I can’t believe that this is already April. It seems like the year is just speeding by. They say that happens the older you get, and I believe that it’s true.
Ryan Claxton and Amanda Koller were recently married in Pittsburg. Their wedding was at the Methodist Church on March 30. I remember when Ryan was just a little kid working around the farm supply store. He probably worked as hard a most grown men. I can still just see him loading feed for people when the feed bags were bigger than he was. Congratulations to them and may they have many happy years together!
Saturday was a busy day for me. That morning we had a cemetery meeting to finalize the program for the cemetery’s annual memorial day on May 4. Hope to see many familiar faces this year.
After the cemetery meeting, I was invited to the class of 1953’s 60th class reunion, which was held in the school’s cafeteria. I was so glad that I was invited because it was nice to meet some of the past graduates that I had never met before. Linell (Barrett) Woods and Ruby (Bishop) Ross were the first to arrive. They made themselves busy setting the table with refreshments and preparing for the arrival of the others classmates. One by one, the others arrived. Lewis and Shirley (Smith) Watts, Barbara (Terry) Martin, Sue (Taylor) Loftin and Marcelle (McWilliams) Romack were all able to gather together to celebrate this special anniversary. Everyone reminisced about school days past and about those who had passed away since their graduation. Robbie Nell Reynolds, Dana Steen, Julius Ray Ethridge, Truman Ragan, Charles Hatcher and Jimmy Joe Russell have passed since their commencement exercises in 1953. Others in attendance were Octave Woods, Norman Ross, Ruby Nell (McWilliams) Moseley, Ava Jean Taylor, Johnny McWilliams, Barbara (Terry) Martin’s daughter and, of course, myself. After visiting together, everyone had refreshments that were brought by each of the former MG students. By the end of the gathering, they all agreed to meet again for their 70th class reunion.
Then, Saturday night was the Junior-Senior Prom. This year they selected the Commerce Country Club for the location. Since the weather was nice, the prom was mostly held outside in a covered pavilion behind the country club. This year’s Prom King and Queen were Ryan Dougan and Kelsey Steele. The 2013 Prom Prince and Princess was Nathan George and Brandie McLane.
Monday, Forrest Gregg made an appearance in Sulphur Springs. The NFL star attended Sulphur Springs High School, but it is always a mystery to me why no one really acknowledges that he attended school at Miller Grove for a time during his younger years. I know several folks who went to school with the Gregg children while they were living in Miller Grove’s school district. Gay Nell Walls and Faye Tipps were actually on hand Monday to see Forrest and they were both able to talk with him. They said that in his talk he did mention going to school at Miller Grove, so at least we got a little publicity during his appearance!
Miller Grove’s annual FFA Stew and Auction will be coming up this Friday night. Stew will begin being served at 5:30 p.m., with the auction to follow shortly. This is always a big fundraiser for the FFA chapter and they hope to have quite a few items to auction this year. I know the FFA officers have been working hard to collect donations. And if anyone would like to donate items, they are more than welcome to bring them to the school any time this week. I hope to see lots of folks there because this will be Mr. Watson's last stew and auction since he will retire at the end of the school year.
Happy Birthday this week to Kylie Ridings and Kayla (Petty) Berkvens on April 7, Cole Burnett on April 8 and Elaine (Weaver) Ragan on April. 11.
Just a reminder, the school still has the 100-page, hardbound, pictorial history books for sale. Copies are $30 each plus $5 shipping. Payment can be mailed to Miller Grove School at 7819 FM 275 South, Cumby, Texas 75433.
As you travel the highways and byways don’t forget that all roads lead back home and back to Miller Grove. Please send me any newsworthy information. My email address is
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