We want to express our sympathy to the family of Gerald “Jerry” Levine. His wife, of 54 years, Jo Elizabeth Chapman Levine, survives. His funeral service was held on Tuesday, with his burial at the Tira Cemetery.
We also extend our condolences to the family of John Parsons, of Tira. He married Linda Jean Shaffer in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sept. 27, 2004; she survives. At the time of this writing, I do not have any information on his funeral service.
Sunday is the Tira Homecoming at the Tira Methodist Church. We encourage everyone to attend the program and brief business meeting at 11 a.m. in the Tira Methodist Church, and then join together for a potluck lunch at the picnic tables on the grounds. In case of rain, the lunch will be held at the Tira Community Center. Donations for the upkeep of the cemetery are appreciated and may be given at the homecoming or may be mailed to: Floyd Payton, Chairman of the Perpetual Care Committee, 1601 CR 4612, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.
Several North Hopkins School employees and their family members attended the Texas Rural Education Association Summer Conference in San Antonio on June 18 -20, including Debra Wood and Tommy, Carolyn and John Long, of Tira. Tommy Long was awarded the “Superintendent of the Year” award, at the opening banquet on Thursday night.
On Thursday, June 11, Donna Durst drove to LaRue to spend a few days with her sister, Karen Fitzhugh. They spent Thursday shopping around Athens, eating Mexican food and later playing cards. On Friday, they picked up their mother and drove to Gladewater to spend the day. Donna’s grandparents used to live in Gladewater and Donna says, “It was fun seeing some of the old places we remember as kids, like the old ice house. My grandmother used to work in K. Woolens, which was a department store. It is now an antique shop. We enjoyed all the shopping and seeing the old house. We headed back to Tyler and ate at Cracker Barrel. Then we did some shopping in Tyler. After taking our mom home, Karen and I played some more cards. On Saturday, we headed back to Tyler, yes, to do some more shopping. We ate at Jason's Deli. After a long day, we made our way back to her house and decided we hadn't played enough cards, so she continued to beat me. I came home on Sunday. Then on the next Saturday night, we met our friends from Canton, Serretta and Stan Appleton, at Big Smith's Barbecue. We had a great meal and a good visit. Serretta and I have been friends from way back. We met in 1970 when we both worked for the City of Garland. Then on Father's Day, we went to church and then had lunch at Casey and Tiffany's along with the Rich Family.
“Joseph has started crawling. It's really easy to let him be our entertainment. Amy, Kyle and Cooper didn't get to join in on the fun. They were in Kansas visiting with one of Kyle's friends from college. They made it home safe and sound,” she noted. (I want to express my apologies to Donna and her family for leaving this news out last week.)
J.R. and Donna Durst went to Finley, Okla., to visit with Amy, Kyle and Cooper Kitchens. “We spent all day with them. We had such a good time enjoying Cooper. It had been a month since we had seen him. I was afraid he wouldn't remember me, but he did,” reports Donna. She says that he has really grown.
Kadee Melton attended the New Student Conference at Texas A&M University last week. This was her first activity as a “PROUD Texas Fightin' Aggie!” While there Kadee attended seminars, registered for her fall classes, but most importantly learned about Aggie traditions and attended her first Aggie Yell Practice. Kadee will be among the 8,100 freshmen to attend the university in the Fall of 2009. Dee Melton traveled with Kadee to enjoy the week.
Robert, Yvonne, and Wesley Weir traveled with Dacy and Elise Campbell and Dustin Weir and Natalie Kuffner to Hot Springs, Arkansas last Monday and returned on Wednesday. Yvonne reports, “It was hot there, too!”
Daylee Fite, Sherry Smiddy and Powell Vickery spent last week in Ann Arbor, Mich. Daylee got to go to the Hands On Museum in downtown Ann Arbor, Killman’s Ice Cream and Chocolate Factory, Dominoes Petting Zoo, toured part of the University of Michigan, and enjoyed lots of swimming and sightseeing activities. Sherry was working part of the time they were there, but they all had a great time.
Michael Dodd visited his family in Tira and Sulphur Springs over the weekend. He had lunch with Dorothy and Wayne Hurley on Saturday, and then he, Joyce Dodd, and Helen Weir went to Paris and had dinner at Magel’s that night. On Sunday, he and his family gathered for lunch at William and Joyce’s house, before he returned to his home in Addison later that day.
Doris Moon and I visited her son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Paula Burkham, in Dallas on Saturday and we all went to Cracker Barrel for lunch. That afternoon we attended the wedding of Patrick Horn (Doris' great-nephew and my cousin) to Ashley Wyckoff at Saint Andrews Methodist
Church in Arlington and then went to Flower Mound that evening for the reception at the Bridlewood Golf Club.
Morgan and Kenden Joslin and Chip and I enjoyed the music on Main Street on Friday night. Chip, Tiffany, Morgan, Kenden and Jaidyn ate at El Charro on Saturday night, before attending the 4th of July celebration on the square. Landon wasn't feeling well, so he and Malcolm stayed home.
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