|A photo displayed in 2013 of the Hawkins Reunion of 2007.|
The Reunion was hosted by Bill and Shelva Jean Hawkins Wilson at their home and farm in Cleveland County, near Shelby, NC.
|Shelva Jean Hawkins Wilson.|
|Debbie with her Mom.|
|Deedee (Photo by Donna Wilson.)|
There must have been fifty or more in attendance from the elders to the youngsters.
|The elders: Clockwise from left to right Dan Livingstone (my husband), L.R. Hawkins and Jimmy Hawkins (my second cousins.)|
|The youngsters: Cheyenne (left) and Savannah Carpenter, grandchildren of Eddie and Debbie Wilson Bridges.|
Jerry, Shelva Jean, Martha, and I share the same great grandfather, J.B. Hawkins (the white- bearded gentleman in the photo below.)
|Hawkins family photo circa late 1800's. J.B. Hawkins, white bearded man. My grandmother (left of J.B.) and Preston Hawkins directly behind my grandmother.|
|Our great grandfather Hawkins' pocket watch.|
|Second cousin, Jimmy Hawkins, with Great Grandfather Hawkins' pocket watch.|
|Dan Livingstone and Jerry Scruggs.|
|Jerry Scruggs and my sister, Martha Greene Cabaniss.|
It's an inspiration to see such a close-knit family that reunites each year.
I haven't mentioned the wonderful food---most of it prepared by Jerry with help from Shelva Jean and the D's---nor the fun and games enjoyed by all. The Hawkins Reunion (Part Two): The Food will be the topic of my next blog. Stay tuned.