CRESTON - Wiley and Elizabeth Vannoy would have been proud of what their descendants did Memorial Day weekend to preserve family history and honor veterans. More than 100 Vannoy descendants placed a monument at Cold Springs Cemetery near the Cold Springs Primitive Baptist Church in southern Casey County.
The second and third generations of the Vannoy family donated time and money to erect a new flag pole, flag and monument with 39 names of veterans in the family who served in the military. A photograph of Wiley Samuel and Elizabeth Osborn Vannoy also is on the granite marker.
Vannoy, son of John Humphrey and Rebecca McNeil Vannoy, was born March 31, 1860, in Wilkes County, N.C. Elizabeth, a daughter of Reeves and Katherine Osborn, was born Aug. 18, 1868, in Ashe County, N.C. They were married in 1886 in North Carolina and had 10 children - Cora, Hattie, Lela, Ella, Pearl, Will, Ada, Arlie, Nora and Wayne.