Jordans welcome new dentist back to Lufkin

Jordan Family Dentistry, Andy and Art Jordan, welcomed their new dentist, Valerie Sperry, D.D.S., with a reception in her honor last week. Her husband is John Sperry and he is a counselor at SFA. Their two boys are Duncan, who is 2-and-a-half, and Logan- who is 9 weeks. Her parents are Donna and Gary Walker of Huntington. Welcome back to Lufkin, Valerie.

Emily Jordan arranged the food, and there were iced cookies like a “tooth” and “tooth brush.” I forgot to write down who made these clever cookies.

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The Jordan children had a busy summer. Reagan and Emily Jordan went to New York City and saw a MoTown show, “Momma Mia” and “The Lion King” on Broadway. They stayed in Times Square and went to a Mets game, toured Central Park on bicycles, went to the Cake Boss Store, went to the Empire State Building, Twin Towers Memorial, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge for real pizza. I saw a Facebook picture of Reagan and Emily with Michael Strahan who is the co-host on the Kelley and Michael Show that they attended.

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Seth Jordan went with his grandfather, Andy Jordan, on the Amtrak from Houston to El Paso overnight, and they rented a car and drove to Ruidoso, where they played golf for a week. Art Jordan came and played golf with them for three days. Then, Art and Seth took the Amtrak in El Paso to Los Angeles overnight and to Oakland. Seth showed me pictures taken from the Amtrak of the Pacific Ocean where the train parallels it. Seth was impressed with the restored Pacific Parlor Car on the ride from Los Angeles to Oakland that is two stories. He has pictures of this lounge car.

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Lt. Col. and Mrs. Aaron Smith (Beth), stationed at Barksdale AFB, La., announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jordan Elizabeth Smith, to Kirk Edward Eggleston, son of Col. and Mrs. Kirk Eggleston (Rhonda), currently stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga. The bride’s grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Billy Lumpkin (Della) and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Smith (Joyce), all of Lufkin. The wedding is planned for Jan. 4, 2014, in Omaha, Neb. Jordan is a student at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, and Kirk is a student at Nebraska Christian College in Papillion, Neb. The couple will reside in Omaha after the wedding as they continue their studies.

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Oklahoma Baptist University phased out football in 1940, but brought the program back in 2012. So, the kickoff on Saturday was great, according to Gingera and Tommy Earley, parents of OBU Coach Trent Earley. OBU scored on the first kickoff, but lost in the last 30 seconds, 22-26, to Southwestern College from Kansas. Trent was excited and the whole town was excited. They had fun, but it was 104 degrees during the game so Gingera sat in the car after halftime to keep cool. Tommy Earley said he guessed I was right about the apple not falling far from the tree with Trent going into coaching.

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Phyllis Royle and I tried the Rocky Hill Community Garage Sale on Saturday. They had big crowds and people buying. We stopped at the Country Barn Flea Market off Highway 103 East on Albritton Lane in the Havard Barn. They will have their flea market each month. Ramona Bagley, one of my classmates, had a booth. Weather cooperated and it was not too hot.

From there, we went to the Poor House Grill and Garden for lunch.

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Our “birthday group” met at Mar Teres Tea Room to celebrate Carolyn Haney’s birthday. Those enjoying the lunch were: Jean Dillahunty, Nancy Moore and me. This was a treat that Oscar Dillahunty gives to Jean. I was able to get caught up on Matt Purke, son of Lawrence and Margaret Purke. He is playing baseball and pitching for the Potomac Nationals, a High-A team for the Washington Nationals. He is based in Woodbridge, Va. His team has advanced to the playoffs. When he finishes playing there, he will play in the A2 fall league.

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Roy Cates had foot surgery for rheumatoid arthritis in his toes. He said it was to make him walk better. I told him it was for his golf game. The surgery was at Texas Orthopedic Hospital in Houston. Wife Carolyn is taking good care of him.

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I had Mary Lynn Neal ask about the “Hello Holidays” event. It will be Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2, at Abram’s in downtown Lufkin.

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The Lufkin Pine Squares will have an ice cream social at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Angelina County Senior Center, 2801 Valley Drive. The public is invited to come enjoy ice cream sundaes, see what square dancing is all about and learn a step or two. For those interested in learning to square dance, beginner lessons start Sept. 23.

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Billie Willmon is the Petrol Lady at the Brookshire’s gas pumps in Diboll. She runs a “tight” ship — or should I say pumps?

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Happy Birthday: Gary Waller, James O. Fudge, Edna Risinger, Joe Pearson, Dell Kendrick, Ray Carswell, Beau Donalson, Val Dobrec, Ardie Dixon, Al Vinson, Claire Holmes, Karen Gibbs, Virginia Winston, Caryn Dupree, Calvin Dupree, Linda Huggins-Martin, Jerry Highnote, Linda Coward, Robert Telford, Scotty West, James L. Glover, Katie Parrish, Doris Dunman, Eric Lair, Jason Hopson, Sally Clifton, Vivian Jordan-Schultz, Alta Slack, Sonny Clement, Paul Spore, Mary Jane West, Glenn Cox, Mae Dell Brannen, Jim Wark, John Lee Slaughter, Ann McCurry, Brenda Sullivan Ashley Parise.

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Happy Anniversary: Tommie and Bill West, JoAnn and Charles Arnold.

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Nancy and Leon Manning went for grandson William Kirk’s 11th birthday with the theme “Man vs. Wild, Bear Grylls Survival Strategies” that is on the Discovery Chanel. They will have to tell what they took for the boys to use in their survival outing. William is the son of Amy and Brett Kirk.

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Wayne Brown celebrated his 90th birthday and Clarkie Brown celebrated an early 85th birthday on Sunday with 35 family and friends at IHOP. Dena was the waitress that helped us cut the birthday cake and serve drinks to the guests. The Ray Carswells along with the Ernest Rowes helped organize the party.

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I thought I was smart but … I had a call from a voice with a decided foreign accent telling me that Medicare was sending new cards and they wanted to verify my address. He had it correct. Then he asked what bank my Social Security check was deposited? He needed to verify my account number!!!! Like a DUMMY I got up and found my check book and then the bell rang!!!!! I told him to give me what account he had for my bank account. He said that he could not do that because it would not prove who I was. I just hung up. Please beware of all of these scams. I had read about some, but I guess you just don’t think it will happen to you! Beware of telephone solicitations.

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Catch you around town.

 

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at
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