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Goree is a quaint, quiet town with easy access to the lake, guided hunting/fishing, hunting lodges, RVing, camping and extremely affordable real estate for your very own hunting headquarters. Finally, Goree has the last stop for bait, beverages and snacks before heading to the lake, Millers Creek Reservoir.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bereavement opportunity...

There will be a meal for the Lorene Hunt Family following the graveside services at the Goree Memorial Building. The graveside services are at 1:00 p.m. at the Goree cemetery. Cindy’s church family will be bringing food as will Jonelle’s friends.

I am asking those in Goree who knew Lorene and this family to contribute however they feel led. Goree will not be responsible for the full-blown meal, but many of us will want to help serve, bring a dish or attend the services.

Some of the exes think we don’t have much or many left in Goree, but as we saw last week that that just isn’t the case! And the exes don’t want to be a burden on anyone…but what a joy it is to be a helping hand during a time like this. We ARE breathing life back into this town and GOOD times are ahead. Yesterday, I had a very, very encouraging discussion with our ‘new’ Knox County Economic Development Coordinator, Remelle Farrar. Guess what? We, the city of Goree, are included in her plans and she wants to help us make our dreams come true. Her quote, “I do not apply for a grant unless I already know I will be awarded.”

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

In Loving Memory~

Lorene Fitzgerald Hunt
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

MUNDAY - Lorene Fitzgerald Hunt, 90, passed away Jan. 28, 2008 in the Munday Nursing Center. A graveside memorial service will be held at the Goree Cemetery on Sat. Feb. 2, 2008 at 1 p.m. Lorene was born on May 2, 1917, in Haskell County, Texas to Boss Fitzgerald and Mamie Cowsar Fitzgerald. She was a long time resident of Goree, where she married George W. Hunt. Lorene was a homemaker and mother of four children.

Her husband, George W. Hunt, preceded her in death, as well as daughter, Judi Hunt Walsworth, and two brothers, Denzil and Porter Fitzgerald. Survivors are son, Joe David Hunt of Vernon, daughters and spouses, Sharon and Bill Fox of Fort Worth, Cindy and Bob McWhorter of Seymour, sister, Jonell Patterson of Munday, and brother and sister-in-law, David Norris and Frances Fitzgerald of Midland. She has eight grandchildren, Lori Rosenstein, Leslie Hamlin, Christal Warren, Jay Walsworth, Lance McWhorter, Marc McWhorter, Jodi Hunt, and Shelby Hunt, and seventeen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.


Mrs. Lorene Hunt passed away yesterday so I'll be posting information soon. Last Friday was the day of the McSwain graveside service with family meal that followed at the Goree Memorial Building. We, the Trainham's, have inherited a 'drop-off' dog named Dawg. He goes everywhere with Kent and I. He is loved by all, I might add!

Since Dawg knew that we were in the Memorial Building he guarded the door for an entrance opportunity and chances to snatch glimses of us inside. He scratched and whined a big part of the day while perched on the porch.

All that to say, when Jimmy Harlan sent me the following email...I felt that I could not resist reposting it here:

"The doctor was holding the handle of the door of the exam room as a patient was about to exit; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient who had just inquired about life after death, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing...

I know my Master is there and that is enough."

Thursday, January 24, 2008

History of Goree, Part 5: Early Settlers...

by John H. Bates

When the county was organized, Steve Franklin filed on a section of land for Mr. Gulick. This land was section 6, located about three and one half miles northeast of Goree or one mile east and one mile south of what is now Hefner.

In 1885, Mr. and Mrs. Gulick sold their claim on section 6 to J.H. Bates and filed on section 12. The southeast corner of this section is one and one half miles east of present day Hefner and the west side is FM Road 266.

The Gulicks reared their family on this section of land. Their daughters are Mrs. Hamp Jones and the late Mrs. Jessie Jones of Goree and Mrs. Willie Parks of Rotan.

In October of 1886, J.H. Bates came to Knox County and bought the claim to section 6 from W.M. Gulick. He gave Mr. Gulick a wagon, a span of little mules and $125 for his claim to section 6. He went back to Den-County and on December 17, 1886 him, his wife and four boys, Ross, Frank, George Bates and M.L. Arnold (a son of Mrs. Bates by a former marriage) arrived at the claim that he had bought from Mr. Gulick. They moved into a one room house that Mr. Gulick and Mr. Calthrop had constructed for their wives. Mrs. Gulick and Mrs. Calthrop used the house as a sort of parlor when company arrived. They lived in a half dug-out.

As near as I can trace about all the people that were there in the locality in December of 1886 were the families of Bill Gulick, J.H. Bates, Ham Calthrop, Bill Benedict, Lee Newsom, Fred Franklin, Bud Holt, and Bill Gibbs.

In 1887, others began to arrive. They were Newt Martin, Jap Martin, A. Parks, Bill Newsom, Tom Anderson, Algie Sams and E.M. Coffman.

In 1890, Bud Coffman, Al Coffman, W.W. Coffman and others came.

My reason in trying to name these early settlers and bring them into the picture of Goree, is that they were the picture. And actually the seed that grew into present Goree. Everything must have a beginning and unless they were the beginning of Goree then, I am confused.

Remember when...

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


*Millard's 79th birthday picture in September with children Lonnie, Billy and Judy

Millard Neal McSwain

McSWAIN, MILLARD NEAL, Passed away on January 21, 2008 at the age of 79. He was born to Eldon & Olive McSwain on September 15, 1928 in Rule, TX. He grew up in Goree, TX & graduated from Goree High School in 1946. For many years he was the owner of McSwain Garage, which was an Auto-Truck-Tractor repair shop. In 1967 the family moved from Goree to Garland, TX & has remained in this area. Millard retired from Collins/Rockwell in 1986. After that his part-time transmission business became full-time & he retired again in 2000. He moved to East Tawakoni in 1999, where he lived until his death. Millard was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Marion McSwain; & step-sister, Ruby Lou Lane. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Wilson; 2 sons, Lonnie McSwain & wife, Marsha, Billy McSwain & wife, Paula; one daughter, Judy McSwain Miller & husband, James; 5 grandchildren, Greg, Ashley, Brian, Amanda, & Jessica; 2 great grandsons & 2 great granddaughters; 1 sister, Eva McSwain Pechacek & many other relatives & friends that he dearly loved. Millard was a good man that was loved by all and will be missed. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 23, 2008, Eastgate Funeral Home, 6-8 p.m. with services on Thursday, January 24, 2008, 2:00 p.m., Eastgate Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow, Friday, 1 p.m., Goree, TX. "Eastgate ""Family Owned and Operated"" LBJ @ Northwest Highway 972-270-6116"

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

In Memory of Millard McSwain...

Millard passed away at 3:25 p.m. on Monday.
Visitation is 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Funeral is 2:00 p.m. Thursday in Garland.
Burial in Goree Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Friday

Eastgate Funeral Home
1910 Eastgate Dr.
Garland, Texas 75041
Ph. 972-270-6116

Monday, January 21, 2008

Goree Memorial Building

Well, the flooring in the kitchen area is finally down. A big thanks to Johnny Birkenfeld who brought experience to this project. And I suppose we should thank Nancy, his wife, for wanting it in their home so that Johnny could gain such wonderful how-to wisdom. Nancy kept us fixed up on grub and as usual it was wonderful, thanks Nancy. Glenn Huffman and Kent Trainham were Johnny's sidekicks. They worked very hard, too. Jonathan was in and out and a big encouragement. Vickie and Tammie kept the men stocked with supplies and they painted trim, etc. Caroline even got in on the demo-part on Friday when the old cracked linoleum was removed. All in all, it was hard work, but always fun when time is shared with good friends. Thanks everyone! Awesome job!

Saturday, January 19, 2008


Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)2008-01-19Section: MetroEdition: NortheastEPage: B1

*Steve Moore is the son of John (Goree Class of 1953) and Peggy (Patterson, Goree Class of 1955) Moore.

Longtime officer is appointed police chief
MELISSA VARGAS Star-Telegram staff writer

HURST — The newly appointed police chief is no stranger to this city. Steve Moore, 50, who was appointed Friday afternoon, was raised in Hurst and has worked at the Police Department for 30 years. Moore will replace retiring Chief Tim Wallace, who announced his retirement in December.

"Growing up in the community, I know it's a great place with a lot of great people, and the officers are very community-oriented," Moore said.

Moore lives in the city with his wife, Sandy, and their Kelsi, 11. His other children are Mandy, 19, and Matt, 21.

Mayor Richard Ward said that it was difficult choosing among three internal candidates, but that he is convinced that Moore will serve the city well.

"He is a great guy, much the same as Tim Wallace," Ward said Friday. "He has very high integrity, he's very honest and you don't have to worry about opening the newspaper one morning and reading about some scandal."

Life-long goal~

At age 15, Moore began working with the Police Department as a Boy Scout Explorer. After graduating from L.D. Bell High School in 1975, he enrolled at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi but returned before long when he realized he wanted to work in law enforcement.

Determined to work his way up the ranks, Moore began working as an animal control officer in 1977. He rose to patrol officer, patrol corporal and on to detective. In 1989, Moore was promoted to sergeant and in 2001 to lieutenant. In 2002, he became the city's assistant police chief. That's when he set his sights on someday becoming police chief, he said.

That dream will be realized Feb. 1, and Moore said he has some ambitions for his tenure, especially continuing to adapt to the rising incidence of national Internet crime.

"My main goals are to continue community support and working with other agencies," Moore said.

"Crime is a regional issue, and expanding partnerships is very important."


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Note From Johnnie

Thanks to all our friends from the Goree era for their cards, flowers, emails, and other expressions of sympathy on the death of our mother, Ruth Miller Hutchens Wilson. All of us appreciate it very much. With heartfelt feelings for all of you, Johnnie Hutchens Merrill, Brenda Hutchens Dickson, Larry Hutchens, and Howard Wilson.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

In Loving Memory~

Ruth Miller Hutchens Wilson, 89, mother of Johnnie, Brenda, and Larry Hutchens, died early Thursday, Jan. 10. Service will be at 10:00am Saturday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Sayles Blvd in Abilene. Interment will be at Goree Cemetery at 2:30pm. Family and friends are welcome to gather afterwards at Brenda's home at 813 W Oregon in Seymour.

Ruth Miller Hutchens Wilson
Friday, January 11, 2008

I was born Mabel Ruth Miller on July 24, 1918, the middle of nine girls born to Zoa Ann Jackson and Elmer Nathaniel Miller. My early schooling was at Brushy and Goree. At Brushy, my family owned the land that Miller’s Creek crossed; therefore the creek and, eventually, the reservoir, were named for our family. On May 1, 1935, my high school sweetheart, W. O. “Billie” Hutchens, and I were married. To us were born Johnnie Marie on September 10, 1937: Brenda Ferrell on March 2, 1941; and Larry Miller on September 6, 1944. Billie died April 15, 1959, turning my world upside down.

After moving to Abilene, I attended and graduated from McMurry College (now University) with high honors in August, 1962. I taught at College Heights, Jane Long, Mann Jr. High, Cooper High School and Jefferson Jr. High. It was at College Heights that I met and married Al Wilson, who had a son, Howard Paul. Al and I both retired from the Abilene ISD and managed rental property and held estate auctions until his death in October of 1989. I remained active until a stroke hit me on March 11, 2007.

A lifelong Methodist, the Woman’s Society of Christian Service awarded me the lifetime service award at First Methodist Church in Goree. Upon moving to Abilene in 1959, we joined Aldersgate United Methodist Church and I remained active in the Home Builders Class until my stroke.

In addition to Billie and Al, I was predeceased by six of my sisters as well as one daughter-in-law. In addition to Johnnie and her husband Charlie Merrill, Brenda and her husband Joe Dickson, Larry Hutchens, Howard Wilson and his wife, Cindy, I am survived by eight grandchildren: Brian Merrill; Angela Merrill Head and husband Joe; Richard Merrill and wife, Susan; Gordon Merrill; David Dickson; Juli Dickson Keehn and husband Darrell; Amanda Hutchens Turner and husband Jimmy; and Hayley Wilson. Also surviving are twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great granddaughters as well as two sisters, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Services will be as I’ve planned at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Sayles Blvd. in Abilene, Texas, at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 12, officiated by Rev. Derrell Patterson officiating, with interment at Goree Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Visitation will be after the service at Aldersgate.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and spouses of granddaughters, Brian Merrill, Richard Merrill, Gordon Merrill, Joe Head, David Dickson, Darrell Keehn, and Jimmy Turner.

Family and friends will gather at the Dickson Home, 813, West Oregon in Seymour, Texas.

Memorials may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1741 Sayles Blvd., Abilene, TX 79605, or to Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605, or the charity of your choice.