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Family celebrates March birthdays




The principal of Letcher County Central High School, Gracie Maggard, is pictured with the cast of The Beauty and the Beast.

The principal of Letcher County Central High School, Gracie Maggard, is pictured with the cast of The Beauty and the Beast.

Even though Jenkins Mountain was covered with snow Saturday morning, my sister, Lucille Tacket Graves, and her family were able to make it to Mom’s for our March birthday gettogether.

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My brother and I both have birthdays in March so we have this tradition that we started way back when of getting together in the month of March. Now Albert and I aren’t the only ones with March birthdays in our family.

Well, this year we had a wonderful surprise. My nephew, Lucille’s son Philip Marshall Graves, was here from South Dakota. He enlisted in the Army when he graduated from high school and he and his wife, Kymberly Graves, and their three children are now in South Dakota.

Lucille’s brother-in-law passed away last year and his memorial services were Saturday. So, they were all headed to Knott County and so they were also able to be with all of us that evening. We had a wonderful time and it being a surprise made it that much more special. I love being able to reminisce when we get together for a happy reason.

Keaston Maggard, one of Jeanette Tacket Yonts’s former students from Martha Jane Potter Elementary School, stands with Gavin Sexton.

Keaston Maggard, one of Jeanette Tacket Yonts’s former students from Martha Jane Potter Elementary School, stands with Gavin Sexton.

My husband took my oldest granddaughter, Drew Eden Hampton, to the Stargazing event that went on Friday night at the Truth Ministries property. He said they had telescopes set up and a bonfire going where they were roasting s’mores and wieners. They had a really good time. Thanks to James Pennington and all the others that had anything to do with this.

Mom and I attended the evening services for Jimmy Boggs at Rockvine Baptist Church. He was married to my first cousin, Linda Sharon Boggs. We saw all kinds of people we knew, and one of them was David Standifer.

His dad was Theodore Standifer and I don’t remember his mom’s name. They lived on Stinking Branch when I was a young girl. Theodore’s granddaughter, Alicia Day Cook, is now one of Mom’s good neighbors. Mom thinks the world of her and her husband Wendell Cook.

Well, the Rook Tournament last week from what I heard was a good one. The players from Letcher Senior Citizens that attended were Mandy Sue Miles, Iona, Elmer Hammonds, Bessie Adams and Lydia. The winners were Mandy Sue Miles and Iona.

There’s going to be a bowling tournament some time soon and a lot of our senior citizens are practicing for that now. They sure enjoy spending the morning using the bowling alley. A lot of the seniors are also using the walking track and all the other machines upstairs. It was good to see Imogene Sexton able to walk around the track again.

Robert Wagner is also walking again. Praise God! I messaged his daughter, Peggy Cook, and she said that Robert has been able to start using his walker again with some help. She said he wants to go home so much. He was admitted to the hospital Nov. 4 and after being there for awhile was admitted to the nursing home.

Junior Kuracka is also now at Letcher Manor. Please remember all of the residents there in your prayers. Especially my Aunt Linda Hall.

Something else that has been going on in Whitesburg this past week is the play, Beauty and the Beast, at LCC, which was put on by their drama team. From what I saw on Facebook all the performances have been outstanding. I think one of Oma Hatton’s granddaughters was in it. I would love to have seen it but by the time I tried to buy tickets for Sunday they were sold out. I have seen quite a few of their productions and they have all been excellent.

Here’s another little entry from Daddy’s journal. This is just as he wrote it. Misspelled words and all. This is one of my favorites and he not only put it in his journal but he told it to us many times when we would ask for stories:

“One day all the older ones was talking about a new bed room suit a woman had that lived down below us. She had just got it. I begged Mommy in to letting me go down to see it. So she did. I went down looking all around for a ‘suit’. She had on a pair of slacks, so when I got back home Mom asked me did I see it. Yes I said, she had it on. Of course I didn’t know what they was laughing about.”

Daddy would tell this story and bust out laughing at himself. I loved listening to it. Wish I could listen to him tell again.

Remember to pray for all those who have lost loved ones and remember this Sunday to attend church somewhere. If your church has services throughout the week or Sunday night God would want you there then, too.


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