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.
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.
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