Tira News, by Jan Vaughn

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Tira News – By Jan Vaughn


Malcolm Joslin reported that, as of May 1, 2015, he will no longer be the Tira Volunteer Fire Department Chief. He shared the following: “I want to thank the City of Tira for allowing me to serve as your Chief for the past 13 years and being on the department for over 20 years. I no longer live in the community and feel that I can not serve like I should. Therefore, I feel it is best for me to retire from the Tira Fire Dept. It has been an honor and a blessing to be a part of such a great department and community.”

            Kim and Lee Beck traveled north to Durant, Oklahoma for a fish fry/reunion with high school friends from Irving.

Recently, Debra Wood and her sister Barbara Cockrum became new members of the Society of the Lees of Virginia, an organization that was established to promote a better knowledge of the patriotic services of the Lee Family of Virginia to their country. Each year the society meets in Virginia for a 2-day retreat for the cousins of the Lee family. Debra and Barbara left on Wednesday, April 15th, at noon, arriving Friday evening at Stratford Hall in Stratford, Virginia, enjoying the blooming of wild dogwood and redbud trees along the way. Stratford Hall is the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and was built by Thomas Lee. Built on the Western edge of the Potomac River, Stratford Hall is nestled in the beautiful hills of eastern Virginia. Debra and Barbara experienced staying in a furnished cabin with no TV or internet. While in Virginia, the two took a tour of other Lee ancestral burial grounds, who were signers of the Declaration of Independence.

They left on Sunday morning and arrived home Monday afternoon. Debra comments, “Even though the trip was fast and furious, it was fun meeting new ‘cousins’ and touring ancestral grounds.” Next year the Society will meet at Williamsburg/Jamestown, Virginia, where their ancestor, Charles Lee, first arrived in about 1639.

Regina Payton visited her parents Floyd and Martha Payton from Thursday evening until Sunday morning. They attended the Southwestern Watercolor Society’s display of artists paintings of local places around the Sulphur Springs area, on display at City Hall. After viewing all the paintings, they had the opportunity to vote for their favorite. They also took a walk around the area, with everyone setting up for the evening’s entertainment. Martha reports that it was a beautiful evening for an outing.

Morgan Joslin, after his first solo flight, with his instructor, Jack Kubit

Morgan Joslin, after his first solo flight, with his instructor, Jack Kubit

Morgan Joslin, a junior at North Hopkins High School, has been taking flying lessons and made his first solo flight in a Cessna 172 from the Mount Pleasant airport on April 26th, while his instructor, Jack Kubit, and a few friends watched. His younger brother, Kenden Joslin, was there, too, and he was treated to a flight with Scott Glover. Morgan spent last weekend with his flying buddies Gregg Williams, Andrew Kiest, and Scott and Jack. They enjoyed flying on Saturday, and then Scott treated them and a few other friends to a ride in his limo to eat sushi in Longview. Morgan spent the night in Mount Pleasant and woke up on Sunday morning to take Scott’s DC-3/C-47 back to his house. Morgan shares, “When we got back to the airport, Gregg and I took the Swift up, and when we got back I flew to Love Field in a Beech Baron with Scott and Andrew.” Morgan works at Legend Aircraft in Sulphur Springs after school.

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].

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