Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well. Pull up a chair and let’s visit.
Lula Mae (Adams) Cooper of Richmond, Ind., I tried four times to call you at the number on your letter, 765-962-7745, and couldn’t reach you. They told me to check my number and try again. I’ll try to write you soon. Lots of folks here remember your family, Peggy and Dave Adams, and you four kids. I remember your sister Cora Lee called you “Lu Mae”. I hope you come back for Mountain Heritage this year. We are having a Howard family reunion on Sept. 26. We are looking forward to that. Send me some pictures so I can see if you’ve changed as much as I have.
Jim Cornett, I enjoyed your letter and the story behind the pictures. You wanted to know what year I left Blackey. It was 1941. I was 11 years old. Don’t start counting. I’m a lot older than you. Your parents were our neighbors for a while. I remember your parents real well and some of their families. I’ll take care of your pictures and get them back to you.
I was sorry to hear of Shelby Bockover losing her husband Bobby. She sent me a picture of them on their 70th birthdays. Their birthdays were close together. I read about them in Christine Fields’s column. By the way, Christine, you do a good job. I know all the people you write about but I can’t place you. I probably know you also.
That Dorthy Tackett has been on the road again. She went to Folly Beach, S.C., with her daughter Charlene and husband Ricky Mason and their son Blake Mason and wife and their son Tucker, who Dorthy said was very smart. I think all our grandchildren are smarter than we were.
I hear some more of our stores will be closing out, Hoover’s Carpet and Hoover’s Furniture. I hate it when that happens. I’m a firm believer in spending our money at home. I think it would help the economy here.
The mining company my son worked with in Vicco has been bought out by some Canadians. I hope they will keep the ones who work there. I hear they are some of the best. I hate to hear of the people being against coal. It has been our living here all my life. It’s what keeps our lights on. I hope our leaders will realize that.
My sons, Billy and Rob, and I enjoyed our dinner at Pine Mountain Grill last Wednesday. It was Billy’s birthday. Three of Sandra and Billy’s children joined them, Angie Mullins and Sam and Ellie, Jamie Hatton and wife Julie and little Anna, and Joseph and Hannah, and also my sister Louise Shepherd joined us. We all enjoyed it.
My sister-in-law Joyce Howard and I visited Clyde. He said he had broken his shoulder and it turned out he had a small fracture. They took him over to Hazard Hospital. They put his arm in a sling and said it would be OK. My son Billy and I and Joyce Howard went down and then we went to Captain D’s for lunch. It was good. I sure appreciated them going down. I’m going to quit calling Joyce an in-law. She’s a real sister to us. She never had one.
I ran into Marie Hale of Whitco. I was glad to see her. I hadn’t seen her in a while. I also saw Shirley Trent at Food City. That’s one good thing about going to the grocery, you never know who you will see. I always look around.
My pastor Bro. John Conn has been under the weather. He went to Lexington for a heart cath and it was OK.
I just heard Velma Slone of Cowan was in Whitesburg Hospital really sick. I hope she is doing better.
Elzie Ray Hatton in Tennessee, I hope you had a happy birthday last Wednesday, same as my son Billy. I’ve been showing off the picture of you and your wife Irene. With all your garden vegetables and all the canning you have been doing, I won’t worry about you going hungry. That was sure some pretty canned stuff. I think you said you had already canned 450 cans and weren’t through. All I can say is wow!!
May God bless all of you and may the sick get better and remember to go to church this week and give thanks for God’s blessing.