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Mother, son share birthday


Elzie Ray Hatton is pictured with an 11½ pound head of cabbage which was given to him by his neighbors. Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton says, “I’ve never seen one that big.”

Elzie Ray Hatton is pictured with an 11½ pound head of cabbage which was given to him by his neighbors. Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton says, “I’ve never seen one that big.”

Hello everyone, hope everything is going well for all of you. So many of my family are having health problems. My sister Louise is not doing well, and Kathleen Brock has so many things wrong with her. They both need everyone’s prayers, and many of our people in church need prayer.

Aug. 8 was my mother’s birthday. The late Cindy Howard would have been 100 years old. She had 14 children, seven sons and seven daughters. I was her first-born.

She was 16 years old when she had me. Twelve of her children are still living, some in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. We are all getting old. Not.

Her son John Howard was born on her birthday, Aug. 8, and our brother, the late Eddie Howard, on Aug. 9.

Happy birthday, John! We are a close family.

My son Rob is having a good week. He has had his grandsons Will and Loren all week, and they have been doing all kinds of things and having lots of fun. Rob has enjoyed it all.

We were glad to have Bro. Robert Wagner at our church. I hope he enjoyed it and will come back.

It was so good hearing from my good friend Anna Watkins in Florida. She seemed to be doing very well. She has some health problems.

I enjoyed getting to visit some of the Shepherd family who came to visit my sister, Louise Shepherd. Velma (Shepherd) Slone and Alvin and Darrell Shepherd, and Oma Louise Shepherd, don’t know her married name.

Can you imagine two Omas at the same house? We had a real good time.

I hadn’t seen them in a long time. I’m glad they came to visit. They have been real good to Louise.

I talked with my sisterin law Jenetta Howard. She was doing pretty well. We all love her.

My sister Joann Brown of Indianapolis called me. I’m always so glad to hear from her. I wish she didn’t live so far away.

I called my brother John Howard to tell him happy birthday. I think all of us girls baby him because he is so sweet! I wouldn’t want him to know I said that. We love all our brothers and sisters also.

I just heard we have someone stealing. My grandson had a camera and some other equipment. He could see deer, bears and all kinds of animals in the woods. He and his family enjoyed it so much and he had worked hard to get it. I don’t know how much money he spent on it, and someone stole it. I don’t know who could do that to him. He is such a good fellow, and you probably even know him.

I don’t see how you can enjoy it. Didn’t your parents tell you it was wrong to steal? Mine sure did and I told my children. I hope you feel bad about it. If you keep on doing it, you will get in trouble.

I went to one of the nicest baby showers I think I have ever been to at Ermine Senior Citizens. There was a full house and some of the best food I have ever tasted, and lots and lots of gifts. It was for Faye and James Fields’s daughter, Heather Fields Day.

I also went to the mother’s shower when she was a baby. How about that! They were such good friends who lived near me and now they live in Berea. It was so good seeing all of them.

We went to the same church, and I wish more of them would be there.

My sister Louise was having a good day and her daughter Carol Day took her to visit our sister Judy Greene in Tennessee. I know she enjoyed that. She loves to go!

I talked to my friend Dorthy Tacket and she told me about a wedding she and her daughters, Charlene and Jeanette and Deloris, had all gone to. It was Bro. Bill Craft’s granddaughter, Casey Raffee. I didn’t get the husband’s name. I would have loved being there.

It was back in the mountains in a cow pasture, and it was a beautiful wedding with singing, music, and all the works. It was sure different and everyone loved it. I sure would have!

My son Rob will be losing his grandsons, Will and Loren. They will be going home to Lexington. Rob has been having so much fun swimming and fishing and doing all kinds of fun stuff. He says he will surely miss them, and now he’ll have to settle down and wait for the Bristol races with his brothers soon.

Well, I’m tired of writing and I’m sure you are tired of reading all this, so may God bless all of you.

Try to be in church somewhere this week if you are able, and try to do something to make someone happy, a good deed of some kind.

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