Posted: 03/12/2020
Posted 03/11/2020: The 5th Biannual Reunion has been CANCELLED! Please contact Carnival Cruise - Contact Person - Edward at 800-819.3902 extension 82614 and reference Booking# 7LKQ11 to request a refund!
Posted 04/23/2019:  Act Now! From today until April 30th - Carnival Cruise is offering $50/pp deposit! Contact: Edward at 800.819.3902 extension 82614. The booking # is 7LKQ11. So far 3 people have booked a cabin!
Posted 03/25/2019:  Carnival cruise is offering $50 deposits to secure your spot for the Reunion Cruise from Monday, March 25 - Sunday, March 31, 2019.  Contact Carnival Cruise - Edward at 800-819-3902 extension 82614 and mention the “OWTS Reunion” or Reunion President Debra Thurman Ford.
POSTED 08/02/2018: Debra (Thurman) Ford is our new reunion President for 2020.
POSTED 08/01/2017: The Reunion Fees are posted on the "Payments and Purchases" tab. All payments are due by June 15, 2018.
POSTED 02/04/2017: The 4th Biannual Oliver-Welch-Thurman-Swan Family Reunion will be held on Thursday, July 26 - Sunday, July 29, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, SC. We will secure a contract with Myrtlewood Villas for housing to secure group rates at a later date. Please RSVP by June 30, 2017 to allow the committee to have an approximate head count of who will be in attendance.
Posted 07/26/2016: 

Reunion and Reflections! from Kelly Williams on Vimeo.

POSTED 07/01/16: Between July 1 - July 15th you have to contact Financial Officer, Kelly A. Williams at to request a PayPal invoice. No further payments will be accepted through this website.
POSTED 06/22/16: We are less than month away from the Reunion. No refunds will be issued.
POSTED 06/16/16: This website is only accepting online payment through July 1st. After July 1st, only CASH Payment will be accepted through PayPal. Please contact Financial Officer, Kelly Williams to arrange payment after July 1st. Also, no additional t-shirts will be ordered, as the deadline has passed! The reunion committee ordered a few extra shirts but shirts cannot be guaranteed.
POSTED 05/10/16: The T-shirts have been ordered. One additional order will be placed between today and June 10th for additional payments/orders.
POSTED 10/7/15: The first installment payment is due on Friday, October 16, 2015!
Posted 7/8/15:  We have a T-shirt design. Once you have made your first installment payment or pay in full, we will order your t-shirt. Start paying early! 
Posted 7/7/15:  We are accepting early payments for the reunion fees and you can start paying for your housing directly by calling Callaway Gardens Directly at 866-921-4711 and reference "OWTS Reunion" for the group rate. 
Posted 4/21/15: The contract for the 3rd Bi-Annual Oliver-Welch-Thurman-Swan Family Reunion with Callaway Gardens has been signed. We are confirmed and secured for July 21 - 24, 2016. Please be responsive to deadline dates and each family unit will be responsible for their housing payment to Callaway Gardens directly by calling 866-921-4711 (which is a specialized number linked to our reunion group and rates). Please click on "Callaway Gardens" tab via the reunion website: for rates.
Posted: 4/16/15 - We have a contract for Callaway Gardens. Each person will be responsible for individual payment for their housing accommodations. After the contract is signed, we will have a personalized 1-800 number assigned so you can call in and pay for your housing individually. PLEASE Click on the RSVP tab and include the names of each of your family members to ensure enough rooms are reserved for our stay. The 3rd Bi-Annual Oliver-Welch-Thurman-Swan Family Reunion will be held July 21 - July 24, 2016 at Callaway Gardens, located (30-minutes outside of Atlanta, GA).
Posted: April 14, 2015: We are in the process of negotiating a housing contract with Callaway Gardens and finalizing prices for the reunion fees - which will cover food and t-shirts.
Posted: February 1, 2015 - Location Announcement - John Thompson, Chairperson

Location Update: 2016 from Kelly Williams on Vimeo.

September 1, 2014 voting will open for the 2016 Reunion Planning Committee. Voting polls will be placed on the website. 
August 31, 2014 is the DEADLINE to submit nominations for the 2016 Reunion Planning Committee. Please see the "ABOUT THE COMMITTEE" tab for detailed information

Posted 8/18/14: We ask for each household to make a $10.00 reunion dues contribution duing the off-season for the upkeep of the website and planning for 2016. Go to the "Payments-Purchases" tab to make a one-time payment. 
Posted 8/6/14 - We are deeply saddened by the passing of Makeyla Gray. Please click on "Memorials" for detailed information about celebration of life services and uplift her parents, Terrence Turner and TaShaun Gray in prayer.
Posted 8/1/2014 - The current Oliver-Welch-Thurman-Swan (OWTS) Reunion Committee are seeking family members to fill executive roles for the 2016 Family Reunion. Submit nominations through the "Contact Us" tab by August 31, 2014. You can nominate yourself or someone else for a position. For detailed information about each responsibilities and duties, click on the "About the Committee" tab.
Posted: July 29, 2014

Reflections from Kelly Williams on Vimeo.

POSTED 08/05/2018: Please vote on the color of the Reunion T-Shirts. Voting ends on Friday, March 16, 2018.