Smiths celebrating birthday, anniversary

Round TableThis Sunday, March 31, is Easter when we Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches. Beginning at 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday in Diboll’s Old Orchard Park pavilion there will be a community sunrise service. Everyone is invited to attend. You might want to bring a lawn chair just in case all the benches are filled with early birds.

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Joe Donald Smith was born on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1929. This Sunday will be only the second time his birthday has fallen on Easter. The first time was in 1991; the second time will be 2013 and it will be another 65 years before it happens again. Happy Birthday to Joe Donald Smith and Billie Jean (Baker) Capps on their special birthday this year. Billie Jean said her mom told her she was only 2 hours away from being born on “April Fool’s Day.”

Joe Donald and Emma Lee (James) Smith will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on April 3. I love to hear him tell about their wedding. Joe Donald had just turned 19 when he and Emma Lee were married on April 3, 1948, at Burke in the home of Brother Weimer. Willie Paul Spivey had attended the wedding and because the newlyweds didn’t have a car he drove them to the Timberland picture show in Diboll. After the show (which Joe Donald can’t remember what was showing) they walked across the street to the Antler Hotel where Emma Lee was working at the time and lived there for a while. Congratulations on your 65th anniversary!!

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The deacons at Diboll First Baptist Church treated several special guests to a Love Banquet in the Fellowship Hall last Saturday evening. Jay Wyatt, Bobby Jones, Jerry Breazeale, Leonard Robison, Woody Ingram and Brother Kenny Hibbs served a menu that included a green salad, pork loin, baked potato, green beans, bread and peach cobbler with ice cream for dessert. The tables were beautifully decorated with tall vases filled with pink flowers. The entertainment was provided by the former minister of music, Keith Davis,; his wife, Denise; 16-year-old Skyler, who is an accomplished guitarist; 14-year-old Bailey, who plays the drums ;and 10 year-old Macy. They now live in Chandler, Texas, where he is minister of music for a church there.

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John Ralph and I ate lunch at the airport Saturday and sat at the table with his mother, Geraldine, Mary Lou Havard and Kathyrn Chuke. They left and while we were finishing our good food, Bill and Della Lumpkin joined us. Bill had been in Diboll working on a Habitat for Humanity house as he has done for several Saturdays and met Della at the airport for lunch. They were excited to tell us about Bill receiving a 50-year Length of Service Award from the U.S. Forest Service. The exciting part is they will travel to Washington, D.C., in April for the presentation and hope to see as much as they can while they are there. The Lumpkins have three children. Son Billy lives in Lufkin and works for the U.S. Postal Service. Daughter Beth Smith is a housewife-missionary who lives with husband Lt. Col Aaron Smith, who is stationed at Barksdale in Bossier City. Daughter Ellen and husband Jeff Robison live in New York City and plan to meet her parents in Washington for the event. Ellen has earned her doctorate degree and is an associate professor of Dermatology and Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University Medical Center. Her husband is a member of the Houston symphony but also plays with the New York Philharmonic Symphony.

Bill Lumpkin grew up in Hoshall with his buddies, Howard and Charles Mullins and Charles Rance Morris. While working at TxLam in Diboll he designed the beams for the present First Methodist Church in Lufkin. Others he remembered working at TxLam were: Jim Bridges, Carmen (Miranda) Grumbles, Charlie Grumbles, Levy Ellison and Jerry Lackey. In 1966 he was driving a mauve colored Dodge Coronet with white interior that he had hoped could attract a cute blond working at Read’s Broiler Burger but it took him several months before Della Fitzgerald would date him. He finally convinced her to marry him and in addition to three children they also have four grandchildren.

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Betty Hendrick and her neighbor, Donna Enloe, enjoyed an outing on the Texas State Railroad from Rusk to Palestine and back. Although Donna had carried grandchildren on the train before, it was Betty’s first trip. A sprinkle of rain didn’t dampen the sights and they saw many dogwoods and redbuds in full bloom. At the depot in Palestine they enjoyed a tasty gourmet boxed lunch before getting back on the train for the 1 ½-hour ride back to Rusk.

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Dr. Stephen Parks, director of Unity Baptist Association is promoting another Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon as follows. It certainly leaves me out but maybe a few of you might be interested. Lake Tejas is a beautiful place.

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The “Lake Tejas DU-It and TRI-Umph” race this year is in Colmesneil on April 20. The Lake Tejas Triathlon is a 600- yard swim, a 13-mile bike route with lots of hills, and a 5-kilometer run mostly on a dirt road. The duathlon is a 1-mile run, followed by the same 13-mile bike and 5-k run. This is one of the most scenic, athletic, and spectator-friendly triathlons in Texas. Same day packet pick-up and a 9:15 a.m. start means you do not have to spend the night anywhere. The lake is just off Highway 69. This race will be USAT-certified and chip timed. Food, music and a giant free bounce house for the kids will make it fun for the whole family. Register by March 31 to save with the regular registration fee. See: www.laketejastriathlon.com to register and for more details. Volunteers are also needed.

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The Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 Roundup is approaching. (pre-registration for the 2013- 2014 school year) is April 1-5 and April 8-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Diboll Primary School. See the ad on Page 7 to see what you need to bring.

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The Order of the Eastern Star in Burke will have a plate-lunch scholarship fundraiser on April 5. Chicken & Dressing, yams, green beans, rolls and dessert will be available for $7 a plate. Deliveries are available. For more information, call Mary Wells at 829-5059 or 671-9557; Sadie Jones at 829- 5707 or Sue Johnson at 829-5973. Don’t forget, these ladies are all good cooks!!

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The Everything Store is getting in some healthy vegetable plants for your spring and summer gardens. We also have beautiful Wave Petunias in hanging baskets. We want to be “The Best Little Plant Place in Town.”

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Have a Blessed Easter and come see us…’round the table.

Sandra Pouland, owner of Pouland’s Real Estate, contributes this column. Stop by the Round Table or email her at sandra@poulands.com or 936-829-4040.