The 2012 annual Pepperell Kids reunion was held
Saturday May 5. With a huge turnout of over 135 folks everyone enjoyed a great day of fellowship
and good food. Thank you George & Janet for providing a place for everyone to meet once again. What a blessed
Message from George:
Best I can count, we had 137 kids, spouses
and guests here for the 2012 reunion.
I know a lot of you who did not make it this year have already heard
what a great time you missed. We had quite a few first timers and it is always great to see childhood friends
you have not seen in many years.
We combined Memorial Day with the reunion this year and had a ceremony whereby
Vann Daughtry led us in honoring our oldest 'Kid' at 97, Mr. J.C. Mayfield, for his WWII service and at the same time
honoring all veterans in attendance. We also had bricks from the demolition of the bleachery here for anyone who wished
to take one home as a souvenir of a time and era gone by. Next year we hope to have bricks from the mill for those who
want them as momentos.
We enjoyed special music from Terry English as he performed quite a few songs that he has
written himself. He also had his CD available for a small donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. I would
be remiss if I did not mention his spur of the moment back up singers, Loretta Young lee, Jane Sanders Worthington and Monona
Vickers Baker, who did a great job supporting Terry.
My thank you list could go on forever because
so many folks help me with the reunion....but, in addition to those already mentioned, I must mention the following:
John Little for supplying the tables, chairs and tent at no cost. Ted & Jane Worthington, Boyd, Louise &
Kriston (Phillips) Hodge, Jimmy & Dean Aldridge and Vann Daughtry for helping set everyint up and all the same ones including
Buddy Smallwood, Jimmy Thomaston and Bruno Prince for staying to help load everything back on John's trailer to be returned
I also want to acknowledge a few others....Mr. J.C. Mayfield was not the only over-90 'Kid'
in attendance as we also had Mrs. Lexie Carroll at 91 years young. The kid coming the farthest to be with us was Iris
Doler Young from Oregon. For I don't remember how many years in a row, the family with the greatest number of siblings
in attendance was the Sweatman family. There were seven of them counting spouses and I know C.G. was also there in spirit.
I think the Crabtrees should get together and give them a run for their money!
Finally, a note of thanks from all
of us to Jane Worthington for going to all the trouble of putting together our "Book Of Memories". We were
all given an opportunity to contribute our stories and I know Jane appreciates those who responded.
Keep the first
Saturday in May, 2013 open because, Lord willing we will do it again!!!!!
George W. Crawford
Transportation Services, Inc.
109 Whisper Wind
Alexander City, AL 35010
Direct Line 256-212-3335