by Jan Vaughn
The Tira City Council will meet on Tuesday, June 7, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tira Community Center. During the meeting, they will look into filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Mayor Floyd Payton, along with conducting regular business. The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend.
Joyce Dodd was in Paris last Friday, to meet six of her former coworkers from Cooper ISD. They met at TaMolly’s for a late lunch, to celebrate the retirement of Carlene Wilkins. Those in attendance were Tricia LaRue, Tina Lien, Kaye Ingram, Bree Randall, Joyce Johnson, Joyce Dodd, and the guest of honor, Carlene. Joyce said, “We had a good lunch and a lot of fun catching up on old and new times and memories.”
Dakota Weir and two friends came for a visit with Robert and Yvonne on Saturday evening. Yvonne commented, “Dakota fixed steaks for us and we had a good visit. Dustin Weir took us out to lunch on Monday in Greenville. We were thankful for the cool weather as our air conditioning is out.” She adds, “I am retiring at the end of the week. It is exciting.”
Chip Vaughn was in Knoxville, Tennessee last week, with the Sulphur Springs Middle School Destination Imagination Technical Team. Chip and their teacher, Clay Hansford, were the team managers. The group had advanced from the Regional and State levels and were competing in the Global Finals. During the closing ceremony on Saturday night, they were announced as the first place team in their event!
North Hopkins ISD is offering no cost breakfast and lunch for children 18 years of age and under, Monday through Thursday, June 6th through July 5th, in the school cafeteria. Breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:00 and lunch will be served from 11:30-12:00.
The families of the late Bob and Myrtle Lawrence met at the Tira Community Center for their annual reunion on May 21st. Georgia reports, “We enjoyed being together for fun, family, and lots of food. There was too much, as always.” Constantine Markides and Jimmy Smith manned the grill, preparing burgers and hot dogs. They had all the trimmings, chips, and lots of desserts. Those attending included Danny and Judy Rawson, of Denton, Con, Michelle, and Sophie Markides, of Houston, Mark, Julie, and Darby Lawrence, of Grand Prairie, Joyce Johnson, of Mesquite, Jimmy and Helen Smith, Chrissty, Kyleigh, and Bryndal Williams and friend Kevin Beggs, of Greenville, Chandler & Blake Evans, of Tyler, Gene and Ida Bratcher, of Sulphur Springs, Troy and Georgia Smith and Mary Rawson, of Tira, and Valerie Sanderford, from Edinburg, and her daughters and granddaughter, January from Waco, and Stephanie and Kennedy from Keller. Georgia says, “Our calendars are marked for the same time in 2017.”
Floyd Payton has shown progress in his road to recovery and enjoyed visits from good neighbors in the community – Lewis and Mary Beth Moore; Tami and Madison Joslin brought a delicious apple pie; Georgia Smith. with her famous Hawaiian Delight Pineapple pie; and Ben Jennings dropped in for a visit. Martha says, “Good to see Kenny Crowson as he is trying to get hay cut through out the neighborhood. The rains don’t seem to cooperate very well this year, although we appreciate the rain after so many years of drought. The Dursts are good to keep check on us, also we always enjoy calls from our special lady of the neighborhood, Mrs. Mary Rawson. Our son Brad Payton came on Monday for a few days, plus we have visits from the healthcare nurse and therapist. We thank everyone for their prayers and concerns.”
Minnie (Hillis) Reagor reports that it time for the Hillis Family Reunion again. She says, “Hope you will join us, as we gather with kinfolk from near and far… close relatives and extended families! We hope we will see you at the reunion, Saturday & Sunday, June 18th & 19th, 2016. (Annually, the 3rd full weekend of June) Mark Your Calendars! 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.” Minnie would like to receive contact updates and/or updates to the family tree. For more information you can reach Minnie at [email protected]. Enter 2016 Hillis Reunion in the subject. Also you can contact her by mail at Minnie (Hillis) Reagor, 2016 Hillis Reunion, 339 Greathouse, Vidor, TX 77662 or find more information at the reunion webpage: https://www.facebook.com/hillisfamilyreunion .
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].