2004 Allen Family

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2004 Allen Family Reunion Memories

Daytona Beach, Florida   -   July 29 - August 1, 2004

Monica Allen Smith, Honorary Chair

Many thanks to our Daytona cousins, descendants of Rev. Alexander Allen,

 for their warm hospitality!

 

John "Jay" Smith - Coordinator       Kevin J. Smith - Asst. Coordinator & Recreation       Adeesha Smith - Treasurer

Dannica Fitts - Secretary       Allen Smith - Security       Daniel Smith - Security       Ben Fitts - Security

Carl Willis - Talent Show Coordinator       LaToya Fitts - Hostess       Caress Smith - Hostess       Shawntell Fitts - Hostess

 

An Allen Family Reunion Essay

Did you miss the 2004 reunion?  Want to read all about it?

2004 Reunion Memories

 

Day 1 Photo Gallery

Thursday, July 29 itinerary:  Check-in, registration get-together and SunCruz trip

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Donna Allen Moore with husband Ronnie and daughter Alexandria at check-in. She is a recipient of the Allen Family Scholarship. Congratulations!

Daytona Allens Kevin, Jay, Al and Monica preparing for the registration crowd Thursday afternoon.

Bahamian Clark Allen chats with his American cousins Monica and Patricia during check-in.

Lela Allen Diggs of Miami (left) checks out the goodies at the registration table. She's the daughter of James A. Allen of Key West.

There's nothing like a family reunion to make you smile, according to Anita Wallace, granddaughter of Willie Butcher Allen of Nassau.

Reunion coordinator John "Jay" Smith (right) greets Bahamian Craig Delancy and other Allens as they arrive.

Robert Allen (an American grandson of Willie Butcher Allen) and his wife chat with his cousin Patricia Allen Ebron.

Day 2 Photo Gallery

Friday, July 30 itinerary:  Tour of Daytona (Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Speedway & Jackie Robinson Stadium - 10 a.m.)

Allen Family Picnic (12 noon), and Allen Family Talent Show (7 p.m.)

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All aboard! Bahamian Allen family in the hotel lobby, preparing to board the bus for Friday morning's tour of Daytona Beach.

Key West Allens Eureka, Carmen, Joe, Mary and Franklin pose in the lobby before boarding the bus for a tour of Daytona Beach.

On the bus: Bahamian Allens Ruth Allen Delancy and Cislyn Delancy Simmons and others enjoy the bus tour of Daytona.

Allens waiting to tour the home of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman College. Her home is a national historic landmark.

Sisters Patricia Allen Ebron and Monica Allen Smith at the Bethune-Cookman campus.

Group Allen Family photo at Bethune-Cookman College.

Close-up of the left side of the group photo.

Close-up of the center of the group photo.

Close-up of the right side of the group photo.

Sisters at the track: Mary and Carmen Turner at the Daytona Speedway.

Taking our own victory lap: Allens touring the Daytona Speedway, known to NASCAR fans everywhere as the site of the Daytona 500.

Allens check out the wall of fame at Jackie Robinson Stadium, honoring his contribution to the integration of major league baseball.

Enjoying Friday afternoon's picnic: Joe, Clarissa, Doretha, Eureka, Heather, Franklin, Keisha and Mary.

Cousins Karen Carey Askew and Glendina Carey Cartwright enjoy the beautiful scenery at the picnic.

Allen men at the picnic: Joe Allen with nephews Hilliard Lang and Ernie Henderson, all descendants of Rev. George W. Allen of Key West.

Descendants of James A. Allen chatting at the picnic: Calvin Allen, Joe Williams, John Glover, David Butler and Pauline Glover.

American Allens cheered their team during the Allen All-Star Softball Game, but the Bahamian Allens won. Ah, well! Maybe next time!

Descendants of Mary Allen Carey take a break from dancing under one of the pavillions at the picnic.

Reunion originator Faye Carey Smith (right) with Maquella Smith and Ingrid Carey at the picnic.

Everyone at Friday night's Talent Show was greeted with beads in keeping with the "Pardi-Gras" theme, including Libby Allen who also gets a hug!

Key West Allens Dolores, Priscilla, Georgette and Shamika chat prior to preparing to perform our "tropical soul" number at the Talent Show.

DeAsia smiles for the camera in the arms of her cousin, Theresa Lusain. Both are descendants of Rev. George W. Allen of Key West.

Eureka Allen Stevens and Franklin Stevens in their tropical shirts in support of the Key West family's performance at the Talent Show.

The Bahamian Allens proudly display their flag in their Junkanoo processional, to the delight of the crowd.

The Bahamian Allens performing at the Talent Show.

Reunion organizer Jay Smith and Allen Family Reunion founder Faye Carey Smith enjoy a hug and laugh.

Dannica and Ben take a minute away from organizing the reunion to enjoy the Talent Show.

Reunion coordinator John "Jay" Smith (center) relaxes with cousin Norbert Seals and his wife.

Pearl & Frank Oliver were really into the New Orleans "pardi-gras" spirit. You guys look great!

Day 3 Photo Gallery

Saturday, July 31 itinerary:  Taste of Daytona (11 a.m.) and Allen Family Banquet (8 p.m.)

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The Daytona and Miami family pose before enjoying the seafood fest at Saturday afternoon's Taste of Daytona.

Daytona family members take a breather from organizing at the Taste of Daytona.

Pauline Glover (left) with daughter Wanda, friend and grandddaughter Alexandra at the Taste of Daytona.

Twins Keena and Kenya Blocker take a break from attending college in Tallahassee to join us at the Taste of Daytona.

After the Taste of Daytona, Allens had the option of enjoying the sand and surf of Daytona's famed beach!

The Daytona arrival of the Right Honorable Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, and grandson of William (Willie Butcher) Allen.

Political Allens at the banquet: Key West City Commissioner Carmen Turner and the Right Honorable Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas.

Our Daytona hosts with the Right Honorable Perry G. Christie (center).

Lovely Allen ladies: Patricia Allen Ebron, Clarice Allen Hughes and Monica Allen Smith, daughters of the late Rev. Alexander Allen.

Marcus with his mom Debbie Allen Bradley and her parents Audrey & Emerson Allen with their youngest daughter Dornecia.

Reunion organizers Adeesha Smith and Dannica Fitts take a break, partying on the dance floor after the banquet.

Lusains & Johnsons styling for the banquet: (from left) Joseph, Tangela, Theresa, James and Keynu (front).

Carmen with famed Allen Family Reunion founder Faye Carey Smith of Nassau. She is the granddaughter of William (Willie Butcher) Allen.

Cousins at the banquet: Carmen with Bahamian descendant Mandy Moncur, great-granddaughter of Willie Butcher Allen

Bahamians Charles and Angela McCartney Wallace. The family really enjoyed his fantastic instrumental gospel CD and many copies were sold!

Having a good time: Martha Small, Kevin Carey and Clarissa Hall. All are descendants of Rev. George W. Allen of Key West.

DeAsia and Mia, two of the newest Allens, relax after the hustle and bustle of the banquet. They're too pooped to party!

Garvin McCartney (right) leads cousins Carla and Libby on a Conga trip around the dance floor!

Sisters Cuore-e and Nikki on the dance floor after the banquet. They are great-granddaughters of Rev. Alexander Allen of Miami.

Day 4 Photo Gallery

Sunday, August 1 itinerary:  Worship & Candlelight Memorial Service (11 a.m.) and Farewell Luncheon (2 p.m.)

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Sunday morning's Worship Service featured hymns, scriptures and a stirring sermon by Dr. Ed Allen, pastor of Abundant Life Bible Church of Nassau.

The family that prays together... The Worship Service was followed by the Candlelight Memorial Service.

Sheila Allen Bridgeforth lights a candle for her great-grandmother, Mary Allen Carey, and those Allen descendants who have passed on.

The Candlelight Memorial Service: paying tribute to those William & Addie Allen descendants who have gone on to meet the Lord.

Carla Yvette Allen smiles after the worship service. She's the granddaughter of Rev. Alexander Allen.

Allens breaking bread together one last time at the Farewell Luncheon on Sunday afternoon.

Three of our matriarchs: Patricia Allen Ebron, Clarice Allen Hughes and Monica Allen Smith. All are the daughters of Rev. Alexander Allen.

Zola Knowles with son Lawrence Knowles, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot stationed in Korea. They are descendants of Rev. George W. Allen of Key West.

Bahamian William "Al" McCartney stops to chat with his cousins Patricia and Clarice at the Farewell Luncheon.

Descendants of James A. Allen: Donna Payne with her mother, esteemed retired educator Willie Mae Allen Brown of Miami.

Our family: Franklin Stevens, Carmen Turner, Mary Turner and Eureka Allen Stevens at the Farewell Luncheon. We had a wonderful time!

Kidding around in the lobby: Rodney Carey and sister Christine Carey Beneby get help from Kevin Smith (right) as they check out reunion memoribilia.

Adeesha Smith (left) prepares to say farewell to Bahamian cousins Mandy and Anita Moncur, with Ben and Dannica Smith Fitts. Ciao, for now!

 

Photos courtesy of Ben & Dannica Smith Fitts, Mary Turner, and Carmen Turner

If you have photos you'd like to share, send them to Carmen!  I'll be happy to include them.

This site was last updated 04/04/06