The United Daughters of the Confederacy District 3 held its 18th annual Lee-Jackson-Maury memorial banquet at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
The event was hosted by the David O. Dodd Chapter of Pine Bluff. President Lela Murray gave the welcome. Amber Friday-Brown and Robert Edwards gave greetings.
Murray introduced special guests: Amber Friday-Brown, Arkansas Division President of the UDC; Kay Tatum, past Arkansas division president of UDC; DeeLois Lawrence, past Arkansas division president; Bernice Breakfield, honorary division president UDC; Robert Edwards, Arkansas Division Commander of SCV; Randall Freeman, commander of Robert C. Newton Camp of Confederate Veterans; Jerrie Townsend, state regent for The Arkansas DAR; Sharon Wyatt, state president of the Daughters of the War of 1812; MarJo Dill, state president of the Daughters of Colonial Wars and chaplain of David O. Dodd Chapter of UDC; Sandy Poore, regent of Pine Bluff/John McAlmont Chapter of the DAR; Judy Webb Hubbell, speaker; Billy Hubbell, former Arkansas district court judge, and attorney; and Lewis Hinkle, music minister of Summit Baptist Church.
“The banquet is held in honor of General Robert E. Lee’s birthday, and the military service of Lee, General Stonewall Jackson, and Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury, who were not only brave and loyal patriots, but were outstanding men,” a spokesman said.
A celebration of each man’s life was given by Sue Smith, KarLynn Roberts, and Norma Caldwell.
Murray led the group in the pledge and salute to the flag, with Hinkle leading in the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Hinkle also entertained the group with a trilogy of patriotic songs. The blessing before dinner was given by Dill.
Following the dinner, Murray introduced the speaker, Judy Webb Hubbell of Crossett. Hubbell is an author, historian and educator. In 2013, her first book, “Hard to Turn,” a history of 13 pioneer families of Drew County, was published. She is currently working on her second book, “Confederate Veterans of Drew County, Arkansas,” which will feature a capsule summary of each veteran’s military service, and a short biographical sketch.
Hubbell was the 2012 recipient of the Walter L. Brown award for “The Best Church History,” awarded annually by the Arkansas Historical Association, for her article on the history of the Old Florence Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the Selma community of Drew County.
Hubbell spoke about the service of the 9th Arkansas Infantry during the Civil War. The 9th Arkansas Infantry was often referred to as the “Fighting Parsons” because they had 42 Methodist ministers in their ranks.
“Very few of this regiment, consisting of over 1,000 men, remained to take part in the last battle at Bentonville, North Carolina, in 1865. A monument in their honor stands in the Sulphur Springs Confederate Cemetery,” a spokesman said.
After the program, Hinkle sang “The Lord’s Prayer” followed by the benediction given by Dill, chaplain.