Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.
After all the snow, we’ve had a lot but it didn’t last too long. It was pretty and I enjoyed seeing all the pretty red birds and all the others I fed well and my cat stayed indoors and looked out, would have loved to get out.
This has been a good month for birthdays, my sisters Kathleen Brock and Betty Tyree and also Imogene Adkins and her son Jim Adkins.
My sister Judy Green from Tennessee came in and celebrated the birthdays and all my sisters except me and my sister Joanne Brown. I was snowed in on my hill and Joanne was home in Indiana. My sister Louise Shepherd and some of my brothers were there. They had a great time. They knew I would have been there if I could have.
I hope Rose Ballard is doing better. I know she hates to miss being on the go.
I have missed getting to go to church. The last time I went, Bro. Jamie Niece preached one of the best sermons I have ever heard. He preached on time and had a clock ticking. He preached on wasting time and how precious time is.
I heard my friend Annabel Wright was real sick in the hospital. I hope she gets better. We have been good friends for many years. My late husband, Clyde, really liked her. He fox hunted with her dad, Coy Wright. They worked together for many years and they both loved fox hunting.
I was reading Delana Banks’s news. I was sorry to hear of Kay Adams being so sick and then passing away. Her daughter Carol was a friend of mine. I respect her so much for taking such good care of her mother all these years.
I also heard of the death of Eddie Bates, son of the late Washington “Wash” Bates and Annie Bates. We rented from them when we lived down there in Blackey a long time ago, about 75 years ago. My grandfather, Arch Howard, passed away on their property on August 28, 1949 on his way from buying milk from a neighbor. Everyone that passed thought he was asleep and passed by.
I knew all the Bates family. In fact, Eddie’s sister Helen Bentley was my schoolteacher in Marlowe School when I was in the sixth grade. Years later I visited with her at Ermine Senior Citizens. Her sons went to Whitesburg High School with my sons.
I also read where Denny Ray Smith of Dayton, Ohio, passed away. I remember when his family lived at Belcraft about one mile from where I live now. They lived near the store there. It was a big mining place then and they went to Marlowe School. His sister, Geraldine Haynes, was a friend of mine and still is. I haven’t seen her in a while. I think she lives on Craft’s Colly now. I knew their parents, the late Hewey and Leonna Smith. It’s been a long time ago.
I usually read about everything in The Mountain Eagle to keep up with everybody and I’ve made lots of friends from there.
I’ve been trying to reach Bonnie Ingram. I’d love to have her phone number. I loved reading her news.
I’d like to hear from Glenora Eldridge. I don’t have her phone number.
I’ve been snowed in all week, but it’s gone by fast. I have too much family and friends to be lonely. I talk a lot and when I’m not talking I’m thinking of old times, memories. I’ve had a good life and some hard times, but I’m a happy person and thankful for my church. I’ve had to miss some and I miss it.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere if you are able this week.