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Arnold Whitaker was well loved by everyone

Just a brief column this week due to upcoming holidays. I’ll start out with a very merry Christmas to everyone and may God bless you all for the upcoming New Year.

To those who are spending this Christmas saddened by the loss of a loved one, may happy memories of those you lost come to your thoughts and make the loneliness a little more bearable.


Ila Adams’s brother, Arnold Whitaker, died recently. He was a son of the late Bea and Mattie Whitaker and was well loved by so many. He was a longtime Old Regular Baptist minister, a veteran, and always such a friendly, happy man.

Our sympathy to his wife of 62 years, Norma, and their family and to all of his family and friends.

At this time Ila’s sister, Kathy, is also very sick and is having a struggle with cancer, and the family would appreciate your prayers.

Coy Fields of Pratt’s Fork also died last week. Most remember him from running the little garage and grocery store at Jeremiah back in the 1970s. Many a young man started his working career at Coy’s place and most went on to be mechanics.

He was one of those who loved to give you a big smile and wave when you passed his home at Pratt’s Fork. If he was on the porch and you went by, he never failed to throw up his hand.

He and Rodney Ison both remind me of the poem that says something like, “Let me live by the side of the road and be a friend to man . . .” They both loved to give you a wave when you passed their homes.

Sympathy to Coy’s family. He had been so lonely all these years after his beloved wife died, and now their old homeplace will look lonely when you pass.

Everyone was pleased to see Burnett, Geraldine, Michael Burnett and Ann Caudill come to Blair Branch church on Sunday. Burnett is feeling a little better and is back home on Doty. It was truly a blessing for him and his family to be at church.

Congratulations to Alex Williams and Katie Walters on their recent engagement! Also, belated birthday wishes to Liberty Campbell and Tonya Wright.

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