Hatfield & McCoy Feud Descendants Speak at TBA Convention

Kingsport, TN – The Tennessee Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Convention featured a very special group of keynote speakers, the Hatfields and the McCoys. William Keith Hatfield, great grandson of “Devil Anse” Hatfield, and Ron McCoy, third-great grandson of Randolph McCoy, were scheduled to speak at the convention, detailing their experiences with their families’ storied history. Their presentations focused on the escalation of the feud, the role law played in the feud, as well as the feud’s resolution, and where the two families are today.

“The Tennessee Bar Association members had a keen interest in the Feud,” said Hatfield. “I could not walk the grounds of the site without dozens coming up, asking questions, and telling me they loved how we brought it all to life for them. They now see these were real people, struggling as we all do, with relationships, differences, and challenges. In our times of rancor and division, they were most inspired by our conflict resolution and where we are today. This was the inaugural event of what my good friend Ron McCoy and I plan for the future. The Feud is a vehicle to help others find faith, forgiveness, reconciliation and peace. I was honored to be part of this.”

“It is always a privilege to have the opportunity to share our family history,” said McCoy. “In this day and age, it’s more important than ever for the families to step up and lead by example. If the Hatfields and McCoys can come together in peace and fellowship, then there is still hope for the world.”

Pike County Tourism CVB board member Bob Scott, who not only owns the Randolph McCoy property, but is also a Hatfield descendant, was also featured as a presenter. Scott spoke on the importance of the feud history, as well as plans for rebuilding the McCoy cabin that was destroyed during the infamous New Years Eve massacre. Scott also auctioned off a ham, as well as a trip to Pike County Tourism CVB’s upcoming 4th of July on the Hilton Garden Inn Terrace fundraiser, which garnered $450. The funds generated from the auction and this event will be used to showcase talent from Eastern Kentucky and the surrounding region at the 2018 Kentucky State Fair.

“I thought that after one hundred and thirty nine years the pig had been totally ignored,” joked Scott. “Having that many attorneys in one room provided the perfect opportunity to secure a structured settlement, arranged in the pig’s honor.”

Pike County Tourism CVB staff was also on hand to further showcase the Hatfield McCoy Historic Feud Tour, and other attractions Pike County, Kentucky offers.

“I feel like these presentations are a great fit for this convention, as the Hatfields and McCoys battled in the courtroom perhaps more than on the streets and hollows of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia,” said Tony K. Tackett, Pike County Tourism Executive Director. “We believe that something positive can come from the Hatfield & McCoy history, it’s a story we should never forget.” Tackett moderated the question/answer portion of the presentation, and also commented on the Hatfield-McCoy feud tour’s success.

The Tennessee Bar Association’s 2017 convention featured well over 200 in attendance, and was held June 14th through 17th at the Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport, TN.

About the Presenters

William Keith Hatfield is the pastor of Charity Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he has served for thirty-six years. After he moved Charity from its traditional building into a nine-apartment project, it now ministers to many broken and poor people. Hatfield and his wife, Sharon, have six children and fifteen grandchildren. He is the great grandson of Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, from the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud history, and is dedicated to educating the public on the feud, as well as conflict resolution. He is also the author of six books including his most recent release, “The Shark Tank Theology: How the Tank Mirrors Life’s Journey”.

Ron McCoy is the great-great-great-grandson of Randolph McCoy, patriarch of the McCoy clan during the Hatfield-McCoy feud. McCoy helped organize the first national reunion of the Hatfields and McCoys in 2000. In 2003, he helped shepherd the historic Hatfield-McCoy truce signing, an event carried live on national television. He is the author of the book “REUNION: Hatfields and Mccoys”, a book detailing his journey in discovering his family history. He and his wife Bobbi Harris McCoy are deeply passionate about promoting a message of peace and reconciliation using the Hatfield-McCoy family history as an impactful example.

Bob Scott, along with his wife Rita are the owners of the Randolph McCoy property in Hardy, KY. Scott is also a board member of the Pike County Tourism CVB commission, and is heavily involved in promoting the Hatfield McCoy Feud Historic Tours of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Scott was instrumental in securing National Geographic’s “Diggers” program to do multiple episodes on his historic property, which lead to the discovery of many authentic Hatfield-McCoy feud artifacts, including bullets, day-to-day items and burnt wood from the McCoy cabin. Scott continues to work along with Pike County Tourism CVB as a leader in the promotion of the feud, as welcomes all visitors to his property where the McCoy well still stands.

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Historic “Hatfield and McCoy Feud” Comes to Baseball Via the Lexington Legends and West Virginia Power

(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.)   The Legends are proud to announce an important community partnership, bringing the Hatfield & McCoy season long promotion announced in April full circle, by taking the historic feud back to its roots in Pikeville, Kentucky.  Giving back to the community is at the core of all the Legends’ ventures and this partnership has allowed for funds from the “McCoy” jersey auction on July 6, 2017 to benefit the Pikeville City Department of Tourism Commission and the Pike County Tourism, Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In addition to raising funds to support tourism in this beautiful region of the Commonwealth, local artists, musicians and historians featured at Pikeville Heritage Days in September, an annual Hatfield & McCoy Feud celebration and fair held in Pikeville, Kentucky, will be filling Whitaker Bank Ballpark with their crafts on July 6th for fans to enjoy and to enhance the large Hatfield & McCoy Theme Night held by the Lexington Legends for the game versus West Virginia that evening.  Descendants from both families will also be in attendance and featured in various promotions throughout the night.

“On Behalf of the City of Pikeville Tourism Commission and Pike County Tourism CVB office, we are very excited to have the opportunity to become community partners with the Lexington Legends and to be a part of the Hatfield & McCoy Feud promotion.  We are looking forward in sharing our heritage and culture at The Hatfield & McCoy Feud game on July 6th at Whitaker Bank Ballpark” states Andy Linton, executive director of tourism, events & special projects with the City of Pikeville.

A press conference officially announcing this community partnership will be held tomorrow, Friday, June 2 at 11:00AM at the East Kentucky Expo Center on the Main Street Plaza of downtown Pikeville.  All media is welcome to attend.

Original release: 4/05/17

(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.)   The historic feud between two families that started over a pig in the late 1870s around the Tug River Valley area between West Virginia and Kentucky will again be battled out, but this time on the baseball diamond in the South Atlantic League of Minor League Baseball.  The West Virginia Power and Lexington Legends will officially rename themselves “Hatfields” and “McCoys” respectively, for the entirety of the 2017 season when they play each other.  The temporary new names are just one of the many elements involved in this season long promotion.

Specialty jerseys for both teams will be worn, (see attached photos) resembling 1870s garb with the nameplates showcasing the new names for the Legends and Power.  Jerseys for the Lexington Legends are sponsored by Bud’s Gun Shop and both teams’ jerseys will be auctioned off through a silent auction at each teams’ respective home stadium, Whitaker Bank Ballpark and Appalachian Power Park.  All proceeds from each of the auctions will benefit the Lexington Legends Charitable Fund and the Power Baseball Charities 501c3.  The Power’s jersey auction is set for August 17 while the Legends’ is set for July 6.

“Having an infamous part of Kentucky and West Virginia history come to life at Whitaker Bank Ballpark is so fun and important to celebrate, but it’s also important we make sure that we made it happen with a charitable component, as giving back to our community is always the Legends number one priority!  Very much looking forward to seeing fans engage with this fun promotion this season” stated Andy Shea, Legends president and CEO.

Hatfield and McCoy jerseys will be worn at home in Lexington when the Power/Hatfields are in town on April 15, April 16, July 5, July 6, July 31 and August 2.  Jerseys will be worn in West Virginia at Appalachian Power Park on May 8, June 22, July 22 and August 17.  Each team will also be showcasing a special promotional theme night celebrating the history and traditions of each state surrounding the historic feud and encompassing food, beverages, crafts, and music.  Hatfield and McCoy Night for the Legends/McCoys will be held on July 6 and held on July 22 for the Power/Hatfields.

The “Feud” aspect of the promotion will be tracked by the number of wins each team has over the other, culminating with a “Golden Pig” trophy presentation to the winning team at the end of each series and at the end of the 2017 season.  Fans will have the opportunity to be a part of the feud through social media outlets as well the trophy ceremony at each ballpark by entering to win the chance to be “Golden Pig Presenter” on-field.

Fans wishing to participate in the feud can rally with their respective “family” and purchase the “Feud Ticket Package”, a package that offers fans the opportunity to take in 6 games when the teams are renamed and wearing their familial jerseys; 3 games at Whitaker Bank Ballpark and 3 at Appalachian Power Park.  Visit www.lexingtonlegends.com or www.wvpower.com for ticket package information.

“Bringing this iconic feud to the baseball field will be fun,’ stated Tim Mueller, the general manager of the West Virginia Power.  “Lexington has always been our best rival, so we are thrilled to partner with the Legends on a historic promotion like this.  Rarely do you see two Minor League teams working together on a season-long promotion, allowing both sides to showcase creativity and excitement, hopefully on and off the field.  Plus, and I never thought I would say this, we will be excited to win that Golden Pig.”

For more information, about the Hatfield and McCoy Legends/Power Feud, contact Sarah Bosso atsbosso@lexingtonlegends.com or 859 422-7855.  The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and a member of the South Atlantic League, are back in action on June 1, 2017 Whitaker Bank Ballpark against the Augusta Greenjackets, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.  For ticket information, call (859) 422-7867 or visit lexingtonlegends.com.