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Bobby Ray Howard marks birthday with cookout




KAINE REYNOLDS, 1 ½, is the son of Destini and Jeff Reynolds. He is the grandson of Shannon and Jim Banks.

KAINE REYNOLDS, 1 ½, is the son of Destini and Jeff Reynolds. He is the grandson of Shannon and Jim Banks.

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well and enjoying this cooler weather. I know I am! It’s been a good week.

Can you believe it’s already July? I hope everyone had a good Fourth of July.

Friday, I expected my sister, Joann Brown of Indiana, to come in the evening. She and her husband, Donald, were to come in for his mother Bethel Martin’s funeral, which was to be last Saturday. We off er our sympathy to all her family.

I went to Letcher Manor Nursing Home and visited with my sister-in-law Blanch Hatton, Lucinda Roberts and Earl Profitt, who was in a bad accident and is having rehabilitation. He and Juanita are dear friends of our family for many years, and we have been so worried about them. He looks really good, but he is awfully sore and is blessed to be alive after that fall.

I also saw Greta Fields, one of our church girls. She was hard at work. We all love her and are so proud of her for all she does at our church, singing, teaching Sunday School, and anything else that needs doing.

SHANNON (SHEPHERD) BANKS is pictured in this not too recent photograph. Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton says, “Doesn’t she look young to be a grandmother?”

SHANNON (SHEPHERD) BANKS is pictured in this not too recent photograph. Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton says, “Doesn’t she look young to be a grandmother?”

They are a good family. Levine and Sonia have done a good job with their kids.

It was good talking with Sue Banks the other night. I hadn’t talked to her in a while, and I was glad to see her name on my caller ID. We had a lot to catch up on, and it only took us until 10 p.m. to get through.

We enjoyed our sister, Joann Brown, and her husband being in. I wish it had been under different circumstances. All of us sisters, Joanne, Louise Shepherd, Kathleen Brock, Betty Tyree and myself, along with Carol Day, Chad Brown and wife Tiff any, and their two little girls, all had breakfast at Pine Mountain Grill, and had a great visit. I think we left there about 11 a.m., and I told them we should have had lunch, also.

While there, we saw Tom Wright and his wife, Norma, and also Alma and Lester Tindle. You always run into good friends there. We were glad to see them.

This has been a busy holiday, but an enjoyable one.

GOOD FRIENDS — Pictured are Kathleen (Howard) Brock, Shirley (Absher) Niece and Maxine Laney.

GOOD FRIENDS — Pictured are Kathleen (Howard) Brock, Shirley (Absher) Niece and Maxine Laney.

The Fourth of July was my brother, Bobby Ray Howard’s, birthday, and they had a big cookout for him at his home. Louise Shepherd, Shannon Banks, Carol Day and Randall and I all went down there.

It was good seeing Ray Wayne Brown and his wife Lisa, and also Bob’s brotherin law, James Riley Standifer and his wife Delana. Bob’s two sons, Caleb and Josh Howard, and their wives and children were there also. We really enjoyed it.

We have a lot of birthdays coming up this month: Joe Hatton July 9, Chris Hatton July 11, Astor ‘Red’ Hatton of Ashland, July 13, and Wendy Hatton Day on July 20. This is a good month.

I talked to my son Rob recently, and he was really enjoying his son Kevin and wife Adrienne and their sons Will and Loren. He is such a good grandfather — ‘Pop-Pop’ — and so are my other three sons, Billy, Astor and Larry. They love their grandchildren so much. They all have the best grandmothers, also.

I’m sure the working people all enjoyed their long weekend.

My sister, Joann Brown, and her family left recently, going home to Indianapolis, Ind.

Everyone’s gardens are looking pretty, but I’m sure they could use some rain. I wish I had a garden. I have some tomatoes in a Topsy- Turvy pot. They are small, but they taste good. They are getting ripe. I may do this again next year. I had 10 tomatoes, and lots of blooms still.

Last week was sort of hectic, so I haven’t been out much. It was a good week, just busy. I’ve got nothing to complain about.

A big hello to all my friends that I haven’t been in touch with this week.

Our church, the Pentecostal Faith Church at Whitco, will be having its homecoming July 11–18. The pastor, Bro. John Conn, and the whole congregation invite everyone to come be with us.

May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week.

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