The Reilly Springs community is mourning the loss of Lowell Cable this week. Lowell passed away on Saturday, July 4, in Carriage House Manor following a lengthy decline in health. Lowell was a dedicated community leader and contributed greatly to the Hopkins County community. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and family. Services are at First United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
I heard from Rhandi Stribling Fails this week, and she allowed that they’d had a week of celebrations in the past week. Alexis and Braydon spent Wednesday night with Debra and David and the entire Reilly Springs Striblings. While they were there, Case took his first steps walking with a little bit of assistance from Alexis.
On Saturday, it was a double-celebration at the Striblings, as Debra is a 4th of July baby. The kids enjoyed playing on the water slide while the adults stayed closer to the shade trees and back in the house beneath the air conditioning. Happy birthday to Debra (and I haven’t heard of any pink flamingoes floating into her life).
Rhandi also sends belated birthday greetings to Jessica Gilbreath, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday.
I heard from Bryant Fisher this week, and he allowed that they had everything ready for a grand opening for the Southspoon Farms General Store on Saturday. They invite everyone out to purchase a variety of items, including fresh eggs and a large array of vegetable from the garden. They plan to be open for business at 8 a.m. It’s worth a trip just to see what all they are planning. See ya there.
I also had a brief visit with Yvonne Miller King at the auction on Tuesday night. She advised that she was seeing the light after having loads of company over the 4th of July weekend. Roy’s brothers all came to Roy and Yvonne’s, and she reported a wonderful time by all. Also, Kari and Billy are here from Mississippi and plan to leave to go on vacation, so Saylor and Sawyer are to be guests of Roy and Yvonne. “I’m not as fast as those two,” proclaimed Yvonne. “They can outrun me and generally do, when they are here for an extended stay.”
Speaking of the 4th of July holiday, we had a wonderful time on Saturday as guests of Weldon and Jana DeWitt at Lake Quitman. The DeWitts, Lawrences, Koons, Vititows and others all gathered for boating, a wonderful spread of Weldon’s brisket and the fantastic fireworks show on the lake. We left about 10:30 on Saturday night when the fireworks were still exploding over the lake.
Sheila Koon and most of her family arrived at Lake Quitman later in the afternoon as they had celebrated with a big celebration at Koon Lake near Brashear. Reports are that Kory Koon somehow managed to talk Sheila into riding the WaveRunner. We haven’t got all of the details, but Sheila must have had a slip in judgment to even think about doing something like that.
Joyce McDonald is anticipating the arrival of Jan and Jacy Lawrence from Muleshoe today. They’re here for — What else? — a dental appointment with Dr. Danny Lawrence, but also to visit with family and friends for a few days.
Jandi and Landri Lawrence were here for the 4th of July weekend, and of course Landri entertained us all.
We were also elated to see Jane and Paul Lawrence, who are visiting this week with family in Hopkins County from their home in Pennsylvania. They are also here to support Paul Lawrence Sr., who is having a heart procedure on Thursday. This is wishing Paul a speedy recovery and an uncomplicated stay in the hospital. Get well soon, Paul.
I heard from Vera Harrington this week, and she, like almost everyone else, had experienced a wonderful 4th of July holiday. Mitzi, Mary and the girls, Elizabeth, Caroline, and Charlotte, as well as one of Elizabeth’s friends, Haley, were guests of Vera on Monday and spent the day visiting and soaking up a little Reilly Springs hospitality.
Vera also reported that Wayne and Debbie Owen, who have bought the Baxley place, were here from Colorado for the 4th of July weekend. However, Debbie wasn’t accustomed to the intense heat and managed to get a trip to the emergency room when she got too hot. Reports are that she was doing much better by the time they left to return to Colorado.
You may have noticed that the road ditches along County Roads 1446, 1444 and 1443 are manicured. Well, Vera reports that is the handiwork of Charlie Garvin and Trey Hinton, who got their shredders and mowers out this past week.
Charlie Garvin managed to take a few days off and enjoy a portion of the 4th of July holiday with family in Midland. He continues to recuperate from his “rotor-cup” surgery, and hopes to be back on the mend soon.
I was traveling into Sulphur Springs this week when I noticed that Kay Fowler had her hay baled in square bales, something that you don’t see very often. Most of us can remember when that was the only way hay was baled and stored.
Until next week, continue to enjoy the pleasures of fresh produce from the garden and other summertime delights. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community, and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County and America.
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