Ray and Joyce McMurray’s daughter, Marty, is visiting with them. She flew into San Antonio fr om Bolivia last week and plans to be here probably through May. Marty left her son, Daylon and husband, Danny, to fend for themselves while she is here in the states to take care of business and visit with her parents and sister. Bruce and Barry McBee and spouses, Deann and Jon Drake are honoring their parents, Wayne and LaJoyce McBee on their 50th wedding anniversary May 6 at the Southcrest Baptist Church Parlor in Lubbock. We wish them a happy anniversary and look forward to seeing them at Homecoming. Bill and Betty Tedder spent last Tuesday night at the farm painting fences. The Tedders will be hosting the 1947 class reunion at their home. Vance and Tammy Thurman and children visited Vance’s parents, Lowell and Joanne Thurman, in Midland over the Easter holiday. The Thurman’s are still working on their house, they have built a back yard fence and little by little are making progress on renovating the house where my grandmother once lived. Pearle Blair and her sister, Myrtle Rutledge, from Ballinger, took a short trip through the hill country. The ladies try to get away in the spring to see the flowers although there will be very few this spring due to the dry weather. They spent a night in Fredricksburg at the Sunday House and toured around the Kerrville- Ingram area. Homecoming is only 26 days away and there are numerous last minute things to be done. One of the major concerns is getting the areas around town cleaned up as we want everything looking nice as we welcome hundreds of ex-students and residents home. The men of the Lohn Volunteer Fire Department have refurbished the sign and replaced it on the building Monday evening. They have volunteered to bring weed whackers and remove the unsightly weeds and grass growing around the area. We appreciate the efforts of every one in helping. There will be a work day on May 20 beginning at 8 a.m. We have to wait until after graduation on Friday May 19 before cleaning the tabernacle and park area. Everyone is encouraged to come out and help. If you can’t come at eight come anytime after eight. Romance is in the air. There were two weddings this past weekend. S.A. Lankford and Greg Young were married at the First Christian Church in Brady on Saturday. S.A. is the daughter of Phyliss Lankford and granddaughter of Durward and Nina Solsbery. All members of the family from Lohn attended the wedding. Kim Covey, daughter of Floyd and Debbie Covey, was married Saturday to Paul Davis at the Bridge Street Church in Brady. Paul’s parents are Regina Markley and Wayne Davis of Brady. The groom’s best man was his brother, Mac Davis and groomsman was the bride’s brother, Frank Covey. Leslie Short was the maid of honor and Maegan Davis was the bridesmaid. Penny Davis was the flower girl. Paul graduated from Glenrose High School in 1997 and is currently employed at HRI in Brady. Kim is a senior at Lohn High School and will graduate on May 19. After graduation they will be moving to Clifton where Kim has enrolled at Hill College'(a branch from Hillsborough) where she will work toward a degree in nursing. The couple attended the junior-senior prom on Saturday evening, and had a brief wedding trip to San Angelo. The Doyal family had a full schedule over the Easter weekend. Jim and Kay Swafford came from Lubbock to Gayle and Shirley’s home. The four went to Mason on Friday and spent the night with Jamie and Mary Hemphill. On Saturday they attended the Easter celebration, parade and numerous other activities in Mason. In the meantime, Terry and Nan Doyal came from Rule, picked up Ethel Doyal in Eden and drove to Dallas so that she, Ethel, might see her newest great grandson, Brice Stephen Baker, who was born April 5. Brice is the son of Stephen and Tonya Doyal Baker. On Sunday the Doyal family met at Shirley and Gayla’s home. Enjoying the Easter dinner were Bobby Doyal, Terry and Nan Doyal, Ethel Doyal, Jocele and Ray Schulze who now live in Early, Amy Schulze from Dalton, Amy’s friend, Kelly Richards from Austin, Johnny and Janet Gloria, Sterling Moore and Chris Gloria from Fredricksburg, Shelby Moore from Austin, Gary and Jodi Doyal, Garrick, Jocelyn, Addison, and Jodi’s mom, Bobbie Lambert all from Brady. The family attended church at Lohn and helped fill up all the pews. I have been a volunteer for almost four years with the Concho Valley Council of Governments Senior Companion Program. I have been privileged to meet and associate with a lady, Mary Yarbrough, who has been with the group longer than I. Mary is leaving the program to be married this Saturday to Doyal Gilbert. Several of the companions and friends hosted a bridal shower for Mary on Monday May 1 at the Sunset Center. She and Doyal will be living in Miles after they are married on May 6 in Miles. Mary is a caring, compassionate lady with a wonderful sense of humor. She has two son-in-laws who are Lohn boys. Her daughter, Linda, is married to Fowler Solsbery and daughter, Kay, is married to Joe Dale Smith. Lucille Phillips called to give a correct address for Glenn Willey and to say that all the Willey-Phillps family will be here for Homecoming. Easter company at the Pear Valley home of Martha Hemphill was Lesa Smith, Jason Smith, Scooter Nowlin, Allen and Kristi Castleberry and Cassidy from Junction, Royce and Tammy Hemphill from Brady, Kieth and Cynthia Dilliard, Brodie and Hayden. Royce had caught a big fish, so the family enjoyed a fish fry. The youngsters hunted Easter eggs. Nadine Browning enjoyed a visit from Dale and Barbara Young from Amarillo and Joyce Curtis. Dale is a tax accountant and needs a vacation after tax time. Joyce came alone because her husband, Gwyneth is in Italy. He helps place missionaries on the field and preaches in pulpits and makes frequent trips overseas. Gwyneth has an office at Abilene Christian University and is a very busy man. He will be returning at the end of May. His return may coincide with Homecoming so she will have to pick him up at DFW and may not be able to be here. Her classmates are hoping she will be able to attend. After church Sunday, Nadine had a visitor from California, a cousin, Rick Bates and his wife Carol. Nadine and Rick’s grandfather were brothers. The Californian has been researching Bates family history and has rather an extensive record of the family. He was especially interested in Nadine’s grandfather, Tilman Robert Bates who is buried at Lohn. Tilman Bates was born in 1826 and fought in the war between the states’on the Confederate side as he was a native of Georgia. Nadine’s father M.E. Bates, went back to Georgia and brought his parents to Texas to live. Mr. Tilman Bates died in 1909. Rick Bates is returning to Lohn sometime very soon to place a plaque on Mr. Bates grave honoring him as a Civil War Veteran. Bill Bates from Brady joined Nadine, Dale and Barbara and Joyce for lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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