September 29, 2015


Jan Wilkerson is one busy lady. If you have been involved doing any volunteer work in Diboll you have probably met Jan. She is very active in Diboll PTSA, a past State President of PTSA, serves on the Diboll Business Association, Design for Diboll committee and the Diboll Civic Club to name a few. She is also very active in her church, Eastview Pentecostal, although she recently resigned as Director of the Women’s Ministry after 13 years to accept the position of Community Relations Director of her church. I understand that two ladies filled her vacancy. Thank you Jan for all you do for our community and your church.

The Diboll Civic Club meets once a month on the first Tuesday which will be October 6th at 6PM at the Temple House on Hines Street. There are no membership requirements or dues except to be interested in making our community of Diboll a better place to live and raise a family. Please mark this date on your calendar and come be a part. Plans are in the making for Christmas Blessings and also Christmas in the Park. Hope to see you at the meeting.

Gayle (Saxton) Holland, grew up a “city” girl living in Diboll. She never had much opportunity to get her feet off the concrete until she married Ken Holland. She now loves living in the country near Kennard and has named almost every animal on their place. They have cows, rabbits, horses, chickens, dogs, a cat, a donkey and a weak and abandoned calf named PIB. Gayle’s day job has been working as a medical transcriptionist for Dr. Thomas Duncan for the past 35 years. Gayle graduated from DHS in 1972. She has a son, Kevin Dickey, who lives in Lufkin. Gayle’s little sister, Kathy, graduated in 1974; their parents were Bill and Pat Saxton. Kathy and her husband Terry Bunkley live in Abilene but are contemplating moving near Austin to be closer to their two daughters. Mary Lynn graduated from UT and is waiting to hear the results of her bar exam, hopefully in November and Candace graduated from Hardin Simmons and is already living in Austin.

Fran Rodriguez called Friday asking if we knew of someone who planned to attend the Master Gardeners Native Plant Sale to be held Saturday, September 26 at the Farmers Market location in Lufkin. She had a $5.00 discount coupon off any purchase she had won as a door prize at the monthly Gardeners Seminar on September 21. She would be in Nacogdoches attending a Texas District Pilot meeting and would not be attending. However hubby Louis would be working at the sale with the other local Master Gardeners; he is just two hours away from completing his final requirements to become Certified Master Gardener. Fran also reported that she and Louis celebrated her 74th birthday by attending “The Diamonds” concert at the Pines Theater on September 14; and they are also enjoying driving their new red Ford Explorer SUV around town. (Fran never drove his 2012 Ford 150 super crew pickup truck because it was too big for her and now she is so happy that this vehicle has all the bells and whistles and has a special setting just for her when she is in the driver’s seat). Follow-up report from the Gardeners sale: Yes, it was another successful sell-out and everything was just about gone by 10:30 a.m.

Dianne Gibson called to report about the six members of the Diboll Pilot Club that attended a workshop at the First Christian Church in Nacogdoches last Saturday. The purpose of the meeting was to learn more ways the Pilots can serve their community. The group enjoyed being served breakfast as well as a delicious lunch. Diboll Pilot members attending were: Barbara Nash, Sue Baker, Betty Capps, Fran Rodriquez, Geneva Ard and Dianne Gibson. This club meets the second Monday of each month at Vintage Blooms for their regular meeting and a catered meal. If you are interested in this service club and want to know more about it, feel free to contact any of these ladies. Their next service project is an Appreciation meal for our Diboll policemen.

John Monk frequents the round table. He shared that he and Lynette’s grandson, John Berroth, is attending the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota on a baseball scholarship. While attending Estrella High School in Goodyear, Arizona, John played on the First Team Arizona All Stars.

John and Lynette Monk are members of the Christ Church where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The church has been meeting in The Lodge since August 2009 but will be moving in a few days into their new building on Saddle Creek off Southwood. The beautiful new building already has a bell installed in the bell tower. From John’s research, it is an old 30-inch 800 pound bell that was cast in 1882 by the Clinton Company and has “Meneely” stamped on it. It will be operated by a traditional pull rope although electronic chimes will also be used. The church has a new Allen Organ and was given a 1938 Steinway & Sons piano signed by one of the Steinways. They also have a new set of hand bells that will be used under the direction of Lynette Monk.

The following is from Christ Church website describing the ornate hexagonal oak pulpit that is already installed. It is only one of two remaining pulpits designed by the famous Sir Christopher Wren in the late 1600’s. “It is both humbling and inspiring to think that in the newly constructed Christ Church, the Word of God will be proclaimed from a pulpit built when the King James Version of the Holy Scriptures (which just celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2011) was a mere 50-60 years old, and from which the Gospel of Christ was first proclaimed a full century before the founding of our country!” The minister is Randall Green and the first service is planned for October 11th at 10:45AM.

Our thanks to Ella Wayne Wilkerson for the homemade cookies and to her son-in-law Jerry for bringing her to the round table. Robert Jones’ local honey is always in demand. Lacey Chandler and Betty Jumper both came in to restock with honey. Gary Gores came and bought a Woodman’s Pal tool. Melvin Linton, Sr. was happy to get Swamp Witch tires for his mechanical mule. J.R. Williams enjoyed spending time with his brother, Richard “Dickie” Williams from Sweeny; his wife is Debbie (Bullock) whose grandparents lived in Corrigan. J.R. and Dickie spent time in the Smyrna hunting club getting ready for the season.

If you are in need of fish to stock your pond, The FISH Truck will be at Poulands, October 14th from noon until 1PM.

Members of the 1985 graduating class at DHS are having their 30th class reunion, October 10th at J.R.’s Barn one mile north of Diboll. For more information contact Clevette Mark 936-586-9416 or Faye Jones 936-208-9225. Check out their Facebook page, Class of 1985.
Come see us…’round the table.