The annual Tira Homecoming was held on Sunday, July 2nd. Larry Fitzgerald did a great job serving as Master of Ceremonies and singing two inspirational songs. Dusti James presented a rose to the families of those buried in the Tira Cemetery during the past year. Lynda Garner, accompanied by Tiffany Vaughn at the piano, led the congregation in singing the traditional “Church in the Wildwood” and “America the Beautiful” Several in attendance shared memories and thoughts of Tira. Jan Vaughn read the minutes of the last homecoming, gave the financial report, and shared that the new section of the cemetery had been developed and that several monuments, in the other sections, had been leveled. Martha Payton shared that her brother, BC Honzell, and his crew had leveled some monuments at no charge. We really appreciate him sharing his time and skills in this manner. Mick Petty and Mary Beth Moore were reelected to the cemetery board. Floyd Lawson is to be commended for keeping the cemetery grounds in beautiful condition. Following the program and meeting, the group gathered at the picnic tables and enjoyed a covered-dish lunch. Mark your calendar for the next homecoming, which will be on the first Sunday in July next year.
Kim and Lee Beck picked up mom, Sue Beck, from Sulphur Springs and met son, Jason and daughter, Maddie, in Rockwall for lunch on the 4th. Jason was visiting from Virginia and his girlfriend, Courtney, came in from Florida to celebrate Independence Day.
Larry and Dorothy Fitzgerald arrived at our house on Friday afternoon, from Somerville, and spent the weekend with us. We enjoyed playing cards and Rummikub and visiting. The “girls” beat the “boys” at Spades by a wide margin on Saturday. They wanted a chance to redeem themselves, so the girls let them win (ha, ha) on Sunday. On Saturday evening, Tiffany, Morgan, Kenden, and Jaidyn joined us and we all went to AJ’s Fish House in Yantis and enjoyed the buffet, before heading to the square in Sulphur Springs for the 4th of July musical presentation and fireworks. We went to the Tira Homecoming on Sunday.
Tiffany and the kids celebrated the 4th with their friends, Shane and Barndi Rhudy and their family. I’m sure many more were involved with Independence Day activities. I hope to have more reports for the next column.
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].