On March 11, 2012 family and friends celebrated again with our beautiful Aunt Ruby Cooksey on the occasion of her 101st birthday. Aunt Ruby was in rare form and still on top of things. The celebration was given by Richard and Caroline Pritchett (great niece and nephew) and Elcril and Ollie Smith (son and daughter). Another birthday, you say? Yes, the Lord allowed us to have Aunt Ruby another year. She was keeping up with everything. She asked, “Caroline, why didn’t y’all sing Happy Birthday to me when I walked in the room?” Caroline, being preoccupied with directions for guests trying to get to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Corsicana at the last minute and was not paying attention. Aunt Ruby also said, “We need to get together more often for birthdays,” and she is planning a family reunion that she wants to head up. (We always respond with, “Yes, ma’am.)
The guest list consisted of her niece Maxine, who flew in from Detroit, Lula Kenny, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Turner and daughter Kay, her pastor and members of St. John Baptist Church; nephews, Laurence Gregg of Corsicana, James (Friss) Gregg of Dallas; great nephews Vernie Stevenson, Lawrence Gregg Jr. (wife Dorothy and son Sampson), Willie Gregg and son Minister Terry Gregg of Dallas; great niece Eathel Williams of Dallas, Jenell Gregg-Bluitt and husband Elijah of Dallas, Bro. and Sis. Connally and Patricia Ware. Also there were great-great nieces Raechell Pritchett, Shanise Jones of Dallas, and great-great-great nieces and nephews who got a chance to see their Aunt Ruby and give her a hug. Her great-great nephew Jerome Pritchett of Dallas rendered a beautiful saxophone solo of Aunt Ruby’s favorite song, Amazing Grace.
This event was catered by The Bluitt family, Minister James Bluitt, wife Narcissa and son Christopher Bluitt of Dallas.
We regret that family members were not able to attend from Houston and Wichita Falls, no thanks to the price of gas.
Aunt Ruby remains in pretty good health. She cares about how she looks. Clothes are ordered from books, hair has to be in order. She can cook and was a superb cook in her day, but seems to enjoy Church’s Fried Chicken — Spicy!
We look forward to seeing Aunt Ruby in 2013 when she is 102 years old. She remains a spicy lady for Jesus.