2015-07-22 / Community

49th Annual Tabb Reunion

Some of the descendants of T.H. Tabb attended the 2015 reunion. Some of the descendants of T.H. Tabb attended the 2015 reunion. Descendants of Thomas Hugo Tabb held their annual reunion at the Gerald Grow post 165 American Legion Building located at 148 West Street in Colquitt. The reunion is held each year in honor of the children Samuel Langhorn, Thomas and Troup Tabb.

The Sunday gathering began at 11:30 a.m., with the business session beginning at 12:30 with Mr. Felix Tabb, Jr. presiding in the absence of Mike Tabb, Sr. due to his illness. A pledge of allegiance to the American flag was done and an opening prayer and blessing for the meal was led by Jack C. Cowart, the pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Arlington. Iva Tabb gave the Secretary’s Report. Felix Tabb, Jr. gave the Treasurer’s Report and the Tabb Cemetery Report. Jack C. Cowart provided the History Report.

Awards were presented to several family members present at the reunion. Max Jones received the Hattie Mae Crawford Award for being the oldest non-direct descendant. Iva Mae Bailey was awarded as the oldest direct descendant. Lukie Meuse was honored for being the youngest direct descendant. Irene and Emory Walden were honored for traveling the longest distance.

Tommy and April Tabb along with Rachel and Ron McMickle shared the award for having the most children present. The descendant attending the most reunions award, known as the Earl Tabb Award once again goes to Felix and Iva Tabb. The family honored for having the most generations present was a three-way tie. They were Iva and Felix Tabb, Jack and Kathy Cowart and Carolyn Patterson; each having three generations.

The first Tabb Reunion was held in July, 1967, at Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church here in Miller County just north of Colquitt. It was organized by Myrtle Tabb Henry and Earl Tabb. The Tabb Reunion is held on the second Sunday of July each year. The Tabb family cares for one of the oldest cemeteries in Miller County where some of the earliest settlers in this part of southwest Georgia are buried.

Over the nearly fifty years of reunions, family members have been able to meet their kin, connect and reconnect. They have learned of marriages, births, deaths and other events in the lives of our family members. Any information concerning this family should be directed to the family historian, Jack C. Cowart.

Presiding officer Felix Tabb, Jr. gave special thanks to Mike and Karen Tabb, and their family, for all of the work they have given to the Tabb family and its reunions.

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