Schochlers visiting parents after moving away

SANDRA POULAND

The Thanksgiving holiday brought the family of former DHS coach Scott Schochler to Diboll to enjoy visiting with his parents, Joyce and Dave Schochler in their South Meadows home. Scott moved his family to Siloam Springs, Ark., where he does not teach but only coaches cross country at a four-year non-denominational Christian college. His wife, Dr. Amy, loves working in a clinic with seven other doctors. Their daughters, seventh-grader Vivian and third-grader Leahla, have adjusted and love their schools. Scott’s brother and his family from Keller, Texas, Rick, Sara, Hannah and Luke, were also in Diboll to enjoy a thankful time spent with family.

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Newt and Jeanne Courtney’s Thanksgiving plans were interrupted with the birth of their second great-grandchild. Ada Marae was born Nov. 25. She weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. Her parents are Matthew and Lindsey Courtney who live in Big Sandy. Newt and Jeanne were invited to have Thanksgiving dinner with his neighbors, brother and sister-in-law, John and Gail Courtney. Excusing themselves after lunch from the ballgames and naps, pilot Newt flew Jeanne the short distance to Gladewater which was about 5 minutes from little Miss Ada Marae to spend time with her and her family. On Friday, their 7-month-old first great-grandbaby, William Scott, and his parents, Courtney and Scott Eskew from Waco, came to visit Jeanne and Newt. It was a memorable and grateful Thanksgiving for the Courtneys.

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We enjoyed meeting and visiting with Chris Schenck, who says he and his wife Mari moved from Idaho and have lived in “beautiful Beulah” for more than a year. He is a fire manager officer with the forest service.

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It’s always fun to visit with Jean Register and her husband Marlon. She told us the two weeks following her knee surgery that Marlon took care of her and all of her responsibilities including cooking, washing, drying, folding, cleaning, etc., but she also said, “Since then he’s been in the hospital three times.” Never underestimate woman’s work! The Registers are looking forward to attending their grandson’s, Zach Lenderman, graduation in Austin from the DPS Academy. His parents are Dennis and Karon Lenderman and they are excited that Zach will be working in Polk County.

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Zachary and Brittany Tate of Huntsville is the grandson of Dianne Gipson of Diboll. Dianne was excited when they told her she was going to be a great-grandmother of identical twins in March. Grandparents are Barry and Vicki Tate of Huntsville.

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Hal Cordell came in for pecans and we learned he officially retired from the particleboard industry Sept. 27. In two months he and Linda were only home for five days! The other time was spent traveling coast to coast sightseeing and visiting with daughters Michele and Rachel and their families. Hal is thoroughly enjoying his retirement. He gets up when, and if, he wants to and said the only way he knew it was Tuesday was because he remembered watching Monday Night Football. He lost his watch and Linda said, “That will be a good Christmas present; what kind would you like?” To that, he replied, “None; I don’t need one.”

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Our thanks to Fran McClain for homemade muffins and to Pat Miller who brought us jars of his and Nikki’s homemade mayhaw jelly. Pat said some of the mayhaws were collected in the wild and some came from the Quarles’ orchard. Wherever they came from, they were delicious. Bettye Greer surprised us one day after lunch, perfect timing, with a warm chocolate cake covered with chocolate icing loaded with pecans!! Ever so good, thank you Bettye.

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Enjoyed “catching up” with Kathy Dover when she came in. Her and Gary’s son, Andrew, graduated from college and is presently working at Lufkin Industries with plans of a March wedding to Macy Herrington. His younger brother Austin loves attending Texas A&M in Galveston.

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Coming in to buy pecans were sisters, Bonnie (Dunn) Brister from Shreveport and Mary Winthrop who lives in Lufkin and works in Memorial’s pathology Lab. Bonnie shared that her husband, Arthur “Brother Mack” Brister pastored at Lakeview Baptist during the late 1950s while they were students at East Texas Baptist College. They would drive to Diboll every weekend for him to preach and they married during the time he was pastor here. She remembered some of the family names that were members at the time: Cragers , Goins, Wilkersons and also, Brother Rufus and Jackie Zachry who were at FBC Diboll at the time. Mack and Bonnie eventually moved to Shreveport where he pastored a church and she taught school. Brother Mack died July 27, 1997.

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Sisters-in-law, Othal Lowery and Sue Bridges, came in to buy pecans and also to promote The Huntington Garden Club Christmas Tour of Homes this Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. An $8 ticket will allow you to see exquisite, creative and inspiring decorations of the season in the homes of Charles and Mary Young; Steve and Shirley Reynolds; Lynn and Scott Blackwell and The Mansion on Sawmill Lake. All proceeds from this elaborate fund raiser will benefit the club’s scholarship fund. Make plans to attend knowing you are going for a good cause.

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This is the week of the impressive production of “The Gospel According to Scrooge,” a musical from a biblical perspective with elaborate settings and costumes using the students and staff of the local Texas Bible College. We saw it last year and highly recommend it; a message for the season! According to Michele King, manager of ticket sales, the Friday night and Saturday afternoon performances are sold out; that leaves Thursday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Ticket information is available on their website, www.tbcnow.com or call 936-633-7799.

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Also, next week at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, local ministers will be reading the Christmas Story. Choirs from the elementary and intermediate schools will be singing and there will be a tuba ensemble from the high school band performing. Everyone is invited to attend. Project Graduation will have hot drinks on hand. A perfect way to celebrat the season.

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Don’t forget we do sell more than pecans. Stop by The Everything Store, we have sporting goods, Lodge cookware, Case knives, gourmet foods, free coffee and conversation so, 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.