McCoy Hill community has reunion

Published 5:00 pm Thursday, March 10, 2016

AMERICUS — On Sept. 6, 2015, McCoy Hill celebrated the greatest reunion ever. Over 500 people attended the joyful event. Many families set up tents throughout the park area that added to the joyous circus atmosphere. Early on during the afternoon it rained and many thought the event might be canceled, but God had another plan in mind and rolled back the clouds and let the bright sun and blue skies bless the festive occasion.
During the four-hour celebration, the McCoy Hill community planners were at their best welcoming the McCoy Hill alumni and many friends of the city. Every family took turns visiting one another’s tent, tasting the food and sipping tea or Kool-Aid. Many  recounted years past, of how it once was. Some even remembered the McCoy Hill School that was built on the premises. Many used the occasion to meet friends and relatives they had not seen in years.
There was enough food for everyone: plenty of soul food such as pork chops, grilled chicken, hamburgers, hot-dogs, sausages, shrimp and all sort of vegetables. Several booths offered cotton candy and icies for the kids.
Slides and jumping castles were also set up for the children. Deejay Thurmond played golden oldies and R & B while people danced to the music. Linda Sheffield sang a song memorializing those who had passed in the community.
The committee planners for the occasion were Americus City Council member Juanita Wilson, Jackie Holmes, Karl Wilson, James Milliner, James Jones, Betty Milliner and Jody Lewis.
Thank you to the Americus Police Department and Americus Fire & Emergency Services for doing an outstanding job of patrolling traffic and the large crowd that convened in the park.