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Saturday, December 11, 2010
That Brannen Bunch
The picture above is of Bonnie Jones Brannen and all five children and their spouses. We do clean up now and then. ☻
Wow! Mom really did it this year. She arranged for us to have a party in the Walden's Club on the 21st floor of the Bank of America building in Chattanooga. It was an elite place for those who move in higher social circles. Is that why I felt so awkward? O.K.... I heard that, Jack. I know I'm always awkward. The menu was totally Cajun cuisine. My Oh My! I dun tol y'all tree ah two time arready! Food ta mak yo tung slap da roofa yo mout! Sho nuff!
Raymond (sister Donice's mate) reading Scripture for the devotional. Wil to the extreme left. Michael to extreme right.
The gorgeous view of the mountains from the room we were in. This picture caught the reflection of the golden curtains which decorate the room.
A different view from the same room, overlooking a part of the city of Chattanooga.
Starting to open gifts!
After dinner of red-beans and rice, gumbo, fruit, veggie medly, shrimp, and foods I didn't partake of, topped off by cake, custard and banana pudding, we played games and exchanged gifts.
Raymond and Donice
Janis, Wil, Melody, Bonita - playing the game!
Frances, Fred, Mom - opening gifts! The hat plays "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer"!
Lowell, Janis, Wil, Melody
Mom really seemed pleased with this gift. The dolls sing in harmony - and the music is activated by pressing their belly buttons.
My sister Bonita and husband Michael
Brother Lowell and wife Janis
Brother Wil strikes his "Grandpa Jones" pose. It's incredible how much he looks like our Grandpa Jones.
- Fred Alton
- Cleveland, TN, United States
- I am Fred Alton Brannen, the son of Louis A. Brannen (deceased) and Bonnie Jones Brannen, Louis was an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God. Bonnie is an Ordained Licensed Minister and at 89 years of age is still actively engaged in speaking and singing engagements. I am married to the former Frances Hildreth. We celebrated 53 years of marriage this past June and we are the parents of 3, grand-parents of 10, and great-grandparents of 10. I pastored in Tennessee for 24 years and served the Church in some capacity in missions for over 23 years. I retired from full-time ministry in August of 2008 but remain active, speaking and singing and teaching whenever opportunity affords itself. In January of 2010 I received a letter of commendation for having been credentialed as a minister in the Church of God for 50 years! My family is very important to me. Our get togethers are always noisy affairs and most times will include family sing-alongs. The children love their Mom's cooking so we have the privilege of seeing them regularly! WE LOVE having them over.