Jefferson-Henderson family celebrates 32nd family reunion
Descendants of the late Daniel and Rosa Russell Jefferson and Hunter and Dinkie Jeffers Henderson gathered June 21, 2014, to celebrate their 32nd Family Reunion. The celebration took place from 1 to 5 p.m. at First Fruit Farms in Louisburg. More than 170 family members, friends and guests attended.
After an official welcome by host Jason Brown an invocation was given by Pastor Leroy S. Anderson Jr. Special family recognitions and gifts were acknowledged. They included the farthest traveled, Annie R. Beidleman of Mt. Vernon, New York; the oldest member, Willie B. Jefferson (95), of Henderson; the youngest member, Isaiah Edwards (3 months), son of Jamia Edwards and great-great-grandson of Willie B. Jefferson; the longest married couple, Weldon and Cordelia Bullock of Henderson (56 years); and newlyweds, Quincy and Whitley Carson of Herndon, Virginia (2 years).
Recognitions and gifts were also awarded to the first person who registered, Edith Bazemore and family of Fort Washington, Maryland; and the person registering the most family members (20), Gloria Moore of Henderson. Birthdays and anniversaries for the month of June, all high school and college graduates, as well as students promoted to the next grade were also acknowledged.
Pastor John E. Jefferson returned thanks for the food, after which a picnic style meal was enjoyed by all. The menu consisted of fried and rotisserie chicken, hot dogs, hamburger, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, green beans, rolls, an assortment of drinks and water. An abundance and variety of homemade desserts, many of which had been entered into a bake-off contest, capped the dining experience.
Competition for the dessert bake-off contest was extremely stiff. Using a point system, a panel of youth (shadowed by Vincent and Bernadette Jefferson) judged each dessert entry based on presentation, flavor and consistency. Winners were: first place, Jason Brown (banana pudding surprise); second place, (three entries received the same number of points) Natalie Chubbs (peach cobbler), Emma Lou Fields (walnut-coconut pound cake) and Denise Tompkins (coconut pie); and third place, (two entries received the same number of points) Ethel A. Anderson (cherry-strawberry cobbler) and Tina Proctor (chocolate pudding pie).
Younger family members either volunteered or were drafted to work with older family members to gain reunion planning and execution experience. They included: Michael Simpson, parking; Dana Simpson, registration; Natalie Chubbs, moderating; Whitley Anderson and Latoya Jefferson, servers; Sherrie Brown, children activities; Tay Brown, kitchen and cleanup duties; and Patrick Bazemore, Alexis Blount, Quincy Carson, Tamika Moore and Melissa Proctor, dessert judges.
Following the meal, most family members gathered for a family photo while others enjoyed viewing window-framed collages of photos that captured individual or group snapshots of prior family gatherings. Pictures of deceased loved ones were also included in the collages.
Between showers of blessings, kids jumped for joy in the bounce house, while older members engaged in various other activities, including free health and wellness materials available at a pre-arranged health booth, a hay ride, fishing, basketball and kickball. Fun, food, and fellowship were enjoyed by all before departing.