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Miller Grove News for Oct. 13, 2010

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I’m sure everyone has heard by now about the passing of one of Hopkins County’s most treasured individuals, Sam Speed. After an extended stay in a Paris hospital, Sam passed away on Sunday, Oct. 10. Samuel Maxwell Speed was born to Timothy and Symanthy (Lasater) Speed, in Boswell, Okla., on July 18, 1915. Throughout his growing up years he sang with various gospel groups and truly loved singing for the Lord. He went to singing schools and led the song services of many revivals throughout East Texas. After attending college in Commerce and serving his country during World War II (where he served abroad and received a Purple Heart for the loss of one lung), Sam married Jewel Ethridge. The Ethridge family lived in the Miller Grove, Center Point and Greenview communities. Sam was a member of Davis Street Baptist Church for many years and served his county in the capacity of Treasurer and Tax Assessor/Collector. Later, Sam and Jewell bought a place in Center Point, just west of Miller Grove. After Jewel’s passing he married Sue Rodgers. The Speeds later moved to the Gafford’s Chapel community, where Sam resided until his passing. He was preceded in death by Jewel (Ethridge) Speed and Sue (Rogers) Speed, as well as many siblings. A host of friends and family mourned his loss this morning at First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs. Burial took place in Emblem Cemetery. A more sincere and humble man I have never known. When you reminisce about Sam you think of gospel singings, sports and fishing. He has touched many lives throughout his 95 years of life. I’m sure right about now Sam is leading a heavenly choir in a second stanza of “Amazing Grace.”

I would like to pass my condolences along to the family of Junne Lane (Marable) Stewart. She passed away on Oct. 1. Junne went to Miller Grove school for quite a while. She was born to Herman Platt and Ila Ruie (Stripling) Marable on Jan. 23, 1943, in Hopkins County. She is survived by her husband, Arlo Jim Stewart; one brother, Duane Marable and wife, Shirley, of Greenville; and her children.

I was very sorry to hear that Virginia Bishop’s mother, Mildred Weeks, passed away last week. She was 91 and was buried in Hooker Cemetery, near Lone Oak, on Monday.

Thursday of last week the Junior High Student Council held a fundraiser to raise money for breast cancer research. I’m sure that most of you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The students asked Shannon Matlock to come out to the school and put pink hair extensions in people’s hair for a $10 contribution to aide in the fight against breast cancer. At one point Luis Noble from the News-Telegram came by and took a few pictures and spoke with the Junior High Student Council sponsor, Mrs. Heather Morgan, to find out more about the event. At the end of the day over 50 students and faculty members had made contributions and sported the pink locks in support of the worthwhile cause. At the end of the day $510 had been raised to send to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The Junior High Student Council has also been busy collecting non-perishable canned goods for local food pantries at Miller Grove and South Liberty Baptist Churches. There was a competition to see which grade (6th-12th) could collect the most donations. Sixth grade won with a total of 277 items. The bounty of groceries that were collected completely filled the back of Mrs. Irby’s SUV!

I met Kyle Terry and family in the cemetery Saturday morning. It was nice to meet him, his mother and step-father. They pointed out where some of the unmarked graves were in their family so that I could add them to the cemetery’s plot map. Kyle’s mother grew up in the area, having the maiden name of Oleta Spradling. They are related to a lot of the folks who lived in the County Line and Daugherty communities.

Miller Grove’s PTO is in full swing collecting donations for the upcoming Fall Carnival and Bingo. Remember to mark your calendar to attend on Oct. 29. There will be stew, chili, booths at the carnival and of course, bingo.

There was a great turnout for last week’s FFA Hamburger Supper. I was really surprised at the number of families who were represented. FFA officers cooked all the hamburger patties that they had bought and, surprisingly, served every one of them. It’s always nice to have the community support.

Duane Garrett held his annual Burns Reunion on Sunday. I heard that there was a very nice turnout of relatives there and lots of Duane’s famous stew.

Beth Wisenbaker will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 in Miller Grove’s new gym to discuss concerns about the county roads in Precinct 1. Everyone is invited to attend and voice any of their concerns. This is in no way a school function. Beth just asked to use the facilities to conduct the meeting.

I spoke with Jim and Mary Burns last week. Jim said that he had undergone surgery lately and feels better than he has in years. That is always good news!

Happy Birthday to Robyn Purser on Oct. 12, Don Petty and Johnny Lennon on Oct. 13, Sherry (Ragan) Dial on Oct. 15, and Jack Ferguson on Oct. 16.

As you travel the highways and byways don’t forget that all roads lead home and back to Miller Grove. Please send me any newsworthy information. My e-mail address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




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