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TIRA NEWS June 24, 2016

The Tira Homecoming is fast approaching. Please make plans to attend on July 3. The program will begin in the Tira Methodist Church at 11 a.m., followed by a covered-dish lunch on the picnic grounds. If you would like to contribute toward the upkeep of the cemetery, you may do so that day, or send your donation by mail, to the Tira Cemetery

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TIRA NEWS June 17, 2016

The annual Tira homecoming and cemetery association meeting is coming up on Sunday, July 3. The program and business meeting will begin in the Tira Methodist

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TIRA NEWS June 10, 2016

We want to express our sympathy to the family of Donald Wayne “Don” Hargrave. He passed away on Friday, June 3, 2016, in Dallas. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Lewis Hargrave, and their four children, and several grand- and great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 7, at West Oaks Funeral Home, with the burial at Tira Cemetery. Please remember the family in prayer.

The Tira City Council met for their regular quarterly meeting on Tuesday night, June 7, at the Community Center. The group appointed Tami Joslin to fill the vacancy on the council board. Council member, Powell Vickery, was sworn in to serve as the Mayor of Tira for the remainder of former Mayor Floyd Payton's term. The group approved the purchase of a new sign and a locking file cabinet for the Community Center. It was mentioned that there is a need for more volunteer firefighters. If you are available and interested in joining the Tira Volunteer Fire Department, please contact Powell Vickery, at 903-243-1533.

Yvonne Weir reported that Dacy, Elisent06, and Eli Campbell visited with them on Saturday and she says, “We swam and had a ball!” On Sunday, Brenda Allen and Kesley came for a visit and they swam some more. Yvonne visited with Dacy and her family on her way to Dallas, where she spoiled Destri's new baby, Nicolaas. Dakota stopped in also and Dustin visited on Wednesday and Thursday.

Yvonne retired last Friday. She shared, “My friends at Legacy Hospice gave me some wonderful gifts and cake. I will miss them!”

Our son, Delayne Vaughn of Waco was here over the weekend. Our family was at North Hopkins School on Friday night for our grandson Kenden Joslin's eighth grade graduation, and then on Saturday afternoon for his brother Morgan Joslin's graduation from high school. We celebrated Kenden's graduation with sandwiches and cake on Friday night. Following the graduation on Saturday, we hosted a party/cookout in honor of Morgan's graduation and his birthday (June 2nd). Our guests included Liz Steinsiek; Linda Ellen Vaughn; Jim and Sandra Vaughn; Charlie and Susan Vaughn; James, Lana, Mattie and Conner Hall, and Mattie's friend; Delayne Vaughn; Tiffany Vaughn and Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin; Malcolm Joslin; Landon and Laiken Joslin; Dixie, Rylan, Brailon and Slaiden; and Morgan's girlfriend, Alexis.

A good crowd gathered on the Aiguier Cemetery grounds on Sunday, for the annual association lunch and meeting. The group shared a pot-luck meal, followed by a brief business meeting.

After the cemetery meeting, Chip and I enjoyed time with our great-granddaughter, Dixie, as we took her back to her mother in Sour Lake, near Beaumont, and then we drove to Piney Shores resort on Lake Conroe, where we stayed until Tuesday morning.

Tiffany Vaughn celebrated her birthday with Keith and Frances Klein; Roy Smith; Shirley Charles; and Kenden, Jaidyn, Chip and I, at Los Mochis on Wednesday evening, and then with church friends and the Abundant Life Assembly in Commerce.

I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

TIRA NEWS May 13, 2016

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Jackson Dailey will be graduating Magna Cum Laude with his bachelor's of science in history and computer information systems from Texas A&M University-Commerce on Saturday. Kim Beck reports, “We are so proud!”

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TIRA NEWS May 6, 2016

Robert and Yvonne Weir are proud grandparents of Nicolaas Robert Esterhause. Nicolaas was born on April 29, 2016, and weighed 3 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 16 3/4 inches long. He is still in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, but Yvonne says he is doing well and is very sweet. His parents, Destri and Eben, live near the hospital. Robert, Yvonne and Wesley spent the weekend at their home and kept the baby's big sisters, Mena and Emlyn. They also got to visit with Dustin, Dakota and Dacy.

Gwen Karney returned home from a Caribbean cruise to Cozumel, Roatan and Belize, only to find that her shed had been destroyed by wind during last Friday night's storms. Gwen and four friends from the Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild — Pat Sparks, Lou Jane Brandenburgh, Dianna McGregor and Judy VanWinkle — and friend Debra Ren from the McKinney Guild, went on the cruise out of Galveston. They attended quilting classes on three days and had three days of sightseeing.

Our community had quite a bit of damage to trees, in addition to a couple of barns, during the storms last Friday night.

Floyd and Martha Payton have experienced a great change in their lives, Floyd fell at the Tira Cemetery four weeks ago and he suffered three fractured ribs and a punctured lung. He was transported from Hopkins County Memorial to Trinity Mother Francis in Tyler, where he spent 16 days in the Trauma Center, then ICU. He is having therapy at Carriage House Manor at The Cottages at this time. Martha reports, “Due to the injury, age and trauma he is resigning from the Tira Cemetery Board, where he has served for almost twenty years. Thank you for the support he has received through out the past years. We want to thank everyone from our church and community for the well wishes and prayers. Jan Vaughn has been so gracious to get the cemetery toward reorganization and moving forward again.”

I hesitate to include Martha's quote, but I appreciate her encouragement. I really haven't done much, but would like to add that Floyd and Martha have been hard workers and such an asset to our community. 

The Tira Cemetery Board had a called meeting on Thursday, May 5, to discuss the resignation of Floyd Payton, board president. The group voted to move board member Mick Petty into the position of president. Mick's brother, Rick Petty, is willing to help with the cemetery duties, so the board appointed Rick to fill the vacant slot. They also discussed the repairs needed to the grave stones and the fence.

Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden Joslin spent Saturday afternoon with us, while their parents, Landon and Laiken, enjoyed four-wheeling in the mud. Later that evening, they all had dinner with Laiken's family, in celebration of Landon's birthday.

Tiffany Vaughn and Darris Cross visited with Darris' daughter, Tabitha, in Kopperl over the weekend. 

I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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