Doors were opened before 10 a.m. and remained open until everyone had finished eating and visiting.
The attendance this year was 132, and live keyboard music provided relaxation and entertainment.
The potluck meal consisted of: Fried chicken (always a favorite), beans and cornbread (with Bonnie's butter), buffalo meatloaf, zesty spaghetti and meat balls, specialty salads, chicken (instead of squirrel) and dumplings, juicy red watermelon from Mexico, blackberry cobbler (fresh from the oven), Grandma's old fashioned sugar cookies. and a variety of brownies, cakes and puddings,
Two people present were recognized as the only siblings left, each from a family of eight children. They were Lavern Howell and Lee Brazeal.
Before the blessing on the food, our thoughts for the day were: It's amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit (Harry Truman) and Learn to use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
Our day was so enjoyable, that someone compared it to a holiday.
Those present at the 2012 Brazeal reunion included the following: Gravette, Ark. -- Tim, Stephanie and Wyatt Gibbons. Grant, Julia and Easton Gibbons.
Mammoth Spring, Ark. -- Sonny Brown, Emma Justus, Stephen and Shelly Justus, David and Catherine, Larry and Clara Vaughn Taylor, William Vaughn.
Salem, Ark. -- Paul and Sheila Hickinbotham. JD and Carolyn Hodges, James and Cindy Vaughn, Ethen, Nolen and Layten
Cypress, Ill. -- Terry Funk.
Paducah, Kentucky -- Alice Bradford and Kathy Jones
Barnhart, Mo. -- Dorothy Meeks
Billings, Mo. -- Wayne and Carolyn Brazeal and Hannah, Cathy Carr and Bobbie Bair, Wyatt and Makayla Wilson.
Branson, Mo. -- Rhonda Phipps and Stan Merriman.
Brookline, Mo. -- Melvin and Jeannie Phipps.
Kimberling City, Mo. -- Barry Green.
Koshkonong, Mo. -- Lee Brazeal, Terrya Brazeal, Caleasa Cauble and Tom Lowe,. Michael Cauble and Jessica, Bobby and Bonnie Coursey, Roy and Lori Forester, Tara Harbison, Trevor and Ty Freeman, Julia French, Michael, Kodiak, Angeline and Tanner, Calvin Phipps, Kortney and Kelly Phipps, Luann Robison, Juanita Wilbanks, Noble and Jean Willbanks, Noval and Norvil (Bud) Willbanks.
Nixa, Mo. -- Ashley Phipps and Roland Hughes
Parkville, Mo. -- Len Thompson and Kai
Springfield, Mo. -- Vera Barnes, Oran and Nadean Green, Sam, Raeshel and Lauren Parker, Roger and Ruth Thompson.
Stoutland, Mo. -- Danny Phipps.and Zavier Jewell.
Strafford, Mo. -- Evelyn Crabtree and Raymond Peak, Tyler and Jamie Crabtree, George and Gaitha Downing, William, Josiah, and Olivia, Spike and Joann Jackson.
Thayer, Mo. -- Aaron and Deanna Cauble, Quinton and Zoe, Daniel, Tammy and Matt Howell, Vernon and Lavern Howell, Carrie Jackson and Gracie, Leon and Loretta Mustion, Imogene Peace, Gary Phipps and Melissa Nelson, Herbert and Iris Phipps, Teresa Tillman, Dylan and William, Mark and Teri Welty, Savanna, Charles and Tyler.
West Plains, Mo. -- D.T. and Alice Chamberlain, Sheri Fox and Jenna Gough, David and Rhonda Howell, Chloe, and Dawson, Brian and Becca Miller, Joe Phipps, Rebekah, Robert and Rachel.