Hello everyone, how in the world are you? I hope you are doing OK and surviving this hot weather. It sure takes the sap out of you. I like it better than the snow and ice.
I try not to complain for it’s a day the Lord has made and we should appreciate it and enjoy it. And I do.
I attended the funeral of Bobbie Jean Collins and met so many friends there, one in particular, Joanne (Dixon) Frazier. We started first grade together at Blackey. We still recognized each other. I talked about old times.
It was so good seeing my niece Margaret (Hatton) Combs and her son Kenny. They sang at the funeral. I had never heard them and they sure did good! Also, my nephew Caleb Hatton sang and he always does a good job. Jerome Hatton was there taking care of the funeral and Larry Everidge.
I told everyone it was like a family reunion for me — so many friends I hadn’t seen in a while, the Sexton sisters, Gary Joe Bennett and Shirley Breeding, a special friend. We became such good friends while our husbands were in the Veterans Center. We rode together to see them. Thanks again, Shirley.
I’m sure you think I have talked a lot this week. I have, there’s been a lot going on.
My sister Kathleen Brock has been in a Lexington hospital but came home on Friday. She still needs prayer, but we are glad she is home now.
We wish Tracie Howard and Dorthy Miles belated birthday wishes.
I was sorry to hear of the death of Merlene Day’s brother and our sympathy goes out to her. I lost a brother, Eddie Howard, in 2000 and I still miss him terribly.
I also attended the funeral of Ralph Caudill of Whitesburg. Our sympathy goes out to his wife Wanda and her children and all the family.
My grandson Chris Hatton and his family are home from their vacation in Myrtle Beach and reported a great time.
My friend Betty Asher in Columbus, Ind., called and told me her aunt Novak Banks had been real sick but was some better. They always visit me when they come in. I hope she is OK now.
Anna Watkins of Florida called me and told me she had a birthday. She is the same age as my husband Clyde. I am not telling. She wouldn’t mind if I did.
She is also expected another grandchild. I’m not sure how many that will make her. I knew the dadto be, her son Ben. I knew him when he was a baby.
We were so glad to get the good rain and we need more. Send down the rain, Lord.”
I got a call from cousin Ruby Howard in Fort Wayne, Ind. They were all about the same and all needing prayer.
I saw Linda (King) Polly in Food City with her daughter. They wanted me to say they wished Joe Bates a belated happy birthday. Joe, I still think my goats were cuter than yours. You never did think so.
I enjoyed talking to an old Blackey friend, Martha (Dixon) Burns. She wanted to know who were the parents of Shelby Jean Feltner. I found out for her. They were Cal and Hermie Miller of Blackey. Shelby sings was a gospel group, Heaven’s Jubilee, on the Beattyville station and she dedicated a song to me. I have had so many people cal me and ask about her. Viola Caudill called and said Shelby looked like the late Bonnie Adams who always prayed for her when she was sick. Bonnie wrote for The Eagle for many years. She lived on Sandlick up the road from me.
My son Larry Hatton got a letter from Loretta Lynn and a picture from her when she was very young and beautiful. Larry was pleased to get it.
Marie Boyd of Dante, Va., called and thanked me for putting the picture of Earl King in The Eagle. She remembered all the King family and loved them. She lived in Marlowe a long time ago and reads The Eagle. She was a cousin of Wanda Caudill. Marie said she has two granddaughters whose birthdays are on July 4.
It was good hearing from Esther (Tackett) Wagner. She asked about my sister Kathleen. She’s also been having health problems. I hope she’s feeling better. She was one of our Marlowe girls .
Our homecoming at Whitco Pentecostal Church started on Monday and will go on all week. Our pastor, Bro. John Conn, and the congregation invite everyone.
I know you are tired reading. May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week.