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Bob ‘Possum’ Smith retiring from Lees

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Bob Smith greets the Pollys at his retirement parade and gets the gifts of a cantaloupe and a watermelon.

Bob Smith greets the Pollys at his retirement parade and gets the gifts of a cantaloupe and a watermelon.

Well, I guess the biggest news I have to report this week is the retirement of one of my “Good Ole Buddies” from Lees Junior College days, Bob Smith. We called him Possum at Lees and I still do, to this day. I’ve mentioned him or his family members quite a few times in this column.

Bob has worked for the Letcher County Board of Education for 38 years. That’s amazing! I mean that we could actually be that old. But, anyway, Friday evening his daughter Ashley Smith had it all planned out to have him a retirement parade since there couldn’t be a gathering because of the COVID-19 virus. Some of his former students and their parents had banners saying how much they were going to miss him. If I know him though, he will still be involved in one way or another with the community. He is more of a people person than I ever thought about being.

Whatever you end up doing, Possum, I hope you enjoy it. I can tell you right now, you need to work on your tan. Your legs are whiter than my husband’s.

Linda Buttrey with her daughter Crystal Campbell.

Linda Buttrey with her daughter Crystal Campbell.

Some of the saddest news I have to report is one of our dearest friends’ granddaughter, Cassie McCool- Solis, has come down with the COVID-19 virus. She is a nurse on a COVID unit in Texas and has her husband and two precious little boys to worry about getting it also. Please keep all this family in your prayers. Not only Cassie and her husband and children, but also her parents, siblings, grandparents and greatgrandparents, Preacher Bill and June Craft. You know they all have to be worried sick over this.

I am surely missing all my friends at the Letcher County Senior Citizens Center. It seems like it has been a lot longer than four months since we were able to all be together at the rec center. I have been able to talk to some of them out and about in the stores and at the Farmer’s Market, but it’s not the same as our little get-togethers at the center. I pray that this ends soon, and we can go back to socializing with our good friends without having to worry about getting sick.

Joshua Torrey is pictured with his mom Misty Torrey.

Joshua Torrey is pictured with his mom Misty Torrey.

Before I mention the birthdays, I want to tell you what one of my friends did on Facebook. I have mentioned Ella Mae Caudill quite a few times in this column and her beautiful pictures of Fishpond Lake. Well, she pulled a doozy yesterday that I have laughed and laughed about. She is also posting pictures of her flowers, her yard, and birds. Well, yesterday she posted a picture of nothing but white and asked us what kind of bird we thought it was. She said it wasn’t one bit afraid of her and would let her get right up to it without flying.

I first enlarged it to make sure there wasn’t something I was missing, but I couldn’t find a thing in the picture. So, I got full of meanness and said, “I know, it’s an invisible one.” Then I said, “It’s a snowbird.” Then again, “It’s an imaginary one.” Well, other people started joining in and making comments too. If I could remember them, I would tell you. Ella never did reply and people started trying to get her to answer. My sister Charlene said, “Whatever it was, it must’ve carried her away.” I told her that her post was almost as funny as Charlene doing a live video of her feet on Facebook, without knowing she was doing it. Oh yeah, she messaged me to let me know it wasn’t the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office that she worked in, it was the County Court Clerk’s office, who at that time was Charlie Wright.

Stacy and Teresa Tubbs celebrated their wedding anniversary on July 12. Their daughter Samantha celebrated her birthday on the July 11.

Stacy and Teresa Tubbs celebrated their wedding anniversary on July 12. Their daughter Samantha celebrated her birthday on the July 11.

Okay for the birthdays. First of all, my daughter Joy Hampton will turn 39 on July 14. It does not seem possible she will be that old. Her youngest daughter Story found a cassette tape at our house of Joy pretending to entertain my husband and myself when she was about 4 years old. We played it and Story couldn’t believe her mommy could play and sound that way. It just seems like it went by in the blink of an eye.

Also one of Joy’s good friends, Jessica “Jessie” Watts, had a birthday on July 10. Then on July 11 there was one of my former third graders who will be a senior in the fall, Josh Torrey. Also on the 11th, another former student from long ago, Samantha Tubbs, and one of my sister Delores’s childhood friends from Colson, Georgia “Tootler” Adams.

I attended a baby shower for Crystal Campbell, daughter of my close friend and sister in our church Linda Buttrey, and I have to tell you what I did. First, let me tell you I know lots of other people who have done this same thing, so I’m not the only one. Other people at the baby shower told tales of people they knew that had done something very similar. I had gone to the store earlier that morning and got her gifts. I thought I had a gift bag big enough at home, so I didn’t buy one there. I found out I didn’t have one as big as I needed, so I stopped at the Dollar Store on the way to get one and when I got there I just put the whole bag of stuff in the gift bag. Well, when she started opening my gift, lo and behold if she didn’t pull out the socks I had bought for myself. She had the funniest expression on her face and just said, “Socks for me?” I started laughing and just went ahead and admitted it, “Oh Crystal, that’s mine!” Everybody had a really good laugh, but I sure was embarrassed.

I’ll go ahead and close here by asking prayer requests for one of my former students, Keaton Hall, and also pray for my cousin Helen Sue Hall’s husband, Bobby Hall. He had a heart cath on July 14. He is an awfully bad diabetic, so he desperately needs your prayers. Also, remember all those that have lost loved ones, especially our pastor, Bill Jones, and his whole family.

I surely do miss my old ending about attending church. But, it is what it is. I’m just happy to be able to attend our Sunday morning service in person.

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