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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.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

In Loving Memory...

Belva A. Chamberlain, 69, died on Tuesday (Dec 28 2010) at Newton Medical Center.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

In Loving Memory...

Wilma (Perdue) Butler, Goree Class of 1940.
Dickie Butler, son of Wilma and Joe Butler attended Goree Grade School until 1956.

Click here: Wilma Butler » Times Record News

Wilma Butler, 87, went to be with her Lord on September 20, 2010. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at Lamar Baptist Church with Dr. Mike Roberson and Reverend Shane Kendrix officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.

Wilma lived the first 33 years of her life in Knox County, where she graduated from Goree High School in 1940. She married Joe C. Butler in Abilene, Texas, in 1941. She moved to Wichita Falls in 1956 and became a member of Lamar Baptist Church. She worked with her husband who was a State Farm Insurance agent. She enjoyed playing cards and was a past captain of the Patrol Unit of the Daughters of the Nile Shelomi Temple #43. She was in the Social Order of the Beausants #105 and Wichita General Hospital Auxiliary.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband on May 12, 1980; a son, Bobby Butler on July 24, 1972; and a sister, Eva Ray Estes on November 24, 1985; and her parents, Jodie and Lola Perdue.

Survivors include a son, Dick Butler of Goree, Texas; a daughter, Barbara Stouder and husband Bill of Wichita Falls; one granddaughter, Traci Blair of Munday, Texas; a grandson, Jason Stouder and wife Theresa of Wichita Falls; four great-grandchildren, Tony Blair and wife Annie of Munday, Gavin, Cohen and Zooey Stouder of Wichita Falls. She is also survived by three great-great-grandchildren, Hunter, Stetson and Colton Blair, all of Munday; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 21, 2010, at Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas, 76310.

Tributes to Wilma can be made online at www.lunnscolonial.com.

Monday, August 9, 2010

In Loving Memory...A. Overton Faubus, who was the Goree Church of Christ preacher for a long time.

Dr. A. Overton Faubus, 96, stepped out of this life and into a new one with the Lord, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at his home in Abilene, with his daughter and son by his side. He was the patriarch of Abilene Christian University's internationally accredited College of Business Administration, leaving behind three generations of former students and colleagues at ACU who loved and respected him.

He was born July 3, 1914, in Fort Worth, Texas, to David Alfred and Ida Anna Loeser Faubus, but grew up in Waco. Faubus earned a bachelor's degree in accounting (1939) and a M.B.A. (1955) from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Arkansas (1969). He joined the ACU business faculty in 1952 as an assistant professor of business administration, and was named chair of the business department in 1969. He retired in 1985 as professor emeritus of accounting, but continued to teach, consult and mentor. At the time of his retirement, he was asked why he came to ACU, and why he stayed. "Because of its Christian environment and the opportunity to touch and influence so many young lives, as well as have more time to devote to church and my family," he wrote. "That never changed."

ACU students and faculty selected Dr. Faubus as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1972, and he was honored by his ex-students on Overton Faubus Day in 1980 with the establishment of the Overton Faubus Endowed Professorship in business. He received the Faculty and Staff Award in 1992 from the ACU Alumni Association for his dedication to educating students in COBA, and he was honored in 2005 at a Centennial luncheon for his dedicated service to the university and community. In 2009, ACU's Faubus Fountain Lake was named in his honor.He served on numerous committees at ACU, including the Academic Council, Graduate Council, Student Activities Committee, Judicial Committee, Wage Study Committee, Retirement Committee, Dean's Selection Committee, and the Centennial Photography Archivists Team.

He started the ACU Credit Union and served as secretary-treasurer its first four years. Dr. Faubus also was an active participant in the university's Christian Education Sundays program.In 1997, Dr. Faubus was named Outstanding Alumnus in Accounting by the Texas A&M School of Business and in 2006, he was selected Alumnus Accountant of the Year by the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Faubus became a CPA in 1959, and served as president of the Abilene Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, as well as a committee member of that organization and the Industrial Development Board of Texas. He was a member of the American Institute of CPAs, American Management Association and American Banking Association, and served on committees for the U.S. Small Business Administration and Federal Reserve. He was a founding partner in 1978 of the Abilene accounting firm of McCurdy, Faubus and Wright. He was active in Abilene's Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, and served six years on the Board of Trustees for Christian Homes of Abilene.

Dr. Faubus loved the church, and for most of his adult life, he served as minister, associate minister or elder of each congregation he attended. He was most recently an elder at Abilene's Hillcrest Church of Christ, a congregation he first served as a founding elder and assistant minister in 1959. He and Hillcrest were nearly inseparable ministry partners for more than half a century.

He married Annie Sybil Cochran on Oct. 29, 1939, and their nearly 51-year marriage produced two children before Sybil died Aug. 3, 1990. Dr. Faubus married Delfa Dee Yancy on Sept. 29, 1991, and she died Jan. 1, 2010. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years; his second wife of 19 years; and a grandson, Allen Overton Griggs. Among survivors are a daughter, Ann (Faubus) and her husband, Dr. Jack Griggs, of Abilene; a son, Don Faubus, D.V.M., and his wife, Pam, of Tyler; and two step-daughters, Billye and her husband, Wyman Wilkerson, of Abilene, and Peggye and her husband, Dr. Dave Pullias, of Kerrville; and a sister-in-law, Bernice Jud of Waco. He has seven grandchildren: Tim Martin, M.D., and his wife, Angela (Griggs), of Abilene; Brent Pennington and his wife, Julie (Griggs), of Chiang Rai, Thailand; Dr. Mike Stegemoller and his wife, Ashlie (Griggs) of Waco; Jackson Overton Griggs, M.D., and his wife, Erin, of Waco; Chad Faubus and his wife, Mandy, of Bentonville, Ark.; Todd Faubus and his wife, Erin, of Bentonville, Ark.; and Seth Pace of Abilene and Kelly Pace Fossi of Alpine. Dr. Faubus also has 26 great-grandchildren. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers, and honorary pallbearers will be the elders of Hillcrest Church of Christ.The family expresses its heartfelt appreciation for Dr. Faubus' physician, William F. Shudde, M.D., and the selfless love and support of his dedicated caregiver, Sherri Thetford of Visiting Angels.A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Church of Christ, under the direction of Piersall-Benton Funeral Directors. A time of visitation with the family is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home (733 Butternut in Abilene). Memorials can be made to ACU's Overton and Sybil Faubus Endowed Scholarship (ACU Box 29132, Abilene, Texas 79699-9132).

Published in Abilene Reporter-News from August 4 to August 5, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fiddle and Guitar Camp

Click here: Music, memories » Times Record News

Copied from Wichita Falls Times Record News-Goree pictures in link above.

GOREE — In fiddling circles, the late Bobby Boatright (1939-2008) could fiddle circles around most fiddlers. In his other life, he was a mathematician and physicist. It was a fine art, juggling two careers. His younger brother, Johnny Boatright, remembers it all. He reminisced about his brother this week at the Bobby Boatright Western Swing Music Camp in Goree.

Bobby Boatright’s fiddling career took off in Wichita Falls when he was just 14, the younger Boatright said. The family had just moved to the Faith Village neighborhood from Denison.
“He started playing with Bill Mack,” Boatright said. “It was a live TV show.”

Johnny Boatright smiled when he said his brother was introduced as “the 14-year-old fiddle player” for about three years.

The music camp opened Sunday night with a visual presentation on Bobby Boatright narrated by Johnny Boatright.

Bobby Boatright helped found the camp, previously held near Crowell, and was the chief curriculum organizer and fiddle instructor until his death.

Johnny Boatright himself traveled from Houston to Goree to take advanced guitar lessons at this year’s camp, the first time for instruction sessions to be held in Goree. The Knox Prairie Events Center, the old Goree School complex, furnished a place for classes, dining and lodging.
At the drop of a hat — and plenty of students were wearing them — Johnny Boatright would talk about his famous brother.

“He never made a B after the eighth grade,” Johnny Boatright said. “That includes his first master’s degree, which was in math, a very difficult master’s to acquire.”

Bobby Boatright was a student at both Midwestern State University and East Texas State in Commerce, where he earned a master’s in physics.

He continued to study.

“He had over 100 hours past his second master’s,” Johnny Boatright said.

A question often asked is why Bobby Boatright never pursued a doctorate.

“I’ll tell you what he told me one day,” Boatright said. “He did not go and write his doctoral thesis because he wanted to teach at a junior college, where he could teach Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. The reason for that’s pretty obvious. That left him a three-day weekend where he could play fiddle.”

And fiddle he did, all over the country, earning a name for himself in western swing.

“Western swing is jazz played with country instruments,” Johnny Boatright said, showing his own bent for teaching. “It’s a different flavor. It’s Big Band music. It definitely swings. It’s definitely not country music. It’s much more complex, where harmony means something. The chord progressions — excuse the pun — they’re off the charts.”

Johnny Boatright talks easily about western swing, but it’s a little harder for him to talk about his late brother. Tears come.

“J.W. (Sollis, camp director), asked me to come last year,” Boatright said, talking about the camp. “It was just too soon after Bobby passed away. This year had its trepidations. Once here, all that was like a wisp of smoke. It takes me back to my own childhood when I was learning. It seems like Daddy was always teaching kids.”

This year’s camp drew mostly youngsters, ages 10 and older. Adults also enrolled, including Jack Drury, 87. Camp director Sollis is only a few years his junior.

The music spans the generations. Many songs aren’t familiar to young ears.

Guitar student Ashley Wheeler, 17, is learning the words to “I’m Confessin’,” a 1930s song popular in the Big Band Era.

“I love the old songs,” she said. “A lot of them I’ve never heard before.”
Agewise, Johnny Boatright found himself somewhere in the middle of it all. When other responsibilities forced him to leave the camp a day early, he directed his farewell speech mainly to the younger set.

“You represent everything his ideal was about,” he told the students, referring to his brother’s standards. “It’s an honor to be part of this. Good luck with your fiddle playing, your guitar picking. Play with your heart. It’s a no-miss situation.”

The camp ends today with a 1 p.m. concert at the old bank in downtown Goree.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Another Coffman in the house (bank, actually)...

Very cool...cannot wait to tell you guys about this visit. But, I have to go to the music camp for the evening. Supper, Swing Dance Lessons, Hayride-aka-Cornbread Carolin', Campfire Choir and Smores...see ya later alligator.

In Loving Memory...

Jerry (Brooks) Massey, Goree Class of 1955
Jerry was born December 15, 1936.

Click here: Jerry Brooks Massey » Times Record News

Copied from Wichita Falls Times Record News:

Jerry Brooks Massey, age 73, of Houston, Texas passed away Thursday, July 7th in Houston, Texas. Jerry was born in Goree, Texas on December 15, 2010, the daughter of Lee Roy Brooks and Lucy Mathews Brooks. Jerry graduated from Goree High School in 1955. She married Jimmy Roy Massey of Munday, Texas on September 23, 1955.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 16th at 10 AM at Edgemere Church of Christ.
Jerry was a homemaker until her youngest child started school. Jerry was employed by Best Products and the State of Texas in the Department of Human Services.

Jerry was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Lisa Lou and son Jimmy Roy, Jr.
Jerry is survived by her husband Jimmy Roy Massey, her daughter Phyllis Massey and son Scott Massey in Houston, Texas.

Flowers may be sent to Edgemere Church of Christ in Wichita Falls for the service or a donation may be made to the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Swingin’, Steppin’ and Strolling, Saturday night in Goree

Do you remember?

Mr. Hosea’s homemade corndogs at the Halloween Carnival?

When folks lined up for Mrs. Bernice’s Western Burgers and the Wildcats ruled in Goree?

Listening to car radios and visiting with your neighbors downtown on Saturday night?

Waltzing with your darling at Rhineland?


Did you ever?

Enjoy a cup of ice cold lemon-aide, and a child’s smile, at the little girl next doors lemon-aide stand?

Do the jitterbug? Dance ‘till you dropped? Glide to a beautiful waltz?

Wish for the good old days?

Wish for something to do and somewhere to go on Saturday night?


Do you ever want to?

Step back in time? Take a stroll down memory lane?

Glide to the sounds of fiddle music, just one more time?

See our hometowns vibrant, full of people and life?

Or just find something fun to do on a Saturday night? On a date, with the family or a carload of friends?


Did anybody tell you?

You can go home again, step back in time, relive your memories, and find out what all the hoopla was about? That’s what the heritage tourism program of the Knox County Visioning Team and the GGG volunteers in Goree are all about. Bringing folks back to our hometowns, to enjoy our heritage and help us preserve it.

Why Western Swing? It’s all about us, our heritage and our future. Western Swing music, the big band sounds, house dances, bridge and street dances, they were all born right here in the cotton fields and on the ranches of West Texas. Now it’s nurtured by those who remember life on the farm, in small towns, during the Depression or the droughts of the ‘50’s and rediscovered by a new generation who are flocking to Swing Dance lessons and to learn the unique fiddle and guitar rhythms of the big band sounds of Western Swing. They’re carrying on an old family tradition, our family’s tradition and if we want, our future. The nostalgia, the music, the appeal, they’re all tied together and we can bring folks to Knox County and our new/old Knox Prairie Events Center to enjoy them. If, and here’s the big IF, we work together and get out and show our support for our neighbors efforts and help celebrate the rebirth of a community and its traditions.

Did you know?

You can return to yesteryear? Relive the sounds, sights, tastes and smells of big band dance music, community carnivals, downtown neighbors gathering and all those great memories? It’s easy! Just step on out, stroll on over to Goree and swing with us Saturday night, as we glide, or maybe just tap a toe, to the music of The Sidekicks. Indulge your taste buds with corndogs, Western burgers and funnel cakes, catch up with old friends and maybe make some new ones while you help us preserve the memories and build a future right here at home in Knox County.

Don’t miss it!

Downtown Saturday Night
Party and Street Dance
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, July 10th, 2010
Goree, Texas

In Loving Memory...

Jerry (Brooks) Massey, Goree Class of 1955
Jerry's parents owned and operated Brooks Laundry in Goree

This is Phyllis Massey, Jerry's daughter.

My mom passed away today in Houston. She was hospitalized last Thursday with a blood clot in her lung and fluid in and around her lungs. She had a stoke yesterday. She had been fighting liver cancer for over a year.

We will probably have a memorial in Wichita Falls some time next week.

Please pass this on to her Goree friends.

Thank you,

Phyllis Massey

Sunday, July 4, 2010

What goes around, comes back around, eventually...

Well, this might have been one of the most nostalgic visits for me, since the Latham Kids came to town and went above the 'City Cafe' (City Hall) into the hallways and rooms where they once played as children.

The Coffman Kids once again treaded across the tiles of the bank/drugstore. Their parents were Walter (Cut) and Kate Coffman who had an insurance company. They lived in the upstairs and unbeknownst to them, they walked all over those newspapers nestled under the rugs and linoleum. So, for the first time they laid eyes on a secret of their home place as they gazed upon the tables.

I'm a little confused on the 'timing' of it all. Remember how we found Dr. Taylor's 1940's secret newspapers under the carpet upstairs? How and when did they get there? And then there is Mr. Rogers who ran the drugstore? Was that at the same time these folks lived there or after they moved? These Coffmans remember the white carved scrolls in the carpet that kept the neswspapers a hidden mystery. Sooo, I don't know the time frame as well as I'd like to know. And I forgot to ask.

They recall going to Mr. Nix and paying him nine cents for a movie in the theater next door. If they were return customers and had already seen that particular show, then it was on the house. Skating was another pastime fondly filed in their memories. After school, if you ventured into the drugstore you might trip over a pile of school books littering the floor tiles. It was 'the hang out' spot for kids.

Joel (Joey) Lynn Coffman was bestman in Doug Moore's wedding, or at least that's what I think I overheard him telling Kent while I eavesdropped from the other side of the room. It may have been the other way around, not sure. Gail, Joey's wife, has done extensive research on the family ancestry. She found them as far back as Switzerland.

Alpha Ann Coffman was among the bunch. (Hope I spelled that right) She pointed to a scar that began at her forhead and went down through and under her eye. She would've lost it, had her dad not done an amazing thing. They had a car accident in the snow out by the turn before Hefner. None of the cars would start and Cut, her dad, scooped her up and ran with her all the way back to town. Dr. Heard stitched her up and saved her eyesight.

They peered at the poster announcing the Western Swing Street Dance on the 10th of July, and that jogged their memory, too. If memory serves them right, there was a city ordinance forbidding dancing after Lois had one at her house. And they recall having one in the upstairs living quarters of the bank during their lifetime. So, Caroline you better dig deep in those city annals and see if we are lawbreakers. There is a bingo ordinance, so surely we can get us a street dance ordinance overturned. They may decide to reopen them 'ole jail cells.

So now, some of their stories are carved here on this blog and in my heart. The past and the present for a moment were stitched together in time. There are some fuzzy puzzle pieces still to be found, but there's always the future.

Guess Who...

...walked into the Goree Bank/Drug Store today? Keith Chamberlain...and this is what he said on facebook, of all places:

I asked Tammie for a withdrawal and then, a milk shake. The answer to both was a firm 'nope' and I was handed a red plastic cup of ice water. Can you believe that, a Bank with three safes and a Drug Store??? She did inform me that I could make a deposit. A short time ago, only fifty-five years, I drank one of the best ever milk shakes in that very room.

Now, if you do visit the Goree Bank/Drug Store, one thing you do get is excellent hospitality and interesting conversation. Nancy and I really enjoyed visiting with Tammie and the pretty young lady, Caroline Garcia, working with her today. Also they have done a fantastic job restoring the old building. You really need to see it to appreciate the work that has been done.

Now to let you in on something that I figured out after a tour around the building and seeing all the improvements and reconditioning. Money has to come from somewhere. If you are in Goree and need to make a withdrawal, go to the old Trainham Grocery building, now an ice plant, and look up Kent. I doubt you can get a loaf of bread, can of beans or package of potato chips, but Tammie has to be making 'withdrawals' somewhere, so ask Kent.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

In Loving Memory...

Douglas Allen Moore of Munday, 77, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 1, 2010, in Tyler, Texas.

He was born December 18, 1932, in Goree, Texas.

He served in the US Navy for 4 years.

He attended Abilene Christian College and Texas Tech.

He was employed with TI, F & M Systems, and Nelson International before retiring and moving to Munday to care for his parents.

He was the owner and operator of Memories of Munday Antique Store before retiring in 2008.

He was a member of the Munday Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by parents Johnny & Jo Emma Moore, brother David Moore and sister Linda Moore Burris. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bettye Blacklock Moore of Tyler, Texas; brother and sister-in-law Wendel and Glenda Moore, sister-in-law Sandra West of Lubbock, Texas; daughter and son-in-law Melinda and Erik Switzer of Arp, Texas; son Michael Moore of Munday, Texas; daughter-in-law Kathie Cummons, son and daughter-in-law Milton and Connie Moore of Arp, Texas; and daughter Melissa Eades of Knox City, Texas; special daughter Alexis Beyer, Arlington, Texas.

Grandchildren surviving him are Dustin Bates, Buffalo Gap, Texas; Matthew Shelton, Orange Park, Florida; Justin and Jeremy Switzer, Arp, Texas; Chelli Moore, Teague, Texas; Torie Moore, Bryan College Station, Texas; Douglas Moore, U.S. Navy - Japan; Erin Hale & Treavor Moore of Arp, Texas; Jenifer Moore of Troup, Texas; Skyler & Dawson Eades of Knox City, Texas.

Great-grandchildren, surviving him are Caden & Kylie Switzer, Arp, Texas; Jaden Moore, Teague, Texas; Grahm, Charles, Riley Grace & Max Hale of Arp, Texas.
Chosen children Duan Piland, Aaron Wallace and Kelley Wallace and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75702.

Services will be Sunday, July 4, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Munday Church of Christ with minister Adrin Fletcher and Eric Switzer.

Burial will be in Goree Cemetery in Goree, Texas under the direction of McCauly-Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

In Loving Memory...

Doug Moore passed away in Tyler, Texas, about mid morning yesterday, Thursday, July 1, 2010.

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2010/jul/03/douglas-allen-moore/

Visitation:
McCauley- Smith Funeral Home
Munday, Texas
5-7 PM Saturday, July 3, 2010

Funeral Services:
Church Of Christ
Munday, Texas
2:00 PM Sunday, July 4, 2010

The family is requesting memorials be made to:
Hospice Of East Texas
4111 University Blvd
Tyler TX 75701

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Street Dance and Music Camp

Western Swing in Full Swing! Downtown Saturday Night, in Goree, July 10th!

Bring your lawn chair, your family, and your toe tapping shoes! That’s the invitation from the folks at Goree and the Knox County Visioning Team, as they host the return of Western Swing to Knox County, with an old fashioned, family friendly, downtown Saturday night party. It’s a concert, reunion, picnic and street dance all rolled into one! For those old enough to remember when families loaded up and went to town on Saturday night it’s a trip down memory lane, for families looking for good summer fun it’s a memory making opportunity and for those young enough to be looking for a good time Saturday night it’s by far the best date destination within a hundred miles.

Western Swing and Classic Country music will fill the air as “The Sidekicks” kick off 6 days of music in Goree, celebrating the return of a tradition and the rebirth of a community in Knox County. You are invited to set up your lawn chair or park the pickup and put the tailgate down. Bring your own picnic basket or purchase your refreshments through-out the evening from the Going for Greatness in Goree Group, adding good food and the chance to support a good cause to the recipe for fun. There’s no admission charge, just the old fashioned custom of passing the cream can to pay the band and help support the new Knox Prairie Events Center, housed in the old school at Goree. What a deal! But it’s just a taste of what’s to come!

“The Sidekicks” will fire up about 7:30 and will be kicking off the Knox Prairie Events Center’s first residential event, the Bobby Boatright Memorial Music Camp, which begins Sunday afternoon, the 11th, with musicians and students from across the country learning, and preserving, the unique style of Western Swing, the music born on the prairies and in the cotton fields that made bands like Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys famous and swept the country moving the sounds from outdoor dance platforms in tiny country towns, to the soon to be famous dance halls in places like Rhineland and on to ballrooms in Los Angeles and New York City. The sounds of fiddles and guitars will reverberate through the old school, and the community, as respected musicians and beginning students carry on the traditions, with folks invited every night to listen in at the jam sessions. Thursday noon there’s a free concert and graduation. Everyone’s invited to share a home-cooked hamburger and music under the old shade trees on the schoolhouse lawn.
Whether you come for the music, the dancing, the good food or the nostalgia, you can’t go wrong by going to Goree next Saturday night, July 10th! So go on out and see what’s going on in Goree.
Want to know more? Contact Kent or Tammie Trainham at 940- 422-5321 or Bobby or Ronnie Cude at 940-422-5115.

Friday, June 25, 2010

In Loving Memory~Doris Chamberlain

Doris (Moore, Routon) Chamberlain passed away during the night last night. Doris was Leander and Pearl Moore's first grandchild and, I think, should be 91 this year.

Services:
Goree, Texas
Friday, June 25, 2010
First Baptist Church
2:00 PM

Son: Jimmie and Linda Routon (Jimmie-Goree Class of 1957; Linda (Latham)-Goree Class of 1958)

Daughter: Jeanette (Routon) and Ronald Coody (Jeanette-Goree Class of 1959)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

GHS Class of '65



GHS CLASS OF '65 CELEBRATES 45TH IN AUSTIN: Lynell Jetton Williams of Spearman, Ken Struck of Austin, Robbie Cooke Forsberg of Alvarado, Roy Russell of Dallas, Jan Roberts of Atlanta, GA, Don Land of Comfort and Matilda Bryant Albidrez of Colorado City.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Class of '65

GHS CLASS OF '65 MEETS IN AUSTIN FOR 45TH CLASS REUNIONMeet at El Patio, 2938 Guadalupe Street, at 6 p.m., Friday, May 21st, exactly 45 years from the day of the high school graduation and leaving on the Senior Trip heading to Austin and then on to San Antonio, Houston and Galveston. After dinner we'll walk to the Capitol for class picture and then on to 6th Street.

Saturday morning starts off with breakfast at Cisco's at 9:00 and then a full day in Austin and will conclude after dinner at Salt Lick's in Driftwood. If any GHS exes live in Austin, join us at El Patio on Friday. Cell contact: 678-472-6338

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Keepin' it going...

We had a good clean up. The old rotten bleachers are torn down. The field is sprayed for weeds. The concession stand is cleaned out. And the field house is halfway cleaned out.

We invited 22 young Goree couples to the Young Guns Meeting held after the KCVG appreciation luncheon a few Sundays ago. We had 6 out of the 22 young couples show for the meeting. And those who attended made a plan to show up on the following Saturday and begin at the f-ball field since several of their ideas centered around that property.

Some of their ideas were: Soccer/sports arena, paintball, walking track, workout place, four wheeler trail/track, go-kart track, driving range, batting cages. Aren't they creative?

Way to go you all! And thanks Cynthia for the awesome write-up in the Courier. We really are determined to keep going for greatness in Goree.

Friday, March 19, 2010

In Loving Memory

Michael Oscar Lankford (1948 - 2009)

Michael Oscar Lankford died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009.Service: private.Survivors: Sons, Michael Dewayne Lankford and Jay Dee Lankford; and four grandchildren.
Goree Class of 1966

Monday, February 22, 2010

In Loving Memory

Wayne Arlin Harris Sr. (1924 - 2010)

Wayne Arlin Harris Sr., 85, passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at a Richland Hills care facility. Service: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel.

Interment: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society , www.cancer.org.

Mr. Harris was born Nov. 24, 1924, to Walter Albert and Rose Harris in Goree. He was a man whose many interests included fishing and his activities in the Hurst Amateur Radio Club. He was retired after 34 years of service with General Motors. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.

Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Thelma "Lois" Harris, and his daughter, Kay Johnson Castro.Survivors: His son, Wayne Arlin Harris Jr. of Hurst; daughter, Evelyn McCurry of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Sheri Ja'Nae Geldard and husband, Kevin, Carmen Johnson, Marcella Moy and John Marvin Harry; great-granddaughter, Victoria Brooke Geldard; and several nieces and nephews.

Click here: Wayne Harris Obituary Notice: Wayne Harris’s Obituary by the Star-Telegram.

Friday, January 15, 2010

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Return form and $2.00 entry fee per quilt on or before first week in February. Enter as many quilts as you wish. Mail form and fee to: Quilt Show, P O. Box 33, Goree, Tx. 76363.

Delivery of entries: Tuesday and Wednesday prior
10:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00, at the Goree School.

I understand the Goree School-Going for Greatness will take every precaution in the care and handling of my quilt. I will not hold the Goree School-Going for Greatness responsible for any damage due to unforeseen events that may occur.

Signature:___________________________Date:________________
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Vendor Entry Form

Knox Prairie Cotton Pickin’ Quit & Cookin' Show

Last Saturday--In February
GOREE SCHOOL----GOREE, TX
(6 miles east of Munday)

VENDER ENTRY

Business:________________________________________________
Contact Person____________________________________________
Address:________________________________________________
Phone:__________________________________________________

BOOTH SPACES $20.00 Many SPACES AVAILABLE

__________Number of booth spaces needed (One table will be provided per space—you may bring additional tables.

__________Number of meal tickets to reserve. Tickets are $7.00

Your donation of a door prize for our quilt show would be greatly appreciated.

Type of items you will be selling and any additional requests or notes.
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RETURN FORM AND FEE BY MID-JANUARY

Mail form and fee to Quilt Show, City of Goree, P O Box 248, Goree, Tx 76363. For questions or information contact Vickie Huffman at 940-203-0463, or Melissa Harris, 940-422-5306.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

We have the keys to the Goree School!!!


We have taken an assessment of the condition of the school and there is much work to be done before our first BIG event. The Cotton Pickin' Quilt Show is ON for February 2010 hosted by the GGG, Going for Greatness in Goree Group. Our theme is 'Old School' with a fifties flare. But, there is MUCH to do:


  • The old gym was a storage room for the school and stuff must be moved or trashed. There is a literal computer graveyard.

  • Several rooms do not have carpet, in the event we even need them for this event.

  • Water fountain needs to be replaced in hallway.

  • Clean, clean, clean...everywhere.

  • System developed for hanging the guide wires and wooden stands for the quilts.

  • Kitchen revamped for the homemade meal to be served in the "Cotton Pickin' Cafe". Tables and chairs moved from various places on campus.

  • Sixty-six volunteers to cook: 22 pans of chicken spagetti, 22-fruit salads, 22-desserts

  • Food Serving Team

  • Decorating Team

  • Marketing Team

  • The Quilt Guild has offered to do the hospitality room for the vendors and they have offered to 'handle' the quilts.

  • The Munday Chamber has offered to make the goody sacks.

  • We have 17 vendors signed up.

  • And quilts, quilts, quilts to enter in the show at $2.00 entry fee each.

Contact the City of Goree if you can help in any of these areas or if you'd simply be able to make a GGG donation to help in the process. May the Lord bless and help us keep this building alive and useful by providing funds for utilities and insurance. We are expecting great things. Join us!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hey you guyz...

NOTICE FOR 45TH CLASS REUNION

THE GOREE CLASS OF '65 REUNION IS SET FOR MAY 21-23 IN AUSTIN. IF YOU EVER WERE IN THIS CLASS OR GRADUATED WITH THIS CLASS ON MAY 21, 1965, YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. AGENDA WILL BE POSTED LATER OR FEEL FREE TO CONTACT KENNETH STRUCK AT kenstruck2001@yahoo.com or JAN ROBERTS AT janingeorgia@mac.com . IF YOU HAVE A SIBLING, RELATIVE OR FRIEND THAT'S A '65 GOREE EX, PLEASE TELL THEM.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

In Loving Memory

Lois Faye Myers, 57, a rural mail carrier, of Joshua, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Church at Burleson. Interment: Burleson Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Mountain Valley Funeral Home.

Lois was born June 4, 1952, in Haskell to Arthur and Ollie Lee Hargrove. She was a loving wife, mother and Nan. Lois loved her family and grandchildren and their events. She also loved being outside, drinking coffee on the front porch, sewing and cooking. Her home was always open to all.

Lois was preceded by her parents; son, David Eric Myers, in 2000; and four brothers.

Survivors: Husband, Dudley Myers of Joshua; daughters, Kristy Maniscalco and husband, David, of Simonton, Becky Akin and husband, Gabe, of Burleson, Misti Varnell and husband, Chad, of Burleson, Caren Kline and husband, Larry, of Mansfield; brother, Eddie Hargrove and wife, Patty, of Bedford; grandchildren, Anna, Jonathan, Mariah, Kadyn, Corbin, Justin, Billy, Preston, Seth, Ethan, Claire; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Published in Star-Telegram on January 3, 2010