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Facebook pictures feature Laney Webb



Michelle and Laney Webb with University of Kentucky basketball player Reid Travis

Michelle and Laney Webb with University of Kentucky basketball player Reid Travis

What wonderful pictures were posted on Facebook this past week and weekend of Letcher County’s little leukemia fighting Laney Webb. I thought I wouldn’t be able to look at her pictures since she started chemo, but the pictures that are being posted just make you want to shout praises to God for answered prayers. My husband went to school with her maternal grandparents, Michael and Rhonda Webb, and they were really close friends.

This is a post from her mom, Michelle Webb, on April 13:

“Reid Travis came to visit the children in the hospital today! Laney gave him a fist pump. Also the doctor came in and said that Laney has 2% leukemia in her blood.”

This was posted on Facebook on the 11th of April:

“Laney had a exciting day today she got to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen.

“When we got back to the hospital Laney had 11% leukemia in her blood, today that is down to 6% keep praying.”

Also, had two of Letcher County Senior Citizens with good reports on their health. Harold Day is now going to McRoberts Community Center. The bus picks him up and he loves it. But, his nieces have locked up his four-wheeler.

HUNTER — Luke Hampton, 13, bagged his first turkey on April 14 while hunting with his dad, James Hampton of Whitesburg. The turkey weighed in at 21 pounds and had a 10-inch beard.

HUNTER — Luke Hampton, 13, bagged his first turkey on April 14 while hunting with his dad, James Hampton of Whitesburg. The turkey weighed in at 21 pounds and had a 10-inch beard.

Then, there’s Estel Taylor. He is now in the Letcher Manor Rehabilitation Center. Our seniors took a trip to see him last week and he was so excited to see them. Estel, we hope you get better and can get back with us soon.

I am also looking forward to school going out because I will be able to get Mom there to exercise and visit with all her friends both upstairs and downstairs. We surely do appreciate all of you praying for her and asking about how she is doing.

I talked with Billie June Richardson last week and she was so excited about one of her granddaughters, Cassie, and her husband, Drew McCool-Solis, coming home from Texas for a visit. They were here mainly for Cassie’s brother, Colton Riffe’s, RRT Pinning. Drew and Cassie have one son, Noah, and they are now expecting another one. This will be Bill and June Craft’s second great-great-grandchild. Colton’s other sister, Cori Riffe, is a first grade teacher at Martha Jane Potter Elementary.

Laney Webb with Disney characters Elsa and Anna

Laney Webb with Disney characters Elsa and Anna

My sister, Lucille Tacket Graves, had a wonderful surprise visitor last weekend when she was with Mom. Her best friend from childhood, Teresa Profitt Glispie, came to visit and bring her a gift her daughter found at the Harry M. Caudill Library. It was a discarded book, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. We read this book when we were younger so many times. It was definitely one of our favorites. There’s just something about having an actual book in your hands that these electronic gadgets will never be able to compete with. One thing we always had when we were growing up was books in the house. That same love for books we had back then has been passed down to our children and grandchildren.

I hope everyone has lots of family time this coming weekend as they celebrate Easter. When my daughter and all my nieces and nephews were growing up we would all meet at Mom and Dad’s after church and have the best time ever hiding and hunting eggs. Daddy made it so much fun with the way he played it up and there were always a few eggs that were hid for the adults that we hunted for so long sometimes we just had to give it up. Of course, he couldn’t remember where he hid them all and later on up in the summer they would show up.

Chris and Celesta Riffe and their three children Cori, Colton, and Cassie with her son Noah and husband Drew McCool-Solis

Chris and Celesta Riffe and their three children Cori, Colton, and Cassie with her son Noah and husband Drew McCool-Solis

I remember one Easter it was raining and we couldn’t hide eggs so some of us were at our brother Albert’s house. We let my daughter Joy and Delores’s son Ken hide them in the bedroom and when we adults went in to find them they were all, around 20 or so, laying on the top of the dresser. All of us just kept walking around and acting like we couldn’t find them and saying things like, “Now where in the world could they have hid those eggs?” After a few minutes of this Ken and Joy both just pointed to the dresser and starting saying, “There they are.” Like we were blind or something.

Pictured are the members of the eighth grade class in 1970-1971 at Colson Elementary School. (Back row) Sandra Day Hall, Ernie Sexton, Barbara Sergent, Gary Amburgey, Jet Wright, Tim Sexton, Freida Nease, Rita Cook, Zilda Meade Henson, Mr. Cook (second row) Jeanette Tacket Yonts, Joanne Amburgey Gross, Pam Sexton Taylor, Veletta Banks Martin, Carolyn Hall, Debbie Gibson, Verlene Breeding Eldridge, Trenda Sturgill Kincer, Velma Profitt Caldwell (front row) Ralph Day, Tex Isaacs, Eddie Anderson and William Amburgey, Maurice Caudill

Pictured are the members of the eighth grade class in 1970-1971 at Colson Elementary School. (Back row) Sandra Day Hall, Ernie Sexton, Barbara Sergent, Gary Amburgey, Jet Wright, Tim Sexton, Freida Nease, Rita Cook, Zilda Meade Henson, Mr. Cook (second row) Jeanette Tacket Yonts, Joanne Amburgey Gross, Pam Sexton Taylor, Veletta Banks Martin, Carolyn Hall, Debbie Gibson, Verlene Breeding Eldridge, Trenda Sturgill Kincer, Velma Profitt Caldwell (front row) Ralph Day, Tex Isaacs, Eddie Anderson and William Amburgey, Maurice Caudill

I just have one birthday to report this week, Ernie Sexton. He and I went to school together at Colson Elementary School and graduated from there and then went on to Whitesburg High School together. We lost touch with each other but since have connected again on Facebook. He and his wife Kathy are owners of East Kentucky Photography and take excellent photographs, especially of our school children and their sports. The picture posted was of our eighth grade class at Colson.

The prayer requests that I want to mention this week are for Johnny Craft, Bill and June Craft’s son, my aunt Linda Hall in Letcher Manor Nursing Home, Elaine Smith, and my pastor Bill Jones and all his family and wife.

I wish all the churches would be as full every Sunday as they will be this coming Sunday. As Oma would say, attend church Sunday. And, I say if your church has services throughout the week or Sunday evening, you should be there then, also.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5829 recently presented the Sapling Center in Whitesburg with a certificate of appreciation for Outstanding Service in Community Youth Programs. The Sapling Center is a program of Kentucky River Community Care. Pictured are (left to right) Lee Burke, Meagan Cox, Tonya Johnson, Angie Bush, VFW Chaplain Darren Atkins, Randy Dollarhyde, Joe Glispie and Roscoe Montgomery.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5829 recently presented the Sapling Center in Whitesburg with a certificate of appreciation for Outstanding Service in Community Youth Programs. The Sapling Center is a program of Kentucky River Community Care. Pictured are (left to right) Lee Burke, Meagan Cox, Tonya Johnson, Angie Bush, VFW Chaplain Darren Atkins, Randy Dollarhyde, Joe Glispie and Roscoe Montgomery.

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