Spring finally seems to have arrived and the last couple of warmer days have the pear trees ready to bloom, and the yellow forsythia bushes are also blooming.
The daffodils have been popping out for a month now, but the other spring bloomers have been slow due to so much cold weather.
We attended visitation for Johnny Holbrook last week, as did many other family, friends and neighbors. He was well known and loved throughout the Isom area. Johnny didn’t ever see a stranger and his friendliness and sense of humor will be missed. His mother, Rosamond, ran a restaurant in Isom many years ago.
Johnny was a member of the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church, where he was faithful to attend.
Ann and Tyrone will be so lonely, and our thoughts and prayers are with them and Johnny’s brothers and sisters.
Blair Branch lost another loved one, neighbor and friend. Kathy Blair lost her battle with cancer and died at Hazard Hospital last Friday. She was member at Blair Branch Regular Baptist Church, and hadn’t been well for a long time.
Her sickness didn’t stop her from walking to her mother, Ida’s, home to help out, and to visit as long as she was able.
Our sympathy to her mother, Ida, sisters, Thelma, Freda, Joyce and Betty, brothers, Carlos and Marvin, and the nephews and nieces.
The above was carried from what I should have turned in last week.
Don, Coreen Pridemore and I, went to the Veterans Clinic in Lexington on April 2. Dad had an appointment, and after leaving there, we met Jessie Banks Scott for her birthday.
We ate and visited at Cracker Barrel and I took her a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Those Bankses love their chocolate.
It was good to spend time with my ‘baby.’
Our son, Kenny Joe, came home for a few days that week. His birthday was the 5th, and he got started with his mowing season while here.
Francine Caudill of Sycamore Loop is back home after surgery at St. Joseph Hospital, and then a stay at Cardinal Hill for a week or so of rehab therapy.
She had a rough go of it for a while, but her daughter Theresa stayed by her side through it all, and granddaughter Cierra stayed in Lexington with them during her spring break from school.
Francine thanks everyone for the many prayers that were sent up on her behalf. She will be on a walker for a while and have therapy at home too, but is thankful that the Lord has been with her during this whole ordeal.
On one of our visits to see Francine, we tried to talk Theresa and Cierra into going with us to have dinner with us at Cracker Barrel with Jessie, but Cierra let us know that she hates Cracker Barrel.
Of course, Bob had to give her a hard time about that. But she enjoyed Bob’s silly antics.
The mountain on Doty Creek has been burning for a few days now, and Bob and I drove up to take a look at how bad it was. We stopped and talked with Jessie Hampton and her son Roger. She said she hadn’t felt well lately, and wasn’t able to attend Grace’s funeral. I hope the warmer weather will make her feel better.
They said that Glen was taking treatments in Hazard, and that his wife Zona Mae was in the hospital with double pneumonia. I hope they are both feeling better this week.
It was so good to see Jessie able to be on their porch. She is a special lady to us.
Later, we took the fourwheeler to the top of Carbon Glow and around the strip mine road to check out the fire from there and saw a large crew of the firefighters there, trying to get the fire out.
They have a tough job being in all the heat and smoke, and hopefully it will burn itself out or maybe some rain will move in.
Belated birthday wishes to Judy Lynn Adams, Estill Blair and Maggie Mae Back, and also Rodney and Geraldine Ison.
Arnetta Mae Slone had all her brothers and sisters in for Easter dinner. They enjoyed all the family getting together.
Lee and Wilma Pridemore recently celebrated an anniversary by taking a trip to the Smoky Mountains for a few days.
Don and Coreen Pridemore also had an anniversary in March.
Get well wishes to Libby Smith and Aundria Bush. Both had surgery recently and both are doing better.
On Sunday, a large crowd attended Mt. Olivet Church at Blackey, as did we. After church Bob and I visited at the nursing home, then stopped by to visit Bill and Joyce Adams. Joyce isn’t doing well at all lately, she just can’t get her strength back.
Mable Jo Buttrey has had a sick spell and is taking IVs for a bad infection. We stopped by and chatted briefly with her Sunday, and she says for a 91-year-old, she’s doing fair.
Our sympathy to Kathy Cornett, who lost her aunt recently. It was her late mother’s sister, and it’s sad to think that in Kathy’s family an entire generation is now gone.
The late Mildred Adams’s sister, Cretia, also passed away last week. She left many nephews and nieces to mourn her passing.
I just learned that Bob’s aunt Alice Adams had fallen and was going to be checked out. I hope she isn’t hurt badly.
That’s all I have time for today. Have a good weekend, and I’m sorry for all I’ve forgotten to put in. I can’t remember anything these days.