Shout Outs: From our readers to those who matter most to them, January 16, 2014

Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 23:19 - Written by

90s KIDS

Shout out to everyone who

grew up in the ’90s, especially my bro, Preston Fritz.

— Margo Fritz,




I want to say thank you for all the birthday wishes. I am very blessed! It was a wonderful day!

— Malinda





What a great weekend! Thanks to my excellent wife-best friend, Anne Elliott Payne. The birthday surprise party was a total success! From the minute I walked in the door at Juls on Friday night, there were so many friends and family there to celebrate the fifth anniversary of my 40th birthday.

It was great to visit with everyone and laugh about all the good times we've had together.

— Shane Payne,




One year ago today, I said “I do” to the love of my life. Through good times and bad, happy and sad, he has been my rock. A loving father and husband and my very best friend. Not every day is blissful, but every day is full of love and thankfulness.

Today I am grateful to God for putting Robert Everson in my life and making my family complete. I love you babe and I always will! You are our home!

— Lindy Vaughan Everson,




I want to give a shout out to Jon Carole Gilbreath for the loving devotion she has and is showing to her husband, Travis, in his terminal illness.

She is always the picture of kind-hearted generosity, but in this situation, she has outdone even herself. Travis was just moved to Hospice of East Texas, and I know Jon Carole will stand with him until the end. She is a true inspiration.

— Judith Warnick Highsmith, Tyler



For the third year I have supported, participated, promoted and advocated for American Cancer Society's Relay For Life by bringing awareness to the cause, collecting donations, and directing fundraisers for this international event. In the U.S., Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground.

These countywide events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. 2014's huge walk event in Cherokee County is April 25 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Jacksonville High School's Mauldin Field, and our theme is "Super Heroes Against Cancer."

Everyone is a hero in the fight against cancer! So go check out what it's all about, either here, your county or any other county in Texas by viewing the roster at, because it is fulfilling and you'll be glad you did. Cancer is everywhere, all around us, so getting involved in any county's relay is worth everything to someone and will mean something to you!

— Kathi Davis,




Thanks friends for the sweet birthday wishes! It was a great day, and I appreciate being thought of by so many. It has the makings of a great year so far! Very blessed.

— Jennifer Wilhite Watkins,




Roses to Marlis Culberson at the Edom United Methodist Church for bringing the Texas impact-Texas Hunger Initiative to Van Zandt and Henderson counties. This program will have a positive impact on those in need in our communities. Any member of the community who would like to assist in this effort can attend the orientation at the church at 10 a.m. Feb. 6.

— Barbara Crow,

Edom Mayor