The 65th annual Cooper reunion took place Aug. 9 at the Mountain Farm Campgrounds below Harman on Route 32. The group's president, Tim Turner, gave the historical report. In the past year, there were 18 births, 10 deaths, eight deaths of those related by marriage and six marriages reported.
Freda Yokum was the recipient of the door prize for being the oldest lady present at age 95. Mrs. Yokum served as reunion secretary and treasurer for many years. She was on the program committee, planned and organized to maintain the reunion and keep it established for decades. She attended the reunion with her two surviving siblings, Yvonne Webster and Merry Ellen Dice. She is the oldest daughter of the late Floyd Mason and Effie Mae Armstrong Cooper. Her four brothers who have also passed away, are Morris Jim, Worth Jack, Eldon Foch and Harry Armstrong Cooper.
Oldest man was Carl Carr, age 79. Newlyweds were Tim and Brenda Cooper. Youngest baby was 4-week-old Kaylynn Marie Cooper. Traveling the farthest was Reggie Cooper. Married the longest, 60 years, went to Ruthaleen and Bill Edwards.
Those who won family door prizes were Lillie Harman, Marsha Fuller, Merry Jo Vance, Woody Rush, Flossie Hardy, Carol Glotfelty, Dwight Cooper, Shirley Judy, Merry Ellen Dice, Ruthaleen Edwards, Larry Cooper, Wilmoth Cooper, John Lance, Sherry Cooper, Evan Wilfong, Delores Dolly, Joann Cooper, Glendora Engman, Merry Lou Vance, Carolyn McIntire, Tim Cooper, Pat Lane, Edna Armstrong, Scott Powell, Brody Skidmore and Carl Carr.
The same slate of officers remain for the reunion: Tim Turner, president; Wilmoth Cooper, vice president; Merry Lou Vance, secretary; and Merry Ellen Dice, treasurer. Program committee members are Dwight and Wilmoth Cooper and Merry Ellen Dice.
Those who participated in the program for the day with devotions, singing and instrumentals were Tim Turner, Delores Dolly, Mark Bennett, Larry, Wilmoth and Dwight Cooper, Sammy Armstrong, Merry Ellen Dice and Merry Lou Vance.
There were 63 people in attendance.