There are several birthdays in the community to celebrate this week: Leslie (Smith) Frobish on March 1; Jerri (Byrd) Petty and Ruby Ann (Bishop) Ross share March 2 as their birthday; My dad, Brett Darrow, will celebrate 49 years of age of March 5; Eugene Tallant on March 6; Della (Wheat) Loane and Donna (Vititow) Asbill were born on March 7. I’m sure a lot of you remember Della’s sister, Mrs. Velma Pippin, who lived on FM 1567. And, I know many of you were taught by Donna Asbill’s mother, Mrs. Ester Lue Vititow.
You missed a good ball game Friday night if you didn’t make it to Big Sandy to watch our basketball boys play against Karnack. The boys were on their toesm and even though there were a few mistakes on the court, they were able to pull off a win by 5 points. During the last quarter we were able to sink several free throws. Those points aided us in our victory. So, this week we’ll have another round of playoff action when we play Laneville at Lindale Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Faye Tipps and Billy Wren went to a cousins’ birthday celebration Saturday. Doney V. Kincade (a cousin on the Wren side of their family) celebrated her 90th birthday at Mt. Zion Church north of Cumby. Doney lives in the North Hopkins area and obviously knows several people — Faye told me that there were somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 people at the party! Congratulations and Happy Birthday wishes go out to Mrs. Kincade on her 90th birthday!
I noticed Willie Bob and Lauren Stracener’s baby’s birth announcement in the newspaper a few days ago. I’m sure they’re all enjoying the new addition to the Stracener clan.
Something else that caught my eye was a really good engagement photo of Angela Poteet and Brandon Bell. Angela is the daughter of Donna and Johnny Poteet. Angela and I went to school together and have known each other nearly our whole lives. When we were in school, everybody called her “Sissy.” I think that nickname came from her sister, Amy. Because, believe me, Sissy was no sissy. When we were little, she could have probably beat up any of us boys. But, with three older brothers and one older sister, she had to be tough! Congratulations Sissy on your upcoming marriage.
Martha Clifton was buried Monday at Miller Grove Cemetery. I had to do a little telephone work to track down who she was related to, but I finally found out. Her husband was Artimus “Art” Clifton. He grew up in Miller Grove and will be 92 years young this year (Martha was 88 at the time of her passing). His parents were Frank and Geona (Pippin) Clifton. Art is the man who made the archway at the Miller Grove Cemetery many years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Earhart, who live on FM 1567 across from H.C. and Mary Lou Akins, are family of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton.
Deanna Hasten wanted me to let everyone know that The Ladies Class of County Line Baptist Church is hosting a Crafts Night this Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a craft you are working on, and even your sewing machine, or just come to visit with ladies in the community. Light snacks will be provided. Call Pattie Lennon, 903-598-2535, for more information.
I received an e-mail from Kathy Lennon the other day. She wanted me to pass along the word about the Sulphur Springs Pilot Club’s annual Spring Fever Bike Ride on March 21. She said they’re hoping for a big turnout this year of over 500 riders. Some of you are probably wondering why I am mentioning a bike ride in Sulphur Springs, but the bikers’ trail comes right down the middle of Miller Grove. They will start out from the Civic Center in Sulphur Springs at 9 a.m. and make a dart down FM 3389, then up FM 1567 to FM 275. After passing through our community they’ll travel down FM 2653 through Brashear and over to FM 71 to Peerless, and then back to Sulphur Springs. The participants come from all over the state, and even a few coming from neighboring states. Remember as you see them ride by that this is the sole fundraiser of the Pilot Club and this event helps to fund many projects throughout the year. Also, if any of you would like to participate in the bike ride, feel free to contact the Sulphur Springs Pilot Club. I’m sure they would be glad for you to join in on the fun. The riders will be scheduled to stop at the Miller Grove School parking lot and at Brashear Baptist Church on their scenic ride.
There are still a few people in the community that have been sick lately. Jennifer Lopez has been in the hospital and had her appendix removed. Maybe with spring coming there won’t be as many colds.
It’s hard to believe that everything is already starting to green up and bud out. Spring is my favorite time of the year.
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