Two more community members have left this world for their heavenly home this week.
Mrs. Faye Gilley was born in Hopkins County on Mar. 18, 1915, the daughter of Joe Valentine Smith and Margaret Edith (Tatom) Smith. She married Edward Lee Gilley in 1937. He preceded her in death on Mar. 16, 1995. Faye and Ed were integral parts of the Miller Grove Community for many years. You can hardly say one of their names without the other. They kept many families in the community afloat through tough times. The “charge account” at the store they owned was an asset to many families during the Great Depression and even afterwards. Faye was a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church and was very active in community events. Even after she moved from Sulphur Springs to the Rockwall area, she still kept up with her friends and family in the Miller Grove area. She had a subscription to the News-Telegram and made frequent phone calls to her MG friends. Faye’s health was very good until a few set-backs in the last couple of months. She passed away on Feb. 25 in Dallas. Final rites were held at Miller Grove Methodist Church on Monday, Feb. 28. Burial took place afterwards in Sherley Cemetery where her body was laid to rest beside her husband of 58 years. Faye is survived by four children, Smith Gilley, Kay Rork, Jan Seyler and Ginger Heard; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Margaret Mills. She will be greatly missed by so many in our small community. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of their loss.
Vera M. Long also passed away this week. She was living in Wolfe City at the time of her death. She was born Aug. 23, 1912, in Brashear, the daughter of Walter Marion Bridges and Gertrude Patton Bridges. Mrs. Long passed on Mar. 1. She married Boyd Long on March 18, 1936, in Brashear. Mr. and Mrs. Long would have been married 75 years this month. Graveside services will be conducted by Rev. Lyndon Petty on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m. in Miller Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Long was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Ray Dell Bridges. She is survived by three nephews, Billy Long, Dennis Long and Kenneth Long, and one niece, Jan Wilson. She was also a member of Aberfoyle Baptist Church near Wolfe City.
Last Tuesday night our varsity boys basketball team played the Gold-Burg bears. Obviously, our Hornets put the sting on them because we won that game and advanced to play for the title of area champs on Friday night. After a very close game against Waco’s Rapaport Academy, the fighting Hornets left Trinity Valley Community College’s gym the victor. The next game is tonight at Paris at 6:30 p.m. We will be playing against a team that is already in our district, Dodd City. Wish us luck as the boys play the regional quarterfinals game!
All of the Miller Grove FFA students did a great job at last weekend’s junior market livestock show in Sulphur Springs. Miller Grove students came home with the honors of Grand Champion Steer, Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion Swine, and Grand Champion Goat. Our students also won some showmanship awards. Hard work plus good teachers (named Richard Watson and Lindsey Potts) equal a winning combination.
Happy birthday to Janie Miller on Feb. 27; Bret Garrett on Feb. 28; Leslie Frobish on Feb. 1; Tammie Winstead, Jerri Petty and Ruby Ross on March 2; and my dad, Brett Darrow, on March 5.
Rolanda Flecker Hasten will be going to Austin very soon. In fact, she will be there during spring break at Caddo Mills, where she works. She is going for the Teacher’s Rally on March 12. The rally is to make people aware of the issues that are facing education with recent changes made by Texas government. Budget cuts and the new STAR testing are two of the major issues. To read more about the rally you can visit the Internet site: http://savetxschools.org/.
The chamber of commerce is organizing a “Hopkins County Day” for anyone in Hopkins County to go to Austin to represent Hopkins County. I have heard that there will be several folks from around the county who will be traveling to Austin. I know that several of the superintendents from Hopkins County will be going. County residents will meet some of the senators, visit several of the state agencies located in Austin, and attend a committee hearing. If anyone is interested in learning more about this issue, you can contact the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, located at the corner of Davis and Connally streets, by calling 903-885-6515.
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