Whitesburg KY

It’s nice that spring is finally here

By the time this week’s paper comes out it will officially be spring. Yipee! Even though we haven’t had a very bad winter, it’s still nice to think that spring is here.

Last week’s dip into the teens at night was probably cold enough to freeze out the birds, fruit trees, and early crops. Hopefully not.

The grass is beginning to grow, which means cemetery upkeep will start soon. Vergle Caudill will be in charge of the Hampton and Dixon cemeteries behind Letcher School, again this year.

Donations for the upkeep can be sent to him at: Vergle Caudill, Box 172, Blackey, KY 41804, or call him for more information at 606-633-8006.

Homer Smith will be in charge of the Nancy Back, Dixon and Smith cemeteries above the Dixon Memorial Church, and if you have loved ones resting there, please send your donations to: Homer Smith, 218 Sycamore Loop, Jeremiah, KY 41826.

All help is appreciated. It’s not easy to keep the local cemeteries nice and neat if there’s no donations coming in. Those who oversee the job are to be commended for their time and effort.


Last week our Letcher Area Homemakers met and tacked a beautiful quilt top that Jean Hampton had made from quilt squares of the late Maxie Hampton. We will keep it for a fundraising project later on.

We had vegetable soup and cake for dessert as our lunch, and enjoyed our day together. Plans were made to visit “The Ark” and other topics concerning the club were discussed.

Our area lost a wonderful neighbor and friend with the passing of Stella Elam. In her long life she touched so many lives and her family has lost such a precious mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Stella was a daughter of the late Jerry and Lula Back Smith, and the mother of Richard Smith and Nancy Walls. She leaves behind a large host of cousins, family and friends who have fond memories of her.

She attended Stuart Robinson School and later worked at Wardrup’s Meat Packing Plant, Letcher Manufacturing, Columbia Gas and MCHC, and was a devoted member of the SRS Alumni Association, the Back/Bach Genealogical Society and the DAR.

Stella was one of the most intelligent people you would ever meet. I was always in awe of her memory, sense of humor and intellect, as were others.

Our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. She was laid to rest in the Burton Hill Cemetery on Thursday, March 9.

Last week Jerry and Bonita Adams, Don and Coreen Pridemore and I all took a trip to the Amish community at Liberty. We bought plants at the greenhouse, stopped by the Bulk Food Store and had lunch at the “Bread of Life” buffet restaurant, and I bought some push-plow handles and a few things for my shop at the Dutchman Market.

Our sympathy to the family of C. J. Feltner, and the family of Dan Caudill. Both recently passed away and leave broken hearts behind.

That’s all for now, sorry.

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