Whitesburg KY

Hannah Ison enjoys playing with kittens


During the July 4 holiday, Dorse and Gwen Fields had all of their kids in visiting. They had a good time playing corn hole and catching up with each other. Their granddaughter, Mallory, recently graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and their other granddaughter, Michelle, will be attending Marion University in Indiana on a tennis scholarship. She was spending two weeks in Ireland with an exchange student she met in school. Dorse and Gwen recently spent a couple of days vacationing in Cherokee, N.C., and enjoyed getting away for awhile.

Little Hannah Ison spent a couple of nights with her grandparents, Roland and Carol Blair. She enjoyed playing with their little kittens and had a good time visiting. I’m sure her mom and dad, Valerie and Jason, missed her. Roland and Carol took Carol’s dad, Clayton Shepherd, with them to the Breaks of the Interstate Park and had lunch at the lodge while there. They enjoyed the beautiful scenery and had a good day together. Recently while vacationing in Ohio, Roland and Carol visited with Paul and Sue Caudill and Barbara Caudill, who is Sterlin and Mertie Caudill’s daughter-in-law, and is a very sick lady. They were glad to see their Ohio friends again.

We all send belated birthday wishes to Parlee Back, who celebrated her 80th birthday on July 29 with a surprise party with about 50 friends and family in attendance.

This past weekend was the Stuart Robinson reunion and quite a large group of former students came to be with their former classmates. I met a nice gentleman who stopped by my shop on Saturday. I believe his name was Floyd Collins and he graduated from Stuart Robinson in 1945. He was originally from Mill Branch and lives in Ohio now. He and his son stopped by and I was happy to talk with them. I also had John and Gladys Haynes Back stop by after the Stuart Robinson reunion and enjoyed talking with them. He found out that morning that his sister, Irene Brown, had died.

Irene was always so glad to have visitors stop in to talk with her at Letcher Manor. She was such a sweet lady and our sympathy goes out to her family. She was the widow of Jack Brown. Her funeral was held Monday at the Mt. Olivet Church at Blackey, where she was the last charter member of the church.

Roy Kennon and Billie Jean Smith came in last week to check on Lillie Moss Hale. They stayed with Lee and Wilma Pridemore while here and Don Pridemore had dinner with them one evening.

Last week, Coreen Pridemore, Liberty and Noah Campbell, Bonita and Lyndci Adams, Hunter, Bob, Kenny Joe, Jessie and I all loaded up for a week’s vacation at the beach. We went to Wild Dunes, S.C., just outside of Charleston and had a good time enjoying the surf and the sand. Bob, Liberty and I took Noah and Hunter to the aquarium at Charleston one day and they really enjoyed all of the different fish exhibits. They rode gocarts and climbed the climbing wall another day and we rode bikes through the Palmetto County Park a couple of times. Where do kids get all their energy? I just want to know. Coreen enjoyed finding some big seashells this year as did Bonita and Liberty and I. Kenny spent his time fishing and Jessie and Lyndci just relaxed around the ocean and pool. We all had a great time, but it is good to be home.

Just learned that Gwen Fields had to go to Lexington to have a pacemaker. She is home now and hopefully much improved.

Our sympathy goes to the family of Mae Amburgey, whose funeral was held Sunday at the Hindman Funeral Home. She was the widow of Ivan J. Amburgey.

Our sympathy also goes to the family of Richard Wright who died recently. Richard operated a secondhand store at the mouth of Spring Branch for a while and was the brother of Linda Colley.

Get well wishes to all of the sick including Lowell Caudill, Dorothy Cornett, Danny Blair, Ellis Adams, James M. Caudill, Teresa Adams, Mildred Adams, and Claudia Banks.

The annual trip to the state fair will be August 19 and if anyone would like to go on the tour bus, call Betty Hatton at 633-7021.

The following is news from Dana Smith:

“Benji, Dana and Travis Smith visited with their aunt, Rose Smith, in Michigan recently. They had a great time sightseeing and visiting with all the family. Travis attended a Kid Rock concert with his cousins, Karen, Brittani, and son David, and Jackson, who are the children and grandchildren of Rose Smith and the late John Welch Smith. It was a birthday gift that Travis really enjoyed as he turned 16 on July 21. We went bowling with Aunt Rose, Karen, Carol, Mike, Lauren, Brittani, Veronica and Gracie and of course, Rose beat everyone. While in Michigan, we visited the Henry Ford Museum, the Motown Music Museum and really enjoyed going to yard sales with Aunt Rose. We later went up to Mike and Carol’s cabin in Gladwin, Mich., for a great time on the lake. The kids enjoyed riding on the tube behind Mike and Carol’s new boat. Some of us old folks cruised along on the pontoon.

“Mary Jo Smith Blair, Comman and Martha Sue Blair and J.B. and Helen Blair went to Myrtle Beach, S.C., recently. They spent a week shopping, going to shows and relaxing on the beach. Everyone had a great time. While the Smiths and the Blairs were gone, Lillie Moss Hale (Mary Jo’s sister) spent a few days in the hospital. Lillie Moss’s sister, Anna Lou, came up from Lexington to stay with her until Mary Jo and I returned from vacationing. Lillie Moss is feeling better now. She celebrated her 83rd birthday on Saturday, August 2, with her family. Kenneth and Anna Lou Blair came up for the Stuart Robinson reunion and to be here for Lillie Moss’s birthday. Everyone enjoyed seeing them.

“The Letcher Area Homemakers will be having their regular meeting on August 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Blackey Library. Anyone who wants to come and be with us is welcome to join at any time. For further information, please call Dana Smith at 633-8585.”

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