Chatter That Matters
Dr. Richard Strachan | 8/28/2014, 9 a.m.
The Cheeks family reunion orchestrated by Cotious and Connie Arnold, along with the host committee was held in Tampa July 17-20 with the theme “A Gathering of Generations: Remembering Our Past, Living Today, and Embracing Our Future.” Attendees enjoyed excursions, and sightseeing stops. Activities included a welcome and family fun night at the Double Tree Hotel, an evening at Rusty Pelican, family worship service and of course, lots of shopping. As always, the family reunion was a great time to create memories and have fun doing it.
The earliest account of the Cheeks family dates back to 1864 when Robert Cheeks married Patsy and that union created 11 children. Among those family members
from Miami were Sylvia Williams Garner, Jimmie Williams, Jr., Jamal Williams, Mitzi Williams, Sylvester Sanders, Louise Jefferson, Cylcloria Jefferson, Kenyada Jefferson, Rashevia Jefferson and Alice Jefferson. Sylvia married into the Cheeks family.
My next call went out to Dr. Enid C. Pinkney who was heading to Exuma for a family reunion. Patricia Thomas chaired the reunion and 35 members and their families participated including Osborne Tresvant,Tommy Glass, Diane Torres, Betty Fulton, Claudell Thompkins who returned to stay. He wrote for Ebony and enjoyed island hopping, a new Bahamian ‘ting’. I also placed a call to John Williams, former BCU alumni president, and he informed me that he was heading to West Virginia to a family reunion. It gave me an opportunity to speak to his wife Annette, and sisters-in-law Gwen Nance, and Joan Johnson. They all were heading to Virginia Beach for three days and then a visit the Dr. MLK Memorial in D.C.