Another sign of the season is when you see sweet potatoes for sale. Last week, I ran up to a produce stand on the other side of Golden and picked up a few boxes for some of the folks that live near me. The “Dooley taters” have gone up in price this year, but they are still cheaper than buying them in the grocery store.
It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of a great man in our community, L.D. White. After several months of battling cancer, L.D. was recently admitted to Baylor Hospital with pneumonia, and his condition worsened. L.D. reached his heavenly home on Thursday, Nov. 4. Although he had health problems, L.D. never complained and was so positive the entire time he was taking treatments. He set such a good example for anyone who was privileged enough to know him.
He was born Leslie Dean White in the small town of Pecan Gap in Delta County on April 30, 1942, the son of Joe and Vera (Fox) White. He married Brenda Burnett on May 13, 1961, in their hometown of Pecan Gap.
There will never be another man quite like L.D. White. He was an outstanding person and Christian. He was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Brashear Baptist Church and was retired from Cumby Telephone Cooperative. During the 1980s, L.D. served on the Miller Grove School Board of Trustees, and all of his and Brenda’s children graduated from Miller Grove.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda; two sons, Leslie and Brian White; two daughters, Donna Smith and Denise Jamison; and seven granddaughters. His earthly body was laid to rest in Brashear Cemetery on Sunday, Nov. 7, after a 2 p.m. funeral service at Brashear Baptist Church with Bro. David Burns officiating.
L.D. was a friend to all who knew him and will be missed by many, many people in our community. I extend my greatest sympathies to the White family. They are all very special people.
For the last two weeks, I have forgotten to mention the passing of Ed DeMuth. For those of you who have been around the community for a while, you will remember his wife as the former Karla Sue Johnson, who preceded him in death in 1985. He was born Dec. 24, 1942, and passed away on Oct. 23 at his residence in Como. He was buried Oct. 25 in Miller Grove Cemetery.
I received word Monday afternoon that Maurice Pippin’s graveside service would be in Miller Grove Cemetery on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. He passed away at his home in Cleburne Friday night or early Saturday morning. He was born Robert Maurice Pippin on Oct. 14, 1940, to Ralph and Velma (Wheat) Pippin in Hopkins County. He is survived by his wife, Judy, and their children.
Happy birthday this week to: Susan (Renshaw) White on Nov. 7, Lynn Johnson on Nov. 9 and Beth Barrett on Nov. 11.
Speaking of brthdays, there are a few MG folks who have had new additions to their families lately. Ryan and Shannon (Pence) Brown are the proud parents of Seth Daniel Brown. He was born on Oct. 27 in Sulphur Springs. Seth’s grandparents are Mark and Debbie Pence, who live between Miller Grove and Cumby. Shannon was a 2006 graduate of MGHS.
Lee Roy and Lacie Stracener have welcomed their son, Leeton Gauge Stracener, into the world on Oct. 11. He weighed 2 pounds, 8 ounces, 14 1/2 inches long, and was born in Dallas. I’m sure Randy and Cathy Stracener are beaming with joy over their grandson. Congratulations to both of these families.
Last week I received an e-mail from my good friend Jerry McGowan of Mesquite. He said that he has been in the area several times lately and visited with H.C. and Mary Lou Akins on one of his recent trips here. Jerry went to school at Miller Grove for a while but graduated from Sulphur Springs in 1950 and recently attended his class reunion.
Miller Grove School is applying for a historical marker. The Elementary Student Council will be doing some fundraisers to help pay for the expenses incurred with the project. If anyone would like to make a contribution please feel free to contact Mrs. Wanda Parrish, Elementary Student Council sponsor.
The Miller Grove FFA Chapter will be having a turkey and dressing dinner on Sunday, Nov. 14. Meal tickets will be on sale for $7.50 for adults and $5 for children. You may pre-pay for your tickets or pay at the door. The dinner will start at 11:30 a.m. Anyone and everyone is invited to come out and show your support for our local future farmers. This is a great fundraiser for our FFA chapter. The organization is more than just showing animals and building trailers. Through learning how to work with metal or how to care for their show exhibits, students are taught valuable traits that can help them throughout their lives. Please come and enjoy this community luncheon.
Now that the girls are finished with volleyball, the next sport to focus on is basketball. Scrimmages are now beginning, and games will continue throughout the winter months.
Thursday, Nov. 18, will be the school’s regular Thanksgiving dinner for students. Parents and any community members are more than welcome to attend. Please call a day or two ahead of time to let us know how many will be coming to eat. Visitor lunch prices are $3 per plate.
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