Members of the Roanoke community gathered over the weekend at Stonewall Resort for fellowship and reminiscing. Approximately 163 people attended this year’s event.
The reunion began in 1993 with 50 people attending the first. According to reunion organizer, Emma Snider, the event has attracted 350 people in the past.
Pictures and yearbooks were on display for people to peruse throughout the day. A boat ride was offered for attendees by the resort, as well.
Remembrances were shared between former residents, such as Bob McCray recalling the time when, as a child, he hit a ball through the front door of the old
Reunion committee member Paul Heater read the names of the deceased, and honored military service members past and present. The “Over 80” residents were also recognized.
The “over 80” group this year consisted of: Joyce Paxson, Darlene Cooper, Jean Bean, Kathleen Smith Fury, Oscar Peck Posey, Emma Snider, Nettie McCoy, Rupert Frame, Jim Bohan, Lawrence Heater, Ginny Posey, Sue Bennett, Turtle Davis, Macy Jane Fox and John Hardesty.
The Roanoke community was eliminated when Stonewall Jackson Lake was formed. The post office closed in 1982, and the town was empty shortly thereafter.