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Reynolds family reunion set for May 20 in Tyrrell County

The 51st Reynolds family reunion will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, in the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church two miles south of Columbia.

This is a reunion of the descendants of William Reynolds Jr. and his sister Matilda Jane Reynolds Spencer, both originally from Chelsea, England.

William Reynolds Jr. lived in Tyrrell County and became a Primitive Baptist preacher, while Matilda Jane Reynolds Spencer lived near Roper in Washington County and ran a local store.

Everyone is encouraged to bring any items of family interest that they have (such as old pictures, family Bibles, diaries or handiwork) to the reunion for “show and tell.”

This year’s program is “Family Stories:  Ed Reynolds, Arthur Reynolds, Clara Spencer.”  There will be stories told about these family pillars of the Reynolds and Spencer lines that will bring back memories of how life was years ago. said reunion organized Mark Bateman.

Registration and fellowship are scheduled for 10-10:30 a.m.

From 10:30 to noon is the business meeting and program. The agenda is:

  • Welcome and Invocation
  • Announcements
  • Kids Corner
  • Minutes and Treasurer Report
  • Memorial Service
  • Program:  Family Stories:  Ed Reynolds, Arthur Reynolds, Clara Spencer
  • Old Business / New Business
  • Election of Officers
  • Family Lines Count
  • Recognitions and Show & Tell
  • Closing

A picnic lunch will follow the program, and at 1:30 p.m. the Bethlehem PBC Preservation Society will hold its annual meeting.

The picnic is a pot-luck luncheon. The reunion provides barbecue, plates, utensils, cups and ice.  Everyone should bring their drinks and a dish to share. Out-of-town family members are not obligated to bring a lunch; you are invited to be guests of the local members.

To reach Bethlehem PB Church, take U.S. Hwy 64 to Columbia. At traffic light, head south onto N.C. Route 94 for about 2 miles, and take right onto Newlands Road.  The church is 1/8 mile west; park in the yard.

For more information, contact Mark Bateman, president, at 860-464-1715, or Gail Reynolds, Treasurer, at 252-796-9471.