Hello, everyone. I hope you are all doing well. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July. I spent three days in Ashland with my son, Astor “Red” Hatton, and family and really enjoyed it. It was relaxing and I sure needed that.
We went to the University of Kentucky nursing home and visited Clyde on July 4. He was doing pretty well.
I almost got to have some of Rosemary’s (out of this world) chicken and dumplings, but Red brought home Chinese food, also delicious. A pretty deer came up in the backyard and two foxes just passed through slowly. I liked that.
It was good seeing my granddaughter, Jennifer Shaffer. I didn’t get to see her daughter, Taylor. She was in Whitesburg visiting her grandmother, Jeanette Hatton.
Shannon Banks was glad to see an old friend, Sharon Adams, in Myrtle Beach.
Emma Lou Engle, I was pleased you called me a new friend in your news. I was impressed with you. I think we could become close friends if we lived closer together.
Eva Sergent was visiting Carol and Edsel Baker and called me from there. It’s nice to be thought of. They had a nice visit.
I was sorry to hear of the death of Mark Adams of Colson. I went to the funeral. I didn’t know him, but I knew his grandparents and aunts and uncles, the Adamses and the Penningtons. It was good seeing all of Dorthy and Marshel Tacket’s children, Charlene, Deloris, Jeanette, Albert and Lucille, all beautiful children.
Speaking of Dorthy Tacket, I heard someone talking about you. I’m not one to spread gossip, but I thought you ought to know this. She said, “That Dorthy Tacket hasn’t changed one bit since the first time I saw her (many years ago).” What about that? The person talking was my own niece, Shannon (Shepherd) Banks. She thinks you look great and so do I.
The Penningtons had a family reunion at the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church, also a wedding, the son of Teresa (Noble) and Rick Pease, and also, sadly, the funeral of Mark Adams, grandson of the late Margie (Pennington) and Chester Adams. Everything was planned ahead, except for the funeral. Our sympathy to all the family.
Our sister, Judy Greene, and daughter Tabitha Spencer and her two children, Jacob and Makala Faith, came in and we all had lunch at Pine Mountain Grill – Hubert Howard and wife Joyce, Kathleen Brock, Louise Shepherd, Carol Day, Josh Howard and wife Angela and of course, me. I try not to miss anything. I appreciated Judy and Tabitha stopping by and visiting Clyde. They also visited Bro. Bob Gross of Hazard, who is also a resident there. I have met so many people there that I know. I didn’t know so many people from here worked there. I meet a different one there every time I go. I like that.
I enjoyed lunch Sunday with Hubert and Joyce Howard.
Whitco Pentecostal Faith Tabernacle Church will be having its homecoming July 15-22 with evangelist Wendell Pittman. The pastor, Bro. John Conn, and the congregation invite everyone to attend. We always have a good homecoming.
We were glad to have Bro. Darrell Allen and wife Lora and their pretty little daughter at Sunday School on Sunday.
It’s sure good to see my friend, Pat Branham, driving again after being blind for so long.
My son, Rob Hatton, is looking forward to some special company next week, his son, Dr. Kevin Hatton, and wife Adrienne and especially their two sons, William and Loren.
Lizzie Mae Wright spent the past two weeks in Huntsville, Ala., with her daughter’s and her son’s families. The first week with Janet, she visited her grandsons, Rob and family and Chris and family, and enjoyed the new great-grandson, Ryan Albright, son of Chris and Tamela. The second week with Darius and family, she went fishing at Darius’s pond and caught three catfish. The biggest one got away, as they say, but it really did. The line broke just as Darius was ready to take it off the hook.
Darius also has another home on a lake in Hollywood, Ala., and they spent three nights there. No boat ride for her, though. She went to Pigeon Forge, to the Dixie Stampede, and then the next day went to the fish aquarium in Gatlinburg and spent the day. She came home Saturday night. Darius, wife Sheila and daughter came home with her. She reports a wonderful time with her families.
May God bless all of you. Try to go to church somewhere this week.
Hello, Elzie Ray Hatton and wife Irene in Texas. He likes it when I write this.