Hello again to all my family in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, my Mountain Eagle family and friends.
I’m still here in Virginia with my daughter, Beverly, and son-in-law, Bryan.
I’ve been watching TV today, lots of ministers and several on Facebook. The weather was very nice here in Sandston, Va., 86 degrees today.
I talked to my sisters, Norma Jean and Shirley, and brother, Doug. They were all doing well. My son, Jimmy, called from Georgia. He and his wife are there, visiting a new granddaughter. She was born April 21.
I talked to my son, Bobby, last night. He was telling me the weather there is still cold. I’m not missing that cold weather at all. I do miss Bobby and Jimmy. They both live in Canton, Ohio.
My sister, Shirley, just called and was saying it’s cold enough to frost — oh my! I miss her very much. We always go to church three times a week and go to Kentucky three times a year. Neither one of us has been to church in such a long time. Eight weeks ago we went to the Wednesday night service in Northport, Fla., at the Gulf Coast Church of God.
I’m very sad to report the passing of my nephew, Earl Dean Gibson, 67, of Haymond. He was the son of the late Chester Gibson and the late Martha Lee Stacy Gibson. His beloved wife, Nadine Gibson, passed away April 30, 2019. Earl was limited to his traveling the past several years, in poor health for a very long time. He and Nadine attended church at New Freedom Worship Church at Dunham. He was employed by Ben Collins Coal Trucking Co. and drove a big semi coal truck for 25 years or more.
He is survived by two sons, Jeff Gibson and Dewayne Gibson of Haymond; two brothers, Eddie Gibson of Indiana and Jeff Gibson of Leburn; two sisters, Carolyn Beavers of Nicholasville and Georgene Howell of Leburn; also aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Willis, Roger Dale and Chester Gibson Jr., and two sisters, Jewelene Centers and Sharon Kay Mullins.
My first cousin, Ruth Gibson Wynn, passed away April 23. She was the daughter of the late Uncle Willard Gibson and Aunt Susie Gibson of Colson. She lived in Fairborne, Ohio, and was 88 years of age at her passing. The children have all of our family’s sympathy and condolence. Also surviving are her two brothers, Russell Gibson and Edsel Gibson of Colson. Her sons and daughters live in Ohio and grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
I’m so sorry to stay there were a lot of friends, cousins and neighbors to pass away in January and February. Dalmerine (Peggy Lou Collins Wright) was the stepdaughter of the late Willard and mother the late Lava Collins Gibson of Colson. She is survived by two daughters, Susan Carter and Sherry Lynn, and two brothers, Russel Gibson and Edsel Gibson of Colson. Her family has my family’s love and sympathy.
Also passing away were Eddie Ray Collins, son of the late Mack and Alda Collins; Denver Breeding, son of the late Elisha and Collie Breeding; Eleweeze Sexton, daughter of the late Lundy and Lucille Sexton; Michael Neal Collins, son of the late Ben and Maggie Collins; Liddy Mac Madden Combs, the wife of Marcus Combs; Mable Clair Collins Frazier, wife of Jack Frazier and daughter of the late Dick and Mattie Collins of Colson; and Lester Lowe, husband of Janice Lowe and son of the late Earnest and Sally Belle Lowe.
These people were friends, classmates and wonderful neighbors to my family and me when we lived at Colson, Daniel Branch on Rockhouse, and Redfox.
My first cousin, James “Delmer” Seals, age 90, of Colson, passed away April 28. He was the son of the late Delzie Seals and the late Nannie Sexton Seals. He is preceded in death by his wife, the late Magelene Logan Seals; five brothers, Denver, Dennis, Daniel, Doyle and Dannie; and two sisters, Dalnie Fields and Dorthy Bentley. He is survived by two sons, Philmore Seals and James Seals; three brothers, DooLittle, Billy Ed and Danny; and two sisters, Della Amburgey and Pauline Meade. All the family has our love and sympathy.
I want to say hello to my good friend, Mary Faye Alcorn. She lives in Michigan. Hello to her brother, Harold Breeding. He lives in Florida.
I hope to see all of you in Kentucky for the Breeding reunion. Norma Jean, Shirley and I will try to come if the good Lord’s willing.
Shirley and her daughter, Tammy, were visiting Norma Jean this past week. Norma Jean just got home from Florida on May 13. She lives in Greenfield, Ind. Jean and I both are snowbirds. We go to Florida in the winter. She lives in Port Charlotte, Fla., and I have a home in North Port, Fla. The weather is so good in Florida during the winter season. It’s good to be there, away from the cold and snow in Ohio.
Shirley went to visit our brother, Doug, and wife, Von, since she was there at Norma Jean’s. Doug had been over to visit Jean since she’s been home from Florida, but everyone is staying in a lot. This COVID-19 has got all of us shut in and quarantined. God has taken care of us.
I’m still here in Virginia at my daughter, Beverly’s, home. She and her husband Bryan sure have been good to me and have taken very good care of me. We will leave soon, going back to Ohio. I will miss being here with them, but I miss my sons, Bobby and Jimmy, and their families. They both live there in Canton, Ohio very close to me across town and sister Shirley lives just down the street. To get home and get back into church will be great.
Okay. I started this news two weeks ago. Hope everyone is still well and taking care of yourselves.
I hope to write more often. God bless all of you until next time. Be safe and take care.