Descendants of the Rev. William “Bucky” Hunt (1793-1868) and William B. Marshall (1789-1857) held their 53rd consecutive family reunion on June 8, 2014 in the Choate Community where the Hunts and Marshalls settled in the late 1800’s.
Looking out the windows of the Choate Baptist Church community center, the fifty attendees could see the 800 acres originally steeled by the Hunts and Marshalls. While visiting was a goal of the day, learning more and refreshing memories about ancestors was also enjoyed.
An old fashion lunch on the grounds was enjoyed in the air conditioned community center, highlighted by Ray Morgan’s home grown tomatoes. The decor for the gathering was based on gardening. Shawn Williams again honored the group with his award-winning beef brisket. His family in attendance provided the only family with five (or even four) generations present: Mrs. Cledy Hunt; Sandra Hunt Satterwhite; Shawn; and Tim Williams; his wife and children.
Family members who had passed away last year were fondly remembered: Jewel “Peaches” Hunt Davidson of Pawnee and Charles William “Charlie” Marshall of Aransas Pass. Mrs. Davidson was a lifetime supporter of the reunion, both in spirit and hands-on work. She was also the treasurer of the family group for many years. Every was pleased that Mrs. Davidson’s husband, Johnnie and daughter, Laura Craig, were present to share in the grief and memories of “Peaches”. Mr. Marshall owned and operated Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes in Aransas Pass and Rockport. A legend in the civic and charitable communities, he was honored in 1997 when the Charlie Marshall Elementary School was built and named for him in Aransas Pass.
There were many special guest, but the group was especially thrilled to welcome Anita Ryan, her son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Demetria Ryan and their 5th grade daughter, Zoe, who came from Orange, Texas. They represented the family line of Roy, Lucy Belle and Roy Wayne Ryan, who made their home in the Choate Community for many years. Kathy Chapman prepared a sketch showing Zoe who she was the 10th generation of Hunts to be identified.
Once again the family recognized Ruby Lou and Roy Hranicky as well as Lola Curlee for their exhaustive work on the Hunt-Marshall genealogy. While none of them was able to attend, the crowd expressed appreciation for the history they produced.
The next Hunt-Marshall Reunion will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2015.