By any standards of measurement the greatest and most significant, institution in the life of man is the human family. It is where love is born, relationships are formed and the future is determined. It is the well-spring of civil order, public happiness, and the foundation of society. Because of its key role in the history of the word, it deserves to be remembered from generation to generation, and that is what the Cousins and Friends Reunion is doing with genuine pride and enthusiasm.
The Cousins and Friends Reunion is presented by a number of families in the community. The families are: Estes, Moore, Orr, McCord, Evans, Duke, Manry, Coggins, Godwin, Martin, Kent and Mattox. The executive committee which keeps this organization on track and moving in the same direction is made up of Rodney and Hazel Barker, Boyd and Donna Estes, Walter and Janice Estes Fish, James Mattox and Dale Godwin.
The Cousins and Friends Reunion was first organized in 1987 by Coach Orwell Moore, organizer and owner of the world famous "All American Redheads," an all girls basketball team with renowned fame and ability. The Red Heads were the Harlem Globetrotters of their day and performed exhibition games throughout the South and around the world.
The original committee in Moore's organization included G.T. and Violet Coggins Humphries, Edward and Ruth Williams Zeigler, Herb and Anna Pearl Moore Roberts, Elno and Freda Estes, Pete and Margie Moore Pittman, Guelda Estes Gibson, Clifford and Mary Jane Coggins Martin, Calvin and Cherry Estes, and Lloyd and Juanita Moore.
The reunion is held once each year on the first weekend after the 4th of July. For the past 20 years they have met in the Horseshoe Bend area, but now are meeting in the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church in Cherokee Village.
The American poet Emerson once said, "The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops, but the kind of man that the country turns out." Another test is the ability to remember who we are and where we came from. Reunions help us in this endeavor.