Nov. 12, the Pine Mountain Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution visited the Veterans Center at Hazard. Members present were Merlene Day, Linda Lucas, Shirley Whitaker, Marsha Banks, Ann Reynolds, Stella Elam and Mahala Frazier.
Special guests were retired schoolteacher, Richard Smith and the Rev. Richard Hampton and his wife Joyce.
Marsha Banks and Richard Smith welcomed the veterans and thanked them for their service to our county, and for helping to preserve our freedom. Richard Smith presented a program to the veterans about firearms with demonstrations. Rev. Richard Hampton and his wife played the guitar and sang many songs, which the veterans enjoyed.
Members of the Pine Mountain Chapter DAR took small gifts to the veterans to be used as prizes for playing Bingo and other games. They enjoyed their visit and hope to return soon.
Yvonne Sutphin of Goode, Va., recently visited with her sister Linda Combs and brothers Richard and Ronnie Brown and other family and friends.
Linda returned with Yvonne for a week. They visited nearby Bedford a few times, attended Yvonne’s church, and had lunch at the Plough Craft Tea Room, located in historic, downtown Lynchburg, Va. The English dessert of fruit crumble and custard was delicious.
Yvonne’s husband Mel was champion of a golf tournament at Ivy Hill Golf Club for the second year, and was awarded a silver cup and a reserved parking space. He also flew out to California for several days to visit his grandson Derek Frame, who is stationed there in the Marines.
Those having Thanksgiving dinner with Linda Lucas at her home on Cowan were J.T. and Carol Caudill of Cowan, Marilyn and son Jeremy Banks of Columbus, Ind., Mattie Hanolon of Bedford, granddaughter of Pat and Marilyn Banks, Beth, Katie, Kenzie and Keith Callahan of Advance, N.C., and Katie’s friend Zack Voyler of Yadkinville, N.C., Jonathan, Melinda, Aiden and Mason Lucas of Kingsport, Tenn., and Flossie and Corrum Callahan of Harlan.
Visiting after lunch were Johnny Banks of Cowan, and Tori, Ella and Callie Akers of Tennessee.
While here, Marilyn, Mattie, Mason, Linda and Aiden visited Katie, Clayton and baby Clinton Banks, also Aunt Elsie Boggs and Paula and Eddie Lowe of Cowan.
As the clan was getting seated for a wonderful lunch, Aiden Lucas, 4, asked if he might say the blessing. Aiden, son of Jonathan and Melinda, did a beautiful job and all were teary eyed.
Roger and Tracey Yonts, Wesley Yonts, Jessica Bearden and girls Emma and Maggie spent the holiday weekend with Duane and Anna Yonts. They had the Thanksgiving feast and on Friday hiked to High Rock.
Cammie Gilley, Marion Gale Gilley, and Dustin Gilley celebrated Thanksgiving with Joe and Miranda Bentley, Dylan and Hayden. Joe cooked the turkey and they all contributed with an overabundance of good food. Dustin recently got an eightpoint deer at Roxana.
Marty and Mary Lynn Richardson had a big Thanksgiving. Attending were Mary’s parents Glen and Sue Banks, Marty’s mother Lola Mae Richardson, Marty’s sister Bonita, their daughter Ashley, and her friend Phillip.
Edison and Pam Banks had her brother and his family visiting.
Sue and Mary Lynn visited Ella Preston.
All of Virginia Brown’s clan, except for Joe and his family of Mississippi, came home for Thanksgiving on Saturday. There were 27 for dinner. Jenny Lou, Crystal and Jon spent a couple of nights. Visiting in the afternoon were Martha Ann Wenning, her son Brad, and a friend from Ohio.
Jenny Lou and Martha Ann were happy to meet in person as they have been visiting on Facebook for some time. Also visiting were Kathy LaMonte, her daughter Becky and girls Emma and Ana.