On a recent (rare) sunny day, guests arrived in Smuteye
from near and far to attend the 13th annual Hog Killin' Time Barbecue.
Major and Margaret Cox host this
whole-hog barbecue each year for friends and guests at their Bullock
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 workers that would help him
harvest his fields of cotton. Today, the Coxes host this event to
celebrate Major's birthday (this is his sixty-second) and to celebrate
friendship in this very diverse group.
Larry Oestreich, who traveled from Cincinnati with Margaret's
sister, Marianne Meier-Oestreich, and their daughter, Anna
Margaret, assisted Wayne Jones, captain of the pig roasting
team. Dalton Kuder and his wife, Robin Moore, also
assisted with roasting. Dalton, Margaret and Major's longtime friend and
flight instructor when they lived in Puerto Rico, returned for the
event. They arrived by private airplane from their home in Corpus
Christi, Texas and landed at the airport in nearby Troy, Alabama.
Greer Geiger of Birmingham also assisted with roasting. The team
also helped Margaret prepare and serve fiery chili from an 80 gallon
cast iron cauldron.
Cleveland returned as bonfire master. He came
with his wife, Fran Cleveland, daughter, Susan McCarron,
and a cadre of their grandchildren. Mike Sherman headed the pig
carving team, assisted by John Moore, they came with their wives,
Anita Sherman, and Paula Moore. Robert Holmes and his
wife, Camelia Holmes, arrived early from Birmingham to grill
chicken and sausage. Anderson Scott from Atlanta returned with
his family. He is a talented photographer who has captured the ambiance
of this event in the past for the web site.
Major’s longtime friends,
Jim and Viv Stumbles, came from their home in Seattle, Washington.
This was a reunion of two men who first met in Brighton, England at the
1976 World Association of Detectives Convention. At that time Stumbles
resided in Johannesburg, South Africa where he headed a private security
company and Cox operated a detective agency in Cincinnati, Ohio. The
Stumbles spent two days at the Cox’s, enjoying Hog Killin’ hospitality
and reminiscing past adventures that span three decades and as many
Others joining in the
festivities from Montgomery included: Arlam and Johnnie Carr and
Montgomery's mayor, Bobby Bright, who came with Larry Armsted.
Don and Ursula Nolte brought an officer from Botswana, whom they are
hosting for the International Officers School at Maxwell Air Force Base.
Also attending were Bobby and Carol Black, Jim and Jane Larose,
Hobson and Ramona Cox, Greg and Deborah
Griffin, David and LaDonna Brendle,
Nick and Gayle Parker, Susan Harwood, Dorothy
J. Frazier, Tom Chalfant, Wesley and Merlin Newton, Margaret Carpenter,
Glen and Debbie Clark, Jerry and Mary Weidler, Richard Cohen, Mary Lee
Stapp, Mack, Nick and Estella Jernigan,
Henrietta McGuire, Jim and Cathy Conley, Scott and
Sue Garland Binion, Chris Gelhaus and Jamie Glass, Larry and Marge
Grewelle, Anna Marjorie McGee, Annette Reid,
and Jim Wilson.
Those attending from Bullock
County included Emma Tate, Wilbert and Margaret Jernigan,
who came with son, Jeff, Ira Cox, Lensie Pride and John
McGowan. They were joined by Major's neighbor and cousins, Alfredo and Catherine Cox, George and Ruth Jenkins.