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Many gather at S.R.S. for the Smith reunion


Cornie Adams recently was thrown a surprise birthday party by her family and friends. It really was a surprise, and she had such a good time after the initial shock of it all.

Belated birthday wishes to her, and glad she enjoyed the party. They held the party at Jeremiah Missionary Baptist Church.

On Mother’s Day a few weeks back, Arnetta Slone, her daughters, granddaughter and grandson all went out shopping in Hazard and London.

There will be a threefamily yard sale at Isom on May 31 beginning at 9 a.m. It will be at the doublewide trailer below John B. Adams Store on the section of road where Daniel and Kayla Adams live. They will have a variety of items.

The Smith reunion at the S.R.S. dining hall brought in many family and friends from various states. Many first cousins came out to visit with the Dee and Ethel Smith children.

Anna Lou, Mary Jo, Roy Kenon, Tommy Harris and Lillie Moss were all able to attend, and the families of the late William Douglas, James Richmond and John Welch also attended. Quite a few of the late Dock and Dixie Smith family were there.

Bob, Kenny Joe and I, Don and Coreen Pridemore all loaded up and went to western Kentucky for a few days and stated at Pennyrile State Park. Our daughter Jessie and her husband Andy drove down from Lexington and stayed in a cabin near us. We caught lots of fish and had a good time together. It’s just such a long drive to get there.

On Saturday, a few folks gathered out on Blair Branch for the annual memorial service at the cemetery behind Corbin Adams’s home.

Den Arthur Adams’s widow, Judy, and their son made the trip from Ohio to attend. Den was always a supporter of the John C. Adams Memorial, and he also had nieces and a brother there at the service.

The families whose loved ones are laid to rest at the cemetery appreciate Elwood Cornett and Robert Holcomb for making time to conduct the service.

K. P. and Lana Pridemore, Shane, Amber, Luke and Derrick Williams all spent a few days fishing and boating at Lake Cumberland. They reported catching about three wheelbarrows full of fish.

On Sunday morning, a little group met at the cemeteries above Dixon Memorial Church for singing and prayer at the graves of loved ones. I always enjoy being at the outdoor meetings and talking and remembering those we have known throughout the community who are buried there.

After the services we walked down to attend Dixon Memorial Church. All the donations to the church that day went toward the upkeep of the graveyards, but even with those funds those whose loved ones are buried there need to send donations to Homer Smith. It takes quite a lot to pay for mowing and Weed-eating all summer long.

James Caudill was able to attend the memorial. He has grandparents and family buried there. He also just lost a sister last week, and a double-first cousin in Florida.

It was sad to learn that Curt Watts had died suddenly at home. Our sympathy to his family. Most remember him as a school bus driver.

Susan Smith Mullins of Richmond, brought her son Daniel with her to attend the Smith reunion on Saturday. They also visited her dad and mom, Roscoe and Burlene Smith’s, graves while here.

Wanda Maggard of Sycamore Loop has been in the hospital last week. I hope she is feeling better and that therapy and rehab help her to get back on her feet.

Bob Adams and Vada Caudill have also been in the hospital last week.

Ila Adams has been having rehab therapy at Letcher Manor. They are trying to get her better after she recently had to spend a couple of weeks in the hospital.

A small group of us met at Horse Mill Point Cemetery for the American Legion’s Memorial Day shooting over the graves of fallen soldiers. “Bo Dean” Jeff Adams was also there.

We also attending the “shooting” when they came to the Burton Hill Cemetery. There’s always a good crowd attending at this cemetery, and all the children enjoy it, even if they do hold their ears.

Richard, Libby Smith and Stella Elam attended the Burton Hill and the Whitaker Cemetery “shooting” services.

I’m hoping there wasn’t an early deadline for this week’s Eagle because of Memorial Day. If so, you’ll be reading this a week late.

I also don’t understand the school board’s decision to have school on Memorial Day, of all days. What kind of a message will that teach the children about respect for our military soldiers who gave their lives for their county and freedom? Some parents chose not to allow their children to go, and I agree with them.

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