Lasting Legacies

Many families provided the Shankleville seeds that were planted in Deep East Texas 150 years ago that have grown into the network of teachers, preachers, businesspeople, community leaders and hard-working people that impact communities across the globe today.  In addition to the Shankles, McBrides and Perkins, there are the Brailsfords, Byerlys, Gatlins, Lewises, Odoms, Peacocks, Strahans, Whites, and many more. This page is a tribute to these foundational families and their “Lasting Legacies.”

Click on individual names in the drop-down menu to learn more about some of these “Lasting Legacies” and their connections to the Shankleville Community. Be sure to share more memories and pictures of the “Lasting Legacies” you loved and learned from on our Facebook page.

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In keeping with the “Memorial” in our Shankleville Memorial Scholarship program, these Shankleville families consistently donate more than $100 to the Scholarship fund to commemorate their loved-ones.

Maeola and Preston Bluiett
Artie and Geneva Brailsford
Willie Lee and Bertha Byerly
Matthew Honer and Larutha Odom Clay
Cooleridge Colman
Arvetta Lewis Cooper
Jim and Almada Holmes
Mae Ola Perkins Hunter
Coella Jane Lewis
John Wesley and Jessie Gatlin Lewis
A.T. and Addie Odom
Harold and Lonnie Faye Odom
James E. Odom
Lee E. Odom
Sisley Ann Perkins Renfro
Booker T. and Exie Lee Riggins
Trogie and Thelma Shankle
Homer and Doretha Traylor
Rev. Ronald L. Bishop
Anderson and Surfronie White
Anderson White, Jr.



Descendants of Harriet (Odom), Houston and John Shankle meet at Mount Hope Baptist Church, November, 2014