As a part of her Girl Scout Gold Award, Jessica Cowley is designing and installing letters and numbers in the new section of the Tira Cemetery. The numbers and letters form a grid system which will make it easier for family members to locate denoted grave sites. She is also working to establish a database of information including names, birth dates, death dates, marriage dates, location in the cemetery, military service and miscellaneous information provided on the tombstones.
On Friday, June 24, 2011, Jessica Cowley, Leah Hayes, Rachel Mattison, Floyd Payton, Martha Payton, Harold Cowley, James Cowley and Carol Cowley worked to determine appropriate locations for installing each letter and number.
On Saturday, June 25, 2011, Jessica Cowley, Katy Mason, Andrew Marks, Bailee Petty, Floyd and Martha Payton, and James and Carol Cowley recorded data from the tombstones. Pictures were taken of each tombstone in the new section of the cemetery to be included in the information database. James Cowley shared interesting facts provided by Sandra Glenn concerning several early residents of the Tira community that are now buried in the Tira Cemetery. Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup shared other interesting facts and details relative to the history of the Tira community. Jessica will present the database of information to the Tira Cemetery Association and the Hopkins County Genealogical Society.
Georgia Smith reports, “We had a really good week. Our good friend, Lori Ray, came on Saturday bearing cupcakes for Troy’s Father’s Day. On Father’s Day, Jimmy and Helen Smith, Chrissty, Kyleigh and Bryndal Williams came with really good pizza, salad, pie and pictures for their father, grandfather and great-grandfather. It was a really good day!” Joyce Johnson arrived on Tuesday and spent a few days with Troy and Georgia. Georgia says, “We had quite a birthday for her!” John Hadley stopped by for a short afternoon visit. He also visited with Mary Rawson. On Wednesday, Joyce and Georgia visited Mary Rawson and son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Judy Rawson of Denton. Georgia says, “Later that afternoon Tanya and Matthew Dodd came over, as we sat outside. We enjoy that sweet Matthew so much! He brightens our lives.” Just before dinner time Chandler Smith of Greenville and Hunter Wright from Cooper came for a short visit. Chandler is Troy and Georgia’s great-granddaughter. On June 3, Chandler graduated from high school and completed her first year of college at the same time. Joyce, Mary and Georgia shopped on Thursday and had lunch in Paris, and then Joyce returned to her home in Mesquite.
Brad and Tanya Dodd, Gary and Janet McPherson, and Mike and Wendy Lawwill are proud grandparents of their new granddaughter, Emery Kayte McPherson. She was born at 1:57 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and weighed 8 pounds and 6 ounces and is 21 1/2 inches long. Her parents are Tiffany and Stuart McPherson, and her brother is Tristan. Her uncles include Blaine, Cody and Travis Lawwill, and Matthew and Trenton Dodd. Joyce Dodd says, "She also has six McPherson uncles," but she did not have the names of them. Great-grandparents are John David and Jewel Jetton, Joyce and William Dodd, and David and Kay Robertson.
The Lewis, Braden, Kin and Speaks Family Reunion was held on June 4. They report, “Once again we came to Tira for our family reunion, from across the country.” Those attending included Judy Lewis, of Irving; Don and Dorothy Hargrave of Midlothian; Heidi Marie Struer and Odell Lewis of San Antonio; Jerry Joslin of Gainesville; Tommy Lewis and Gene Lewis of Houston, Mo.; Sherman and Loretta Crawford, Johnny Parker and Mary Parker, all of Birthright; Teri Lewis of Dallas; Gary and Rachel Lewis of Sulphur Springs; David and Joann Jones of Ravenna; Wanda Clayton of Giddings; Alma Ellison of Winnsboro; Bill and Joan Speaks Sr., and Imogene King Phillips, all of Grand Prairie; Melvin and Melba Joslin of Royse City; Billy Joe Clayton of Tira; Dewayne and Jeannie Hobgood of Mabank; Wesley and Kaye Hobgood, and Margaret Hobgood Castle, of Lubbock; Carolyn Sue Allen and Jeremy Allen of Paso Robles, Calif.; Joanna Rojas of Fort Worth; Don Lewis of Arlington; Kay Speaks Zachgo of Kansas; Bobby L. Smith of Tyler; Sue Ellen and Kayle Schritter of Oklahoma City; Michael and Donna Zamora, and Justin and Sarah Smith, all of McKinney; Randy and Becky Hargrave of Garland; Reggie Hargrave of Oakwood; and Troy and Blain Lewis of Dallas. They say, “A good time was had by everyone … sharing stories, renewing acquaintances and eating good food. Once again the community center served us well. It was cool and clean, thanks to the community of Tira (our home).”
Tommy and Patti Wiebold enjoyed the weekend with a visit from Patti's best friend from Mesquite, Brenda Raney. Patti and Brenda spent Saturday enjoying the pool in the hot weather. Saturday afternoon, Patti and Brenda went to run some errands in town, and then that evening Tommy cooked steaks on the grill and they enjoyed a very nice dinner together. Sunday morning was spent relaxing on the porch drinking coffee. Brenda returned to Mesquite later on Sunday afternoon.
Tiffany Joslin was in Austin on a mission trip last week, along with a group from First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. Tiffany really enjoyed helping the children with crafts. Malcolm got to have some "bonding" time with the kids. Morgan Joslin and I spent Thursday night Chip in Madisonville, where he was working in the oil field. We enjoyed a delicious meal and the music of the strolling Mariachi band at the Rancho Viejo Restaurant. I took Morgan to the Civil Air Patrol (C.A.P.) Encampment at Camp Swift in Bastrop on Friday morning, and then came back through Waco and had lunch with Delayne Vaughn. On Saturday, Chip and I had a good time attending the Manek/Richland/Woodbine company picnic at the Double D Ranch in Balch Springs. Following the event, we visited with Chip’s sister, Linda Ellen Vaughn, in Dallas.
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