Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. Another week has come and it’s almost gone. This was a very busy week for me. Sunday School and church on Sunday, prayer meeting on Monday night, birthday party for the ladies in the church on Tuesday, to the Veterans Center on Wednesday and my Wednesday night at Pine Mountain Grill with my sons Rob and Billy, Sandra, Joe and Hannah, and also Jamie Hatton and wife Julie and pretty little Anna, who was the life of the party. She is so cute!
I saw Linda Jarrett and her sister Nina there. I was sorry to hear of the death of their brother, and they told me they have a sister, Letha Ann (Jarrett) Collins, who is very sick and needs everyone’s prayers. She was in my class at Whitesburg High a few years back.
I went to the fish fry my brother Hubert Howard had at Cram Creek Church. It sure was nice, food was great, saw lots of family and friends there.
Our sympathy goes out to the families of Cheryl K. Frazier and Troy Holland.
Troy’s family were our Marlowe people. So many are passing away. I still have all my good memories of my days at Marlowe. I’m glad I can see it from where I live. Not much left now.
It was good talking to Buggy (Sexton) Adams. She wondered who the Earl Adams family was in the paper last week. It was another Earl Adams. If anyone knows who they were, let me know. When two people from Marlowe get to talking, we really talk. We go back in time.
We were sorry to hear of the death of Hazel Holbrook of Mayking.
Zack Day, son of Carol and Randall Day, has been on leave and visited his grandmother Louise Shepherd. They were glad to see him.
Betty and Bertus Tyree and I visited Clyde at the Veterans Center. I really appreciate them visiting Clyde and he does too. He gives Bertus a cap each time he comes.
My friend Roberta Willie calls often and sends cards. She is such a good friend.
I want to wish my little brother John Howard of Jenkins a happy birthday. It was August 8. He’s at the lake now. He has always been a sweet boy. When he was little he wanted to sleep with his mommy to keep her feet warm. We still tease him about that. Mom loved it!
At the Veterans Center last week, we met Arlan Blair, who was once a policeman in Whitesburg. He came over and talked to me. He knew my brothers Eddie Howard and Jack Howard. He reads the Eagle and keeps up with us. He lived at Jeremiah and might still be there. He was with a group of patriotic line dancers with Sandra Arrowood, I think from Prestonsburg. They were mostly veterans and well trained. The residents enjoyed them. I told Arlan I would say hello to him, so a big hello!
My son Astor “Red” Hatton and wife Rosemary were there from Ashland and they really enjoyed it.
Saturday was a busy day for me. I attended the wedding of Andrea Bentley, daughter of Doretha (Howard) Bentley and Ben Bentley of Millstone, and Jonathon Fox, son of Jesse and Patricia Fox, at First Baptist Church in Whitesburg. It was a beautiful wedding with a large crowd and a reception at Pine Mountain Grill. I didn’t get to go to the reception. I had another wedding to attend. The first one was 2 o’clock and the other one at 3 o’clock at Whitco Pentecostal Church. The bride was Brittany Caudill, daughter of Delana Caudill and Bobby Caudill, and the bridegroom was Jamie Newman. I didn’t get his parents’ names.
There was a large crowd there also, and lots of good food. It was a pretty wedding, some beautiful children in it. My pastor Bro. John Conn performed the ceremony.
Chester Lee Niece said he loved the old pictures I put in the paper and he looks forward to seeing them. He said I do a good job, but he’s a good friend and would probably say that anyway. Thanks, Chester, you are a lot of fun in a crowd.
I’m late getting my news in. I wanted to wait till after the weddings. Maybe they will get me some pictures.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week. There may come a time when you can’t go.