NOVEMBER 13, 2004 - SMUTEYE, ALABAMA -- Major and
Margaret Cox's Annual Hog Killin' Time Barbecue in
Smuteye, Alabama was a great success. This year marked
the 15th anniversary of the first gathering. Guests
arrived to find a new arrangement of the traditional
feasting site and a bonfire to compliment the hint of
winter in the cool November air.
two grandchildren, Ron Cox and Kristy Cox, helped host
the event. They drove from their home in Cincinnati, Ohio
with their friend, Sonja Morissette.
Jones and Suzette Taylor led the team of pig roasters
that included John D. Cox, Ira Cox and Napoleon Rogers.
During the 14-hour cook that started Friday evening,
hickory and oak logs were burned in a fire to make the
coals to place under the roasting pig.
Saturday, Margaret fired up the 80-gallon cauldron to
make outdoor chili and may have finally perfected her
secret recipe. David Harwood pitched in to concoct the
steaming stew. The chili was served, straight, with
cheese and chips and with hot dogs, grilled by Larry
Grewelle. Annette Reid headed the crew at the hors'
doeuvres table, huddled around the radio listening to the
and Ursula Nolte came with seven members of the band,
MaxxBrass; Sena Thibideaux Bird, Bo Jessop, Steve
Schwalbe, Kenn Todorov, Don Jack and Walt Hines. They
played and entertained the crowd. Susan Harwood, a guest
at the feast, graciously sang a few songs as the band
played, including the Beatles song, When I'm
Sixty-Four, for Major, in recognition of his 64th
birthday on Friday and Happy Birthday for Chick
Cleveland who celebrated his 77th birthday on Saturday.
created a special musical presentation for the
traditional pork procession. It included a medley of the
Wedding March, Pomp and Circumstance, and the Hallelujah
chorus. Guests escorted and greeted the arrival of the
pig. A team of carvers, Mike Sherman, Ken Hare and new
carver, Ron Cox, prepared the pig while the group
gathered for the traditional photo under the hog killin'
oak. The huge feast of roast pork and an array of
vegetables, salads, and desserts, many personally
prepared by guests, followed. After dinner, Alan and Joan
Hackel entertained kids of all ages with s'mores around
from Montgomery included Mike and Anita Sherman, Annette
Reid, Charles 'Chick' Cleveland, Richard Cohen and his
sons; Sam and Alex, Harris and Camille Cornett, Judith
Meadows, Jon Broadway, Beverly Ross, Morris and daughter
Lauren Woodward, Larry and Marge Grewelle, Wanda and
Willie Lloyd, Ken and Julie Hare, Bill and Adelaide
Brown, Chris and Paul Woolly, Jake and Judy Wagnon,
Salvador and Young Gray, Sharon and daughter Brittany
Dunn, David and Xan Morrow, Richard Bailey, Louisa
Weinrib, Tom Chalfant, Alan and Joan Hackel, Dot Moore,
Chuck and Barbara Pate, Lew and Tess Ware, Dede Harbin,
Gregory and Debra Griffin, Malcolm and Jeannine
Carmichael, Henrietta MacGuire, Frank and Rose Winkler,
Glinda Perkins and daughter Jazmyne Reed, Chris and Jamie
Gelhaus, Frederick Williams, Kim and Juleen VanHunnik,
Jim and Rebecca Keene.
County guests included: John McGowan, Margaret Jernigan,
Jefferson Jernigan, Estella Jernigan, Colleen Forrer,
Sherrod and Sharon Hixon, W.L. Robbins, Alfredo and
Catherine Cox, John D. Cox, Lindsey Pride, George and
from beyond Alabama: Robert and Joyce Jones came from
Dayton, Ohio, Robert played his new CD, Back to Smuteye,
while the band rested. Anderson and Mandy Scott arrived
from Atlanta with their children, Amanda and Anderson and
their famous camera. John and Mattie Lindsey and their
sons, John Jr. and Michael arrived Friday from
The article as it appeared in the
Montgomery Advertiser in November 2004.
Family holds annual Smuteye celebration
The MaxxBrass Band entertained at the 15th Annual Hog
Killin' Time Barbecue, a fall pig roasting and gathering
hosted by Margaret and Major Cox at the
family's homestead plantation in Smuteye.
This year Major's grandchildren, Kristy and Ron
Cox of Cincinnati, co-hosted the event, which
featured a roaring bonfire to complement the hint of
winter in the cool November air.
Sonja Morissette arrived from Ohio with her Cox
family friends for a bit of Southern hospitality over the
family's celebratory weekend.
Wayne Jones and Suzette Taylor led the team
of pig roasters, which also included John D. Cox, Ira
Cox and Napoleon Rogers, who supported the
14-hour cook, which began Friday night.
Margaret fired up the 80-gallon cauldron on Saturday to
make outdoor chili using her secret recipe. David
Harwood pitched in to concoct a steamy stew, while
Larry Grewelle grilled hot dogs. Annette Reid
served as head of the crew at the table set with hors
d'oeuvres, as guests huddled around a radio listening to
the play-by-play of the Auburn football game.
Susan Harwood graciously paid tribute to Major's
and Charles "Chick" Cleveland's weekend birthdays
with her rendition of the Beatles tune, "When I'm
Ursula Nolte was there with her husband Don,
a MaxxBrass band member, who along with Sena
Thibideaux Bird, Bo Jessop, Steve Schwalbe, Kenn Todorov,
Don Jack and Walt Hines created a special
musical presentation for the traditional pork
Mike Sherman, there with his wife, Anita,
performed carving duties with Ken Hare and Ron
Cox as guests enjoyed an afternoon feast which
included an array of vegetables, salads and desserts --
many personally prepared by guests. And afterwards
Joan and Alan Hackel delighted young and old
alike with s'mores around the campfire.
Robert Jones of Dayton, Ohio traveled to the pork
fest with his wife, Joyce, and played his new CD,
"Back to Smuteye," during the band's intermission.
Mandy and Anderson Scott of Atlanta and
Mattie and John Lindsey of Hattiesburg, Miss.,
joined arrivals from Montgomery for the event, including
Richard Cohen, Henrietta MacGuire, Camille, Harris,
Sam and Alex Cornett, Richard Bailey, Tess and
Lew Ware, Dot Moore, Barbara and Chuck Pate,
Dede Harbin, Judith Meadows, Jon Broadway, Beverly Ross,
and Morris Woodward and his daughter,
Marge Grewelle, Julie Hare, Adelaide and Bill
Brown, Chris and Paul Woolly, Judy and Jake
Wagnon, Young and Salvador Gray, Sharon Dunn
and her daughter, Brittany, Xan and David
Morrow, Louisa Weinrib, Tom Chalfant, Joan and
Alan Hackel, Debra and Gregory Griffin, Jeannine
and Malcolm Carmichael, Rose and Frank
Winkler, Glinda Perkins and her daughter, Jazmyne,
Jamie and Chris Gelhaus, Frederick Williams,
Juleen and Kim VanHunnik, and Rebecca
and Jim Keene were also there.
Bullock County guests included John McGowan, Margaret,
Estrella and Jefferson Jernigan, Colleen Forrer,
Sharon and Sherrod Hixon, W.L. Robbins, Catherine
and Alfredo Cox, Lindsey Pride and Ruth
and George Jenkins.