Submitted by Susie Goodwin Smith
The children of the late Annie L. Raybon Smith journeyed to Montgomery, Alabama on July 17 from across the United States to help celebrate with other Raybon and Anderson family members.
The late Annie Raybon Smith and John L. Smith’s children paid tribute and acknowledged the Raybon family’s heritage and descendants. Annie was the third child born to Clarence “Pap” Raybon and Minnie Pebbles Raybon. Five of Annie’s children and their families converged upon Montgomery for a fun-filled exciting weekend. Joel Smith – Ellenwood, GA, Joseph Smith – Alex., VA, Lovie Smith Bernard – Union City, GA, Watt Smith – Dayton, OH, Raymon Smith – Montgomery, AL and one of her granddaughters, Adrian Smith – Madison, AL. We would like to give special thanks to the planning committee that provided the awesome reunion: Curtis Raybon, Floria and Tommy McMullen, Sheri McMullen, Aleacha Manuel, Roosevelt Raybon, Edwin Raybon and Larry Raybon. To God be the praise.
The attendance for this reunion exceeded over 100 attendees. We were grateful and blessed to unite with so many family members. The hotel was the Laquinta Inn, which was the site for the reception and fish fry. We engaged in many activities and tours of various interest: Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, Rosa Parks Museum (Tsum), Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Harriet II Riverboat Ride, Alabama State University, Troy State University, and a trip to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge (Selma, AL).
The picnic was held at Pete Peterson Lodge (Lagoon Park) Montgomery Parks and Recreation. Sunday morning worship was at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. The food was catered by Mr. Calvin Dunning of Odessa’s Blessings Restaurant. The fish fry and barbecue were handled by some awesome cooks and helpers: Tommy McMullen, Roosevelt Raybon, Buddy Maddox, Raymon Smith, Gregory Battle, Leon Mcnair, Robert Walker, Edwin Raybon and Robert Raybon (Low Country Boil).
The t-shirts were designed by Wayne Malden of Jonesboro, GA.
During all of the exciting events, we still paused and had reflections from representatives of “Pap” Raybon’s children, grands, nieces and nephews. We lest not forget and paid homage to those that are residing with their Heavenly Father.
The Smith families had a wonderful time joining in with other family members that journeyed from California, Nevada, Texas, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Georgia, and we all were blessed to travel back home safely.
The 2016 Raybon Anderson Reunion will be held in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. To God be the glory.