Funeral Card Friday: Robert Wesley Bunn Jr.

Robert Wesley Bunn Jr.

May 23, 1918- June 10, 2012

Robert Wesley Bunn Jr.

An ending of a generation in the Bunn family has given me the sense that my generation is on deck.  We are the grandparents now and there is no cushion in front of us.

My heart was saddened to know that my Grandmother‘s brother passed away in June of 2012.  I haven’t spoken about his passing too much, as I think and ponder why I didn’t pursue the urgency of speaking with him a little more often.  I did however speak with him a few months before his illness got the best of him.  At this point, his memory was not as strong, but my Great Grand Uncle Robert did speak with me about his days on the plantation in Lake Providence, Louisiana and Arkansas.

I was not able to attend the Celebration of Life for Robert W. Bunn, Jr., but was pleased however to have received the program card from my cousin Wes, Robert’s son.

Wordless Wednesday: The Old Shack

I found this old picture in my Grandmother Helen Bunn’s old photo Album that I recovered when she died in 1989. (Back of Photo) was written “The Old Shack..”    I remember my grandmother telling me that this was the home she grew up in.  Her father (My Great Grandparents)  Robert W. Bunn (b-1875) and mother Edith (B-1882) lived in this home and raised their family.

East Carroll, Lake Providence, Louisiana

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Sundays Obituary: Rev. Leroy Porter

Leroy Porter was my father’s half brother (Walter J. Porter). Leroy was the youngest son of his father (Harrison’s) first wife (Pearlie). Leroy’s mother died when he was very young, and his father Harrison married my dad’s mother Helen Bunn. They were together only five years, in Lake Providence, East Carroll, Louisiana, as my grandmother ran away from the farm life with my dad in tow.  My Grandmother wanted my dad to get an education and not be a sharecropper as most of Harrison’s children had been tilling the ground.

I had not met any Porter’s, until about three years ago. Sure, I heard about a few of my father’s older siblings, but did not have any in person introductions (at least not that I can remember).

I found Leroy’s daughter Gaynell, who had never been married or had any children. In our phone conversation, I told her I had someone take a picture of her father’s headstone and put on findagrave.  I asked her if her mother was still living as her name was on the headstone also but with no ending date.  Gaynell informed me that she had died 8 years ago, but was not able to have her buried in the plot they had purchased, because the State had shut the cemetery down for an investigation.  She was very distraught and upset from this conversation, so I told her that I would help her to get her mom buried next to her father.

We met last year in Los Angeles, CA and the reunion according to my estimation was considered a family research trip, as the purpose of my trip was to take her mother’s ashes to the cemetery where Leroy Porter was buried, and find other names of family buried at the cemetery.  Gaynell had her mother’s ashes in her closet and told me she could not rest until she has her mother in her resting place.

Photo of Headstone

 I was prepared when I visited Gaynell…After negotiations with the necessary authorities, I was able to have it approved for Martha Jones Porter’s remains to be buried next to her husband.  My next task is to get the headstone etched with Martha’s ending date.

When I took Gaynell to the cemetery she had a sense of relief.  She was not in the best of health, but she was at peace.  She gave me a hug and said it was a God sent that I had found her and that this burden was lifted.

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“Family Recipe Friday”: NEW ORLEANS SHRIMP GUMBO



There is also a writing of “Shrimp Wiggle on this recipe, so those ingredients are: Green Peas and Corn.
(Also looking at this recipe, I feel that my mother left some of her seasonings out as she made her food spicy and cooked with lots of Garlic.  I know her rue was slamming!)

     My mother Betty Mae “Peters” Porter loved to cook!  She considered herself a gourmet cook, and many of her friends thought so too.  She became known as the “Soup Girl.” She loved to entertain, and in her own words she would say, “Cooking helps me to unwind after a long day at work.”

     One of my mother’s specialties was File’ Gumbo, but I do not have the recipe in reach, but knew exactly where her New Orleans Shrimp Gumbo recipe was.  My mother who’s family was from New England did not make Gumbo, but about 50 years ago my mom’s friend Yvonne Greene from New Orleans taught her how to make it.  We would have Gumbo for special occasions such as Christmas or even Thanksgiving.  There would be a large pot cooking on the stove to feed about 40 to 50 guests.  The recipe below will serve six adults.  I hope you enjoy!

New Orleans Shrimp Gumbo (Serve 6)
2 lbs Shrimp
1 red pepper pod
1 tsp. salt
1 cup green onion tops chopped
2 tbsps. bacon fat
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp. file powder
6 cups chicken broth or bouillon
1 bunch of green onions
1 tsp thyme
2 cups okra chopped
1 green pepper
2 cups chopped tomatoes

Lightly brown chopped okra and chopped onions in bacon fat in Dutch Oven.
Add tomatoes and cook 5 minutes over low heat.
Add chicken broth, chopped red pepper and chipped green pepper, bay leaf shredded fine, chopped onion tops, thyme, and salt.  (My Mother would also add garlic and other seasonings to taste).  It would be bland if you did not add seasonings.
Bring to a boil.
Then add shrimp in halves, shelled and cleaned.
Cook over very low flame about an hour-and-a-half.
Turn off burner, add file powder
Serve with rice.
(I noticed my mother did not add the okra, in the cooking of the recipe, but I remember her telling me that I should add the okra towards the end of the cooking so that the Gumbo would not be slimy.  Some people do not like the way okra is and will become slimy if it is cooked too long.)
(Also, not everyone like File’ Powder, so it is wise for each individual to add it according to their taste.)

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