The property for the new Dollar Store at Isom is quickly taking shape. The mountain has been leveled out and soon there will be a business there.
Barney and Lela Back have had Lela’s sister, Judy, in for a visit. They also had a grandson, Andrew, who recently got married, and the country barn-themed wedding looked very pretty.
Barney’s sister, Anna Lora Adams, is still having health problems and is in the hospital. Many prayers have gone up on her behalf.
Charles Caudill, a brother to Virginia Dare Back, is who moved into the former Grant and Clara Blair home. Charles moved back from Tennessee after his wife died. Hope he is getting settled in okay and will enjoy being back in Letcher County near family.
I saw Gwen Fields and her daughter Cheryl, and they got me caught up on some of the above news items. Cheryl stayed a week or so with her mom and brother Todd.
Doug Blair of Doty Creek is recuperating from his recent hip replacement surgery.
He’s been home for a few weeks now, and hopefully doing well. Richard and Frances gave me the update on their dad.
A household shower was held at the Blackey Community Center for Amanda Halcomb and Bryant Matthews. Looked like they got a lot of nice items.
Berma’s cousin and friend, Sheila Smith, has been here visiting for a few weeks. I enjoyed meeting her and talking family connections, and also about the good country grub she has been enjoying, beans, corn, etc., from the garden.
Harrison and Elsie Engle were here recently for Harrison’s uncle Ivan Adams’s funeral. Coreen and I went with them to the Smith section of the Nancy Back Cemetery to visit the graves of Harrison’s family, John and Mamie Engle and the row of Turner graves, and J. T. and Margarette Smith, Harrison’s great-grandparents’ graves, and Davis Fields’s great- great- grandfather’s graves, too.
Harrison’s sister Wilma Jean and her family also came in for the funeral.
Danny and Iantha Adams made it safely back to Speedwell, Tenn., after Ivan’s service, and Freddie and Juanita McCrarey made it safely back to Somerset. It was a bad weather day for the funeral and traveling to and from it.
Recently, Bartley Breeding came in from Florida to be with his sister Freda Adams during the last few days of Ivan’s life, and stayed to be with her afterward to be a help and comfort to her and Stevie Daniel’s family.
Lots of former alumni returned home to attend the Stuart Robinson School (SRS) reunion. So glad neighbors and kinfolk Stella Elam and Joyce and Bill Adams got to attend. They had been looking forward to the 100th year celebration for quite awhile.
Saw a nice photo on Facebook of the 1954 graduating class from Stuart Robinson High School. They had gotten together for breakfast on Saturday morning. They met at the Doermann Presbyterian Church at Blackey.
A birthday party was held Saturday at Letcher Manor for Lillie Moss Hale. All of her brothers and sisters were there, as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins and friends. Quite a few who were in for the SRS reunion also came up after the Saturday programs.
Billy Smith and his girls are in from California visiting his mom Jane Smith and will be here to help celebrate Jane’s birthday. They are staying with Ed and Cheryl Banks while here. Hope they enjoy their visit and safely make it back to California.
A large crowd came out last Wednesday to show their love and support to the family of Della Blair. Her funeral was held at Blair Branch Church and the family appreciate everyone’s thoughtfulness.
Blair Branch lost another neighbor and friend with the death of Beverly Adams, who had been battling cancer. She was just a young wife and mother and grandmother, but touched many lives with her kind ways and friendliness. Beverly stayed active in the support of her son Jack’s music career and was out attending bluegrass music shows with Jeff and Jack as long as she was able. She held a special spot in the hearts of the Mount Olivet and Blair Branch Regular Baptist Churches, where she worked at cleaning the church houses for years.
Our neighbor Bobby Breeding of Burton Hill, lost his brother “Cigar” Breeding. He was well known in the Isom area. Gertrude Combs, also of Isom, died last week. Our sympathy to all their families.
Bob attended the Friday service of the Adams Thompson and Blair reunion and reported a good crowd, but the ones who had died since last year were sorely missed.
Irene Jent was home from Indiana for the weekend. She attended communion service at the Mount Olivet Church and it was good to see her at their Saturday evening service. Doreen enjoyed the visit from her sister, too. Hope it helped Irene’s spirits to be back home for a few days.
Gwen Rollins’s son Adam was injured when a deer crashed into his motorcycle last Friday evening. He was airlifted to Holston Valley Hospital in Tennessee with multiple injuries and we hope he is doing better, but know it will be a long recovery for him.
Judy Lynn Adams and Austin Blair took an airplane ride last week and toured over the Jeremiah and surrounding areas. I saw and heard the plane but didn’t know it was them. Thought it was the government hunting out “pot” plants.
Martin Joe and Bonnie Adams had a houseful of their family visiting over the weekend. I love it when families can all get together for a visit and always a good meal or two together.
Rumor has it that Frank Campbell has retired from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Happy retirement to him and Debbie can put him to work on the “Honey Do” list now. Everyone’s lives are so busy he’ll probably find plenty to keep his time occupied.
Mom (Coreen) and I enjoyed having Lyndci and Sadie Gilliam and Bonita Adams sit with us at Mount Olivet Church on Sunday. Mom also had dinner afterward for those who stopped in.
Be safe on the roads in the early mornings and around 3 to 4 p.m., because school starts back today (Wednesday) and the big yellow buses will be back on the highways.
Robin Blair and Darryl Boggs are back home from recent hospital stays. Hope both are faring well and continue to improve.
Alma Fields recently was released from Letcher Manor after recuperating from her fall and finishing physical therapy. She had a birthday on July 28 and belated birthday wishes to her. She is a special, sweet lady and her family takes such good care of her.
I seem to have jumped from one thing to another, but hope I haven’t forgotten too many things I was supposed to put in. Have a good week. August already, can you believe it?