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Blair Branch folks saddened by deaths


Hope this week finds all readers faring well with the winter weather. Sometimes it’s bitter cold, and then we will get a warm day like this past Saturday. It was great to get the warm day when you can get out and pick up a little around the house and yard, or just take a walk.

Our communities have been saddened by the deaths of so many this winter, and Blair Branch lost two more wonderful ladies last week.

Jenette Adams lived a long life, being 90 years old at the time of her death. She was one of those good, old-time mothers whose husband and family were her life, and seeing to their well-being was almost as important as her dedication to being a Christian and serving the Lord and her church.

She was known for being a wonderful cook, too, and fixed family dinners as long as she was able. Her family took good care of her and will miss her so much. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Jenette’s funeral was held at Blair Branch Church, where she and Eugene were both longtime members.

Another fine 90-yearold Blair Branch resident, Ila Adams, was also called away after a sudden decline in her health.

Ila was often seen sitting on her porch when the weather permitted, and always loved to give a friendly wave and conversation when folks passed by her house. She was another old-time wife and mother who will be missed by so many family and friends.

We were glad to learn she felt saved and wanted to be a member at Blair Branch Church.

Jenette’s services were held one day at Blair Branch Church, and Ila’s were held the next day. The large, overflowing crowds at both services were a testimony to how well loved they were by family and community.

It has been doubly hard for Ila’s brother Lovell and his wife Lois as they both have lost their sisters lately. Lois’s sister, Recie, died recently in Louisville.

Irene Jent has fallen and broke several ribs and vertebrae in her neck, and remains in the hospital in Indiana. If any of her Letcher County friends want to send a card, send it to: Debbie Adams, 8032 North Old State Road 67, Mooresville, Ind. 46158.

She has to struggle ever since her stroke, and we were sorry to hear about the fall.

I enjoyed Tony Blair’s recent column about the old Sycamore School, and liked the photo of students on my Granny Virgie Stacy’s porch and yard. The old J.T. and Margarette Smith homeplace served as the school when the schoolhouse burned.

It was good to hear that Ruth Frazier’s daughter Wanda and granddaughter Leslie both joined the Kingdom Come Church and were baptized recently. We’re so happy for them.

It seems like the flu might be passing over finally. I haven’t heard of many cases lately.

Happy birthday wishes to Gracie Caudill, who turned eight years old, and to my Uncle Dock Adams, who turned 85.

Last Thursday I took Don and Doreen Pridemore to Lexington for Dad’s appointment at the Veterans Clinic. While there, we met Jessie Banks Scott for lunch.

Joyce Adams recently spent a few days in the hospital. She and Bill do fairly well for their ages, and we hope that Joyce is feeling better.

I was sorry to learn that my friend, Irene Turner of Cowan, had died after recently having a heart attack. She helped so many when she worked at LKLP, and was a friend to many. Our sympathy to her brother Jay and other family and friends.

Richard Smith and Stella Elam attended the funeral service for Martha Elam, who wanted to be brought back to the mountains to be laid to rest. Thoughts and prayers to her daughter Wendy and sons Terry, Charles, Douglas, Donnie and Harry and all the grandchildren, family and friends. She lived a long life, being 95 years old.

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