Floyd (Cemetery Board Chairman) and Martha Payton report, “The Tira Cemetery Societygathering was a great success in spite of the hot weather. The board sends a big “Thank You” to all who prepared the property and gave donations to help care for maintenance. Your support is greatly appreciated.”
Doris (Horn, Burkham) Moon was in charge coordinating the program. She welcomed everyone to the homecoming, and then her son, Howard Burkham, took over as the master of ceremonies. Special music was provided by Jan (Haley) Escobedo, granddaughter of the late Valton and Mildred Chapman of Tira. Danny Evans and Linda (Wester) Andrasko shared memories of Tira and encouraged others to do the same. Recognition was given to those who have served, or are currently serving, in the military. Nell Crowson remembered those who were buried in the Tira Cemetery during the past year and presented a rose to each of the families. Doug Burkham gave an inspirational talk on patriotism. Floyd Payton presided over the business meeting and gave the perpetual care financial report. Mick Petty and Sandra Wester were elected to serve on the cemetery board. Billy Crowson offered the prayer at mealtime.
Floyd and Martha Payton had visitors from California, Jean Payton Roah from Oceanside and grandson Eric Payton from San Diego. Regina Payton, from Victoria, came on Thursday evening and Brad and Virginia Payton from Keller arrived Friday. Martha says, “We had dinner at the Fish Fry in Paris on Friday evening and lunch at Furr’s on Saturday. Sunday was a big day at the Tira Homecoming.” The Dursts and Paytons shared lunch at homecoming. She says, “Everything returned to normal on Monday and Tuesday with Bill Clayton bringing the barrels for storage.”
Linda Andrasko came to visit Sandra Wester Saturday afternoon. After dinner, they enjoyed playing two games of Scrabble. Sunday morning they went to the Tira Cemetery Society Homecoming where they met their sister, Peggy Deaton. Peggy visited with them Sunday afternoon before returning to Garland. Linda’s daughter, Kelly Lawrence, came to visit Sunday night. They enjoyed a lazy Monday morning. Sandra cooked hamburgers on the grill for their late afternoon 4th of July celebration lunch. Kelly returned to McKinney Monday night. Linda returned to Henderson early Tuesday afternoon.
Mick and Linda Petty had 4th of July lunch at their house Monday. Those attending were Rick and Judy Petty, Billy Joe Clayton and Bet Lawson of Tira; Ronny, Amy, Mitchell and Macy Green of Cooper; and Fay Burns, Reagan and Hesston Humphrey of Sulphur Springs. “Good food and family.” On Saturday, J.R. and Donna went to Finley, Okla., and had a good visit with Amy, Kyle and Cooper Kitchens. “They cooked lunch for us and we had a lot of quality “playtime” with Cooper. On Monday, we had a quiet day, but I spent several hours with Joseph while the others were moving hay. We read several books, played cars and had a lot of fun,” reports Donna.
Donna Durst went on a mini-vacation on June 16-19. She reports, “I had lunch and visited with my friend, Serretta Appleton, in Canton, and then I went on to Larue and stayed with my sister, Karen Fitzhugh. On Friday, we went to Tyler and literally shopped ‘til we dropped. On Saturday, we visited with my mom, aunt and my cousins, who were visiting from Kent, Washington. Karen and I played cards every night. We play Shanghai Rummy. She won 16 games. I only won 11. Karen is coming for a visit the weekend after the Fourth of July. Maybe I’ll win more games when we’re on MY turf!”
Robert and Yvonne Weir had lots of company over the weekend. Yvonne reports, “Dustin and Natalie came on Friday night and stayed until Sunday night. They attended the Willie Nelson concert in Fort Worth on July 4 and said it was great! Destri and Ryan arrived on Sunday and spent the night. Dacy and Mike, Eli and Elise came for a late lunch on Sunday. Oscar, Malorie and Daniel Velazquez came on Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed tubing on the lake and some great fireworks Sunday night.”
Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin spent Friday night and Saturday with Chip and me, while Malcolm and Tiffany went to Bastrop to pick Morgan up from CAP encampment, where he served with the cadet staff. On Saturday morning Kenden, Jaidyn, and I went to a 4th of July party hosted by Amanda (Glosup) Caviness. Several children enjoyed visiting with Hannah, Amanda and John’s daughter, playing games, making crafts and eating snacks. Our family attended the Tira Homecoming on Sunday and then celebrated the holiday with fireworks at home on Sunday night. On Monday, Grace Vaughn of Sulphur Springs; Linda Ellen Vaughn of Dallas; Brianna and Dixie Cartwright of Sulphur Springs; and Malcolm, Tiffany, Landon, Morgan, Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin joined us for hamburgers and homemade ice cream. We enjoyed getting to love on baby Dixie! Brianna’s family and friend — Terry, Bubba and Holly — visited with us on Monday afternoon.
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