Under a perfect blue autumn sky, children frolicked, horses played
and old friends mingled with new friends while listening to Henry
Pugh make his music. This was the scene at the Hog Killin'
Time Barbecue in Smuteye. November 3rd marked the 12th annual whole-hog
barbecue that Major and Margaret Cox prepared for friends and
guests at their Bullock County farm.
Major's great grandfather started the Hog Killin' Time Barbecue
tradition early in the last century. Then, this annual gathering
provided him an opportunity to identify the folks that would help him
harvest his fields of cotton. Today, the Coxes host this event to
celebrate Major's birthday; this was his sixty first.
brother, Charles Cox, assisted Wayne Jones, captain of the
pig roasting team. Charles and his wife, Phyllis Cox, arrived
earlier in the week from their home in Santa Barbara, California.
Chick Cleveland returned as bonfire master, with his wife Fran
Cleveland and four deputy firemasters, grandsons Ethan, John Will,
Austin, and ____, joining him.
Dalton Kuder also assisted with the roasting. Dalton, Margaret
and Major's longtime friend and flight instructor when they lived in
Puerto Rico, came with his wife Robin Moore. They flew
their airplane from their home in Corpus Christi, Texas and landed at
the airport in Troy.
Others joining in the festivities included: Arlam and Johnnie Carr,
Don and Ursula Nolte, Chris and Leah Dubberly and their
daughter Meredith, David Walker and his friend Annette
Reid from New York, Don and Cheryl Bogie and daughter,
Carla, and son, Justin, Alan and Joan Hackel, Tess
and Lou Ware, brought the Artaquiette family whom they are hosting
for the International Officers School at Maxwell Air force Base.
Sherrod and Sharon Hixon of Perote, came with their daughter
Marna Aragon and her husband, Fernando Aragon, and their son,
Rafael, who reside in Union Springs. Others attending from Union
Springs included Wilbert and Margaret Jernigan who came with son,
Jeff, and John McGowan. Neighbor and cousin, Fred Cox,
brought his new friend, Catherine Wilson of Hattiesburg,