Whitesburg KY

Homemakers hold early Thanksgiving

This little bit of warmer than usual November weather has been welcomed by all of us who dread the cold temperatures.

The Letcher Area Homemakers held their annual Thanksgiving dinner last Tuesday. We met at the Jeremiah Mission Baptist Church and a large crowd of members and many visitors were there to enjoy the delicious dinner.

Plans were made for our December meeting, and we will be helping to get gifts together for the Veterans Nursing Home and other local groups to help make their Christmas a little brighter.

Our Jeremiah area lost two good neighbors and friends this past week.

Elaine Back, of Spring Branch, died on Nov. 11. She was a daughter of the late Victor and Nannie Back, and was well loved throughout the area. She lived her life at the home she loved on Spring Branch, and helped many throughout her 71 years.

A large crowd of family and friends attended her memorial service on Spring Branch, where her ashes were buried beside her brother, Joey Back. It was a beautiful Saturday morning for her short prayer service. Glenn and Ann Back were able to make it from Ohio.


Barbara Culp’s sister, Kitty, and her husband came in for the service, too, as did others from out of town. Sue Hall made it to her first cousin’s graveside.

Our sympathy to all who knew and mourn Elaine. Her niece, Shasta, was so saddened by the sudden loss. It won’t be the same for Toby and Coleen Breeding and their family, who always kept a check on Elaine. Prayers for June, who found her neighbor on the day of her death.

Then just up the road on Black Bottom, lifelong resident Astor Blair died at the Hospice Center in Hazard.

He was a son of the late Bennie and Bessie Blair, and had been sick for so long. Astor hadn’t been well for some time, and lately had been from Letcher Manor to various hospitals numerous times.

His sister, Mary Helen, watched over him when he was in the nursing home, and when we’d visit, he would be in her room most times.

Astor was a likeable fellow, as was evident at Sunday’s memorial service at Blair Branch Church. The church was full of family and friends. I thought to myself how Astor would have been shocked at the turnout for him.

Sympathy for his family, Ebb, Winford, Larry, Mary and Nancy Carol, and his children, Mac and Katie. They are all going to miss him so much.

I forgot to put in last week’s column that Redstar resident “Brim” Vennis Watts had also succumbed to a long illness. He was a brother to Fred Darrell, Bob, Gid, Bo, June Bug, Mavis, Sherlene and Elvenia.

Most of our generation had one or more of his family as classmates.

He also leaves a heartbroken family, wife Alma, children Lynn and Casey, and his wonderful grandchildren, Cameron and Brandon. They will miss him so much.

Tammy Adams was having surgery this past Monday. Hope all went well. Linda Hatton came down to sit with Ila that day.

We appreciate those who came to Blackey on Saturday evening to support local artists who were set up to display their work. We had an array of talent from photography, painting, basket weaving, soap making, quilt tacking, chair bottoming, blacksmithing and music. Even ring making was displayed.

We had hoped for a better turnout, but appreciate those who came out to visit us.

The antique shops up and down Highway 7 South will be having an open house for Christmas on Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Most stores will have discounts, refreshments and a door prize. Those participating will be Olde Friends Relics at Fusonia, Bow Barn Gifts and Antiques, All In One Basket, Addie’s Treasures, Gwen’s County Attic, and Delana’s Little Shoppe.

Come on out and visit!

I hope to have Opie’s Little House, above my shop, all filled up, and N&S Farm will have plenty of goat milk lotions and soaps ready for Christmas gifts there, too.

Hoping to have some of Coreen Pridemore’s gingerbread for my refreshments at the old house of Everett and Opal Banks, that is now a larger version of Delana’s Little Shoppe.

This coming weekend will also be Blair Branch Church weekend. Feel free to come by Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

While in Asheville, N.C. for a training, Liberty Campbell became ill, and after going to the ER, had to have emergency gall bladder surgery. Noah and the rest of the family took good care of her, and they got back home on Sunday.

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