Archive for the ‘Genealogy’ Category
July 8, 2012. Gramma Martha Hopkins Annual Birthday Party Reunion. For me from afar for all my tomorrows. (Hopkins Reunion)
What if you had a party and nobody came?
Or. What if THEY gave a party and YOU couldn’t come?
The Hopkins Reunion last Sunday in Paris, Tennessee, home of my heart and many who reside in my heart. I didn’t go. I could ‘t. I blame my COPD. Too many hoses, too many machines, too many visiting hospice norses assuring me I’d be in deep doo-doo if I left town and got into trouble out of town because they don’t cover that ground?
Thank goodness, brothr Ronald and niece Sandra took a lot of pictures.
Thank goodness Wanda gathered signatues from everyone which she included in that beautiful card I received in the mail yesterday along with the card and note from Vita.
Sad as I am about losing such a chunk of my life, I am so lucky to have so many friends, so many family members who are also friends.
No cornbread. No black-eyed peas. No blackberry cobbler.
The face of our reunion is changing dramatically. Aunt Maxine died short weeks ago, the oldest of Grandmother’s children,, leaving only Aunt Margaret.
Uncle Willie’s kids seem to have stopped coming after the deaths of their spouses and/or siblings.
Forty showed up Sunday. It looks like there’s a brand new field of beginning seniors who will take up the staff of memory keeping for the Hopkins family.
20120530 Wee-Willie the Traveler joins the parade of loved-ones past my big ole chair where I sit even as I write
I am one lucky sunuvagun. Since my induction into the elite of the Cincinnati Hospice program, I have made an effort to get in touch with as many old and new friends, relatives and others in an amazingly wide variety of people I’ve come to love and like and respect over the decades.
Thank you all.
Monday and Tuesday Don Mc Ghee, my blues buddy of the past twenty years, stopped by on his way home from the St. Louis blues festival orwith his helper and friend Mary Z.
That was Monday and Tuesday. Seemed like we didn’t even get started talking about “stuff” afore they had to climb back into their van to head back to Detroit. But not before Mary took me in hand to teach me to “tag” my few tens of thousands of photos so that I can easily locate them (most of them/some of them/a few of them) for the likes of my blog. Don has finally gotten his own photo webpage up and running. You might wanna set down ‘n’ visit fer a spell.
Problem is i need em back here already; I’ve forgotten half the stuff she taught me. Now I gotta wait for my daughter to try the same lessons all over again.
Everytime I see Willie I’m reminded of the dozens of Scrabble (copyright til you die) trips CB and I have been making every year of our lives. Makes me sad is what it does and not as sas as poor CB gets because she must serve double duty as my caregiver which has got to be as tough as coal mining.
Willie came by for a non scrabble day of palavering about who and what and where we both knew, about who and what and where one of us knows, about all the other stuff mixed in there about which neither of us had a club.
What a day! Well worth the 3 nitroglycerin pills I took last night.
Thank you, Willie the traveler who sets for yet another journey through the national maze of scrabble boards.
If fish were wishes!
LATIMER, MAXINE; of Somerset, Michigan; passed away on March 15, 2012 at her home with her family by her side. She was born on February 9, 1918 in Henry County, Tennessee to Henry and Nelle (Hopkins) Sutton. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Latimer; and three brothers; and one sister. She was survived by five children, Gerald (May) Latimer of Taylor, MI, Don (Helen) Latimer of North Adams, MI, James (Lynn) Latimer of Flat Rock, MI, Pat (Natheen) Latimer of North Adams, MI, and Deborah (Paul) Fleissner of Brooklyn, MI; 17 grandchildren; several great and great great grandchildren; one sister Margaret Clayton of Paris, TN; and several nieces and nephews. Maxine enjoyed cooking, gardening, and fishing. She also loved spending time with her family. A Funeral Service to honor the life of Mrs. Maxine Latimer will be held at the Hampton-Kurtz Funeral Home in Hillsdale on Monday, March 19, 2012 beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Northlawn Cemetery in North Adams. The family will receive friends for visitation on Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Hillsdale. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to a charity of their choice .
19720521: Indy 500 Time Trials. WBRB Junket team: Steve Morris, news director, John Cwikla, sports guys and I.
John Cwikla seemed to spend much of this time searching for an ABC-TV pass so he could jump into the middle of the masses of reporters. I had a good time but, to tell the truth, Tired look fast, then wait, et nausea. But ALL EXPENSES PAID. So if you could live with your folks or friends or in your car or theirs, life was like a deream working at the Voice of Macomb County. (flephoto. Indiananapolis IN. 19720521)
Old photographs taken (my guess is 30s-50s) around my hometown of Paris TN. Nostalgic right down the gut! You’ll find a lot of entries out of date down the line because of my illness and even greater lack of punctuality. I love these shots but have forgotten where I got them; I hope that someone admits to it.
1967- ca 1985 Digitized pics (thank you, daughter,) from my cameras when there was slide film (April 13, 2012 – my 69th birthday)
Tonight, here at the site of the former Atkins Porter School, we shall carefully examine living specimens of the Alexander, Moody and Smith clans to see what they can tell us about the histories of our families! (July 9, 2011. Atkins Porter School. Paris, Tennessee)
Picking up pieces of ourselves, putting them together very carefully, and placing them under the microscope of our collective knowledge and research material is what we do in early July every year to collect information about ourselves in order to pass more of us along to those who come after.