By Jan Vaughn
We want to express our sympathy to the family of Eddie Gray. He passed away on Thursday and his funeral service was on Monday, under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home in Naples, Texas. I appreciate Linda Petty letting me know. Please be in prayer for the family.
William and Joyce Dodd had Christmas lunch and their “family tree” on
Christmas Day. Joyce reports that all the family was together to celebrate. Guests of William and Joyce were Michael McNiel, Jerry and Tonja Lucus, Maegan, Alyssa, Gavin, and Ethan Shelton, Maegan’s friend Matt, Rob, Brad, Tanya, Matthew, and Trenton Dodd, Trenton’s girlfriend, Melony Huffman, Mandi Owens, Mari Quebedeaux, Stuart, Tiffany, Tristen, Emery, Elliana, and Eadon McPherson. Joyce says, “We had 25 people in all. It was a wonderful Christmas for our whole family. We would like to wish
everyone a very blessed New Year.”
The Tira City Council would like to thank everyone who brought canned food to the Community Christmas Party for the Tira Food Pantry. Donations are always appreciated.
Chip and I spent Thursday night through Saturday, December 13-15, at The
Villages Resort on Lake Palestine. We did some Christmas shopping in Tyler on Friday and Saturday. The stores and streets were crowded and we decided we should start earlier next year. We ended up ordering most of our gifts online.
Chip and I attended a small Christmas party with friends at the home of Keith and Frances Klein on Thursday, December 20th. Those attending were Shirley Charles, Phil and Carla Kenley, Chip and myself, and the hosts. We enjoyed snack foods and playing games.
The Tira Community Center had some water damage from a broken pipe in the men’s restroom. It has been cleaned up and dried out and is still usable, but some repairs will be required. The Council will meet soon to discuss the options, after hearing from the insurance adjuster.
On Friday afternoon, December 21st, Chip and I drove to Conroe and spent the night at Piney Shores Resort. The next morning we went to Sour Lake and picked up our great-granddaughter, Dixie, and brought her back to spend Christmas with Landon, Laiken, and her brothers Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden.
Tiffany Vaughn and Jaidyn Joslin spent Wednesday evening through Saturday, December 20-22, in Malvern, Arkansas. They celebrated Christmas with Tiffany’s fiancé, Perry Gilbert, and his family.
Michael and Tracy Horn and their family and Tonja Horn and Will Hudson and their family spent a few days with Michael and Tonja’s mother, Liz Steinsiek, at her Tira cabin over the holidays. Tiffany, Jaidyn, Chip and I enjoyed visiting with them on Monday, before Michael had to leave for work. He is a pilot for Southwest Airlines.
Landon, Laiken, & the kids celebrated Christmas with Laiken’s family on
Our family attended the Christmas Eve service at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, and then Chip and I hosted a Christmas lunch on Christmas Day. It was good to have our family all together. Joining us to celebrate were our children, Tiffany and Delayne, and our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Morgan, Kenden, Jaidyn, Landon, Laiken, Dixie, Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden, Chip’s mother Grace, and Kenden’s friend, Whitney. Malcolm Joslin came by and stayed for lunch. Also, Elizabeth Steinsiek and Tonja Horn came by for a short visit, before Tonja had to return to Chicago. We had turkey and dressing and all the fixings. The kids took advantage of the nice, warm weather and played on the riding toys in the driveway.
I’m sure that many other families celebrated the holiday together. I hope to have more reports next week. I want to wish you all a very happy 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]