Private Joseph Brady Wadsworth, U.S. Marine Corps, was honored in his home county of Flagler, Florida, on Memorial Day with a ceremony honoring him posthumously as Flagler County’s first World War II hero.

Attending were: from Lufkin, Candy Wadsworth and Cindy Wadsworth-Garcia; from Georgetown, Sylvia (Wadsworth) and Bob Marshall; from Waynesville, North Carolina, John Wadsworth Sr. and his daughter, Joy Sollie. Granddaughter Ruth and John McEntire and their children came from Georgetown. Grandson Bob and Sarah Marshall came from Omaha, Nebraska. Grandson John and Danielle Wadsworth and children from Auburn, Alabama, and grandson Heath and Devon Wadsworth and their son from Raleigh, North Carolina, also made the trip. Jim and Trish Kennedy, formerly from Lufkin and now in Florida, attended, and there were family from Atlanta, Georgia; DeLand, Florida; and Flagler County.

We all knew Mr. Wadsworth from the paper mill here in Lufkin. He is written up in the “Guadalcanal Diary” history book and was wounded and came home after a year of service with the Marines. He enlisted in his senior year of high school and went to war after Pearl Harbor. He was presented by county historian Sisco Deen, captain, USAF (ret). The family was together in Bunnell, Florida, where the monument was.

Gwen Cunningham told me about Nell Newton, former Lufkin area resident for 24 years, and her recently published historical fiction book: ‘’Ripples of Truth’’ by Nell-Eva Newton.

She will be featured at a book signing at Absolutely Fiction Books from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday. The book takes place in Albuquerque and Chicago.

In Lufkin, Nell directed the Angelina Mental Health Outpatient Clinic (now part of the Burke Center) for 15 years and husband, Gene, managed the Safeway grocery store. They were both very active in the community and retired and traveled the country in their RV for five years, and then settled in Etoile on Lake Rayburn for nine years.

Nell has wonderful memories of Lufkin and still considers it home. They now live in Georgetown in their retirement home in Sun City and return often for visits.

Nell was inspired as a young teenager when her mother told her that she secretly climbed on her kitchen bookshelf, searched through her dead mother’s cookbook, and discovered she had a half-sister and brother in Chicago that she did not know she had. Lonely, isolated, poor, she ran away from home at 17 and began her quest to find them (even though her half-sister did not want to be found).

Uncovering secrets, ‘’Ripples of Truth’’ takes the reader on an adventure from Albuquerque to Alaska’s gold rush, to bustling Chicago during the Great Depression, Prohibition and even some Mafia involvement, which will excite all readers.

Nell worked on “Ripples of Truth’’ a number of years and went through several revision until it was “just right” and told the reader what she wanted it to say: Secrets and lies can destroy innocent lives. It is basically fiction, but many events contain “ripples of truth.”

Randi Berger, daughter of Wendy and Scott Berger, graduated from Texas A&M with a major in communications. They went on a cruise with Alexis Foster, Emily Opperman from Dallas and Kristen Burke from Houston to Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Jamaica.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas held their annual meeting in Austin at the Double Tree Hotel. Going from the Mary Hall Mantooth Chapter in Lufkin were: Paula Metzinger, Rosemary Varsey, Julie Jumper-Morris, Joan Ragland, Kathy James, Natalie Crowson, Janice Ann Rowe and Rhonda Smith from Austin. A good time was had by all.

Linda Ellis had a “Sip and See” for her new 4-month-old granddaughter Madison Ann Ellis also known as Maddie. She is the daughter of Kristin and Matt Ellis of Dallas. Helping was aunt Amanda Ellis from Austin. The buffet was catered by Darla Thomason with the Red Tulip Rolling Bistro and Toffee Co. You can notice the Red Tulip Rolling truck around town. Her four children run the truck.

The Lufkin Dance Club’s monthly dance will be Friday at the SPJST Lodge. The dance will be from 7-10 p.m. with entertainment by Linda Kay and the Steel Country Band. The dance theme will be “Crazy Hats.” Admission is $7 for members and $8 for non-members. Annual membership is available for $15 per person. Please bring a covered dish for sharing beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited. Come join the fun.

Thalia Tierney organized the Active and Sustainer Past Presidents of the Junior League for lunch on June 5. There were 29 that attended. Speakers were Superintendent Lynn Torres, Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber President Tara Watson-Watkins and League President Tracy Nichols. I cannot name all that attended but they are all well-known women in the community with the benefits of being in the Junior League of Lufkin. Thanks Thalia.

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