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Banks family touched by sorrow again



Once again, in less than two weeks, the Banks family was touched by sorrow with the death of Mallie Banks Hobbs.

Mallie had been in a nursing home for the last few years but was born and raised on Carbon Glow, or Caudill’s Branch, as it used to be called.

She was the widow of Charles Hobbs and had worked at Wardrup’s Meat Packing plant at Letcher, and later on had worked at the Hobbs Dime Store in Whitesburg.

She has four sisters left, Mary Lou Combs, Cinda ‘Dootsie’ Adams, Helen Upshaw and Betty Williams. All of her brothers, Everett, Bill, Gene and Herbert Banks, preceded her in death.

She was laid to rest in the Burton Hill Cemetery just below where her sister-inlaw, Opal Banks, was laid to rest recently.

Her nephews, nieces and family, appreciate all who have helped them through this sad time.

While Betty Ann was in for Mallie’s funeral, she went up in Carbon Glow and visited her brother Herbert’s grave in the Hub Banks Cemetery, and also visited where their old home place used to be.

I hope that all had a good Memorial Day weekend. There were many having reunions and get-togethers throughout the holiday, and lots of folks from out of town were visiting in the area.

It was the Dee and Ethel Whitaker Smith reunion, and a lot of kinfolk attended the Stuart Robinson Dining Hall that Saturday, and also on Friday evening.

Berma Matthews recently visited in Michigan and stayed awhile with Sheila Smith and Muriel Garza. She also visited her brotherin law, Doug Adkins and her niece, Paula. She found everyone well, and had a good trip. On her way back to Letcher, she stopped in Dayton, Oh., to visit her brother, Olan.

This past Sunday was the memorial for deceased members at the Mt. Olivet Church at Blackey. Many came out in remembrance

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of their loved ones and to worship God. After services the church had dinner for everyone.


Our sympathy goes out to the family of Hiram Stamper of Blair Branch, who recently died. We often saw him with some of his family, out four-wheeling on top of the mountain on Blair Branch. He was in his 90s.

Due to the funeral for Mallie Hobbs, we didn’t attend the veterans shooting at the graves on Horse Mill Point Cemetery, but Don and K. P. Pridemore were able to go. We were at Burton Hill Cemetery when they came by, as were Stella Elam and her family, and Bill Adams.

Irene Jent and her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Buck Adams, and Emily of Indiana, were at the Whitaker Cemetery when they shot.

All the cemeteries we visited this year were well taken care of and looked good.

Happy birthday to Hazel Bowling of Doty Creek, whose birthday was this past Sunday.

Bob Banks stopped in to visit with Dorse Fields recently, and he was doing fair. We hope he’s feeling better by the time this comes out.

Vince and Juanita Mc- Carey were here from Somerset for a week or so. They attended the Smith reunion and had lots of cousins visiting at the old J.T. and Margarette Smith homeplace at Jeremiah. While here, Juanita stayed with her brother, Ivan Adams, when Freda went to Hazard for her treatments.

I didn’t know until Saturday that Terry ‘Flujy’ Caudill of Adams Branch, has been having health problems. I hope the doctors can find his problem and take care of it. When he was just a young fellow, Terry would come and do odd jobs at my grandmother, Virgie Adams Stacy’s home, and she always made sure he had a good, hot lunch when he worked.

Granny and Aunt Margaret fed many workers in their lifetime. Homemade soup and fried apple pies were off ered to many carpenters, plumbers, and others who came to work at the old homeplace.

It was good to see Charles Barton of Blackey able to be out to Mt. Olivet Church this past weekend. He has been recuperating from openheart surgery.

Saturday, Amber Pridemore and Shane Williams were married at the Jeremiah Missionary Baptist Church. Many family and friends were in attendance.

It was also the memorial meeting at the Adams Cemetery on Blair Branch that evening, and sorry to say, we forgot it.


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