Chet Strain has several ministries

Chet Strain, a 1987 Diboll High School graduate, performed the wedding ceremony of Caleb Murray and Danielle Grimes earlier in May at Burke Baptist Church.
Chet was the pastor of Jubilee Church in Nacogdoches for 16 years until he resigned. With his background in rodeo and horseshoeing he became a traveling minister, preaching at cowboy churches. The day of the wedding he was almost late. Chet has a tame longhorn steer he carries to functions for kids to ride and have their picture made with him. The afternoon of the wedding Chet had the Texas longhorn with him in a trailer to attend another event that evening. Somewhere between Nacogdoches and Burke, Chet realized that something wasn’t right. He stopped, got out and noticed the trailer was empty. He turned around and drove back and soon spotted the longhorn leisurely eating in a pasture. Chet led him back into the trailer and secured the gate. It seems the steer was able to get one of his long horns through a carter pin and unlock the gate and got out without hurting himself or anyone else.
Chet Strain began a body-building program several years ago and has organized another ministry using a strength team to illustrate the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is available for churches, school assemblies or organizations to demonstrate this unique ministry. So if you need a preacher, a body builder or your horse shod, give Chet a call at 936-552-9885
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From time to time some of you may have heard singing in the parking lot of Walmart. We have and stopped to listen to the young man who uses his talent to minister to people through music. Clayton Dyess is from Marthasville, La., and travels full time singing in parking lots, churches or any place where people will listen. You have an opportunity to hear him this Friday, May 23, at Jubilee Baptist Church on FM 1818. Eva Fairchild and other members of the church invite you to come hear Clayton Dyess and enjoy a reception afterwards.
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Joe Parrish was in the store Saturday morning. He said 12 years ago his wife Kathy and son Jacob moved to Gonzales when she accepted a job working for DMX Satellite Radio; my grandchildren call it “elevator music.” Joe left his welding business in Diboll, bought a bulldozer and moved to Gonzales to be with his family. He kept the dozer busy clearing trees and digging ponds. Their lives were changed forever nine years ago when 19-year-old Jacob, a fine Christian young man, was killed in a car accident. Kathy and Joe have decided it’s time to come home to Diboll. Joe plans to build a maintenance- free house near where he grew up on the Telford place at the end of South First Street.
Joe Parrish’s sister, Gina (Lee) Wright, and husband Jim live on the old home place. In March Gina and Jim had twin girls born, Abby and Ali. Two days after they came home from the hospital, their young son Shane broke his arm while staying with his grandparents in Moscow. Joe came from Gonzales to help with the twins, learning to rock, change diapers and make formula. The following Monday, Gina was hospitalized and Joe was there to help with the babies.  I don’t know of many men that would volunteer to help with twin babies. Joe, you are a good man.
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A few days ago Rhoda (Brown) Davis came to visit in her hometown of Diboll from her present home in Milwaukee. Flying with her was one of her nine children, Charles. It’s good Charles was with her because the plane broke down and with a four-hour layover, they arrived much later than intended. Rhoda grew up in Diboll and was named after Rhoda Faye Chandler. After moving from here she and her family came several times a year to visit her parents, Winston and Mattie Brown. Even though they were born in Wisconsin all of Rhoda’s children love to come spend time in Diboll. Charles said he remembers liking the trains. Rhoda and Charles Davis made this special trip to attend a memorial service for her sister, Vera Jones, who was married to Marcellos Jones, also a longtime resident of Diboll. It was a quiet, peaceful service at the cemetery and closed with the release of 82 yellow balloons.
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Sonny and Alice Tamez came in with their 4-year-old daughter Lily, who won a gift certificate to Pouland’s at the recent Diboll Business Association’s Bingo. Also with them was 9-year-old Coral and personable 16-year-old DHS junior, Esmeralda. The Tamez family lives in Diboll and recently closed their business, Hometown Pets, in Lufkin. Sonny’s expertise is knowing how to care for fish and is building his new business, Aquarium Services; cleaning and maintenance of any size fish aquariums.  In their backyard they have as a pet a 140-pound, 43-year-old tortoise named Sheldon that was rescued from being trapped under a fallen tree for months. Sheldon loves turnips and mustard greens, corn on the cob, watermelon and enjoys giving the family Chihuahua and the girls a ride on his back. When temperatures drop below 50 degrees, Sheldon digs himself a deep hole and will not come out until the ground warms up. Esmeralda was excited about spending her 16th birthday with her sisters, Isabella and Ariella, who are both students at UT in Austin and promised to carry her to see the Austin Art Wall.
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Visited with Dianne Gipson, who stopped by after attending the monthly meeting of The Retired Teachers Association. About 25 guests were present at Southside Baptist Church where they met for the meeting and reception hosted by Dianne, Kaye Fitzgerald, Charlotte Anderson and Becky Donahoe.
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Don’t forget the Youth Committee of the TLL Temple Library is having a Mexican dinner 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday, May 23, at the library. A plate lunch is only $6 and all money raised will benefit the Youth Committee and DHS Homecoming 2014. Orders can be placed by calling 829-5497. Businesses with more than five orders can have their lunches delivered. It’s good food for a good cause!
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Please don’t forget the real reason for Memorial Day and have a safe holiday. 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.