By DEBBIE ROLEN
For HD Media
STONE, Ky. - Reunions are challenging and lots of work, but they are also a great way to catch up with friends and family. Nobody knows that better than past and present members of the Pond Creek communities - some of whom have been coming to Pond Creek reunions since 1964.
This year's festivities began with Bill and Darlene Ball hosting a luncheon at their historic home at Stone, Ky. The home was once owned by Henry Ford, and the Balls have been hosting at this event for years, graciously providing tours of their home and sharing details of its history.
"I don't know exactly how long we've been doing this," Ball said. "It's a lot of work, and we've had changes over the years, but everyone seems to enjoy it."
Over a hundred friends, family and neighbors gathered from near and far to hear entertainment provided by Paul and Dale (Alice) Hall, enjoy good food, tell stories and reminisce.
Peggy and Joe King were on duty at the Stone Heritage Museum, where people dropped by to check out extensive displays of photographs, coal industry artifacts and various memorabilia that span over a hundred years of life on Pond Creek and nearby communities. The area has a rich heritage and history, which is being expanded, preserved and shared. Since the museum opened, Peggy says during the reunion, visitors take their time looking through the rooms and remembering home and life on Pond Creek.
"I don't mind staying," Peggy said, "as long as they want to look, I'll keep the doors open."
Peggy shared a new photo that was taken in 1925 by the Webb Studio, Williamson, W.Va. The photo depicts the Fordson Schools at a Field Meeting May 25, 1925. It was presented by Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Snidow. She says it will be on the front of the 2019 Stone Heritage Calendar, since the 2018 calendars are already available to purchase (along with other items) at the museum.
Stone Heritage is always looking for more people in the community to get involved. For more information, or to plan a visit to the museum, call 606-237-5100 or 606-237-6099.
Those attending included:
Linda O'Bryan, Margaret (O'Bryan) Stanley, Alice Varney, Barbara (O'Bryan) Abshire, Darlene (Varney) Taylor, Eddie Wayne Varney, Dean O'Bryan, Nancy (Stallard) Richards, Judy (Runyon) Holbrook, Briella Mullins, Pike County Magistrate Bobby Varney, Susie (Mahony) Patrick, Alice (Whitt) Patrick, Jim Patrick, Connie (Farley) Hatter, Libby (Stultz), Ben Burr, Sharon Farley, Don and Karol (Adkins) Smith, Frankie and Barbara (Cochran) McCoy, James and Mona (Small) Darbyshire, Sue (Smith) Williamson and Phyllis (Smith) Gunn, Ted Howard, Barry Howard, Ronnie and Joetta (Johnson) Maynard, Mary Jane (Weddington) Blackburn and Patricia (Weddington) Hicks, Billy Hensley, Neal and Camellia Sue (Ball) Reed, Betty (Hensley) McCormick, Faye Scalf, Alberta (May) King, Bruce and Pat May, Gary and Gina Duncan, Fonso and Brenda (Epling) McIntosh, Linda (Williamson) Sloan, John Williamson, Benny & Carol (Mosley) Hall, Glennis Moore, Sis (Gillespie) Marcum, Nancy(Maynard) Ritchie, Dee McGuire, Sonny Gillespie, Harold and Julia (Stacy) Williamson, Ireland and Sharon (Virse) Smith, Brianna Rutherford, Jim Bevins, Margarette (Hurley) Smith, Buddy & Peggy Chapman, Paula and Bob Hale, Gay (Webber) Dye, Richard Varney and Glen Dale Williamson, John Tom Hale, Marlene Young, Emogene (Varney) Baber, Sandy Goble, Debbie Hatfield, Inga Hall and Darrin McCormick, Cecil and Sheb Hatfield.