The Memorial Day ceremony held at the Garden of Memories was impressive from the many comments I’ve heard. Gipson Funeral Home is to be commended for providing the memorial.
JoNell Placker shared that she attended and saw Bettye Greer, Ima Weisinger, Nell and Eliza Harty, John and Mable Powers and many others. The Boy Scout Troup #121 participated along with Glenn Lenderman who provided patriotic music for the special occasion. Lt. Col. Albert J. Charanza was the special speaker and “Taps” was played by Ricky Gay. Red, white and blue balloons were released by friends and family members.
After the memorial service, hot dogs and soft drinks were served by Reidel Wilkerson and the ladies of the Homer Pentecostal Church.
The reason for Memorial Day is often forgotten in the many other activities of a holiday weekend. We should never forget that the freedom we have in the United States is not free and has been bought through the lives of people serving in our military; many of whom who paid the ultimate sacrifice. “Thank You” to those who continue to serve today in our military to protect our great nation.
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Billie and Leonard Robison, along with longtime friends, Glendon and Gwen Sanders, got their RVs out and drove to Grapevine, where they parked them and caught a train. At 1 p.m. they boarded the Grapevine Vintage Railroad at the Cotton Belt Depot and traveled 20 miles and 130 years back in time. Almost 2 hours later they disembarked in the historical Fort Worth Stockyards and witnessed cowboys driving longhorn cattle through the streets. Because the passenger train has to wait for preferential freight trains on the tracks, there was little time to do much more than eat at Riskey’s BBQ and rebound at 4:15 p.m. for the trip back to Grapevine. From there, the Sanders took their RV and traveled on to Waco for Glendon to see his alma mater’s new football stadium at Baylor University while the Robisons drove back to Diboll.
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The Diboll Business Association encourages anyone with a business in Diboll to meet with them every third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Temple Library. The membership continues to grow and one of the events that is sponsored by this organization is “Pack the House.” Each month a business is targeted and at a special date and time, members encourage the public to go to that business, look around and see what they have to offer. The object is to educate people with what Diboll businesses have to offer and encourage them to shop in Diboll.
I am happy to report that Pouland’s “The Everything Store” was the selected business for the month of May. Last Friday, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., many people took the time to come by and look around. Andrea had cooked a large pot of one of our most popular items, Colorado pinto beans. Samples were served to guests along with her delicious Mexican cornbread mini muffins. In addition to that, she had samples of most of the gourmet items we now sell. Mickey and Barbara Hollingsworth were glad they stopped by just to visit and enjoyed the food and seeing lots of friends. Woody Ingram and his grandson, Cooper Carlyle, enjoyed sampling and we learned that Cooper has a full summer schedule with Boy Scout camp, working in VBS at 2nd Baptist Church of Houston, attending Vanderbilt college for two weeks and staying in shape for track and discus. Sarah Morris of Sarah’s Gifts came by with her daughter, Charlotte, and David Carter. Charlotte and David have started a new venture in Burke, His and Hers Trade Days, which is the 4th weekend of every month. Jerry and Carol Harris from Henderson stopped by to restock their pantry with 10 pounds of Colorado pintos. Mayor John McClain and wife Fran came bringing delicious homemade cupcakes that were enjoyed by many. They went home with a supply of wasp spray.
Janie and Pat McCann came to sample items and bought Chow Chow upon the high recommendation of friends, Robbie and Don Wier, who were also present. The McCanns also bought ribbon cane syrup. Others present that were enjoying tasting and visiting were J.D. and Sue Johnson; Lee and Debbie Woodward; Mike and Dianne Gibson; Richard Rainwater; Brenda Russell; Gary Martel; and Gary Gores. Burlon Wilkerson and his mother, Jakie Bob, both came and enjoyed visiting “old times” with Geraldine. During all the visiting and sampling Brandon Franks was buying a gun but took time to try the pinto beans.
Other members of the Diboll Business Association that were present included: Richard Nelson of the Diboll Free Press; Jan Wilkerson of East TX Tupperware; Joe and Sue Baker of Baker Pest Control; Sandra Finley of Compro Tax; Gloria Parker of H&R Block; Lewis Ivy of LSI Cleaning and Floor Service; Trey Wilkerson of Wilkerson Financial and Scott Roberson, manager of Brookshire Bros. in Diboll. We truly appreciate everyone that took the time to come by and visit our store and hope you will come again.
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Nanree (Turner) Lewis called to let me know her mother, Loree Turner, passed away on May 28 in Mineral Wells. She was 93 and was buried in Henderson. Nanree had been with her mother in Mineral Wells for about 2 years. Her brother, Don Jr. also lives there. Loree was the wife of Brother Don Turner. They moved to Diboll in the early 1950s as the pastor of First Baptist Church when it was located at the corner of 1st and Mill Streets in Copestown. They only lived here about 3 years, but it was during that time that Diboll First Baptist purchased the land on Devereaux Street and had the groundbreaking to begin construction for a new building.
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Congratulations to Roy Lee and Teresa Lyles who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on June 1. A big “thank you” to Joe Gage for baking and bringing his recipe for sausage bread to the early coffee drinkers at the round table; Frank Devereaux and Joe Donald Smith even joined in with the others.
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Ronnie Coleman came by to let our readers know The Boys and Girls Club will receive the proceeds from a Texas Hold ’em Tournament which will be held June 14 at The Boys & Girls Club in Diboll. $50 buy-in tickets are available here or call 936-560-6844 for more information. Registration begins at 5 p.m.
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That same Friday evening, June 14, will be the first “Music in the Park” in our beautiful Old Orchard Park beginning at 6 p.m. This event is sponsored by The Diboll Civic Club. Four different groups will perform along with other entertainment so, bring your family, friends and if you like, a comfortable lawn chair. Refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 936-829-4040.