Whitesburg KY

Holiday season was sad at Blair Branch

Blair Branch

Hello all. I hope this finds each of you doing well and that you have had a wonderful holiday season. I loved that we had a white Christmas. It certainly makes it feel more like Christmas than it did on those days when it was 70 degrees.

I’d like to apologize for not writing lately. I saw a little quote the other day that said, “I’m so busy, I don’t know if I found a rope or lost my horse.” That about sums me up. And honestly, I really haven’t felt up to writing.

Both Thanksgiving and Christmas were pretty rough for our family. A stomach bug hit a lot of us at Thanksgiving, including Mom, Sylvania Whitaker. She has been a very sick lady and with her weakened immune system from the transplant, she is still not back to her old self. Thankfully her kidney hasn’t been damaged and is still working as it should.

Sadly, my aunt Brenda Blair, wife of Willard Blair, has been very sick and is in intensive care at UK, and we lost Aunt Edna Helton just a few days before Christmas.

It just hasn’t been a very festive year for us, but we are grateful for all the blessings we have received, and have tried to remember the real reason for the season and praise God through these storms. He will be our peace.

Edna Blair Helton of Indianapolis, Ind., passed away Dec. 21. Edna was the daughter of the late Clarence and Lucy Halcomb Blair. She was born Dec. 22, 1950. Surviving are her husband Morgan ( Jr.) Helton; two sons: Sidney Hensley III and Stuart Edward Hensley, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; two stepchildren: Debra Jean Harper and Jason Wayne Helton; five grandchildren: Garrett, Jayln, Kayla, Ashley and Logan Hensley; one step-granddaughter: Jessica Harper; nine brothers and sisters: Mary Goff of Clinton, Tenn.; Mattie Adams of Franklin, Ind.; Sylvania Whitaker of Jeremiah; Florence (Kitty) Emmons of Indianapolis, Ind.; Charles E. Blair of Whitesburg; Willard Blair of Redfox; Clifford Blair of Isom; Billy Gene Blair of Eolia; and Steven Wayne Blair of Trafalgar, Ind.

Edna was proceeded in death by her mother and father, Clarence and Lucy Blair, two brothers: Onis Blair and David Allen Blair; and two sisters: Lola Crawford and Hazel Banks. Officiating ministers were Allen Whitaker and David Jent. Visitation was held at the Blair Branch Old Regular Baptist Church and she was laid to rest at the Clarence Blair Cemetery at Blair Branch.

Mattie Blair Adams and Jonathon Blair spent the night with Mom while they were in for the services. It was good to see all of the family, but I just wish it had been under better circumstances. Please continue to pray for Sidney, Stuart, Jr., and all the rest of our family as we grieve.

I’d like to thank Letcher Funeral Home, the Blair Branch Church, and everyone who sent food, flowers, a card, or even a prayer. We sincerely appreciate all that has been done for our family. Everyone went above and beyond to help us out.

Mom had spoken with Willard on Friday and he said that Brenda is doing a little better. That is wonderful news. She needs all the prayers she can get. We are hoping that God will bless her with a complete recovery.

It has been 11 years since my great-uncle Charles Halcomb passed away. I know it is very hard for Charlene, Becky, Jean, Wiladean and the rest of their family every year at Christmas.

I hear that Bill Conn Adams’s wife, Louise, has been sick but I don’t know any details. I hope that it is nothing serious and that she recovers quickly.

Since I haven’t written in a while, I’d also like to add Den Adams’s obituary. He was a great man and will be missed by many.

Den Adams, age 70, left this earth to go to be in his heavenly home on Friday, Nov. 29.

He was born Dec. 6, 1942 in Jeremiah, the son of Arthur and Helmer ( Thompson) Adams. On Aug. 31, 1962 he married Judith A. Commers who survives. He is survived by his wife, Judith A. Adams; three children, Dennis (Lana) Adams, John Adams, and Tracy (Paul) Roddy, all of Paulding; five brothers, Alfred Adams, Isom, Bill (Louise) Adams, Jeremiah, Bud (Christine) Adams, Paulding, J.R. Adams, and Tony (Linda) Adams, both of Letcher; four sisters: Janet (Roger) Hill, Hazard, Debbie ( Woody) Adams, Jeremiah, Maggie Adams, Somerset, and Tammy Adams, Jenkins; six grandchildren: Sheri (Nate) Rhonehouse, Kelsey (Kyle) Kauser, Maycee, Madison and Bailey Adams, and Jack Roddy; and five great grandchildren: Ethan, Weston, and Landen Rhonehouse, Charlotte Kauser and one on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Shannon Adams; and three sisters, Geneva Adams, Reneva Hayes, and Anis Adams.

Visitation was in Jeremiah, on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Blair Branch Old Regular Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 7, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, Oh. Burial followed in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Belated happy birthdays to Jessica Watts-Combs who celebrated her birthday on Dec. 3; Dwana Whitaker and Hayden, Jent, Dec. 4; Michael Couch, Dec. 10; Lena Faye Whitaker, Dec. 14; Ramie Adams-Hensley, and Shannon Hensley, Dec. 16; Florence “Kitty” Emmons, Dec. 18; Pippi Grom, Dec. 21; Jordan Whitaker, Dec. 22; Gloria Price, Dec. 23; Callie Blair, Dec. 25; Robbie Adams, Dec. 28; Colton Whitaker, Dec. 29; and Wade Whitaker, Dec. 30. Morgan (Jr.) Helton will celebrate his birthday on January 2; Dennis Blair, January 6; and Karli Blair, January 8. I hope your special day is filled with all the love and laughter in the world!

Our family will have a new birthday to add to the calendar in January. My niece, Deidra Gibson’s little bundle of joy, Brantlee Luke, is due mid month. I am praying that everything goes smoothly for both momma and baby.

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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