Good Morning Fellow BoneCollectors,
I am back from my trip to parts southward and I had a pure ball! Not only was it fun but it was fruitful as well. I ended up waiting until Saturday morning to head out due to a nagging headache that was threatening to become a migraine on Friday night. The Great Prophetess Helen was disappointed but I think she might have forgiven me by now…maybe.
Anyway, she and I set out to find a cemetery late Saturday afternoon and we actually were able to go right to it. How cool is that? It was just too hot to snap shots of every stone there but I think I probably managed to get about a third of it done or almost a third anyway. Wondering where we were? We were at St. Mary’s Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Johnston County, NC and what a find it was! I think you will all be pleased at what we found there. I’ll get to work on it as soon as I can.
After we left the cemetery, we went over to Stephenson’s Barbecue and had a bite to eat. Okay, that’s not quite the truth. We had A LOT to eat and it was some kind of good. Oh my! If you have never had the pleasure, you need to make the time to sit down and stay a while. You will not be disappointed.
When we had had our fill, we helped each other up from the table and headed out to the truck and decided to drive over to see Aunt Re. Her children and grandchildren had been at her house earlier in the day and had done a massive spring-cleaning. The place smelled so clean that I told her it made me think of those Pine-Sol commercials where the people say “Whoo, that smells clean”. I think she got a kick out of that.
By the time we finally made it back to the house and flapped our jaws at each other a little more, it was midnight before we ever made it to bed. The Great Prophetess Helen is a night owl don’t you know.
Sunday brought the Byrd Reunion, which was the main reason for the trip. We had a very small turnout but everyone was still so pleased to see each other and, although we were short on numbers, we were long on love and fellowship. After all, that’s what really counts, isn’t it?
During the Reunion, my cousin Barbara told me about a book written by Mrs. Mary Allene Turlington Honeycutt that she was reading. She said it was all about Mrs. Honeycutt’s growing up years in Coats, NC and was a wonderful little book. I knew I had to get that book so I did the only thing I knew to do. I called the Great Prophetess Helen. Of course she knew Mrs. Honeycutt and we made arrangements to go and visit with her later in the afternoon and get a couple of copies of her book. What a wonderful decision that turned out to be.
Mrs. Honeycutt, as it turns out, is related to me in about 42 different ways as well…through the Turlington’s, the Penny’s, the Parrish’s, etc., etc. This woman is 94 years old but she honestly does not look a day over 64 or 65. I was hard pressed to find more that a couple of wrinkles on her face at all. She is very sharp and witty and carries herself ramrod straight. She even still works in her yard daily. Her yard, by the way, was simply brimming with flowerbeds and she even had overflowing flowerboxes under her windows. She said the only thing she hires out now is her mowing and that is only because her family came and took her mower away from her to keep her from mowing her yard! This woman is amazing.
Her book is simply a treasure. I have so enjoyed it. The Great Prophetess Helen finished her copy in one night. I had to get some sleep so I could drive home the next morning. I am still enjoying it. I have even caught myself giggling right out loud at some of Mrs. Honeycutt’s antics as a child. What a wonderful gift to us all to have her memories as a keepsake. I may see if there is a way I can make her book available to any of you who may want a copy through wemightbekin so you won’t have to travel all the way to Coats to get one for yourself. I highly recommend having one. There is a ton of great genealogy information in it as well.
Okay, so what came next? We headed over to Raleigh Sunday night and met Uncle Connie for dinner at Golden Corral. That was a lot of fun as well. I had not seen him since my Ruby passed away though we had talked several times on the phone. We had a real nice visit and enjoyed our meal and cut up with each other just a little bit. I think it did us all good.
So, as you should be able to tell, I truly had a ball. I am looking forward to my next trip down in August for the Parrish Family Reunion, which actually falls smack dab on my birthday this year. Did you hear that Helen? On. My. Birthday.