The annual Tira Homecoming was held on Sunday and was well attended. Danny Evans served as the master of ceremonies, and his daughter, Danna Lewis, sang a beautiful solo. Dusti James, also Danny’s daughter, had arranged a wonderful video presentation with pictures of individuals, families and scenes from Tira, past and present. Floyd Payton presided over the business meeting, and he and Billy Joe Clayton were re-elected to serve on the cemetery committee. Wanda Clayton presented red roses to the families of those who were buried in Tira during the past year. The rain let up enough that we were able to have our picnic at the tables under the trees, and it cooled off, too.
Mike and Dacy Campbell of Royse City hosted a July 4th barbecue for Robert, Yvonne and Wesley Weir; Alice Hall, Destri and Ryan Main; Dustin Weir and Natalie Kuffner; and Dave and Laurie Campbell. Yvonne says, “After the evening meal, we all went up the road to a neighborhood fireworks display. We were very late getting home.”
Floyd and Martha Payton report, “Everyone has been busy this past week getting the grass cut and extra cooking while waiting for our visitors. At the Payton Place, guests arrived on Thursday from California — Jean Payton Roah from Oceanside and Eric Payton from San Diego. They flew into DFW and rented a car for a drive to the country. Regina Payton came from Forth Worth after visiting with friends and completing a course on new computer training. Brad and Virginia Payton arrived on Friday from Keller. We had dinner at the Fish Fry in Paris on Friday night. Saturday was spent preparing for the big homecoming on Sunday. A special ‘THANK YOU’ is offered to all who donated, attended the homecoming program, and took part in any way.”
The cemetery was very well manicured by Betty Lawson and Floyd Lawson. Brian Adams had the church grounds trimmed and mowed. A big thanks to them, also!
Tiffany Durst writes, “On Saturday, July 4th, we went to Lake Cypress and had the best time with the Glossup bunch. We enjoyed every minute, although we ate entirely too much! Then, on Sunday, we enjoyed going to the annual Tira homecoming.”
Linda Andrasko visited Sandra Wester and Suzan Miller Saturday afternoon through Monday morning. They enjoyed visiting and a game of Mexican train dominoes on Saturday. Sunday morning they attended the Tira Homecoming, and Peggy Deaton and Susan and Rick Rogers from Garland came by for a visit after the homecoming activities. Sunday night they enjoyed playing a game of Rummikub. Linda returned to Henderson Monday morning.
Melissa Wischerman went to the University of Arkansas Gymnastics Camp for five days. Candy (her mother) says that Melissa had a great time learning new tumbling skills and had a wonderful camp experience.
Chip and I enjoyed a visit from Larry and Dorothy Fitzgerald of Somerville from Friday afternoon until Monday morning. We had a good time visiting, riding around in Cooper Lake State Park and on the county roads in the area, and playing cards. Larry asked me not to report the results of the spades games, so I won’t, but I will say that Dorothy and I had a lot of fun! On Friday night, Malcolm, Tiffany, Landon, Morgan, Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin joined us for hamburgers and homemade ice cream, and then Larry, Dorothy, Chip and I went to Charles and Jean Darr's 50th wedding anniversary reception at their home in Sulphur Springs. We then came home and watched the kids set off fireworks. Larry, Dorothy, Chip and I met friends from church at A.J.'s restaurant on Lake Fork on Saturday night. We all attended the Tira Homecoming on Sunday and really enjoyed the program and lunch.
Tiffany, Morgan, Kenden, Jaidyn and Landon and his friend, Chelsea, and Chip and I had dinner at Elizabeth Steinsiek's house on Monday night. Michael Horn of Peyton, Colo., and Tonja Horn of Berwyn, Ill., were there spending a few days visiting their mother. Michael's daughters, Madison and Lani, and Tonja's children, Gabriel and Khristina, were there, too, along with Tonja's friend, Will. Tracy and Jordyn Horn, Michael's wife and daughter, had left to return to Colorado for Jordyn's softball practice for All-Stars, and Malcolm Joslin had prior commitments and was unable to join them. After the meal Liz, Chip, Michael and I played 42. Chip and Liz wanted to report that they were the champions, but Michael and I say that they had all the luck!
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