loia Food Pantry open Sept. 17
The annual meeting of Martins Prairie Church Cemetery Association was held at Martins Prairie Church Sunday, Sept. 4, with a good number in attendance. The meeting was called to order by president Dexter Lavender. The pianist for the day was Sharon Lavender. There were several congregational songs. Special music was provided by John Briscoe. There was also a history of the Davis Family presented by descendent, Richard Timm.
The Davis Family came to Texas in the 1840’s. Their ancestor, Matthew Caldwell, signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. His daughter Martha married a Davis in Grimes County. It really was a good program. The names of those that died since last year’s meeting were announced including: Cee Cee Candler, Calvin Messer, Ross Allen Jarvis, Bernard Chesnutt, Doris Mae Bryant Shifflett, Lois Coneley and Clyde Thomas. May their memories be forever blessed. Following the service, lunch was served in the church fellowship hall. As usual, the meal was wonderful. If you wish to donate to the cemetery, send to Darlene Lavender, 14389 FM 244, Iola. TX 77861. A tombstone was recently placed in Martins Prairie Cemetery for Doris Mae Bryant Shifflett. Dates are Dec. 31, 1935 – March 29, 2022. Her ashes were buried in the graves of her parents, Oscar J. and Lillie M. Bryant. May her memory be forever blessed. Pyramid Masonic Lodge No 593 will meet in North Zulch Tuesday, Sept. 21. The meeting will begin with a meal at 6:30 p.m., followed by the lodge meeting. All Masons are invited to attend. The Iola Food Pantry will distribute food Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Iola Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from 9-11 a.m. All that need a helping hand are invited to attend. Also, the day before at noon, volunteers are requested to help set up for the distribution. All assistance is certainly appreciated. Evergreen Baptist Church will assist with distribution.
The monthly meeting of Orphans Friend Masonic Lodge No 17 was held at their lodge hall in Anderson with a good number in attendance. The covered dish meal was enjoyed by all. Christopher Renberg, a teacher in the area, was presented with the Lamar Award for his service to the community. Clayton Teer, a member of the lodge, was presented with his 50-year award and Lapel pin. His son Ricky, who is also a Mason, assisted in the ceremony. B.J. Moody, who is a member of the Navasota Lodge, was voted in as a lodge member. It was a very good meeting. Bedias Masonic Lodge 651 held their lodge meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6, with a good number in attendance. The covered dish meal was enjoyed by all. A 50-year award was presented to James Bracewell, who has a long history of service to the Bedias Lodge and Masonry in general. His wife Jade as well as a son and grandson were also present. Kenneth Young, who is serving the committee on work in Masonry, also attended.
A double tombstone was erected in Evergreen Cemetery Tuesday, Sept. 6, for Michael Bruce Crenshaw, who was born Nov. 22, 1951 and died Sept. 15, 2021. He is survived by his wife Sandra Elaine. He was the son of Macree Mack and Alice Crenshaw, who are buried in the same cemetery.
Iola Hay Day is Saturday, Oct. 22. There will be a parade on Main Street beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will also be booths. Come out and join in on the fun. Hope to see you there.
Happy birthday this week to: Sept. 11 – Andrew England, John Eugene Vaughn; Sept. 12 - Molly Dirickson; Sept. 13 – Joe Perry Norman, David Alton Pyle; Sept. 15 – Justin Morgan, John Porter, Mallori Frenzel; Sept. 16 – Bennett Crenshaw, Kelly Marlu Dudley, Henry Gibson, Ruby Grissett; Sept. 17 – Samantha Robinson, Robert Frenzel. Do hope your special day was a happy one!
Happy anniversary this week to Bob and Tina Templeton, married Sept. 17, 2005. Join me in wishing them many more years of happiness together.
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