Whitesburg KY

Former Letcher Countians gather for picnic

Northeast Ohio

Howdy, howdy, howdy! Hope this finds all well and getting ready for cold weather. It ain’t a’gonna be too long, ya know. Not looking forward to it myself. I’m sure we’ll have some pretty and warm days still.

Our Letcher County picnic was very successful even though the temperature never made it to 60. Attendance was down this year, we really missed y’all. We had some newcomers this year, and what delightful people they are. I do hope they will make it a yearly thing.

From Amherst we had Hillard (Hemphill) and Carma Bates (Fleming) and Orville and Jennette Flemming (Hemphill). Bub and Sola Collier also live in Amherst, and used to be our nextdoor neighbors, Bud’s dad, Enoch, was from Millstone. From South Amherst we had Buel and Phyllis Holbrook (Millstone). From Elyria there were Benjamin H. Bentley (Sergent) and Ira (Jenkins) and Shelby Maggard (Potters Fork). From Lorain we had Ray (Fleming) and Wanda Damron (Hemphill), Betty L. Armstrong (Neon), Billy J. Hall (Hemphill), Willie Holbrook (Letcher County), and Joan (Pike County), Cleda Compton Bentley (Neon), Richard (Indian Creek) and Georgia Hall Sergent (Deane), D.V. Polly (Bottom Fork) and Melda (Mayking), Ralph Holbrook (Millstone), Kathy Pullen (Salem, Ohio), Gay Leboda (Pikeville), Della Kincer, Anna Kincer (Kona), Brian, Tammy, Chelsea and Jacob Kincer (Lorain), Ricky, Joyce, Lauren and Jordan Sergent (Lorain) and Red Engle (Eolia) and Lou Sergent Engle (born Millstone, raised Indian Creek). From Oberlin: Paula Horning, Boyd Rogers (Pikeville), his wife Caroline (Paintsville). From North Ridgeville: John and Goldie Waldecki (Neon). From Sheffield Lake: Daniel (Dean) and Betty Tackett (Seco). From Sheffield Village: Emerson (Pound, Va.) and Mae Grey (Jenkins), John and Kelly Grey, Linda L. Hall (Deane), her granddaughter Melissa Hall, Deanna Bentley Fraam and her son.

From Plymouth, Mich.: Ray (Millstone) and Joyce Compton Baker (Neon). From Bowling Green, Ohio, were Shannon Isaac Tackett and Mrs. Harold (Hemphill). From Monrovia, Ind., was Geraldene Tackett Harlan (Neon). From Castalia, Ohio, were Freddy and Amy Isaac (Hemphill). From New London, Ohio, was Eva J. Messer (West Virginia). From Strongsville, Ohio ,was Paul A. Armbruster and from Egypt, Samy Gerg who now lives in Strongsville. Samy has been in the U.S. three or four months and Paul Armbruster has sorta taken this very, very nice young man under his wing, helping him find an apartment and a part-time job and taking him to church. Isn’t that an admirable thing to do? I’m thinking we could use more young people like-minded.

Our truck driver grandson, David (Bob), visited us this week. It was so good to see him, the first time since Christmas past.

I have talked to sister Jeanie and three cousins, Billy D. Sergent in North Carolina, Denver Proffit in Michigan, and Harold Taylor in Maryland. I really do enjoy their calls. All seem to be doing well but just like the rest of us, ain’t getting any younger.

I talked to Jettie. She and Chester are doing OK. Chester has to go to Cleveland Clinic soon for his annual checkup. Could be his last visit; they told him he had to go for five years and this is it. Jettie gave me the details on their new greatgrandson. He is their son, Rodney’s, first grandchild, son of his youngest daughter, Robin, and her husband, John Nelson. He weighed almost 9 pounds and his name is Gavin Richard.

We have a brand new greatgranddaughter. Bill’s daughter, Jennifer, just had a 3 pound, 15 ounce baby girl. She was delivered by emergency Csection. She had a problem with her lungs and is now at Rainbow Babies’ and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. She is improving; they removed the ventilator and she is now breathing on her own. Hopefully they will transfer her back to Elyria Memorial Hospital. I’m anxious to see and hold her. She is still without a name; Jennifer thought she had more time to come up with one. Your prayers would be most welcome for both mother and baby.

Red picked enough fresh mustard greens for a good mess and I’m gonna soak soup beans overnight to cook tomorrow. We’ll have soup beans, mustard greens, cornbread and some fried ‘taters, maybe not.

I just talked to Redia. Our baby has a name now, it’s Elizabeth Grace Ann.

Red talked to his brother, Charles. I was so very sorry to hear about the fatal wreck involving Mrs. Welch and her daughter. My dad and mom knew them really well; they went to church together. I met both Mr. and Mrs. Welch several times when I would take Mom to church, but I knew them as Junior and Lavinia. My heartfelt sympathy to all family and friends.

On this sad note I will say so long til next time. Stay well, stay safe and may you have a happy peaceful week.

Emma Engle, 4801 Clifton Ave., Lorain Ohio 44055, 1-400-233- 7548, emmalouengle@yahoo.com.

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