August 22, 2016


A new couple moved to Diboll from Kansas. Phil and Beverly Hall. They are living on Carter Drive and are enjoying being closer to family here. Their daughter and son-in-law is Carrie and Kenny Hibbs. Their granddaughter is Amber and Brad Pesek and their great-great granddaughter is Madelyn Pesek. Beverly Hall’s mom, Louise Spicer, who I think lives in Kansas, has already been to Diboll to visit her family and celebrate her birthday. I am happy to say I met Louise at church and she is an elegant and amazing lady to be celebrating her 98th birthday. I don’t think I mentioned she flew by herself from Kansas to Houston! While here she was able to celebrate her 98th birthday with a cake and singing at First Baptist Church. She also had a big celebration the following Saturday at Kenny and Carrie’s house with FIVE generations present. Louise passed down her beloved guardian angel pen to the youngest generation, Madelyn, to treasure and continue the legacy long after she is gone.

When it was time for Louise to go back home to Kansas, her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Phil Hall, and friend, Lacey Chandler, drove her to the airport in Houston. Beverly was allowed to go all the way to the door of the plane to see her mother leave. Phil and Lacey decided to spend the hour and half waiting at Papa’s Seafood. Phil Hall is also an interesting guy and very creative. Since the short time he’s been in Diboll, he spotted a crepe myrtle tree across the street in his neighbor’s yard and with their permission has cut several limbs from it and made walking canes. He was using one that day and had it propped against the table in Papa’s. A gentleman stopped to admire the cane and when he learned that Phil had made it, indicated several times he would be interested in owning one. After the 4th time, Phil said, “Sold”.

What a great surprise to find Lillie Faye (McKinney) and Charles Wisdom sitting at the round table one morning. They live in Weston Lakes near Fulshear and Charles said that Lillie Faye has had a ‘yearning’ to come visit folks in Diboll where she grew up. Her parents were V. B. and Oneta McKinney; Shirley was her sister and Bill, her brother. The evening before, several friends gathered for a meal and enjoyed a wonderful visit. Those present with the Wisdoms included Phyllis (Salmon) and Kenneth Burnett; Kessie and Betty (George) Burchfield; Dee Dee (Camp) Groom; Dale (Harrison) Grantham; Judy (Largent) Carrier; JoAnn (Minton) Grigson and her sister Frances “Pesti” Mayo. Years ago, the Wisdoms with their three young children, Carla, Van and Rose, were missionaries in Guadalajara, Mexico for several years before returning to the US. After a lifetime of pastoring Baptist churches, Charles and Lillie Faye tried to retire until Dr. Ed Young convinced them to become a part of the staff of Second Baptist Church in Houston. Charles is presently the Senior Associate Pastor at the FM1463 location in Fulshear. He teaches at three different locations and they both have a “Second Beginnings” support group on Wednesdays. Charles is also the Chaplain for the Fulshear Police Department. After leaving the round table, they had plans to visit John and Mable (Nivens) Powers and Billie Frank and Martha Pate.

Clawson Baptist Church was one of the first churches where Charles and Lillie Faye served as pastor while he was still attending seminary. One of his members during that time was Thomas Anderson and you can imagine the surprise when Charles saw two books for sale at Pouland’s that were authored by Thomas Franklin Anderson. He bought one of each: Going Fishing, The Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn of Clawson, Texas and the second series, All Grown Up. Fran McGilvra also bought both books.

We had another pleasant surprise last Saturday morning when Sharon (Vanover) Woods came in to visit at the round table. She and her husband John, who is an engineer with Boeing, live in League City. Sharon is retired from her teaching career and loves working in her yard…and shopping. She was in Diboll for the baby shower of her first grandchild, Orion Cariker Vanover whose parents are Jeff and Lisa (McClain) who live in Houston. Daughter, Lindsay Savoile, is beginning her third year as head softball coach at the University of Montevallo in Alabama which is south of Birmingham.

Some folks have a flat and some have THREE. Greg Stephens had flats on all three of their cars. Sherri Anthony spent her lunch hour from First Bank & Trust to have a flat repaired and Ray Paulsley was also in getting a flat repaired.

State Representative, Trent Ashby, enjoyed visiting with several customers when he came in to get his hunting license and visit at the round table. It’s been awhile since Millicent Irish has been in but she came in Saturday to buy peach preserves. The news has been circulating and now confirmed that the Ricky Morris family will be moving to Port Aransas to run an air conditioning business and living on the beach. Good luck to you!

Kevin Swor and Keith Spencer were the first two to get their new hunting and fishing licenses. Some of the others include: Mona and Fox Adams; James Simms; Frank Farrow; C.W. & Ruth Loftin; John Powers; J.R. Williams; Sherrill Fears; Phil & Annette DeLaFosse; Woody Ingram; Melvin Linton, Sr.; Clyde Maxey; Jeff Capps; Barley Lenderman; Mark Hafernick; Trey Denman; John Wallace; Tom Harris; Brian Gowin; Darryl Stanley and Junios Weisinger.

The DHS class of 1983 is having their 33 class reunion on Diboll Day, October 1st at 6PM at J.R.’s Barn in Diboll. It’s $20 per person for a Fajita Dinner and Dessert. Please RSVP by September 15th by sending your money to Andrea (Pouland) Swor at 611 N. Temple Dr., Diboll, TX 75941 or call 936-829-4040 for questions or more information. For updates, go to the Facebook page: Diboll High School Class of ’83.

Don’t forget that J.R.’s Barn is now open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, 11-1:30PM and make great hamburgers, baked potatoes, chicken salad, rib eye sandwiches and Friday only, fried catfish. Go see them, then come see us…’round the table.