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Tira News Dec. 31, 2008

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By Jan Vaughn

During the Sunday Service the Tira Methodist Church congregation enjoyed the beauty of two lovely poinsettias, which were delivered by Billy Rose Chapman.


They were later moved to the graveside of her loved ones. The members would like to express their thanks to Billy Rose for her "appreciation of this little church.

Tira volunteer firefighters responded to a grass fire on FM 71 east on Sunday and to the gas line explosion near North Hopkins School on Tuesday.

Strong winds blew through our community on Saturday. Richard Bearden's shop had some damage and some tin was blown off the old barn.

Jimmy and Jane Lewis had damage to their house and a big tree limb was carried from the back yard to the front and their satellite dish was bent back onto the roof.

Sandra Wester reports that there were a lot of trees down on the road that goes in front of the Tira Methodist Church and they had a big limb down right outside their fence on the south side of the house and lost tin off the old garage and shed. Chip and I had a barn destroyed from the wind. There may have been more damage, but these are the items that I was made aware of. Floyd and Martha Payton enjoyed the holidays with visits from Eric Payton from San Diego, Regina from Port Aransas, Brad and Virginia Payton from Keller.

Martha reports,”Eric cooked lunch for the family on Saturday, a nice pot of chicken and dumplings. He even made from scratch the drop dumplings.” Everyone returned home Saturday afternoon and the household returned to normal.

Martha also says, “Richard and Oleta Bearden received wind damage on Saturday from the storm that blew through. We received 0.60 inch of rain, also, but the east end of Tira received no wind damage."

The Sunday before Christmas J.R., Donna, Casey, Tiffany and Joseph Durst traveled to Oklahoma to have Christmas with Amy and Kyle Kitchens. It was the first trip for Joseph to visit at his aunt and uncle's house. Donna reports, "He seemed to enjoy his trip.”

It was a very different Christmas for the Durst family this year. J.R. and Donna stayed home and Casey, Tiffany and Joseph visited them and took lunch and they all just had a very relaxed Christmas Day. Judy and Randy Roberts celebrated Christmas with their family on Christmas Eve. Attending were Agnes Ponder; Rowdy, Robin, Hunter and Hannah Crowson; Lesley and Addey Ann Owens; Garrett Lockhart; and Catan, Monica and Cadence Runyan. Judy reports, "There was lots of food and everyone exchanged gifts and had a great time."

Mary Rawson and her son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Judy Rawson, spent last Sunday through Friday in Houston. They were there to celebrate Christmas with Conn, Michelle (Rawson) and Sophie Markides. Mary said that her great-granddaughter, Sophie, was the "cutest thing" all dressed up in a red velvet dress with white fur trim and a hat, shoes, and socks to match on Christmas morning! They all enjoyed their visit. Michelle and Sophie had spent a few days visiting Mary prior to Christmas week.

Our son, Delayne Vaughn of Waco, came to Tira last Monday for the Christmas holidays. He returned to Waco on Saturday. Malcolm, Tiffany, Landon, Morgan, Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin joined us for dinner on Christmas Eve, after we all attended the candlelight Lord's supper service at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. They returned on Christmas morning to open gifts and then Chip treated us all to a big homemade breakfast. On Friday, Chip, Delayne and I visited Grace Vaughn in Broken Bow, Okla. We exchanged gifts and then went out for Mexican food and back to Grace’s apartment for dessert. Jim and Sandra Vaughn were both sick with fever and sore throats, so we just wished them a Merry Christmas from a distance.

Happy New Year!

If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact Jan Vaughn at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




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