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].

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