Clayton Busby has golden time at eatery

John Ralph and I were off Labor Day and enjoyed eating a delicious discounted lunch with the “senior group” at Golden Corral. Seated across the aisle from us were Clayton Busby and his sister, Ruth. Ruth lives in Lufkin with a sister but comes to Diboll at least two times a week to bring Clayton to eat at Golden Corral. I can tell you why. He gets treated like royalty. The girls have a table reserved for him and cater to his every want. Clayton is a confirmed 85-year-old bachelor and when he’s through eating, he has a special chair near the entrance so he can sit and flirt with all the girls. They even gave him a special party for his 85th birthday last March. Ruth is now fully retired after being a partner and working decades manufacturing bows for chainsaws.

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Billy Stanford, one of the Brookshire Bros. managers, and his wife, Laverne, took a couple days off and drove to West Monroe, La., in hopes of catching up with the infamous Duck Dynasty group at their warehouse. To their disappointment none of the family members were there. Billy and Laverne carried Bibles with them, planning to attend the White Ferry church where the Robertsons are members. Upon arriving, they were told that the patriarch of the family, Phil Robertson, was teaching a Sunday school class. In the congregation of 700, Billy and Laverne spotted other members of the family: Jeb, Allen, Jessica and the girls and later enjoyed visiting with Phil, better known as Duck Commander. The Stanfords came home having completed their mission of meeting some of the members of this famous family.

A few of you (and me) may not have yet experienced the TV production of Duck Dynasty. The bearded bayou-dwelling redneck Robertson family is becoming one of America’s most recognizable, funny, functional families. They have built a multi-million dollar empire manufacturing duck calls in Monroe, La.

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After spending several weeks this summer in Spain, studying at a university and seeing the country, Rachael Chapman returned to Texas A&M for her last semester and walked across the stage for her coveted diploma Aug. 16. She earned a degree in Business and after graduation vacationed in Australia visiting with friends she met in Spain. She has a marketing job waiting for her in Spring when she returns. Proudly attending her A&M graduation were her grandmother, JoNell Placker from Diboll; her parents, Kim and Derrell Chapman from Tyler and her older “Aggie” sister Elizabeth, from Houston.

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Hannah Langford also graduated from Texas A&M on Aug. 16 with a degree in Marketing. After two weeks of training she will work as marketing director for a company in Beaumont. Hannah had 17 guests attend her graduation, including her grandparents: Betty and Vernon Burkhalter and Etoil Langford; her mom, Susie; her brother and sister-in-law, Chace and Holly; her dad, Gaylon; her aunt Bessie Furgurson; Melissa McCall and cousins, Madison and Gunner and several other family members. After the big event, Vernon Burkhalter treated everyone to dinner.

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Melissa McCall and her brother Roy traveled with their mother, Betty, to a family wedding in West Virginia where Betty grew up. Betty McCall, one of nine children, is now the matriarch of the family. Her daughter says, “When Betty speaks, everyone listens and does what she says.” In her teens and after graduation, Betty moved to Columbus, Ohio, and boarded with six girls while working as a switchboard operator at a telephone office. One of her roommates was dating a guy in the air force from Texas. His name was Jimmy McCall from Diboll, and Betty thought he looked like Elvis. When “Elvis” saw Betty he wanted to date her, but Betty said, “No way,” unless you break up with my roommate. Eventually he did and it wasn’t long before Jimmy knew he had met the love of his life. After a short courtship and before Jimmy was to be transferred to Africa, they married. He paid for her a plane ticket to Texas and left Betty with his family for almost a year while he was in Africa; her family was 36 hours away! Somehow, she survived and has lived as Mrs. Jimmy McCall in Texas for more than five decades!

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Teresa Stribling grew up in Diboll and graduated in 1982. She was 1st runner up to Diboll Day Queen, Cheryl (Schmidt) Suiter. After living in Houston for 19 years, she moved back to Diboll seven years ago and it has taken her that long to realize that “The Everything Store” can fix flat tires. Since 2007 Teresa has been an evangelist and has a prison ministry and mentors to those less fortunate.

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I enjoyed visiting with Aaron Clark, son of Leo and Sara Clark. He said he grew up in Goat Hill; graduated from Corrigan-Camden in 2000 and SFA. He is a computer “geek” who works in Dallas; lives in Houston and spends all his free time in the river bottom. That may all change when he get married in December.

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Terry Carlton came in while Aaron and I were talking and they visited about mutual friends from their part of the woods. Terry and Judy celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on Aug. 27. They ALWAYS go to Galveston where they went on their honeymoon and since the Jack Tar hotel is no longer there, they stay at the beautiful Galvez. In Houston they went by the Garden Villas Methodist church where they were married — except the church is now a school. They also drove by Judy’s old home nearby and believe it or not, Terry can still remember Judy’s telephone number, OLive 4-xxxx.

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Enjoyed visiting with Diane (Mills) and Lloyd Adams from Friendswood while they were in Diboll. They had been “dog sitting” for her parents, Buddy and Linda Mills while they vacationed in Branson. Diane and Lloyd were looking forward to visiting with her sister, Susie and Doug Kervin, in Hudson. Susie’s granddaughter, Cameron, was having a birthday party. Her parents are Bruce and Danille Chumbley. His brother, Lanton, works for the forest service and was in California fighting fires in the Yosemite National Park. His wife Mandy, was at the party and she also works for the forest service. By the way, Diane’s son, Aaron Adams, who is 22, has completed his tour in the U.S. Marines and is attending school at San Jacinto College and working in Alvin. We thank you Aaron for your service to our country. God Bless America!!

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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.