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THE BEGINNING OF OUR JOHNSON / DAVIS
 FAMILY REUNION - HISTORY
 
This Beginning of Family Reunion History corresponds to the Beginning of Reunion Dates Log.
 
The 1st Annual Johnson/Davis Family Reunion was an Uncle Bo (Jesse Johnson) slaughtered pigs barbeque held in Uncle Bo’s backyard in DeLeon Springs, Florida on Tuesday, July 4, 1978.  Participants were mainly the Harry Johnson clans in DeLeon area (Marietta/Jimmie Sr., Gene, Dodnella, Jesse, Mae Fannie, Vanessa, Lucille families).   The occasion was saddened because Thelma Murph’s son, Ambers Murph, was killed returning from Georgia the night before, July 3, 1978. Aunt Honey (Catherine Wimberly) asked Uncle Bo to change the date from July 4 because she did not want to have it on that date again.  Uncle Bo chose the 4th Saturday in July to coincide with and celebrate Marrietta, the oldest sibling’s birthday of July 26. So the second Family Reunion was Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29, 1979 which Aunt Honey said she attended.
 
In February/March 1980 timeframe, James Yarborough (Jesse’s brother-in-law and Mary Jane’s father) died, and the entire Johnson family attended the funeral in DeLeon Springs.  Jesse barbequed pigs, chicken, goat, raccoon for the repast, which was a major gathering, but not a planned reunion.  Will’s 1986 letter calls the first gathering a reunion in DeLeon Spring on February 24, 1980 (a Sunday), but it was actually the repast for James Yarborough’s funeral that everyone attended. 
 
Will 1986 letter’s  2nd gathering in 1980 was  actually the  3rd Annual Family Reunion held in West Palm Beach (actually Jupiter) on  July 26 – 28, 1980, which was the 4th weekend in July.  It was followed the next year by the 4th Annual Family Reunion July 25-27, 1981 in Jesse’s back yard in DeLeon Springs. The 1981 newspaper article with pictures documents that this is the 3rd time the reunion is hosted in Jesse and Ruth’s home.  This shows that uncle Bo held reunions at least by 1978, given that one was held in West Palm Beach in 1980.
 
The next,   5th reunion,  was in West Palm Beach, July 24-26, 1982 and followed by the 6th annual reunion in DeLeon Springs July 23-25, 1983.    And the Family Reunion has been held every year thereafter,  on the 4th weekend in July to date as committed and planned.  See the Log with dates and locations.
 
2013 will be the 36th Annual Johnson/Davis Family Reunion.
 
Researched and Written by Jimmie Johnson, Jr.  A primary contributor to this Johnson/Davis  Family Reunion beginning history is Jimmie Johnson, Sr who remembers the beginning with Jesse Johnson (Uncle Bo). Also, major contributor is Willie Mae (Will) Garbit, along with her  letters to Jimmie Jr in 1986.  Additional input from Sharon Gaitor and Thelma Murph; as well as some input from  Mary Lois Feaster,  Aunt Honey and Aunt Nig (Della Mae).

 
  1. July  4, 1978                The First Annual Family Reunion….. DeLeon Springs, FL
  2. July 28-29, 1979         The Second Annual Family Reunion... ..DeLeon Springs, FL
3a.  February 24, 1980      Outdoor Repast after James Yarborough Funeral…  DeLeon Springs, FL
3b.  July 26-28, 1980        The 3rd Annual Family Reunion was held in West Palm Beach, FL
  1. July 25-27, 1981         The 4th  Annual Family Reunion was held in DeLeon Springs, FL
  2. July 24-26, 1982         The 5th Annual Family Reunion was held in West Palm Beach, FL
  3. July 23-25, 1983         The 6th Annual Family Reunion was held in DeLeon Springs, FL
  4. July 27-29, 1984         The 7th Annual Family Reunion was held in St. Petersburg, FL
  5. July 26-28, 1985         The 8th Annual Family Reunion was held in Ocala, FL
  6. July 25-27, 1986         The 9th Annual Family Reunion was held in West Palm Beach, FL
  7. July 24-26, 1987         The 10th Annual Family Reunion was held in Cuthbert,GA
  8. July 29-31, 1988         The 11th Annual Family Reunion was held in DeLand, FL
  9. July 28-30, 1989         The 12th Annual Family Reunion was held in St. Petersburg, FL
  10. July 27-29, 1990         The 13th Annual Family Reunion was held in West Palm Beach, FL
  11. July26-28, 1991                      The 14th Annual Family Reunion was held in Atlanta, GA
  12. July 3l-Aug 2, 1992     The 15th Annual Family Reunion was held in Daytona Beach, FL
  13. July 22-25, 1993         The 16th Annual Family Reunion was held in Albany, GA
  14. July 29-31, 1994         The 17th Annual Family Reunion was held in St. Petersburg, FL
  15. Ju1ý28-30, 1995         The 18th Annual Family Reunion was held in Miami, FL
  16. July 26-28, 1996         The 19th Annual Family Reunion was held in Orlando, FL
  17. July 25-27, 1997         The 20th Annual Family Reunion was held in Atlanta, GA
  18. July 24-26, 1998         The 21st Annual Family Reunion was held in West Palm Beach, FL
  19. July 23-25, 1999         The 22nd Annual Family Reunion was held in DeLand, FL
  20. July 21-23, 2000         The 23rd Annual Family Reunion was held in Albany, GA
  21. July 26-29,2001                      The 24th Annual Family Reunion was held in St. Petersburg, FL
  22. July 26-28, 2002         The 25th Annual Family Reunion was held in West Palm Beach, FL
  23. July 25-27, 2003         The 26th Annual Family Reunion was held in DeLand, FL
  24. July 23-2 5, 2004        The 27th Annual Family Reunion was held in St. Petersburg, FL
  25. July 22-24, 2005         The 28th Annual Family Reunion was held in Tampa, FL
  26. July 28-30, 2006         The 29th Annual Family Reunion was held in DeLeon Springs, FL
  27. July 20-22, 2007         The 30th Annual Family Reunion was held in Albany, GA
  28. July 25-27, 2008         The 31st Annual Family Reunion was held in Riviera Beach, FL
  29. July 24-26, 2009         The 32nd Annual Family Reunion was held in DeLeon Springs, FL
  30. July 23-25, 2010         The 33rd Annual Family Reunion was held in St. Petersburg, FL
  31. July 22-24, 2011         The 34th Annual Family Reunion was held in Albany, GA
  32. July 27-29, 2012         The 35th Annual Family Reunion was held in Ocala, FL
  33. July 26-28, 2013         The 36th Annual Family Reunion held in St. Augustine, FL
  34. July 25-27, 2014         The 37th Annual Family Reunion held in St. Petersburg, FL
  35. July 24-26, 2015         The 38th Annual Family Reunion held in Albany, GA
  36. July 22-24, 2016         The 39th Annual Family Reunion held in Miami, FL
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