What's in a name?


IF you are born with an inquisitive nature, pondering over a name is not an unusual thing especially when the name is attached to something not expected.

Take for instance the name Queen Price Garden Club of Overton. A queen in Overton, one may question. Oh, yes, there was and she was respected and loved enough that The Garden Club of Overton decided to change the name of the club in honor of a talented musician and music teacher at the London school. Her birth name was Mattie Queen Price and her heavenly crown was earned when she lost her life in the London School explosion in March, 1937.

The garden club immediately chose to honor her by making the name change to Queen Price Garden Club.

And in 1949, with the help of 49 members, the club procured a loan to buy their own clubhouse and work began through many fundraisers of various types from ice cream suppers to weddings to pay off the loan. The Garden Club Home became the beauty spot of Overton.

As the club grew in membership and knowledge and more information became available the programs became more inviting. High goals were set. Workshops, lectures and programs on conversation, therapy, litter, ecology, and youth participation were a must in the programs. More authoritative speakers became available and more enthusiasm was shown in growing and introducing new flowers for the beautification of Overton yards.

Today, their goals continue to remain high as they proudly announce the 2017 Christmas Season’s upcoming events, one of which is the Queen Price Garden Club Christmas tour with the Visions of Santa Exhibit by Native Texan Billy Keen. The exhibit of 40 original pieces of his artwork can be viewed on December 3, from 1:30 – 5 p.m. at the McMillan Library.

“The public has no idea of the work we have put in to making this happen,” said Doris Hoover, publicity chairperson. “There will be a door charge to view his exhibit. But, part of the fee will help go toward a child’s scholarship,” said Dorothy. “What better way than through this exhibit,” she said excitedly. “Providing scholarships is an important part of our club.”

“Also, another gorgeous home has been added to the tour of homes making it four beautiful homes total. We have always had a wonderful turnout for our tour, but Billy Keen’s art work will add the icing to the cake.”

“LIGHT UP OVERTON” is the theme to Overton’s Christmas parade this year. Lights, music and caroling begins at 5:50 p.m. Parade at 6:30 p.m. featuring the Kilgore Rangerettes and Kilgore Ranger Band.

THE FIFTH ANNUAL Holiday Soup Bazaar benefitting East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance will be held November 30 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Arabella of Kilgore. Homemade soup, cornbread, dessert and tea included in the meal plus holidays vendors, a Christmas tree silent auction and community tours will be taking place. Arabella is located at 2103 Chandler Drive, Kilgore.

IT WAS A SELL OUT on Thursday evening for KC Theatre’s Greater Tuna. The cast and crew did a superb job of portraying life in a small, fictitious town of Tuna, Texas. You will definitely enjoy the “Texas Stroll”

and the 21 characters played by a cast of 10. Watch carefully, as each switch-a-roo takes place. Directed by Elizabeth Michael Melton, the performance will continue through their Sunday Matinee.

THE TURKEY IS LURKING. Happy Thanksgiving everyone…we are thankful for you and your ideas. May His Love and Laughter Fill

Your Hearts and Your Homes. In the meantime, we may be reached at or 903-984-2593.


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