Whitesburg KY

Ancestors were tough stock


I think I’ve had about all of the cold, wintry weather that I can stand. How our ancestors prepared for and survived the harsh winters is a mystery to me. I guess they were all of a tough stock.

It will be hard when all the electric bills start rolling in with so many out of jobs and the higher rates. My heart goes out to all those who’ll be struggling.

Since I wrote last we lost another good neighbor and friend, Burlene Smith, who died at Letcher Manor with her daughter Susan and friend Betty Blair at her side.

Burlene told it just as she saw it, and if you wanted an honest opinion, she would give it. She was well loved throughout the area, and many knew her and her late husband, Roscoe Smith, who was a character in his own right. Many knew her from the years she worked at Dorse and Gwen Fields’s grocery store.

She was laid to rest in the Smith section of the Nancy Back Cemetery.

There was also a funeral held at the Blair Branch Church during this spell of bad weather. Freeda Cornett of Roxana, was kept at the church and her family stayed night and day with their beloved mother and grandmother until her final service.

Due to the extreme weather, not many could make it to the service. We are pleased that the family appreciated the kindness of the church for all that was done for them during their sorrow.

Dock Adams recently had a birthday, and we all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him at Blair Branch Church at our Saturday eve service. His sister, Juanita, also has a January birthday.

We attended Tolson Creek Church on Sunday, and later drove over to the baptism of Truman Halcomb at the Campbell’s Branch School. He took his membership at Cedar Grove Church, and had to be pleased to see so many family and friends at the baptizing.

Glad to report that Gillis Reedy is doing better after a rough few days following his recent surgery.

Prayers go out this week to Becky Blair, Robert Holcomb and little Porter Breeding, who were all to have procedures done at different hospitals. I hope all came though okay.

Jerry and Bonita Adams and Liberty and Noah Campbell all drove to Morehead after church Sunday. They spent the day with Lyndci and Sadie Gilliam and reported a really good time playing in the snow and visiting before heading home Sunday evening.

That’s all I have time for today, so stay warm and be safe.

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