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i Cox family reunion held I Descendants of Elijah and Florence Cox celebrated their i 136th family reunion on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Florala ! High School. Elijah and Florence had thirteen children. Six families of those children were represented. The trophy for having the largest number of their family ' ! attending went to the Will Cox family. After a time of fel- lowship and reminiscing: the group enjoyed a covered dish lunch. The next reunion will be July 7, 2012. THE FLORALA NEWS WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 PAGE 5 Leonards announce birth of baby girl Julia Rose Leonard Heather and Jason Leonard of Florala are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Julia Rose Leon- ard. Julia arrived at 9:33 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Mira- mar Beach, FL. She weighed 9 pounds 0.8 ounces and measured 21-1/4 inches in length. Big brother, Noah, 4-1/2 years old, is very excited to welcome his little sis- ter to the family. Maternal grandparents are Kathy Bulger of Lock- hart, AL, Taylor Benton, Jr. of Opp, AL and Kaylyn and Marty Byrd Of Crestview, FL. Paternal grandparents are Sara and John Gardner of Florala and Anne-Marie and Micl ael Leonard of Louisville, KY. Maternal great-grandparents are Jewel Jackson and the late Pep Jackson of Florala, and Martha and Hub- bart Byrd of Crestview, FL. Paternal great-grandparents are Hubert Anderson Account set up for cancer victim Glinda Beasley Standing: Rose (Barton) Wilkerson, Bobble (James) Barnes, Linda (Goolsby) Walker, Sara (Anderson) Gard- ner, Tawanna Wright, Regina Smith, Linda (Nobles) Glass, Betty (Peoples) Edmondson, Geraldine (Pickron) Wood, Carol (Miller) Barton, Freddie McGee, Sally (Bowden) Lancaster, Danny PoweU, Linda (Johnson) Pow- ell, Vernon Harrelson and Joan Norris. Sitting: Linda (Hicks) Twitchell, Shirley (Stokes) Tew, Walter Johnson, Frazier Jackson and David Robertson. Not Pictured: Donnie Gamble, Johnny Harbuck and Roger Bulger. n The Florala High School (FHS) Class of 1967 enjoyed a Shirley (Stokes) Tew; Walter Johnson; Frazier and June class reunion in Florala on Saturday, June 25 at the home of Jackson; David Robertson; Carol (Miller) and Bobby Bar- Charles Smith, brother of Regina Smith, on Lake Jackson. ton; Freddie and Fran McGee; Sally (Bowden) and George Classmates had a great experience reminiscing and laugh- Lancaster; Linda (Johnson) and Danny Powell; Vernon ing about the childhood and high school days brought Harrelson; Donnie and Debbie Gamble; Johnny Harbuck; them to the conclusion that Florala was indeed a fantastic and Roger and Patricia Bulger. Other guests dropping by place to grow up. to visit were: Larry and Lynn Thrower; Greg Creech; Anne Attending were: Regina Smith; Betty (Peoples) and Gary Greene Rawls; Eddie Smith Searcy; Roger Twitchell; Su- Edmondson; Linda (Nobles) Glass; Geraldine (Pickron) san Hicks Goff; Susan El/and Dee; Martha Thomas; and Wood; Joan Norris; Bobble (James) Barnes; Rose (Barton) Charles and Betty Smith. Gone, but not forgotten were: Wilkerson; Linda (Goolsby) Walker; Sara (Anderson) and 'John Roberts, John Steele, Ronnie Maddox, Ronnie Bed- John Gardner; Tawanna Wright; Linda (Hicks) Twitchell; sole and Donnie Jones. Glinda Elmore Beasley is stay in Houston. faced with a dire need. She is battling cancer again and A donation account for On Saturday, June 25, CCHS Class of "61 celebrated its 50th year class reunionat Florala's T ner Station. has been advised by M.D. Glinda has been set up by Attending were (front, l-r) Dorothy Lindsey Timothy, Colleyville, TX," Aurelia Schofield Roberts, Cherokee, OK, Anderson Center in Hous- her sisters, Barbara Bradley Mary Kelly Terry, Evergreen, AL; Janice Belcher Nall, Castleberry, AL; Marie Hunton Thompson, Pensacola, ton, TX that she is a candi- and Gloria Cannon, at the FL; Elnora Caraway Bishop, Daphne, AL; (second row) Nancy Evans Stroud, Stone Mountain, GA; Sue Hart date for a stem cell trans- Wells Fargo Bank in Florala. White, Pensacola, FL; Jeanette Hamilton Phillips, Marianna, FL; Kathy Ayer Fortenberry, Brandon, MS; Eve: planL Harold Elmore, her All are asked to consider do- lyn Kimbro Tedder, Florala; Jerry Bythewood McKinley, Thomasville, AL; Heddy Johnson Cox, Elba, AL; Jack brother, will be her donor nating to this worthy cause. Birge, Crestview, FL; Martha Cox Hayes, DeFuniak Springs, FL; Betty Maraman Britton, Florala; Cristine for this procedure, and Bar- Checks should be made pay- Cravey Maraman, Robertsdale, AL; Becky Hart Cheshire, Florala; Dolorise Eason Roberts, Florala; Betty Hicks bara Bradley, her sister, is a able to Barbara or Gloria, Twitchell, Satsuma, AL; Marjorie Nell Powell Ward, Pensacola, FL; Terry Gibbs, Brooklyn, MS; Alie Jackson backup donor, noting, "Donation Account Beasle will be required to for Glinda Beasley," in the Hendrickson, Kinston, AL; Katie Truman Ya tes, Florala; (back fow) Whit Goolsby, Luverne, AL; Johnny Rob- remain in Houston for three memo space. If you prefer, erts, Florala; Carson Paul, Florala; John Pelham, Crestview, FL; George DeFranco, Rainbow City, AL; Tom months following the proce- you can mail donations di- Hooten, Niceville, FL; Roy Carpenter, Flonida; Henry Early, FloraZa; Bobby Hayes, Incline Village, NV," Skip dure. Insurance is not suf- rectlyto Glinda at her home Eiland, Alexander. City, AL; Shelby LaVern Garvin, Florala; Carl Lee Sightler, Pensacola, FL; Ed Harrison, ficient to cover expenses for address: 330 Olmstead R'd Florala; Dale TwitcheU, Satsuma, AL. the procedure and extended Dozier, AL 36028. The class agreed to meet again during the 24th of June Celebration weekend in 2014. REMINISCING from page 4 in for thirty years and hated having to leave, just like my on Army bases from Hawaii to North Carolina, leaving one always have been born in an Army hospital, by a Captain in father. My Daddy was in the United States Army for thirty- for another every three years. During the summer, I went the Army at Fort Riley, Kansas. That's something that no nine years, nine months and twenty-three days. And would to camp at Fort Bragg, NC and played Little League with a one can take away or diminish. My children know of their have stayed in until they had to pry his cold, dead hands coach who was a Captain in the Army. My friends at school grandfather. They might not have spent any time with him, from the helicopter controls, were all military kids and we all knew not to get too close but they al vays will through my stories and pictures. I Being a member of a military family was, and still is, 'cause we were all leaving at some point. And believe me, know that they are proud of their heritage and.proud of the very special to me. It brought many things into my life. leaving friends that you got close to anyway was the hard- U.S. Flag, that pride being something that was given to me Some were good and some were bad. Some of which I never eat part and only got harder as I got older, by my father. And as far as I'm concerned, he was the best truly appreciated 'til I was an adult. And talking about it To me, it doesn't matter how long ago it was or how long pilot and the best soldier the Army ever had. Knowing I'm with others who were in the same boat, always makes me I was actually in it, I will always be an Army Brat. I will his daughter, he probably felt the exact same way. miss it the most. Maybe it's just that I miss my father so ve.ry much. They go together really: I think of my father, I think of the Army and vice versa. It's a never-ending circle of pride and pain. From the time that I can remember being until I was in the ninth grade, the military was a part of our family. We shopped at the Commissary and the PX. I walked hand in hand with pride on base with my father as others saluted him when we walked by. I sat with impatience during re- treat, if we were on base, as they signalled the end of the day, and my father got out of the car and saluted the Unit- ed States Flag, in which he had immense love and pride. I look through teary eyes at the photos of my mother and I, at his promotion to Major in Hawaii and she pinning his new insignia on his uniform. And I can close my eyes and smell exactly what the office smelled like when going to get my military ID when I was thi2teen years old. " Being born into a military family Was just pure luck, re- ally. My mother met my father, he just happened to be in the Army, they got married and had little o1' me. I grew up