Whitesburg KY

Hopkins, Gibson family preparing for reunion


This bear was on the Cumberland side of Pine Mountain. (Photo by Carla Smith)

This bear was on the Cumberland side of Pine Mountain. (Photo by Carla Smith)

Hello everyone — Welcome to summer which started June 20 at 11:32 p.m. Summer reminds us of vacations and family time. The fun-filled dreams of our youth are related to summer.

The Joseph Hopkins and Manerva Gibson family reunion will be held on June 26. These are the descendants of Nora and Dee Boyd; Thelma and Charlie Banks; Beulah and Cassel Caudill; Geneva and Edison Caudill; LouAma and Edgar Banks; Minnie Vae and Bernard Banks; Mattie Vern and Russel Banks; and Virginia and Myrel Brown. This is my favorite day of the year. I am looking forward to seeing family and friends on that day.

Feel Better Wishes are being sent to Kenny Banks, Edison Banks, Janice Wolod, Bob Gatton, and Cassie Blanchard.

Congratulations to Jaimie Mefford on passing her state boards for nursing. She had to go to Louisville for the test. Jaimie and her husband, Skylar, live in Amelia, Ohio. Her parents are Susan and Tony Ware of Lexington. I’m very proud of Jaimie LeeAnn.

Anna Bledsoe of Berea and Savannah Owens of Richmond spent a week in Vera Beach, Florida visiting Savannah’s mom. I did see a picture of them riding horses on the beach.

Anna is my great-niece. Her parents are Janis and Mike Marr of Berea, her grandparents are John Campbell of Little Cowan and Ron and Debbie Marr of Elizabethtown, and her great-grandfather is Glen Brown of Whitesburg.

Anna and Savannah are both agriculture majors at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

Mike, John, and I are still playing Caton. We taught Deanna Newsome how to play and she loved the game. For those that don’t play Caton, I consider it a cross between Monopoly and Risk. Risk is not one of my favorite games but I do enjoy Caton. You can get your feelings hurt in this game.

I did buy the Letcher County- Opoly game. I haven’t played it yet. My cousin, Kathy LaMonte, has played it with her granddaughters, Emma and Ava Phillips.

Doris Ison and Patty Ball stopped by Friday evening. It was so good seeing Doris and meeting Patty. Doris is my cousin and she’s planning to go to the reunion.

My nephew Michael Campbell and his friend Rachele Johnson stopped by Friday night. John had been visiting our cousin Kathy and Michael came over to our house looking for his dad. It was great seeing them.

John, Michael, and Rachele went to Bad Branch Falls on Saturday. It sounded like a good time. I heard the water was refreshing.

John, Dianna, Mike, Michael, and Rachel went to The Pine Mountain Grill for breakfast on Sunday morning. Mike and John went there on Saturday morning also. I heard that the food was real good. Mike said he got more pancakes than he could eat.

Kathy LaMonte, Emma Phillips, Ava Phillips and I went to Lexington and back on Saturday. We went to a baby shower for Jaimie and Skylar Mefford. My sister, Susan Ware of Lexington, is the “Granny-To-Be”. It was a fun time and the parentsto be received a lot of nice gifts. Kathy and I each won a prize.

Those attending were: Jaimie and Skylar Mefford of Amelia, Ohio; Janis Marr, Addison Marr, and Cami Marr of Berea; Kathy LaMonte, Emma Phillips, and Ava Phillips of Clinton, Mississippi; Esmeralda and Larry Bray, Savannah and Reina Desiderio, and Zack Caddell of Williamsburg; Roberta Campbell of Covington; Hannah Harris of Lousiville; Susan Ware, Laura Harris, Cassie Blanchard, Susan Stamper, Barbara Campbell, Lori DeJesus, Cathey Traynor, Alecia Holman, Carmen Russell, Jennifer Jimenez, Lilliannah Jimenez, Marcie Jimenez, and Isabella Cervantes of Lexington; and Martha Wenning of Little Cowan.

Kathy and I visited with Doris Banks and Anna Yonts on Sunday. Randy Brown stopped by while we were there. Randy gave me items to put in the silent auction for our family reunion. I love spending time with family.

Verna Rayburn of Liberty, Carol Caudill of Little Cowan, and Marilyn Banks of Edinburgh, Ind. spent the weekend with Linda Lucas of Kingsport, Tenn. They all went to church on Sunday in Duffield, Va. When sisters get together, a good time is always had.

Joe Stamper of Lexington came in. He is working on his mom’s place on Little Cowan. He’s been weedeating and mowing. He’s getting everything ready for the family reunion.

I had some pedicure pampering at the Jenny Lea Beauty School. Shania did an excellent job. Mike and I went to Subway the evening of my pedicure and Shania was working there. She goes to school all day and works all evening. I had just met her that day but I’m proud of her work ethic.

At 6:13 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021, I received a phone call from “Social Security”. I was told there was fraudulent use in southern Texas with my social security number. I was told repeatedly to press “one”. So, I pressed one. Someone with a thick accent answered and said “Social Security”. At that point, I got tickled and laughed. Then I hung up.

Scammers are everywhere. Please be careful. I probably shouldn’t have pressed “one” but I wanted to see what happened. Never ever give out any personal information.

The quote of the week is attributed to Charles Bowden: “Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

If you have any news, please email Cowannews@aol.com. Thank you.

Have a wonderful week. Stay safe and enjoy life.

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