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DEHUE The 26th Annual Dehue Community Reunion was held August 12-13, 2011 at the Dehue-Chambers School, now a Headstart Center for Logan County. Former Dehue residents from all over came home to keep memories of their West Virginia coal camp alive.
States represented were West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland Georgia, Wyoming, Texas, Delaware, New York, Indiana, California and Michigan.
The event began on Friday evening with guests enjoying refreshments, fellowship and music played by DJ Randy Justice of radio station WQBE in Charleston.
On Saturday, the program began with a memorial service, presented by Rev. Caudle Adkins (Dehue family) from Huntington. Adkins hosts a radio show, "The Lighthouse" that airs on WEMM on Saturdays at 4 p.m. Paul Tobia read the names of the friends and family that have died since the 2010 reunion,
They are JoAnn Adkins Wallace, Pauline Trammel Adams, Keith Mills, Jim Curry, Bobby Blevins, Joyce Hopeck, Roberta Hatton, Robert Fulk, Willard Perry, Steven Summers, Robert Neece, Helen Ferguson, and Les Maynard
Since the last reunion, the Dehue family has lost Louie Zeto, Diane Farmer Tackett, Robert Fulk, Jerry Pritchard, Dorothy Hatton Adams, Earl Thompson Sr. (the store manager), Sonja Lowe (company nurse), Earl Hager (School principal), and Bob Barker (special friend to the Dehue Reunion),
Skeet Adkins was the master of ceremonies. "Ghi" Carrere helped with the drawing of the prizes. Prizes were given to Howard "Pip" Lewis for traveling from Wyoming with his wife Marilyn. Loretta Frye Hager traveled from Texas with husband Denver. The oldest woman, Jeanette Watts, was honored with a flower arrangement. The other women honored were Helen Hatton Pence, Naomi Tobia Lilly, and Dorothy Pritchard. The honorary oldest man was past Dehue Grade principal 101-year-old Earl Hager. The other men honored were Caudle Adkins, Junior Lilly, Ora Miller, and Bob Nisbet. The couple married the longest with at least one being born in Dehue was Caudle and Patsy Adkins (62 years). Honorary couples were Bob and Polly Nisbet and Junior and Naomi Lilly. The couple married the longest (43 years) and both born and raised in Dehue was Gary and Justin McClothin Caldwell. The family of Dorothy and Bob Pritchard had the most family present (nine).
The organizers and guests expressed their appreciation to those who contributed in various ways to the event: Donna Porter Lucas, Kay Griffith Nisbet, Helen Hatton Pence, Paul Tobia, Skeet Adkins, Larry Ramey, Mary Ramey, Bob Barker, Shelia Burress Bryant, Tylah Bryant, Brenda Porter Sipple, Donald Pritchard, Charles Pritchard, Roger and Joann Williamson, Keith and Anita McClung, Helen Bailey McClure, Eloise Taylor Messer, William "Chi-Chi" Carrere, Randy Nisbet, Anne Easterling Russ, Stella Tobia, Naomi Lilly, Mona Moore Miller, Reba Lycans Morris, Ruth and Dana Durst, Marcella Kelly, Ollie Crank Allen, Margie Hindman, Brenda Hensley, Joe Ojeda, Ralph Rodighiero, Kay Browning Perovich, Bonnie Mills Pritchard, Dave Chambers, Dan Dean, Coach Roger Gertz and the athletic department of Logan High School, Linda Mills Webb, Bob and Jay Mayhorn, Loletta Evans, Debrina Williams, Erica O'Briant, Ann Deer, Shannon Orso, Ralph Sturgill, Ed Thornhill, Sue Browning, Ray Webster, and Jack and Jerry Calandros. Thanks go out to Jenny Holbrook, Brenda Hughes, Linda Tweed and Vicky Browning and Pride Community Services.
Businesses contributing were Jackson and Hewitt Income Tax of Wilkinson and C&W Discount Furniture at Stollings.
Custom Fashions at Verdunville, Family Discount Pharmacy, and Florist at Stollings, Thornhill Auto Group at Chapmanville, Bob Barker's Gift Shop on Dingess Street in Logan, Morrison's Drive In, Sue's Bible Book Store, the Herald Dispatch, The Logan County Chamber of Commerce, The Hatfield and McCoy Trails, Univ. Advertisement Assoc. of Cincinatti, Ohio, Chamber's Auto Body Shop, The Logan Banner, WVOW Radio Station, and Southern West Virginia Community Technical College's TV Channel 17.
Those in attendance were Kay Griffith Nisbet, Boyd Steele, Katherine Steele Dillon, Ruth Stevenson Durst, Dana Durst, Ronald and Nancy Taylor, Jim Nisbet, Sharon Nisbet Kennedy, Bailey Rae Kennedy, Aiden Cull, Evan Cull, Bob and Polly Nisbet, Diane Nisbet, Donna Porter Lucas, Sheila Burress Bryant, Tyla Bryant, Brenda Porter Sipple, Valerie Sipple Carter, Jeremiah Carter, Jeremiah Ethan Carter, Jasmine Carter, Josh and Brittany Sipple, Trenton, Harold Porter, Peyton Porter, Alysa Porter, Amy Lillian Porter Smith, Anne Easterling Russ, "Skeet" Adkins, William "Ghi-Ghi" and Dorothy Carrere, Kim Carrere, Tim and Jenn Carrere, Earnie "BaBa" Carrere, Virginia Carrere Beavers, Caudle and Patsy Adkins, Max Kitchen, Vickie E. Hanna Mosley and Cathy Marino Manuel.
Patty Marino Rushden, C.J. Adkins, Ira Darrell Moore, Mona Moore Miller, Reba Carol Lycans Morris, Jerry Lycans, Jasper Lycans Jr., Charles Pritchard, Donald Pritchard, Nixola Smith, Marian Shuff, Elenza Lucha, Helen Hatton Pence, Melvin and Mary Helen Morris, Greg Hatton, Dan Hunter, Brian, Beth and Brianna Morris, Kay Browning Perovich, Christina Perovich Vannatter and James and Rose Perovich Kelly, Marcella Kelly, Edith Pearl Wells, Edie Wells Jimison, Jane Wells White, Ottie Wells Creech, Larry and Mary Ramey, Emory and Marcella Stollings, Alice Ingram Vance, Linda Ingram Vernatter, John Paul and Cindy Ingram, Joe Ojeda, Martin Ojeda, Richard Qjeda, Manuel Ojeda, Paul and Stella Tobia, Junior and Naomi Tobia Lilly and Carl and Annette Grover.
Gary and Judy McGlothen Caldwell, Natalie Caldwell, Linda McGlothen, Gilbert and Betty Davis, Rolenia and Todd Thomas, Ora Miller, Leilah Miller Coleman, Janet Miller Barfield, Clell and Judy Knott Peyton, Irene Ison, Michael and Virgie Barker, Cheryl and Nikki Hicks, Dorothy Pritchard, Cletis Pritchard, Linda Pritchard Griffith and Jerry, Loretta Frye Hager, Denver Hager, Oscar "Buddy" Frye, Danny Frye, Brenda Hughes, Miriam Birchfield Bradsher and William, Earl Hager, Diane Ohmacht, Sam Abbott, Dakota Abbott, Deborah Beavers Quillen, Patty Davis Mullins, "Pip" and Marilyn Lewis, Barbara Pritchard Browning, Janet Carter Craft and Eula Craft.
Lahoma Carter Gray, Jeanette Watts, Harold and Pauline Childers, James and Mabel Pierce, Wanda Sue Watson Cooper, Gabriel Cannellas, Joe Cannellas and grandson, Jamie Bevino, James Bevino, Ron and Donna Ellison, Louie J. Martin, Fred Wagner, Walter Sullins, J.C. Worf, Harley Fleming, Bill Fleming, Tommy Crank, Laurence Britt, Debbie Thomas Antill, Ryanna Duncan, Eloise Taylor Messer, Mildred Frye, Paul Noe Jr., Dorothy Counts, Linda Williamson, Ray Albright, Loletta Evans, Daniel Curry, John R. Browning and James R. Cole.
For the past 26 years, reunion attendees have had many happy memories. As they were preparing to close, Miriam Birchfield Bradsher (Dehue family) asked those attending to vote for her brother-in-law, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., who is married to Miriam's sister, Jennifer. As reader's know, their dream came true and Landau went on to win America's Got Talent. The Dehue Reunion is proud to be a small part of his winning.
The next Dehue Family Reunion will be held August 10-11, 2012. For more information contact Donna Porter Lucas at 304-525-4218 or email dehuegirl@aol.com or Kay Griffith Nisbet at 304-752-6632 or email onechildofgod@hotmail.com or "Skeet" Adkins at 304-752-1672.
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