By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor GRAPELAND – A former Grapeland family with ties to the area are asking for prayers for their teenage daughter, who is currently awaiting a liver transplant at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Emilie Pope, 16, is the daughter of Amber and Justin Martin of Marble Falls, formerly of Grapeland, and granddaughter of Billy and Brenda Christian and Janice Martin, all from Grapeland. The family, who also has two other children, Destiny, 18, and Matthew, 13, moved to Marble Falls a few months ago. “They are waiting on a liver transplant for Emilie....Read More
Author: Cheril Vernon
Larry William Bennett, age 72, of Elkhart, went on to his heavenly home on Tuesday, the 5th day of December, 2017. Mr. Bennett was born in Grand Prairie, Texas on Monday, the 23rd day of April, 1945 to Delbert Bennett and Geneva Holder Bennett. Mr. Bennett was a United States Air Force Veteran and a dedicated Constable in Anderson County Precinct 1 for over 25 years. He was greatly loved by his family and the community. Mr. Bennett enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandsons. He was a devoted Christian and a member of the First Baptist...Read More
On Sunday the Sunset pastor began a four-week series of Advent messages titled “What Is Advent?” Advent means coming, and it refers to the coming of Jesus into the world at Christmas. Sunday’s message was titled, “Advent Means Comfort,” from Isaiah 40:1-2: “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem….” The world in ancient times, and the world today, needs God’s comfort. We need it because we’ve all sinned, and our sin puts us in uncomfortable situations. We all sometimes, because we’re human, get sick and tired, but our sin causes us to be extra sick—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually—and extra tired because our sin over time tears us down. Here’s an example. In our county we have a lot of drug use and abuse. If you’ve ever known anyone who’s addicted, you know that they are sick people. At first, the devil tricks them with a good feeling, but the end of it is devastating. The devil has always operated in this way—with a deception and then a kill. In ancient times, about 700 BC (Before Christ), God called the great prophet Isaiah to proclaim God’s will and God’s warnings to apostate Israel. God had graciously brought his people out of slavery in Egypt, and into Canaan’s promised land, under the leadership of Moses and Joshua. But when Joshua and his generation died, the...Read More
Footwear Have you ever wondered about the lowly foot? Just think about the foot. It is delicately constructed with 26 bones, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments per foot. It travels an average of 65,000 miles in a lifetime. Ever think about how people for centuries have continually mistreated their feet with different kinds of footwear? About the mid-14th century, Europeans came to love very narrow shoes as long as three feet in length. They originated in Poland and were supposed to keep the witches away. A chain was worn around the wearer’s neck to keep them in place. Toe length was regulated by law, and it seems that only the rich were permitted to wear the very long extended tips. At the turn of the 15th century, wide shoes took the place of long shoes as the favorites to wear. Some even measured 12 inches across. Sensible Mary Tudor finally decreed that the width of a shoe could be no more than 6 inches. Next came the chopine or platform shoe, which sometimes reached heights of 20 inches or more. In Hamlet, Shakespeare writes about a ladyship being closer to heaven in her chopine. The drawback was that...Read More
Mary Ann Stokes, age 85, of Crockett passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 at her residence. Mary graduated from Centerville High School in 1950. She and her husband, Roy moved to Alvin in 1966 and lived there until 2002 when they made Crockett their home. Mary was a loving wife and mother and loved her family dearly. She was also a member of the Central Baptist Church She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Roy C. Stokes of Crockett; daughter, Carroll Standley and husband, Walter of Lovelady; son, Doug Stokes and wife, Pam of Ennis; grandson, Stephen...Read More
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