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Tira News by Jan Vaughn

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  Yvonne Weir, of Tira, and Brenda Allen, of Yantis, have been on a trip to South Dakota. They drove to the ranch, which was Yvonne’s home place, and then the next day they, along with Yvonne’s sister-in-law, Lynn, and “old friend” Betty, went to Yellowstone and enjoyed the sights at the park. They report that the weather was much cooler there – 37 degrees one day. Yvonne had to buy a hoodie to keep warm. They had a great time!  They returned home on Wednesday and were back at work on Thursday. Robert, Yvonne, and Wesley Weir had supper with Dacy and her family on the 4th, then headed home to do fireworks for Wesley. Mick Petty has given up his job of mowing the community center grounds. Floyd Lawson has taken over the task. We appreciate Mick and Floyd for their service to the community Landon, Laiken, and Rylan Joslin went to Cooper Lake last weekend, with Laiken’s parents. They enjoyed boating, riding on the tube, and skiing. Chip and I enjoyed spending time with Brailon and Slaiden, while they were gone. Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin and their mother, Tiffany, spent Wednesday evening at Cooper Lake. They visited with Charlie and Susan Vaughn and they went kayaking and swimming. The kids have also been enjoying swimming with cousins in Tim and Lori’s pond this summer. Last weekend they went to a birthday party for Brailon Rhudy on Saturday. Tiffany’s good friend Stephanie Weaver, was in for the event and they enjoyed spending time together. On Sunday, Tiffany and the kids went to a birthday party for Dallas Davidson at the Children’s Museum in Commerce. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected]   Share this:Print

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Tira News By Jan Vaughn

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Tira News  By Jan Vaughn

  Several gathered for the Tira Homecoming on Sunday. Leroy Reaves served as the Master of Ceremonies for the program. He welcomed everyone and encouraged many to share memories of time spent in Tira. Floyd Payton presided over the Tira Cemetery Association business meeting. Billy Joe Clayton and Floyd Payton were reelected to the cemetery board. A special collection was taken to help toward clearing the land, which was donated by the Lynn Chapman family to expand the cemetery. The association received $1,693.57 in the designated contributions. Larry Fitzgerald blessed the group with his inspirational songs. Mary Beth Moore honored the families of those buried in the cemetery during the past year. Pastor David Larkin shared a few words and voiced the prayers of invocation and benediction. Martha Payton reports that the association received $2,480 in donations by mail and $18,895.95 on Sunday. A major portion of the Sunday collection was due to a very generous donation from the Richard and Oleta Bearden Estate. Floyd and Martha Payton enjoyed having all of the family together over the July 4th weekend. Regina Payton from Victoria came on Thursday afternoon, Brad and Virginia Payton from Keller, and Eric Payton from San Diego, California came on Friday afternoon. The went out to eat fish on Friday evening, but discovered the restaurant was closed, so they went to Furr’s. Martha comments, “Saturday was a busy day getting everything ready for the Tira Cemetery Society meeting on Sunday.” Martha’s sister, Ann Sullivan from Longview, and brother. B. C. from Pittsburg, came to visit with the family and attend the Homecoming. Floyd expresses appreciation for all who made the Homecoming possible and offers a big “Thank You.” They add, “We always miss those who could not attend. Thanks to all who sent their donations for the upkeep of the cemetery.” I would add that a big “thank you” goes out to Floyd and Martha for all that they do for the cemetery association and for the community! They are truly a treasure! Morgan Joslin is off to camp again this week. His mother and sister, Tiffany and Jaidyn, took him to the Soaring Club of Houston in Waller on Wednesday. After dropping Morgan off, they drove back to Lake Palestine and spent the night at The Villages Resort, where they enjoyed swimming, volleyball, tennis, and mini-golf, before returning home on Thursday. Chip and I were thrilled to have Larry and Dorothy Fitzgerald, of Somerville, spend the weekend with us. We enjoyed visiting and playing cards and we went out for the seafood buffet at AJ’s on Lake Fork Saturday night. On Sunday, we all attended the Tira Homecoming. After lunch we visited Linda Parsons and Buddy and toured their house. Linda and Buddy live in the home which had belonged to Dorothy’s mother, Melba McKinney. Larry and Dorothy left on Sunday afternoon and went to visit friends, Charles and Jean Darr, in Sulphur Springs, and attended the special concert at First Baptist Church on Sunday night. They drove back home on Monday. Minnie Hillis Reagor provided a report about the Hillis Family Reunion, which was held the weekend of June 20-21 at the Tira Community Center. She shares that they enjoyed a time of visiting, playing games, and dining. There were three raffle drawings, and the winners were Cindy Sadler [Family Verse Plaque], Dorothy Shields [Family Verse Photo Frame], and Dorothy Shields [Family Kitchen Plaque]. Those in attendance were Dustin W. and Hayley R. Halbert, Robert W. Sr. and Michelle (Peterson) Reagor, Robert W. Jr. and Ryan W. Reagor, Minnie (Hillis) Reagor, and Terry G. Reagor, all of Vidor, Texas,. Iva (Hillis) Haren, Autumn Wilson, Christopher C. Wilson and Carrie Bates, Kelley and Kacie Bates, Alvin E. and Sarah (Daniels) Hillis, Sierra Hillis, Kimberly (Hillis) Willingham, Winona (Hillis) Yates, Johney W. and Dorthy (Goodson) Hillis, Al and Hillis (Allen) Bass, Khristy (Hillis) Santer, Morgan  Sutton, Jackey L. and Vicki (Hillis) Ferrell, Kortni and Kaden Ferrell, Clay Thatcher and Evan, all of Sulphur Springs. Dorothy (Hillis) Shields of Lone Oak, Dial D. and Ruby (Hillis) Atkins of Lake Kiowa, Texas. Joe R. Hillis Sr. of Cresswell, Oregon, Justin and Theresa (Marlow) McGregor of Cookville, Texas, Tommy E. and Terri (Rowe) Hillis, Blaine and Elizabeth (Hillis) Gibson, all of Ingleside, Texas, Jose and Cheryl (Wilson) Martinez, Dana and Lana Wilson-Martinez, and friend David, all of Greenville, Bridgette Brazell, Mike and Lei Anne (Yarbrough) McMillon, Alyssa Chandler, and Aven Yarbrough, all of Royse City, Fred & Lennie (Hillis) Sharrow, Paul R. Kepner III, Norman E. and Desiree Kepner, N. Kyle Kepner, Madison and brother, all of Garland, Freddie L. and Neva (Hillis) Yarbrough, of Cedar Hill, Bennie E. and Diana (Davis) Hillis of Scurry, Texas, Jessica (Miranda) Marlow, Hannah and Savannah Marlow of Winfield, David E. and Sherry (Keener) Marlow, Adolfo and Jessica Marlow-Mata, all of Naples, Texas,  Jelle and Casey (Beall) Jongsma, Emma Jongsma, all of Winnsboro, Cullum O. and Judy (James) Hillis, Kinnadiee Thatcher, all of Klondike, Cynthia (Hopson) Sadler, of Gladewater, Crystal (Beall) Chalk, Savannah and Rickie L. Chalk III, Olivia and Braeden, all of Big Sandy. Minnie adds, “There may be others who didn’t remember that signing in on the register is very important!  Hope everyone remembers to mark their calendars for the 2016 Reunion on June 18-19,2016. It is very important to attend, as there will be a vote [paper] on whether to...

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Tira News By Jan Vaughn

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Tira News  By Jan Vaughn

The Tira Homecoming is coming up this Sunday, July 5th. Please make plans to come visit with friends. The program and cemetery association meeting will begin at 11:00 in the Tira Methodist Church. Following the program, the group will enjoy a covered-dish lunch and a time fellowship at the picnic tables under the trees. Rick Petty just returned from a trip to Peru with Ken Chapman. They flew to Lima then on to Cusco. From there they toured the Scared Valley of the Incas, then on to Machu Picchu. They report, “This may be the most beautiful place on earth. Built by the Incas in the 1500’s. The 9-day trip was outstanding – but always good to be back home.” Judy Petty and her sister Margaret Eudy, along with niece Jana Choate, went to Houston to visit with their sisters Betty Brewer and Dorothy Pennix. They also visited with their niece Charlotte Pogue and her family. The Tira Fire Department is looking for volunteers. If you are interested and are 18-years old or older, have a clear driving record, and live within ten miles of the fire station, please call Chief Johnny Martin at 903-243-3247 or Assistant Chief Shawn Martin at 903-440-3751. No experience necessary. Training will be provided. Morgan Joslin graduated from the week-long Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course at Columbus Air Force Base (a Civil Air Patrol event). During the week the students get simulated pilot training and participate in some of the same training activities that United States Air Force student pilots go through. Morgan’s mother, Tiffany, and brother and sister, Kenden and Jaidyn, traveled to Columbus, Mississippi for the banquet on Friday evening. The next day they drove to Jackson, Mississippi and visited the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum/National Agriculture Aviation Museum. They continued on to Monroe, Louisiana, where they spent Saturday night. On Sunday, they went to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, before heading home to Texas. I hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July! I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:Print

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Tira News By Jan Vaughn

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The annual Tira Homecoming is coming up on Sunday, July 5th. The program and Tira Cemetery Association business meeting will begin at 11:00 in the Tira Methodist Church. A covered dish luncheon will be shared at the picnic tables, following the program. We are hoping for a good crowd to gather to share good food and memories. Contributions toward the upkeep of cemetery are welcome and appreciated and can be given that day, or mailed to Tira Cemetery Association, c/o Floyd Payton, 1601 CR 4612, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. The Hillis family held their reunion at the Tira Community Center last weekend. I hope to have more to report on their activities soon. Dakota and Robert Weir fished on Saturday, but didn’t have any luck. On Sunday Robert and Yvonne had a visit from Destri Weir and her friend, Eben, and Dacy, Elise, and Eli Campbell. Yvonne comments, “Robert had a good Father’s Day.” On Wednesday, Robert and Yvonne went to Grand Prairie to hear Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Robert saw them in 1965 in Florida. Chip and I took our grandson, Morgan Joslin, to Columbus, Mississippi last Friday, to spend a week at the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course at Columbus Air Force Base. Chip and I drove south to Gulfport and spent the night. On Saturday morning went for a walk on the beach, and then drove along the Mississippi Gulf Coast on our way back home. On Sunday, our daughter Tiffany joined us for Father’s Day lunch. Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin were with Malcolm on Father’s Day. Landon, Laiken, Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden Joslin visited Malcolm and Tonya and Laiken’s parents on Sunday afternoon. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:Print

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Tira News By Jan Vaughn

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Tira News By Jan Vaughn

  The Becks are excited to report that son Derek Dailey has just taken his first solo flight in a helicopter thanks to the U.S. Army. Jason Beck celebrated his 23rd birthday on the 16th while finishing up his Washington trip, flying with the U.S. Navy. Kim adds, “We love our military boys!” Robert, Yvonne, and Wesley Weir went to the Hot Air Balloon Glow on Friday night and dined at the Burger Grind afterwards. On Saturday they attended the Dairy Festival parade. Tiffany, Jaidyn, and I were also at the parade, along with a host of others. We went to a few garage sales, had lunch at Panda Express, and did a little shopping. Morgan Joslin was in Nacogdoches last week for Civil Air Patrol camp and his brother, Kenden, spent a few days at Lakeview Baptist Encampment, with the youth from Dike Baptist Church. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:Print

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Tira News By Jan Vaughn

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  The 2015 Hillis Reunion is coming up on June 20th and 21st, at the Tira Community Center. Minnie (Hillis) Reagor reports, “Any Hillis descendent from any branch is welcome! Our branch descends from Andrew “Jackson” Hillis (1815/17 – 1878) who married 1) Aliza Elizabeth Hawkins, and 2) Mary Ann Shelton, branching out from the Lauderdale Co, AL & Giles Co & Lawrence Co, TN regions… spreading out across various States.” For more information, please contact Minnie Reagor at [email protected] or visit their reunion web page at https://www.facebook.com/hillisfamilyreunion. She would also like to receive any family tree updates and changes to contact information. The Tira City Council meeting was held on Tuesday, June 9th, at the Tira Community Center. J. R. Durst was appointed to the council for the unexpired term of former member, Malcolm Joslin, who is no longer living in Tira. The group discussed routine business. They also voted to look into purchasing a playground system for the Community Center grounds and they are checking on replacing the gutters on the building. Councilman Powell Vickery gave a report on the Tira Volunteer Fire Department. He shared that John Martin has moved into the position of Chief, which was vacated by Malcolm Joslin. Shawn Martin is serving as Assistant Chief. Darrell More is Captain, Gwen Webb is Secretary, and Powell Vickery is Treasurer. The department is planning to participate in the Hot August Night fundraiser on August 15th. Make plans to attend and support the area fire departments. Kim and Lee Beck got their “little old white house” painted finally! Kim says, “We now match the shop!” Jackson Dailey is home from college for the summer and has been voted to be the President of The Chancellors Student Advisory Council of all the Texas A&M branches. He will continue to be the President of the Student Government when he returns to TAMU-C in the fall. The Tira Homecoming is scheduled for July 5, 2015. The program and business meeting will begin inside the Tira United Methodist Church at 11:00, followed by a covered dish luncheon at the picnic tables on the grounds. We hope that current and former Tira residents and those with connections to community and cemetery will make plans to come and share memories and a meal together. Contributions toward the upkeep of the cemetery are welcome and appreciated and can be given that day, or mailed to Tira Cemetery Association, c/o Floyd Payton, 1601 CR 4612, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. If you want to be added to the mailing list, please send your address to Floyd Payton, at the address above. Close to 50 people gathered at the Aiguier Cemetery on Sunday for a pot-luck lunch and the annual meeting of the association. Grace and Linda Ellen Vaughn visited with us on Sunday afternoon, after attending the Aiguier meeting. Our daughter, Tiffany, celebrated her birthday on Monday, June 8th, with dinner at our house. On Saturday, she had an enjoyable day with her friend, Stephanie Weaver, of McKinney. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:Print

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Aiguier Cemetery Association Report

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Aiguier Cemetery Association Report

Aiguier Cemetery Association June 7, 2015 The Aiguier Cemetery Association held their annual meeting on Sunday, June 7, 2015 on the cemetery grounds. Following a pot-luck lunch, Charlie Vaughn presided over the business meeting. The group voted to keep the same slate of officers – President, Charlie Vaughn; Vice President, Betty Weir; Treasurer – Peggy Beck; Secretary/Reporter – Jan Vaughn. Robert Aiguier, Peggy Beck, and Chip Vaughn were reelected for another 3-year term on the Perpetual Care Fund Board. Susan Vaughn reported that there had been three burials in the cemetery during the past year – Debbie Layton, Larry Layton, and Averie Davidson. Vaden Richey shared some history of the cemetery association. Those registered for the event included Charlie and Susan Vaughn, Grace Vaughn, Linda Ellen Vaughn, Spencer Hinkle, Landon, Amie, Rachel and Dallas Davidson, Robert Aiguier, Clifford and Wynelle Belz, Tiffany Vaughn, Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin, Michael and Sheila Boyd, Jimmy and Peggy Beck, Chip and Jan Vaughn, Michael and Tori Morgan and Tyler, Charlie and Tina Williams, Barbara Penny, Vaden Richey, Shirley Evans, Pam and Doug Albanese, BreAnn Manuel, Jana Rich, Betty Weir, Perry Evans, Nancy Potts, Kimberly and Phillip Coleman, Paul and Mendy Evans, Floyd Lawson, Tammy Harrison, and James and Lane, Paula and Charlie Dickey, Peggy and Pud Brice. Share this:Print

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Tira News By Jan Vaughn

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Tira News  By Jan Vaughn

  The Tira City Council meeting had to be rescheduled for June 9th, due to lack of a quorum for the June 2nd meeting. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Tira Community Center. The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend.             Yvonne reports that she and her family had a “great weekend.” Dustin and Natalie Weir came for a visit on Friday and stayed until Monday. Dakota and Ashley Weir visited with them on Saturday and they took Wes bowling and went to eat Mexican food downtown. Dakota put up a new screen door for them. On Sunday Brenda Allen and Tessa and Autumn were there and the kids swam while Brenda and Yvonne visited and Dustin mowed the lawn. Morgan Joslin celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, June 2nd. He and his mother, Tiffany, went to Mount Pleasant and had dinner with friends. Following the meal, Morgan went for a night, cross-country flight to Shreveport with his instructor, Jack Kubit. Tiffany went along for the ride. Kenden and Jaidyn, Morgan’s siblings, spent the night with Chip and me. Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden Joslin’s sister, Dixie, visited with them and Landon and Laiken from Monday through Thursday. She had been visiting her grandparents in Winnsboro and will be returning to her home in Beaumont soon. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:Print

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Aiguier Cemetery Association June Meeting

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Aiguier Cemetery Association June Meeting

  The Aiguier Cemetery Association will hold their annual meeting & pot-luck lunch on Sunday, June7, 2015, on the cemetery grounds. The activities will begin with the meal at noon, followed by a business meeting. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the North Hopkins School Cafeteria. Cemetery located in the northwest part of Hopkins County. Take Hwy 19 north from Sulphur Springs, at Birthright turn left to FM road 71.  Take next right hand turn, go through Addran community, and then take the first left hand turn.  Cemetery will be on your left.  Share this:Print

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Tira News By Jan Vaughn

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Tira News By Jan Vaughn

We want to express our sympathy to the family on Johnny Joslin. He passed away on Sunday. A “celebration of life” memorial service was held on Wednesday at Community Bible Fellowship Church, followed by a meal/reception at the Tira Community Center. A fund to help with funeral expenses has been set up in Johnny’s name at Alliance Bank. Please keep the family in your prayers. The Tira City Council will meet at the Tira Community Center on Tuesday, June 2nd, at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Billy Joe Clayton. He lost his home and belongings to fire on Monday night. The Aiguier Cemetery Association will hold their annual homecoming and meeting on Sunday, June 7th on the cemetery grounds. Folks will gather at noon for a covered dish luncheon, followed by a business meeting. In case of rain, the meeting will be moved to the North Hopkins School Cafeteria. Regina Payton spent Memorial weekend with her parents, Floyd and Martha Payton. Martha says, “We did a lot of country driving, viewing Cooper Lake – and what a beautiful sight with the lake once again filled with water. On Sunday we attended church at Tira Methodist and a fish fry at the home of Linda Parsons and Buddy Stilts. Louis Moore and Joe Don Joslin were the cooks. They did a wonderful job of preparing, frying fish, French fries and hush puppies. The ladies prepared tea and desserts. There were twenty in attendance on such a rainy day.” She adds, “Thank you Linda, you are very brave.” Morgan Joslin, Scott Glover, Gregg Williams, and Andrew Kiest flew to Mississippi on Memorial Day to give rides in Scott’s DC-3 plane. Doris (Horn, Burkham) Moon and her daughter, Ruth Catherine Morrison, and Tiffany and I went to Euless on Saturday for a baby shower for Doris’ daughter-in-law, Erica, and soon-to-be-born baby Canaan. Erica is the wife of Howard Burkham. Mark your calendars for the Tira Homecoming, which will be coming up on Sunday, July 5th. The program will begin in the Tira Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m., followed by a pot-luck lunch at the tables under the trees. I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected] Share this:Print

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