Members of Simonton – Wilcox Camp No. 257, Sons of Confederate Veterans held their 36th annual Lee – Jackson banquet, Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m., at Billings’ Bald Butcher in Covington. The annual banquet honors the birth of Confederate Generals’ Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19) and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson (Jan. 21).
The Sons of Confederate Soldiers was established in Tennessee in 1891. The S.C.V. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization composed of descendants of Confederate soldiers. The organization is strictly patriotic, historical, educational, benevolent, non-political, non-racial and non-sectarian. Camp No. 257 was chartered in 1901, re-chartered in 1975 and continues to promote the goals and objectives of the S.C.V.
Thirty members and guests of the S.C.V. attended the Lee-Jackson banquet. New member Bill Wallace was presented his membership certificate. David Gwinn delivered the roll call of names of the S.C.V. member’s Confederate soldier ancestors. Russell Bailey was the banquet speaker who gave an overview of the careers of Generals’ Lee and Jackson. A partial list of those attending includes: J. C., Russell, W. T. Bailey, Jared Baker, Harry Billings, Arnold Bull, Ken Chrestman, Roy Collins, Wayne Culver, Roger Farrell Jr., Avon Gardner, David Gwinn, Jack Maharrey, Johnny Musgrove, Tim Sloan, Billy Walk Sr., Bill J. Wallace, Darrell Wright, Patricia Bailey, Nina Baker, Patsy Billings, Brittney and Jesse Boland, Becky Chrestman, Libby Click, Terri Collins, Sue Gardner, Brandon Griffith and Beverly Walk.
For more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans, call Russell Bailey at 476-3744.