By Jan Vaughn
Applications for a place on the Tira City Council will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2016. For more information, please contact Jan Vaughn, Tira City Secretary, at 903-438-6688.
John and Stephanie Long of Alvin announce the birth of their son Quentin Michael on July 8th in Houston. Quentin weighed 8 pounds 11 ounces and was 21 and 1/2 inches long. He is the grandson of Tommy and Carolyn Long of North Hopkins, Irene Gaddis of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, and Mike Muma of Alvin. He is the great-grandson of the late Quentin and Altha Robinson of Plano and W. S. (Pete) and Ruth Long of North Hopkins.
Kim and Lee Beck traveled to Lubbock to the Woodrow House Bed & Breakfast for a wedding shower for son, Jackson Dailey and his fiancé Courtney Fleming. Kim shares, “They got lots of goodies and had some great family time together.”
Michael and Shelia Boyd took, Jeremy, Jessica, Derrick, Austin, Josie and Dallas to Millwood for a weekend camping trip. Shelia reports, “Patsy Powell (Mom) went too. We enjoyed breakfast together and watching the animals….including the alligators. We were blessed with seeing the twin fawns and mom coming to get them one morning. The kids went swimming and fishing. Wesley and Terri came down Saturday and a group of us went golfing. A good time was had by all.”
Yvonne Weir took Dustin and his dogs home last Wednesday. She picked up Dacy and Elise and after dropping Dustin off and they had a girls night out. They went to Pinkalicious at the Dallas Children’s theater. Yvonne comments, “I picked up Dacy’s dog to keep for a few days. We already had Destri’s 2 dogs, The kennel is closing this week!”
On Wednesday morning the Weirs went to the ROC for Wesley’s program for his summer school. Yvonne adds, “Wesley had bowling Saturday.”
Chip and I celebrated our anniversary with a weekend trip to Branson. We left on Thursday evening and drove to Conway, Arkansas, where we enjoyed a delicious meal at El Acapulco Mexican Restaurant. On Friday morning we drove into Branson, and then went to the Taylor Reed Magic Show. He had performed on America’s Got Talent. We have a tradition of eating barbecue at Shorty Small’s when in Branson, so we did that on Friday night, after spending some time at Branson Landing, browsing in the shops and strolling alongside the lake that afternoon. We went to the Wild World Aquarium & Zoo on Saturday and that night we enjoyed dinner and a show on the Showboat Branson Belle. We drove home on Sunday, by way of Eureka Springs, where we stopped and window-shopped for a little while.
Tiffany and Jaidyn Joslin returned from a weeklong mission trip to Montana on Saturday, where they served on an Indian reservation. They went with a group from the Abundant Life Church in Commerce. They did some sightseeing at the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks on their return trip.
The 2016 Hillis Family Reunion was held June 18th and 19th at the Tira Community Center. Minnie (Hillis) Reagor reports that there were fewer in attendance than in past years, possibly due to illness, and other events going on at the same time. There were 69 in attendance including: Minnie (Hillis) Reagor, Rodney W. Johnson, Hayley Halbert, Michelle (Peterson) Reagor, and Ryan Reagor, all of Vidor; Calvin W. and Renee (Gooding) Hillis of Aransas Pass; Dorothy (Hillis) Shields of Lone Oak; Iva (Hillis) Haren, and Jessica Short, of Cooper; Norman E. and Desiree (Woodard) Kepner, Rogue A. Kepner, Madison, Silas, Paul R. Kepner III, all of Garland; Jennifer (Boulware) Ware, Alena Ware, and Brent Ware, all of Corsicana; Theresa (Marlow) McGregor, Justin McGregor, and Koda, all of Cookville; Jo, Mark, and Josh, of Longview; Cheryl (Wilson) Tillery, Jose Martinez, Dana Wilson-Martinez, Lana Wilson-Martinez, of Greenville; Al and Hillis Bass, Johney W. and Dorthy (Goodson) Hillis, Kimberly (Hillis) Willingham, Crystal (Crocker), Zoey Hutchison, Jackey L. and Vicki (Hillis) Ferrell, Kortni Ferrell, Kaden Ferrell, Alvin E. and Sarah (Daniels) Hillis, all of Sulphur Springs; Bennie E. and Diana (Davis) Hillis of Scurry; Fred and Lennie (Hillis) Sharrow, Paul R. Kepner IV and Jaime (Lifto) Kepner, Josh Lifto, and Lois Lifto, all of Rowlett; Dial D. and Ruby (Hillis) Atkins, of Lake Kiowa; Crystal (Beall) Chalk, Savannah Chalk, Rickie Chalk III, of Big Sandy; Casey (Beall) Jongsma, Emma Jongsma, and Ryan Jongsma, all of Winnsboro; David W. and Sherry (Keener) Marlow, of Naples; Jessica (Miranda) Marlow, Hannah Marlow, and Savannah Marlow, all of Winfield; Freddie L. and Neva (Hillis) Yarbrough, of Cedar Hill; Cynthia (Hopson) Sadler of Gladewater; Carla Miranda, Karen Miranda, Jeremy Miranda, all of Alexander, Arkansas. Minnie reports, “A survey was taken at this year’s reunion, in an attempt to decide whether to keep the 2-day reunion, or cut it back to 1 day. Only 13 persons actually participated in the survey – 7 preferred to keep the 2-day reunion, and 6 would prefer it to be cut back to 1 day. At this point, the 2-day reunion remains intact. The 2017 Hillis Family Reunion will be June 17th and 18th . Please mark your calendars!”
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].