Members of the Fields, Rives and Jordan families will gather again at Lake Junaluska on July 9-11, 2021.
Our first family reunions were more than forty years ago. My dear brother Robert (Bob) Jordan hosted a Jordan family reunion at the King of the Sea restaurant in Danville, Virginia, in June 1979. Various members of the family spoke about family history and memories. The time we spent together was most enjoyable but all too brief.
During the summer of 1981, with help from other family members, my wife Ann arranged a big gathering of the Fields, Rives, Jordan clans at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We had a good turnout and a great time together. On that occasion, we had a bit more time to mingle and enjoy each other’s company. The reunion ended with a festive dinner at the Back-Porch restaurant near Myrtle Beach. We still have some excellent photographs of that occasion.
Our next family reunion was in the late summer of 1990 at Carolina Beach, North Carolina. My beloved wife again put it all together, this time without my knowledge, as a birthday surprise for me. I still remember it as an incredible time of family fellowship. Having all those warm, wonderful people together felt to me like a foretaste of heaven
In 1993 we met at Myrtle Beach again, and in 1996 we began our series of family reunions at Lake Junaluska in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. We met there in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004. In my mind’s eye, there are many, many happy images of that place and of the faces of those beloved ones who are no longer with us.
A family reunion was held at Manteo, North Carolina, in the summer of 2007. It was so good to see those who were there, but many of the old faces were missing. The meeting accommodations were not the best, so there was not the amount of family mingling that I would have liked. My sister Roberta and I were the last members of our generation to be present at this event, and a few months later she was no longer with us.
Six years later, in October 2013, my sons organized another reunion. They knew that my dear wife Ann was no longer able to travel, so the get-together was arranged for a hotel near Baltimore, Maryland. I am so pleased that Ann could attend. She had been the chief motivator in organizing the early family reunions – particularly the one at Myrtle Beach in 1981, Carolina Beach in 1990, and the first ones at Lake Junaluska.
In the summer of 2017 we returned to Junaluska, and in a few months we will gather there once more. I hope you can come. Please try.
Lake Junaluska 2017