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Clyde Hatton celebrates his 86th birthday

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FRIENDS — These four old friends started first grade together at Blackey a few years ago. Martha (Dixon) Burns, Oma (Howard) Hatton, Joann (Back) Watts, and Hope (Back) Campbell are pictured at a Elk Creek reunion at the home of Dr. Artie Ann Bates four or five years ago.

FRIENDS — These four old friends started first grade together at Blackey a few years ago. Martha (Dixon) Burns, Oma (Howard) Hatton, Joann (Back) Watts, and Hope (Back) Campbell are pictured at a Elk Creek reunion at the home of Dr. Artie Ann Bates four or five years ago. “It was a lot of fun seeing old friends,” says Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton.

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well and keeping dry. We sure have had a lot of rain.

I was hoping it would be nice on Sunday. Our family was to have a little picnic at the Veterans Center in Hazard on Sunday to celebrate Clyde’s 86th birthday and Father’s Day together. His birthday is June 19 and Father’s Day was June 21. I’ll probably write about it next week.

Dorthy Tackett had a surprise visitor last weekend, her son, Albert Tackett. She was real glad to see him. They went to Millstone Church for their homecoming and then went to Columbus, Ohio. I didn’t find out who all went. I forgot to ask.

I met a man down at Frazier’s Farmers Supply the other day and he asked me if I was Oma Hatton. I admitted I was and he said he reads my news every week. I told him I was embarrassed. He said, “Don’t be. I live in Florida and love hearing about home.” Turns out he is Jerry York, son of my neighbor, Docie York. I hadn’t seen Jerry for a long time. I knew his face but couldn’t remember his name. It was good seeing him.

BIRTHDAY — Anna Watkins will celebrate her 86th birthday June 30. Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton says,

BIRTHDAY — Anna Watkins will celebrate her 86th birthday June 30. Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton says, “She sure doesn’t look it.”

I want to wish a happy birthday to my good friend, Anna Watkins in Florida, and also my husband, Clyde. His is 11 days before Anna’s.

I’m glad Anna is doing better now. She had been having a rough time

With all the storms and wind I haven’t been out much to see folks and get news. I am amazed to see how Emma Lou Engle and Rose Ballard can write such long, interesting news. By the way, Emma Lou, thank you for asking about Clyde. He is doing well and getting good care.

I did get back up to the Ermine Center the other day to see everyone. I wish I could go every day. I think those centers are about the best thing that ever happened to us senior citizens. We could always make a sandwich or something at home, but it’s the fellowship that means so much and gets them out of the house. I really appreciate the friends I have made up there. I wish I could go on their trips. I enjoyed them so much and I miss going when I hear how much they enjoy going. We have some great workers up there who do a good job.

A big hello to my friend, Roberta Willie in Roanoke, Va.

I enjoyed our usual dinner at Pine Mountain Grill last Wednesday with Rob, Billy and Sandra, and Joe Hatton. I didn’t see many people I knew. The weather was so bad, I guess people just stayed in.

My six tomato plants and my rhubarb are doing well. That’s my crop for this year. My tomato plants are in flower pots, so no hoeing or weeding. Am I getting lazy in my old age? Sure I am.

There has been a lot of flooding in our area and some power outages.

Our Save-A-Lot store is doing some big remodeling. I can’t wait to see it finished. Kathy (Bates) Mullins, the manager, has done such a good job there and keeps the store so clean. The cashiers, Janice and Judy and all the rest, are so friendly and nice. Kathy’s family are our Marlowe people.

May God bless you. Try to be in church somewhere this week.

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