Things in the community have been pretty busy this past week, for a change. Of course, school started this Monday. The year is off with a bang. Volleyball games are in full swing and before you know it, it will be time for Mrs. Bryant’s drama class to host their annual “Wax Museum.”
I had a pretty busy weekend. Saturday my cousin, Hunter Darrow, had a going away meal in his honor at my Uncle Johnny’s house. He is leaving for San Diego, Calif., for his basic training in the Marine Corps on Sept. 9. Just about all of the family was there to wish him good luck as he starts a new chapter in his life. His girlfriend, Tifney Goldsmith, and friend, Nathan Petty, were also there. We had a meal of barbecue brisket, ribs and all of the fixings. For dessert we had homemade ice cream, cakes and pies. Needless to say, no one left hungry. I wish Hunter the best of luck with his new career as a Marine.
After leaving Hunter’s party, I went to another cousin’s celebration. Leslie Frobish hosted a wedding reception for Ricky and Laryn (Cummings) Sawyer at her home on State Highway 19. Ricky and Laryn were married on Aug. 14. There were several friends and family who were on hand for the festivities. They also had a meal of brisket, baked potatoes, beans and coleslaw. Their delicious reception cake was made by Jennifer (Hayes) Evans. A D.J. played music while everyone enjoyed the food. The kids that were there really enjoyed dancing to the music. They had some interesting dance moves to show everyone!
Saturday was also the day that Larry and Lana Mabe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in their home in the Greenview community. They were married Aug. 24, 1962, in Greenview. Congratulations to Larry and Lana and their family on reaching this milestone anniversary.
Our volunteer fire department received some recognition Saturday night. Assistant Chief Charles Bennett smoked briskets at the Hot August Nights fundraiser at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center and took home the first place trophy. Congratulations, Charles! Charles, Brian Thomas and Daygan Squires even got to meet country music singer John Michael Montgomery back stage at the Civic Center. It sounds to me like they had a great weekend. Charles asked me to send out a thank you to the school for letting the VFD borrow some tables and chairs for the Hot August Nights event.
The fire department is also gaining a new member and losing a current member. J.C. Crumpton is renting the house on Charles’ property (the old Key place). I know the VFD is always looking for new members to help when possible. Shane Stone has been a volunteer for several years, but will be moving to Alaska soon. So, we will be losing another good volunteer.
Last week, Grayson Smith and Ryan Dougan (Miller Grove students) were in a car wreck in Sulphur Springs. Thankfully, Ryan was not hurt but Grayson was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Saturday, he had a successful surgery on his neck and Monday he had surgery on his heel. Mrs. Kim Irby and I went to Tyler Sunday afternoon, after church, to see Grayson. He seemed to be doing well and his sense of humor was still intact. We visited with him for quite a while. It was good to see him and, hopefully, he will be back to school before too much longer.
On the way home from Tyler, we passed by Carolyn Burns’ house and remembered that it was the day of her open house. We stopped and toured Carolyn’s newly remodeled home. Her house was so beautiful. Three of her old bedrooms were given a light face-lift while her previous garage had been enclosed for a master bedroom and a new addition to the back of the house added a laundry room and kitchen. Gas insert fire places could be found in the living room and master bedroom. The house was decorated with various family heirlooms, such as screen doors, antique sewing machines and a mantle from the old Tony Garrett home place. Now, the kitchen is what caught my eye most of all. I always like to see a state-of-the-art kitchen. Maybe that is because I like to eat so much! Carolyn had a double oven and two cook tops offset by beautiful countertops and cabinets that were constructed by a cabinetmaker in Commerce. Mrs. Irby and I really enjoyed the tour of Carolyn’s home. While we were there, it was also nice to see June Watson, Tammy (Burns) Thornton and Teresa Burns.
Happy birthday this week to Donna (Millsap) Neal on Aug. 26; Maymie Burns on Aug. 30; and Jean McEnturff and my aunts, Margaret (Millsap) Ragan and Mary (Millsap) Smith, on Sept. 1. Maymie Burns will be celebrating birthday number 104! Congratulations to her!
Happy 23rd anniversary to my uncle and aunt, Ronny and Kathy Darrow, on Aug. 30. Also, a happy 32nd anniversary to Patsy and Leon Hallman on Aug. 31.
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