Sorry I didn’t have a column last week. I just got busy and didn’t find time to write.
I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.
Lots of folks from out of town were here visiting recently. Chester and Odella Blair have been in for awhile and had a big yard sale while here. Nellie Kay Ison visited with Rodney and Geraldine Ison; Vince and Juanita McCrarey came up from Somerset and stayed a few days. They visited Ivan and Freda Adams, attended the Dee and Ethel Smith family reunion, and joined our family for a cookout at the old Sycamore School property, and Juanita went with us too.
Arnetta Mae Slone is doing pretty well after her recent surgery. Her daughters and their families and some other kinfolk all took a vacation together and went to the beach in North Carolina for a week.
We appreciated the efforts by the American Legion volunteers who shot at the local cemeteries. We attended the Horse Mill Point and Burton Hill cemeteries when they came to honor the deceased veterans there.
A large crowd attended the Smith family reunion held at Stuart Robinson Dining Hall. Not only the Dee and Ethel Smith family, but many cousins on the Smith side were also there. The soup bean dinner held at Tommy Harris’s cabin on the mountain was enjoyed by many family and friends, but due to the recent rains, the road was a little rough and muddy.
Ben, Jacquie, Logan and Layla Caudill camped out at Fishpond Lake recently, and Logan said they really enjoyed themselves. Jeremiah
The memorial for those buried in the cemeteries above Dixon Memorial Church was held on the fourth Sunday morning in May. Many with loved ones resting there came out to remember them and show their respect for the life they lived. Singing and prayer was held at both cemeteries.
Bill and Wanda Maggard of Sycamore Loop were both in the hospital a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully they are doing better. I think their daughter, Lucille, was checking on them.
Also, I hope Mary Ellen and Oakie Blair are feeling better this week.
Onis Barnett was recently in the hospital with pneumonia, as was Berlene Smith.
Coleman and Martha Sue Blair spent a week with a tour group visiting the Washington, D.C., area.
Rudell and Peggy Blair, Randy and Carolyn Blair and others who have homes in Tennessee were down there for the Memorial Day weekend.
A large crowd attended the memorial for deceased members of the Mt. Olivet Church at Blackey this past Sunday. After services they had ‘dinner on the ground’, as it used to be called.
Mom ( Coreen Pridemore) has been having cabbage out of her garden, and has been sharing it with others. We took Toby and Coleen Breeding a couple of heads, and also fresh eggs since they shared their Florida fish with us.
Our sympathy goes out to the families of Herman Smith, Sandy Stewart Amburgey and Grady Campbell Bradley, who all recently have died.
We also hope Kevin Adams of the Isom area wasn’t hurt too badly from his recent four-wheeler accident on Carbon Glow. The helicopter had to fly him to Holston Valley when it happened.
We had a busy day this past Sunday. We attended Mt. Olivet Church and had dinner there, then went to Oven Fork to attend the Maggard Memorial, and stopped at the nursing home to visit Hazel Adams and Hargis Ison. I drove on to Lexington (where I am writing this column) to spend Sunday night with our daughter, Jessie, and her husband. Jessie and I were going to do some painting at their home this week.
This coming Sunday will be the memorial meeting at the Spring Branch Cemetery above Hisey’s Lake. I think it starts at 9:30 or 10, and at the Little Ruby Church there will be services.
I’m sorry to say I forgot about the memorial service held last Saturday evening on Blair Branch. Den Arthur and Judy Adams were here from Ohio to attend.