PATSY WILKES MOORE
special to the times
Over 60 folks from near and far drove to the Booneville community in Lincoln County for the 27th annual Booneville Homecoming on June 29.
The tables were beautifully decorated by Joanna, Rebecca and Robin Bennett with a cheerful Hawaiian theme. Special thanks to Ed and Jean Smith, along with Charles Ray and Linda McGee, for cleaning and organizing the former schoolhouse for the big day event.
As the people arrived, the Booneville Homecoming banner was on the handrail in clear view. Felicia Dickey and Wanda Powell greeted everyone with a smile and friendly conversation. Wanda and Felicia assisted the register for the door prizes, name tags and having everyone sign in with names, addresses and email.
Pausing for a photo during Booneville Homecoming are (front, from left) Linda Logan Ingle, Margaret McGee, Linda Ayers McGee, (rear) Nell Ray Wilkes, Wanda Logan Powell, Charles Ray McGee, Ed Smith and Jean Andrews Rainey.
Before the delicious meal was served, Bro. Richard Waggoner of Duck Branch offered the blessing over the lunch. Some of the tasty dishes included fried chicken, meatloaf, squash casserole, green beans, corn bread, dressed eggs, salads and a variety of desserts. Looking around, I got the warm feeling of a family reunion with folks laughing, hugging and showing happiness with each other.
Nanette Faulkner Taylor and husband, Steve, came from Spring Hill and brought two granddaughters. Bro. Richard Waggoner and Cheryl were surprised to have Richard’s sister to attend, Rachel Simmons of Franklin and Martha Jean Legate of Nashville.
The auction brought in some much needed cash to keep the bills paid for power, water, insurance, cleaning, supplies, etc. Charles Ray McGee was the auctioneer with help from Bobby McNatt, Charlie Shasteen and Dean Towry. Several ladies baked cakes for the auction: Jean Smith, Linda McGee and Nell Wilkes. The golden girls had much fun talking together — Virginia Ashby, Delorice Martin, Fannie Belle Kennedy, Nell Wilkes, Margaret McGee of Shelbyville, Katherine Mullins of Mulberry and Juanita Towry.
Ed Smith brought a Homecoming cap we sold several years ago with a note on it: “In memory of Don Wilkes.” Don Wilkes enjoyed going to the Booneville Homecoming days.
Gathering for a photo are (from left) Rachel Simmons, Betty June Whitsett, Linda Ingle, Martha Jean Legate and Lynette Carter.
Jean Smith won the Best Tasting Cake prize. Nancy Call of New Jersey and her daughter, Andrea call from California, came the greatest distance away. Jean Andrews Rainey of Tullahoma was there; she has missed very few of these gatherings. Linda and Charlie Ingle were still very active in the community, and it was sure good to see them. Bobby Creson and Carol of Norman, Okla., were missed because of health problems. Bobby Creson was responsible for the beautiful Memory Wall and many improvements on the building.
The Booneville Community Center is open on the first Saturday nights of each month for bluegrass music and covered-dish meal brought by those who attend. If you are interested in renting the building for a family reunion, shower or church event, please contact Ed and Jean Smith at 433-8655 or Charles Ray and Linda McGee at 433-8579.
Special thanks to many families who work hard during the year for the Homecoming Day to happen. Mark your calendar for the last Saturday in June 2014 for the next Booneville Homecoming.