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Crowd gathers for singing at Blair Branch Church


Christmas is almost here and you can see evidence of it in many ways. Houses are lit up with colorful lights, the radio is abuzz with varieties of Christmas songs, lots of area churches have been delivering food baskets throughout the community, and the stores are busy with shoppers.

A large crowd came out Friday evening to attend the singing at Blair Branch Church. During the singing service, Elwood Cornett spoke concerning the birth of Jesus Christ. After the service, we all gathered in the kitchen for refreshments. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening and we had many visitors and family joining us. A large amount of canned food was received and donated to the Letcher County Food Pantry.

Roy Kenon Smith, Tommy Harris Smith, Kenneth and Anna Lou Blair, Lillie Moss Hale and Mary Jo Blair enjoyed the evening together. Ford Pridemore came up from Lexington on Friday to attend the singing and had planned to stay the night with Lee and Wilma Pridemore, but he forgot his medicine and had to go back on Friday night. Lee and Wilma’s daughter, Traci Madden, felt well enough to attend the singing with them and we were all glad to see her and continue to keep her in our prayers.

Roy Kenon and Billie Jean Smith came in from Ohio during the week and stayed with Lee and Wilma Pridemore.

We hope everything goes well for former Jeremiah resident Guy Parks, who is scheduled to have surgery to remove a tumor on his brain. It sounds similar to what Joanne Smith of Doty Creek recently had. It is an eight-hour surgery but thankfully the doctors don’t think it is cancerous. Joanne did remarkably well and is out and about like she didn’t have surgery and hasn’t had a headache since.

A large crowd of family and friends came out to Blair Branch Church to show their love and support to the family of Hattie Blair. Her son, Herman, did a good job of giving us his insight on what a good, humble mother that he, Truman, Comman, Hester and Lester had. She was laid to rest on Blair Branch next to her husband, Lillie. The large crowd attending should bring some comfort to the family knowing how well loved their mother was.

There will be a candle lighting service at the Adams Cemetery on Blair Branch across from Ellis and Ila Adams’s home on Christmas Eve starting at 4:00 p.m. Don’t forget, there also will be a candle lighting service at the Isom Cemetery starting at 5:30 p.m.

That is all for this week. Have a very merry Christmas and God bless you all.

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