Frances Gesford Johnson of Irving and her daughters Patsy and Wanda came through after attending a reunion and stopped by to see us. I was so disappointed to find a note at the door especially when Beamon and I hardly go anywhere. Sorry we missed you girls and stop by again!
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Margie and Jack Green are happy great-grandparents again. Lori Berquist and Mike Harris of Houston are proud parents of Baby Eryk. Mike Merquist and the late Lori Green Berquist are the grandparents and the late Earl and Lois Jones and Ed and Pearl Green are great-great-grandparents.
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I wondered how many surprise parties really turn out a surprise to the one who is celebrating. We were delighted to be part of the group who helped Lulla Adams celebrate 50 years of nursing. She graduated as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1963 from Memorial Medical Center with Virginia Page, who was the teacher for all the nursing classes.
Lulla’s husband Bob did a great job coordinating the gathering at El Chico and the only blemish on the evening was rain but everybody persevered. Karla Carroll flew in from Colorado and Brent Adams came from Tyler to be with their parents. Others who enjoyed the catching up on so many years were Dr. Royce Read where Lulla worked for years and after his retirement she was has worked at Dr. Terry Wells’ office. Dr. Wells, her mom Cheryl Wells, Frances Felts, Joyce Edwards, Valli Jones, Casey Kennidy, continue to work with Lulla and enjoyed the fun. Also having a great time were Alma Brazeale, Eunice Stephens, Doris Hankins, who was Lulla’s best friend in high school and they went to nursing school together. Doris remembered our mother Mary Alice Russell when they all worked at Memorial Hospital.
Frances McKinney, who is Boby’s and Lulla’s back yard neighbor, came with them. Frances retired from Lufkin ISD and she remembered Beamon’s folks in Garrison so they enjoyed catching up.
Lulla Baker Adams is one of those people God made especially to be a nurse, and she has helped more folks than we can count.
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Johnny Garrett celebrated his 60th birthday with a fish fry hosted by Jodi, Byron, Anne and Janie Morgan. Food and fellowship were in abundance for his mom Viola Garrett, Garrison; Bettie and Preston Westbrook, Tim Scogin, Robert and Joyce Adams, Leslie and Patrick Richards, Reva and Bruce Brumley, Brandi, Doug and Carly Lankford, all of Lufkin; Beamon Scogin and Heather Hiser and Brad Reid, of College Station. Patt Garrett, Johnny’s better half, planned the get-together.
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The Rev. R.G. (Bud) Davis was laid to rest at the age of 73. He had been a barber and retired after 24 years of pasturing the First United Pentecostal Church in Lufkin. His wife of 54 years Maxine Davis survives him as do daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Randy Seamans of Rockwall, Lori and Greg Coon of Lufkin, Melody and Patrick Smith of Huntington; sisters, Martha Modisette, Winnie Tomplait, Bettie Powell, Shirlene Kelsey, Gloria King; grandchildren; and other kin.
I only saw Mr. Davis at Loper’s Pharmacy when he and Trent Loper were talking about their dogs as they were both great fox hunters. He had a personality that was befitting a barber and a preacher. I’m not sure those two actually hunted fox, but they could talk about the dogs for hours.
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Jay Hess was laid to rest at age 79 after a long illness. He was as funny as one could imagine, belonged to Highway Baptist Church, served in the U.S. Army, and worked with Beamon at Texas Foundry. Jay is survived by his wife of 50 years Sue Sheffield Hess; daughters, Cindy Durham, Lesa Burch, Sherri Hess; sons, Jay B. Jr., David Craven; and grandchildren and other kin. Our sympathy is sent to the families and friends.
Sheila Scogin contributes this weekly column about Huntington-area residents.