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Former Woodrock resident Gene Back dies


By the time this week’s Eagle comes out, we will officially be into spring. You can tell it, too, by all the beautiful spring flowers and trees that are blooming with pinks, whites, yellows and reds being the main colors.

Our community was sad to learn that Gene Back, formerly of Woodrock, had died. He had moved to Gordon when his health began to fail and his nephew, Alger Bowen, took care of him until Alger’s death, then Sonny and Digger Brown took care of him.

We missed him when he moved to Gordon and didn’t see him much, but before that he usually came to Blair Branch Church and sat with Maggie Mae Back and Meidra Kiser, and he was around and about in the Jeremiah, Isom and Blackey areas.

This funeral was held at the Mt. Olivet Church at Blackey last week, and he was laid to rest on the hill above Dixon Memorial Church. Many did not know of his passing, or they would have attended the funeral.

The Letcher Area Homemakers held their March meeting last week and had an auction and bake sale. All reported having a good time.

Jerry and Bonita Adams have a new granddaughter, Sadie, who was born on St. Patrick’s Day. She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Lyndci and William Gilliam are the new parents, and Ellis and Ila Dams, Don and Coreen Pridemore are the greatgrandparents.

Little Sadie also has a grandmother, Evelyn, on William’s side, and let’s not forget her first cousin, Noah Campbell, who went down to see her on Sunday.

Everyone in the area has been very concerned about our friend, Evangene Adams, who is still very sick. The doctor has been trying to help him to get some strength back. He and Arizona are well loved by many, and we hope the doctors can help him.

Also, Doty Creek lost a good neighbor, friend and family man recently when Bruce Gilley died. He and his wife raised a large family and most of us went to school with some of the children. They will miss their father, grandfather and husband, as will we all.

His son, Bruce Jr., had open-heart surgery in February, I think, and says he is doing well with it. We hope he continues to improve.

Alma Fields has finished her rehab at Letcher Manor Nursing Home and is back home now.

Get well wishes to Vada Caudill of Blair Branch, who hasn’t been feeling well lately. Sharon stays with her some nights and keeps her going for her doctor visits to try and get her well.

Jean Hampton had her daughter, Vicki, and granddaughter, Laura, in visiting from London this past weekend. They were out at Gwen’s County Attic looking around and putting a few things in Jean’s booth.

Jean and Berma have also been opening their shop at Letcher School in the old Hampton’s Dairy Bar and Restaurant building. They are open on Thursdays.

I hope to get my Little Shop straightened up so I can open again. I had a few people call lately to look around, and I told them to just excuse the mess and feel free to look around.

The way the coal miners have been having layoffs and shorter hours worries everyone about the shape of finances in our area, which affect local merchants, grocery stores, etc. The price of gas isn’t helping anyone either. If you have to spend more for gas, that’s less to live on and less traveling folks will do, and less we’ll spend on anything.

Bob and I spent Sunday night in Lexington at our daughter Jessie and sonin law Andy’s home. We visited William, Lyndci and new baby Sadie on Sunday evening.

Lyndci’s sister, Liberty, has been there helping out too.

Bob, Jessie and I had breakfast together at Cracker Barrel, then we went on to UK Hospital to be with a friend having surgery.

We had a good crowd attending Blair Branch Church this past weekend, and Jason Adams was baptized on Sunday. Ralph Jent joined the church on Sunday just before the baptism.

We’re glad to hear that Betty Sue Banks and Mattie Lou Back are both doing better.

Vergil Caudill will again be taking care of the upkeep of the cemeteries behind Letcher School and Hampton and Dixon cemeteries. All with loved ones buried there can send donations to him at Blackey, or call him for more information.

Sandy Back Caudill is asking everyone to pray for her 18-month-old grandson, Alex, who is having health problems.

We hope his tests come back good.

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