Hello everyone, hope all of you are doing well.
I meant to say in last week’s news we all appreciated Bro. Jamie Niece for his driving us on the hayride on the Little Shepherd Trail. He did such a good job on such a narrow road. Not many people would volunteer for that. He’s one of our preachers at our church and we all love him and his wife Judah and their cute little son. They are such a big help to our church.
I always read the Blackey news by Diana Combs. She said her uncle Dorse Back had a birthday. I knew him while I lived down there a long, long time ago. I was born there and I knew his whole family. I left there when I was 11 years old, but I visited my grandparents, the late Ida and Arch Howard. I see lots of people’s names I know, so I have to read the Blackey news. I may even know some of her family.
I loved Sally Barto’s story about the WTCW radio station and Kevin Day. He’s part of my family and he’s one of my favorite people. I loved the picture of him. I remember him when he first started volunteering. Good job, Kevin!
There will be a three-day revival at Dry Fork Church on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 2, 3 and 4. Bro. Donald Tapio will be the preacher
We are having our Mountain Heritage Festival. It seems to be going well. The weather is being good, had some showers but it’s supposed to be nice over the weekend. We always have a lot of people every year. The motels are all full, even at Hazard.
I got a call today from Bertha (Page) Dye. She said her brother-in-law Riley Caudill, husband of the late Margaret (Page) Caudill, died at the Veterans Center in Hazard. They lived about a mile from me. They were Marlowe people. Our sympathy goes out to the family.
I got a call yesterday from Claudine (Brown) Sturgill. I was glad to hear from her. She’s having a hard time getting adjusted since her husband Willie died. She lives in Ohio. She was so sad.
This has been a good week so far. I was pleased to have some visitors on Friday, Shirley Wells and her sister Minnie Mays and another girl whose name I didn’t get. I enjoyed having them. They live in Tennessee. They were Marlowe girls a long time ago. I’ve still kept up with them.
I went out to see the Cowan Community Center’s storytelling at the Mountain Heritage stage on Friday night. It was really good, even without me. Ha ha. I just didn’t think I could do it. Coward, I guess. I had a front row seat and applauded them and also William Caudill and his group did a good job. He is the son of the late Margaret (Page) Caudill.
I try to keep up with all the Marlowe people. So many are no longer with us.
It was good seeing Shirley Breeding and Dixie Hall and Connie Fields. Thank you, Dixie, for the nice things you said. That’s what keeps me writing. It’s easy to write when a lot is going on. If not, I just rattle on and on.
I was so glad to see Roland Brown and his sister Ruby, who is a nurse in Lexington.
They came to visit me on Saturday. I hadn’t seen Ruby in a long time. We talked about old times in Marlowe when they were growing up and looked at pictures and had a good visit.
I met Irene (Adams) Amburgey and her husband Homer at Food City on Saturday. They are both in poor health. I hadn’t seen them since they moved back here. I hope they get to feeling better.
I also met a lady I have a lot of respect for — Wanda Hatton. She was the best thing that ever happened to her late husband Kellis “Bud” Hatton. In fact, the only good thing that ever happened to him. He had a bad life. His mother left him when he was a baby. He died at the Veterans Center. She visited him every day and takes the best care of his grave. It looks beautiful. Thank you, Wanda! He was our nephew.
Well, the Mountain Heritage is over. The parade was today and all the folks will be going home. I hope they all enjoyed themselves.
The funeral for Riley Caudill will be on Monday. I hope I get to see Bertha (Page) Dye there. I’ve been expecting her over the weekend. I don’t think she has made it in. I always like to see our old Marlowe friends.
I put in a picture of Anna Watkins and her twin sister Lucille Olsen. It was their birthday and they celebrated together. I’m not going to give their age. No one would believe it! I’m glad they both live in Florida. Lucille used to live in Minnesota. They are all a very close family.
Well, I’ve told about everything I know, so I’ll stop.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week if you are able. It’s time for me to go to mine. I look forward to it.