88th Reunion - November 30, 2008

The Tyson-May Reunion convened on a cool rainy day for the 88th annual meeting at the Major Benjamin May DAR Chapter House with 83 present. Seasonal arrangements and assorted items of interest were displayed throughout the House. At 12:30 pm, Reunion President Mickey Tripp extended a welcome and invited the Honorable Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. to speak briefly and deliver the blessing on the Parker’s catered meal to be served. Fellowship was shared over the meal with newly and previously-met “cousins”.

At 1:45 pm, President Tripp called the meeting to order. With the assistance of Bernice Newton, he recognized the youngest and the oldest present as well as the one who had traveled the furthest to attend. Emma McPhaul (2) and Juanita Williams (96) received gifts from the Reunion and a Tyson family member who traveled from Conyers, Georgia was awarded the gift for travel. Accompanying himself on guitar, Tripp then rendered a meaningful original composition of the "Tyson-May Prayer" dedicated to the memory of his mother, Letha Tyson Tripp. The secretary read the minutes of the 87th Reunion. Jane Little, treasurer, gave the current report and a copy is attached to the minutes. She reported the balance in the General Fund ($186.54) and in the Website Fund ($450.00).

President Tripp announced the progress made on the website (www.Tyson-MayReunion.com) and the email address set up for reporting genealogy updates and communication (tysonmayreunion@gmail.com). Tripp recognized Ray Long who had been asked the previous year to review and suggest appropriate amendments/additions to the By-laws. Copies with suggested changes were dispersed and reviewed. Motion passed (Ray Long/Robert May) to approve changes and an updated copy will be attached to these minutes. Bob Newton reported on the nominations for officers and board members to be elected for next year (s) as follows:

President: Mickey Tripp (Tyson)
Vice President: Elizabeth Smith Borum (May)
Secretary: Judy Ratley May
Treasurer: Jane Hobgood Little
Genealogy Recorders: Bob Newton
Bernice Newton
Board Members: Durwood Tyson Little (Tyson)
Edward Tyson Smith (May)

Those nominated were elected by vote.

Mickey introduced Roger Kammerer of Greenville to speak. Roger is no stranger to the family as he was the genealogist of The Tyson and May Genealogy of Pitt County published in 1987. Roger began by explaining the process and struggles with assimilating such a vast amount of information and how to read the book. He said that information continues to surface regarding family members and mysteries remain because so many ancestors moved to Texas, Illinois and Indiana. He cited Jerry Barton of Tyson Network, Texas as a good source of information.

Bob Newton reported on the renovation work accomplished at the Benjamin May/Mary Tyson cemetery in the Planters Walk Subdivision, on the tombstones and the landscaping. The Friends of the May Museum are overseeing the cemetery and funds are now being collected to purchase appropriate iron fencing and signage. Donna Kemp, representing the May Museum Board and Friends informed the gathering of upcoming events at the Museum. The annual Christmas Tea and Homes Tour will be held Sunday, December 14. Two family members’ homes (Bynum Satterwhite and Caroline Lewis Long) will be included on the tour. A website is being established for the Museum and future exhibits include pictures and memorabilia from the Walter B. Jones, Sr., collection and furniture and other related items from the Davis Hotel.

Patty Tripp Brittain lit a single candle and delivered a memorial prayer for those lost to death this past year and President for 2009, Elizabeth Borum, encouraged everyone to attend next year and bring others to enjoy the Reunion. After the families’ singing of “Blessed Be the Tie”, Phyllis Tripp Wallace pronounced the Benediction and President Mickey Tripp declared the Reunion adjourned until 2009.

Judy R. May, Secretary