It’s been cool enough to wear long sleeves

Sheila Scogin

Haven’t we East Texans heard that if it thunders in February the it will front in April?
Our house and Steve Massey’s in front of us had frost two mornings this week. It was definitely cool enough in the mornings, especially if you were out early, that long sleeves were needed. Usually by this time in April most folks have turned their air conditioners on.
When we built this house 39 years ago in June one year it was cold enough that long sleeves were needed. I’ve told that several times lately and folks look at me like I am a little goofy. It is best not to ever try to out-guess the weather. It is wonderful that someone with a higher power is in control or people would have the weather doing all kinds of crazy things!
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My “to-do” list was long when I dashed into Huntington State Bank, met Janie and Buck Hines as I was going out and was sorry that I had no time to visit.
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Melba Duran concluded a long time ago that we need to read obituaries as far down as the great-grandparents. Many of the folks whose names are in that column seem to be kin to somebody in Huntington. Even though the deceased may have lived in another part of the country they want to be brought back here to be buried.
Patricia Nerren Weaver was born to Ramsey and Miley Trahan Nerren. After marrying she had lived in Rockdale many years. Preceding her in death were her parents; a son, Derek Weaver; sister, Debbie Hawthorne; and brother, Henry Lee Nerren. Survivors are daughters, Tamesha Weaver and Reba Weaver of Rockdale; and sister, Peggy Church of Bridge City. She was 64 years old.
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Janie Nerren Springer was laid to rest at the age of 58 and even though I knew all her siblings she was the baby of the family and I had not known her.
Her late parents were Lola and Norman Nerren, and her siblings surviving her are Betty and Jess Forrest, Wayne and Dixie Nerren, Barbara Miller, Rodger Nerren and Judy Havard.
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Too many of the places Randy has been he did not get to be a tourist because he was working. In fact some of the places he saw were never seen in the daylight. The guys rode the bus which left town in the wee hours of the morning. The bus arrived at the concert site, and a mere glimpse of daylight might be seen before going inside and the guys never left the building until they finished the concert, tore down all the lights and sound equipment to load back up and board the bus. Meals were catered and showers were taken after all the work was done and the crew still did not go outside.
Since beginning the job with Allegro Fine Foods when they have a day off he tries to sight-see. He and Eileen met Randy’s longtime friend, Roger Ratcliff, who works in the oil fields near San Antonio. Randy and Roger became friends in kindergarten in Woodville. They met for lunch and then Roger gave them a tour of the drilling sites. Another day the Birches went to Riverwalk and while riding the boat, a mother-daughter duo declared they had been in the city when Paul McCartney was there for a show. Randy happened to be on that tour and the couple thought he was a celebrity. As always there was much to see on the Riverwalk and they enjoyed some authentic Mexican food.
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Easter Sunday was a beautiful day and folks were enjoying the sunshine and warmth. Chestnut Drive Baptist Church was filled with church family members and visitors and we are always happy to see folks who come for services. Many members had their children and grandchildren to fill the pews and were planning on eating a great meal after church.
Long years ago when we were in school usually we got out for Good Friday and the Monday after Easter.
Those were the only holidays we took during that long drag between New Years Day and the end of school in May. Now there are more days off from school for spring break and celebrating something important that a man has done. Are there any holidays for an important woman doing something fantastic? I cannot recall one of those days so we might ought to be thinking of someone to celebrate.
That is food for thought to speed your week along!

Sheila Scogin contributes this weekly column about Huntington-area residents.