Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well and enjoying the nice weather.
My cousin Bertha Howard of Letcher had surgery at Whitesburg Hospital. I spent the evening up there and enjoyed talking with Gerri Haynes and Pat Bowen, who were volunteers there. I hope someday I can get the time to do something like that. My life seems so busy.
I also enjoyed talking to Betty Jo Taylor. I hadn’t seen her since her mother Bertha Vance died. She stayed with her then at the Housing Project and took care of her.
It was good talking to Lorraine Collins and her daughter Drucilla of Little Colley. It’s always good hearing from old friends.
I was sorry to hear of the death of Letha Jarrett, an old schoolmate of mine. Our sympathy goes out to her family.
I enjoyed my Wednesday dinner at Pine Mountain Grill will my son Rob and my grandson Jamie Hatton and wife Julie and little Anna and also my sister Louise Shepherd. I also saw a whole bunch of the Fraziers. They were celebrating the birthday of Pat Bowen, who looked so pretty.
Aggie Hatton and I visited our good friend Lisa Honeycutt, who had surgery recently and wasn’t feeling a bit well, but we still enjoyed the visit. We have been missing her at church. She has kept our church looking so pretty and so have Vickie Standifer and others who are so talented. I’m sure not!
Betty Tyree and I visited Clyde last week. He was doing OK but not eating well.
I went to the Ermine Center to see everyone and to talk with them and of course the food was delicious. That Debbie Slone and the others are doing a good job there.
Thank you, Jim Cornett, for the pictures. I’ll get them in the paper next week. I’ve been getting lots of pictures and lots of promises for more. I’ll get them in.
Listen, all you Howards, don’t you forget our family reunion on Sept. 26. Time is passing fast. It will soon be here.
It was a nice surprise hearing from a Marlowe friend, Lula Mae (Adams) Cooper. It’s been a long time, but I remember all of you very well. I’ve kept your address and phone number. I plan on calling you. I can’t remember your parents’ names. I keep thinking it’s Cora and Dave Adams. I think your mother was a sister of Codell Gibson. I hope you come back for the Mountain Heritage Festival this year. I wish you had got in touch with me. I was pleased you enjoy my pictures in The Eagle. Send me some of yours. I still think of you as a little girl, very pretty.
I was pleased to hear you knew a lot of people I write about. That’s why I try to mention a lot of names. I get a lot of responses from everywhere and I love it!
I’m glad Louise Joseph is doing better.
I’m going to visit Clyde today (Saturday) so I better get going.
May God bless all of you and try to be in church somewhere this week.
Elzie Ray Hatton loves it when I end my news that way, but are you doing what I say? I loved it when you visited our church.