Horseshoes and back to school picnic

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

August 5th was the setting for the annual Jones Park going back to school picnic and horseshoe tournament.

This event was coordinated by the late Willie J. Mitchell and his daughter Jerrie Henry, the Jones Park supervisor, some 25 years ago.

This event was established as a community builder and as the last gala of the summer before students returned to school in the fall.

Jerrie Henry (center) with Steve Robinson and Dwayne Darden, the first place team in this yearís annual Jones Park horseshoe tournament.
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This year was bittersweet because it was the first time Willie J. was not in attendance.

When you mention Jones Park, you immediately associate him with that park because of the many decades of his aiding football coaches and players at Jones School from the 1950ís and 60ís and coaching and sponsoring baseball and softball teams and also tending to the infield for more that fifty years!

Jones Park was a legacy that Willie J. helped to build and with the help of the fine people and community of Lewisburg, this event will continue to thrive in his honor!

There were 24 teams competing in this yearís tournament for 1st prize, with many teams coming from all across middle Tenn. including several local teams vying for the title.

1st place : Steve Robinson and Dwayne Darden 2nd place: Ronald Frame and Caleb Turner 3rd place: Ivan Littlejohn and Richard Felts.

Special thanks to the City of Lewisburg, Lewisburg Recreation Center and staff, city garage staff, Lewisburg Police dept., Anthony McLean, Jackie Robertson, 2nd Ave. Church of Christ, Greater 1st Baptist Church, St. Matthews A.M.E. Church, Walker Die Casting, Sally McKinney, Norma James, Polly Cross, Cora Williams, JoAnn Henry, Margaret Allen, Eddie Henry, Renae Freeman, Scotty McLean, Jackie Woods, R.L. Williams, Paul Williams, Ronnie Robinson, Don and Curtis Johnson, Ed Thompson, Robert , Terry and Ricky Moore, Tommy Ussery, the Panzie Lyttle family and the wonderful community that were able to come, enjoy, and support this annual event.