The Tira City Council will hold their regular quarterly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. Following the meeting, the group will decorate the building for the Christmas party. The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend.
Floyd and Martha Payton were married in Longview 60 years ago today (Dec. 1). After retirement they moved back to Tira, where Floyd was raised. They are very involved in community and church activities. Their children are Brad (and his wife, Virginia), grandson Eric and daughter Regina. They celebrated their anniversary in conjunction with their annual Thanksgiving Reunion at the Tira Community Center on Thursday.
Von and Loretta Honzell from Wylie were also honored, as they will be celebrating their anniversary in January. Regina Payton and Karen Stebbins hosted the anniversary party. Mary Lou Wright made the beautiful three-tiered anniversary cake, which had white icing with a topping of colorful fall flowers. The tables were decorated with fall colors. In addition to the honorees, those attending included they Honzell’s daughter and her husband, Karen and Marvin Stebbins from Garland; Karen’s granddaughter, Ivy Kate Hermes; David Honzell and his two sons, Seth and Nathan, from Royse City; the Payton’s son, Brad Payton from Keller, and their daughter, Regina Payton from Victoria; plus 26 other family members. Brad’s wife was not feeling well and was unable to attend.
Loretta displayed two of her quilts — one had the state bird of all 50 states and the other was a signature quilt. Martha reports, “It was made into a quilt of the Clements family in the early '30s - our great-grandparents at Leesburg.” She also says, “Another interesting story: my nephew was purchasing his turkey, struck up a conversation with the checker, and discovered he knew all my family years ago. He was a young boy at the time. What a small world!” Regina reports that there was a good crowd with lots of food, hugs and hot coffee.
The Sulphur Bluff Methodist Church will be serving chicken stew beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 in their new activity building. Janice Joslin reports, “This a community appreciation supper for anyone who would like to attend. There will also be a drawing for a 400-pound heifer. Tickets may be purchased that evening. The tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5.”
Yvonne Weir and Colleen and Matt McCray traveled to Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 11 and stayed until the night of the 14th. They enjoyed walking, sightseeing and lots of good food. They toured a house where George Washington once stayed for 2 weeks. Yvonne says, “It was right across the street from our bed and breakfast, which was built in 1783. The weather was beautiful while we were there.”
Destri and Ryan and Dustin and Natalie arrived at Robert and Yvonne’s on Wednesday night for Thanksgiving. They had lots of fun playing games and visiting. On Thursday they enjoyed the brisket that Robert won from Wright’s Catering. Yvonne says, “Everyone left on Friday and the house was quiet again.”
Joyce Johnson of Mesquite spent a few days with Troy and Georgia Smith last week. Mary Rawson also visited with them while Joyce was here and they all celebrated Thanksgiving together.
The Potts family enjoyed Thanksgiving in Glen Rose with Nancy’s sister and family. That night they went to movies to see "Tangled." On Friday they headed to McKinney and did some shopping. Over the weekend, they celebrated with a visit to McKinney's "Dickens of a Christmas" on the square. There were rides, singing and more shopping — and of course eating!
Sandra Wester went to Henderson on Wednesday to visit with her sister, Linda Andrasko. Linda's daughter, Kelly Lawrence, arrived from McKinney later that evening. Karyn Lawrence Horne and her husband, Steve, arrived Thursday afternoon and they all enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner. They enjoyed visiting and working a puzzle. Karyn and Steve left Friday afternoon to camp out with friends. Linda, Kelly and Sandra did a little shopping in Henderson. More work was done on the puzzle that night. On Saturday night, Kelly met her friend, Daniel Alexander, in Tyler for dinner, and Linda and Sandra finished the puzzle. Sunday afternoon Linda and Sandra went shopping in Longview. Sandra returned to Tira Monday afternoon and Kelly stayed with her mother until Tuesday. Sandra says, “It was a very relaxing, enjoyable holiday.”
Our son, Delayne Vaughn of Waco, arrived on Wednesday for the holidays. The three of us celebrated Thanksgiving with Doris (Horn) Moon and her family at the Nelta Community Center on Thursday, while Tiffany and her family celebrated with friends and family at the home of Allen and Tami Joslin. Liz Steinsiek visited with Chip, Jan and Delayne on Thursday evening. Malcolm, Tiffany, Landon, Morgan, Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin; Grace Vaughn of Sulphur Springs; and Linda Ellen Vaughn of Dallas celebrated Thanksgiving with Chip, Jan and Delayne on Friday evening. On Saturday about 40 members of the Vaughn family gathered at the Tira Community Center for their holiday celebration.
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