Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well. Welcome to a brand new year! I hope it will be a great one. Last year went by so fast!
A lot of things happened — some good, some bad, and some just passed.
I’ve always tried to make the best of every day and enjoy life, and I really do. I’m content.
We’ve lost friends and loved ones. I lost a dear nephew, Tony Howard, a son of my brother Hubert Howard and wife Joyce, on Dec. 29 and his funeral was Jan. 2 in Nicholasville.
It was the biggest funeral I had ever attended. He sure was well loved by all who knew him. We all appreciated those who came and were certainly glad to see so many of our home people, my pastor, Bro. John Conn, and his brother, Bro. Billy Conn, and wife Belinda and their son, Bro. Robbie Conn; Brenda and Bennett Adams; James Fields and wife Fay and daughter Jennifer; Randy Tyree and wife Missy; and our cousins from Ohio, Opal and Tommy Hoskins and Jim Coplinger, and I think about all the Howards were there.
I think our brother Hillard Howard and family of Florida couldn’t make it, but their son Ben Howard of Pikeville, came. It was so good seeing all of them, especially between Christmas
Tony was only 43 years old, but he made a good life for his family and had a great job and was a happy Christian man.
It was good seeing Diane Lewis at Walmart the other day. I hadn’t seen her in awhile.
I love seeing people. I don’t get out much so my visits are my telephone and in stores and at church. I appreciate all of you who give me news, and also those who are so nice to tell me they enjoy my news.
It sounds so boring to me, but it has got me in touch with a lot of old friends from way back that I hadn’t heard from in many years.
I talked with my friend Sis Shelby Feltner of Virginia. Her husband Dewey Feltner is having some health problems. They go to our church. I hope he is doing better.
My sister Louise Shepherd and I got to spend the night with my son Astor Hatton in Georgetown when we went to the funeral for my nephew, and Astor sure knows how to make people enjoy themselves. He fed us well. He is a great son and has a super wife, Rosemary. She is manager of the Wendy’s in Georgetown.
I just heard Charlie Hatton is in Hazard Hospital and Hospice is taking care of him. Please pray for him and his family.
It’s so good being back. I’ve missed my church and my family and friends here. There’s no place like home.
My son Billy and I went to Pine Mountain Grill on Friday and there was not a person there that I knew. Where were you all? I wanted to see you.
May God bless you. Try to be in church somewhere this week if you can.