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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!”


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 .

TIRA NEWS April 29, 2016

Michael McNiel stopped by to visit with his parents, Joyce and William Dodd, on Thursday afternoon. He was on his way back to Dallas, after spending a few days in Arkansas and Missouri.


TIRA NEWS April 8, 2016

Floyd and Martha Payton enjoyed a visit with their daughter, Regina. She arrived on Wednesday evening before Easter. Martha says, “We caught up on some small problems with an i-Pad, made a trip to the library and had lunch in Sulphur Springs. Floyd hasn't been feeling well lately, so we stayed close to home.


TIRA NEWS April 1, 2016

William and Joyce Dodd had their family over for Easter lunch, followed by an Easter egg hunt for the kids. Those attending included

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