Whitesburg KY

Church remembers deceased members

Blair Branch

Hello all! I hope this finds each of you doing well. I’m finer than a frog’s hair myself. Michael and the boys are doing well also .

We were able to attend church services at Dixon Memorial Old Regular Baptist on Sunday. It was the memorial of the deceased members. There was a nice crowd, a great spirit-filled service with shouting all over the church house, and a delicious meal afterward.

Both of my late grandmothers, Nella Blair Whitaker and Lucy Halcomb Blair, were members of the church as well as my late sister-in-law, Annette Miller Whitaker.

Aunt Mattie (Adams), Mom’s sister, came in from Franklin, Ind., on Sept. 22, and stayed a week at Mom’s.

Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, had no idea she was coming in, so it was a wonderful surprise. Mattie was able to visit with her brothers Bill, Will, and Charles E. Blair. She and Mom had a wonderful time watching old reunion videos and catching up. She seemed to enjoy her visit and we all sure hated to see her leave.

Hayden and Alissa Jent have been sick. They are my sister, Opal Jent’s, grandbabies and Gardner Allen and Jessica Jent’s children. Hayden had a fever and some kind of stomach bug and Alissa had strep throat. Opal, or ‘Ninny’ as they call her, has been worried sick.

Please send up a prayer that they start feeling better soon. I can’t stand the thought of a little one not feeling well.

I heard today that Den Arthur Adams hasn’t been feeling well. I don’t know any details other than he’s been sick, but I sure hope he is on the mend soon.

Kelly Caudill, grandson of Bertha Caudill on Black Bottom, has been in the hospital with kidney stones. I hear those are very painful. Get well soon, Kelly.

Roger Lee Whitaker Jr. celebrated his birthday on Sept. 25; Ben West and Joseph Grom on Sept. 26; Brittany Blair, Charles E. Blair, Missy Fields, and Junie Whitaker on Sept. 28.

Happy birthday to each of you. I hope your special day was filled with all the love and laughter in the world.

Mom and Dad, Allen D. Whitaker and Sylvania (Blair) Whitaker, will celebrate their wedding anniversary on Oct. 8. Happy anniversary!

I don’t know how you’ve put up with each other all these years. Just kidding! I love you both so much.

Anna Caudill emailed and asked that I let everyone know the Saving Grace Community Church will be having a yard sale at the home of Glenna and Greg Pridemore at Isom on Highway 15. The sale will be on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and Oct. 5.

We, the West Letcher Oral History Society, still need your help in collecting stories that the older generation told us as we were growing up. We have collected some stories about the floods, coal mining deaths, etc., but we are looking for stories on other topics as well. Stories about life in general — school, bean-stringing, home church services, the hard times — all of these things make us who we are today. Our children may not be interested in hearing our stories now, but when they are older they will want to know about the lives of their ancestors so please help us by sending us your stories.

If you want to send your stories to us by e-mail feel free to email Joyce Hampton at hamptons2@bellsouth.net or you may also email me. If you’d rather, mail your story to Blackey Public Library, P.O. Box 337, Blackey, Ky. 41804.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 7, at the Blackey Public Library at 6 p.m. We’d love to see you there!

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad you get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call or you may email me at: alanacouch@hotmail.com.

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