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Page 2 - The News Co mmun Friday, November 21, 2014 By Billy Bucher Special to The News I've had the honor of meeting or interviewing a number of famous people in my life. But theperson I enjoyed meeting most was Willie Nelson. And actually, when I met him in 1973, he wasn't all that famous. At that point, he'd returned to Austin from Nashville and though he was well known in Texas, having written "Hello Walls" and "Crazy" which Patsy Cline made famous, he didn't have the national or international recognition which he has today. But there was already a quiet mystique which pro- ceeded him. The fact that we knew Willie was going to put out a song at the Kerrville Folk Festival re- cording, showed thfit-hs yet, he wasn't the estab- lished artist he would be- come. That's where I met him. My band, The Ewing Street Times, put a song on that recording, too. Ewing Street played right before Willie and I re- member looking over at him while the group was playing a Shake Russell song called "Deep in the West." The expression on his face was intense. He was paying attention tO us! Then it was his turn to pertbrm and he was joined on stage by a number of musicians, including Paul "The Devil" English on drums, Mickey Raphael on harmonica and Willie's sis- ter, Bobble, on the piano. It was certainly a treat to watch them perform. After the show, the stage manager invited all of us in the band to a party at The University of Texas at Austin's football coach Darrell Royal's Kerrville Ranch for a night of jam- COUF" Willie Nelson jamming at Coach Royal's Kerrville Ranch in 197" ming, barbecue and At the party, Ewing "Ye' longneckbeer.Nowthat's Street was asked to playKerr, an offer no one could at the first annual Willie and refuse. Nelson Picnic. We had all Dar Wemade acaravan and been to the Dripping Wi followed someone to the Springs Reunion the yearth ranch where the party was before so that made the already in full swing. Of invitation doubly sweet. course, there were some The first picnic would be really beautiful women at College Station and it there and everyone was was comparable to the Hotte Than Hell" bi ' taking turns jamming with " r different people, but most cycle ride in Lubbuck, in of the time .Darrell and August. .Willie were just sitting on The party went on all the couch and telling each night and about five in the ".x other stories, morning we headed home.don'{ Every so often Willie There were six of us in the as ni6 would get up, walk over to car and I was driving. The to be'?' the guitars and pick his up motel we were staying at "He and play a couple of tunes was outside of Kerrville ; ,.. ,, .... ,~ before-' ii:ting back down and, although I wasn't t ave a q ro! cb., ....... again with Coach Royal.speeding, all of a sudden "That he does." They seemed an unlikelyI realized there were As he put the notepad pair, but by the way they flashing lights behind me. back into his rear pocket. addressed each other you I wasn't at all pleasedhe asked where we were could tell the bond be-with this fact. I wouldn't headed. 1 told him it was tween them was genuine say we were drunk, but an old motel down the and filled with a lot ofmu- I'm not sure we were to- road we were on. tual respect, tally sober, either. Even "Oh, 1 know where that Interestingly, Willie though I'd always been is." he exclaimed. would usually jam with told to stay in the car, this "Well. you all have a harmonica player Mickeytime I decided to get out. safe drive and have a good Raphael. We knew MickeyOur guitar player, night." because he hung out with Michael, did too. He headed back to the the band at the place on the "Y'all are out pretty car shaking his head and I lake where we rehearsed, late," came the gruffvoice think maybe this was the He was playing with an-of the officer. He was only time inhistory men- other group at the holding his ticketbook in tioning Willie's name to Kerrville, but soon he his hand. He studied usthe law kept somebody out went on the road with with a scowl on his face. of trouble. Willie, and is still travel- I decided to let the truth I sure was proud to have ing with him to this day. speak for itself, that distinction. 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In Henderson County, subscription rates are $29 per year and $27 per year for senior citizens (65 years and older). Texas out-of-county subscriptions are $33. and out-of-state sub- scriptions are $43. Entered as periodicals at Malakoff. Texas 75148. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The News, 1316 S. Third Street. Suite 108, Mabank, Texas 75147. Any erroneous reflection upon the character, stand- ing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the columns of this newspaper will gladly be corrected upon being broughl to the attention of the publisher. ........ Obituaries ........ Frances Gaspar Memorial services for Frances Evelyn Drake Johnson Gaspar, 71, of Malak0ff, are set for 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens, with obert Webb offici- [der the direction | Smith Fu- nily of Ath- ,', born April Paris, to and and died Dallas. She was an animal lover and supported the Henderson County Hu- mane Society in Athens. "Granny" was a great wife, mother and grand- mother and will be greatly -' missed by all she knew and loved. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sis- ter and first husband Donald W. Johnson. Survivors include her loving husband of 10 years, Bob Gaspar, of Malakoff; daughter Lisa Johnson Sims and husband Daymon of Malakoff; grandchildren Zachary Scott and Baylie Cheyanne Sims; many friends and family. Honorary pallbearers will be Zachary Sims, Mitchell Dalrymple, Chris and James Sides, Zachary and Mitchell Price, Jack- son and Gavin Baker. In lieu of flowers, dona- tions made be sent to the Henderson County Hu- mane Society, 900 W Col- lege St, Athens, TX 75751 in honor of Frances Johnson Gaspar. t ter located al Stl in Athens. F tion, call the HELP Center at (903) 675-4357, JOHNSON CHAPEL AME CHURCH TEA The Johnson ChapelAME Church is hosting a tea 10:30 a.m Saturday, Nov. 22. The theme is "Empowe ing Today's Christian Women." FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER Cedar Fork Baptist Church is hosting a flee commu- nity Thanksgiving dinner from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Meal includes traditional Thanksgiving fare. Cedar Fork Baptist Church is located at 180 N. Church St. in Trinidad. For more information, call (903) 778-2882. r~ JOHNSON CHAPEL AME ANNUAL VV~)MEN'S DAY PROGRAM The Johnson Chapel AME Church is hosting its an- nual Women's Day Program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. Speaker is Allen Chapel AME Church Rev. Myria Whitcomb. Everyone is invited. TVCC CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Trinity Valley Community College will hold its sixth an- nual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. Mon- day, Nov. 24 at the Bob McDonald Plaza in the center of the Athens campus. Multiple campus groups are sched- uled to participate in the celebration and Santa Claus will be ava lable for photos. The ceremony will last about 30 minutes. The free event is open to the entire community. HEALING THROUGH GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP The Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice is hosting a Healing Through Grief Support Group at noon Wednes- day, Dec. 3 at the First United Methodist Church located at 107 College St. in Malakoff. Sharon Walker, LBSW is the guest speaker. Guests are welcome. RSVP by Wednesday Nov. 26. For more information call Fran or Teressa at (903) 489-2023. MEALS OF KINDNESS FREE rHANKSMAS" DINNER Meals of Kindness is serving a flee combined Thanks- giving and Christmas "Thanksmas" dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 3, at the Eastern Hills Church of Christ located at 1200 E. Corsicana in Athens. HOLIDAY ON THE SQUARE Holiday on the Square is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Event includes arts and crafts for children, face painting, balloon artist and more. The Tree Lighting Cer- emony is at 6 p.m. For more info, call (903) 675-7961. TRINITY VALLEY SINGLES SUPPORT GROUP MEETING The Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 6 p.m. every Monday at the Calvary Baptist Church located at 1125 E. Corsicana Street/SH 175 in Athens. Singles can meet other singles, have dinner, play cards and/or Dominoes, or just visit. Bring a covered dish or some type of food item. Dinner is at 6:30. For more informa- tion, call Jean Love at (903) 3.40-7395. COMMUNITY CALENDER POLICY The Community Calender is a venue in which nonprofit organi- zations can promote their services, meetings and events at no cost. Events sponsored by nonprofits that are sales or collect money from those participatingrequire the payment of an ad at a minimum of 15 words for $20 in the classifieds to run a complimentary listing in the Community Calendar. These articles should include only basic information - who, what, when and where Articles must include publishable contact informa- tion an(~ a phone number. Send articles by e-mail to or fax (903) 887-4510. The deadline for submission is 4 p.m. Monday for each =ssue. Organizations needing to relay more information on services or events, or who seek a longer promotion time, are encouraged to call our advertising staff at (903) 887-4511. MediaOne, L.L.C. considers nonprofit organizations to be groups operating primarily on a volunteer basis providing a service for others.