Dorothy Dixson "Dot"

John Michael "Jay" Mastin invested as Marshall Co. District Judge

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On 18 Jan. 2013, John Michael “Jay” Mastin was invested as District Court Judge in Marshall County, AL. Jay’s grandmother Joyce O’Brien sent a news article published in their church bulletin. Thank you for sharing this wonderful news, Joyce! This is a very proud moment in Johnson Family history. Judge Jay Mastin is the son of Michael Dennis “Mike” and Belinda Joyce “Lindy” Mastin, grandson of Seth Michael “Mickey” and Joyce Graham O’Brien and great-grandson of Joseph Nathaniel and Dorothy Dixson Johnson O’Brien (Uncle "Joe" and Aunt "Dot"). Congratulations and best wishes, Judge Jay! We know you will have a long and honorable tenure on the bench.

Update 22 May 2013! We now also have the news article, “Mastin named new district judge” with photo of Judge Jay [pictured here (left) with his “longtime legal mentor and friend” Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Liles Burke (right)]. This was published in the Sand Mountain Reporter on 18 Jan. 2013. Be sure to click “Read more” below to see both the church bulletin and Sand Mountain Reporter newspaper articles. Thank, Joyce, for sharing these great write-ups!


Lee and Nancy Borders return to AL

This news in from Joyce O’Brien. Be sure to update your family address books.

[M]y daughter Nancy and her husband Lee Borders are relocating to Alabama.  Nancy has retired from teaching in Clarksville, TN, and they have built a new home on my grandparents' home place in Santuck, which is out from Wetumpka.  They plan to move into their new home on July 15.  Their new address will be:  

Lee and Nancy Borders
85 Powell Loop
Wetumpka, AL 36092

Nancy Anne O’Brien Borders is the daughter of Seth Michael “Mickey” and Joyce Graham O’Brien and granddaughter of Joseph Nathaniel and Dorothy Dixson Johnson O'Brien (Aunt Dot and Uncle Joe/“Peanut”). Welcome back to Alabama, Lee and Nancy!

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to update/add your contact information for Lee and Nancy’s son Lee and daughter Neva and their families.

Lee G. Borders, Jr. (Heather)
3025 Hendricks Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32207

 Neva (Borders) Huddleston (Brian, husband;  Zach, son)
900 South Dean Road
Auburn, AL 36830


Prayer Alert for Charlie Brewer

This in from Parley Phillip Johnson, Jr. ...

Please pray for our cousin Charlie Brewer. He was involved in a horrible car accident, to my knowledge the driver of the car was speeding well over the normal limit, after losing control of the vehicle, both driver and passenger were brutally ejected from the car. The car flipped 4x once they became airborne throwing each person in different directions. Charlie was air lifted from the hospital in Monroe, LA and taken to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. Some of his injuries consist of bleeding of the brain, broken neck, bruised lungs and several server cuts throughout his body. His condition is critical! Any prayers and greatly needed and appreciated!!

Charlie Brewer is the son of Chuck Brewer, grandson of Pete and Neva Leota O’Brien Brewer and great-grandson of Joseph Nathaniel and Dorothy Dixson Johnson O’Brien (Uncle Joe, “Peanut”, and Aunt Dot.)

Charlie is in our in our most urgent prayers. Thank you for sharing, Parley! More information ASAP. Family members can send their love get well wishes for Charlie to Neva Leota:
      Mrs. Neva O. Brewer
      126 Cedarbrook Drive
      Monroe, La. 71203

Note that the above is a new address for Neva Leota (changed from 4890 Highway 16 E., Clinton, AR 72031-8863). She is now (as of this writing, 7/7/11) living with her granddaughter Kristen Gilliland. Please change in your address books.

UPDATE 6/17/11 -- The accident happened about midnight, 6/16-17/2011. Charlie is in stable condition but is suffering from brain swelling.

UPDATE 6/24/11 -- Parley Phillip Johnson, Jr. - with a a big “Praise the Lord ! The Power of Prayer….” - forwarded the following update on Charlie from Tana Rountree. (Tana is a first cousin of Charlie’s father Chuck Brewer.)


I just wanted to let all of you know that I received a message from Kristen Gilliand (Kathy Gilliand's daughter, Aunt Neva Brewer's granddaughter) about Charlie Brewer (Chuck Brewer's son) & it looks like he's going to be ok although he does a long road to recovery ahead of him. She said that Aunt Neva actually spoke to him on the phone yesterday.

It looks like the prayers helped.


This is wonderful news! Please continue to keep the family posted, Parley and Tana, and we will continue our prayers.

UPDATE 7/3/11 -- This update in today from Charlie’s great aunt Joyce O’Brien...

I talked with Neva Leota on Thursday.  Charlie is home from the hospital, but he is not thinking clearly yet, and he has no memory of the accident.  The best person to keep in touch with for current and accurate updates is probably Neva's daughter, Kathy.  Her e-mail address is gillilan(at)ulm(dot)edu.

UPDATE 7/7/11 - This update from Kristen Gilliland Jones (Charlie’s first cousin)...

Charlie is doing a lot better. He still has a ways to go but improves everyday.

UPDATE 7/25/11 - From Joyce O’Brien - a conversation with Charlie’s grandmother Neva Leota (O'Brien) Brewer tell us that “he continues to improve.” Keep up those prayers!


Clifford Kostmayer graduates from Ocean Springs HS

We are proud to announce that on Thursday, 26 May 2011, Clifford Kostmayer graduated from Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, MS. Clifford is the son of Tana Lynn Rountree and Louis Kostmayer, grandson of Josephine Pierson “Josie” O’Brien Rountree and great-grandson of Joseph Nathaniel and Dorothy Dixson Johnson O’Brien (Uncle "Joe" and Aunt "Dot"). Tana shared several nice photos of the family at the happy event. See those photos.

Congratulations, Clifford! Best of luck for the future! Family members can send their love and congratulations for Clifford to mother Tana at

Ms. Tana Rountree
237 Saratoga
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Or to her email address at tlr1462(at)yahoo(dot)com


Jaden Ashley Rountree to graduate from Ocean Springs HS

On Tuesday evening, 25 May 2010, Jaden Ashley Rountree will graduate from Ocean Springs High School. Commencement exercises will be held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS. Jaden is the daughter of Jeffrey Scott Rountree and June Henderson Edmiston, granddaughter of Josephine Pierson “Josie” Rountree and great granddaughter of Joseph Daniel and Dorothy Dixson Johnson O’Brien (Uncle Joe and Aunt Dot)

Congratulations, Jaden! Family members can send love and congratulations to Jaden to her home address:

Jaden Ashley Rountree
702 Ridgewood Circle
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Zachary Lee Huddleston is baptized

Zachary Lee Huddleston was baptized on Sunday, April 25, 2010, during the morning worship service at First Presbyterian Church in Wetumpka.  Zach is the son of Neva (Borders) and Brian Huddleston of Auburn.  He is the grandson of Nancy (O'Brien) and Lee Borders, and the great-grandson of Joyce and Mickey O'Brien and great-great-grandson of Dorothy and Joe O'Brien (Aunt Dot and Uncle Joe). ...


More news from the O'Brien Family

The birth of Zachary Lee Huddleston is not the only news in the O’Brien Family. Joyce O’Brien gave us a health update on her daughter Belinda Joyce "Lindy" O'Brien Mastin. ... Lindy’s knee has healed, and she is continuing rehab!... Joyce also had some great news about her great-niece Jaden Ashley Rountree! She is planning to attend college at Huntingdon next year, and she will be playing soccer there....


Welcome, Zachary Lee Huddleston!

The headline news in the O’Brien family is the birth of little Zachary Lee Huddleston! He was born on 29 January 2010 at 1:26 p.m. at East Alabama Medical Center in Auburn, Lee County, AL. He weighed in at 8 pounds and was 20 inches long. Proud mama and daddy are Brian and Neva Catherine Borders Huddleston. [See Zach’s photo album here!] ...