Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well and had a merry Christmas.
It’s been a sad time for the ones who lost loved ones. I was so sorry to hear of the death of Ruby Ramsey. She had been in poor health for a long time. Her husband, the late John Ramsey, was a good friend and also a good water man. He drilled all our wells and worked on our pump. I don’t know what we would have done without him. I appreciate city water now, but I liked our well water better. It was softer water.
I was so sorry to hear of the death of Clarence Ison. He and his wife Sara were some of my best friends. I loved visiting them. I was snowed in and couldn’t even go to the funeral. My very deepest sympathy goes out to Sara and daughter Pearline and all the grandchildren. He was a hardworking man as long as he could. I think he was 93 years old.
I called my f riend Maudella Fugate of Chavies. She is like me, just joined the 80’s Club. Seems like most of my friends are there.
Betty Sue Anderson of Craft’s Colly, will join us in March. She and I can always find a lot to talk about. She said her sister Nellie Banks of Indiana, will turn 93 in March, doing pretty good and still going to church. She was one of our Marlowe friends. I’d love to see her. She was always so pretty with her black curly hair.
Louise Shepherd has had lots of company through the holidays. Her son Jerry Shepherd and his family came in. The rest of her family live closer, Shannon, Pam, and Carol and their families.
My granddaughter Kathy Nelson and her daughter from Alabama came in and visited me and spent Thursday night with me. I sure enjoyed seeing her and her daughter Caroline. They had been in Ashland and visited her dad Astor and the family. She had enjoyed her visit. It’s a long trip there.
I heard from Scotty and Heather Dailey of Chandler, Ariz. They started taking The Mountain Eagle so they could hear from all of us here. Heather is the daughter of Gary and Brenda Miles and granddaughter of Dorothy and Glen Miles of Cowan. They had a great Christmas with all the rest of their families. I sure hope I can keep you up on your family. If I hear about it, I’ll tell it.
Hazel Hart has moved into her pretty home in Whitco where Bro. Eugene Noe lived. I’m sure Hazel is glad to be off that hill and down in the level. It will be safer for her.
Our church had our New Year’s Eve services on Friday night. Bro. Bill Adkins of Perry County was our preacher. He really did good. We all enjoyed it. A lot of our people were missing because of sickness. Hazel Ison had just gotten out of the hospital after her surgery. I was snowed in and didn’t get to visit her. I hope she is doing well. We miss her at church.
Carfa Niece had to go to the hospital. He was having a problem with swallowing. I haven’t been able to reach his wife to find out about him. I sure hope he is OK. We miss him at church.
I had a real enjoyable evening on Saturday. I went to the Letcher County Courthouse in Whitesburg for the swearing in of all our candidates. I was probably one of the most proud ones there. I had my brother Bobby Ray Howard, Magistrate of District One, and also my grandson Jamie Hatton, County Attorney. I’m so proud of them.
We had a large crowd there and lots of food and friends and family to talk to. I saw people I hadn’t seen in a long time, June Maggard, Irene Thomas, and too many more to mention. I knew most of the people there. Carolyn Lewis was there. It was good seeing all the people. It was nice meeting Rick Hall from the Government Channel 98. He does such a good job and has the voice for it. I watch it a lot and know most of the people on it.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week since all the snow and ice are gone.