2008 reunion plan

(originally posted June 29, 2008)

Wow, am I ever late getting this on the website. Cuzzin Mike sent it to me long ago. See attachment below.

Here is the schedule as set out in the newsletter:

Reunion Schedule / * (all meals [in bold] in the Grace Jones Palmer Dining Hall)
Friday, July 4th
Early Arrivals – Hotdogs on the new grill! (though the Dining Hall
will be available for do-it-yourselfers)

Saturday, July 5th
8am – Country Breakfast
Followed by time to poke around the Valley, meet and greet
Noon – Sandwich Lunch
Solve world problems, get after the volleyball/horseshoes, catch up
with the kinfolk, jump in the ole swimming hole
6pm – Evening Meal
Followed by the Family Business Meeting (be there), then music
and Family visiting (NO fireworks during music)
8pm – Board Games in the Dining Hall

Sunday, July 6th
8am – Country Breakfast
11am – Remembrance and Gospel Sing
Noon – Home-cooked Meal
1:30pm – Executive Board Meeting (has been moved to Saturday, same time)
More opportunities to enjoy Jones Valley and kinfolk
6pm – Evening Meal
More music and sitting out enjoying campfires and reminiscing
(something for young folks to gain some skills in doing)

Monday, July 7th
8am – Continental Breakfast (maybe a little more)

Newsletter: CJNewsletter2008

Joneses had a great time at the 87th Jones Valley Reunion

(originally posted July 9, 2008)

We Joneses Guilford (“Gil”) and Jennifer had a great time, especially since Jennifer’s son Lt. Matthew Andrews and his girlfriend and their friend James came for Saturday and Sunday. We left Wednesday morning (July 2) and in only 478 miles we were pulling into the familiar sign at the entrance. It was pretty quiet most of Thursday but by Friday a lot of cuzzins were flocking in from everywhere. Continue reading

Fall fishing on the Caddo

(originally posted Nov 2, 2008)

This blog covers two days of fishing with Larry Braswell who knows the Caddo River like the back of his hand. We had some good fishing and a good bit of excitement as well. The two days of fishing are covered here,with photos. Continue reading

Fall foliage in the Valley

(originally posted Nov 2, 2008)

(Updated 2008-11-03 14:10:07 for the sunrise trek to the ridge top)

Fall Foliage in the Valley


I knew about Jones Valley from a very early age. Guilford and Jeannette — my wonderful grandparents (“Mimi” and “DanDan”) — spoke of it often and brought me here twice at ages 8 and 14. It continued to be a frequent topic over the years. My grandfather died in 1969 and my grandmother lived another 20 years and “the Valley” remained a vivid image in her mind and memory imprinted upon her heart. Continue reading