November 16, 2015


A special HELLO to Betty Jo Flowers who faithfully reads the Diboll Free Press. Betty lives in Huntington with her daughter, Teresa Green. Betty sent a message by Teresa to let us know how much she misses living in Diboll. Betty and her husband, lived in the Lake View area for about 50 years; after he died she sold their home and moved to Huntington. Betty said she really misses her home, her friends and living in Diboll. I assure you Betty that you are also missed. God bless you.
Aline Stovall celebrated her 94th birthday on November 10th. Visiting with her and her son, Joe Paul Stovall, were her nephew Lee Matthews from Austin and his sister and husband, Emily and Bill Sinclar from Cypress. Lee and Joe Paul both graduated in 1962; Lee from Lufkin and Joe Paul from Diboll. As a lawyer Lee worked with several state departments including the Water Quality Board. Lee and Emily’s parents were Haynes and Jewel Matthews who lived in Lufkin and at one time after retiring moved to South Meadows here in Diboll.

Rodney and Cathy Lott and children from Zavalla were excited about traveling to College Station last Friday to spend an exciting weekend in and around Texas A&M. Sophomore Kaitlyn Lum from Zavalla was to be their host and event planner for the weekend. Plans included attending the Midnight Yell Practice and early Saturday morning Step-off. Kaitlyn had 12 seats reserved for the game.

With the arrival of our fresh pecans from Georgia, it is always good to renew acquaintances with those who make their annual pecan pilgrimage to Pouland’s. True to character, Carolyn Salas and Peggy Simmons were some of the first to come purchase pecans. A short time later came Dorothy Hughey, Jeanette Rodriques and Jean Fox. Betty Huizer and Joe Sosa are also good pecan customers. Andrea always enjoys visiting with two of her husband’s (Kevin Swor), former teachers; Eloise Richardson his 2nd grade and Dorothy Owen, 5th grade teacher, both taught him at Slack elementary. Others who came in for pecans include Sally Selman and her neighbor, Betty Johnson; and Rebecca Holton.

Pam Boles came for pecans just in time to use them in a recipe for pecan pie cobbler to serve that evening at Calvary Baptist at a dinner to honor the veterans in their church. Darla (Smith) Thomason co-ordinates the Wednesday evening meals with lots of help from other volunteers.

Maxine Holcomb, Pat Brown and Barbara Clark came in together. These three ladies from Hudson had been to lunch at Restoration Bar in the restored Angelina Hotel to celebrate Barbara’s birthday. The day before JoAnn Rainwater also celebrated a late birthday with a delicious lunch at the Restoration Bar with longtime friends, Ginger Capps, Nita Hurley, myself and her sister, Betty Hendrick.

Jeanetta Stewart and Edna Killion came for pecans on Friday the 13th, which was Jeanetta’s birthday. On the way here Jeanetta was driving while Edna read all her birthday greetings on Facebook.

Jeanene and Newt Courtney came in for pecans and left with a recipe for peanut/pecan brittle. Newt had eaten a sample of Andrea’s microwave pecan brittle and was ready to go home and make more for himself since Jeanene doesn’t eat sweets. The recipe came from LaVerne (Weeks) Ross from Silsbee who brings this sweet delicacy every month to the Super Seniors luncheon at First Baptist.

Driving all the way from Wells, not just for pecans but also to eat at Los Jarritos, was Bobbye Bourrous and friend, Rosalie Grayson. Ms. Grayson has two daughters in Lufkin; Kim Davis who was Realtor of the Year and Lynanne Alsbrooks who has Permanent Cosmetics by Nan located in Bella’s Salon. When they walked out the door, Bobbye was ready to order #39 from the menu at Los Jarritos.

Jim and Ladeen Pluss went to see the new James Bond movie Spectre before driving to Diboll for pecans. They highly recommend the movie as well as Tom Hanks’ Bridge of Spies.

Marty Harris and Pam Martinez stopped by to get pecans on their way home from Houston. Tina (Wolf) Jowell was already in the store and really enjoyed visiting with Pam and Marty. Pam reported that her husband Richard is back at work at Oncor but retirement is on his mind.

Pecan buyers making multiply trips to Poulands whether it’s because they need more pecans or just enjoying visiting at the round table or both, include Ray Henson, Thomas Moore, Jerry Hill and Andy Jordan. With everyone interested in pecans, it was good to have Letha Grandgeorge remind us that we still sell pinto beans.

Congratulations to Weston Reynolds son of Delbert and Jennifer Reynolds. Weston won First Place in Junior Creed Speaking at the McGee Bend District. He is very involved as a freshman at Huntington ISD where he serves as president of his class.

Hope you read Burlon Wilkerson’s article in the Diboll Free Press about DEMCO celebrating their 50th year of manufacturing. Our congratulations to Charles and Carolyn Schmidt for being chosen Angelina County’s Small Business of the Year by the Texas Forest Country Partnership.

A big heartfelt “Thank you” to all who ate at El Chico’s last Monday evening on behalf of Jessica Pouland’s fund-raiser. It was awesome, almost 200 people participated. Debbie Robison, Jessica’s grandmother, who organized this event said El Chico’s manager was overwhelmed by the support for Jessica. Proceeds will go toward her expenses when she receives a double lung transplant. Plans are in the process for a Benefit Bingo on December 1st at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center. One hundred dollar raffle tickets are being sold with the chance of winning $10,000 cash. Only 200 tickets will be sold. If you are interested in purchasing one, contact Teresa Pouland at Vintage Blooms, 829-5556.
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