’Round Town


In today’s cynical world most of us are selective when sharing our cell numbers. Not Lanier Stevens, the one-time postman, one-time builder, but always preacher, singer and guitar player.

He shared his cell number with anyone who asked and most likely a lot that didn’t. They just didn’t know what he knew; one day they might need it.

He even helped you remember that number by saying “Just remember, it’s a dime and a quarter!” We all have a tendency to remember things a little more easily were money is concerned., and he knew that, too.

While a majority of America took naps or entertained themselves with movies or sports on Sunday afternoons, Lanier, better known as Pops to many, was at the city jail, teaching and praying with unconditional love. And no doubt making sure they had his cell phone number before he left.

That was his second stop, though. The first was Midway Church of Christ, where he pastored his congregation, often sprinkling those messages with a word or two about his beloved family and especially his grandchildren. Lanier probably invented that bumper sticker “If I knew how much fun grandkids would be I’d had them first.”

Last Sunday, his morning routine was no different. After preaching at Midway Church of Christ and then enjoying a church potluck dinner, he went home to get a little rest, maybe catch a football play or two before meeting Dennis Ivey to help officiate a funeral. Instead, Lanier Stevens, went home to be with the Lord.

For his family and friends, it’s now a time of mourning the loss of a man who was by no means a saint, but pretty close to one. For Lanier Stevens, though, that afternoon was joy beyond compare.

Services were held today at Madisonville Christian Fellowship with burial afterward in Midway.

Lanier is survived by his wife Betty, his children Karen, Jon, Ben and Dan and their families. Send your condolences to the family care of Betty Stevens, 1896 Concord Road, Madisonville TX. 77864.

Memorials can be made to the Midway Church of Christ, P.O. Box 216 Midway, TX 75852.

•Condolences to the family of Neil Fowler, who passed away from illness at his home Jan. 4. Mr. Fowler’s service was the funeral Lanier Stevens was to help officiate.

Neil was an avid outdoorsman and even founded The Fowler Folsom Site, an Indian artifact site in Colorado.

He is survived by his wife, Pat and daughters, Lynn and Lea and their families which include seven children and 14 great grandchildren. Send your condolences to the family care of Pat Fowler, 6296 Highway 21 East, Madisonville, TX 77864.       

•Here’s what’s been going on ‘round town.

•Attorney Alan Tinsley was care-flighted to Bryan Hospital last Thursday where he underwent surgery for a brain bleed. Surgery was successful and Alan is now home.

•Jan. 13 is the date for the Fruit Tree seminar planting at Standley Feed and Seed. If you plan on attending they would appreciate a head count prior to Saturday if possible

•About that Gospel Gathering scheduled for next Tuesday, Jan. 16; it may still be on or it could be postponed. We will find out and you can call the Nettles Country Store at (936) 348-6541 for info.

•Goodness we’ve had fires in our community this winter! The home of Rosa and Martin Barrera burned last week. Rosa works at the Madisonville City Hall. Presently the couple are living in a hotel but friends have set up a fund at Prosperity Bank to help them with expenses.

•The house in which Erin Dixon and two children lived also burned last week and they, too, lost everything. That includes the children’s Christmas.

Erin is the daughter Ci Ci Picazo, whom you see in Trinity Family Medicine. Donations to help the family can be left there with CI Ci and If you can help with clothing, sizes are posted on her Facebook page (Charlotte Ward Picazo). No Facebook? Call our store at (936) 348-6541.

•Jan. 21 will be a great day at Crossroads Cowboy Church. The Chuckwagon team led by Tim Edwards will be cooking an old-fashioned breakfast of pancake and sausage over an open fire. Something about breakfasts cooked that way just make them taste better.

Some good eating will start about 9 a.m. followed by church at 10 a.m. Come early, there’s some big eaters there!

•It’s coming Jan. 27! The City of Madisonville will hold an Electronic Recycling Day that Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at City Hall. It’s a great opportunity to found regain some closet space. Mark your calendar. Questions? Call (936) 348-9333.

How about a special anniversary? Congratulations to Frank and Sue Knight, who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last Wednesday, Jan. 3. The couple moved to Madisonville in 1954 and opened Knights 5&10 on the Square where they worked for the next 30 years. Send your congrats to them at send your 767 Standley Road, Madisonville, TX. 77864.

•On the birthday list, happy birthday to Chance Savage, whose birthday is Jan. 13. Roy Huff, Joyce Goodrum and Leisa Pope celebrate their birthday Sunday, Jan. 14. Kellie Gray and Towanda Webber follow behind them with their birthdays Jan. 15. Debbie Boyett and Jerry Huff wind out our birthday list for this week’s paper with their birthday Jan. 17.

And finally, between sickness, fires and deaths, our community has experienced a roller coaster of emotions lately. It can make things look pretty dismal.

In Ecclesiastes 3 the Bible tells us to expect these things “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die… A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”

It’s good to know laughter and dancing will come again isn’t it?. And so will joy because Psalm 30:5 also says “Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.”

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For right now, mourning is okay. The Bible says so.