Seventy-three descendants and family members of James and Rachel (Gallagher) Jones met on Aug. 10 at the Martin County Community Building at Loogootee for the 40th annual Jones reunion.
The room was decorated in a 1950s theme compliments of Ruthie Wagoner, Marcia Young, Linda Hawkins, and Dianne Butler. Ronnie McDowell gave the blessing before the noon meal.
The business meeting was called to order by Chairman Linda Hawkins. Secretary Trudy Sutton read the minutes from the 2012 reunion followed by the treasurer’s report from Dianne Butler.
Betty Butler began the memorial service with a moment of silent prayer then read a poem titled “Someone Cares.” Those remembered were Melton Steven McDowell, Harletta Mae Jones Troglio, Helen Jones Conway and Tracy Lee Chestnut.
Diana Sparks, Jones Family Cookbook chairman, announced that the cookbook was available for purchase, and that she would like to continue collecting recipes from family members to add to the cookbook in coming years.
Ernie Jones who was honored with the “Jones Nose” in 2012 selected Mike L. Jones as the 2013 recipient.
Introductions were made and special family events were announced.
Jim Jones announced two recent births in his family and that there are now five generations. Mikenna Jones, daughter of Mike E. and Kristy Jones, was chosen as the Little Miss Summerfest Queen during the 2013 Loogootee Summerfest.
The Gough and Vargo families were recognized as all being dressed appropriately for the 1950’s theme.
Barbara Magendanz again did a great job with attendance prizes which were won by Jackson Jones, Jack Callahan, Jerry Loomis, Drusilla Chestnut, Ruthie Waggoner, Janice Johnson, Pat McDowell, Sherrie Jordan Troxell and Christopher Jones.
Election of officers for the 2014 reunion was held with the following being elected: Chairman Linda Hawkins, Secretary Trudy Sutton, Treasurer Dianne Butler, Memorial Service Betty Butler, Prizes Barbara Magendanz, Silent Auction Maryrose Risner, Decorations Ruthie Wagoner and Marcia Young, Cookbook Diana Sparks.
A silent auction of many fine items again helped with expenses.
Those attending from Shoals were David and Dianne Butler, Betty Butler, Cassidy Dages, Linda Hawkins, Janice Johnson, Jim and Stephanie Jones, Barbara and Jerry Loomis.
Attending from Loogootee were Josephine Jones, Mike, Kristy, Christopher, Mikenna, and Isaiah Jones, and Mike and Trudy Sutton.
Attending from Washington was Carolyn Colbert.
Attending from French Lick and West Baden were Drusilla Chestnut, Betty Crays, Lloyd Jones, and Ron and Pat McDowell.
Attending from Mitchell were Marcia Young and Ruthie Wagoner.
Others attending from Indiana were Gary and Phyllis Wininger and Maryrose Risner of Crawfordsville; Ashley and Caleb Trueblood of Campbellsburg; Margie Eltzroth of Evansville; Joshua Wininger of Hardinsburg; Jackson Jones of Fortville; Margaret Pendley, Kevin Bailey, Mike, Gladys, and Austin Jones, Adam and Nikki Jones, Virginia Harper, Vonda Ford, Jodi Christian, Barbara Magendanz, Anthony, Sidra, and Ari Vargo, Randy and Terri Wrightsman, all of the Indianapolis/Greenwood area; Sherrie Jordan Troxell of Monrovia; Jack and Judi Callahan of Vevay; Diana and Joe Sparks, Dan and Bethany Busche, and Matthew Bruce, all of Warsaw; Jennifer and Brooke Baxter, Kern, Beverly, Dallas, and Jakob Hendrix, all of Lafayette.
Attending from Ohio were Ed Jones of Kettering, and Lester Jones of Columbus.
Attending from Illinois were Ernie Jones of Springfield, Derrell G. Jones of Washington, and Mel Jones of Collinsville.
Attending from Michigan were Harold and Carol Fromhart of Farmington Hills.
Attending from Nebraska were Rick and Sandy Gough of Omaha.
The 2014 reunion will tentatively be Aug. 09, 2014, at the Martin County Community Building, Loogootee.