Hello all. I hope this finds you doing well. Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, kept asking when I was going to find time to write for the paper, so I figured I’d better make time before she gets too mad at me. Just teasing, Mom.
A late happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I hope you enjoyed your special day. My boys and I spent some time with my dad, Allen Whitaker, Sunday. I am pretty sure I have the best dad ever. There is nothing he wouldn’t do for Mom, us kids, or grandchildren. He is truly a blessing.
Earlier in the week I helped my boys make cards for their dad with their handprints on them, because he is “The Best Dad, Hands Down.” We spent Father’s Day afternoon here around the house. We cooked out and let the kids play on the Slip-N-Slide. It was a nice afternoon. I am very lucky to have Michael as my husband and the father of my kids.
I went to check on Grandma Lucy Halcomb- Blair, today. She wasn’t feeling well at all. She was just very weak. Please keep her in your prayers.
I spoke with Jamie Collins today, and she says that Jake and Wilma Halcomb are both doing just fine and really enjoy living with Jamie and her family at Carcassonne.
Ward and Dwana Whitaker just returned from a vacation in Myrtle Beach. I hope they enjoyed their fun in the sun!
Wade and Lena Whitaker have also been out of town. They spent a few days at our family cabin in Somerset with their boys.
Juanita Hensley says she would like to invite everyone to the 106th annual ‘June Meeting’ at the Whitaker Cemetery on Johnson Fork at Premium, June 26 and 27. The service starts at 9 a.m. each morning. A potluckstyle dinner will follow at the home of Joy Watts on Saturday, and then on Sunday it will be at the shed beside the cemetery.
My sister, Opal Jent, asked me to mention that Billy Hatton, the brother of Vernell and Boyd Hatton, was baptized at the Veterans Center. He was baptized by Elwood Cornett and Don Pratt. His brother Boyd, and his niece Cindy, were there to watch the baptism. Opal said he was so happy. He took his membership at the Old Regular Baptist Church at Blackey.
There will be a memorial service at the Jent Cemetery at Carcassonne on the third Sunday in July. There will be a dinner following at the Bull Creek Old Regular Baptist Church.
Virgil Combs of Carcassonne is at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. He has been pretty sick, but Opal said he is doing better. Hopefully he will be able to come home soon.
Ashton Skylar Whitaker was in the hospital recently with pneumonia, but is home now and doing better.
Wade Caudill, a son of Jim and Bertha Caudill of Black Bottom, had a stroke and is in the Holston Valley Hospital. I pray he is able to recover.
Cindy Jane Mullins has also been very sick. I haven’t heard any updates in the last few days, but I know she needs your prayers.
Blair Branch recently lost two more residents. Donnie J. Seals died May 2. He was 65 years old. Donnie was the son of the late Delzie and Nannie Sexton Seals. Surviving are his wife Thelma Adams Seals; two sons, Dwayne Seals of Jeremiah and Timothy (Sandra) Seals of Letcher; five brothers, Danny Seals of Mallie, Billy Ed Seals of Colson, Doolittle Seals of Jeremiah, Dennis Seals of Colson, and James Delmar Seals of Colson; two sisters, Pauline Seals of Colson and Della Wanda Amburgey of Irvine, Tex.; and two grandchildren. He was buried at the Adams Cemetery at Jeremiah.
Hiram Stamper died May 30. He was 91 years old. Hiram was the son of the late I.D. and Peggy Collins Stamper. He was the widower of Alta Adams Stamper. Surviving are five daughters, Rachel Fike of Indianapolis, Velma Caudill and Shirley Blair, both of Isom, Patia Bush of Slemp, and Joy Blair of Somerset; three sons, Lee Stamper of Somerset, Jackie Stamper and Thomas Stamper, both of Isom; a sister, Mary Banks of Michigan; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. He, too, was buried in the Adams Cemetery.
I was sad to hear that Myrtle Blair died June 7. Myrtle was the daughter of the late Grant and Sarah Hampton Blair. She was the widow of Eslie Blair. Surviving are two sons, Charles Blair of Morehead and Rudell Blair of Jeremiah; two daughters, Joanne Blair Adams of Jeremiah and Betty Robinson of Cedarville, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild. Her grandchildren, Virgil, Amanda, and Marlene, are not only my family, but my close friends as well. I am so sorry for your loss.
Mom and Dad also lost a good friend. Willie Back of Premium died, June 16 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital after a long illness. Born in Letcher County, he was the son of John Back and Eva Eldridge Back. He served in the U.S. Army and was a retired carpenter. He was member of the Kingdom Come Old Regular Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Hobert Back, Joe Back, Everett Back, Earl Back and Howard Back. Willie leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Hazel Caudill Back; a son, Tony Back of Bulan; three daughters, Connie Back, Teresa (Doug) Niece and Samantha Back, all of Premium; two brothers, Custer Back of Rhineyville, and Lee Back of Cincinnati, Oh.; two sisters, Elma Eldridge of Somerset, and Laura Caudill of Cincinnati, Oh.; and three grandchildren, Douglas Niece, Autumn Niece and Shelby Niece.
Please keep all these families in your prayers. I know they need them.
I would like to say congratulations to Chalena Whitaker and Robbie Williams. They were married on June 5. I hope they have many happy years together.
I would like to send out belated happy birthday wishes to Pamela Adams Mullins, May 28; Pam Blair, May 30; Susie Price and Maurice Collie, June 2; Benji Smith and Melody Morton, June 4; Sammy Gibson, June 15; and Stephen West, June 8. Annie West will celebrate her birthday on June 25. I hope your special day is filled with all the love and laughter in the world.
If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad you get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, feel free to call me or you may email me at alanacouch@tvscable. com.