Tyronza holds Christmas parade

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Tribune News Staff

Area residents got into the Christmas season last Saturday night as residents gathered in Tyronza for the 2004 Tyronza Christmas Parade.

In the parade, which stretched down Main St. on a cold Saturday night, area residents, along with several churches and public officials participated in the parade, which the planning process started in October and November of this year. Churches who participated in the parade were the Tyronza First Baptist Church, the Revival Center of Lepanto and the First United Pentecostal Church of Tyronza. Santa Claus also paid a visit to the parade, visiting children and asking them what they wanted for Christmas. State, county and local officials also paid a visit to Tyronza last Saturday, visiting with area residents. They included St. Rep. Wayne Nichols (D-Marked Tree), Poinsett County Sheriff Larry Mills, Poinsett County Tax Assessor Johnny Rye, Jr., Poinsett County Justice of the Peace Harold Blackwood and Dep. Wayne Frazier of the Poinsett County DARE program.

This year's Grand Marshal for the parade was Tyronza resident Barbara Ross. Ross, who has served as Postmaster in the city for Tyronza for many years is a lifelong resident of the community, whose family has ties to the Tyronza area. Ross, the mother of three children is a member of the Tyronza First Baptist Church and has served in many capacities, in community projects.

Tyronza Fire Chief Tony Turner told the Tri-City Tribune that the parade was a success and took a lot of planning to get the parade accomplished. Turner said, "I am proud of the town. The floats that were made were appreciated and I appreciate the citizens coming out to the parade. Everyone did a great job." Turner added that preparation for the parade starts several months before, as he and others involved in the parade do the job of contacting people who wish to participate in the parade.

After the parade, officials with the Tyronza Fire Department hosted a chili supper to benefit a Turrell man in need of a liver transplant. Mark Wilhoit, a member of the Turrell Fire Department is in need of the transplant and the TFD raised $460 to help with the effort.

In other parade news, the city of Lepanto will be hosting its annual Christmas parade this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Coverage of the Lepanto Christmas Parade will appear in next week's Tri-City Tribune.

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