In addition to these annual gatherings at the cemetery, we also had larger family reunions with many branches of the family represented, often held at Holland’s Lake. For whatever reason, these annual gatherings began to diminish by the 1970s. With a gradual passing of the old guard, younger volunteers to organize these gatherings were apparently too busy.
Ten years ago, two of Uncle Charley’s granddaughters, Linda Hutchinson and Glenda Cooper, and I put together a Jones Reunion held at the Brock Community Center. It was a resounding success at that time with over a hundred relatives attending. Recently, we decided that it was time for another. On Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m., we will again gather at the Brock Community Center to eat enormous amounts of brisket, enjoy potluck side dishes and desserts, brag about our grandchildren, and renew family ties so important to our being. Several family members from out of state have already committed to attend.
As I mentioned before, we can have significant control over our spirituality and our monetary fortunes, but our heritage seems to be pretty well set from birth. Although I’m proud of my own lineage, I wouldn’t fight it too hard if Alice Walton or Warren Buffet wanted to adopt me.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy Commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.