by Jan Vaughn
Martha Payton was rather busy last week. She reports, “Brad Payton came on Tuesday for a couple of days. Regina Payton arrived Wednesday afternoon, so we had Thanksgiving dinner early since Brad had to return home on Wednesday night. Regina and I decided to enjoy a very leisurely day on Thursday, watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, then that afternoon the Dallas Cowboy game.” On Saturday Martha’s sister Ann Sullivan from Longview and brother B. C. Honzell from Pittsburg came for a visit. They enjoyed lunch together at Furr’s, then coffee and double pecan pie. Martha comments, “That dessert was rich! A very blessed time together.”
William and Joyce Dodd enjoyed hosting Thanksgiving lunch for their family on Thursday. Those attending included Michael McNiel, Tanja, Rob, Brad, Tanya, Trenton, and Matthew Dodd, Tiffany, Emery, Elliana, and Eadon McPherson, Maegan Shelton and her friend Matt, Alyssa, Gavin, and Ethan Shelton. Joyce says, “We had a house full, but we enjoyed being together. We almost had our whole family. We were missing our granddaughter, Mandi Owens, Stuart McPherson, who was hunting, and Trenton’s friend Melony, who had to work. Mary Helen Hillman visited us on Friday afternoon.”
Landon & Laiken Joslin and the kids, Dixie, Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden, had Thanksgiving lunch and dinner with Laiken’s family on Thursday. Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin spent Thanksgiving Day with their dad, Malcolm, and his family. Morgan Joslin spent Thanksgiving Day with his friend, Allison Langston, and her family.
Liz Steinsiek hosted Thanksgiving lunch for a few family members and friends at her Tira cabin on Thursday. Guests included Harold, James, and Carol Cowley, Johnny and Cilla Hudson, Donna Gregory and her mother, Mary Barnett, and friend Don Horne, and Chip, Tiffany, and myself. We enjoyed a relaxing meal and visiting in the beautiful country setting.
Our son, Delayne Vaughn, arrived from Waco on Friday morning, and then Tiffany and her family, Kenden, Jaidyn, Morgan Joslin and friend Allison, Landon, Laiken, Dixie, Rylan, Brailon, Slaiden Joslin and, Chip’s mother, Linda and Grace Vaughn. joined us for Thanksgiving lunch. Delayne left to return home on Saturday morning, and then Chip and I took Dixie back to Beaumont. After dropping her off, we went to Piney Shores Resort on Lake Conroe. We spent the night there, had a late breakfast at Cracker Barrel, and then came back through Tyler and did some Christmas shopping and ate at Olive Garden.
Be sure you have the Tira Community Christmas Party on your calendar. It’s scheduled for Saturday, December 9th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center. We will gather to share a meal and time of visiting with our neighbors. Brisket will be provided and residents are asked to bring side dishes and/or desserts. We will be collecting canned goods for the Tira Food Pantry. Santa will be stopping by to visit with the kids. Make plans to come enjoy the food, fun, and fellowship.
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].