I hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend. I took a week off from my column, since it’s always a busy few days visiting the cemeteries, cooking out and getting together with family. So most of this is from two weeks ago or longer.
Don, Coreen Pridemore, Bob, Hunter, Kenny Joe Banks and myself spent a few days at Pennyrile State Park the week before last. We fished, hiked and some of us pedaled the paddleboat all around the lake, and of course Bob had to work at a mine competition at Madisonville.
We stopped at the Jefferson Davis Memorial Monument on our way home. Bob, Kenny Joe, Hunter and I took the elevator tour to the top of the monument where you were high enough to see for miles from the small windows at the top.
The Dee and Ethel Smith family had their annual soup bean dinner on Friday night before their reunion. It was at Tommy Harris’s cabin. The reunion was held on Saturday at the Stuart Robinson Dining Hall with many family cousins and friends attending.
We didn’t make it to either this year due to getting home late Friday evening from our western Kentucky trip, and then on Saturday we attended the memorial service on Blair Branch at the William Adams Cemetery.
I did see some of the Smith family on Sunday morning at the memorial held at the cemeteries above the Dixon Memorial Church.
Doyle and his wife, and June and her family (Dock and Dixie Smith’s children) came to be with cousins at the reunion. They also visited with Homer Caudill on Doty Creek, who is Doyle and June’s uncle. Doyle also went to visit with his cousin, Ivan Adams, and Freda while here, and Dock Adams too.
Mary Jo and Anna Lou Blair said they had a good Smith reunion and this week they would be taking care of Lillie Moss Hale while Betty Hatton is on a Bahamas cruise.
Stella Elam recently spent a week in Florida with her daughter Nancy and her family. I hope they had a good trip.
We had a well-blessed service at the Sunday meeting of the Dixon Memorial Church. All donations they received after services that day go toward the upkeep of the Nancy Back, Dixon and Smith cemeteries above the church. Those are old cemeteries and it takes a lot of donations to keep them mowed and weeded.
Our family left church early that day to attend the American Legion shooting at the Horse Mill Point Cemetery. We appreciate these guys for taking time from their own lives and dedicating the day to honoring the memory of deceased fellow comrades. Bob and I and others also attended their shooting over graves at Burton Hill Cemetery.
Den and Judi Adams were in for the John C. Adams Memorial at Blair Branch.
Dick Adams says Pat’s arm is slowly healing after she recently broke it and several blood vessels. With much surgery, plates and screws, she is now having physical therapy.
Also glad to hear that Laramie Adams is feeling better after his recent sick spell.
Benji Blair took a fishing trip to Cherokee Lake with his dad and mom, Randy and Carolyn. Hope they caught some fish while there.
This past Sunday was the memorial for deceased members at the Mount Olivet Church at Blackey. There were over 180 names on the list of deceased members, and after the names were read the preachers were blessed to have a good church service, and afterward dinner and fellowship in the kitchen.
So many loved ones came to hear their loved ones’ names to be read from the list and to honor their memory.
This Sunday morning will be the outdoor memorial at the Spring Branch Cemetery above Hisey’s Lake and the memorial for deceased members at the Little Dove Church at Sassafras.
I can’t remember if I had this in before, but if I did, you’ll just know how forgetful I am. Berma Matthews recently spent some time in Ohio with her brother, Olan. While there they took in some yard sale and thrift stores and enjoyed being together. Berma brought back ‘good stuff ’ to sell at her and Jean’s shop and at her booth at Gwen’s Country Attic.
Anything else I was told to write I have forgotten. Sorry, and have a good week.