Reubin Thompson Family Update March 2015

Reubin Thompson Family Update
March 2015

Beasley, Coleman, Flanders, Hall, Hooks, Lumley, Kea/Key, Kirkland Kitchen[s], Moore, Rowell, Riner, Sumner, Thigpen, Youngblood, and more

2014 Reunion As usual, all the various aspects of the reunion came together beautifully!! We had good weather, interesting program, fine singing, tasty food, and good attendance including young people. Getting the younger folks involved is the key to our future!! President Philip gave information about cousin Eve-Annette Fields Culver and her bequest to the foundation. It is to be used for the upkeep of the cemetery, as previously mentioned. He directed attention to a sign recently placed on the cemetery fence with Eve-Annette’s name. We are most grateful for her generosity.

On Saturday some family members met at the Swainsboro Library for the Sharing Time. Lots of old stories, lore and facts concerning our various families were enjoyed. Following that, a visit was made to the Farm and Home Museum for a tour. Seeing the one-room school, outhouse, and “dogtrot” home helped everyone envision days long gone. Other structures include a blacksmith shop, one room cabin, cane grinding mill and much more. Plans are being made to return next October.

Scholarship As mentioned in the September newsletter, the Directors voted last June to raise our Roots and Wings family scholarship to $1000. Infor-mation and applications are available from the Chairman Susan Middleton. Contact her at 6345 Stapleton Road, Macon GA 31216. Email her at: The deadline to apply is June 1st.

Our Family News
Jason and Jennifer Thompson Smith have a new addition to our Thompson family: second daughter Kinley Logan Smith was born May 30, 2014.

With sad hearts we let you know our precious cousin, brother, father and husband David Day passed away October 9, 2014. A true servant of God, he was the son of Wilbur and Minnie Belle Thompson Day. He loved God, his family and family gatherings. [from cousin Debbie Long Ives]

William James Thompson, son of William Warren (Billy) and Mildred Payne Thompson died October 13, 2014 in Augusta’

Grady Olin Thompson died November 8, 2014 in Augusta. Son of Robbie D. and Willie Mae McGowan Thompson

Note: Please send in news about our family members for the fall newsletter.
Cemetery News Unfortunately a large tree has fallen on the south side of the cemetery, damaging the fence but thankfully not any tombstones. We are still trying to find an individual or firm to hire for repair of some of our stones. As a reminder, do NOT use bleach to clean stones, old or new, as it can do permanent damage. Two safe products are D-2 or Wet and Forget.

DAR…SAR…CAR These patriotic organizations continue to do community service, veteran aid, school projects involving history, good citizenship and more. Our Hall cousin Linda Fitzmeyer has proven the Travis Thigpen line through Juniper Hall/Martha Thigpen for DAR. Contact me for more information. Thanks to cousin Ray Kane for the following Patriot list:
Darden, Jacob (Durden, Jacob) – Revolutionary War Soldier
Drew, William – Patriotic Service
Edenfield, David – Revolutionary War Soldier
Emanuel, David – Revolutionary War Soldier
Flanders, Francis Richard – Patriotic Service
Herrington, Ephraim – Revolutionary War Soldier
Sumner, Joseph – Revolutionary War Soldier
Thompson, Reubin – Patriotic Service
Yeomans, Solomon – Revolutionary War Soldier
Youngblood, Joseph – Revolutionary War Soldier
We hope you can attend the next reunion October 3-4, 2015. Because of the many tasks that must be done to have this large gathering, we can always use some extra hands. Please call or email President Philip or any of the board members if you are willing to get more involved.

Marilyn M. Lear                                         Philip Stephens
4106 Riverside Drive                                 1083 Woodland Drive
Brunswick, GA 31520                                Soperton, GA 30457
912-265-5916                                             912-529-3624                 

Board Members:
Lucille Braswell, Bo George, Clarke Johnson, Treasurer, Marilyn Lear, Historian and newsletter editor, Andy Thompson, Rev. Clarence Thompson, Robert Thompson, Martha Walker.
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