An invitation was published in the Higdon Family Newsletter asking those who subscribed and would be interested in forming an association to join Jo Ann and Jack Smith at the Summitt Inn in Franklin, North Carolina on August 29 and 30, 1975. The Higdon Family Association, Inc. has been meeting once each year since that weekend.
The group of Higdons below who met at the organizational meeting in 1975 voted to form The Higdon Family Association, Inc. and they agreed to officially meet in October, 1976 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
From left, standing: Charles E. Higdon, Edd Higdon, Delmar Higdon and wife, Ruby Higdon Lord and husband
Kneeling: Grady Higdon, Sam Higdon, Arnold Higdon, Ethel Byce, and Jo Ann Smith
At right, H. A. “Jack" Smith and Jo Ann Smith.
Many who atttended the organizational meeting stayed over to attend the annual Higdon Reunion in Higdonville, North Carolina.
Jo Ann Smith planned the meeting and greeted folks upon arrival. It was the first official meeting of the HFA. As was true of the first meeting, attendees at the annual meetings of the association will find new relatives, make lasting friendships, and have fun.
The top 3 photographs were scanned from The Higdon Family Association by Jo Ann Smith.
At the initial 1976 meeting, H. A. “Jack" Smith chaired the meeting until Frank B. Higdon, Jr. was elected President; the gavel was passed to Frank who presided over the rest of the meeting.
The first official meeting of the Higdon Family Association was held October 15-17, 1976 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Incorporation papers were filed with the Secretary of State's Office. A constitution and bylaws were adopted and a board of directors was elected. The new board consisted of:
- President Frank B. Higdon
- 1st Vice President Dr. Robert S. Higdon
- 2nd Vice President Violet D. Hunsucker
- 3rd Vice President Arnold Higdon
- Secretary/Treasurer Jo Ann Smith
- Charles E. Higdon
- Thelma Higdon Fitzwater
- Earl D. Higdon
- Helen Higdon Allison
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