Hemphill family reunion

The Lohn Tabernacle was the setting for the John W. and Bates Eastland Hemphill Family reunion Sunday October 14. The theme, copied from the Snodgrass family, was Christmas in October.’ Decorations were done by Shirley Doyal and Dusty Huie. Christmas at Grandmammy’s and Granddaddy’s home near Lohn is one of the most cherished memories their older grandchildren have of the holiday.’ As Jerell Hemphill said, ‘It wasn’t the gifts because they were just small gifts, but it was the excitement of seeing the tree all decorated and Santa Claus coming.’ The small children were not allowed into the living room until all the gifts and decorations were on the large cedar tree.’ When they were at last allowed into the room, they knew that Santa would be arriving momentarily.’ Excitement grew to a fever pitch.’ He was always a scary, lumpy old soul in a suit quite probably made from dyed feed sacks.’ But he was the ‘Real Thing’ to them. John, called Bud, by many people and Bates Hemphill moved to Lohn in 1910 with six children: Robbie Klebon (Klebe) who was 15, Alva Elton (their beloved Uncle Elt) was 13, W. L. Sr. (called Billy) was 10, Allen David (David) seven, Carey Woods (Carey) four and Annie Belle (called Sister) who was a tiny baby. John W. Jr. (Johnny) was born in 1915 at Lohn. They settled four and a half miles south of Lohn. In 1925 they built a modern (for the time) six-room house with a large porch on the east side. Bates always referred to the porch as the gallery, and many hours were spent playing on that porch as the parents visited with one another. Attending the reunion Sunday were: Jerell and Peggy Hemphill, Kristen Hemphill, Doug and Tammy Hemphill, Dusty Huie, Carla Huie, Rama Huie, Nadine Browning, Eunice Day, Josh and Tammy Huie, Tanner and Jayden, Martha Hemphill, Gayle and Shirley Doyal all of Lohn, Kenneth Hemphill of San Angelo, Blake Barth, Jim Barth both of Temple, Coye Burton of Brady, Mary Hemphill of Mason, Suzanne and Jeff Drucker, Geneva Hemphill Dean, all of League City, Stan Hemphill and Brooke of Burnet, Joann Meyer of Georgetown, Farley and Kathy Hemphill of Elgin, Annie Hemphill, Joe Walker, Kristen Hemphill and Stirling Hemphill all of Austin. A delicious lunch was enjoyed followed by presentations to the eldest Hemphill attending.’ Blake Barth, from Temple, who is 85 years young,’ received a picture of her Hemphill grandparents, her Hemphill great-grandparents and her great- grandfather, Eastland.’ Jayden Huie of Lohn, age 22 months, received a stuffed toy and a gift certificate for being the youngest one there. Geneva Dean received a picture of the Hemphill home at Lohn for having traveled the longest distance.’ Peggy Hemphill received the door prize which was a gift certificate. Following the presentations, a Chinese gift exchange was enjoyed by a number of the attendees. The 2008 reunion will be held the second Sunday in October at the Lohn Tabernacle, God willing. *** There are now four new additions to the Lohn School faculty, Principal, Heidi Gardner; coach and Spanish teacher, Alex Sanchez; fourth and fifth grade teacher, Cheryl Stuart; and science teacher, Michael Rae. We want to welcome them to Lohn. The principal`s office, vacant the past school year, will be occupied by Mrs. Gardner who said: ‘I wanted to take this opportunity to express how excited I am to be the new principal of Lohn ISD. I feel so fortunate to once again be a part of this wonderful and warm school environment. I am looking forward to meeting and working together with everyone this school year.’ ‘I would like to take this opportunity to share some information about my background so you can begin to get to know me a little better. This is beginning my ninth year in education. I attained my bachelor’s degree in elementary education (emphasis on math and reading) from Howard Payne University in Brownwood.’ From there, I began my professional career as a third grade classroom teacher at Coggin Elementary, Brownwood. During my time at Brownwood, I earned an English as a Second Language certification, Gifted and Talented certification, and an Early Childhood Education certification. ‘The following year I was offered the position of Special Programs Coordinator/Teacher at Santa Anna ISD. As the Special Programs Coordinator it was my job to organize time, space, resources and curriculum to accommodate the ever-changing daily array of subject matter and grade levels. During the course of a day I instructed dyslexia, gifted and talented, ESL / bilingual, migrant, computer technology and art classes. ‘In addition, I was also the Section 504 and Textbook Coordinator, a member of the Technology committee and President of the Site- base Decision Making committee. While at Santa Anna I also attended Sul Ross State University, Alpine where I achieved a Master’s degree in School Administration with the emphasis being on Curriculum and Instruction then I continued on to earn my Principals certification. ‘Then in 2005, I was provided with an excellent opportunity at Novice ISD, where I served as Principal for Pre-k through 12 grade. As principal, I was the educational leader charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty, Pre-k though the 12th grade. ‘I observed, supervised and evaluated the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum and instruction. I provided a safe and orderly environment in which learning can take place by consistently maintaining school policies and the Student Code of Conduct. I was a visible presence in all areas of the school and its functions, both during and after school. ‘I was also selected, in 2006, to become a mentor to the new Principals in the region by the Educational Service Center XV staff. While at Novice, I earned my Superintendent’s certification, also from Sul Ross State University.’ ‘On a more personal note’I feel fortunate to have so much to celebrate. Not only I am excited about becoming the principal at Lohn ISD, I am also fortunate to have been recently married to an amazing person. Kirk works for Scientific Drilling International as a directional drilling supervisor. Kirk and I enjoy the outdoors and spending time at home. We enjoy fishing, deer hunting and showing our cutting horses whenever we get a chance. ‘I am very eager to meet everyone, so please feel free to call or stop by for a visit. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I hope to see you soon! ‘Heidi Gardner Lohn ISD Principal *** The new assistant football, cross country, girl`s basketball and Spanish teacher is Alejandro (Alex) C. Sanchez, a native of Ozona. His parents are Rebecca and Enrique Galvan and the late Johnny Sanchez. He has one brother, Javier Sanchez and a step-brother, Jose Galvan. Alex graduated from Ozona High in 1992, attended Western Texas College for two years, Schreiner College for three years earning a Bachelor of Arts in exercise science and a minor in Spanish. He played on the Schreiner`s Men`s Tennis team (1994-97) and was newcomer of the year 1994. His teaching career began in `97 at Bandera ISD where he taught Spanish, was Jr. High Girls Volleyball, Basketball, Head boys and Girls Tennis. He left there and went to Comstock for two years (1998-2000) as’ head coach of girls and junior high girls’cross country, volleyball, basketball, track, Spanish teacher. From there, he taught at Clayton, N.M. Public Schools’ (2000-2002), was head volleyball coach (began a new program), assistant girls basketball coach, head girls track, junior high girls volleyball basketball, track and Spanish I, II, III. Alex wanted to experiment and took a job with the Texas Youth Commission in 2002 where he was employed both at Coke County Juvenile Justice Center in Bronte as a caseworker’and then transferred to Sheffield Boot Camp in Sheffield where he was’a program specialist (2002-2006).’He then left to work in the Oil field where he was truck supervisor for Nabors’Well Service in Ozona before going back to Iraan and working for National Oilwell Varco in sales.’ Throughout the years, he has been fortunate to work with some great coaches and teachers and has also had the privilege to coach athletes, both during the season and into the playoffs and state tournaments. We know the Lohn boys and girls will have a great year with two fine coaches, John Santiago and Alex Sanchez. ***’ Betty Hill has a new great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Nicole. Her mom is Heather Ramsey. Cheyenne is the eighth great-grandchild for Betty. Visitors at the Hill home on the weekend were Lee and Paula Miller from Richland Springs, Kirk and Shawna Garrett and children from Hamlin and also Kirk`s father, Pat Garrett. Len and Jan Westra are back in residence at their Lohn ranch after spending most of the summer in their home state of Michigan. They have a summer place in Montague, a quiet residential neighborhood, and even in the town Len stated, ‘We have the same problems encountered here in Lohn’deer, deer, deer and more deer, along with turkeys. In order to plant and harvest the fruits of our labor it was necessary to erect a ‘Texas deer fence’ around the garden, and as a result, we were able to enjoy many vegetables as the summer progressed.’ Len and Jan visited with his brother and sister-in law, and Len had ample opportunities to pursue one of his favorite pastimes’fishing Returning to Lohn, they have been busy attempting to rid the yard of the unusual tall weeds due to the excessive amount of rain earlier in the summer. There is an amusing (yet true ) e-mail making the rounds, a view on aging. Briefly, it reads that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we were kids. Kids under 10 are so excited about aging that they think in fraction, such as being five and one half. The teens want to be or gonna be 16. Then one becomes 21, turns 30, is pushing 40, reaches 50 and makes it to 60. By now, one has built up so much speed they hit 70. Gayle Doyal hit it on Oct. 5, giving the family an excuse to get together once again for a party. On Saturday, Oct. 6, daughters, Janet Gloria from Fredericksburg and Jo Anne Martin brought it to pass at the Martin home in Brady. Michael Martin cooked hamburgers, and JoAnne made the cake, topped with 70 candles. All three of Gayle and Shirley`s children were there, the daughters were joined by son, Gary Doyal and friend, Carlynn, from Austin. Grandchildren present were Hunter Martin from Houston, Raegen and Mitch Ely, Madalynn and Holt from Austin, Addison Doyal and Alexi from San Angelo, Evan Martin and Bailey Moore from Brady, friends, Jason and Kelli Jacoby from Melvin and Clay and Wendy Jones from Brady. Several young well- wishers also came by, Zack Jones, Mackenzie Hurt, Nathan Castro, Thevor McBee and Cole Hemphill, all of Brady.

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