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An aged Mesquite in my backyard has begun the annual process of producing green leaves, renewing the legend another winter season is now history.

As another Holy Season approaches, we pause to pray for an end to another earthly tribulation. May our community and its people escape the plague of COVID-19 that is holding our world hostage.

Our family is extremely thankful for the continuing recovery by our nephew, James Vick of Ennis, Texas. He has been a victim of the dreaded “virus”, but late reports have been encouraging.

Condolences are extended to those who mourn the loss of a loved one. Word has been received of the Saturday, April 4, death of Betty Gibbins Randolph-Byars. She was the widow of the late George William Byars and daughter of the late Leonard and Varda Hodges Gibbins. Services were pending as this column is being compiled on this Palm Sunday.

Bobby Louis Stewart, who passed away on March 22, was laid to rest Friday in the Gentry Creek Cemetery. He was the son of the late J. L. Stewart and Gertrude Allbright Stewart.

With many of our lives now “on hold”, we must appreciate the ability to “touch base” with friends we have met along life’s way.

On a recent day, a welcomed telephone call was from Jay Taylor of Harper. One of Jay’s earliest Kimble County ancestors was Matthew Taylor, who settled in the 1860’s on Elm Fork of the Llanos (later known as Johnson Fork Creek). The Taylors were there by 1862 when two small daughters of Thurman and Elizabeth Taylor died and were buried in the old frontier cemetery there. Jay is also vitally interested in the Gentry Creek Cemetery, as he is a descendant of Rolly and Alcie Gravitt Gentry, thought to be the earliest Anglo settlers in unorganized Kimble County circa 1860. First pioneering on Viejo (Bear Creek), the Gentry family moved to the present-day Gentry Creek area in 1862.

Sue Bannowsky Ramsey of Tyler relates she is sincerely grateful for the love abounding by friends and relatives attending the recent funeral service for her husband, Harvey Lee Ramsey. Those in attendance were invited by Hayden Woodard to gather at the old Cleo Store, where chairs had been borrowed from the funeral home by Sue’s brother, Kenneth Bannowsky. Following the service and reminiscing, a dinner was served in the Menard home of Jason Bannowsky and his family.

Dolores (Joyce to me) Martin-Dagen Hughes plans to return soon to San Antonio after some time in Boerne.

If you find yourself with time on your hands, it may be a logical to begin writing your memoirs. I have been perusing a wonderful book by Deanna Lorfing Lackey of San Angelo. She compiled the Young Reader’s Edition, expertly designed to interest the younger generation to learn more of their heritage. This is a story of Dee’s grandfathers, The Cowboy and the Farmer.

E-mail messages from Jane Johnson Buck of Kerrville brought word her husband, Raymond, left this world January 28. He loved history and family lineage and regretted being physically unable to visit the new Kimble County Museum. Jane, who is related to two of my nieces as descendants of James Wesley Searcy, reported she has completed another book, The Johnson Pride, the story of her great-great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Johnson.

Although the museum is temporarily closed, remember you can keep abreast of historical activities via kimblecountymuseum.com.

Enjoy a blessed Easter and stay healthy!

Thanks to the readers of “Meanderings”!

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