Last week was a blur for me, but I’ll try to report a little bit more information than last week. Remember, this is two weeks worth of news squeezed into one week’s column.
Last Saturday night, Austin Tipps and Samantha Windle had a beautiful wedding. There were quite a few friends and relatives in attendance. One man said that he thought there might have been 200 people there. Their wedding was in the open air of a pavilion in the small town of Golden. The preacher was actually a member of the bride’s family. Their colors were purple and yellow. The flower girls and ring-bearer sold the show, as they usually do. Austin and Samantha each had a container of colored sand that they poured into a unity vase to symbolize their lives coming together in marriage. Austin’s uncle, Monty Tipps, served as the vocalist. He sang “Butterfly Kisses” and “Mama’s Song.” Afterward everyone went into the Golden Community center and was treated to a buffet of chips, dips, vegetable trays, fruit trays and other finger foods. The bride had a large three layer white cake and the groom’s cake was peanut butter and was made by Austin’s grandmother (Marlene Sturdevant). After the reception, the couple left for a honeymoon in Branson, Mo. Congratulations, Austin and Samantha!
I’m sure most of you saw my grandmother’s obituary in last week’s paper, but if you didn’t I will tell you a little about her life. She was born Lela Elizabeth Waskom on Sept. 29, 1921, in the Henry’s Chapel Community of Rains County to John William Waskom and Lillie Emma (Ivie) Waskom. She was the ninth child born in her family. She was always active in church and a devoted Christian. Her father was a Baptist preacher. He was never the full-time pastor of a church, but would preach all around Rains County and Miller Grove. In 1934 or 1935, my grandmother was saved at an old time brush arbor meeting that was held by Brother Robert Ridley and Brother Johns. The revival happened to be located on the Miller Grove school grounds where the current gym now sits. At the age of 6 her family moved to Quanah, to “pull bolls” with some of her other family that was living there at the time. After living in West Texas for about 6 years, the Waskom family moved back to East Texas. On my grandmother’s 16th birthday, Sept. 29, 1937, she married my grandfather, Wade Ellie Darrow. Except for a brief stint of living in Dallas, they resided in Miller Grove for the majority of their married life. My grandfather passed away on Nov. 12, 1982. If any of you remember my grandmother you will surely remember how she loved to quilt, sew and garden. She was also preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, William James Franklin Lynn, Thomas Clayton Waskom, Samuel Everett Waskom, Ralph Ezekiel Waskom and Robert Owen Waskom; two sisters, Corene (Waskom) Sturdivant and Thelma Mattie Opal (Waskom) Kilgore; and two infant siblings, Jesse Edmon Waskom and Beattrice Waskom. She is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She was also a member of the Miller Grove United Methodist Church for the majority of her life.
I received an email from the Sims family the other day telling me about the new additions to their family. Amanda Sims is the proud mother of a little girl. Alayna Laningham was born on Sept. 21, 2011, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital and she weighed 6 pounds and 1 ounce and was 18 1/2 inches long. Only seven short days later, Jaxson Lane Sims was born on Sept. 28, 2011. He weighed in at 8 pounds and 9 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. Proud parents are Mercy and Ronald Sims of the Bonanza Community. I know Dylan, Hayden and Dayli Sims are all very proud of their new family members! Congratulations, to all of you.
Happy birthday to Lana (Weaver) Mabe and Amanda May on Sept. 25, Jennifer Darrow and H.C. Burns on Sept. 26, Margaret (Darrow) Cain and Tim Clem on Sept. 27, Dylan McGowan on Sept. 28, Mary (Russell) Ridings on Sept. 29, Ray Wilemon on Oct. 4, Maddox Potts on Oct. 6, Pauline Rubarts on Oct. 7, and my aunt Kathy Darrow and Blake Smith on Oct. 8.
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