In celebration of his second retirement, Palestine native James J. Taylor held a special dinner with his co-workers at O’Reilly Auto Parts Wednesday. Taylor officially retired from the O’Reilly store in Palestine Tuesday.

Taylor said he will miss the local customers he provided services to for the last seven years with the auto parts store.

Taylor is a 1962 graduate of A.M. Story High School and held high school jobs at K-Woolen’s Department Store and Frantzen Brothers Grocery Store. He lived and worked 14 years in California before returning to the area to care for his mother that late Nancy E. Taylor.

In San Bernadino, Calif. Taylor worked as an auto emissions specialist for Scott Research Labs and as a commercial truck and fleet mechanic for Jack’s Disposal Service. He also worked in Redlands, Calif. for Redlands Datsun auto dealership.

Taylor’s first retirement was from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a correctional officer III and a sanitation and rendering supervisor in 1999. He will now devote his retirement to his church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and family living.

Oakwood resident celebrating birthday

Congratulations to Fayrene Cook Bing of Oakwood who is celebrating her 89th birthday Sunday.

Mrs. Bing was born in Upshur County as the first child of three to Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Cook of Gilmer. She met and married Byron Bing and has spent the last 54 years in Oakwood.

Mrs. Bing has worked in many public jobs in her life. She is an Avon representative and has a love for all her customers. She is always loving and giving of herself.

Her family consists of one sister, Stella Olds; a daughter, Glenda Casey; a grandson, Jason Casey; a son, Brent Bing; a son-in-law, Bobby Eldridge; and a special cousin, Elenor Cook of San Jose, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a sister, Jeannie Jordan; and a son-in-law, James Casey.

Mrs. Bing also has a special friend that her daughter Glenda would love to send roses to — Niece Pitts — for all her calls, visits and gifts and everything she does.

Anyone who wants to call Mrs. Bing and wish her well on her birthday can contact her at 903-545-2472. Cards or written greetings can be sent to P.O. Box 313, Oakwood, Texas 75855.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Bing!

Local wins photo contest

Three-year-old Jadyn Banks, daughter of Jennifer Starr and Adam Banks won second place in her age group (25 to 36 months) in the Tyler Morning-Telegraph’s “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” contest.

This is the second year Jadyn competed in the contest, and the second year to finish in the top three in her age category. The contest was voted on by readers from all over Texas.

Jadyn’s family would like to thank everyone who voted for her, with a special thanks to Nannie and Papa Brown, Mamaw and Papaw Myers and the Woolverton family for their support.

Jadyn, who turned three Friday, loves to dress up and have her picture taken. She says when she grows up she wants to be a “princess.”

Morton family reunion held

A reunion for the family of M.P. Morton will be held today and Sunday at the old Morton home place, located at 811 S. May St. in Palestine.

The family will be gathering to eat, visit and love on one another. All family and friends are welcome to attend.

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