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Combs family welcomes new baby boy

I would like to apologize to those who gave me yard sales and events that needed to be in last week’s Eagle. I forgot that Monday would be Memorial Day and I didn’t get my column in early. So hopefully it wasn’t too much of an inconvenience to those having yard sales and the Indian Bottom singing that was to kick off the Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Combs on the birth of their little son, Gary Randall. He had to stay a few days in Holston Valley Hospital because of breathing problems but is home doing well now. His grandparents are Pat Combs and the late Gary Combs, and Jeanette Adams and the late Jack Adams.

His great-grandma, Mary Lou Combs, and great-aunt, Donna Frazier, came in from Louisville and stayed three weeks waiting for the baby to be born and making sure he was well before they went back home.

The Dee and Ethel Smith family reunion was held during the Memorial Day weekend. They had almost a hundred people for the soup bean dinner held at Tommy Harris’s cabin and about the same number of family and friends attending the reunion at the Stuart Robinson Dining Hall.

All of the children of the late Dock and Dixie Smith were here to attend the reunion and visited their Caudill kinfolk while here.

Most of those laid to rest in the Dixon, Nancy Back and Smith Cemeteries behind the Dixon Memorial Church had family there to remember them during the recent memorial meeting. It was a nice morning to have an outside service and good to see those who came out in memory of their loved ones.

Some of the Virgie Adams Stacy family in-laws made it up on the hill at Horse Mill Point Cemetery for the shooting over the graves by the American Legion volunteers.

We appreciate the effort these men put out to honor and remember their fallen comrades and send our thanks to them.

We also attended the shooting at the Burton Hill Cemetery and the group there also appreciate the men for their volunteering to attend the graveyards.

We recently spent a few days in western Kentucky where Bob attended a coal mining competition and Mom and Dad, (Coreen and Don Pridemore), Jessie, and I spent our time fishing and hiking. It’s a yearly thing we like to do, staying at Pennyrile State Park, relaxing, and taking life easy.

Ivan and Freda Adams have returned home after spending some time in Florida visiting kinfolk.

Faye Taylor and Opal Adams are back after recently visiting kinfolk in Georgia.

Arnetta Mae Slone is home after suffering a mild stroke and spending a couple days in the hospital. She’s feeling lots better and hope to be able to attend the memorial up in Blair Branch.

Rodney Ison and his boys spent their time cutting and baling hay recently. Some of the grandsons and neighbors also helped him.

It’s been such a dry time here lately that the hay dries out quickly.

Our area lost a couple of neighbors lately. Beatrice Everage Short lost her battle with cancer. Her funeral services were held at the Tolson Creek Church and she was laid to rest in the Hampton Cemetery above Letcher School. She lived up on Doty Creek when she was young, but in recent years lived at Blackey. Our sympathy goes out to her family and friends during their sorrow.

Also, we lost Ray Back of Blackey, last week. He had recently fallen and was in Hazard Hospital, but it still seemed to be such a shock to learn of his death. He and Beulah were well known and loved by so many throughout the county and it was evident by the large crowd attending the visitation and funeral service.

You don’t often hear that it was a good funeral, but Ray’s service was such a nice tribute to him with a sharing of remembrances and recollections of his life, from a young lad to his older years. It was so touching to hear all the stories his brother, Reedus Back, could recall from growing up with Ray.

Beulah, Joe and the rest of Ray’s family have our thoughts and prayers during their sorrow. His funeral was held at Blair Branch Church and he was laid to rest on Elk Creek.

Johnny and Linda Combs, Hazel Adams, and Sandy Hall recently spent the day in Lexington watching David and Melody Combs’s son, Ethan, play in his Little League game, and cheering him on.

That’s all I have time to write this week. Hope I didn’t
forget too much of what people told me to put in.

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