Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well.
This has been a very interesting week for me. My great-grandson, Eli Hatton, a son of Julie and Jamie Hatton, had a birthday party last Sunday evening. It was a great party with a large crowd of beautiful children and also three of our local doctors, Jonathan Hatton, Heath Cook and Byron Thomas, of whom we are all so proud.
I saw Frieda Ratliff at Deana’s Designs and Flower Shop. She has a great store and there are so many pretty things. Frieda said her mother, Mable Jo Buttrey, was not doing well. I hope she is doing better. Frieda looked great!
My double first cousin, Ken Howard of Fort Wayne, Ind., died last week. He was the oldest one of our Howard generation. He was two days older than me. Guess who is the oldest one now? Our mothers were sisters, and our fathers were brothers. We grew up together.
He will be missed, and our sympathy goes out to all of his family.
Our high school graduation here was last week. Congratulations to all of you and good luck to all of you.
It was good seeing Leigh Lewis Blankenbeckler in Walmart the other day. She said her aunt Irene Standifer Humphrey and her husband Abb Humphrey loved reading The Eagle. They are in their 90s. She is a sister of Ethel Lewis and Herbert Standifer. They are coming to visit Leigh and they will invite me. I look forward to that. They plan to come in July.
I really appreciate Mildred Necessary Spence sending me the picture of the Marlowe friends taken at their eighth-grade graduation at the old Marlowe school on May 14, 1952. You are right, Mildred, I remember all of them, especially the late Roberta (Brown) Willie. We were best of friends until her death.
She was a sister of Roland Brown and lived in Roanoke, Va., as did Mildred (Necessary) Spence. Kathleen Stidham is also deceased, and so is Sonny Hatton.
My son Bill Hatton and wife Sandra and my son Rob Hatton all had lunch at the Pine Mountain Grill and we met so many friends from way back including Jimmy Taulbee, an old Marlowe boy, a son of Lucy and John Taulbee, who lives in Mt. Vernon now. He was in to decorate the graves of his family members. It was good to see him. He gets The Eagle.
We also got to see Jim Hampton and his sister Mary. Their parents were the late Duncan and Hazel Hampton, who lived in Whitesburg.
It being Memorial Day, we got to see a lot of our misplaced friends. I think Jim lives in Eolia. A lot of our friends had to leave to find work.
Sandra and Billy Hatton are back from a great vacation at Hilton Head, S.C., along with their daughter Angie Mullins and her two children, Sam and Ellie.
My sister Louise Shepherd spent a couple of days in Whitesburg Hospital. I don’t think that was much fun.
Our Howard reunion went really well. The weather was nice and we had a large crowd and of course lots of food. Some of our cousins came from out of town: Opal (Howard) Hoskins and her husband came from Dayton, Oh.; our brother John Howard’s son Scott, and wife Leah and their son Christian from Indianapolis, Ind.; Jerry Howard, son of our uncle, the late John Howard, and his family from Scottsburg, Ind., or maybe that’s Ohio, I can’t remember which.
But anyway, we were so glad they came. It had been many years since we had seen them. We were glad to see all of them, and we thank and appreciate our nephew for letting us use that beautiful place for our reunion.
James Earl Pennington is a special person. We don’t tell him that often enough.
Well, I’m tired of writing, and I’m sure you are tired of reading, so may God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week if you are able.