William Jesse Fomby and Bertha Lee Tabor were married on March 23, 1918. They were the parents of eight children, Jesse Marvin, William Lee, Robert Laurence, Mary Beatrice, Doris Marie, Evelyn Aline and Tressie Lee. Their descendants gathered together on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Monroe, Louisiana for their annual reunion.
Mrs. Tressie Upshaw, their only surviving child, was there with her son, Mike Upshaw and his wife Debi, her daughter, Debbie Upshaw, her grandson, Jacob Upshaw and his wife Sarah and their son Gabriel, and her granddaughter, Hannah Bustamante and her husband, Nicholas and their son.
The family was saddened at the lost of Robert L. Fomby on July 20, 2017 at the age of 94. He was deeply missed at this year’s get together. His wife of 71 years, Mrs. Lovie Fomby, attended the reunion with her daughters, Linda Brady and Cindy Dickenson and her husband, Dennis.
Harvey and Vicki Fleisher and David and Dede Fleisher were there from the family of Mary Beatrice Fleisher.
Leona Maroney was also there from the Doris Crowell family.
Aunt Lovie was the oldest family member being 91 on October 13 and Hannah and Nick’s son was the youngest at 3 months.
Aunt Lovie was also the one who traveled the least from a half a mile down the street while Harvey and Vicki came the furthest.
The Upshaws had the most attending with ten. The family added five new members since our reunion last October, Roman Brady, Gabriel Upshaw, Camden Fleisher, Jasper and Anika Matheidas, the new granddaughter in law of Harvey and Vicki.
Aunt Lovie and Aunt Tressie were presented a gift and Cindy gave the four babies a quilt that she made.
Harvey said the prayer before a wonderful barbecue meal and everyone enjoyed getting together to visit. Cindy had everyone comment on little things they remembered about their grandmother which led to a lengthy discussion of memories the family had. Everyone had a wonderful time and can’t wait for next year.
We all missed Scott, Stephanie, Anna Claire and Camden Fleisher. Stephanie’s grandmother passed away and they were not able to attend but they were in our thoughts. Sheryl and Gordon Hamilton as well as Rachel and Kevin Weant, were also missed. We are looking forward to having everyone there next year.
More pictures are on the way.