The descendants of Austin Ballard Harvey and his wife, Mary Ann Ellison Harvey held their family reunion on Saturday, June 17 at the Summers County 4-H Camp located ten miles south of Hinton. A goodly number of family and friends were present.
The reunion was called to order with prayer and the usual opening exercises. After preliminary remarks, the following recognitions were observed: The oldest persons present were Wyatt Hinton, 98, Myrtle Harvey, 9, and Raymond Harvey, 90. The youngest person present was Hayden Cosner. The longest married couples present were Thomas and Phyllis Ratcliffe, 58 years and Glen and Flossie Bennett, 56 years. Irene (Harvey) Davis had five generations, and Karen Meadows Foster traveled the greatest distance to attend. Glenna (Harvey) Saunders, 97 last October, was recognized as the oldest living descendant of Austin and Mary Ann Harvey.
The following were mentioned as passing away since last reunion: Joyce Harvey Miller, Dewey Lilly, Harrett Saunders, Steve Bennett, Neal Kellam, Nancy Adkins Bennett, Easter Meadows Lunney, Ward Josh Harvey, Franklin Harvey, Tom Wykle, Joe Ryder, Bob Fox and perhaps others.
It was agreed that we will meet again next year on June 16, 2018, at the same place.
After a blessing, all resorted to the dining hall for a bounty of food.
Since some did not sign the register of attendance, the following list of attendees is not complete, but it represents the majority of those present. They were: Donnie, April and Joel Huffman of Dublin, VA; Mac and Jean Harvey of Ripplemead, VA; Wayne C. Harvey of Willis, VA; Steven Clare of Pembroke, VA; Mattie Marino of Princeton, WV; Eugene Harvey of Ghent, WV; Gail O’Day of Christiansburg, VA; Patsy Day of Christiansburg, VA; Basil G. Adkins of Shady Spring, WV; Janis Harvey of Rupert, WV; Donald and Juanita Ferguson of Wayside, WV; Glen and Flossie Bennett of Lewisburg, WV; Janice Harvey Deeds of Jumping Branch, WV; Edward and Althea Harvey of Forest Hill, WV; Judy Blevins and Jayden Parker of Huntington, WV; Susie Harvey and Irene Davis of Christiansburg, VA; Gail Bain of Pilot, VA; Myrtle Harvey of Hinton, WV; Marilyn Harvey Carroll of Peterstown, WV; Thomas and Phyllis Ratcliffe of Nimitz, WV; Buster Harvey and Karen Harvey of Christiansburg, VA; Karen Foster of Fredericksburg, VA; Doris Harvey Smith and Becky Smith of Ronceverte, WV; Raymond Harvey, Kathy Grimmett, Faye Miller, Jonathan Andrews, Wyatt Hinton, David and Ellen Reed, Ruby Wiseman, Ruby Meadows, Mark Meador, Gary and Marie Meadows, Cindy Ratliff, and Douglas Wayne Harvey all with Hinton addresses; Brenda Harvey Lilly, Barbara Harvey, Lacy and Margaret Miller all of Cool Ridge, WV; Samuel Miller of Hinton, WV; Victor Link of Newport, VA; Daniel Harvey of Sandyville, WV; Alan, Sue Ann and Travis Harvey of Princeton, WV; Darrell Harvey of Hinton, WV; Mark, Thelma and Clay Wylie of Ashford, WV; Shirley Minter of Vinton, VA; Bonnie Wykle of Talcott, WV; Stacie and Rodney Smith of Newport, VA; Tommy and Daniel Harvey of Forest Hill, WV; Phyllis and Sandy Comer, Bill Thompson, Naomi Lilly all of Nimitz, WV; Wannie Lusk of Kistler, WV; and Hayden Cosner of Christiansburg, VA.