SELF REUNION WAS WELL ATTENDED
The reunion began around 4 p.m. with opening remarks and a welcome to all by our hostess, Ruth Self Bryant. J.L. Self was asked to lead everyone in a prayer of thanks for the meal before we ate. After the meal, we all enjoyed a time of fellowship and getting acquainted or re-acquainted. There was lots of picture taking and videotaping going on. L.J. Moon, a friend of Gertrude Self Sewell, shot a video and afterwards played it back on a small television. Several gathered around to see what they look like on t.v.. The younger children enjoyed being on the playground with their seldom-seen cousins.
It was an honor to have Daisy Hawk Murray, a granddaughter to Lewis Self join us for the first time. Daisy came from the state of Washington to attend the reunion and meet some cousins she had never met. The award for "who travelled the farthest" would have to go to Penney Self Ratliff and her son, Wesley Cole Ratliff, who came all the way from Italy. Penney is the daughter of Rick and Jerry Self.
The youngest little cousin to attend the reunion this year was AnnaLee Dacey Simpson, born August 24, 2005. She is the daughter of Jackie Self Simpson and Kevin Simpson of Cleveland, TN. Jackie is the daughter of Rick and Jerry Self.
We will not go into the subject of who would get the award for being the eldest attendee. It might be a female and a womans age can be a touchy subject. For many years the honor went to Douglas Self, who is now 98. Douglas has not been able to attend the reunion for the last couple of years.
My personal thanks and appreciation goes to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the reunion. It certainly was great to see all of you again. See you all next year. (Pictures from the reunion will follow on this site in the near future.)