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In 1987, I (Ed Miller, Family Historian) received a phone call from Kermit T. Shoun, who lived in Mountain City, Tennessee.  He told me there was to be a Shoun family reunion in Duncan, Oklahoma, because  he had received a reunion invitation from Linda and Curtis Shawn, who lived in Marlow, Oklahoma.  Curtis was working for the Halliburton Oil Drilling Corporation at that time, and had secured the use of the Halliburton Park, located in Duncan, to hold the family reunion.  

Since I was nearing retirement and interested in my Shoun family, I opted to go to Oklahoma and meet some of my cousins.  I met Curtis and Linda at the airport and learned there were additional spellings of the family name, as Curtis' family spelled their name Shawn.

We had a social meeting and I asked them what their plans were for the future regarding the Shoun family.  I suggested they establish an organization that would be responsible for continuing the annual reunions and doing things that were necessary to increase the size of the family at each reunion.

Later that night, I decided to write down several things that would be needed to establish a family association.  I looked around and all the writing paper I could find was a "brown bag" from the grocery store with some goodies for a late night snack.  So you can honestly say that the Sh---n Family Association got started from a "brown paper bag".

Curtis and Linda Shawn, our hosts, called for a business meeting and followed the agenda written on the "brown paper bag".  That was the beginning, and it has become better organized every year.

At that meeting it was decided for the word "SH--N" to be used so we would not have to write out the various spellings of the family name.  So, all of the SHAWN'S, the SHOUN'S and the SHOWN'S are included in this Association.  Over the years we have found even more spellings of the family name.  One family in North Carolina spells their name SHOUNS, and another family in Colorado spells their name SHON.  We also have another family in Knoxville, Tennessee that spells their name SHOWAN.

Our first newsletter was mailed to 398 families and we ended up with 80 paid memberships during that first year.  These were declared Founding Members. 

The Association approved the By-Laws in March 1989, and also registered the Association in the State of Tennessee.

Officers of the SH--N Family Association have been:
 

Elected

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

July 1987

Curtis Shawn

Mary Alice Rolison

Linda Shawn

Frances Snyder

July 1988

Rena Jones

Mary Alice Rolison

Jan Ford

Frances Snyder

July 1989

Rena Jones

Mary Alice Rolison

Jan Ford

Frances Snyder

July 1990

Mary Alice Rolison

Darlene Shawn

LaVerne Graves

Frances Snyder

July 1991

Mary Alice Rolison

Darlene Shawn

LaVerne Graves

Ed Miller

July 1992

Darlene Shawn

Lorne Crosswhite

Linda Shawn

LaVerne Graves

July 1993

Darlene Shawn

Howard Robinson

Barbara Greer

LaVerne Graves

July 1994

Rae Adams

Howard Robinson

Reba Duncan

LaVerne Graves

July 1995

Howard Robinson

Haynes Wright

Jane Taylor

LaVerne Graves

July 1996

Haynes Wright

Ardis Speer

Barbara Shoun

LaVerne Graves

July 1997

Haynes Wright

Oral Baker

Beth Du Boise

Ardis Speer

July 1998

Haynes Wright

Charles Shoun

Beth De Boise

Ardis Speer

July 1999

Charles Shoun

Kathy Jensen

Jeanette Forsyth

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2000

Charles Shoun

Linda Viel

Jeanette Forsyth

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2001

Charles Shoun

Linda Viel

Jeanette Forsyth

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2002

Charles Shoun

Elizabeth Ann Hill

Jeanette Forsyth

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2003

Ed Miller

Elizabeth Ann Hill

Jeanette Forsyth

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2004

Ed Miller

Linda Viel

Janet Robinson

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2005

Linda Viel

Beth Du Boise

Janet Robinson

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2006

Linda Viel

Beth Du Boise

Janet Robinson

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2007

Charles Shoun Keith Shoun Janet Robinson

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2008

Keith Shoun

Laverne Graves

Linda Ivers

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2009

Keith Shoun

Laverne Graves

Linda Ivers

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2010

Keith Shoun

Kimberly Humphrey Linda Ivers

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2011 Charles Shoun Kimberly Humphrey Becky Lilley

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2012 Linda Viel Diana Massey Becky Lilley

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2013 Diana Massey Mary Alice Rolison Becky Lilley

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2014 Diana Massey Mary Alice Rolison Reba Porter

Mary Lee Trenthem

July 2015 Diana Massey Keith Shoun Beth DuBoise

Mary Lee Trenthem

In 1987 we started publishing the "COUSINS" Sh--n Family Association Newsletter.   Editors have been Ed Miller, Dorothy York, Jill Miller, and Reba Duncan.  The newsletter varies in length (8-16 pages) according to contributions of current information, pictures, research, history and stories about the past and present, all contributed by the membership. 

Annual reunions have been the "heart" of our Association.  They are held every year on the second weekend in July and have been at the following locations:  (every fourth year we return to Mountain City, Tennessee, the original hometown of Leonard and Barbara Shoun): 

Reunion

Location

Hosts

1987

Duncan OK

Curtis & Linda Shawn

1998

Duncan OK

Curtis & Linda Shawn

1989

Duncan OK

Curtis & Linda Shawn

1990

Duncan OK

Curtis & Linda Shawn

1991

McKinney TX

Nell Witherspoon & Crosswhite cousins

1992

Mountain City TN

Paul H. Shoun & cousins

1993

Winston-Salem NC

Ruby & Aren Beshears & family

1994

Estes Park CO

Eva Sue Littleton & cousins

1995

Lancaster PA

Peggy Boyle & family

1996

Mountain City TN

Haynes & Nellie Wright & cousins

1997

Rapid City SD

Ardis & Justin Speer & cousins

1998

Irvine CA

Jan Ford & cousins

1999

Branson MO

Charles & Barbara Shoun

2000

Mountain City TN

Haynes & Nellie Wright & cousins

2001

Harrisburg PA

Mike Shoun

2002

Tucson AZ

Connie Claussen

2003

Baltimore MD

Linda View

2004

Moutain City TN

John & Anna Ethridge

2005

Branson MO

Charles & Barbara Shoun

2006

Prineville OR

Gordon Shown, Opal Dahlenberg & cousins

2007

Memphis TN

Mary Lee Trenthm & cousins

2008

Mountain City TN

John & Cathy Brookshire

2009

Los Angeles-Mexico Cruise

Linda Ivers - CANCELED

2010

Crystal River FL

Linda & Bill Viel

2011

Indianapolis IN

Kimberly Humphrey

2012

Mountain City TN

John & Cathy Brookshire

2013

Fredricksburg TX Linda Crout & Diana Massey

2014

Raleigh NC Linda Viel

2015

Washington DC Mary Lee Trenthem

2016

Mountain City TN