Singleton Informer

News from the Duke Singleton Family Tree

Singleton Informer - January 2016

(Please click on "View Images" and "View In Browser" for the best viewing experience)

Hello Family,

The Singleton Informer is back!. Thanks to everyone who sent in news! Your participation is what will make this effort work.

Please start sending in your family news and photos for next time. Let us know what the kids and grandkids are up to as well as holiday celebrations, awards and promotions. We want to hear your favorite memories from the past, and if you have a funny joke we would love to hear that, too.


Aunt Jane

P.S. If anyone in your family does not have email, please print this Informer and share with them.

P.S.S. Feel free to forward this to anyone who you feel may be interested. If they want to keep up with us each month, they can "follow" and subscribe to our family news.

Heirlooms From The Past - by Jane Ann Blasingame

"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories." - Unknown

Welcome to the first edition of Heirlooms From The Past. This column is dedicated to preserving our family heritage and passing it on to the next generations. We will explore the ancestry of our grandparents, Duke and Beulah Singleton. Jane has invited me to share some of the pictures, stories and memories of our family. My mother, Lorena Singleton Crass, kept so many pictures, records and memorabilia that I would like to share with all of you.

I want to start by looking at the family of our grandmother, Minnie Beulah Burton Singleton. She was the second child of Silas Silvanus Burton and Mary Ellen Boultinghouse Burton. She was born on May 21, 1894 and married Duke Lewis Singleton on December 4, 1914. Together they had seven children before she passed away on May 6, 1937 at the age of 42 years.

We will begin exploring her family history in the next issue of the informer. If you have any interesting stories, facts or pictures please feel free to send them to me to be included as we look at each of her siblings, parents and beyond. You can email me at I look forward to enjoying this journey with you.

(You may click on any of the photos below to enlarge them)

News From The Family Tree

News from Vida Lorena's Branch

Jane Ann reports the Crass Clan gathered at the home of Frank and Lisa (Crass) Cantwell in Arlngton for lunch on December26th.

We had wonderful brisket tocas with all the fixings, pinto beans, potato salad, slaw, and of course snacks and a table full of sweets. The kids opened their mountain of gifts, then the adults opened gifts. We drew names at Thanksgiving and list items we want , and then we cheat a little...we left mid-afternoon and all of us who were traveling managed to make it home safely before the storms! Fortunately none of us were affected by the 10 tornadoes in north Texas.

(You may click on any of the photos below to enlarge them)

News from Hugh Thomas Lafon's Branch

Rena wishes everyone good days in 2016 and would like to share the following quote:

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Teresa reports that her family had quite the eventful 2015.

Carrie and Justin bought a charming home in San Antonio and Avery started kindergarten. Kimberley started her Masters in Social Work, expecting to graduate in the spring at the same time Eric gets his (electrician) Journeyman's license. Noble at 10, got his first deer this year, a 7 point buck. Justice continues his competitive ball play and just made it on an elite tournament baseball team.

I could talk about my wretched allergic reaction and my right shoulder surgery which have kept me out of work for a total of 8 weeks, but I had rather report Travis's news...he got married! Stasia is wonderful, a teacher, and has two beautiful 8 year old twins, Emerson and Griffin. Here are pictures of their delightful wedding.

(You may click on any of the photos below to enlarge them)

News from Stanley Ray's Branch

David reports that Christmas was spent in Ardmore, Oklahoma this year.

Mother came with me. Mark and Sarah's whole family was there, and Iris Kay and Ron's whole family was there as well. We celebrated with a grand luncheon, fishing and rowing, and a game of 42.

This last year saw a few changes among the clan, Ron retired from preaching. Iris Kay, although retired from Texas education, continues to work in Ardmore as a diagnostician.

Mother changed her residence in the last year. She lives now in an apartment in a retirement center. She is enjoying the change and being around a little larger crowd than she is used to since she had lived in a rather sequestered village. Mark and I made no changes to our work or living status.

I am sending pictures that represent the holidays for us. Alexa and Preslee took us to some neat places before Christmas like the hugh (maybe largest in Texas) Christmas store in Arlington that sells every imaginable Christmas decoration, tree, accessory, etc. Also, before New Year's Day.

Delena, Alexa, Preslee, and I attended the Disney Fantasia. The Disney characters put on abbreviated plays of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Snow White - all in about 90 minutes.

Preslee watched with rapt attention the whole time. And, we adults enjoyed watching some of the well-known tales from childhood.

(You may click on any of the photos below to enlarge them)

News from Mary Louise Gwendolyn's Branch

Cathy reports that young Trevor Felps had 4 wisdom teeth extracted on New Year's Eve.

Ice cream has been instrumental in his speedy recovery along with TLC from his mother.

Be sure to make one of your New Year's resolutions to brush and floss for the New Year,

"Aunt Lou" enjoyed mightly a meal in downtown Marble Falls at Bill's Burgers with the family. Bill's Burgers gets a thumbs up. She highly recommends it!

Jim reports that Russell and Chelsey enjoyed a trip to Georgia to attend a wedding. Granddaughters Skyler and Elise enjoyed some time with great grandmother Mary Lou over the holidays.

Jim also wanted to share these thoughts with the family because they are words his family lives by: These three remain: Faith, Hope Love and the greatest of these is Love.

(You may click on any of the photos below to enlarge them)

News from Ruby Shirlene's Branch

Cynthia reports a great Hutt Christmas at Brent and Samantha's.

(You may click on any of the photos below to enlarge them)

News from Minnie Jane's Branch

Aunt Jane reports that Christmas and New Years were both great at Crows Cabin. Tim, Sheila and Steven, Aunt Jane, and Suzanne (Steven's mother) enjoyed a turkey dinner on Christmas and fresh vension and blackeyed peas on New Years. Also a trip to Marble Falls to enjoy the Walkway of Lights and then back to the cabin for a game of Train.

When Sheila and Steven opened their cupcake shop in July, 2012, they had no idea that a new tradition would be born: Winter Vacations! Cooler weather and New Year's resolutions can bring the cupcake sales down a notch or two. While it won't stop customers from buying the delicious treats, it provides a slow time and, therefore, an excellent time to go on vacation.

This year Sheila and Steven went back to the area of South Padre Island where they once again visited at the Bed and Breakfast known as "The Inn at Chachalaca Bend." It is a nice little lodge resort that provides the perfect atmosphere in which to relax and get away from all the stresses and anxieties of life. They recommend this location to anyone needing a little get away. It is worth it. There are many, many birds of all shapes and sizes in the area and on the premises-they will keep you entertained. Also, at this time of the year, citrus abounds and is available from many family orchards. Sheila and Steven bought about 30 pounds of grapefruit, fresh picked off the tree, for $10. One of the locals was kind enough to show off some of the fruit for a picture.

Tim is still enjoying his new role as the communications and public relations director for Taylor ISD. Among other duties, he is the contact person for TV, radio and newspaper reporters and writes press releases and takes photos that appear in the newspaper each week.

Tim also reports that one of the highlights of 2015 was being asked by the organizers of the Texas Book Festival to moderate a panel of authors that included Louis Sachar, author of the award winning children's novel (and movie) Holes and Sideways Stories From Wayside School. While at the festival, he also met actress Linda Gray who played Sue Ellen Ewing on the TV show Dallas.

(You may click on any of the photos below to enlarge them)

News from the Cousins

Charlene Singleton reports that Raymond had a 4-way by-pass on December 9, 2015.

He is currently at Hearthstone Health and Rehab., 401 Oakwood Blvd. Round Rock, Texas 78681, and is recovering nicely. Please join us in wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

About Us

The Singleton Informer is a newsletter of the descendants of Duke and Minnie Beulah (Burton) Singleton, but we also want to keep up with our cousins from other family trees as well. All family members are welcome to send in your news items and to subscribe to our monthly family news.