WHYTSELL REUNION 2021 - Break In World-Wide Pandemic, A Return To Country Traditions


Peggy Whytsell Stemple and husband Marvin Stemple
carry on the family event with West Fork Memories

A spread of food that makes your jaw drop

By Bob Weaver

The Whytsell Reunion was held on August 1 at the Whytsell Park along the West Fork of the Little Kanawha (Rocksdale-Richardson), the park constructed as a 4-H project by Randall and Blanche Whytsell and their daughter Peggy (Stemple) in the 1950s.

It has been a gathering place for the Whytsell clan, their extended families and neighbors, the reunion being held for well over forty years.

After being canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, this year's event was a shining break from the world-wide pandemic, returning to the simple pleasures of life, meeting, greeting, story-telling and a humongous spread of country food.

The kids playing in the creek and taking a drink of water from the Hart spring.

Family reunions have been fading from country life, so for folks to enjoy its pleasures once again should elicit a few moments of gratitude.

The albums of photos of those attending over the years, hundreds of them passing into the beyond, is yet another reminder of precious moments.