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Masons prepare special meal for wives, widows


The Whitesburg Masonic Lodge prepared a Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 18 for the widows and wives, which was very much appreciated by all present. I think they plan to make this an annual event. Virginia Brown, Ella Preston and I attended after attending church at Little Cowan. The Masons and Eastern Star members did a fine job with their special dinner.

Mae Boggs had a nice visit in her home with her 99-year-old brother, Hiram Hogg, from Bristol, Va. Also present were her sister, Millie Wright, a resident at Letcher Manor Nursing Home; her sister Panny D. Stallard from Kingscreek; her niece, Eileen Ringrose and daughter from Ashland; Eula Brown; and Mae’s niece, Sheila from Mt. Vernon, Ind.

They had lunch and talked for three or four hours. When the departing started, Hiram asked all to visit him on his 100th birthday, Feb. 23. All hope to see him then. God has given him a long life and a good mind. Thank God for that.

Mae also had all her family home for Thanksgiving.

Several of us had a wonderful Thanksgiving at the beautiful mountain home of Bobby and Georgia Phillips. Enjoying their gracious hospitality; the bountiful, delicious food; the great fun and fellowship were Charles and Pearl Noble, Ella Preston, Virginia Brown, Kathy and Sarah LaMonte, Elsie Banks, and Doris Banks.

Anna and Duane Yonts had a good Thanksgiving. Children and grandchildren visiting them were Roger and Tracy, Brooke and Wesley, Amy and Jeff and Zack, Tasha and friend Jimmy.

J.T. and Carol Caudill, Jill and Becca spent Thanksgiving with Brian and Tommie Banks.

Don and Linda Lucas and Jonathan, Melinda and Aiden went to North Carolina to celebrate with Beth and Keith Calahan, Katie and Mackinsey.

Chester and Verna Rayburn had their family for Thanksgiving at their new home in Liberty.

Virginia Brown had dinner on Saturday for her family, Stephen and Linda, Andrea, MacKenna, Brittany, Braedon and Landon, Robert, Bradley and Joseph, Randy and Eula Mae, Cody, Corey, Cameron, Jason, and Amanda.

The family of the late Cassell and Beulah Caudill got together on Cowan Saturday. They had much good food and a good time visiting. Attending were Kathy and Sarah LaMonte; Martha Ann and Mike Wenning; Mark, Greg and friend Robin Baltz; Johnny and Fay Campbell; Michael and Kendra Campbell; Janis and Mike Mann, Anna and Myles; Susan Ware; Bobby and Ramona Caudill; Laura Gale and Mike Harris, Cassie and Hannah; Steven and Candy Caudill and Paige; Thelma and Glennon Ison; Debbie and Jeff Vice, Molly, Ben, and Ellen; Jenny Lou Starns; Bethel Gilliam; Kae and David Fisher and Dillon; Doris Ison and friend Bruce Day; Donna Watts; Ernie Ison; Janice and Ron Wolod, Carrie and friend Eric; Susan Stamper, Steve and Alyssa.

Michael Campbell will be returning to Afghanistan Dec. 1, and Kendra will return to England.

We extend sympathy to Nettie Roberts and family in the death of her grandson, Arnold Martin.

People were busy last week in various ways getting ready for Thanksgiving. Every day should be a day of thanksgiving for the many blessings of life.

Many traveled over the miles to be with family and friends for Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe another year will soon be gone.

Randy Day wants to thank those who have helped him with his yard sale.

Virginia Brown, Linda Lucas, Verna Rayburn, Anna Yonts, and Doris Banks had a good day recently. They had lunch at Pine Mountain Grill, visited and shopped at the Pine Mountain Crafts Co-op’s open house, and attended a workshop at the Extension Office. Agents from each of eight counties presented some wonderful ideas for decorations, gifts and foods that can be made ahead. Others from Cowan attending the workshop were Billie Ann and Connie Gilley, Geneva Ison, Ruth Shackleford, and Jeanette Dollarhyde.

The Cowan Homemakers met at the community center and had a delicious potluck Thanksgiving dinner. Then amid much gossip (the good kind) and laughter, they accomplished a little business, mainly planning for the December meeting and other events coming up. There were 10 members present. They were happy to have Frances Day back recovering from surgery, also a new member, Joyce Vermillion, and visitor Patty Majority.

We are so thankful to have clear running water in our creek again.

I enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving call from our nephew, Charles Pitts Jr. in Tennessee. They were planning to have Thanksgiving at home. Most everyone enjoys being home for Thanksgiving. Many of our best Thanksgivings are gone since so many of our people have passed away.

Mr. and Mrs. Edison Banks II were expecting relatives from Alabama for Thanksgiving.

We have had nice fall weather.

Elizabeth Fairchild attended church at Little Dove at Eolia and reported a good service. We are proud of our many churches which ware trying to get our people saved.

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Phillips and Elder John Banks and his wife attended church at Cadet, Va., and reported a good service.

Mr. and Mrs. Edison Banks have purchased a pretty new car. Sorry he hasn’t been feeling well but not because of the new car.

Many people are busy getting ready for Christmas. We just need to remember the reason for the season.

I don’t have much news. Maybe no news is good news.

Love and best wishes to all.

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