August 3, 2015

The 1965 Class of Diboll High School celebrated their 50th reunion, July 11, 2015 at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Diboll. Those in attendance were: Moody Smith, Ann Smith Brooks, Bobby Baker, Hellen Rains Schmidt, Judy Taylor Kellum, Sharon Taylor Moore, Carolyn Harper Jones, Gordon Craft, Tommy Farley, Martha Weaver Hardy, Larry Powell, Dave Martinez, Gerald Perkins, Susan Schinke-Pierce, Margaret Cook Smith, Peggy Busby Roper, Gary Hendrick, Jessie Windsor, Jerry Nell Glass Wigley, Benny Ford, Ronnie Wilkins, Linda Landers Wright, Kenneth Yates, Pruett Hugg, Barbara Lester Harris, Ernest Halsell, James Leftwich, Carrol Hannah, Jennetta Taylor Whitehead and Richard Johnson. The event was catered by El Chico in Lufkin.

Gerald Perkins read a list of those from this class who are deceased: Jimmy Camp, Randall Carnley, Kenneth Clegg, Lawrence Scarborough, Joy Smith and Ulan Wilson. Also, those who served in the Military were honored for their service to our country with a Veterans pin. Those receiving pins were: Bobby Baker, Gordon Craft, Larry Powell, Dave Martinez, Gerald Perkins, Jessie Windsor, Benny Ford, Kenneth Yates, Pruett Hugg, Ernest Halsell, Ronnie Wilkins and Richard Johnson. Reunion Committee Chairman, Barbara Lester Harris said, “We had a great time reading Our Will and “Prophecy” written in 1965 and a great time sharing memories and renewing old friendships from years past”.

Carrie Hibbs provided news about their recent trip. God’s creation is so beautiful! The Hibbs’ family got to enjoy a few days in Portland Texas and Corpus Christi Texas under God’s beautiful blue skies and sunshine. The children and grandchildren enjoyed swimming at a beautiful pool then the whole family went fishing and Trey, the Hibbs grandson caught the most fish with 8. Maddie and her g-daddy climbed to the top of the highest sand dune in Portland’s park. The waves at Whitecap beach at Padres Island were big and lots of fun. Maddie and her dad built a fabulous sandcastle and then Amber and Amanda buried Brad and Maddie in the sand. God’s beautiful creation plus family equals a great time! Thank you Jesus for a wonderful time to get away with family!

Family and friends hosted a birthday party for Lester Lowery of Huntington, Texas, Saturday, August 1, 2015 at his ranch, Attoyac Farms, in San Augustine County. Lester turned 89 and was entertained by the Back Porch Boys band, starring Neal Warner and his dad Jack Warner on the fiddle. A barbeque dinner was served and all had a great time reminiscing about ole times. Groups were also given guided tours of the ranch to look at the elk, fallow deer, chital deer, wild rams, and… the Attoyac River. In attendance were his wife Othal, family members, many grand and great-grand children and a host of friends.

Two of Lester and Othal Lowery’s granddaughters were unable to attend the birthday party. Leslie Marice Clark has begun her studies at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University Of North Texas Health Science Center. Her White Coat Ceremony was July 18th. She will have four more years of studying plus residency. Another granddaughter, Taylor Lowery, was in New York City doing her internship for a sports announcer.

Hannah Bowman Pierce who has been working as a social work has now earned her administrative license to operate a nursing facility. She is presently employed at Pine Crest as the Assistant Administrator. She is the daughter of Lynda and Danny Bowman, the wife of Jason Pierce and mother to two young boys, Hagen and Westen. Lynda and her sister Marvana Cook have been fishing together on Lake Rayburn but took time off to take their mother, Maxine, to lunch at Cheddars.
Leonard and Billie Robison have been busy entertaining two of their young great-sons from Angleton, Logan and Luke. They came in for fishing licenses so I know they did some fishing, roughing it in the motorhome, and also enjoyed the new water park in Nacogdoches among other fun things.

Fran McGilvra and a friend of hers from Dekab, recently drove to Ruidosa, NM to visit with longtime friends, Wilma and Hoople Jordan. They enjoyed the cooler temperatures, the higher altitude, good food, a nice visit and a safe trip there and back home.

Have you ever been sitting in your comfortable chair holding a cell phone while it was in the process of being charged? That’s exactly what Kenneth Capps was doing when a thunderstorm moved in quickly and lightning struck their home. Kenneth felt a tingling all around the edges of the phone as the jolt knocked the phone out of his hand. Thankfully the rubberized phone case reduced the shock to some degree.

Alford Hambrick had one of his beautiful granddaughters, Josie, with him when he came in to get a flat fixed. Josie is ready for school to start and will be in the 4th grade this year.

The Angelina County Extension Office is offering a series on the “Art of DIY (Do It Yourself) Living” at their regular 3rd Monday night meetings. You are invited to attend a discussion of “Backyard Poultry” and what is needed to raise chickens for eggs or meat production. The meeting begins at 6:30 and the cost is $10 per person at the door. For more information call 634-6414.

A “Happy Birthday” to Jack Warner who will be 93 on August 11th. And also to John Ralph who will celebrate his birthday on the 10th.

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