Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. It was such a pretty day Friday after all the snow and rain. It was sure welcome.
We offer our sympathy to the family of Andy Bailey. He was certainly well loved by the large crowd at his funeral. He will be remembered and missed.
I enjoyed talking with my longtime and much loved friend, Anna Watkins. It’s hard to believe we’ve been friends for over 50 years. I’m hard to get rid of. We loved talking to each other; it’s almost like being with her. She’s doing pretty well.
Emma Lou Engle, I never see your sister, Anna Lea, even though she lives close to me, so I don’t know if she’s behaving. Probably not!
Shelby Bockover, I got a lot of calls about the pictures you sent me. One of your relatives wanted the big one to put in a frame. She knew most of the people and knew about the school on Pig Branch.
I sure enjoyed a visit with my friend, Tommie Baker, a few days ago. I’d been trying to get a chance to go see her. She said, “Come see me when you can.” I said, “What are you doing now?” She said, “Nothing.” I said, “I’m coming now” and I did.
Louise Shepherd’s three daughters, Shannon Banks, Pam Gardner, and Carol Day, surprised Louise with an early Easter party. They were wearing bunny ears and brought Louise the first Easter basket of her life. (I’ve never had one either.) They spent the night and had a good time. Eat your heart out, Brother Jerry Shepherd. I think it was for girls only.
My sisters, Betty Tyree and husband Bertus and Louise Shepherd, and I visited Clyde last Wednesday. I usually go on Tuesday, but it snowed. He was doing really well and he seems real contented there. That makes me feel good. I know he gets good care and he likes all the workers there.
Elzie Ray Hatton, Thelma Hall from Pine Creek called me and wanted your address. They are planning on a school reunion in May and want to get in touch with you and tell you about it. I enjoyed talking to her.
It was good weather for Easter. That was nice. I hope you had a nice Easter.
Chris and Sara Hatton and their children, Beau, Brooke, and Grace, went to the lake. It was spring break. Sandra Hatton was at their lake house with grandchildren. Billy went down Friday. They were sure to have a good time.
It’s sure looking like spring. My sons, Rob and Billy, and I enjoyed our Wednesday evening dinner at Pine Mountain Grill. Joseph Hatton and his girlfriend, Hannah, joined us. We enjoyed it.
My son, Astor “Red” Hatton, is expecting his daughter, Kathy Nelson, and her daughter, Caroline, of Alabama, to visit through their spring break. Kathy is a teacher there and Caroline is a student.
My brother, Hillard Howard, and wife Marsha have been on a vacation. I think they went to Georgia. It’s hard for me to keep up with all my family.
My sister, Louise Shepherd, will be having a birthday on April 30. You can call her and find out how old she will be.
May God bless all of you with good health and happiness. Try to be in church somewhere this week.