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Many mourned the loss of Amy Ison



A happy late 20th birthday to John Russell Simmons on June 12. I hope he had a good one.

Our sympathy goes out to Jimbo Ison and his son, who lost their wife and mother Amy Ison in a tragic car crash recently.

We went to the visitation at Kingscreek on Sunday evening. The church was packed, outside was full of people, and there were even people on the road. We had to park a mile away and waited almost an hour to view her. It really shows how much friends, relatives, co-workers and others care, when that many people show up.

My heart goes out to Jimbo and their little boy, and the rest of the family.

Her grandmother, Norma Jean Roark, was my fourth grade teacher at Cowan, and I hadn’t seen her since then. I’m so sorry about the loss of her and her husband’s granddaughter.

Agnes Maggard of Columbus, Ind., called the other day and is still having trouble with her right eye, and might have to have a cornea transplant in the near future. Our prayers go out to her.

A few weeks ago when I mentioned the Obie Fields Graveyard being cleaned, I failed to mention the hard work that Earl Rayburn, granddaughter Becky Collins, and others did mowing the grass and cutting weeds. They also do a great job. If anyone would like to make donations on the upkeep, I am sure they would appreciate it.

Archie, Margaret and Mike Fields didn’t ask for anything, so if any of the family members see any of them, please say thank you for a job well done.

I would like to try and set up a fund to have steps built up to the cemetery. If anyone has money, time or wood to donate, please contact me, and I will try to set up a fund for that purpose. Thanks, and if it doesn’t work out, money will be returned.

My granddaughter, Ashley, would like to do some baby-sitting this summer, day shift only, for babies and kids of all ages. You can call her at 633-0439 if interested. Reasonable rates, and she has experience.

It has been very hot and humid. We had a good service at church. ‘Tools of the Carpenter’ was there, and blessed us with good singing. If you don’t have a home church, you are invited to the Freewill Baptist Church at Whitco, Sundays at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

We have good fellowship, good preaching, good singing, and good people. We will treat you so many diff erent ways, you would have to like one of them.

Church people (Christians) are judged so much by other people. We are not perfect, we stumble and fall, but what other people don’t see is that we repent and are forgiven, but we are still talked about, criticized, mocked, and even persecuted, and our feelings get hurt. We don’t have to answer to man, they cannot send our souls to heaven or hell, only God can, and that is Who we should all fear the most. We are not here to serve man.

It used to bother me what people thought about me, but life is too short to worry about them. I still like to be respected and have a good name, but people are not the ones to save me in the end.

Family are the ones who can hurt you the most, and we say things to them that we are not proud of. The difference between them and us is that we tell God we are sorry. He forgives and forgets. Family holds it again us forever. Their loss — our gain.

Oh well, enough about that.

Tammy and Wayne Turner returned from visiting their daughter, sonin law and grandchildren in Texas, then went on a trip to Tennessee. They are back home now, and had a great time.

Charles and Shirley Day went on a camping trip with family to Boonesborough. They should be home before this comes out. I hope they had a good trip — they sure needed the rest.

Herb and Linda Fields’s family reunion was held Saturday, June 12, at the Cowan Community Cente, with 110 people in attendance with the ‘50s theme. All had a good time, and Linda and Herb were worn out.

Charles Hammonds said that if anyone is interested in buying a set of six CDs of the Whitesburg Class of 1959’s 45th and 50th reunions, soundtracks and soundtracks of bluegrass music, to contact him at 812-352-7086, in North Vernon, Ind., and he can tell you about them and the price of them.

He was disappointed because he couldn’t play them at the class reunion this year. He, Audrey and John Combs attended. They had a good time Saturday night at the home of Charles Hall and his wife on Sandlick, then on Saturday night at the Shriners. It was a last minute plan I guess, and they were disappointed because there was no sound equipment. They enjoyed the food and friends.

Well, I need to go. I hope everyone has a good week, and I want to thank Madison, a granddaughter of Georgette Day Simms and Harry Simms, for the nice card she sent to me, thanking me for putting her picture in the paper for her birthday.

She drew pictures on the card for me, and it was a blessing to my heart. You are very welcome, Sweetie, and I hope you have many more birthdays. Be good and enjoy the summer, because you will grow up way too fast.


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