Monday, February 05, 2018

Brenda Ard Kelley 1949 - 2018

Brenda L. Kelley, age 68, of Chumuckla, Florida, passed away, Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Brenda was one of four children born to the late Jessie James & Winnie Ard. She retired from the Santa Rosa Property Appraiser Office with ten years of service.

She was preceded in death by a brother, James Curtis Ard; and a sister-in-law, Betty Jean Ard.
Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Jerry Kelley; a son, Jeffrey (Teresa) Kelley; a daughter, Stacey Craig; four grandchildren, Brianna (Matt) Taylor, Kennedy (Ryan) Schotsch, Parker Kelley, and Zachary Hirman; three great-grandchildren, MaKenna Peacock, Mason Taylor, and Lincoln Schotsch; a brother, Gerald (Darla) Ard; and a sister, Debra Sue (Johnny) Pierce.

Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Ard Field Church of Christ Cemetery in Jay, Florida, with Pastor Greg Kell officiating.

Brenda was full of love! She enjoyed spending every single moment with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Brenda worked part-time at Pruitt and we would like to thank Mrs. Linda and Ms. Sharon for the support they showed our family during this time.

A very special thank you to the staff and the physicians at West Florida Hospital. The physicians provided great care for Brenda and to provide treatment for a very challenging unknown diagnosis.

She will forever be in our hearts and be missed tremendously. We LOVE you Mom!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tina Yvette Gillman 1964 - 2018

Tina Yvette Gillman, 53, of Milton, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Thursday morning, January 11, 2018.

Tina was born in Milton, Florida, to Rita Cotton Gillman and Roger Gillman, and she lived in Milton her whole life. She was a 1982 graduate of Milton High School, and she worked for over 20 years at West Florida Hospital as a medical transcriptionist.

Tina loved life and was known for her cheerful personality and laughter. She had a Heart of Gold and loved God, her family and her friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Roger Gillman; her paternal grandparents, Dallas and Jessie Gillman; and her maternal grandparents, Ruthard and Edna Cotton.

Tina leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Rita Cotton Gillman; her sister and brother-in-law, Lori and Glenn Ruedy; her brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Susan Gillman; four nieces and nephews, Courtney (David) Hudson, Cassy Gillman, Jarrett Ruedy, and Lexi Gillman; and a great-niece, Addison Hudson.

Homegoing Services for Tina will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Pine Terrace Baptist Church, with Dr. Mike Wiggins officiating.

Burial will follow in Serenity Gardens Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel, directing.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Pine Terrace Baptist Church, prior to services.

Friday, January 12, 2018

John Horton 1926- 2018

C:\Users\Matthew\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\IMG_7023.jpgJohn Russell Horton 1926 - 2018
John Russell Horton, 91, died Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Hillcrest House in Dallas, Texas. John was born on February 18, 1926, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Jake and Ella Floyd Horton. He lived in Tuscaloosa until he was eight years old and then moved to Chumuckla, Florida. He attended Chumuckla High School where he played basketball.

In 1943, at 17, John convinced his mother to allow him to enlist in the Navy and was trained as a Pharmacist’s Mate. He was assigned to the USS Sheridan and participated in seven landings in the Pacific including the invasions of Tarawa, Saipan, Kwajalein, Guam, two different landings in the Philippines and was at Okinawa but did not go ashore. His ship was in Tokyo Bay on the day the surrender documents were signed. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps and Bronze Star Medals for gallantry in evacuating wounded on the first day of the invasion of Tarawa. He was discharged from active duty in January 1947.

Returning to Pensacola, Florida, after the war, he met and married Elaine Manning and they had two daughters, Brenda and Sandy. John spent many years working for Sherrill Pure Oil Company in Pensacola before starting his own company, Horton Energy Products. John loved Alabama football, golf, catfish and his daughters and grand kids to whom he was known as Pops. We are most appreciative that he lived the last two years of his life in Dallas, Texas, where his great-grandson came to know and love him, just as his grand kids did.

John was predeceased by his parents and brother, Jacob. He is survived by his daughters, Brenda Elias (Matthew) of Dallas, Texas, and Sandy Smith (Timothy) of Leesburg, Virginia; four grandchildren, Claire Elias Gordon (Jeff) and Sarah Elias of Dallas, Amanda West Jones (Pete) of Panama City, Florida, and Johnathan West of Arlington, Virginia, one great grandson, Matthew Gordon and his sister in law, Frances Horton of Pensacola, Florida.

Graveside services and burial with full military honors will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 12, at Barrancas National Cemetery. Family and friends will depart Olive Baptist Church (the old Warrington Baptist Church), 103 West Winthrop Ave, Pensacola, Florida, at 9:15 AM to travel to the graveside services.

EULOGY - by Claire (granddaughter)

My memories of our Pops run long and deep. I am grateful that he was able to live such a long and rich life, and at the same time I know that there will be a huge void in our lives as he was such a huge pillar in the architecture of our entire family. He was larger than life and lived that way. What a legacy he leaves behind! He touched his children, grandchildren and everyone he met in such memorable ways! Pops loved Alabama football, golf, catfish and his daughters and grandkids. And how fitting that Alabama won the National Championship on Monday – Roll Tide!

He was born on February 18, 1926, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Jake and Ella Horton. He lived there until he was eight years old and then moved to Chumuckla. He attended Chumuckla High School where he played basketball.

In 1943, at 17, Pops convinced his mother (Big Momma) to allow him to enlist in the Navy and he was trained as a Pharmacist’s Mate. He was assigned to the USS Sheridan and participated in seven landings in the Pacific, two different landings in the Philippines and was at Okinawa but did not go ashore. His ship was in Tokyo Bay on the day the surrender documents were signed. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps and Bronze Star Medals for gallantry in evacuating wounded on the first day of the invasion of Tarawa. He was discharged from active duty in January 1947.

Returning to Pensacola, after the war, he met and married our grandmother Elaine Manning and they had two daughters, Brenda and Sandy. Pops spent many years working for Sherrill & Pure Oil Company in Pensacola before starting his own company, Horton Energy Products.

Some of my oldest memories of Pops are of his home that he loved and loved to share with his children and grandchildren running around, and playing in the pool. We had some amazing times there and share a lot of memories. And while he and my Granny were not together any more during the years that we were young (they were still very close), I have so many memories of him constantly coming over to her house or calling her to see what we were up to. He enjoyed the time with us, and us with him.

He gave the BEST advice. And he also gave it often. If he was watching the weather channel, he would call us (whether in Dallas or Virginia or Panama City Beach) to tell us about a storm passing through. (He loved following the Weather Channel). He would give advice on almost anything – especially if you asked. When I began working and was telling him about my travels, one of the funniest things I remember him saying is that when he traveled he would go to the cemetery and look up names to put on his dinner expense reports!

Pops gave lots of advice on driving. He would always give us a lecture about safety on the roads. And when it came to choosing favorite stories, everyone’s boiled down to being on the road with Pops. While he might have lectured us on road safety, he found himself in a sticky situation when babysitting Mandy and Johnathan when they were teenagers and he got lost driving them home in their neighborhood. Embarassing Mandy and Johnathan as they drove around in circles, at a certain point he asked “Where do I turn??” and when Mandy said “right here!!” he turned and they would up in a ditch. And the kids on the floorboard – still ensuring none of their friends would see them.

I once drove him from Pensacola to Dallas, when I first moved to Dallas, in a little red Honda I owned. It was small. And it was jam packed with my belongings – laundry baskets full of clothes, a printer, all types of junk. His passenger side seat was so far forward, he kept joking that if the airbag deployed he would “be a goner!” And every time he would doze off I would accidentally go over the raised median markers and it would startle him and wake him up! So he didn’t sleep a wink. We made it to Dallas, and unfortunately that night my car was broken into and they stole everything. The first thing he said was that he wish that would have happened 700 miles back! He always knew how to diffuse a situation – especially for all of us whenever we were in a tough place.
I am most grateful that he came to live with us in Dallas for the past couple of years, and we got to spend so much time with him and Matthew really got to know him as well. Pops called Matthew his “buddy boy” and was always asking where the “little man” was. Pops loved to tease Matthew!
Another testament to his personality and how much character he had – was seen at the nursing home he lived at these last several months. Even though he was there for only a short time, so many of the staff really got a kick out of his personality and all of his joking around. He kept them on their toes and every time they would pass by he would shout “Yo!!”. It became something they all said back and forth. In such a short time they told us no one had ever made such a large impression on them!

Pops, we will always miss you. But we have so many wonderful memories to hang on to. Your guidance and love will carry us through to the end of our days. The past couple years when Pops was with us in Dallas, he would say almost daily that it was time to get on the road back to Pensacola. Pops, you are home now. We love you – and we will see you again one day!

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Class of 1967 - FIFTY YEARS

I think we were not ready for this. Whoever said people lived this long?  I remember when we were 17 and 18 years old in these photos and we, to a person, sincerely believed everyone over forty was on death's door.  Yet here we are -- some of us -- aged 67-69 and imagining ourselves as if we are then and it is not now. Strangely as we look at each other we don't see a lot of change. But if we are comparing our own photo of back then to one now -- it can be a revelation.

Thanks for memories, classmates.  We had some times back then and we have had great times since. Somehow we never got around to a fiftieth reunion.  Maybe next year we can try.  Maybe we can do a flash mob over a local restaurant in Jay, where the population is big enough to support a fine dining restaurant.

I send an appeal to those who read this.  Our class is so disparate and private, a lot of us simply dropped off the grid  and we find it hard to contact them. If you know one or two of us in these photos and want to pass this along, please do.   Sharing an email or address might help.

Here we are. A bunch of amazing folks.

Look at these pictures. There is an entire encyclopedia of information behind each and every one. Life presents a thousand paths a day and there a a thousand options on each path. It makes for an impressive gps map of life for every individual. There is pain, joy, success, failure, struggles and pure fun.   I am in awe of these people.

And of those we lost -- the memories are kind and precious and treasured. 
........... Bob Winslow,  Martha Walther Levins

MORE OF OUR CLASS as we were in 1964
We consider them Class of '67
regardless of their future path
Some transferred to other schools
Some married early
Some dropped out to work
ALL were Achievers in some way.
Some were lost in the fog - some have died
Maybe we'll touch base again one day

Saturday, November 11, 2017



In the Eleventh Month, On the Eleventh Day, At the Eleventh Hour (Several special reads strung together.)

My Beautiful America - The Charlie Daniels Band (Official Video)

Mushrooms are full of antioxidants that may have anti-aging potential

Psychologists say more and more young people are entitled

‘It’s OK to be white’ campaign rankles higher education (but, "Black Lives Matter is OK.)

The best — and worst — master’s degrees if you want to make money

Gentrification is sweeping through America. Here are the people fighting back

Why trees shed their leaves

When The Football Comes Out, Who Watches The President?

U.S. soldier in Niger ambush was bound and apparently executed, villagers say

Power line repaired by Whitefish Energy fails, leaving millions without power — again ("None of the issues reported today with the outage have anything to do with the repairs Whitefish Energy performed," a spokesperson for Whitefish told Buzzfeed.)

That Bloodbath in the Old Dominion

The Louts and Dunces Party

How Europe Is Out-Trumping America

“The last resort of the competitive economy is the bailiff, but the ultimate sanction of a planned economy
is the hangman."
                ~ F. A. Hayek

Friday, November 10, 2017

Patricia Brandenburg Wariner 1951-2017

Born September 21, 1951 in Pensacola, FL, Patricia Brandenburg Wariner of Milton, FL left the
physical pain and discomforts of this world behind and moved onto glory November 8, 2017. She is preceded in death by her daughter Rachel Barlow and her parents Betty (Ed) Hattaway and Frank Brandenburg. She is survived by her sister Gloria Brandenburg Hughes and brothers Frank (Susan) Brandenburg and Bill (Carole) Brandenburg, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends.
Patricia had a caring heart beyond measure. She was a selfless advocate for people with disabilities and served over 20 years with Community Transportation in Escambia and Santa Ross Counties. After retirement she became very active with the Genealogical Society of Santa Rosa County. She had a true love of genealogy and spent endless hours helping others with research, visiting cemeteries and documenting headstones. She served on the boards of Escambia and Santa Rosa genealogical societies and was a major contributor in volumes I and II of The Heritage of Escambia County, FL and The Heritage of Santa Rosa County, FL. Patricia was also inducted into the Florida Pioneers, Daughters of the Revolution, Daughters of the Confederacy and she really enjoyed her mornings with the guys of the Breakfast Club. She had recently developed an interest in photography and spent countless hours looking for the right angle and chasing the perfect shot. She enjoyed sharing these photos on Facebook and other social media.
Aunt "Trisha" was more than just an aunt to her nieces and nephews. She was a stand-in mom and faithful friend. She loved her family, she never forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday, no matter how many miles apart you might have been. She was proud of each accomplishment and celebrated each milestone. She had a positive outlook, was beautiful, fearless, fierce, strong and loving. She was a humble and gentle person with a beautiful smile, a wonderful sense of humor and a quiet steadiness that inspired others and she could definitely lower the "Hammer" when necessary. Losing her leaves a void for all her family. Nobody else will fill her shoes.
If you knew Patricia, you knew she was a University of Florida fan. Baseball, basketball, football, whatever...if the Gators were playing, she was watching and if you were around you were watching too. The Gator Nation has a new angel.
Pallbearers will be her nephews and great-nephews.
Honorary Pallbearers will be her nieces and great-nieces.
Trahan Family Funeral Home, 6539 Trammel Dr. Milton, FL is handling arrangements. Visitation will be Saturday, November 11th at 12:00 PM with services following at 1:00 PM. Pastor Michael Heisler officiating. Burial will be at Whitmire Cemetery.

From a renewed friendship -
Stephen Worthington (Frodo)

Patricia and I first met in the late 60's. We swept each other off our feet, and then I had to return to Alabama where I was living at the time. We were so young, and sure that life was never ending. We lost touch, but apparently, our time together had a powerful effect on us both, since we both thought of each other often through the years. Then not too long ago we found each other on Facebook, once again it had a powerful effect on us both, even though we were many miles apart. I told her that I had held onto two photos through the years, and every now and then I made an attempt to find her, just to see how she was, how her life had gone. We had both been through so much, as we all have, or will, if we live long enough, but we felt so comfortable even now as if somehow, we had always been connected, even though so far apart. Both photos have gone through a lot over the years, and are pretty damaged. I digitalized them some years back, and I had been working on this one, in hopes of returning it to her when we again met. It is still not finished, but I worked on it today so that I could post it on her page for her friends and family. This is that beautiful girl I met, so long ago, the one who found an endless place in my heart, and who grew up to be such a smart and giving woman who touched the lives of so many. I fell in love with you back then, and love you now sweet girl. This is how I will always remember you, as you were when we first met, at the beginning of our lives. Goodnight our angel...sweet dreams in the arms of God.


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BUZZ CREEK  (history and documentaries)

CHUMUCKLA dot com - a place on earth.
CHUMUCKLA NEWS .. recent news

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More Aerial Photos over Hwy 197 etc.

WME3.NET  a time tunnel to other things

IN COUNTRY - a blog of a wanderer who may be lost or not.

THE BOOK BY VIC and friends JCT 197
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ROY TALKS - He cannot see but talks

ME3TV - a Facebook window to more than a little

JAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - where surprises appear regularly

PANHANDLE PIONEERS - Florida Panhandle people looking at roots

USS O'Callahan - a USN Veteran site for "green" sailors

USS Houston the LAST STAND ... in memory
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TEKTON Mill Works -- milling lumber to spec and more

JUDGING SHADOWS - a blog researching old unsolved murders in our very own backyard -- Florida Panhandle.

Dr. Bryan Rucker - History ... Patagonia Press

Sharon Marsh - NW FLORIDA History Blog

IVO Duvall, "A Boy In Alaska"  A WW2 Vet and Alaska pioneer writer.
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SNOW and other RELAXING Videos
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Air Shows and Genius Monologue ... out there.
A HISTORY OF NW NJ - by Debra Natyzak -- and more histories
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Eat your vegetables

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Jannie Rhinehart Sauls Hubbard 1928-2017

Jannie Sauls Hubbard, 88, of Milton passed away on July 18, 2017. She was born on September 22, 1928 in Graceville, GA, but has lived here since 1959.

She was preceded in death by: her father, Raymond Presscott Rhinehart; mother, Mary Tolbert; daughter, Jane Madden; and her first husband, Rev. Russell Sauls.

Survivors include: her husband of 25 years, Rudy Hubbard; sons, Jim (Linda) Sauls, Dan (Pam) Sauls, and Rudy Jr. (Jeannie) Hubbard; daughter, Teresa (Richard) Bowyer; one sister, Betty Fowler; one brother, Billy (Carolyn) Rhinehart; seven grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until funeral service begins at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Pine Terrace Baptist Church.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Robert Q. |Germann 1963-2017

Robert Germann ObituaryRobert Q. Germann, 54, of Chumuckla, FL. was called home to be with his Lord, Monday, July 24, 2017.

He was born on July 9, 1963, to William E. and Dorothy J. Germann.

He gave his life to the Lord in 2007 and loved the Lord with all his heart. He was truly an inspiration to everyone he met, with his faith in God. He never complained but always had an uplifting spiritual word. He was a wonderful husband, father, and son.

He was proceeded in death by his father, William E. Germann and father in law, Jerry Kilpatrick.

He leaves behind his wife, of 35 years, Karla Germann; son, Adam (Richelle) Germann and Keith (Hannah) Germann; Mother, Dorothy Germann; Mothers-in-law Mildred Allen and Tryllis Kilpatrick; Brother Billy Germann; Grandchildren Leland, Alanna, Brayden, Jase and Kelsen Germann; Brother in Law, Allen (Angie) Kilpatrick; Sister in law Lana (Gordan) Howell. Special nieces and nephews that he loved dearly and a host of friends that he considered family. 

Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is entrusted with arrangements.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 6 - 8 p.m., at Cornerstone Christian Church, Jay, FL. Funeral will be held Friday, July 28, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. also at the church, with Rev. Steve Zepp and Rev. Larry Pearson, officiating.

Pallbearers will be: Scottie Cook, Brian Bradshaw, Damon Frady, Nolan Frady, Brandon Kilpatrick and Casey Kilpatrick.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Allen Kilpatrick, Jerry Morrell, Josh Morrell, Doug Hatfield, Jimmy Howell, Danny Melvin, Mickey Diamond, Todd Watson, Kenneth Oakes, Gordan Howell, Robert Kelley, Jimmy Miller, and Marty Griswold.

The Family would like to give a special thank you to Sacred Heart Cancer Center Oncology department, Dr. Sunnenberg, Dr. Dissanayake, for the excellent care and compassion that was given to Robert and his family during this time.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on July 27, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Janice Harris Simmons 1948 - 2017

Trahan Family Funeral Home
Janis Kay Simmons was called to the Lord on July 19, 2017, at the age of 69.
Image may contain: 1 person, eyeglasses and closeupShe was born in Defuniak Springs, FL on February 27, 1948 but lived all her life in the Chumuckla Community. To all who knew her she was a sweet and caring person that touched the lives of each and every one she met.
Janis worked at Santa Rosa Extension Office for 32 years. She loved her job and the people she worked around, especially her boss of 28 years, John Atkins. She was a dedicated member of Ebenezer Church where she was the Treasurer and Sunday school teacher for many years. Every child that she taught became one of her kids. She enjoyed shopping, cooking, and spending time with her grandbabies and family. She would always make sure she was at every ballgame that her grandkids had. Memaw was their number one fan. She made sure she was at church every time the doors opened.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Easter and Bennie Harris.
Survivors include: her husband of 47 years, Bobby Simmons; two sons, Stephen Simmons (fiancée Cindy Turman) and Dale (Marissa) Simmons; four grandchildren: Lela Simmons, Justin Bankston, Makenna and Brayden Simmons; one brother, Phil (Marba) Harris; sister-in-law, Francine Crook of Brewton, AL; a very special niece she loved like a daughter, Tena Dunson; her church family at Ebenezer Church; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton, 6539 Trammel Dr., Milton is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be held Monday, July 24, 2017 from 6-9 pm at Trahan Family Funeral Home in Milton. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm at her other home, Ebenezer Church in Jay, FL with Brother Bobby Carnley officiating. Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Ira Jones, Wesley Rutherford, Morgan Kimbrough, Joey Cook, David Deese, and Reggie Odom.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Doyle Atkins, Willie Phiffer, Don Salter, Ray Morris, Dan Mullins, Earl Crook, Mike Donahoe, Zach Carnely, Colby Odom, Jay Carnley
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ACTS Ebenezer Youth Group at Ebenezer Church, in memory of Janis Simmons.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

JUNCTION: County Road 197 (the book)

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also known as  JUNCTION: COUNTY ROAD 197.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

INDEPENDENCE -- that day

The greatest Generation
My dad, J. Lee Campbell was first cousin to a bunch of Campbell's -- children of my great uncle, Cuyler Campbell. My grandfather (Cuyler's brother)  was Jim Campbell. My dad was James Lee and my brother is James Edward II (after grandpa).

In a small community like ours - in Chumuckla, Florida - the family ties are THICK and stretch back in these woods for a couple hundred years. 

So first cousins are almost like siblings and even second cousins are bonded by family lore and heritage and usually geographical proximity. It's a family model similar to
The stories get thicker and deeper
thousands across America. You know the people. You know a level of trust you have with few other social networks in your world.

But even so -- you begin to lose clarity of lineage as the families expand and your second cousins have grand-kids.  The names begin to blur.  In my case, I have to refresh my memory every year. It gets embarrassing to ask some of the now twenty-something cousins what their name is -- AGAIN.

It helps to ask who their mom or grandma is.  I am going to have to write up a family tree chart.

picture time
But, beyond the embarrassment I find myself increasingly amazed at the younger generation. They are following their dreams in all manner of fields.  Engineers, Medicine, Psychology, Educators, Farmers and business people.  Many are very advanced degrees.

Some of the twenties generation are still in school and the little ones are just getting started.  The talent and power of these independent people - as a family -- and as individuals is a gift to America - and to the next generation to follow them ! I am amazed.

The gathering every INDEPENDENCE DAY at
the barn in Chumuckla is a tradition for the Cuyler and Bessie  Campbell descendants for decades.

My brother Jim and I take advantage of every opportunity to soak up this bit of heritage that comes alive in this place every July. It is something to savor.

All Sizes of cousins
The fish are mullet caught by one of the cousins, Joe - who lives in Alabama. He used a cast net to take in a haul out of the Perdido Bay.  He cleaned them. His daughter often helps. Another cousin, David, cooked them.  Another fried up the hush puppies.

There was a pot luck table full of more food.  So many farmers are involved it is expected that every bounty the earth can provide will be laid out for discerning tastes.

 And it was. And it was good.   Very good.   
                                                      In America last Tuesday.

Generational Exchange

Generations Helping Hands

Enough to feed Coxie's Army
Joe caught the mullet and he eats the mullet

My brother, Jim can tell a story so it seems

The youngster here comes from a strong mold

A family within the family -
It is Sharon's barn but Ronnie is down from NC

There were a lot more cousins here
but they are shared in a private family
album.  Must have been 20 smaller kids
and then everybody under 60 is the younger
folks. The ones over 80 are getting old
and the ones over 90 are
simply superhuman.

My Brother, Jim - Retired from reserves as a Navy Captain. Our cousin, Clay who was here retired an Army Colonel. The BIRD on either collar is the the same. It is an American Bird.


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