This Memorial Day weekend, 61 descendants of Virge and Sarah Kilgore met on the old home place in Nauvoo, Alabama (Winston County) for a reunion gathering. This special reunion occurs every two years, falling on even-numbered years. That means relatives can put the date on their calendars for Memorial Day weekend, 2016. The location will be the Virge and Sarah Kilgore old farm again. We had 6 guests for the day, making a total of 67 present. Our guests were Linda Noles (Granny Kilgore was a Noles) and the Pope family of Poplar Springs, who attended during the evening session. Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day…somewhat hot, but truly a good weather day for meeting outdoors under the enormous oak trees of the old home place. I THANK my brother, Ricky for mowing the grounds for the occasion. Ron McKeever and Jerry Kilgore also came two days prior to our gathering and helped out some. The reunion preparations were truly a team effort.
Snowball Machine Rental and supplies 60.00
Of that amount, Celia Spain Johnson contributed $100 in the memory of our relatives, Glenn McKeever and Micah McKeever, who passed away since the last reunion.
A special thanks to Jim Kilgore for coming one day recently to help me put the plywood down on the porch of the old house so that we could sit there during the day and even be able to go into the house.
By the way, Joe had both his sons and their families present. Neil lives in the New Orleans area and Marty lives in the Charlotte, NC area. Both traveled quite a distance proving it can be done.
Here are some pictures to help those who did not attend to see a glimpse of family, a day together, and a hope that we will see everyone in two years.
"With Tracy McKleroy at Poplar Springs in N Alabama. On the farm that my grandfather homesteaded, and my mom and all her siblings (10) were born here. My mom was the baby. This farm has been in the family for over 100 years, but no one has lived here in over 50 years! Thank you to my cousins, especially Johnny Warren Kilgore and his wonderful family, for all their hard work, and for letting all of us cousins descend on the farm every other year. It was great!!"
I conclude this article by saying that even my dear wife, Pat, who doesn't care for reunions, told me as we drove on I-22 at 10 pm heading to our Birmingham home after the evening's reunion festivities, that she had a good time. That's what it is all about and coming from Pat that was saying a lot. 2014 Kilgore Cousins Reunion is now in history. Let's look forward to the future. See you all in 2016, if not sooner. Love you.