May 5, 2015


David and Charlotte (Morris) Carter have owned the His & Hers Trade Days in Burke for two years and they both love it. The following is an email from Charlotte about a quick trip they took to Virginia to help a friend move. One of their venders, Johnny, also went along with them.

Charlotte says. It was a two day drive to get there pulling trailers and packed and stacked but it was truly a great trip! On the way I (Charlotte) left my phone and all of my debit/cards at a restaurant in Tennessee, went back and nothing was found. So, for two hours I was canceling cards and cell phone service. We arrived at our beautiful destination in the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains on a Friday evening. Such a beautiful site looking over the hills, seeing old barns, and beautiful flowers and trees. David, Johnny, and I headed out to Roanoke Saturday morning with the sole purpose of going to Black Dog Salvage. This salvage place specializes in reclamation, re-purposing and resale of architectural pieces. Two guys, Mike and Robert, started the business and it went from salvage business to a Salvage Dawgs reality show on the diy (do it yourself) network. This is one of our favorite shows! We arrived at their store and the town was having a marathon. Mike, Robert and the black dog Sally were greeting the runners. We were able to stand on their dock, visit with them, and get our photo made. They are super “down to earth” guys! We got our t-shirts, shopped a bit and hit the road. Being in the business of junk we made many stops! We spent Saturday night in Kodak, TN near Pigeon Forge. Sunday we pointed toward home by way of Arkansas. Being the traveler I noted that the American Pickers, another awesome show on the History channel, have a store in Nashville. After a few flea markets we made our way to ribs at Rippy’s BBQ and a quick visit to the American Archaeology store to view some of Mike and Frank’s finds. They were not there but we got a few pictures with some of the things from their show. As our day was ending we found some great treasures including several old cast iron kettles and a few iron skillets. We found ourselves facing storms through Arkansas but made it home safely in the early hours Monday morning. It was a very quick trip but we enjoyed our venture! Note: His & Hers Trades Day is the third weekend of every month in the middle of Burke on the east side of highway 59, just a short distance south of Angelina County Airport.

Visiting with Arlene Hook when she came in for garden seeds, I learned that she and several ladies from her church, Diboll United Pentecostal Church, spent all day last Saturday shopping in Tyler. With Arlene were chauffeur and pastor’s wife, Michele King, Michele’s daughter-in-law, Brittany King, Jessica Stanley and Patricia Stubblefield. Their first place to stop was the new strip center taking in the several department stores that included: Versona; T. J. Maxx, Compass, Gordman’s, Ross and Steinmart. For lunch they dined at Genghis Mongolian Grill where customers choose their meat, spices, vegetables, give it to a cook and when it’s done the cook brings it to the table with your choice of a fork or chop sticks. After a delicious meal, the group enjoyed frozen custard at Andy’s.

Enjoyed visiting with Andy Archer and his son, Clayton, who now live in Pleasantview, Colorado. Andy is the son of John and Johnnie Archer of Diboll and is married to Debrah (Brooks) whose parents are Bobby and Ann Brooks also of Diboll. Andy and Debrah both graduated from Diboll. Andy worked at Temple Inland’s Fiberboard plant, was a para medic and followed in his mother’s footsteps and became a nurse, moved to Colorado and later became a flight nurse. He doesn’t fly now but is a Regional Flight Manager. His company owns 35 aircrafts and he is responsible for the crews and equipment that includes 8 aircrafts and 90 pilots, nurses and para medics. They love living in Colorado on their 35 acres where Andy can be trout fishing in 8 minutes from home. Although Debrah earned the title of a Physicians’ Assistant she chose the title “mother” and home schooled their three children. Their oldest child, Andrew, is married to Jessica; Clayton is 20 and Christina is 17. Clayton is a carpenter and spends his time helping others when he is not taking care of his goats, sheep, cows, pigs and chickens. He uses a Great Pyrenees dog to guard all the stock against bear and mountain lions.

Jack and Donnie Jenkins have arrived home from attending the SAS, Single Action Shooting Society, state competition in Lockhart. The association is made up of men and women who love to shoot pistols, rifles and shotguns which are period correct for the late 1800’s. It involves shooting ten separate stages and is based on time and accuracy. Donnie competed in the “Grand Dam” category and was awarded the honor of being #3 in the state! In June, Jack and Donnie will attend the World competition in Albuquerque, NM where both will compete in the “End of Trail” shoot.

Dennis and Karon Lenderman were proud to be taking care of their 16-month-old grandson, Jase Davis, when they came in the store. Karon’s parents, Marlon and Jean Register, were also in the store buying Colorado pinto beans. John Hawkins also bought pinto beans.

Dianne Tate and her daughter-in-law, Vicki Tate, stopped by the store to visit after attending the Women in Red luncheon. Vicki had some pictures of hers and Barry’s precious twin grandsons, Jude Kenneth and Lennon Morris whose parents are Zackary and Brittany Tate. The twins were helping Barry and had climbed up on the open dishwasher to help him load dishes. Vicki has retired from teaching in Magnolia and works full time, or when she wants to, for BVT Enterprises which is managing their rental properties. Barry works for the Barry W. Tate Group that is associated with Ameriprise.

It’s not a surprise so go ahead and mark your calendars for Betty Baskette’s 90th birthday party on May 16th in the fellowship hall of Diboll First Baptist Church. The special event is open to all who want to come and celebrate her birthday at 1PM. There will be plenty of food and birthday cake.

Come see us…’round the table.