Brigance Newsletter -- 2002
Twenty-Third National Brigance Reunion Scheduled at OliveBranch, MS, Oct. 5 & 6, 2002This reunion will be hosted by thedescendants of William Melvin Brigance. It will held at the Olive Branch City Park, Sunday, Oct. 6.The group will begin gathering at the park at 10:30 a.m.Potluck lunch will be at the park at 12:30 p.mThe park is located on Goodman Roadone block east of the Comfort Inn (between Hwy 78 and downtown Olive Branch)..
Sat. (Oct. 5):Those coming from out-of-town will begin checkinginto the Comfort Inn, Sat. afternoon (10/5).This Inn has proven to be an excellent place to stay.It is located at the junction of Hwy. # 78 & Goodman Road (Hwy 302) (7049 Enterprise Dr.) Olive Branch, MS.Call (601) 895-0456 for reservations.Reservations can also be made on the toll-free number –1- 800-633-4100.
In case reservations are not available at the Comfort Inn, there is a new Hampton Inn across the Highway from the Comfort Inn.
Sat. Night Dinner:The group will gather at the Comfort Inn at 5:30 p.m. and go to Cat Fish Companyfor dinner.
Questions: Call Lemoyne Brigance (662) 895-2155 or E-mail Al Brigance –firstname.lastname@example.org
Twenty-Fourth National Brigance Reunion Scheduled at Waldron, AR, June 21 & 22, 2003This reunion will be hosted by the descendants of John Henry Brigance (1840-1920).
Saturday (21st):The group will begin gathering at 1:30 p.m. at the Cypress Barn Restaurant and Lodge.The Cypress Barn Res. and Lodge is located on Hwy. 71 (Waldron By-pass and Junction of Hwy. 71 and 80).Tourswill depart at 2:30 from the Cypress Barn.
Saturday Evening (21st):Following an early dinner, some of the group will be attending (and performing at) the popular "Turkey Track" (bluegrass music festival) south of Waldron while others spend time visiting (or shopping at Walmart).
Sunday (22nd): The group will meet at the Fairground Building Sunday morning for a time of sharing and visiting.Potluck lunch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
Future Dates for National Brigance Reunions:
October, 2004- Olive Branch, MS
June, 2005- Waldron, AR
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Old BriganceCemetery-Cottontown,TN:The bank balance as of 05/02/02 was $429.06.A special thanks is in order to Steve Brigance for his continued efforts in maintaining the cemetery and to Charles & Rochelle Brigance of Tallahassee, FL for their financial support.
Any one wishing to make a tax deductible contribution for restoring and maintaining the cemetery should make the check payable to Old Brigance Cem. Corp. andforward to Al Brigance, 278 Royal Oaks Drive,Maryville, TN 37801.
Memorial Gift In Memory Mary Frances (Williams)
Brigance and Family Members:By their faithful
attendance and loving support, Mary Frances and three
of her children and their spouses were "pillars" of the
Iron Bridge Free Will Baptist Church near Keota, OK
for a span of more than 50 years.This included Nora (Brigance) Jones and her husband Bryant,Luther
"Short" Brigance and his wife Ruby, and Redmond
Brigance and his wife Zelma.This era came to an end
with the death of Zelma, the last survivor, in early
Some of Mary Frances's descends were interested in funding a project at the church as a memorial to these seven former members and strong supporters.When asked about a possible project, the pastor’s request was that funds for a new sign be considered.The need for such a project was obvious.
Contributions of more than $700 were received from Mary Frances's descendants and others to fund the project.This was more than enough to purchase the materials for the sign.The balance is to be used for church maintenance and repairs.
Helen (Brigance) Kates served as treasurer for the project.Thanks to Helen and those who contributed.
Fern Ann (HEFLEY) WISE
12/22/1934, Keota, OK - 7/31/2001, Fresno, CA
Daughter of Grady & Dorothy (YOST) HEFLEY
Billy Joe JONES
2/19/1930, OK-12/29/2001, CA
Son of Bryant & Nora Alberta (Brigance) Jones
Bro, of Leo, Lola Mae, Wayne, Christine, & Geraldine
Athene B. (BRIGANCE) SOWELL
(Mrs. Chesley SOWELL)
10/27/1911, MS- 12/30/2001, MS
Mother of Billy SOWELL,III & Betty (SOWELL) WARD
Okla Lillian (CHRISTINBERRY) (BRIGANCE)
4/3/1911, OK-11/11/2001, OK
Mother of James, Albert, Frances, Louis, Patsy & Loyd
John Ray BRIGANCE
8/7/1920, Keota OK-4/18/2002, Waldron, AR
Son of Andrew Jackson & Effie (Wagner) Brigance
Father of Larry, Roger and Richard
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