We attended the Gainey family reunion on Saturday in the little community of Reno, Georgia, just a 10 minute drive from Cairo. Joe's grandfather is Papa Bill Gainey. And the Gainey family has been in this area for a long while.
The old homeplace, nestled at the end of a dirt road, is nearby. It's in fine shape, & still has a Gainey family in resident. Joe's great-great grandfather, James T. Gainey, walked all the way home from Columbus after his discharge from the Confederate Army, and his final steps were on that same dirt road.
|taking The Grit's (of Athens) Mac & Cheese|
|the dessert table - I counted 36|
|80 something covered dishes|
|it's held at the old Reno school (now community center), which in its time held grades 1st thru 9th - some elderly attendees spent their school-days here|
in the background is the stage of the auditorium
|130+ sat down to dinner|
|all distant cousins (Indi on far left)|
|Indi trying to plant a kiss. These two are fourth cousins and seven days apart in age.|
|Indi running around visiting during the clean-up|