Cheyenne Brown, granddaughter of Wayne and Glenda Puckett and Johnny and Gail Joslin will be honored with a baby shower at the Country Kafe’ on highway 19 north. in Tira on Sunday, July 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Glenda says “come and go or come and stay.”
A good group gathered for the Tira Homecoming on Sunday, July 4. Joyce Johnson of Mesquite attended the Tira Homecoming with her sisters, Mary Rawson and Georgia Smith.
Patsy Shaw coordinated the program and Don Shaw served as the Master of Ceremonies. The program was opened with prayer by Tira Methodist Church Pastor Ed Dodd. Lynda Garner let the congregational singing, accompanied by Jan Vaughn on the piano. Tiffany Joslin interpreted the songs through sign language. Veterans and families of those currently serving in the armed forces were recognized.
Don expressed thanks to the cemetery committee for the upkeep of the grounds, the members of the church for the use of the beautiful facility, and to those who contribute to the perpetual fund. Several in attendance shared memories from time spent in Tira. Wanda Clayton presented red roses to the families of those who were buried in the Tira Cemetery during the past year. Delayne Vaughn played an inspirational hymn on the piano.
Don presented the following certificates. Longest distance traveled went to Fred and Jeanie Chapman Hentchel, who drove 850 miles from Chillicothe, Ill. Lynn Chapman, at 84, and Jean Payton Roah, at 86, were recognized as the oldest man and woman attending. Preston Landis, 7, and Emma Lewis, 2, were presented certificates as the youngest attendees. The oldest church member was Melba Lawson and Odessa Robinson was the person who had lived in Tira for the most consecutive years. Don made sure to give a special certificate to Melvin Joslin for “having the least hair.”
Floyd Payton presided over the business meeting and gave the financial report. Mark Chapman and Jan Vaughn were elected to serve on the cemetery board. Doris Moon volunteered to coordinate the program for 2011.
The benediction was given by Rev. Leroy Reaves, and then the group enjoyed a covered dish lunch at the picnic tables under the oak trees.
Martha Payton reports, “We appreciate all those who participated with the program and those who put aside all their other activities to honor and memorialize their loved ones.” She also said that $3,775 was collected for the perpetual fund, through donations and memorials. The support is always appreciated.
Floyd and Martha Payton had family in for the homecoming weekend - Regina Payton from Victoria, Jean Payton Roah from Oceanside California, Eric Payton from San Diego, and Brad and Virginia Payton from Keller. They enjoyed dinner at the Fish Fry on Saturday evening. They all enjoyed several rides around the community to see old familiar sights and the new changes, also. Martha says it was a “very fun time to get together.”
The Robert Weir family celebrated on July third with Destri and Ryan, Dacy and Elise, Dakota and Heather getting together for a late lunch, swimming and visiting. Dustin and Natalie stopped in late on July 4 on the way to Beaver’s Bend. They left their dog for Robert and Yvonne to “baby sit.” On Monday afternoon, Acie and Kiegan Shehan visited the Weirs.
On the weekend of June 25-26, Tommy and Carolyn Long attended the State Democratic Convention in Corpus Christi. They went through Austin and picked up Reid Long, who also attended the convention.
John Long just got back from Nashville and the Florida Keys. While in Nashville, John visited family and friends. He left Nashville for the Florida Keys and arrived about the same time as Hurricane Alex. He toured Key West, the Dolphin Research Center and the Sea Turtle Hospital. He enjoyed kayaking and snorkeling, when the weather permitted. He did not get to do any of his planned scuba diving because of the weather.
John leaves Tuesday for six days in Colorado. He will be climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park. On the Fourth of July, Sammie and Norman Bedford of Holly Lake visited Tommy, Carolyn and John Long, and Frank, Juli and Sam Long. They enjoyed hamburgers at the home of Frank Long.
Linda Andrasko of Henderson visited with Sandra Wester and Suzan Miller from Friday afternoon until Monday afternoon. Mary Lou, Jill and Chelsea Jeter came from Temple on Saturday and stayed until Monday morning. They spent their nights at the Holiday Inn Express in Sulphur Springs, along with five teams participating in the 8U state baseball tournament. Everyone spent time trying to finish the puzzle that Linda and Suzan started a couple of weeks ago but, Sandra reports, “There are still pieces left scattered on the table.“ Peggy Deaton came from Garland on Sunday. Peggy, Lou, Linda, Jill, Chelsea and Suzan attended the homecoming held by the Tira Cemetery Society at Tira United Methodist Church Sunday morning and enjoyed visiting Sunday afternoon.
Doug and Paula Burkham and Howard and Erica Burkham hosted a surprise 85th birthday party for Doris (Horn, Burkham) Moon at San Remo’s Italian Restaurant on Saturday evening. Guests included grandson James Burkham, and his friend Ashley, myself (Doris’ niece), Chip and Delayne, and a few close friends: Willie Lampp, O.R. Pettit and Paul Ray Hunt.
Betty Lawson mentioned that she celebrated July 4 with a cookout with the Petty families.
Larry and Dorothy Fitzgerald, of Somerville, spent the weekend with Charles and Jean Darr of Sulphur Springs and attended the Tira Homecoming on Sunday. They also report enjoying playing Rummicub and Sequence and, of course, eating! They attended the Hopkins County church picnic at Buford Park on Sunday afternoon.
We started our Independence Day celebration on July 2, with hamburgers and homemade ice cream. Our son, Delayne Vaughn of Waco, was not feeling well on Thursday night and Friday, so his visit was delayed until Saturday. We attended the birthday party for Doris Moon on Saturday evening, then we picked up Grace Vaughn and went to the symphony concert on the square, which was delayed and shortened by rain. We also enjoyed viewing the fireworks. On Sunday, we went to the Tira Homecoming and then to the church picnic at the city park that afternoon. Later, the boys enjoyed setting off some fireworks.
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