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Lonzo Caudill marks 89th birthday


December is winding on down and before you know it a New Year will be here. I wish all the readers a merry Christmas and that you are blessed with a happy, family-filled, loving holiday season.

And for those who have lost loved ones and this is your first Christmas without them, our prayers go out to you during your sorrows.

Recently Lonzo Caudill of Doty Creek celebrated his 89th birthday. Hopefully he had a good day. He is such a nice fellow, and still checks on his brother Coman often in the nursing home.

Glad to hear that Ruth Ann Brown is doing well since her recent back surgery, and hope she continues to improve. Roland says she’ll be able to plow come summertime!

The Letcher Area Homemakers met last Thursday at Jeremiah Missionary Baptist Church. We had finger food and tea after our meeting, and for Christmas donated to the Resource Center and gave a quilt to someone who recently lost their home to fire, plus donated items to the Veterans Nursing Home and Letcher Manor Nursing Home.

Carol Shepherd Blair held her annual Christmas party for family and friends last week. Valerie and Hannah looked cute in the photos. I still think of Valarie as a kid herself, and it’s hard to believe that she has a daughter who is getting so big (and so pretty).

Our nephew, Logan Caudill, had a birthday on Dec. 14. I hope he had a good one.

I hear that Joyce and Keyanna Linn Hampton and Medra Back Kiser had a good time on their recent trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. I’m not sure who else went, but am glad they had a nice time.

It was sad to hear of the tragic car wreck in Knott County that claimed the life of 18-year-old Jenny Watts. Our prayers go out to her family and friends during this terrible tragedy.

Lillie Moss Hale has gotten out of the hospital and is at Letcher Manor. Mary Jo checks on her daily, but since she has problems with her back and has to take it easy Mary Jo can’t stay with Lillie Moss at her home now.

Bob and I visited at Eugene and Mary Shepherd’s on Saturday, and Mary had gotten so sick that Hospice nurses were staying around the clock with her. Eugene and Shirley June Whitaker had been taking good care of her for quite some time, but the nurses took over the last few days,

Mary opened her eyes and spoke to us, and wanted to have Bob say a prayer with her, which we did. Then on Sunday Bob and Don Pratt went back to check on them, and later that evening Mary slipped away peacefully.

Our hearts break for Eugene. He and Mary had been so close throughout their many years of marriage, and he will be so lonely. Mary was truly one of the dearest ladies you could ever meet and touched so many lives with her kindness. We were all better to have known her.

I don’t know the funeral arrangements at this time.

This Friday there will be a singing at Blair Branch Church, beginning at 7 p.m. We will also be taking canned or non-perishable food up that evening and will donate it to the Food Pantry. So all are invited to come, have refreshments after the singing, and bring food items to donate.

This will be my last column before Christmas, so God bless you all during this holy season, and merry Christmas again.

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