Welcome to The William Strother Society Web Site
The William Strother Society is a family association dedicated to perpetuating the memories of our ancestors and furthering fellowship among the descendants of William Strother, the immigrant. Founded in 1986 as the Society of Descendants of William Strother, it was incorporated in Virginia in 1992 as The William Strother Society, Inc. The first 'Strother Family Reunion' was spearheaded by Lloyd Oliver, an avid genealogist and Strother descendant from San Antonio, Texas. He identified 700 Strother descendants across the country and invited them to meet and share kinship in September 1986 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was assisted by Marjorie Strother, from King George, Virginia, and George A. Fenwick, Sr, from Chester, New Jersey. About 200 people showed up and from this reunion the William Strother Society was born. These three forward-thinking 'cousins' are now considered the founders of the organization.
Lloyd Oliver & Marjorie Strother Marjorie Strother George Fenwick, Sr
The Society's members include descendants of William Strother and their families, related families, and others interested in the Strother family, throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, we partner with the Library of Congress, State and local libraries, historical societies and genealogical societies, including the DAR and SAR. Some of the more notable members of this amazing family are shown below.
We appreciate your interest and invite you to enjoy the features of this web site.
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The William Strother Society has sadly lost a dedicated and humble, but outstanding, long-time member, Lois Strother Davis. Lois was our first President, elected at the 1988 Conference, and served the Society with distinction in various roles for 28 years -- through the 2016 Conference. She died on January 2, 2021, following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Born July 8, 1931, on a farm outside Martella, Iowa, Lois was the youngest of four children of Glenn and Doris (Armstrong) Strother. Dreaming of a life that encompassed music, she attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, majoring in Performing Arts. In 1949, Lois married John ‘Hank’ Davis, Jr., and they settled into farm life near Mount Vernon, Iowa, where they raised three children. Throughout her life, she was involved in philanthropic organizations, supported music and theatre groups, served in various capacities in her church, and started a music volunteer project that evolved into a 20-year career in music therapy.
Many of us in the Strother Society, however, remember Lois most for her many contributions to making the Society what it is today. With her sister-in-law, Donna Strother, she inaugurated the Houses of Strother Newsletter, she penned the lyrics for several Strother songs to the music of popular tunes, and formed and led the Strother Chorus, which performed at several conferences. In addition to President, she was an Alternate Director and Honors Committee Chair from 2000 to 2016, the last conference she was able to attend.
Our condolences go out to her extensive family, many of whom are members. She will be missed, but we thank her for being our member and friend.
(Her complete obituary is posted under the Members’ Section.)
Strother Family Conference - POSTPONED. As it became increasingly clear that the nationwide coronavirus pandemic is not likely to diminish soon, Society officers have reluctantly taken the following actions to address this very unusual situation. The 2020 conference, originally scheduled for last July in Winchester, VA, was first rescheduled for July 2021 and has now been rescheduled for July 13-17, 2022. This conference will feature the program already well-organized by George Fenwick. Check out the plans for the conference under Events.
- Elections - The terms of all current Society officers, board members and committee chairs are extended until elections are held at the next conference in July 2022.
- Membership - As our membership period is conference to conference, current memberships will be extended until the next conference in July 2022. No additional dues will be owed until that time.
New Members During 2020:
Jennifer & Robert Bostick - Germantown, TN
Kelly Burchyett - Big Canoe, GA
Kim Carmichael - Somis, CA
Marilee & Michael Collins - Overland Park, KS
Susan Crutchfield - Sonoma, CA
Stephen Dickeson - Franklin, TN
Karen Esberger - Midlothian, TX
Eva & William Gardner - Plano, IL
Michelle & James Goettemoeller - Denton, MT
Elizabeth & Mark Kapral - Annapolis, MD
Bonnie King - Weaverville, NC
Jeffrey & Elizabeth Lewis - Bethesda, MD
James & Cynthia Mabry - Charleston, SC
Richard Myers - Longview, TX
H. David Richardson - Henderson, TX
Diane & George Rowen - Lancaster, PA
Gary & Maureen Sisson - Bells, TX
DuWayne Smith - Round Rock, TX
Bradley & Amber Strother - Fletcher, NC
George & Patricia Strother - Denville, NJ
John & Kathryn Strother - Annapolis, MD
Shelly & Eric Tucker - Denton, TX
Cynthia & Douglas Watson - New York City, NY
Nancy & Kenneth Welty - Columbia, MO
New Members During 2021:
Laurie Baker - Denton, WA
Stephani Noar - Anacortes, WA
Jack & Tanya Pitzerr - Alexandria, VA
Charles & Christina Powell - Dolores, CO
Elizabeth Strother - Van Nuys, CA
Donna Wagner - Forney, TX
Recent Obituaries (in the past year):
(Note: full text can be found in the Members' Section)
Camilla Frances Corbin - April 4, 2020
Lois Strother Davis - January 2, 2021
Nolan B. Hensarling - April 7, 2020
Dorothy Lamb Hilbush - February 26, 2021
Robert John "Robin" King - June 11, 2020
Burton M. TenBrink, Jr - October 11, 2020
Janette Lamb Young - March 25, 2020
Our Family Database
The Strother Family Database
contains our family lineage comprising over 80,000 individuals, including families, photographs, cemetery records, and more. It is accessible only via this Web site and available to Society members as a tool for those searching for their ancestry. To access this database, click on the menu item Strother Database.
We hold a business meeting and "family reunion" every two years. This is a time to meet new cousins and renew acquaintances from all over the country -- the emphasis is on having fun. The next conference is being postponed from July of this year to July of next year (2022) in Winchester, Virginia. Check out the details on the Events page.
Our "Houses of Strother Newsletter" is published quarterly. It includes articles on the history of the Strother family, current activities, tips on genealogical research, queries from those seeking family information, and information and stories from our members. Access to the newsletters is found in the Members' Section.
SOME STROTHER DESCENDANTS
George Randolph Scott (1898-1987) -- stage and screen actor. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is in the Western Performers Hall of Fame.
Absalom Hall Strother
(1844-1926) Served in 161st Ohio Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. Was a postmaster and in the creamery business.
(1784-1850) Army general - served in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. 12th President of the United States.
Joseph Sale Strother
(1836-1903) Born in Alabama and moved to Texas. Member of Hood's Texas Brigade during Civil War and the Texas State Legislature.