Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

July 7, 2012

Letters to the Editor 7/8/12

Corsicana Daily Sun

— Voicing support

To the Editor: I will be supporting Darrell Shelton for Navarro County Commissioner for precinct 1.

Darrell has shown a lifetime of commitment to the people of the county through his many years as teacher, and as head of the science department at Corsicana High, he has dealt with budgets, bureaucracy, and people well enough that he was chosen as teacher of the year this year. He also has been involved with the youth expo for many years, both as a volunteer worker and buyer.

But the main reason I support Darrell is he has a real working knowledge of roads and construction, and the equipment used to build them. He has spent his summers for many, many years running heavy equipment and building roads. He understands what it takes to build gravel roads that will last, and his experience will benefit all of us who live on and travel down county roads.

I think Darrell will represent the people of precinct one very well. He is smart and conservative, easy to deal with, and just a dang nice fellow. If that is the kind of guy you can support, I suggest you join my family and me and vote for Darrell Shelton for Commissioner on July 31, or the week before in early voting.

Thank you,

John Paul Plemons

Gratitude expressed

To the Editor: We would like to thank each one that made “Praising God in Harmony” fourth Annual Musical a success for the Gloria La’Shawn Gee Memorial Scholarship Fund at the United Christian Fellowship at Navarro College.

Thank you for your advertisement, donations, support and prayers.

A special thank you for your participation in the program:

Recording Artist, Minister Kenneth Mosley, Arlington

Fleta Gee, Dallas

Donovan and Latasha Freeman, Duncanville

Juanita Williams, Corsicana

Lanall Brown, Corsicana

Olive Grove Baptist Church, Blooming Grove

Rita O’Brien, Corsicana

Rev. Bruce Carpenter, St. Luke United Methodist Church and Choir, Corsicana

Joe Carpenter, Burleson

Rev. Alison Humann and the U.C.F. Board at Navarro College, Corsicana

James Henry Jackson, Lancaster

Evelyn Nell Nelson, Blooming Grove

Beverly Russell, Kerens

Taylor Horn, Corsicana

Independent Missionary Baptist Church, Michael Gee, Pastor, Dallas

Milton and Michael Philips, Mexia

Pastor Marvin and Meloda Clayton, Duncanville

Faith and The Freedom Fellowship Church Choir, Bro. Jessie Williams, Pastor, Corsicana

Bethel A.M.E. Church, Corsicana

Olé Foods, Corsicana

The Corsicana Daily Sun

May God bless you all,

Buford, Gloria J., Evett and Fleta Gee

Memories shared

To the Editor: After the passing of Maco Stewart, I reflected on memories of this outstanding community person.

In February 1977 I started an exercise program at our local YMCA. Maco loved to play racquetball. Maco, although in his 60’s, was good enough to play in A-tournament games with men in their 30’s.

Maco would take on and beat men half his age in a racquetball game.

From 1979 to 1983 I ran the 15K Oil Town Minithon that took place during the April Corsicana Derrick Days festival. In the 1980 15K Derrick Days run, Maco, at age 66, ran a 1:30 time. Paul Stewart, Maco’s son, ran a 1:09. My time was 1:15 at age 36. I enjoyed communicating with Maco about his life as an athlete. He was a nice and pleasant gentleman to visit with.

After retiring from Civil Service at age 54, I was in sales at six Ford Dealerships in four different counties and Stewart Motor Company, then located in downtown Corsicana.

It was on a Saturday morning at Stewart Motor Company I got to know Maco as a business person.

I had just finished up with a customer right before lunch. I drove up to HEB grocery and bought a banana and apple for my lunch.

When I returned to the dealership, Maco (who was normally there six days a week visiting with friends and old customers) approached me.

“Jim,” Maco exclaimed, “Where have you been?”

“Mr. Stewart, I drove up to the grocery store and bought a banana and an apple for my lunch.”

“Jim, there is a drive-up customer on the lot looking at vehicles. Put your banana and apple in your office and wait on that customer!”

“Yes sir, Mr. Stewart!”

Not only did I wait on that customer, I made another sale that morning, and a reasonable commission.

Shortly after gassing my customer’s vehicle he purchased and thanking him for his business, I returned to my office and ate my banana and apple.

I quickly learned while working for Maco Stewart and Stewart Motor Company that business comes first — then we eat!

Maco Stewart, from my memories of him, was an oustanding athlete and gentleman, and I thoroughly enjoyed working in sales for Maco Stewart and Stewart Motor Company in the year 2001.

Jim Basham