DeBerry, Texas

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Location of DeBerry in the state of Texas.

DeBerry (or De Berry) is an unincorporated community in Panola County, Texas, United States. According to the Handbook of Texas, the community had an estimated population of 191 in 2000.[1]

Geography[edit]

DeBerry is located at 32°18′12″N 94°10′00″W / 32.30333°N 94.16667°W / 32.30333; -94.16667 (32.3032138, -94.1665797). It is situated at the junction of U.S. Highway 79 and Farm Roads 31 and 1794 in northeastern Panola County, fourteen miles northeast of Carthage.[1]

History[edit]

Known as Evergreen prior to the Civil War, the community's name was changed to DeBerry, after local citizen and legislator Alfred Wesley De Berry.[2] A post office was established in 1874 and by 1885, 150 people lived in the community. The population doubled to 300 in the early 1890s before declining in the 1910s. The discovery of oil in the area during the 1920s led to another population boom. By 1929, approximately 250 residents lived in DeBerry. Seven years later. That figure had dipped to 233. Throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, the population remained stable at around 200. The community had thirty rated businesses in 2000.[1] Despite its unincorporated status, DeBerry's post office (zip code: 75639)[3] remains operational.

Notable Events[edit]

  • In 2010, the town's historic community center[4] (once a school) was destroyed by an act of arson.[5]
  • DeBerry resident, Alicia Benefield, was murdered in March 2014 and her body dumped in the neighboring town of Marshall, Texas.[6][7]

Education[edit]

Public education in the community of DeBerry is provided by the Elysian Fields Independent School District, which is based in the nearby community of Elysian Fields. The district serves southeastern Harrison County and northeastern Panola County.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, DeBerry has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "DeBerry, Texas". The Handbook of Texas online. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Alfred Wesley De Berry". The Handbook of Texas online. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  3. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  4. ^ Blalack, Mittie (March 20, 1985). "DeBerry News". Panola County Watchman. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "DeBerry Arson Fire". KSLA-TV, Shreveport. 
  6. ^ "Man indicted in death of woman found slain in Marshall". Longview News Journal. May 30, 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Body of missing East Texas teen found; ex-boyfriend arrested". Longview News Journal. March 19, 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Climate Summary for DeBerry, Texas

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