The Eller Family Association has booked the “Hinton Rural Life Center” in Hayesville, North Carolina, for the 2021 Biennial Conference scheduled for July 15-18, 2021. The Hinton Center is operated by the United Methodist Church and is located on Lake Chatuge in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. It is directly across the lake from Hiawassee, GA.
Details of the conference are being planned now. Booking of rooms will start in January. Booking of rooms for the Nadine Johnson Retreat House will be done directly through Steve Eller (email@example.com; 706-318-7826), but please refrain from requesting your room until January 2021. Booking of other accommodations at the Hinton Center is to be done through the Hinton Center (828-389-8336 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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We had really great weather for the first "Old Smyrna Cemetery Workday" on November 14th.. Leon Berrong and his daughter had made a trip into the cemetery several month ago and cleared some underbrush and small trees. We finished clearing the entire cemetery and worked to clear turn around areas for vehicles. The new sign was installed and we will return to paint after the treated lumber has time to dry out. It was a very productive day. Thanks to all who showed up to work and those who donated money for the sign.
The "Old Smyrna Cemetery" was heavily overgrown with some headstones damaged. It is the resting place for several of our ancestors including Hardy Washington and Joseph Jacob Eller.
Another "Old Smyrna Cemetery Workday" is scheduled for Saturday December 5th. Steve Eller is coordinating this event and has ordered a new headstone for Hardy Washington Eller and Joseph Jacob Eller.
Volunteers and supplies are needed! We will need chain saws and heavy duty weed eaters. Please let Steve know if you can provide any of the materials. As you know, we will need 4 wheel drive vehicles to get to the cemetery and carry the materials in. We will meet at the Upper Hightower Baptist Church Parking lot at 9 AM.
Contact Steve at email@example.com. 706-318-7826