The 118th Stancil Family Reunion will be SUNDAY, SEPT. 22, 2019, in Wilson, North Carolina.


Dear family

As you may know, the 118th Stancil Reunion is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 22, in Wilson, North Carolina. It's a little earlier this year, so please remind your family members. This letter will provide all information you may need, along with information about ordering a T-shirt or hat or any other item you may be interested in.

Photos from the 2018 Reunion will be available at the registration desk.

Reunion Name Tags

These are made each year. IF you did not attend last year's Reunion and have not for several years, you will need a name tag. Let me know so your name tag will be ready. We need names of visitors too.

What: 118th Stancil Family Reunion

When: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019

Time: Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Wilson Moose Lodge, 2705 Forest Hills Road SW, Wilson, NC 27893


9 a.m.: Set-up begins, we need help with set-up.

9:30 a.m.: Doors open, Photos begin to be taken and raffle tickets given.

10 a.m.: Registration begins

12:30 p.m.: Lunch begins

1 p.m.: Raffle begins

2 p.m.: Clean-up begins

Newsletter Memorial

Memorials (sample shown above) are popular as a way to remember our Family Members in the newsletter. We are asking for $50 to help pay for the professional printing of the newsletter. Of course, we appreciate any donation. The newsletter will be available at the reunion registration table and online following the reunion at

If you would like to have a memorial in the newsletter, please contact us and let us know what you would like to say.


These are some of the most popular color options for the Stancil Reunion T-shirt.

The shirts are $13 each for youth sizes, and adults small, medium, large and extra large, $15 for 2XL and $16 for 3XL.

Let us know the color and size by Wednesday, Aug. 21. You can email or text your order with color and size to 352-209-2022.

The shirts will be available for pick-up at the reunion registration table. Payments can be made at that time.


Hats have a Stancil signature on it and come in black or dark blue. The hats are $12 each. Contact us as soon as possible to make an order. We need the order for hats made by Wednesday, Aug. 21. Hats can be picked up at the reunion or we can mail them as needed.


In 2013, the event moved to the Moose Club at 2705 Forest Hills Road in Wilson.

Each year we take orders for the Stancil Reunion T-shirts for family members who would like to them. Here is what the 2019 version looks like. Click to enlarge image.


These are some of the most popular color options for the Stancil Reunion T-shirt. The shirts are $13 each, $15 for 2XL and $16 for 3XL. Contact us as soon as possible to make an order.

Heading to the reunion this year?

Check out the Tobacco Farm Life Museum. The museum, on U.S. 301 in Kenly, N.C, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.The Stancil Tapestry, woven by Delaney Catherine Sasser in 1858, is now on exhibit. Delaney married John Thomas Stancil on July 15, 1860. The tapestry can be seen in the 1902 First Reunion Photo. It was bought by son, Josiah, at the John Thomas Stancil Sale in 1922. Members of the Josiah Branch kept it safe until it was given to the museum in 1998, according to Bill Edwards' wishes, by his widow, Laura Woodard Edwards. Bill, the son of Leafy Stancil Edwards, grandson of Josiah, was the last caretaker of the tapestry.

Some items for sale

(Prices subject to change; products may not be available immediately)

Books of Reunion Collages from 1993-2018: approximately $50 (limited quantity, pre-order). An exact cost will be available closer to the reunion date.


Stancil Cookbook Vol. I (1982) Stancil Cookbook Vol. II (2008)
$5 $16



$5 $5



The pens are $2 each.



The hats are $12 each. Contact us as soon as possible to make an order.



"Not A Leg To Stand On" by Ethel Stancil "Love for Keeps" by Ethel Stancil
The books are $10 each. Contact us as soon as possible to make an order.


Stancil Family Tree

The family tree was drawn by Gilda Renfrow Six, a descendant of George, in the early 1970s, and first displayed in 1971. The drawing includes four generations from the John Thomas Stancil family.

In 1982, James Viverette, the late husband of Anne Pittman Viverette, made the custom three-part wooden frame for the four-generation family tree.

It has been on display at every reunion since then, and is taken care of by Anne Viverette and family.



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Stancil Family Reunion History

The first Stancil Reunion was held in late 1902.

Delaney and Tom hosted the first Stancil Reunion. Children living away from Johnston County were Samuel in Wilson County, N.C., Harvey and George in Duplin County and Catherine in Atkinson, Ga. Letters were written and they all attended the first Stancil Reunion.

Guests that attended included Marceline Edwards, a close family friend. Marceline was aunt of Allie Edwards, who married Oscar Stancil, son of Henry Stancil, in 1908.

Alonza and his wife, Ada and daughter Lena Maie Stancil. Alonza was the son of Reddick and Eliza Stancil. Reddick was the son of John and Polly Stancil. John and Samuel, Tom's pa, were brothers. Reddick and Tom were first cousins. Alonza was about the age of Arnettie. Alonza taught school. He taught Tommy (Thomas Ruffin Stancil) and told Tom he was the smartest student he had ever had. Members of the Alonza family have started attending the reunions, and we hope they will continue coming.

Jim Batey was picked up by Alvin in Wilson. He lived with Tom and Delaney and worked on the farm. Jim was also known as Albert in the 1900 Census. He was born in 1886.

The photo of the First Reunion shows tapestries hung on the walls of the cabin to dress it up. Delaney wove the tapestry on the far right in 1858. Josiah purchased it at the John Thomas sale in 1922.

First Reunion photo

Homemade lemonade is a Reunion tradition. Dozens of hand rolled lemons are used. Originally it was made in wooden tubs using water from Tom and Delaney's well.

Over the years men have been in charge of the lemonade. For years Alvin and Harvey, with help from George, made the lemonade. Their sons Vernard, Carl, Garland, Clyde Emmette and Ralph helped. Later Grover Eason (George Branch) who married Myrtle Stancil, Graydon Renfrow (George Branch) who married Rachel and his son Jimmy were in charge.

This well water was used until the early 1960s when the Reunion was moved to the Club House across from Glendale School.

The reunion had been at the John Thomas Stancil homeplace since 1902. In 1915 he traded houses with son Geo Ira Stancil and the reunion continued at the same location. Geo Ira’s widow, Eva died in 1962.

Donell secured the Glendale Community Building for the 1963 reunion.

By 1984, the reunion had outgrown this location. Donell arranged for the reunion to move to the North Johnston Middle School.

Changes were happening in Johnston County and in 2006, Donell once again was instrumental in the move to Glendale-Kenly Elementary School. This was home until new county changes required the reunion to move again. In 2012, it was decided it would be moved to the Moose Club in Wilson County.

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