I hope all had a nice Labor Day weekend the week before last.
The Isom Days festival was held that week, as well as the Indian Bottom Church Association.
The Mount Olivet Church at Blackey, the Defeated Creek Church from below Linefork, and the Reynolds Fork Church from Knott County, hosted the Association this year, making sure that the building was clean and ready, that everyone had a place to park, and that all were fed dinner on Friday and Saturday, plus cleaning up afterwards.
They did a wonderful job and I’m sure that they were worn out by Sunday evening. Most said it was the best Association they could remember attending in years.
Coreen Pridemore and I went over on Friday to help them out, and enjoyed being there and seeing so many of our church brothers and sisters, those you see often and those you see only once or twice a year.
Rodney and Geraldine Ison recently had their 63rd wedding anniversary and they went to Pine Mountain Grill for dinner on that day.
The Jeff and Hattie Ison family reunion was held recently at Carlisle. All six remaining children were able to attend.
Lee and Wilma Pridemore, Tommy Harris Smith and Jack Pinyerd went to Wheelersburg, Oh., on Labor Day to get together at Roy Kenon and Billie Jean Smith’s home.
We usually go, but they were giving a 90 percent chance of rain, and Dad and Mom (Don and Coreen Pridemore) and I didn’t think we could find anybody setting up at the huge flea market that day, so we waited until Thursday and went.
We visited with Bill and Elva Pridemore, Marshall and Roy Kenon, and Billie Pridemore Smith, and also came home with a truckload of old stuff to sell at my shop and in our booths at Gwen’s County Attic.
Bill, Elva and their family had recently attended the Salyersville Founders Day festival, where the Marshall family had been honored for their service and dedication to the county throughout history. For that day they changed the name of Salyersville to Marshallville.
Gary and Becky Pridemore spent the night in Ohio, visiting with Marshalls and Smiths, too.
Gary’s cousin Randy and his wife were in from Kansas for the Founders Day celebration and were happy to get in a cousin visit.
Jean Hampton and Jama Frazier got lots of flea market bargains on their recent trip to Portland, Ind., with Jeffrey Darrell Hampton and his family who go to the tractor and farm festival held there every year. They always enjoy being together and taking in the festivities.
Our sympathy goes out to the families of Buddy Roe and Gladys Bair, both of the Isom area, who died away last week, and to the Billy Winstead family of Doty Creek. He was a young man to die from cancer. Billy was laid to rest in the Hampton Cemetery above Letcher School.
Also, I hope those who aren’t feeling well can be better this week: Ellis Adams hasn’t felt well this past week, his heart has been racing away and he was going to go back to the doctor this past Monday; Bill Campbell of Linefork isn’t feeling well either, and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
James Caudill is doing a little better and was able to be out to Little Zion Church on Sunday.
Former Blair Brancher Ike Reece Adams says he is doing better now after his recent sick spell, and we’re glad to hear it.
Plans for the upcoming Calvary College reunion are being finalized, and we hope they have a great turnout.
There will be a fall festival, free soup bean dinner, outdoor sale and inside sale at Gwen’s County Attic, and also hayrides for the kids on Sept. 15. That’s right below Isom on Highway 7 South. Come on out, and everyone’s welcome.
There will be a yard sale on Thursday and Friday at the home of Ray Dean and Doris Adams at the Frog Pond near Blackey, beginning at 9 a.m. both mornings .
Our weather is getting cooler at night, but the days are still nice. The only bad thing is the thought of winter that comes along soon after fall.