I hope everyone enjoyed their Independence Day celebrations. I didn’t do too much. Severalyears back, I used to like to make homemade ice cream and shoot fireworks, but the last few years I haven’t really done anything like that. I know lots of people go to the lake on the fourth, but this year I believe it would’ve been much too hot for me.
Sunday morning we lost a great person and educator from our community. G.W. Duckworth passed away on July 3. He had been in a nursing home in McKinney and had a stroke a few days before his passing. G.W. Duckworth was born Jan. 25, 1920, in the Greenview community to George A. and Cynthia (Parkins) Duckworth. He married Lillie Faye Renshaw on Jun. 21, 1941, in Hopkins County. She preceded him in death on Aug. 10, 1990. Visitation was last night and the funeral took place today at 10 a.m. with burial in Miller Grove Cemetery. G.W. is survived by one son, Johnny Duckworth and wife of McKinney; two grandsons; one great-grandson; one sister; and several nieces and nephews. G.W. graduated from Miller Grove School, where he came back to teach and coach for several years after obtaining his teaching degree. During his tenure at Miller Grove he changed the school colors from black and orange to green and gold. He also taught at Golden, Saltillo, and Sulphur Springs before his retirement. He also served his country in the armed forces during World War II. He will be greatly missed by many in the community.
Happy birthday to Brandon Wren on July 4, Octave Woods and Peggy Clem on July 5, Cathy Rhodes and Jena Burns on July 6, Ernie Weaver and Oma Lea Nelson on July 7, and Carol Dunn on July 9.
Remember to keep David and Pat Garrett in your prayers. David was in a Greenville hospital last week and then transported to a Dallas hospital.
Also remember the family of Paul Stewart who passed away Tuesday morning at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Many people across the county have known Paul and his family.
I talked to a man named Larry Harmon the other day and he suggested that I add a “historical tidbit” to my article each week. So, that is what I have done. Please let me know if you enjoy it so I can keep it up each week.
Historical Note: The first post office to serve the people of the Miller Grove community was named “Retina” in the year of 1852 and was discontinued in Jan. of 1867. Miller Grove established a post office on Feb. 24, 1868. The post office functioned until Jan. of 1880. Later, in 1883, the Miller Grove post office opened once again and continued to serve our community until 1954 when the office (located in Ed Gilley’s store) was closed and the mail sent to Cumby.
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