Whitesburg KY
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My two wonderful friends from Whitesburg

I’m reading my book “The History of Jenkins, Kentucky” put together by my new friend Patty Bentley Hawkins, the head librarian at the Harry M. Caudill Library in Whitesburg. I want to thank her for all the work she put into the book.

I also want to thank Pam Walker and all the writers of The Mountain Eagle for helping me with my stories the last couple of years. I have heard from a lot of people from Letcher County and most think I am doing a fair job.

I’m a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and any time I can give information or help our veterans, it does my heart good. I have lost some good friends in the 27 years I served in the military.

In reading my Jenkins book, I wonder what would have happened to my life if I had finished high school and had not gone into the military when I turned 16 years old. I was a very good athlete in all sports, and I see the names of my classmates from Burdine and Jenkins who went on to be outstanding in sports. At that time in my life I could run rings around these guys. I’m glad these guys had great athletic careers.

I’ve had a good career in sports during my military service, winning many awards. After my military duty, I was the horseshoe pitching champ here in Fairfield, Calif., for two years. I took our over- 75-year-old senior softball team to the state championship a few years ago.

You seniors, keep busy and you will live longer.

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