The Miller Grove International Livestock Show was a big success Saturday. Burns Arena was a great place to have the show. There was much more room than in the Ag shop, and the bleachers for the onlookers were another good point to using the arena. A big Thank You goes out to H.C. Burns and Rodney Lennon for the use of the facilities. I’m sure it took an incredible amount of time and effort to set up the pens and get everything prepared for the day. Several parents volunteered their time to make sure that everything was ready to go by the start of the show at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The judges that Mr. Watson and Ms. Potts asked to come did a great job. Danny Johnson and Amber Norris were extremely complimentary to the students and gave them all pointers on showing their animals and added a few “dos and don’ts” that all livestock showmen should keep in mind. We had two sets of chickens, four steers, several sheep, a large heard of goats, and I didn’t even begin to count the number of swine that our students were showing. All of the students did a great job. My day was concluded with a big bowl of Lewis Russell’s signature chicken stew. I don’t hand out compliments on food every day, but I do believe that was Lewis’ best chicken stew yet. It had a great flavor, and my favorite part was that there were actually hunks of chicken and potato in it. Lots of times when people cook stew they mush the potatoes down to nothing and the chicken is stringy enough to use as a shoe lace, but not Lewis’. Wish the students luck as they compete at the annual NETLA show at the Civic Center in Sulphur Springs this weekend.
Saturday night’s Miller Grove water board barbecue supper seemed to go over well. There were a few less people than I had figured on being there. I thought there would be a big turn-out since the weather was so nice. Brian Lennon’s term was expiring on the board, but he was re-elected to his position unanimously.
Sunday night as I was walking through the living room something I heard caught my attention. I usually don’t watch very much TV, but “Extreme Home Makeover” was on and I heard them talking about Fort Hood, Texas. That rang a bell with me because one of our students (Alex Zeigler in 6th grade) has a brother that was injured in the Fort Hood shooting back in 2009. As I began to watch the program I realized that Alex’s brother, Staff Sergeant Patrick Zeigler, was the one that the home makeover was for! It showed he and his fiancé’s wedding and the beautiful home that was built for them. Alex and her parents, Pat and Bridgett Zeigler, live between Miller Grove and Lone Oak. I just thought it was so interesting that there was a Miller Grove connection to a television show that was aired across the nation. Patrick and his wife, Jessica, are very deserving of the recognition. For those of you who have Internet access and are interested, you can watch the entire show by going to ABC’s website and looking up this particular episode.
Two folks with Miller Grove ties have passed away this week.
Audie Ray Stephens of Point was buried in Lone Star Cemetery on Feb. 15. Although he was born in Lone Oak, he grew up in the neighboring community of Speck Back, which is west of Miller Grove. His family lived near the Assembly of God church at Speck Back. I visited with Jim Burns for a few minutes at the water board meeting and he said that he remembered the Stephens family well.
Sunday afternoon I went to Leonard Romans’ funeral in Cumby. The Romans family lived south of Miller Grove at one time and several of the kids went to school at County Line and Miller Grove schools. Leonard’s parents were Tom and Cal (Akins) Romans. Of course, nearly everyone knows the Akins family that has lived in our community for so long. Leonard was born in Cumby on Sept. 19, 1930, and passed away in Dallas on Feb. 17. He married Ruby Jean Lunceford over 60 years ago, on July 26, 1950. Burial took place in Cumby Cemetery. Leonard is survived by his wife, two children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. I met Leonard and Ruby Jean about eight or nine years ago. He was such a down-to-earth and easy-going person. My sympathies go out to both of these families.
Last week I mentioned that Frankie Dee Clark had passed away, but failed to mention that he departed this life on Feb. 8 in the VA hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Hunt Clark, and is survived by three sons; Tony, Jackie and Danny Clark; and one sister, Tommie Lennon. He was buried on Feb. 11, in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Happy birthday to Gail Darrow on Feb. 20, Kelly Mabe on Feb. 22 and Shelly (Ragan) Crow on Feb. 23.
Happy 52nd wedding anniversary to William and Bertha Sparks on Feb. 21.
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