Happy birthday this week to Stephen Sparks on Feb. 6, Richard Dannheim and Jesse Ballentine on Feb. 8, Clay Smith and Brooke Burns on Feb. 9, and Vanessa Tipps and Ty Holland on Feb. 11.
Happy eighth anniversary to Leon and Donna Asbill on Feb. 6. My brother and sister-in-law will celebrate their fourth anniversary on Feb. 9. Happy anniversary to them as well.
My sympathy goes out to the Knowles family. I’m sure most of you saw the obituary for Genoah Knowles in the newspaper this week. Genoah Mardrill (Branom) Knowles was born May 25, 1918, in Cumby to John Claude Branom and Lula Genoah Bird Branom. Funeral services were at County Line Baptist Church on Feb. 7, with burial following at Pippin & Hill Cemetery. “Jodie” passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in a Kaufman County hospital. She is survived by two children, Kip Knowles and Paula Dan (Knowles) Ray; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Knowles, in November of 1995; her daughter, Kim Karal Knowles, in May 2005; one brother; and two sisters.
The Bird and Branom families have had a Miller Grove connection for many years. Genoah’s mother, Mrs. Lula Branom, lived to be 102 (passing in 1994). The Branom home place was located just down the road from where I live. There was a county road (non-existent now) that spurred off of FM 275 to the east which lead up to the Branom home. From what I have been told, Mr. John Branom hauled rocks that he found on his farm to build the rock house that they lived in. The Branom family actually came to Miller Grove by way of Cumby. Their ancestor, Captain Merritt Branom, lived north of Cumby in what was known as the Branom community. Captain Branom was a Civil War veteran and is buried in Cumby Cemetery. Mrs. Lula Branom’s family (the Bird and Colwell families) were mainly buried in Miller Grove Cemetery.
Connie Fisher, a Miller Grove school employee and friend, found her husband unconscious early Monday morning and was unable to be revived. Teddy Fisher was only 53 years old. His funeral services will be later this week. Please remember the Fisher family in your prayers this week.
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