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Tennessee Reunion News

GREAT TIME IN TENNESSEE

The 6th annual Veazey-Veasey Reunion at the Chattanooga Choo Choo in Tennessee, June 26-28, 1998, broke previous attendance records with 210 cousins registered and present for the weekend activities. Hosts, Cousins Gene and Phyllis Veazey of Cleveland, TN, and Jon Terry and Anne Veazey of Franklin, NC, did a yeoman's job in entertaining their cousins in the beautiful city of Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn served as our reunion headquarters and our registrations took place in the Veazey Hospitality Suite. Our Cousins enjoyed meeting and visiting in this area throughout the weekend where scrapbooks of previous reunions were displayed. Cousin Gene very generously shared this area with my family.

School buses transported us to the Southern Belle river boat and back to the hotel on Friday evening. The cousins really enjoyed their relaxed cruise down the beautiful Tennessee River.

Early arrivals, sometimes referred to as the "hard core," met on Friday morning at the local library in downtown Chattanooga for a discussion of family genealogy. This was our second year to hold this workshop and plans for 1999 are listed elsewhere in this letter.

The Tennessee Aquarium and IMax Theater were big hits with young and old alike. Cousins had the option of visiting one of the many other tourist attractions in the area and all appeared to have enjoyed themselves immensely.

There were no less than three swimming pools in the Chattanooga Choo Choo complex, one with a water slide no less! I thought our girls would shrivel up. It goes without saying that the young cousins really enjoyed these facilities.

The banquet hall of the Choo Choo was the setting for our final banquet and entertainment on Saturday night. Gene Veazey was Master of Ceremonies for this event. Jim Rhodes provided organ and piano background music during dinner and his wife, Pam Rhodes, sang several numbers for the Veazeys. Sisters, Cindy V. Cochran and Mindy V. Peel, daughters of Wallace and Doris Veazey of Alabama, each favored their cousins with a solo. Bobbi (Mrs. Scott) Veazey of Evansville, IN, and Jack Veazey of Simi Valley, CA, Jon Terry's brother also sang for their cousins.

What is there to say about the very special musical talent shared with us by Tim Veazey of White Bluff, TN. Tim is the son of Jon Terry and Anne Veazey. Tim was the featured cousin of the evening and sang several original compositions as well as some old favorites. During Tim's musical career he has performed with Sonny Turner, Billy Joe Royal, Doug Stone and Crystal Gayle.

VEAZEY PLAQUE AWARDS

Jewel Veazey Adams of Conyers, GA, was recognized as having the most birthdays of any person in attendance. Nolan Veazey of Kosciusko, MS, wasn't far behind her. Cousin Raymond Veazey of Houston, TX, was recognized as the oldest Veazey who drove his own vehicle for three days to reach Chattanooga. Raymond's son, Richard Veazey traveled the farthest from Fairbanks, Alaska, to meet his kinfolks. (More later on Richard!) Christine Pena, granddaughter of Brenda and Paul Andrews of Charlotte, NC, was the youngest cousin present. The hosts presented an engraved silver try to me for coordinating these events. It now occupies a top spot in our home. The evenings festivities ended with a string trio playing the "Tennessee Waltz." And the table arrangements that Phyllis insisted on did add a special touch for our banquet.

I want to express my appreciation to Mary Nelle Veazey Moreland (2262), who helped our very special cousin, Margaret Veazey Sykes (2263) attend this reunion, by providing her transportation to and from downtown Chattanooga. We would not have nearly as much information on the Fielding L. Veazey family of Henry County, Tennessee, if it had not been for Margaret's research over the years. We are so happy that she was able to be with us for the Tennessee reunion.

STATISTICS

During the past six years over 500 Veazey- Veasey cousins have attended at least one of these events. Approximately 25 have attended every single one! I really appreciate the support of these cousins in making these reunions the success that they are. Between 75- 80 cousins were attending their very first reunion in 1998. We certainly hope to see them again in the future.

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Ann Veazey Davis, Editor
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Zebulon, North Carolina 27597
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