClelland and Evelyn Williams Jackson, graduates of C. H. Daniels High, have the same birthday in July. Could not let the month end without acknowledging them and wishing them many more years of blessings. Many siblings may have their birthday occur in the same month, but it is very rare that it is the same day. I know several where this happens. The sisters live in the Dallas area. Both are retired from prosperous jobs obtained upon finishing college. They are parents and of course, grandparents. They are a very close knit family with the rest of their siblings, nieces, and nephews. Even though they are not twins, the siblings enjoy celebrating each year in one gathering. (70 plus years). Note: Juanita has been a major source of working with the Daniels School Reunion Committee for the past ten years and Evelyn has graciously participated when asked to be on the program. Happy Birthday Juanita (BYRD) and Evelyn.


July 27 is the birthday of a former resident of Shelby County and a graduate of C. H. Daniels High, Class of 66: Elma Ree Jones Hinson (to many on East Coast - Marie). After graduation from Daniels she attended and graduated from Prairie View A&M College in 1970 and began working in various positions using her major in Sociology/Social Work at Telephone Industry and School Districts in towns where she and her husband, Dr. Kenneth E. Hinson lived. Now retired and living back in Texas (Denton), Elma is a hard working woman and true to her word. She likes to get the work done in whatever she is assigned to do. Accolades to her recent leadership in the 50th Anniversary of the Class of 1970 of Prairie View University with a donation of a large sum to the university. Greetings to her in her retirement stage of life and wishes sent for many more birthdays to enjoy. Happy Birthday Elma. Your classmates thank you.


The Randall Family (Kelley’s and Matlock’s) wish Lee Anna Goree of Houston, Texas a Happy Birthday!!!

Family from all over, near and far, look forward to celebrating you on your birthday Saturday, May 22, 2021, socially distanced outdoors in San Augustine, Texas. We’ll have lots of food, good music, games, inflatable entertainment for the kids and loads of fun! 

Lee Anna is named after her mother, Lee Anner “Ma” R. Kelley-Matlock, born August 18, 1889 in Center, Texas. She is a proud mother of two sons, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is the last Randall of “Ma’s” thirteen children and has always loved being the youngest. When asked how old she was turning, Lee Anna replied, “21 years old.” 21 of course, is not her real age but she wishes to stay young forever. I think we all should live that way. Here is a song dedication to you by Alphaville, “Forever Young.” 


Happy birthday to Rhonda Moore Hendricks on March 11!


Happy Birthday! To the husband of Dottie West!


Happy birthday to my love! The girls and I love you so much. Have a blessed day Tyler Maloy!


Happy 7th birthday on November 24, Alleigh Sue! We hope you have an amazing day! Love, Mommy and Shade


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