There have been so many people that have influenced me in my life besides wonderful grade school and high school teachers. Most of the others were people that belonged to Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church. Some were my Sunday School teachers, others were the preachers or just members. I was thinking about all this as I sat in another Sunday service there the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Master’s Harmony, the gospel singing group my sister belongs to along with Marvin Boggs, Ronnie Maggard, and Ray Smith, was scheduled to sing there on the 24th and they talked Mom into going. (You know she doesn’t get out hardly any at all anymore.) I sat there beside of her during the service and just got to thinking about my daddy, Marshel Tacket, and Mom’s faithfulness to take us to church.
One of the preachers at Marlowe Mountain Chapel was Bernard Banks. He’s the one I remember the most. Others that I remember were B.O. Hatton, Henry Hatton, and Vernon Noble. Bernard was the preacher that married Mom and Dad at his house on Little Cowan. Well, one of his sons, Johnny Banks, is now one of the preachers at Little Cowan Primitive Baptist. While he was preaching Sunday I looked over at Mom and she looked at me and just grinned. I knew exactly what she was thinking. I said, “He’s reminding you a whole lot of Bernard, ain’t he?” She said, “He’s looks and sounds just like him.”
Well, that brought back so many memories of the many times I had been inside that building and I started thinking about where Beulah Caudill should have been sitting. Then, her sister Virginia Brown and where she was sitting the last time I was there. These two women were so influential in our lives and I just know they have touched so many other people, too. One of Beulah’s granddaughter’s, Martha Campbell Wenning, writes the Cowan news in The Mountain Eagle.
I had the pleasure of talking with Doris Banks, who was a niece to Beulah and Virginia. Also talked to Verna Banks Rayburn, one of Bernard’s daughters. We had a wonderful conversation about being young and not really paying attention to the preachers back then. I noticed though that she pronounced her daddy’s name different than Mom did. She called him Ber-nerd. Mom always pronounced it Ber-nard. I told Mom when we were on our way home that Verna pronounced her daddy’s name Ber-nerd. She said, “Well, honey that’s alright if she wants to say it like that.” In other words, if she wants to be wrong just let her go ahead and be wrong.
Mommy surely loved seeing all her friends from Cowan, Zelma Lou Banks, Carol Banks Caudill, Harold Day, just to name a few and I know there were others but I can’t remember them all.
I hope everybody had as good a Thanksgiving as we did. I actually had three Thanksgiving meals. The first one was with the Letcher County Senior Citizens at The Heritage Kitchen on Monday the 25th. The food was absolutely delicious, especially the old fashioned cornbread dressing made just like Mommy used to make. The second dinner was at my brotherin law and his wife’s house on Thursday. Charles and Jenny Lynn Yonts and their son Joshua Yonts along with his wife Martina and their four sons, invited us up again this year for delicious food and wonderful fellowship. Then, Friday we had another dinner at my nephew and his wife’s house. Blake and Chasity Mason have a basement big enough for all of us. All of my siblings were there and most of our children and grandchildren. Chasity’s sister and her dad were there too, Rob Watts and Amber Hogg. I got to fix my back strap from my “10 point” deer for this meal. Of course it was delicious.
Ok, now for some news of things happening. This coming Thursday, Dec. 5, beginning at 9 or even earlier if you are already there, Sandy Jones and I will have our Paparazzi Jewelry for sell at the Letcher County Recreational Center. We will be set up in the Letcher County Senior Citizen Room. This is a fundraiser for the senior citizen program. One dollar will be donated for every piece of jewelry purchased. These funds will go towards buying their coffee and other items KRADD no longer supplies. So, if you have women young or old on your Christmas shopping list and they like jewelry, here is a way to take advantage of filling that shopping list.
I noticed the Christmas decorations are being started all over our town. I also saw the Extension Office is once again having the poles decorated downtown like they did for the Mountain Heritage Festival. That will be beautiful. Then the Downtown Christmas Spectacular going on the 13th of December sounds like it will be loads of fun. There you can meet the Grinch who will be looking to steal Christmas from the citizens of Whoville. Cindy Lou Who may also be joining him. You can only see the Grinch and his friend Cindy at Whoville during the Christmas Spectacular, so mark your calendars for Friday, Dec. 13.
This was also posted on Facebook. The fourth annual Gourd awards will be happening on Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. This will be at the Cane Kitchen in Whitesburg. This will be to celebrate local food and recognize those who are growing a stronger agriculture community. There will also be a silent and live auction. This is hosted by the City of Whitesburg, Cane Kitchen, Cowan Community Center, Grow Appalachia, Letcher County Extension Office, Letcher County Conservation Office, and the Natural Resources Conservation Services.
My nephew, Blake Mason, wanted me to be sure and get this in the paper this week.
On Friday, December 6, LCCHS boys’ basketball will open up against Wolfe County. JV game will start at 6 p.m., varsity at 7:30 as usual. That night will be our veterans recognition night. We want to invite all veterans to be with us that night and allow us to honor them. We will have dinner for them that night beginning at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria and the recognition ceremony will begin shortly after the JV game. Admission charge will be waived for all veterans or current active duty members that night. You can contact Blake Mason at LCCHS or SFC. Michael Sexton with our JROTC program.
Laney Webb and all her family seriously desire our thoughts and prayers. Laney has started the whole procedure over again. They can also use donations for all the expenses that traveling back and forth bring. It just breaks my heart to think about what all her grandparents, Michael and Rhonda Webb, are going through. We all take so much for granted.
Happy birthday wishes go out this week to my sister-in-law, Tonya Worley Tacket. She celebrated on Nov. 30. Thank you so much for taking care of my brother Albert. He sure couldn’t make it through this world without somebody helping him and I’m just glad it’s not one of us sisters, ‘cause he surely gave us a rough way to go when we were growing up. Tonya must surely love him, otherwise I don’t know how she could do it.
My aunt Linda Joyce Pennington Hall will also celebrate her birthday on Dec. 8. She will be 80 years old. She is still in Letcher Manor Nursing Home and she along with all the others there needs our prayers.
Please keep my pastor, Bill Jones and his whole family in your prayers through this month. Also, all others that have lost loved ones recently.
Also remember Oma Hatton’s plea each week, be in church Sunday morning and you should also be there Sunday night and Wednesday night if your church has services then.