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ON THE OCCASION
 OF OUR HISTORIC FAMILY REUNION
that was held 
JUNE 8 -10, 2018
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Beloved Family,
Keep Your Head To The Sky





 
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Our James Family Reunion
Was A Resounding Success.


"Family Reunion" - Jill Scott

 
With close to 190 relatives gathering together for kinship, learning the history of our family, good food and music, love and excitement was in the air.

Our special evening included honoring our Beloved Aunt Audrey Baptiste accompanied by the vocal of rising talent Ebony Martin, her granddaughter. 

The next day comprised of a cook-out that included the musical stylings of Grammy Award Winner Chubby Carrier and the  Bayou Swamp Band along with Bar-be-cue fixings, Crab Boil and a day of fun in the sun. 

To all those who participated, thank you for making our 2018 family reunion weekend so special. We look forward to our families coming together again in the future to honor our ancestors and our history as the James family.

Sincerely,
Sibongile Bradley West
Great-Granddaughter of Adeline James LaChaise and Felician LaChaise
Great Granddaughter of Lazard James and Laura Green James
Granddaughter of Paul James Sr. and Felicia LaChaise
Daughter of Adlene James Bradley ad Manuel Harrison Bradley

Daniel James
Great-Grandson of Paul James Sr. and Azelia Bellard James
Grandson of Cleveland James and Amy Riggs James
Son of Lebon Daniel James and Earline Broussard James

 


THE JAMES FAMILY REUNION 2018
Welcomed the descendants of
Desiree Baptiste
from her 5 children
Benjamin Edward ~ Felix James ~ Nasciele James
~ Mary Leonce James ~ Adeline James

Going Back To Our Roots To  Build A Stellar Future 
June 8 - 10, 2018
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We honored Audrey James Savoie Clark, the last living offspring of Paul James Sr. and Azelia Jo Bellard James. This photo was taken with Tara Green and John Savoie, two of her three children. Not in the photo is Bernard Savoie.
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James Family Reunion 2018
Marriott Hotel
Houston Texas




 
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Enjoy this slide-show welcoming our families to the reunion
Welcoming the Edward/James Familly Video



 



Photos from the 2018 Family Reunion
June 8 - 10, 2018
Houston, Texas


 
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Reunion coordinators Sibongile West and Daniel James welcoming the family to the reunion.
 
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Vocal performance by Ebony Martin in honor of her grandmother Audrey James Savoie Clark. Click here
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Bernard Savoie, John Savoie and Tara Savoie Green honoring their Mom, Audrey James Savoie Clark. 
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Our beautiful Aunt Audrey being honored by her children,  Tara Savoie Green, Bernard Savoie, and John Savoie, with a vocal performance by her granddaughter Ebony Martin. What a blessing to have taken this opportunity to let her know how much she was loved and treasured. We miss you Auntie and know that one day we will join you, our parents and grandparents in the heavenly realms. 
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Honoring Wynell Hill the last living offspring of Wilda James Hill.
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The lovely Pamela Batiste and her hubby Rodney Batiste, daughter of Mable James Johnston. 
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We acknowledged Clara Edwards Dartez. Clara is the great-granddaughter of Benjamin Edward. She represents the reunion of the Edwards and the James family. In 1858 Benjamin Edward was sold to a different plantation then that of his mother, Desiree Baptiste, and his brothers and sisters. We believe this may be the first time the family has been reunited. Welcome home, Clara!
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We were so grateful to have had John Duke James join us for the family reunion. We will see you in heaven Beloved one. Rest in peace. 
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Boy oh boy, trying to get our large and fabulous family in a single photo. Good luck with that! 
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James Family Reunion Cookout
Houston, Texas
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Family Family Family!
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Daniel James co-coordinator of the reunion is making it happen - Crab boil anyone?
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Getting our zydeco on!

Entertainment was provided by Chubby Carriere and the Bayou Swamp Band. Here are links to videos that captures the party! Videos courtesy of Daniel James, John James, Jr., and Sly Yates - with honorable mention to Jessica James giving a tutorial on how to eat crawfish!


https://www.facebook.com/1249032676/videos/10212572123318586/

https://www.facebook.com/edward.shaw.528/videos/2073992812858175/

https://www.facebook.com/steven.yatessly/videos/2203264363023724/

https://www.facebook.com/steven.yatessly/videos/2203265103023650/
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Party Over Here!
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Our Beloved Aunt Audrey surrounded by her nieces and nephews.
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The Lebon and Geraline James family enjoying the festivities!
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Adlene James Bradley Family (Darryl, Sibongile and Gaynell and Gaynell's sister Darlene) hanging out with cousins Sly Yates ( Austin Jose James son), and Eugue Syes (Andril James Syes son). 
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Here a James, there a James, everywhere a James! 
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Uh oh, here comes trouble!
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The lovely Janis Scott granddaughter of Odelia James Joseph.
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Smiles all around. These are some of the sons, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, of Andril James Syes, Wilda James Hill, and Christopher James. What beautiful families
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The families of two sisters, Wilda James Hill and Andril James Syes. Both were daughters of Lazard James and Louise Green James. Family lineage - It's a beautiful thing! 
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Alright now!


Photos courtesy of Eugene Syes - and Daniel James.
Thank you, Eugene and Daniel for sharing these wonderful photos


For additional photos go to:

Photos arranged by Daniel James


Photos
taken by photographer Eugene Syes


 

A Snowflake Falls

One night I saw a snowflake fall.
Past memories it did recall.

And as the snow fell to the ground,
So quietly without a sound,

I watched until a blanket made,
To glistening white - brown earth did fade.

An untouched cover until the dawn.
The sun arose; it was soon gone.

I thought of friendships in the past.
Seemed perfect though they did not last.

And family ties once meant so much,
Now rarely do we keep in touch.

So quickly life can take a turn,
Yet slowly we do seem to learn.

So many things in life can change
And suddenly be rearranged.

In our
slumber while we do sleep,
For granted blessings thought to keep,

For same as night does turn to morn,
An untouched blanket can get torn,

The things that we have overlooked,
Ignored, rejected or mistook,

As melted snow does turn to slush,
Relationships can turn to dust.

So this year for the holiday,
Praise God for blessings given today.

Don't take for granted they'll remain,
That life forever will be the same.

Let's be the most that we can be,
For all our friends and family.

Unlike the snowflake on the ground,
Let's keep in touch and stay around.

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