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History society to discuss 1927 deaths

Blair Branch


Eliza Jane Blair turns one year old on July 31. She celebrated with a Picnic for a Princess at Kingdom Come State Park. Eliza is the daughter of Josh and Callie Blair of Jeremiah.

Eliza Jane Blair turns one year old on July 31. She celebrated with a Picnic for a Princess at Kingdom Come State Park. Eliza is the daughter of Josh and Callie Blair of Jeremiah.

Hello all! I hope each and every one of you had a great week and are doing well. Wasn’t the weather on Sunday wonderful?

We definitely picked the perfect day to have a gettogether with the family to celebrate our boys’ birthdays. Thanks to everyone who came over to have cake and ice cream with us.

Josh and Callie Blair’s baby girl, Eliza Jane, also had a celebration on Sunday, at Kingdom Come State Park, with a Picnic for a Princess. She will be one year old on July 31.

Dixon Memorial Old Regular Baptist Church had its bread baking for sacrament on Saturday night and then communion on Sunday. Both services were blessed and it was nice that there were several people there.

Laramie Adams still needs prayers. He has been back in UK hospital and had to have some procedures and more surgery. He is still having complications from his initial gallbladder surgery a couple months ago. Remember his family as well. They are worried sick about him.

Hannah Nicole Ruth Profitt turns seven years old today (Wednesday). Her parents are Ralph and Patty Profitt of Little Colley, and she has an older brother, Scott, 18. Her grandparents are the Rev. Conard and Carolyn Profitt of Isom, and Ralph and Karen Profitt of Whitesburg.

Hannah Nicole Ruth Profitt turns seven years old today (Wednesday). Her parents are Ralph and Patty Profitt of Little Colley, and she has an older brother, Scott, 18. Her grandparents are the Rev. Conard and Carolyn Profitt of Isom, and Ralph and Karen Profitt of Whitesburg.

Wilma Halcomb has been in the hospital also. She was having stomach pains, running a fever, and had some infection. She was first at Whitesburg, but they transported her to Pikeville late Sunday evening for dialysis.

Daddy, Allen Whitaker, went to see her and he said she was a real sick lady. I hope she starts feeling better quickly. I’ve always loved my Aunt Wilnk (as we call her) to death.

Wade and Lena Whitaker’s youngest son, Alex, visited the emergency room on Friday. He had been having stomach pains for several days. They did xrays, a CT, and blood work, but couldn’t find anything wrong. He still isn’t feeling 100 percent better.

Inez Day of Kingscreek, died Wednesday, July 24, at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center at the age of 82.

Inez was the daughter of the late Benjamin Ratliff and Edna Blackburn Ratliff. She was the widow of Morgan Day. Surviving are 3 daughters, Peggy Sturgill, Marlene Gibson and Penny Blair, all of Kingscreek; 1 son, Morgan Day; 4 brothers, Larry Ratliff of Vicco, Paul Ratliff of Jacksonville, Florida, Dennis Ratliff of Deane, and Bennie Ratliff of Wolfpen; 2 sisters, Janice Banks and Reba Dunn, both of Premium; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held at Kingscreek Community Church with Jimmy Dotson, Dennie Amburgey, and Tim Amburgey officiating. Burial was in the Day family cemetery in Kingscreek.

Please keep the family in your prayers as they go through this rough time. Dewayne, Erica, Hailey, Brittani, and Derrick, I love you all and am so sorry for your loss.

West Letcher Oral History Society will meet at 6 p.m. at the Blackey Public Library on Aug. 26 to discuss the 1927 flood and mining deaths. The goal of West Letcher Oral History Society is to preserve our past, one story at a time. We will be compiling history from the following areas: Isom to the Knott County line, down Hwy. 7 to the Perry County line, through Linefork, Kingscreek, and Roxana.

Please plan to join us for the meeting. We encourage you to bring any photos or stories that you would like to share. We realize very few people are going to have firsthand knowledge of some of these events, but we are interested in stories about these happenings that have been passed down from one generation to the next. Hope to see you there.

I’d like to ask everyone to please come out and support the kids of the Letcher County 4-H. The annual 4-H yard sale will be on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 31, Aug. 1, 2, and 3. Proceeds from the 4-H yard sale will benefit all programs of the Letcher County 4-H and will help pay for the kids to go to the Kentucky State Fair.

I only have a few birthdays to share this week. Eliza Blair will celebrate her birthday on July 31; Charlene Halcomb, Ryan Phillips, and Robbie Williams, Aug. 6.

I hope your special day is filled with all the love and laughter in the world!

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad you get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week.

If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call or you may email me at alanacouch@hotmail.com.


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