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Clayton Shepherd celebrates 90th birthday


I hope everyone had a very nice Thanksgiving holiday and had plenty of family and friends to share it with you.

There will be a community Christmas sale at the Blackey Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. Stop by after work to shop, meet your friends and neighbors, and enjoy light refreshments. There will be craft items, gift items, vintage books and jewelry, and homemade goodies among other items. You can call 633-4013 for more information and to reserve a vendor space. Everyone is welcome.

Our neighborhood was saddened to lose Crawford Amburgey last week. He died at home after having been in poor health for the last couple of years. His wife, Pat, took good care of him during his hard times and will miss him so much. His funeral was held at the Nelson Frazier Funeral Home at Hindman and a large crowd attended the visitation and the funeral. He was laid to rest in the Hale Cemetery at Wolfpen in Knott County and the family was served dinner afterward at the Blair Branch Church. Our sympathy goes out to Pat and their children, Darlene and Gerald, and his family.

Berma Matthews has recently visited her two sisters, Glenda and Muriel, who live in Michigan. She also enjoyed time with her cousin, Sheila.

Janet Blair died in Roanoke, Va., on Nov. 17. There will be a memorial service for her on Dec. 15 at the Lewis Back Cemetery. She will be placed near her sister, Deanna Back. Janet was also Russell, Arlin and David Michael Blair’s sister, the daughter of the late Jack and Mollie Gay Blair.

Most of Bascom McIntyre’s family have been gone to Fort Wayne, Ind., to attend the wedding of his granddaughter, Beth Konkle, Hester’s daughter. Elijah Raglin had part in the ceremony.

Don’t forget about the Christmas bazaar and soup bean dinner on Dec. 1 at the Mount Olivet Church at Blackey from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sue Banks Goodson and a few of her friends recently attended the Country Music Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn. They really had a nice time and stayed at the Opryland Hotel while there.

Bruce and Margaret Ann Caudill of Doty Creek, had Harrison and Mable Nichols’s daughter, Jennifer, and her husband visiting during the Thanksgiving holiday. Margaret and Jennifer are cousins and enjoy seeing each other.

Ila Adams’s aunt, Cora Brown, died in Indiana. Cora had been in a nursing home there for a number of years.

Would whoever put the Carbon Glow information in Speak Your Piece please call me at 633- 4453?

Two of Carol Blair’s cousins, Sandy Adams and Karen Adams of Corbin, spent a night with her recently. They had a lot of fun making fudge, talking and laughing till late that night.

Roland and Carol Blair and Clayton Shepherd, attended Clara and Don Collins’s friends and family Thanksgiving dinner in Ohio a couple of weeks ago. There were 156 people eating that day. It was Clayton’s first time to attend and he enjoyed it. Roland was glad to see his cousin, Danny Smith, there. Danny is the son of the late Dock and Dixie Smith. Danny is battling cancer but the chemo seems to be helping some.

Roland and Carol Blair took Clayton to the Smokies for three days to celebrate his 90th birthday. He enjoyed the drive to the top of the mountain. The colors were pretty in the valley but the trees were completely bare on top. Valerie, Jason, Hannah and Sawyer Ison were there, too.

Christmas on the Hill will take place at the Old Indian Bottom Church building on Hwy. 7 South at Blackey on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. with Ron Short and the Roadside Theater. Bring something for the potluck dinner and canned food for the homeless shelter or a gift for the Veterans Home. The entertainment is free. Everyone is welcome. If you miss this, you will miss a treat. For more information, call Doris Caudill Adams at (606) 632-3777.

The regular singing at the church is the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., and there is always a potluck dinner. Everyone is welcome.

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