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Caleb Hatton preaches at revival

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The late Bill Howard, father of 14 children, is pictured in the 1950s going to work in the mines. His daughter, Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton, says, “He had to walk to work to the top of the mountain carrying his water and food. He never complained. He was a Pentecostal preacher for over 40 years. Best daddy in the world! He passed away at 83 years. Twelve of his children survive, Oma, Louise, Kathleen, Betty, Hubert, John, Jack, Charles, Joanne, Hillard, Judy and Bob.”

The late Bill Howard, father of 14 children, is pictured in the 1950s going to work in the mines. His daughter, Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton, says, “He had to walk to work to the top of the mountain carrying his water and food. He never complained. He was a Pentecostal preacher for over 40 years. Best daddy in the world! He passed away at 83 years. Twelve of his children survive, Oma, Louise, Kathleen, Betty, Hubert, John, Jack, Charles, Joanne, Hillard, Judy and Bob.”

Hello everyone, hope you are doing well.

How about all this pretty weather we are getting after the snow? I love it!

We had a lot of people dying last week including Barry Lynn Sturgill and Emilie Halcomb. I found out she was a granddaughter of Bob and Bonita Halcomb. He is a distant cousin of mine.

I haven’t seen Bob in many years. I guess about all the Halcombs on Linefork are relatives of mine. Bob’s dad, Willie Halcomb, was a brother of my grandmother Maggie (Halcomb) Fields. I took her to visit him often before he died, and I’ve sort of lost track of most of them.

Ruth (Snell) Bryant died in Ohio. I remembered her from Whitesburg High School away back! I remember her dad, Clark Snell. He was a painter (a good one). He painted a lot for the Mar- lowe family. He was a small man, but a hard worker.

March 9 was the birthday of my dad, the late Bill Howard. He sure enjoyed all of his birthdays. We gave him a money tree and we always put money on it. He got a lot of money on it. He would never give us a sprout off of it. We miss him so much. We sure have a lot of good memories of him and our mom, Cindy. Even the bad times were good. They were the best, and we were thankful to have them until they were both in their 80s.

The 30-day revival at Cram Creek Church is going real good. Full crowd every night. Bro. Caleb Howard preached the first seven nights, and he really preached his heart out. I’ve been three nights. There will be different preachers every night. I’ll try to go on the nights our church isn’t having service. I don’t like to miss church.

We were all so pleased to see our good friend Danny Adams at Sunday School. He’s promised to come back. We love him and his family.

I just heard that Norma Jean (Trent) Hatton in North Vernon, Ind., is real sick and needing prayer. She is the widow of James ‘Mutt’ Hatton, mother of Larry Van Hatton, and a grandmother of Jerome Hatton. They are formerly from Whitco. Bro. Larry Van was pastor of Cowan Pentecostal Church for a long time.

It was so good seeing Thelma Hall and her husband Bill at church last Sunday night. Thank you, Thelma, for all the nice things you said to me. I appreciated it.

I’ve got to see so many friends at church. There’s no way I can mention them all. I’m always glad to see them. I’m a people person! I don’t get out much. I’m also a home person. I love staying at home.

I hope Emma Lou Engle is feeling better. I’ve been missing her news. I always look for it. I read all the others also, and really enjoy them. They always mention someone’s name I know, and sometimes say “hello” to me. I love that and I say “hello” back to them.

That Rose Ballard goes so much. I don’t see how she has time to write hers. I write mine all by hand. Not smart enough to type or use computer. That’s why mine is short, and because there’s not a whole to write about, but I can talk a lot on the telephone to my friends and it’s like a visit.

I enjoyed having breakfast at Pine Mountain Grill on Wednesday with my son Billy Hatton and wife Sandra, and also Andrea Hatton and her beautiful little daughter Kate. They are the family of Dr. Jonathon ‘Jump’ Hatton of Pikeville. I don’t know if they want me to tell everyone they are expecting another baby, so I won’t tell it. My family is growing and I’m proud of all of them. All of them are smart and good looking.

I talked with my son Rob this morning, and guess what he talks about? His children and grandchildren. They are mine also, so I’m glad to hear it. I wish we lived closer, but they send me lots of pictures. They are all doing well.

I’m enjoying getting to spend time with my brother, John Howard. I’m glad he’s not living in Indiana. He retired there.

My four sons are getting ready for the Bristol races. They will probably wear themselves out talking. They get along well.

I’m done now! May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week if you are able.


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