Hopkins-Simrell family hold 69th reunion at Walker, Mo

Sunday, August 20, 2006

By Nancy Brown

Special to the Herald-Tribune

The 69th Hopkins-Simrell reunion was held on, Sunday, Aug. 13, in the Walker Community Building, in Walker, Mo. Lunch was served at noon with Weldon Cully saying grace for the abundance of food.

Election of new officers was this year. Merle Simrell is president and Ethan Hopkins was elected secretary.

It was voted to have the 2007 reunion on the second Sunday in August, at Walker, Mo., and the family hopes to make next year's reunion a big one, for it will be the 70th Hopkins-Simrell reunion.

Gifts were distributed for the following: oldest person present, Addie (Hopkins) Brown, at 93 years; youngest, Jordan Simrell, at 3 months (son of Merle and Orpha Simrell); married the longest, Henry and Zita Mae (Garland) Curtis, 58 years; youngest married, Brian and Karen (Greever) Umphenour, 3 years.

The following attended: Weldon and Wanda CulIy, Odessa, Mo., Wilda Hall, El Dorado Springs, Merle and Orpha Simrell, John, Julia, Jason, Jenise, Jolene, Jane, Joshua and Jordan Simrell, all of Walker, Mo.; Brian and Karen (Greever) Umphenour; Kiia Dighero and friend Dustin Willie, Moundville, Mo.; Mary Ellen (Brown) Craig, Stover, Mo.; Addie Brown, Stover, Mo.; Ron and Nancy (Hopkins) Brown and granddaughter Kylie Moeller, El Dorado Springs, Mo.; Elmer Hopkins, El Dorado Springs, Mo.; Orletta and Emily Simrell, Nevada, Mo.; Phyllis Eagleton, Pittsburg, Kan.; Irene (Garland) Hardin, Frontenac, Kan.; Ed Hopkins, Gray, La.; Ethan and Kala Hopkins, Harwood, Mo.; Vivan (Hopkins) Read, El Dorado Springs, Mo.; and Clete Hopkins, Stockton, Mo.