Floyd and Martha Payton enjoyed a visit from their children Regina, Brad and Virginia and grandson Eric Payton from San Diego. They were busy around home, in addition to preparing for the homecoming. Sunday evening, after the cool rain shower, they drove to Sulphur Springs to view the new plaza and view the Veterans Memorial Monument. All their visitors returned home safely on Monday morning.
Martha reports, “The Tira Homecoming was blessed with a large turnout and beautiful weather. We want to thank those who had a part in the program, cleaned the church and cemetery grounds, and for your donations.”
The descendants of A.C. and Fannie Vaughn will be gathering for a family reunion on Sunday, July 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Hopkins School Cafeteria, with a pot-luck lunch around 1 p.m. If you have any connections to this family, please pass the word.
A donkey was found wandering in our community. If you are missing a donkey, please call 903-438-6688 to describe.
Robert and Yvonne Weir celebrated an early 4th of July on Sunday with a backyard picnic and swimming. Yvonne says, “When the wind gusted up we grabbed the food and went inside.” Those attending were Destri Weir, Julie Littlefield, Dacy Weir Campbell and Eli and Elise, Brenda Allen and her grandchildren Autumn and Tessa, Liz Wallace, John and Laura Mayer and Olivia, Malorie and Oscar Velazquez and Daniel and Desirea. On Saturday night Rob, Yvonne and Wes went to the fireworks in Sulphur Springs. Yvonne also reports, “Robert's garden is producing a large number of delicious cantaloupes, watermelons and tomatoes.”
Joe, Mary Lou, Jill and Chelsea Jeter and Travis Houston came to visit Sandra Wester Saturday afternoon. Linda Andrasko, Karyn Horne and Kelly Lawrence arrived later in the evening. They all enjoyed the buffet at The Fish Place in Pecan Gap Saturday night. Bill and Mary Ann Taylor arrived Sunday morning and they all attended the Tira Homecoming. Peggy Deaton and Susan and Rick Rogers stopped by to visit Sunday afternoon after attending the homecoming. The Jeters and Travis returned to Temple Sunday afternoon. Kelly and Karyn returned to McKinney Sunday evening and Linda returned to Henderson Tuesday morning.
Grace Vaughn was among the honorees at the Clara Bridges 90-Plus Banquet at the Church of the Nazarene in Sulphur Springs on Saturday. Linda Ellen Vaughn and Chip, Delayne and I accompanied her to the event, which honored Hopkins County residents who are 90 years of age or older.
Melissa Weatheread reports, “Rockin KJ's will be at the Tira Community Center Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.” She says, “We have a large variety of Montana West and Isabella flip flops, purses and sunglasses. We have ladies caps, Burn Out T-shirts and some western decor. We also have sunglasses and caps for children.”
Our son, Delayne, arrived on Friday afternoon for a visit and to attend the Tira Homecoming. Larry and Dorothy Fitzgerald came from Somerville on Saturday and went to the dedication of the Veterans Memorial and Independence Day celebration on the square. Chip, Delayne and I also attended the event, and then the Fitzgeralds came to Tira and spent the weekend with us. We all went to the Tira Homecoming on Sunday. Delayne returned to Waco that afternoon. Larry and Dorothy stayed another night and we all went to First Baptist Church together and then enjoyed supper and visiting with friends at Whataburger. Larry and Chip also enjoyed "beating their wives" at cards! They like to gloat over their “skill," but Dorothy and I attribute our loss to a streak of bad luck!
Yvonne Weir, Laura Mayers and Jan Vaughn met for lunch at the Twisted S on Tuesday.
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