The annual Tira Community Christmas party is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the community center. Brisket will be furnished. We will bring side dishes and desserts and enjoy sharing a meal together. We are expecting a visit from Santa Claus, so be sure to bring the kids and a camera.
Sandra Wester enjoyed lunch at Los Mochis restaurant in Sulphur Springs on Friday the 18th with Virginia Miller, Gale Milligan, Wynelle Belz, Mary Sue Clayton, JoNell Willis, Betty Weir and Catheron Camper. They celebrated Catheron’s Saturday birthday, and enjoyed looking at pictures of their recent class reunion.
Regina Payton from Victoria came on Wednesday afternoon for a visit with her parents Floyd and Martha Payton. They had a busy afternoon and evening preparing for their Thanksgiving dinner at the Tira Community Center, where several family members gathered including Ann Sullivan, Ron Petty and Lon Honzell from Longview; James and Patsy Barnwell from Linden; B.J. Littlefield (age 94), Peggy Cloe and B.C. Honzell from Pittsburg; Von and Loretta Honzell, Chad, Rachel, Ivy Kate and Grant Hermes from Wylie; Marvin and Karen Stebbins from Garland; David, Seth and Nathan Honzell from Royse City; Ruth and Ray Prim from Benbrook; Brad and Virginia Payton from Keller; Regina Payton from Victoria; and Floyd and Martha Payton from Tira. Martha says, “We always count our blessings and are thankful for everyone’s safe trip home.”
Sherry Smiddy and Powell Vickery had a “small group” of family over on Saturday, celebrating a belated Thanksgiving. Sherry reports that there were 43 family members over to enjoy the food and good times and they had lots to be thankful for. Those attending were Tara Petty and Mike Owens from Rockwall; Chanse Fite; Cody and Daylee, Brandi and Aysha Day; Jana Johnson; Todd, Christi, Brandon, Tiffany, Story, Angel and Lyric, Bobby, Carley, Garrett, Payton and Braely Vickery; Steven, Cheryl, Madison, Bryson, Ethan and Owen Vickery; Justin, Shelley, Korbin, Tinley, Graci, Cade, Kidman and Kendall, Chris, Jenna, Braden, Emma and Ally. Anna Hines and Joyce stopped by. Sherry says, “Thank goodness the sun came out for a brief time and the kids all played on the trampoline and had a football game.”
Rick and Judy Petty had a great Thanksgiving with family including Chris, Robin, Tyler, Trever and Trey Petty from Cedar Park; Ronnie, Amy, Mitchell and Macy Green from Cooper; Mick and Linda Petty, and Billy Joe Clayton from Tira; and James, Reagan and Hesston Humphrey from Sulphur Springs.
On Saturday, Judy and Robin attended a bridal shower for Judy’s great nephew Micah Walker and bride elect Kaleigh Janota at the North Hopkins School.
Robert and Yvonne Weir hosed Thanksgiving dinner for Destri Weir and Ryan Main; Ryan’s parents from Florida, Roger and Alice Main; Dacy, Mike, Eli and Elise Campbell; Dustin and Natalie Weir; and Alice Hall. They enjoyed lots of good food and conversation. In the afternoon, Brenda Allen and Hope and Kelsey Lawrence visited with them and Hope took family photographs of the Weir family.
Linda Andrasko came to visit Sandra Wester on Wednesday afternoon. Karyn and Steve Horne and Kelly Lawrence arrived on Thursday. They enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving meal together. James and Sheilia Withrow, Cassy and Dennis Chappell, and a friend from Austria stopped by for a short visit Thursday afternoon. Steve and Karyn left Thursday night to spend the rest of their weekend camping and hunting near Gilmer. Kelly stayed until Monday afternoon and Linda returned to Henderson on Tuesday.
Tommy Wiebold began his Thanksgiving holiday by traveling to his deer lease in Gouldbusk, Texas, on Monday with a friend, Shane Wilson of Crandall. Patti reports that they had a very successful hunt, taking three deer between the two of them the first couple of days they were there. Tommy got a nice doe and the next day a large bodied 8-point Buck. Shane got himself a nice doe, also.
On Wednesday night, Patti Wiebold (Tommy’s wife) dropped in and visited with Sandra Wester and Sandra’s sister Linda Andrasko. On Thanksgiving Day, Patti traveled to Mesquite to have Thanksgiving dinner at her sister-in-law’s mother’s home. Her younger brother, Barry Miller and his wife, Carolyn Miller were at the home of Carolyn Miller’s mother, Jane Cole. Others in attendance were Patti’s niece, Cassie Miller Clayton and her husband, Matt, Patti’s nephew, Chris Evans and his wife Brittany, Carolyn’s brother Curtis Cole and Jane Cole’s cousin, Jack Cole. Patti said that Jane made a wonderful dinner and everyone had plenty to eat and enjoyed being together and giving thanks for all the blessings that they have had this year. After the Thanksgiving feast, Patti traveled to Arlington to the home of Greg and Leslie Saine and from there Patti and Greg loaded up and traveled west to join Tommy Wiebold and Shane Wilson at Tommy and Patti’s deer lease in Gouldbusk. Unfortunately, they arrived along with the wind and warmer weather, which didn’t make for very good hunting, but they had a good time just being together. Tommy and Patti returned home on Saturday afternoon in time for a day to “play catch up and clean up” before the work week began on Monday.
Danny and Judy Rawson of Denton picked up Mary Rawson and they traveled to Houston last Monday to spend Thanksgiving with Conn, Michelle and Sophie Markides. Danny, Judy and Mary went to school with Sophie on Tuesday for Grandparents Day. They had a good visit and returned to Tira on Friday.
Our son, Delayne Vaughn, arrived on Wednesday for a Thanksgiving visit. Malcolm, Tiffany, Landon, Morgan, Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin joined us for a traditional Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, along with Grace Vaughn (Chip’s mother) and a friend of ours, David Stewart of Commerce. On Friday, Linda Ellen Vaughn of Dallas visited Chip, Jan, Grace and Delayne, before spending the weekend with Tim and Lori Vaughn and their family. Delayne returned to Waco on Friday night.
Floyd and Mary Ellen Joslin and several of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their families celebrated Thanksgiving at Malcolm and Tiffany Joslin’s house on Sunday. Chip and I also attended and we all enjoyed the delicious spread.
I want to echo the sentiments expressed by my contributors — we, too, are very blessed and have much to be thankful for. I also want to express my appreciation to everyone who reported their news this week!
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