Frances Forrest Brown, Smith
born 3-22-41 ~ died 11-11-11
Ashes buried at Trevillion Cemetery on May 5, 2012
Thou I was a stranger among those that gathered, I didn't feel like one from the minute I arrived to the second I drove away hours later. We sat on the old wooden pews under the pavilion that over looked the cemetery. I couldn't help but hear the sounds of the birds singing around us as I sat there and I could picture my ancestors that walked on this same land year after year, gathering to keep the grounds clean, and fellowship with singing and dinner on the grounds. My Third Great Grandparents, John Orr and Martha A. Orr; My second Great Grand Aunt and Uncle, Uriah Samuel and Matilda Valines Rogillio Humphreys; Great Grand Aunt and Uncle, John Hiram and Annie Elizabeth Trevillion, Smith; several first cousin's, second removed and even one second cousin have all passed on. They lie there on that peaceful hill. My mother's parents, Vida Louvenia Smith, Thomas and Louie Jackson Thomas came to this gathering for many years. They too stood there at John and Martha Orr's graves , her Great Grandparents.
I came away from the gathering of this May day, among this Old family cemetery, with lasting memories, new friends, and a connection to family roots. I not only learned about those buried here, but heard the story's about the giant Magnolia tree that stands so tall as if guarding the hill and showing off its beautiful white flowers and how James E Smith, as a young boy helping his father, Thomas James Smith, clear branches and tree shrub and wanted to save the magnolia tree that was then barely a few feet tall.
There are even signs of pride for our Country and those that served.