Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. Before the warmer weather arrived earlier this week, we had some cold days, but it is winter and it’s not been bad.
It was nice meeting Michael Burl Combs the other day. He came over and asked me if I wanted him to put my gas in my car for me. I appreciated it, and in the meantime we knew all about each other’s families.
We remembered when he mentioned his father, Burl Combs, and my brother, Eddie Howard, being such good friends after working as police officers together. It was nice meeting him.
Our sympathy goes out to the family of Vernon K. Thomas, his sister Imogene Smith and her husband Bill. I knew them when they were all young children and my husband, the late Clyde Hatton, and I used to visit their parents, the late Marvin Thomas and wife Susy Mae. Clyde and Marvin were good friends and went fox hunting together.
I got a nice surprise recently when Rose Ballard and a friend, Rick Caudill, came by. I was glad to see them. Now they know how I look in the morning. I knew about all of Rick’s family and he knew all of mine. It was a nice visit, but too short. We could have talked all day.
My sister came out for a visit. Betty Tyree doesn’t get out to visit often, but I’m glad she comes. People just don’t visit much anymore. I love it when they come. I don’t get out much, mostly to church or to buy groceries.
My pastor, Brother John Conn, came by and took me to church at Calvary Temple, where Brother Conard Profitt is pastor. I really enjoyed it. One of our preachers in our church, Brother Jamie Niece, was the preacher and he did really well. The singers were all great, and I really enjoyed every minute. They are all so friendly. The churches are never crowded anymore. I guess people are just too busy with other things.
I got a call from my sister Joann Brown of Indiana. She calls every morning and I love it. She’s usually on the road, working. She’s made a habit of calling and if she doesn’t call, she had better have an excuse for it.
I was pleased to get a call from Gladys Smith of Bolivia, N.C. I mentioned in my column that I don’t get many calls, and she called me and we had a long talk. She used to write in The Mountain Eagle until she moved away. She’s not in the best of health. She said she would like to hear from Rose Ballard and to tell her hello.
I haven’t heard anything from Iva (Absher) Cheatham in a while. I hope she is doing okay, and also Glendora Eldridge.
I’ve been meaning to write and my fingers give me trouble. I can only write a little at a time. I haven’t heard from Bertha (Page) Dye in awhile.
I think of all of you often, and just don’t get around to writing. I hope you are all doing well.
Hello to Irene and Elzie Ray Hatton. I hope you are doing okay. It’s hard for me to keep up with all my family.
May God bless all of you. And try to be in a church somewhere if you are able.