Derryberry Reunion 2001

The 2001 Derryberry Reunion will be held at the Robbers Cave State Park located 5 miles north of Wilburton, OK. We have reserved 20 rooms at the Belle Starr Lodge, with a lobby meeting room in the center that will seat about 50 for visiting, etc. There are 19 cabins available also, all are fully equipped with kitchen supplies, cookware, dishes, silverware and linens, plus stove and refrigerator. Places are available. for RVs, camping, close to restrooms and electricity. We have brochures and rate information for these accommodations.

For a Friday evening barbecue, we have reserved an open air covered shelter near the office area. It has electricity available, water, tables and barbecue stands. Large restroom are nearby with showers also.

There is a nice cafe, gift shop, nature center, swimming pool (with life guard) for afternoon use. Park Rangers will be there for security on the grounds. We have reserved the 19 cabins, Belle Starr Lodge, and shelter for Friday night and Saturday night, July 20 and 21 and until noon on 22nd. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. Friday. Reservations for the Lodge room, cabins, spaces for RVs and tent camping must be made by May 20th, 2001 or we will lose the reservations.

Since nothing large enough at the Park was available, we reserved the meeting room at the Choctaw Nation Community Center at Wilburton (5 miles from the Park). It has a capacity of 300 with chairs, tables and kitchen facilities. It will be available to us for the entire day of Saturday, as late as we wish. We plan a pancake breakfast Sat. morning there also. For the noon meal, the usual covered dish by those that attend will be appreciated. The meat will be cooked by Burton Derryberry from Ok. Also plan the evening meal there, there should be enough left from noon meal.

There are two motels in Wilburton, one with 27 rooms, rates very reasonable and a two story motel, no rates yet, but reasonable.

The tours are furnished by private parties and a list is available. They also have several miles of hiking trails, riding trails (stables with about 50 horses available). Also a small lake with paddle boats, canoes and 1 man hand paddle board for rental.

The Park is located in the San Bois Mountains of southeast Oklahoma, very scenic, lots of tall pine trees, paved roads, a good place to get back to nature. The park is very busy all year round. It is very well kept. A John Derryberry is a maintenance man at the park, we have met him. They have lots of events throughout the year, like the 3rd weekend in Oct., arts & craft show with about 60,000 people through there for the

3 days. An R.S.V.P. would be appreciated by us. Our address: Rt. 1, Box 1800, Kinta, OK 74552 - Tele. 918-768-3021.



We would very much appreciate a response from those who do plan to attend if at

all possible.

We would also like to mention that anyone who wishes to make items to be auctioned and some door prizes would be very much appreciated, as we have been doing in the past.

We have got a brother and sister from Stigler who will furnish gospel singing for us Friday and Saturday and Sunday morn for a church service if anyone wishes to attend. Our son-in-law is a lay preacher so he has graciously agreed to conduct the service for us.

Hope to make it a big event everyone will enjoy and have time for lots of visiting and looking at pictures and meeting new Derryberry cousins. Perhaps some will want to make it a mini vacation

Robber Cave State Park

P.O. Box 9

Wilburton, OK 74578

Cabins, Camping and Belle Starr Lodge

Total of 26 Cabins, all parkview with fireplaces:

1 Bedroom - Sleeps 4 $53-68

2 Bedroom - Sleeps 6 $88

2 Bedroom w/deck Sleeps 6 $98

Specialties #1 & #2 $88

Belle Starr Lodge has 20 Rooms, all valleyview, all sleep 4 (except one). $78

A deposit of one night's rental is required within 14 days after reservation request. Your deposit will be refunded upon cancellation (ONLY if you notify the partk at least five days prior to arrival date).

Check-in time is after 3:00 p.m.

Check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

All cabins are supplied with bed linen, bath and kitchen linens, silverware, dishes, cooking utensils, coffee pot , and cleaning supplies.

Call cabins are furnished with a refrigerator, cooking range, air and heat. Most cabins have a shower facility, some have a bathtub with shower.

James & Lucy Derryberry




The 2000 Reunion

I guess I should be accustomed to it by now, but the reunion took place on a hot and muggy Tennessee summer day. Still, it wasn't quite as hot as the previous year.

But then, of course, we were inside, in the new section of the Union Hall. An expansive, beautiful dining hall. We got the use of this area because the gymnasium floor in the other section was being refurbished. So we started with a bit of luck. Another bit of luck was that another user of the area (who would not need it until 5:00 pm) split the expense. And thus a savings of $250 of expense.

There were, again, many familiar and many new faces. There were family pictures and documents. And there was a lot of good food to go with the deliceous deep fried catfish.

New officers were elected afterward and they are:

President: James Derryberry of Kinta, OK

Vice-President : Blair Derryberry of Columbia, TN

Treasurer: Guy Z. Derryberry of Columbia, TN

Secretary: Andy Derryberry of Nashville, TN

These officers were elected for a period of two years.

As had been decided the prior year, the 2001 reunion will be held in Oklahoma. Details of place and time would be determined later, although the intent is for the date to be the fourth Saturday of July, 2001.

A suggestion was made that some of the many door prizes be auctioned to generate additional funds for the Association. This was an complete success as enthusiastic bidding took place for all the items.

There were also "Derryberry Reunion 2000" T-Shirts that sold for $10 with $2 returning to the Association. The entire stock of T-Shirts was sold in short order.

There was considerable discussion about the Adam house. The current owner has said that she wants to demolish the house. She has also said she wants to sell the entire property, which includes a house that was recently built. Obviously, the Adam house is in some peril. It is possible that a fund will be established to attempt to purchase and restore the house, but there is nothing in place at this time.

After much fun, food and fellowship, the reunion was adjourned until 2001 in Oklahoma.


The map below will give you an idea of where the 2001 reunion will be. Wilburton is in the middle of the map. Hope to see everyone there!


Andy Derryberry

Here is a list of motels in McAlester, OK which is about 20 miles from Wilburton, OK on HiWay 270:

Holiday Inn

US Hiway 69 Bypass south

McAlester, OK


Ramada Inn

1500 South Hiway 69 Bypass

McAlester, OK


Super 8 Motel - RV Park

2400 S. Main

McAlester, OK


Days Inn

US Hiway 69 Bypass South

McAlester, OK


Microtel Inn

Hiway 69 North Bypass

McAlester, OK


Hiway Lodge & Suites

419 US highway 69 Bypass S.

McAlester, OK


Maifair Motel

1510 S. Main

McAlester, OK


Villager Lodge

700 N. Main

McAlester, OK


A-O-K Motel

509 West Main

Wilburton, OK


Travelers Inn Motel

904 Highway 2 North

Wilburton, OK