Homeboy Homegirl Reunion Celebrates Tenth Anniversary In Columbus, Georgia
Wright Brothers gathering grows as communities from around Columbus, Georgia get together to celebrate memories and visions for the future at the old Cedar HIll Recreation Center, in one of the first subdivisions for Black homeowners in the city.
The event precedes The 1979 Baker High School 40th Anniversary Reunion and Fundraiser at the Columbus Trade Center later in the evening of Saturday, October 12th.
The Homeboy-Homegirl Reunion marks its tenth anniversary, Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 12 noon-6:00 p.m. at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center in Columbus, Georgia.
Born of the desire to give back to community and remind South Columbus friends and family of their positive roots and the fact that "with God all things are possible, Joe N. Wright, U.S. Army Veteran and Stanley Wright, owner of "Done Wright Trucking, LLC in South Carolina started the gathering at the old Cedar Hills Subdivision Recreation Center, which borders the Sand Hill section of Fort Benning, Georgia.
With a banner titled "Disciples of Christ" and a call to his brother in South Carolina to help, Joe began posting the sign ten years ago at what is left of the old recreation center that was vibrant in the 70's when the Wright brothers attended the now demolished Baker High School.
Baker High School, where mostly military families attended, was the place where Joe met his wife to be, Brenda M. Tibbs, who since passed nearly a year ago November 18, 2018 from complications after surgery. It was also Baker, where Stanley met his wife of 33 years, Viola Barnes, the daughter of a then U.S. Army Staff Sergeant E-7 Romeo Barnes.
It was family and military ties that brought Joe back from California's San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked as a bus driver for MV Transportation and Brenda, from her Caltrans position of thirty years to Columbus, Georgia in 2009 to care for her father.
Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant E-6, longtime resident of Columbus' Holly Hills subdivision, Bruce Tibbs, a widower declining in health since the 2002 death of his wife Doris Tibbs, a former Fort Benning civil servant and after his retirement from Columbus Transit System, needed his daughter's care. Brenda lovingly cared for her father until her death in November 2018 after suffering from complications from surgery. Joe continues to care for his father in-law whose ambulatory strength has waned.
Along the way of life's duties and responsibilities, every October, Joe and Stanley combined their personal funds to have a cook out to gather their old friends from Cedar Hills, Washington Heights and Willis Plaza. "I'd see some of my friends that had promising futures struggling and God put in my heart to gather them together to share how Jesus delivered me from hardships and he could do the same for them. My mission is to remind them of our greatness and value," said Joe.
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