Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. I’ve been enjoying the cool days we have been having. Good time to work outside if you want to.
We had two visitors from Pike County this week at our church, Jack Stewart and Buster Stewart. They have been there before, one time when it was snowing, but I didn’t know their names. Of course being me, I asked. We were glad to have them.
They’ve been reading The Mountain Eagle and knew all about us and the church. They said The Mountain Eagle was the best paper they knew.
Don’t tell The Mountain Eagle people that, or they will get a swelled head.
My son Bill and I went to the Pine Mountain Grill on Wednesday and saw Penny and Dan Combs. I always tell them they are the best looking couple in town.
I also saw Jim Craft and his wife there. I don’t really know her, but I’ve known Jim about all my life, when I worked for them at Craft’s Department Store in Whitesburg a long time ago.
I want to tell a special little friend, Grant Barto, a late happy birthday. Seven years old. I can’t believe he’s that old. Seems like no time since he was a baby with big, beautiful blue eyes.
My granddaughter Kathy Nelson and her daughter Caroline of Alabama have been in to visit. The visit was way too short. She has such a big family to share, her mom and her dad and all the Hatton, Mullins, and Howard families.
We did go to Pine Mountain Grill for lunch and there was no one there we knew except her cousin, Cassie Mullins, who works there.
We went to Howard Carpet to visit with Charles. Usually there are a lot of family there, but not that day.
My brother John Howard had just left, and my sister Louise Shepherd came by. We still enjoyed ourselves.
Kathy is a schoolteacher in Alabama, and her daughter Caroline just got her driver’s permit and is pleased about that. Did I say that they were both beautiful? They sure are. I even asked which one was the daughter, but of course I knew.
I just got a call from an old Marlowe boy, John Miller, a son of Woodrow and Ellie Miller, and the brother of Ada King of Miamisburg, Oh. We went to school together.
John is here for a 60th Whitesburg school reunion. They have it every 20 years. He was going to try to get by and see me, and I hope he makes it. He usually does.
My son Rob had his son, Dr. Kevin Hatton and family for a visit, and they had a great time with fireworks.
Next week his daughter Rocki and husband Matt and their children, Elise and Daniel will be coming to visit. They always have a good time.
I ran across a real old picture from 1985. One of the ladies is Rhoda Asher, who lived in Letcher, and the other was Rebecca Winchell of Jenkins. They were both in the Jenkins rest home (Golden Years) at that time.
Our church took our Sunday School class up there and let the children adopt a grandmother there to visit with and remember birthdays and things. I adopted two for me. I couldn’t decide on them.
I thought some of their relatives might see the pictures and recognize them. It was 29 years ago. I really loved them and visited them often. It brought back a lot of memories.
We have our Whitco Pentecostal Church homecoming up on July 13 with Bro. Wendell Pittman of Missouri and the Hatton reunion will be the last Saturday in August at the Cowan Community Center.
My four sons are already looking forward to the Bristol races around that time. I always look forward to getting a few days’ visit from my son Rob, and then the boys love getting together.
I think my family is home from their vacations. A lot of our church folks have been on vacation, and we’ve missed them a lot. I’m sure they needed a rest. I hope all our sick people are better.
It was good having Michael Ison at Sunday School. He works evening shift and doesn’t get to come much, but we sure enjoy it when he comes, and so does his mom Hazel Ison and his sister Jennifer Absher. All the church loves and appreciates all of them.
I sure have been missing our Bible study with Bro. Tony Brown at Dairy Queen on Wednesdays. I heard he was doing well after his knee surgery. I’m glad of that and I hope he’s able to come back soon.
I’m also missing seeing all the friends who were coming. I’m not going to mention names, you know who you are.
Well, I’m sure you are tired of reading all this, so may God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week if you are able.