Hello, everyone. Hope you are all doing well. Today is Saturday and I’m getting ready to go to our Hatton Christmas party for Clyde at the Veterans Center. I hope all my family can make it. They are going to try. Last year we had 41 present. We sure enjoyed it. We thought it was our best Christmas ever — just being together.
We saw lots of people at the First Baptist Church for their Angel Food. I enjoyed seeing everyone.
I ran into an old neighbor at Save-A-Lot the other day, Riley Caudill. He wasn’t doing very well and he said his wife, Margaret (Page) Caudill, wasn’t doing well either. Margaret’s family, the Pages, were good friends for many years at Marlowe.
I went to Grandparents Day last week with Sandra and Billy Hatton to eat with our grandson, Sam Mullins. It was good seeing Bruce Gilley. He was asking about Thelma Cornett, who is in Letcher Manor. I think she had an accident. I hope she is better by now. I also saw Van Webb and wife Betty and lots of other people. I mostly knew the greatgrandparents of the children there, a big generation gap.
I enjoyed dinner at Pine Mountain Grill with my sons, Rob and Billy, and his son, Joe, and Angie Hatton Mullins and her two cute children, Sam and Ellie Beth. We saw Nanetta Dingus there with some friends. She and Louise Shepherd had been to Dollywood and had a real good time.
My good friend is in Whitesburg Hospital. I kept calling her and couldn’t reach her. Her daughter, Darlene, told me she was in the hospital, so I went up and had a good visit with her. She had a fall and was pretty sick.
I got a call from a Marlowe friend, Marie Boyd, wife of the late Paul Boyd, who was a brother of Gary Boyd. She told me she had lost two sons in less than a month. One was Tony Boyd, who died August 7 at age 41, and the other one, Ray Boyd, died on Sept. 30 at age 47. She was so sad! We talked about a lot of the people who lived in Marlowe. I believe she said they moved from there in 1967. They live in Virginia now. She remembered the Andrew Clay family.
There are a lot of folks sick with a virus. It’s good to visit the sick and let them know we care about them.
I really appreciate the many Christmas cards I’ve received. I’ve sent out a lot myself and I still have some more to go. I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.
I wish my little great-grandson, Loren Hatton, son of Dr. Kevin Hatton and wife Adrienne, a happy birthday on Dec. 21. He was two years old. He has a big brother, Will Hatton, who will soon be 4 years old.
I hope I have lots of things to write about our Christmas party at the Veterans Center next week and maybe some pictures.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week.