Descendants of John Q. (1833-1903) and Elmira Jane (1841-1909) Shaver met recently for a weekend of reunion activities which culminated with a picnic lunch on Sunday, July 28, at New Union Church.
Reunion activities began on Saturday with a golf tournament at the Dayton Golf and Country Club. Tournament proceeds will be used to fund two $1,000 scholarships and cemetery care expenses.
Family members were invited to attend the Sunday morning worship service at Salem Baptist Church were John Q. Shaver was an early pastor. John Q. and his wife, Elmira Jane, donated the land for the Salem church following his return from the Civil War. Family member, Rev. Shane Johnston preached at the Sunday service.
Approximately 150 family members enjoyed the meal, which was followed by the annual business meeting, presided over by reunion president, Shane Johnston.
Special recognition was given to the youngest family member present, Kinsley Blake Shipley, just a few weeks old and the oldest family member present, Ed Shaver, who is in his 90s. Two couples, Delma and Geraldine Shaver and Ed and Mary Nell Shaver, were recognized for having been married 63 years. Ed Shaver also received a standing ovation for his service as a World War II veteran.
Jason Fitzgerald, scholarship committee member announced that recipients of this year’s family scholarships were Caitlyn Farnsworth and Ashley Shaver. Caitlyn will be a freshman at East Tennessee State University this fall, where she plans to major in radiological science. She is the daughter of William and Missy (Shaver) Farnsworth. Ashley will be attending Chattanooga State this fall where she will be completing her nursing degree. She is the daughter of Brian and Vicky Shaver.