1995 Asheville, NC

Minutes of the 1995 HFA Business Meeting

September 9, 1995
Asheville, North Carolina

The annual business meeting of the Higdon Family Association, Inc., was called to order at 9:00 a.m. on September 9, 1995 in Asheville, NC by the 1994-95 Higdon Family Association President, Wanda Higdon Jackson.

Dain Higdon lead in prayer.

The minutes of last year's meeting were read by Secretary Judy Higdon. Helen Allison made a motion to approve minutes as read with corrections. Dain Higdon seconded and the motion passed.

The treasurer's report was given by Frank Higdon. Ethel Currie made a motion to accept the treasurer's report as read. Eva Wood seconded and it passed.

Frank Higdon explained to the group that because of tax problems, more work must be done before any scholarships could be awarded from this Association. He asked for a volunteer to let the only applicant know that it would be approximately two years before we could do this. Jo Ann Smith volunteered to do this.

It was reported to the group that former President, Jim Higdon from Indian Head, MD was in very poor health.

Frank Higdon reported that twenty-three members had been dropped from the membership because dues were not paid.

Charles P. Higdon made a motion that in the future if members are two years delinquent in paying dues, their names be printed in the Newsletter and then dropped if there is no response. After lengthy discussion, there was no second and the motion was dropped

Jo Ann Smith suggested that Frank Higdon be commended for doing such a good job as treasurer.

President Wanda Higdon Jackson announced that the 1996 meeting will be held in Sacramento, CA on June 27-30,1996.

President Wanda Higdon Jackson reported that the board recommends moving the meetings for the next five years to June in order to encourage younger members to attend. Helen Allison made a motion to accept this recommendation. Clyde Higdon seconded and after some discussion, the motion passed.

The Board recommended that effective July 1, 1997, dues be raised from $15.00 to $20.00 per year. Eva Wood made a motion to accept this recommendation. Dain Higdon seconded and it passed.

Eva Wood made a motion to amend the by-laws to include spouses and children under age 18 in this $20.00 membership Dain Higdon seconded and it passed.

The Board recommended that the registration fee for future meeting be changed from $25.00 to $35.00. After discussion, Lisa Atkins made a motion to accept the recommendation. Charles P. Higdon seconded and the motion passed.

The following slate of officers was presented by the Nomination Committee, consisting of Charles P. Higdon, Jo Ann Smith, and Gale Tyrrell:

President: Gale Tyrrell

1st Vice President: A. Eugene Smith 

2nd Vice President: Barbara Higdon

3rd Vice President: Wally Higdon

One Year Directors: Thomas Higdon, Charles P. Higdon

Two Year Directors: Lisa Atkins, Judy Higdon

Charles P. Higdon made a motion that these be elected. Eva Wood seconded and it passed.

1996 President Gale Tyrrell appointed Tammy Anders as the 1996 Secretary.

Jeff Jackson agreed to be the newsletter editor for another year.

Helen Allison gave the historians report. She asked for members' input and for her name and address to be included in the newsletter so members could send her information.

Eva Wood gave the Membership Committee report.

President Wanda Jackson reported that Mrs. Coone's book would be picked up by Frank Higdon as soon as possible.

President Wanda Jackson announced that from now on the minutes of each year's meeting should be printed and sent to the new president, treasurer, and Newsletter editor within one one month after each meeting.

The following necrology report was given by Jessie Higdon Wilkie:

"Death is a Quiet Door"

by Nancy Byrd Turner

Death is only an old door
Set in a garden wall.
On gentle hinges it gives at dusk,
When the thrushes call.
Along the lintel are green leaves,
Beyond, the light lies still.
Very willing and weary ones
Go over that sill.
There is nothing to trouble any heart,
Nothing to hurt at all,
Death is only a quiet door
In an old wall.

Thelma Higdon Fitzwater died May 27, 1995 in San Antonio, TX She was a sister of Dain Higdon and served at one time as secretary of the Higdon Family Association.

Ethel Higdon Herr of Cleveland, OH died January 19, 1995. She was a sister of Carl H. Higdon of San Jose, CA.

Alan Brian Higdon of Pensacola, FL died at his home, at age fifty, on April 22, 1995.

Alexander Higdon, sixty-one years of age, died in Louisville, KY on February 20, 1994.

Bodie Floyd Higdon, ninety-three, of Sebring, FL died November 8, 1994. He was the father of Ouida Higdon Keyser and uncle of Frances Higdon Smith and Regina Higdon Washburn.

Cecil Calvin Higdon, age eighty-five, died April 8, 1994, in Jay, FL. He was a brother of Ouida Higdon Keyser and Bertha Higdon Allen.

Earl Dills Higdon, eighty-four, died January 16, 1995, at Carolina Village Health Center, Hendersonville, Nc.

Etta V. Higdon Reynaud, died May 5, 1995 at Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Louisiana. She was ninety-one years of age.

Florence Bain Higdon of Pearsall, TX died at age eight-nine. She was a sister-in-law of Dain Higdon, Modean Stuart, and Thelma Fitzwater.

Maurice A. Higdon, seventy-one, died April 9, 1995, at his home in Rockville, MD.

Colonel Robert Thomas Higdon died at age seventy-one, on May 10, 1995 in Carmichael, CA.

William Lee Higdon of Sylva, NC died July 12, 1995 and was buried at Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Thelma K. Higdon died at age sixty-nine in May, 1995 at her home in North Knoxville, TN.

Virgie May Higdon Shelton died in Santa Rosa, CA in May, 1995. She was born in 1908.

From the King James Version of the Bible, Gospel of Saint John, Verses 1 - 4: The words of Jesus Christ:

I . Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2. In my Father's house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3. And if I go to prepare a place for you: I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am, you may be also.

4. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

(Now let us bow our heads in a moment of silence in memory of our loved ones.)

The following births were reported.

Leah Delayne Wood, April 11, 1995, daughter of Teresa and Keith Wood of Andrews, NC, granddaughter of Eva Wood

Erica Burnett Rasmussen,August 25, 1995, daughter of Tracy and Jeff Rasmussen of Murphys, CA, greatgrandaugher of Carl and Emma Jo Higdon

Madison Elizabeth Stringfellow February 28, 1995, granddaughter of Regina Higdon Washburn

Wesley Anison Smith, grandson of Frances Higdon Smith

William Higdon Jackson April 24, 1995, son of Wanda and Jeff Jackson, grandson of Dean and Mary Higdon

The American Flag was presented and the pledge of allegiance recited. The Canadian flag was presented.

The meeting was adjourned

Judy Higdon


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