By Jan Vaughn
We want to express our sympathy to Tommy Dickens and his family, in the loss of his mother, Alvira Dickens. Her funeral was held on Monday afternoon, December 28, 2015, under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Kim Beck shared, “Our son, Jason Beck, graduated from the University of Texas–Austin Naval ROTC program and got his commission on the 16th and will begin Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Florida in February. We are proud parents! Hook ‘em Jason!”
The family of the late Herm and Helen Weir got together at the Tira Community Center on December 19th to celebrate Christmas. Joyce reports that there were 23 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in attendance. She says, “We had food, lots of fun and memories, and exchanged gifts.”
William and Joyce Dodd hosted a get together for their family on Christmas Day. They had lunch and opened gifts around the tree. Those attending included Michael McNiel, Tonja Jones, Rob, Brad, Tanya, Trenton, and Matthew Dodd, Maegan, Alyssa, Gavin, and Ethan Shelton, and a friend, D.J., Blaine, Heather, Jayden, Lilly, and Dakotah Lawwill, and Stuart, Tiffany, Emery, and Elli McPherson. Joyce adds, “We had a house full of family, which we enjoyed and shared the blessings of love with, to make our Christmas special.”
Floyd and Martha Payton report that they “enjoyed and celebrated the Christmas holidays with their children – Regina Payton from Victoria, Brad and Virginia Payton from Keller, Eric Payton from San Diego.” Martha commented, “The weather didn’t cooperate very well so we stayed close to home.” Floyd is recovering from a bout with pneumonia, but is feeling much better after a couple of weeks of rest and good care. He and Martha want to wish everyone “a happy, healthy New Year.”
Jimmy and Janie Lewis celebrated Christmas for almost a week, beginning on the 20th with daughter, Alicia, and her family, Hayden, Quinton, and Asa Joslin, and other friends and family. Don and Patsy Shaw and their daughters, Ruth Ann and Dona, and Patsy’s sister and niece, Mary Sue and Vicki, and RaDona, Blake, and Cooper Adams spent the evening with the Lewis’ on the 24th. On Christmas Day, Jimmy and Janie celebrated again with RaDona, Brian, Blake, and Cooper, and Don, Patsy, and Dona. Also, Jimmy and Janie spent Thanksgiving visiting their son, Jeremy, in Gainesville, Georgia.
Landon, Laiken, Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden Joslin celebrated Christmas with Laiken’s mother and family on Christmas Eve and with her dad and family on the day after Christmas. They joined us on Christmas Day for lunch and exchanging gifts, along with our son and daughter, Delayne and Tiffany, and our other grandchildren, Morgan, Kenden, and Jaidyn, and friend Darris Cross. The children enjoyed playing outside on the warm, sunny day! Linda and Grace Vaughn came by for a visit on Saturday afternoon.
Tira was spared from the destructive weather on Sunday evening, although we had a lot of rain and I had one report of slight wind damage. Also, Kim Beck shared some amazing photos of the ominous looking clouds, including a beautiful picture of a rainbow.
I would like to echo Floyd and Martha’s wish for you all to have a happy, healthy New Year!
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].