The 72nd annual Cooper Reunion was Aug. 14 at the Dry Fork Recreation Center below Harman.
Tom Cooper shared morning devotions. titled “The Greatest Reunion of All.” He told stories of experiences and situations he had gotten into. He brought laughter to the small crowd. He read statistics of the year 1920, in which his dad, Jack Cooper, was born. Memories were shared of family members who have passed on and those married into the Cooper family. At the great reunion, the lord will make all things new as it was in the beginning, members said, adding there will be no more pain, agony, sorrow, suffering, or death.
Tim Turner, president, led those gathered in prayer for the noon meal. The family feasted on delicious foods. The day was partly cloudy, with a little rain and some cooling breezes on the hot August day.
Jonnie Ann Lane Skidmore gave the welcome for the afternoon program. Tim Turner gave the historical report. This past year there were 13 births, six deaths of individuals married into the family, 16 deaths, four couples were married, and two couples celebrated 61 years of marriage. They were Van and Billie Ann Wymer and John and Betty Joyce Mayes. One couple celebrated 60 years, one couple 40, one couple 30 years, two couples 15 years and six couples 10 years.
Prizes were awarded to: Newlyweds Jeremy and Alicia Vance, four years. Married longest: Billie Ann and Van Wymer, 61 years. Traveling most distance was tied with John Mayes and Daryl Harman. The eldest was John Mayes. The youngest, Ronin Cash Vance, 17 months.
Door prizes were won by Daryl Harman and Rex Vance.
The mystery photo was Linda Bonner Raines and Patricia Bonner Mallow. Neither were recognized by the group.
The officers will remain as last year. President is Tim Turner, with Vice President Jonnie Ann Lane Skidmore, and the secretary and treasurer is Merry Lou Vance.
Thirty-eight persons registered in attendance. The 2017 reunion will be at the Mountain Farm Campground below Harman Aug. 13.