Whitesburg KY

Have you made your Kentucky Derby hat yet?


I hope everyone had a good week. Thank God for the beautiful sunshine.

Our seniors had a very successful hot-dog sale last Friday. We really appreciate everyone who bought a dinner and the ones who helped.

Glenda Banks came to pick up some dinners, and ended up helping for awhile. She and Archie are always willing to lend a hand. Thanks to Beckham Bates Elementary School for its support, and also all the ones in Isom.

Trenda Kincer also came by and helped. Trenda is so happy to be expecting a new grandbaby. A baby is such a blessing. I thank God for my grandchildren and great-grands.

Special birthday wishes are sent out to Hazel Tolliver, Marlee Baker, Caleb Baker, Gina Hall, Jaronda Isaac and Jay Slone. We heard Josie made Jay a special cake and I’m sure he enjoyed it.

Have you made your Derby hat yet? Don’t make yours prettier than mine. I want to win a prize. We are so excited about our Derby party. Why don’t you plan on coming by? We would like to see you there. You really don’t have to make a hat nor ride a horse if you don’t want to. It will be fun to watch our horses and riders, though!

The Letcher County senior cheerleaders will be performing for us and you know Ruby Maggard still has the moves. She just can’t be beat and has so much fun.

Please pray for LaRanda Baker Cornett and her baby. She is still losing weight.

Ann Thomas and I attended the funeral service for our friend and neighbor, John J. Sexton. His nephew sang a beautiful song, ‘May God Lift Up His Children’. Tim and Michelle and his companion Mary and John’s sisters Betty and Cora were there. I hadn’t seen them for many years but they are as beautiful as they were when much younger. Their brother Wade let us in on the secret of staying young and it must work for he looks much younger. Elmer, Helen and their family were so close to John, they will miss him so much. We love all this family.

I visited with Landon Sexton for a bit and he is doing well, but he assures me he is going to look in the mirror more often.

I also visited with Effort and Von Tackett. She shared some pictures that she had received from her brother Cecil’s son Mark.

One of the pictures was of the old homeplace of my grandparents, Dave and Dakota Sturgill. My uncle Grant, his wife Hettie and their son James Lloyd and another couple were on the porch. I believe the other couple could be Lovell and Imogene Sexton. Von hopes Imogene can identify it. I love pictures!

The Letcher County Historical Society has five pictorials at the printer and I will let you know when we are ready to have a presale. Also our newsletter is at the printer, so if you haven’t paid your dues for this year the time to do it is now.

Potter Monument has set a few stones for the Society this week. If you know of an unmarked grave, please let us know. You can call any member of the Society for information. The names will be added to our list and stones bought as funds become available.

Saw David and Amy Combs at Walmart with their children. Peyton was doing his shopping. Amy said her brother Brian’s twins were growing and so adorable. I know Wendell and Alicia are thrilled.

Ashley Shea Benton has had a good time with Janie and Doug. Tony and Katina were both out of town for classes. She also likes spending time with her cousins, Marlee, Emily and Max.

I received a call from Otho and Pat Holcomb of Ohio. They baby-sit a greatgranddaughter a day or so a week and really love it. Pat says Billie and Woody McKinney still need prayers. Woody is to start another treatment.

A lady in Indiana would like to get in touch with a classmate from the 1962 graduating class of Whitesburg High. Her name is Sheron Elaine Combs. Call me at 855-7338 and I will relay the information.

Bobby Joe Pass, I owe you an apology. The music I was sending you was taken from my car, along with my Bible. I just hope the “borrower” reads my Bible, even if he or she doesn’t listen to the music. Anyway, thanks to Bobby Joe for the great music he sent and I am enjoying it, and also remembering to always lock my car doors.

Clester’s brother Charles called, asking about all the family. He and Jackie are about the same. We miss them so much.

Buford Caudill went to Millstone and recorded a cemetery for the Society. It has Jesse B. Adams’s, Dolph Holbrook’s and Lee Johnson’s families buried there. Does anyone know the name of this cemetery? Buford says his brother Orville is doing well after his recent surgery.

My neighbors, Ricky and Phyllis Yonts, went to the meeting of the Public Service Commission and the power company the other night. They had made pictures of the many lines in the trees in our area. He was allowed to speak and to present the pictures. Ricky said so much of what is on the minds of all. Thank you, Ricky, for standing up for us. They went to the Pikeville meeting.

Sue Banks, Edison Banks and a few others went to the meeting in Hazard. Sue said a few things on our behalf and hopefully the commission will consider all this when making the decision on the rate hike.

I talked to Minnie Sexton Sefton. She is coming to Letcher County in about a month to visit family and friends and to do some research. I’m looking forward to meeting her. She is originally from Sandlick.

Remember Ora Lou Pierce of Cleveland who is in the hospital very sick. She has a sister Alpha Sexton, who lives at Beaver Dam.

Also pray for Freddie Maggard, the son of the late Lonzo and Anita Stacey Maggard. Freddie has cancer and has been in Hazard Hospital for a week or so.

Does anyone have a set of the ‘Appalachian Crossroads’ books? Don Webb has a friend in Florida who wants them. He needs volumes 2, 3 and 4.

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