Whitesburg KY

Coreen Pridemore makes big catch of the trip with 12 1/2-inch bluegill


By the time this week’s Eagle comes out the Memorial Day weekend will be over. I hope those who came back home to Letcher County to visit family and to place flowers at their loved ones’ graves all came and went back to their homes safely. Some folks came back for family reunions as well as to remember their family cemeteries.

The family of the late Dee and Ethel Smith got together for their reunion on Friday evening and Saturday. About 100 attended the soup bean dinner held at Tommy Harris Smith’s cabin at the head of Drew Branch on Friday evening. Then on Saturday, the family met at the dining hall at Stuart Robinson with about 117 family and friends in attendance. Descendants of seven of J.T. and Margarett Smith’s late children were represented at the reunion. Dee, Dock, Franklin, Madison, Virgie and Cindy all had family members present.

Vince and Juanita McCrarey and their nephew, David Denny, were here at Jeremiah for a few days staying at Juanita’s old homeplace at Sycamore. I’m sure Juanita missed her sister, Mamie Engle, who was always there to visit in the past.

Last week, Don and Coreen Pridemore, Bob, Kenny Joe and I spent a few days at Pennyrile State Park near Madisonville. We stopped at London on our way and met our daughter, Jessie, for breakfast. Bob worked and the rest of us fished, walked, paddled around the lake and relaxed while there. We caught a good mess of bass, bluegill and catfish while there. Coreen caught a 12 1/2- inch bluegill and we agreed it was the catch of the trip.

Belated birthday wishes to Ellis Adams, whose birthday was on the 26th of May. Those who attended Blair Branch Church week before last had cake and ice cream with Ellis on Saturday night. His family surprised him with it. Belated birthday wishes also to Owen Amburgey. A birthday dinner was held for Owen at the Blair Branch Church with a large crowd of family and friends attending.

We are glad Beulah Back is home after her recent stay at Whitesburg Hospital and hope she is feeling better.

Elmer Caudill is home after having heart surgery at Pikeville Hospital recently. We missed him at church and we are glad to hear he is home and hopefully feeling alright. Elmer’s brother, Lowell, is going through physical therapy due to having some problems with his back and it seems to be helping him some.

We are glad to hear that our church member, Geneva Profit of Camp Branch, is doing very well. She had surgery a couple of months ago and did remarkably well. Her family takes such good care of her.

Our sympathy to the family of Dock Cornett, who died recently. Many remember Dock as a teacher at Letcher High School and Leatherwood High School.

After leaving the Smith reunion on Saturday, we drove to the Whitaker-Back Cemetery on the River Road. On the way through Blackey, we noticed that Joanne Walters had her children in for the weekend. Jeff and Vickie Walters of London pulled in to her home as we were passing by.

Bob’s aunt, Mallie Hobbs, had surgery this past week and after spending a few nights in the Whitesburg Hospital is back at Letcher Manor and is doing OK. We are sorry to hear that Virgil Combs had a fall recently and possibly broke his hip. Virgil has had a rough time lately and our prayers are with him.

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