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John L. Lewis made a difference in coal miners’ lives

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Pictured is the late Eddie Howard. Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton says, “We still miss you, brother!”

Pictured is the late Eddie Howard. Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton says, “We still miss you, brother!”

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. It’s been a busy week for me, but a good one.

We didn’t get to have our revival last week because of sickness. Bro. Jimmy Jewel’s sister had a stroke. We hope we can have the revival at a later date. We were really looking forward to it.

Some of our family got together at Pine Mountain Grill a few days ago. My brother Charles Howard, Kathleen Brock, Betty Tyree, Judy Greene and her little grandson Cooper, the eightmonth old son of Jerome and Chrystal Hatton, and myself. The baby kept us entertained. He is so cute!

I talked with Ruby Howard the other day. She needs everyone’s prayer, and also Dexter and Brenda Howard and Ken Howard, all of Ft. Wayne, Ind.

I visited with some folks at Whitesburg Hospital a few days ago. Ruth Tackett used to work there when my sister, the late Della Pennington, worked there.

Ruth had some visitors there, Linda Mullins and John Lewis Hall. I told him my dad, Bill Howard, and my husband would have loved his name.

The late Cinda and Bill Howard, parents of 14 children who think they were the best and we miss them terribly, says Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton. Their children are Oma, Eddie, Louise, Kathleen, Della, Betty, Hubert, John, Jack, Hillard, Charles, Joann, Judy and Bob. Eddie and Della are deceased.

The late Cinda and Bill Howard, parents of 14 children who think they were the best and we miss them terribly, says Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton. Their children are Oma, Eddie, Louise, Kathleen, Della, Betty, Hubert, John, Jack, Hillard, Charles, Joann, Judy and Bob. Eddie and Della are deceased.

John L. Lewis sure made a difference in the coal miners’ lives and I’m sure lots of people named their babies after him. I think of him every time I got to the UMWA hospitals that he made possible for us.

I also visited with S.T. Wright’s friend who was in there with a broken arm and in a lot of pain. I hope she is feeling better. My brother, John Howard, was visiting her also.

I saw an old Marlowe friend there, Linda (King) Polly and her daughter, and Merrill Landrum was there. Linda’s husband, Rick Polly, was in the hospital, and I think he might have been having surgery.

I visited my sister-in-law, Jenetta Howard, in rehab. She’s homesick to go home.

I want to say happy late birthday to a sweet lady, Frieda Ratliff, and happy anniversary to some fine people, Doug and Janie Frazier and Charles and Shirley Day on April 19, and hope you have many more.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Avis Boggs Caudill. She has been a good friend for many years, and also to the family of Archie Wayne Brown. He was a son of Donald Brown’s brother, Archie Brown. Donald is the husband of my sister, Joann. They were in here last week visiting them.

It was good talking to my friend Anna Watkins recently. She and her family were doing okay. They all live in Florida.

I went to a great party at Fishpond Lake last Thursday evening. It was a celebration of the life of the late Earnest Cook. He would have been 80 years old.

They all told funny stories about him. He would have been glad to see so many of his family there. So many pretty children he never got to see.

We had delicious food and all the children fed the ducks. I was glad they invited me and treated me like one of the family. They said I was one of them, and I feel like I am.

You can’t have too many families, can you? I wish everyone felt that way. There is so much hate in the world, and even in families.

We went to the funeral of Archie Wesley Brown last Saturday, a son of Archie Lee and Bertha Brown of Whitaker. He was only 38 years old. We offer our sympathy to all the family. We seem to be losing so many friends.

It was so sad to hear about the bombing in Boston, and I felt so sorry for the two young men’s parents and family members, and for all who lost loved ones. There is so much of that happening.

I don’t know why things like that happen; why can’t people live in peace and love everyone? Things like that should never happen.

We are so blessed to live in this country.

Everything is looking so pretty. The trees are all green, and the redbud and dogwoods are blooming and the flowers are so pretty. It’s hard to stay indoors.

It’s still a little cold and I have some chair painting I need to do. When I get in the mood, maybe I’ll do it.

May God bless all of you and all the sick get better. Try to be in church somewhere this week if you are able. So many are not able and would love to go.


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