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Shook graduates from Naval Station Great Lakes

Shook graduates from Naval Station Great Lakes

Shook graduates from Naval Station Great Lakes—FA Randall Dakota Blayne Shook graduated from Naval Station Great Lakes on December 13, 2013. He remains in Great Lakes for "A" school. Upon completion of "A" school, he will be a GSM for the United States Navy. He expects to be stationed in Hawaii or Spain. Proud parents of FA Shook are Mitch and Sharon Dardeau of Woodville, and Bobby Shook of Silsbee. Grandparents are Korean Conflict Navy veteran Billy Jeffcoat and the late Claudia Jeffcoat of Spurger, and Bertie Butaud, also of Spurger.

Poindexter-Kalkbrenner to wed

Poindexter Engagement

To Be Wed—Ron and Karen Poindexter of Hillister, Texas, are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Christopher Poindexter, to Claire Louise Kalkbrenner, daughter of Tanya and Chuck Kalkbrenner of Beaumont, Texas.

Chris graduated from Woodville High School in 2006 and attended A&M University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics in 2010. Chris continued his education at Lamar University, where he received a Master of Business Administration. He is now a Partner at East Texas Truss, LLC.

Claire graduated from West Brook High School in 2009. She will graduate from Texas A&M University in May 2014 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Claire will be employed at Quorum Business Solutions, an oil and gas software consulting company as an engineering consultant in Houston.

Chris and Claire will wed June 20, 2014. After a honeymoon to St. Thomas, they will live in Kingwood, Texas.

Annie Mae Spurlock celebrates 100 years

Annie Mae Spurlock

Celebrates 100 years—Annie Mae Spurlock, a resident of Dogwood Trails Manor, celebrated her 100th birthday March 15. She was born in 1914 and was married to her now-deceased husband, J.D. Spurlock, for 72 years. They had a garden and sold vegetables at their home. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting and made doilies until she could no longer see her work; she is also a wonderful cook, who canned her own vegetables and fruit. She loved to fish and hunt, and she killed an 8-point buck when she was 95. Annie has three children, Jimmy, Jeannie and Jerry; seven grandchildren, including Janet, Brenda, Jill, Ashley, Cassidy, Suzanne and Steven; nine great-grandchildren, including Brandi, August, Alyson, Sydney, Sara, Isabella, Gabriel, Caleb and Hayden.

KayCee Davis named Texas’ 34th Annual Homecoming Queen Finalist

KayCee Davis

Miss KayCee Davis, granddaughter of Kathy Davis Trevino, and sister of Kodee Davis, of Woodville, has been selected a finalist for Texas' 34th Annual Homecoming Queen Selection to be held April 6, 2014, at the Dallas-Fort Worth Marriott in Irving, Texas. She is the Warren High School Homecoming Queen. Texas' 2014 Homecoming Queen will receive a cash scholarship plus an all-expense-paid trip to the National Finals to compete with the queens from other states for America's Homecoming Queen. America's Homecoming Queen, Inc., is a non-profit organization promoting education, educational travel and community service in all fifty states. KayCee will also be competing for Texas' favorite homecoming queen. You can vote for her for Texas' favorite homecoming queen at

Wilson graduates Basic Training

Wilson completes Basic Training

Air Force Airman Matthew C. Wilson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Wilson is the grandson of Henrietta Reeves of Hillister.

He is a 2009 graduate of Spurger High School.

Oliver-Grissom to marry

Oliver Grissom-Marriage

To be wed—Larry E. and Debera Oliver are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Brittany Breann Oliver, to Matthew Allen Grissom, son of Mike and Debbie Grissom of Silsbee. The marriage will take place in Hillister, Texas, on March 15, 2014, at 4 p.m. After the honeymoon the couple will live in Silsbee, Texas.