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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Day Two of Our Trip to the Averett Family Reunion/Homecoming in Greensboro, Alabama!

Sunday was the official day of the Averett Family Homecoming, which is always held on the first Sunday in May.

This year it was held at Searcy Averett's Osage Hunting Lodge on County Road 51 in Greensboro, Alabama. Searcy is Daddy's second cousin and my third cousin, and Searcy' father was Murphy Averett, who was Daddy's uncle. Searcy and his wife Mary Ellen live on several hundred acres in the woods, and in addition to the hunting lodge, there is a lake for fishing and nature walks and programs for children and families. Below are a few photos of the lodge which Searcy built himself a few years ago. The lodge is spacious, comfortable, with beautiful views of the lake and the woods surrounding the lodge.

There were probably about 100 people there for fun, food and fellowship. The reunion was started many, many years ago by Murdie Averett Lyle, who was Daddy's favorite first cousin. I was encouraged that there were so many families with young children who were carrying on the tradition in Murdie's honor. I talked to several people about my age who said that they had come to Murdie's reunion when they themselves were young.

Daddy became fast friends with Searcy's cat Sheba - and Daddy says he doesn't like cats!

Below are some photos of the family - and I apologize that I don't know all of their names, but I will give it my best shot.

Daddy with Jessie Dean Williams (Daddy's cousin Murvle Averett Montz's daughter) from Greensboro, Alabama

Daddy with his 97 year-old cousin Gurthy Averett from Selma, Alabama - Cousin Gurthy makes the best peanut brittle you have ever tasted!

Gurthy, Jessie Dean and Daddy (Jeremiah Clements)

Gurthy and his four wonderful daughters - notice the identical twins on the right!

This Willie Dee Averett Woods with her brother Gurthy Averett

Gurthy, Daddy and Jo Anne Hill Drapo (sorry, but I don't know the name of the sweet lady in the red dress) - Jo Anne is Murdy's granddaughter, and frequently hosts the reunion at their home. That's Jo Anne's husband Rick Drapo in the background.

Another photo of Willie Dee and Gurthy (above)

And now we come to some photos of the covered dish meal we all enjoyed! All the food was so good, and I tried to take a spoonful of everything so that I could taste everybody's cooking. There are some great cooks in the family, and we were happy to hear that Jo Anne is putting together an Averett Family Cookbook. We are looking forward to getting our copies at next year's reunion.

We had planned on eating outside on the spacious decks of the lodge, but we were under a tornado watch/warning and it was too risky to set out all the food on tables under those conditions. Plus the wind was brisk and would have blown away the table cloths and napkins.

Mary Ellen decided it would be best to put the dishes on the large pool table, the bar and a few of the side tables, and serve from there. The weather held off, and we were able to eat outdoors with all the family.

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