The descendants of Hop and Minerva Gibson had their annual reunion on Saturday at the Cowan Community Center. There were approximately 75 people attending.
Elsie Banks won the prize for being the oldest, and Shirley Sigrest Harris and husband Mike and granddaughter Olivia Grace won the prize for traveling the farthest.
Money was raised from the silent auction to pay for the expenses for the next reunion.
Martha Ann Campbell Wenning organized a cakewalk, which was enjoyed by all. She brought several fun prizes.
Everyone enjoyed visiting and catching up with each other. We don’t have anyone in the family who still bears the name of Gibson, but we are happy to see so many of the younger generation interested in continuing our family closeness and traditions.
Though they are widespread geographically, it seems they are keeping in touch with that new-fangled stuff like Facebook, and we had so many happy children enjoying the day.
We want to thank those who take care of all the tasks of planning, preparing, arranging and cleaning up that makes the day so smoothly successful for the rest of us.
We missed those who were unable to make the reunion this year, and hope to see you on June 25, 2011, at the Cowan Community Center.
Some folks were able to come a few days before and stay a few days after the reunion. We’re always happy for that, as we get to spend more time with them.
The older cousins, Thelma, Janice, Minerva, Anna, Linda, Carol, and Doris, spent Sunday afternoon at their Aunt Virginia’s. In the midst of their good visit, their other aunt, Mattie Vern, called from Elizabethtown, and they all got to speak with her.
Two evenings Minerva, Anna, Virginia and Doris, got in some good, exciting games. Kathy, Sarah, Gracie and Emma, also spent a few days on Cowan.
Kenny Banks, a son of the late Jack and Vera Banks, with his wife and son, gave us a good surprise when they dropped in from Ohio this past week. They visited the old homeplace, where they lived his first few years, the cemetery where his dad is buried, and several relatives. Kenny looks good and is enjoying his retirement and his farm.
Several members of the Yonts family came for a visit during Memorial weekend. A picnic was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Major Sparks that Saturday. Those in attendance were: Duane and Anna Yonts of Cowan; Major and Ella Sparks of Whitesburg; Eula Serrino of Rochester, N.Y.; Becky Polk of Woodstock, Va.; Gladys Yonts, Donna and Dick Tucker; Derek and Whitney Tucker; Jamie and Shelly DeSimone and children Luke and Maria, all of Inman, S.C.; Billie DeSimone of McRoberts; Marie Mercer and daughter-in-law Tina Mercer of Indianapolis, Ind. Major’s mom, Dixie Sparks of Mayking, and his sister, Vel Spangler of Kettering, Oh., also came by.
Later in the day family members visited the family cemetery near the home of Major and Ella.
Shade Boggs of Dry Fork celebrated his 17th birthday, Saturday, July 3, with both sets of grandparents, Bennett and Linda Combs and Ray and Lillian Boggs, and other family members.
Arminta Ison Jenkins has two granddaughters attending Texas A & M University this fall.
Yvonne Brown Sutphin is busy doing pastel paints, and has sold quite a few and given some to family for gifts.
Get well wishes to Dana Ison Walker of Naples, Fla. She is Arminta’s sister.
Kevin Brown was baptized last Sunday at Cedar Grove Old Regular Baptist Church. He is a son of Sandy Caudill and Richard Brown. Kevin is now barbering at his dad’s Cut-Away Barber and Beauty Shop. Kevin and his wife, Denise, are expecting their first child in August. It will be a boy.