95th Reunion - November 29, 2015

The 95th annual reunion of the Tyson and May families convened at the Major Benjamin May DAR Chapter House with 78 registered attendees. Reunion president Elizabeth Borum issued words of welcome and called on Brenda Brown for the invocation. Jean Clay led in the singing of “Let There Be Peace on Earth” and the blessing was offered by Brenda Brown. Fellowship was enjoyed over a catered Dutch-treat luncheon.

After lunch, the meeting reconvened. President Borum called attention to the framed portraits of Benjamin May II and his wife Penelope Grimes May which were on display. These pictures were given to the Tyson-May Reunion by Mary Lewis Smith. The traditional singing of his original “Tyson-May Prayer” was rendered by Mickey Tripp. Receiving Genealogist Bob Newton related that the supply of Tyson-May Genealogy books is nearly depleted now.

A most interesting program was presented by a member of the Tyson Family. Ron Kemp served as production manager of the film “Birth of a Colony” as shown on UNC-TV. He explained what was necessary for the scenes and sets to appear timely and appropriate. Fascinating details were related.

For a few moments, all gathered were asked to pause and remember those who had departed from our families since the last reunion. Jean Clay shared comforting words in a brief memorial service to remember and honor them. Kathi Howell accompanied Mike Barnette’s solo.

Local young lady, Camille Edwards, who is serving as President of the North Carolina Society Children of the American Revolution, spoke about the longevity of the organization and the ideals it sets forth. Also, she told of plans for the CAR for the coming year and her role as state president. Attendees were encouraged to consider membership for their children/grandchildren.

The business of the Reunion began with the reading and approval of the minutes of the 2014 Reunion and the treasurer’s report (attached). A basket was passed for donations to the Reunion. President Borum appointed Carolyn Harris Connaroe to chair a committee to review the Reunion By-laws and report to the next Reunion. Bob Newton encouraged everyone to continue to report births, marriages and deaths for genealogical purposes. He reported for the nominating committee and the following were elected by acclamation:

President: Mickey Tripp (Tyson)
Vice-president: Elizabeth Borum (May)
Secretary: Judy May
Treasurer: Jane Little
Receiving Genealogists: Bernice and Bob Newton
Technology Resources: Elizabeth Sparrow
Teresa Tripp
Board Members:
Bert S. Smith III (Tyson)
Ann Pearce Lanier (May)

President Elizabeth Borum thanked everyone who helped with the preparations for the reunion and introduced Mickey Tripp, incoming president. He encouraged all to return again and again and to “bring in the younger folks” to carry on the reunion tradition in years to come.

The 95th Reunion concluded with the traditional singing of “Blessed Be the Tie.”

Judy R. May, Secretary