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  July 27 Happy Birthday Annie Bell White
  August 3 W L's Birthday
  August 6 R. DeLana's Birthday
  August 6 Happy Birthday DeLana Cofield
  August 7 Baby Jimmy's Birthday
  August 7 Happy Birthday Jimmy Hall Jr.
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 The B. T. W. Gazette newsletter # 56
                 THE B.T.W. GAZETTE


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VOLUME NO. 56                                                         JUNE & JULY 2014




                                Borger's Booker T. Washington school

                          Historical Marker Dedicated on June 14, 2013


                                  Message from Ms. DeLana Cofield

                                                       July 18, 2014


Dr. Melvin (Sonny) Bunn a.k.a. the oldest Cofield sibling speaking at the Homegoing of our Mother, Maye D. (Honey) Cofield, June 28, 2014.. A Glorious, praise service...shes with our Lord & Savior and the Angels of the Family.....







                 Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas on June 19, 1900


June 19th is National Juneteenth Day. This special day is celebrated as the date that slavery ended in America. The rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this but the actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas and issued General Order No. 3, on the 19th of June, almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.


Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U. S. State of Texas in 1865, and more generally the emancipation of Africian American citizens throughout the United States. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states.



                                           Mrs. Maye Della Cofield

                                    November 3, 1924 - June 18, 2014


Maye Della Cofield of McKinney, Texas passed away June 18, 2014 at the age of 89. She was born November 3, 1924 to Edell Evans, Sr. and Pearl (Fields) Evans in Normangee, Texas. Maye married Rennie Grover (R.G.) Cofield on July 29, 1944 in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated from Huston-Tilltson College and attended Texas Southern University. Her teaching career includes forty years with the Borger, Texas Independent School District and twenty-nine years with the McKinney Jobs Corps. Her interests included Sunday School Class Secretary, President of the Women’s Missions, Deaconess and a secretary for the NAACP. Maye was a member of St. Mark Baptist Church in McKinney.


Maye is survived by children, Reggie G. Cofield and and daughter-in-law Merry, Renee DeLana Cofield , Vert Cofield Propes and son-in-law David; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, R.G. Cofield, granddaughter, Jillian W. Faggett; parents, Edell and Pearl Evans; and brother, Edell Evan, Jr.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014 at St. Mark Baptist Church, 1308 Wilc0x Street, McKinney, Texas 75069 with Pastor Charles S. Wattley officiating. Interment is to follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Friday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.

Memorials may be made to St. Mark Baptist Church in McKinney, Texas.


June 19, 2014

Mr. Reggie Cofield posted the following message on Facebook a few minutes ago concerning his mother Mrs. Maye Della Cofield:



Yes Lord?? I have been sick. Yes Father, I love and trust you. Thank you Lord for all your blessings during my life.Am I ready?? Yes Lord,I accept your "Devine Decision"

Mrs. Maye Della Cofield has transitioned from this place to eternity. A good and faithful servant has received her Royal Reward!! Missed?? Of course. Loved? BEYOND COMPARE!! Trusting and Praising God?? Now and Always!! TO GOD BE THE GLORY! AMEN

Reggie Cofield

. ~o~

The thoughts and prayers of the Borger BTW Alumni and community go out to the Cofield family. Mrs. May Della Cofield was a teacher at Borger's Booker T. Washington School. She is the wife of the late Professor R. G. Cofield, Principal at Borger's Booker T. Washington School. We will provide additional information as we receive it. May the Lord bless this family and bless us all.




                                                     June 15, 2014


                   Juneteenth celebration at Cofield Community Center/Park

                                                      June 19, 2014





Georgia Hughes

What's up to everybody, would like for all of you in the Texas Panhandle to come over to Cofield Park/Center and help celebrate Juneteenth, Black Music Month and pay tribute to the 5th anniversary of Michael Jackson leaving this world there will be all types of music, starts at 7:30 PM, just come out for some great fellowship. Bring your grill, your blanket, lawn chair. Thanks to JT's music for donating the time and music.

Georgia Hughes




.                                                               ~o~


To: Forrest L. Craig

Jun 15 at 4:46 PM


Hello Forrest,

It's been a minute since I forward something to the BTW website. I need your help. Would you please post the follow information on the BTW website regarding The Tillman Family Reunion. (see attachment) I know we have a lot of family in Borger, but did not have every one address, so I thought if we could do it thru the website. Now this info not only for Tillman, but if any one would like to come and join us they are WELCOME. All Friends, and Family.Let me know if you have any questions, just contact me via e-mail or 405-728-1822. Thank You for all your help!!
B.B. Tillman

The Tillman Family Reunion

Will be held this year on July 18, 19th in Amarillo, Texas @ Thompson Park.  Address of Park is- NW 24th Ave, Dumas Highway.

 Picnic from 1:00pm – 5pm on Saturday, July 19th

Saturday, Evening Social Hour from 8:00pm – until

Picnic and Social Hour $15.00

Social Hour address is:  Markwell  Lodge

#415 – 201 NW 6th Street, Amarillo, Texas 79107

If you would like to purchase a T-shirt (small – 4X) cost: $ 8.00

Please forward Cashier Checks or Money Order (no personal  check) to:  Tillman Family Reunion – P O Box 964, Desoto, Texas . (there will be NO t-shirt sold at the park on Saturday)

If there’s any questions, please contact: Loraine(B  Tillman-Carden  405-728-1822 or email:

Thank You


                                                                        Prayer List


7/5/2014: I just finished takling with Ms. Rosetta Williams (Bailey); she said that Frankie is doing well and that she's been home now for two months. Let's keep our prayers going.



I received the following message today June 19, 2014 from Ms. Mozetta Bailey:

To Forrest L. Craig

Today at 10:33 AM
I am just writng to tell you guy what a wonderful jobs you guy are doing and to let you no about the pray that we got for Frankie from all of you was a blessing so thanks a lot and she is doing great.


I received the following message today from Ms. Mozetta Bailey:


On Thursday, May 29, 2014 7:48 AM, mozetta bailey <> wrote:
I am still asking for prayer for my sister Frankie everyday is a challenger but she is doing her best. Her progress is coming along good but slow. So all of my Christian family just continue to pray and may God bless all of you.


3/19/2014: Please pray for Mr. James Martin Meekins for healing. He has poor blood circulation in his legs which has caused some serious problems. Since receiving his hospital bed at home he's doing better. 


Please continue to pray for healing for Mr. Austine Embers.


Please keep Mr. Marvin Branch in your prayers for healing.


Please keep Mr. L. C. Stoker (Little Buddy) in your prayers. He has recently had problems with his pace maker. His daughter said that the doctors gave his pace maker a shock treatment and they are still monitoring him. Continue praying for him.



                                                THE WAY WE WERE

Let me remember the trees and laughter
On a day in Spring
I see a painted Canvas of loved one’s dancing
At Holiday’s so giving and caring
Wedding’s so gay and happy
Those were the way we were

I remember a voice so gentle
And a spirit with wonder so heartfelt and true
I can see with my eyes, brothers, sisters and a family too
I sat on the porch or firescape
Watching the rain or birds flying through
Those were the way we were

When the clouds look as though they are moving
And trees whisper in the breeze
God’s Art always follows me
As six hands play ring-around-the-rosey
And when we all fall down
This moment in time will stay with us
Into the twilight I look at the stars
They seem to go on forever, so very far
This is the way we were

Never forget how we once lived
God has taken the one’s who died
Always remember the happy times
And through them, we see ourselves
Then into butterflies we fly.

by Linda Ann Henry


Click on The B.T.W. newsletter archives above to catch up on what you may have missed..                     



Donate to build a gazebo at Cofield Park/Com Cntr. Contact Mr. Raymond Loftis at: or Ms. Estella Willis for information at: Estella says that so far they have collected several hundred dollars and welcome additional donations. I would like to encourage every one to be ready to donate to the BTW scholarship fund that DeLana Cofield is working to establish. You'll hear more about this at a lated date. 


                                                           March 10, 2014


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Forrest Craig - Jun 29, 2014
Thanks Loretta. I'll post your message in the guestbook area of the BTW web site. I would love to have the photos of the 2013 reunion and any other photos that you have. This was a wonderful turnout of Borger folks; would loved to have been there. Please send the obituary to me at my home address.
Loretta Darden - Jun 29, 2014
Jun 28 at 3:57 PM

Just returning home from Mrs. Cofield's homegoing services. Reggie, DeLana and Vert look good and the Lord's hand is over them and the family. Dr. Bunn delivered a heartfelt memorial of Mrs (and Mr) Cofield and recognized others present who were from Borger. There were Wilsons, Tillmons and myself, about 5 or six total.

I have an extra program for you. Do you have a physical address to send it to you?
Also, I never forwarded pictures for the 2013 reunion. Would you like those also? I can send more 'snail mail' (old school disks!!) Blessings... Loretta D
Forrest - Jun 20, 2014
I agree Mary; Mrs. Cofield was a beautiful person who will be missed. Happy birthday to you and many more. Thanks for dropping by the site today.
Mary Thomas Bennett - Jun 20, 2014
I am very Thankful to have known Mrs. Cofield. She was a kind and loving person to us. Yes,it's My Birthday,it's My birthday and I am so Blessed to have a sound mind and reasonable portion of health and strength. Thank you Forrest for all that you and others contribute to this site.
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