Hello, everyone. Hope you are all doing well.
The weather is nice and comfortable these last few days. I think we will go into an early fall. That will be fine with me, but I’m not real anxious for an early winter. I really like all the seasons even the snow if it stays off the roads. Sometimes we do have that kind.
I finally got around to going back to the Ermine Center. It was good seeing everyone. I saw an old Marlowe girl, Sara (Marcum). I don’t know her married name. She was married to the late Glen Stidham. She married again after he died. She sure was looking good, and so was Helen Bentley, who is 94 years young and I mean young. She gets around so well.
My son, Rob, and I had to eat alone on last Wednesday evening. Billy didn’t get off work in time. We enjoyed the food and seeing everyone.
I enjoyed seeing Ernie Collier who used to work at Whitesburg Hospital and was such a good friend of my sister, the late Della Pennington. He has his wife and one of his daughters with him. I think she plays basketball.
I talked to my friend, Roberta Willie. She and her husband, Robert, are doing well. I’m supposed to be getting a picture of her brother, Roland Brown’s, grandson so I can show him off.
I enjoyed a call from Audrey Baker a few nights ago. She’s been working at Whitesburg Hospital for a long time. She was also a good friend of my sister, Della. She has had a complete hip replacement at Hazard Hospital and is recuperating. She wants to thank Donnie Fields and Dr. Sharmer, who did her surgery, and all the nurses at Hazard Hospital and also the girls from Whitesburg for the cards, flowers and gifts. They were all so nice.
We offer our sympathy for the family of Willie Allen of Isom. I was at the funeral home and there was a very large crowd there and everything went well. The singing was all beautiful, the Niece family and Janet Patrick and her mother Carolyn Profitt, and Josh Sturgill preached really well.
There were so many people I hadn’t seen in a long time. Pricy and Bluford Elswick and their family, thank you for the nice things you said about my column. It sounds so boring to me when I read it. About every week I threaten quitting. I’m glad if anyone does enjoy it. Lots of folks enjoy the pictures I put in.
My sons, Larry, Billy and Astor, are all getting ready to go to the races at Bristol. I don’t think Rob will make it this year. They love it when all four of them get to be together. They always have a good time.
The Howard family reunion will be on Sept. 27 at Carr Creek Lake at the Dogwood Shelter. It’s so beautiful there. This will be our first time there. You turn off at the traffic lights like you are going to Hindman and it’s over on the right side after you pass the bridge. We expect to have a large crowd. There are lot of Howards!
The Hatton reunion will be August 30 at Cowan Community Center. We are also expecting a large crowd there. There are still lots of Hattons scattered all over.
My little great-grandson, William Hatton of Lexington, son of Dr. Kevin and Adrienne Hatton, grandson of Robert Hatton and the late Joan (Trent) Hatton and Diann and Chaffin White of Louisville, will be having his third birthday on Sept. 1. He has a little brother, Loren.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week.
This news from the Ermine Senior Citizens Center:
“The Ermine seniors had a hot dog sale last week. We sold 96 dinners.
“We are going to the Blackey Center today (Wednesday) to share their potluck. We will be having them come to our potluck on Thursday, August 28. We look forward to having them visit.
“We are planning a fall festival for October. We always have a lot of fun and invite everyone 60 and over to come visit us anytime. If you come one time you will be hooked. We have wonderful workers here and wonderful senior citizens. We are like a big family.”