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Earthquake sure shook things up

Blair Branch


Tyler Rowe, 17, killed this 10-point buck on November 10. He is the son of Randall and Rosemary Rowe of Blackey, and the grandson of Billie Miller of Blackey and Bill and Bertha Cottongame of Hazard. He has a younger sister, Morgan.

Tyler Rowe, 17, killed this 10-point buck on November 10. He is the son of Randall and Rosemary Rowe of Blackey, and the grandson of Billie Miller of Blackey and Bill and Bertha Cottongame of Hazard. He has a younger sister, Morgan.

Hello everyone! I hope each of you is in good health and happy spirits. Michael, the boys and I are doing great and have really been enjoying the lovely weather we’ve had the past couple days.

The sun has been so warm and inviting. I dread to see winter come, though we’ve already had a taste of that and I didn’t like it one bit. It has been a strange fall to say the least. Snow before Halloween? Now that is crazy!

What did you think about the earthquake on Saturday? It was an experience, that was for sure. I thought it was going to shake our house right off the blocks.

The epicenter was at Mesa Drive in Blackey. That is Dalton’s first-grade teacher’s driveway, about seven miles from our house. Even though it was only a 4.3 on the Richter Scale, it was enough for me.

I haven’t heard of any injuries or major property damages, only a few things knocked off shelves and broken, cracks in ceilings, walls, windows, and foundations. I am thankful that God was watching over us. It could have been much worse.

Mom and Dad, Allen and Sylvania Whitaker, are doing pretty well right now. I am very grateful for that, though we continue to pray daily for Mom to get a kidney.

Opal goes on Friday to have the rest of her testing to see if she can donate one to Mom. Please pray for good results.

Saturday, Nov. 10, would have been my Aunt Hazel’s birthday. Mom and Dad went to the cemetery to visit her grave. I always loved when Hazel would come to Mom’s for a family Scrabble game. It was impossible to beat her, but it was fun anyway.

Nov. 30 would have been my Grandma Lucy’s 91st birthday. She loved the holidays and being with her family so much. She always had the prettiest Christmas decorations of anyone around. I bet she had over 100 pieces in her ceramic Christmas village and her tree was always stunning. It will never be the same without her and I doubt I’ll ever be able to look at banana pudding without crying. I miss her terribly.

Our family has suffered two terrible losses recently.

On Oct. 25, James ‘Jake’ Halcomb died. He was 86 years old. Jake was the son of the late John and Rebecca Shepherd Halcomb. He left behind his wife, Wilma Whitaker Halcomb; two daughters, Nella Renee Smith and husband Christopher K. Smith and Jamie Rebecca Collins and husband Harold Collins, all of Elk Creek; two brothers, Hassell Halcomb and Fred Halcomb, both of Tiffin, Oh.; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

The funeral was held Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Dixon Memorial Church with Allen Whitaker, Roger Whitaker, Rulah Whitaker, and Wallace Bolling officiating. Burial followed in the Blair Cemetery at Jeremiah.

Virgil Combs, 76, of Carcassonne, died Saturday, Oct. 27, at his residence. Virgil was the son of the late Estill and Mary Combs. Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Freda Combs; three sons, Virgil Wayne Combs of Ohio, Gregory Allen Combs of Monteville, Oh., and Bradley Estill Combs of Geneva, Oh.; two daughters, Venora ‘Dandy’ Walters of Carcassonne and Sara Louise Porter of Ashland; three brothers, Boney Jent Jr. of Dorsett, Oh., Alex Combs of North Ridgeville, Oh., and Earl Combs of Carcassonne; four sisters, Lutisha Vance of Springhill, Fla., Volina Mae Vance of Springhill, Fla., Jeannie Packard of Carcassonne, and Sara Mae McGee of Illinois; 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held on Monday, Oct. 29, at the Little Bull Creek Old Regular Baptist Church with Elwood Cornett, Jim Fields, Frank Newsome, and Roger Gibson officiating. Burial followed at the Jent Cemetery at Carcassonne.

Please keep these families in your prayers. I know they will need all they can get through this holiday season.

Mom and Dad visited with Wilma Halcomb on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and she seemed to be doing a little better.

Though we have tragedies in life, we also have blessings.

Our family was blessed beyond measure on Oct. 12 when Zachary Arlin Jent made his arrival into this world, weighing in at 7 pounds. He is the son of Gardner Allen and Jessica Jent and has a big brother and sister, Hayden and Alissa.

Opal and David (Jent) are over the moon to be Ninny and Pappy to another grandbaby. He makes Mom and Dad’s fourth greatgrandchild. We all love him so much already.

Kylee Faith Gibson participated in the Autumn Dreams Pageant on Nov. 5 at the Harry M. Caudill Library in Whitesburg. She did well and received Prettiest Hair, Prettiest Smile, Outfit of Choice, Princess, and Grand Supreme in her age group. Congrats, Kyleebug!

There was church at Somertown Old Regular Baptist Church on Sunday. Mom and Dad attended and said they had a good meeting. There were several there and a lot of preachers.

Later, Dad and my sister, Opal Jent, attended church at Letcher Manor Nursing Home. They visited with Minnie Blair, Mary Helen Blair, and Chuck Crawford. Minnie and Mary Helen were doing well and both attended church services. Opal said Chuck was getting around a little better too.

Afterward, Dad went to the hospital and saw Van Blair and Juanita Hensley. Van isn’t doing too well and Juanita is in ICU due to infection in her gallbladder.

Mom’s brother, David Allen Blair, hasn’t been doing well. We went to Somerset on the weekend of Oct. 19 to stay at the cabin and take Mom to visit with him and Joy Faye. It was good to see them, I just wish he was feeling better.

Alex Blake Whitaker celebrated his 11th birthday on Halloween, Oct. 31; Ward Whitaker on Nov. 4; Danna Smith, Nov. 11; Amber Blair, Nov. 12.

Happy birthday to each of you. I hope your day was filled all the love and happiness in the world.

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad to get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call or you may email me at: alanacouch@hotmail.com.


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