Whitesburg KY

Grandfather didn’t spare the rod


Drake Brown, a student at West Whitesburg Elementary School, earned a cupcake by donating food items to the Food Pantry.

Drake Brown, a student at West Whitesburg Elementary School, earned a cupcake by donating food items to the Food Pantry.

Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well on this beautiful day (Friday). I think we have more rain coming. That’s better than snow and ice.

I hope Sunday is a beautiful day for all the things that will be going on. It’s a special day, sunrise service and a special Easter service later, and for the children, Easter egg hunt!

My sister Louise Shepherd and I visited Jenetta Howard in rehab and also saw Sara Ison. I hadn’t seen her in a long time. She’s been a good friend for many years. We also saw Jerry Hall. We’ve know him about all his life. He’s a son of the late Ed Hall. They lived at Belcraft.

I got a call the other day from his aunt, Ruby Howard, who is my cousin. She lives in Fort Wayne, Ind. I have another cousin there, Ken Howard, who is very sick and needs prayer. He is the oldest Howard in our Howard family. He’s two days older than me. We grew up together. We had two other cousins our age, the late Guy Palumbo and Cecil Young. We were great friends and spent a lot of time with our grandparents, the late Ida and Arch Howard. We almost drove them crazy, but they loved us. Our “Pa” didn’t spare the rod with us. We spent a lot of good times in Blackey with them — good memories for us, and I hope for them also. I’m sure they loved us.

My son Bill Hatton and I went to Pine Mountain Grill for some good food and to see who all we could see. We saw Elsie Banks. I was so glad to see her. I hadn’t seen her in years. She looked good. She was with Irene Smith. I hadn’t seen her in a while either. She always looks good. I was so glad they came by and talked to us.

We also saw Sue Cornett. I was glad she came by and talked to us. I’ve always liked her and all her family. I guess everyone can tell by now, I like people./

Dorthy Tacket called me the other day to tell me her sister Linda’s husband, Dennis Hall, is in a Lexington hospital really sick and needs prayer. Please pray for him. Those Pennington girls are longtime friends, Dorthy, Linda and Pearl. They’ve lost a lot of family. They were a large family, like ours. They feel about like family to us.

Dorthy and I are the same age. We’ve kept in touch since grade school days. We ain’t telling how long that is.

I need to tell everyone our church, Whitco Pentecostal Church, will be having a revival on April 15-19 with Bro. Jimmy Jewell. He’s really good! Our pastor. Bro. John Conn, and the whole congregation would love to see you there. We are really looking forward to it.

Last Tuesday night we had some amazing preaching by a 12-year-old boy, Dawson Fields. His parents are Gerri and Jonathan Fields. They go to our church. They have two beautiful daughters. I don’t they are school age yet. They are the best-behaved children I have ever seen. That speaks well for their parents.

I couldn’t believe I was hearing that kind of preaching for someone so young. His dad is also a preacher. His mom teaches Sunday school. We had a full house that night. That wasn’t his first time to preach for us and won’t be the last, I’m sure.

Am I bragging? Sure I am. I’m proud to see someone so young doing so well.

On Sunday, we had a special sunrise service. A large crowd was there at 5:30 a.m. — that’s early! Bro. Jamie Niece really preached great. His mother, Sis. Shirley Niece, was there in a wheelchair and we were so glad to see her. It was also her 57th wedding anniversary.

She and her husband, Bro. Carfa, and their family have been a great blessing to our church and we all appreciate them.

Bro. Caleb Howard will be preaching for us this evening. We know it will be good. It’s been a great day already!

May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week if you are able. I hope I haven’t been boring.

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