Food, fun highlight 21st Smith gathering
GAUSE—21st annual J. Frank and Mollie E. Smith family reunion was held July 16-17 in Gause. Guests enjoyed food, fun and fellowship led by Verdie Sadberry of Dallas. Entertainment was “This Is It” by Michael Jackson which was presented in a backyard theatre area.
The meal consisted of fried catfish, alligator, French fries and hush puppies prepared by John Edmond, Ferias Ferguson Sr. and Shana Hickmon. Reginald Holloway, Sr. and Ferias Ferguson Jr. grilled hamburgers, chicken drummettes and hot dogs. Other dishes were spaghetti salad, potato salad, cole slaw, tossed salad, enchiladas, rice and beans, jambalaya, gumbo, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, watermelon, cantaloupe, and a variety of homemade cakes.
From Gause: Dorsie Wilson, Delores & Johnny Fisher, Alma Gray, Vera Brown, Minnie Bryant , Bryce & Brittani and friend, Jessie Cooperwood & grandchildren, Sue Taylor (professional photographer), Al & Wanda Coats, Mrs. Ely, Wanda Lee, Darlene Anglen, Ruby Moore, John & Debbie Edmond, Kim Smith, Bobbie Hairston, Eddie Wright & Darlene, Francis Lockhart and Terayshia Drake.
Denver, CO: John & Elaine Smith; Dallas: Ferias & Nobie Ferguson, Gayle Smith, Garlen & Garrett Smith, Jeremy Rice & Marquis Whitehead, Rev. Bryan & Stephanie Carter, Kaitlyn, Kennedy & Carson.
Houston: Laverne Ratcliff, Yvette Ferguson, Rylan Jones, Derrick Ferguson, Reginald & Gwen Holloway, Natalie Holloway, Cedric Hunt, Joyce & Leon Hammond, Chandra & James Donald and Jasmine & James, Gladys & Lorenzo Jackson, Bill & Alva Joyce Ellis, Joshua & Jakei Owens, Bear, Bill Godley, Jeanell Bass, Tracey & Ashley, Sherie Smith & friend Tom, Irvin & Monique Gadson, Joshua & Aaron, Kimi Garcia and Ivan, Adam & Nadia, Donna Douglas and Nia & Nyla, Sherina Miller & Dwain, Tympani Smith and Zackoryuia, Elijah, & Natalia, Summer Hilliard.
Beaumont: Rickie & Korrie Sadberry and Syndie; Bryan/College Station: Doyle & Agnes Gray, Aneysha Gray & Adyson, Shana Hickmon, Breneysha Moore, Doyle & Angela Gray Jr. & Aiden, Helen Washington & Roshae, Brittany Fisher, Jackie Hodges and Lura Hawkins.
Lexington: Rev. Linda & Sam Wallace, Manuel, Myishen, Zeannona, Simeon, and Lai’Aireain Wallace; Hearne: Ja’Nathean Fisher, Howard & Evett Fisher, Shirley Washington, Charlie & Florine Judie, and Erma Murphy; Branchville: Barbara Walker and Annie Terrell; Giddings: J.Q. Hodges; Temple: Leontyne & George English, and Elder S. Rhodes; Rosebud: Yeury Smith, Yeury Smith Jr., Robinette Wortham & Namon; San Antonio: Edmond & Freda Roberson, Aimee & Sanait Strickland, Timothy & Mary Roberson, Wendell & wife.
Georgia: Ferias Ferguson Jr.; New Mexico: Andre Roberson & Jordan and Timothy, Immogene & Julius Dawson, Sylvester & Candace Branch; California: Wilma Bradford; Kansas City, MO: DeMorris & Ann Smith and DeMorris III & cousin. Unable to attend was Emma Brown of Beaumont.
Sunday, family from New Mexico, California, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Missouri and Georgia gathered at Gause Baptist Church Family Life Center to enjoy and reminisce over the past year. New to the itinerary this year was “Hats and More Hats.”—Yvette Ferguson, reunion reporter.