Our communities have been saddened by the deaths of Virginia Dare Back and Don Quillen, and I also just learned that Rodney Collins of Blackey has died.
Dare was president of our Letcher Area Homemakers for many years, when her health was better. I venture to say that she served as president off and on for a total of 20 years.
She was also treasurer of her church, the Blackey Missionary, for 35 years. Her family has taken good care of her the last few years as her health declined, and our prayers are with them during their sorrow.
Anna Lora recently had surgery for blood clots and came home from the hospital in Lexington on the day of Dare’s visitation service, but just wasn’t well enough to attend. I know it probably broke her heart to not be well enough to attend that evening and many prayers were said on her behalf.
Katrina, Anna Lora and Barney were blessed with a good mother. They, the grandchildren and greatgrandchildren will miss her so much, but have to be happy to know how well she was loved throughout the area. Out of Dare’s large family, her brother Charles is the last of the 11 siblings still surviving.
Don Quillen died suddenly at the Whitesburg ARH. He was only 53 years old, and that just seems so young. Many prayers have been said for his family, too. Glenna Faye, Amanda, Becky and Austin will be lost without him around the homeplace at Black Bottom, and his brother Moe will, too.
Other than his immediate family, he leaves three sisters, four brothers, and many other family and friends to mourn his passing.
The annual John and Larenna Adams reunion will be held Sept. 20 at the Poplar Shelter at Carr Creek Lake. All family and friends are welcome to attend, just bring a covered dish and join in.
Ernie and Janie Caudill, Cathy Blair, Allison and family, Larry and Pat Blair, Brenda and Luke Woods all have been to Myrtle Beach recently. They enjoyed being together and spent time shopping, visiting, and cooking up some delicious meals together, and had a great time.
Bryant Matthews and Amanda Halcomb were married Saturday at Berma Matthews’s home. They were married in the yard and looked like a pretty, country wedding. Congratulations to the newlyweds.
Ed Banks and family, Bob, Sue and I all went to Jacobson Park in Lexington for a small get-together with Jessie Banks Scott and Beth Banks. It was a cold and windy Saturday, but Ed and Cheryl’s grandkids had fun and we enjoyed being with Jessie and Beth since we don’t see them often. Beth came down from Middletown, Ohio.
Becky and Wilma Pridemore, Hope Campbell and Martha Jane Burns also spent some time in Lexington visiting with Kelly and her daughter, and Hope’s niece “Chat”, Maudie’s daughter. They enjoyed bargain hunting too, while there.
Laura Mae and Courtney Adams have a new great-grandson, Quinn. He is their late daughter Missy’s grandson. Laura Mae and Courtney get along fair, and it was nice to visit them.
Courtney’s brother Hershel and his wife, Virginia recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
The family of the late George M. and Sally Banks Adams will meet at Stuart Robinson Dining Hall on Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. Any friends or former Carbon Glow residents are welcome to come by and be with us, bring photos and coal camp memories, too.
Joyce Adams recently celebrated a birthday. Bob stopped by to see her and Bill that evening. Later in the week she took a fall, but gladly didn’t break any bones.
That’s all for now, I’m running late.