Whitesburg KY

Many families gather for reunions

Blair Branch

Hello all! I hope this finds each of you happy and healthy. Michael, the boys, and I are doing well. I’ve had a little cough, but nothing too serious. The boys are dreading our school year starting back, but we will be back into a routine in no time at all, I am sure. I’m thankful that I haven’t had to be out and about shopping for school clothes in the back-to-school crowds. That is one good thing about home school. We only have to buy new clothes when we need them. I’m sure the price we pay for curriculum makes up for any money we saved on the clothes though. It all evens out.

I’d like to thank everyone who came out to be with our family on Saturday at the Cowan Community Center for our annual Halcomb/ Blair reunion. It is heartbreaking to continue on without Grandma Lucy. She loved so much for us all to be together at least once a year, and we promised her that we would do our best to keep it going so we will continue to try. We missed everyone who wasn’t able to attend for any reason. We love you all and hope to see you next year.

The Adams/Thompson/ Blair reunion went well also. I was glad the storms held off on Saturday. I thought for a while we may get a downpour but thankfully, it only lasted a few minutes. There were church services Friday night and then a dinner and washer tournament on Saturday. Jack Adams, Shawn Stamper, and Charles E. Blair entertained everyone with bluegrass music on Saturday night. Jeff Adams made some delicious homemade pork rinds to share with everyone also.

Mom’s brother, Steven Blair, and his family have been in from Indianapolis for a week’s vacation and to attend reunions. It was good to spend a little time with them.

I wish that Willa Dean Halcomb, Wilma Halcomb, and Laramie Adams had been able to attend the reunions, but all were sick and in the hospital. Willa Dean is home now, thankfully. Wilma is currently at Pikeville due to infection in her blood and Laramie is still at UK with complications from his gallbladder surgery. I ask you to continue to pray for all three of them. Laramie is suppose to have another big surgery some time this week on his lungs. If I’m not mistaken he has had 13 in all since the initial gallbladder surgery.

I also hear that Dennis Adams is in the hospital at Pikeville with his heart, though I am not sure of all the details. Please pray for him also.

Opal, Missy, and I were finally able to meet Frances Abrams and her family in person. We’ve talked with Frances for years online. She is such a sweet lady. It was certainly a pleasure to meet face to face. I hope we can do it again soon.

My deepest sympathies to the Caudill family. The late Darrel Caudill’s son, Kelly Ray Caudill, died in an accident on August 1. Kelly was 52 years old. My cousin, Chalena, and I were friends with Kelly’s son, Robert, growing up. Please keep the family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time.

Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, was thrilled to receive a phone call from her nephew, Jonathon Blair, on Friday. It really made her day. She is very proud of the man he has become.

Mattie Adams and Edna Helton spent the day together on Saturday since they weren’t able to attend the reunion.

Deidra and Sammy Gibson found out this week that their little bundle of joy is to be a bouncing baby boy. They plan to name the little one Brantlee Luke. He should make his arrival sometime around the end of January. We are all over the moon with happiness, Deidra’s dad, Wayne, especially. He is greatly outnumbered by girls. Still though, we’d all have been just as excited to find out it was a girl. The gender doesn’t really matter, as long as it is healthy and everything goes smoothly for both Momma and baby.

I received an email this week from Evadean Elkins of Columbus, Ind., regarding the ‘27 flood. She is formerly from Linefork. I just want to take a moment to thank her for reaching out and sharing her story with me and the West Letcher Oral History Society. If anyone else has a story to share, please feel free.

Lisa Hampton and Kenneth Hensley will celebrate their birthday on August 8; Jayane Lynce, August 11; and Wayne Watts, August 12. I hope your special day is filled with all the love and laughter in the world.

Michael and I will celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary on August 13.

There will be a memorial service at the John Riley Blair cemetery on Sunday, September 1. The cemetery is located on the left hand fork of Blair Branch behind the home of Ila Blair. There will be church services starting at 9:30 a.m. and a potluck dinner on the grounds after services have finished. There is usually a washer tournament and hotdogs later in the afternoon. Bring a dish and come out and be with us. I promise you enjoy yourself as well as get your belly full.

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 give me a call or you may email me at alanacouch@hotmail.com.

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