Just a quick column this week, almost forgot about the deadline.
Former Letcher County resident Jim T. Caudill died recently in the Somerset area. He was a son of the late Silas and Martha Fields Caudill, and the last of their children.
Jim T. was a longtime educator and minister and touched many lives through both endeavors. He leaves behind his wife, Thelma, whom he married in 1947; a daughter, Teresa, and many nephews, nieces and other family and friends to mourn his passing.
Bob and I stopped by to check on his niece, Shirley June Whitaker, and she said a cousin had come in and taken her to the funeral in Somerset. Shirley June was feeling better Sunday and had gotten her insulin levels straightened out after a few days in the hospital.
Ila Adams’s sister, Eolia Caudill, recently had heart surgery. We hope this helps her feel better. Scott and Tammy Adams went to the hospital to be with Eolia’s family while she was in surgery. Linda Hatton sat with Ila that day.
Vada Blair and Vernia Collins are concerned about their sister, Georgia, who hasn’t been feeling well. Hope she is feeling better by this time.
Another former Letcher Countian, Eddie Bates, 97 years old, of Nicholasville, died on Jan. 25. He was a son of the late Washington and Annie Bates, and leaves sons Rod and Ren and daughter Debi and their families to mourn his passing.
Helen, his sister, still resides here in Letcher County. Eddie was laid to rest in the Bill Bates Cemetery at Blackey. Our sympathy to the large family of Bates cousins and friends.
Mitchell Wright has returned back home to Isom after a long stay at Pikeville Hospital. His family is taking good care of him at home and he was baptized after returning home.
Many of us have passed by Isom and saw the crowd of Mitchell’s family of children, grandchildren and others staying around the clock with him. Prayers and thoughts have been with them and Mitchell.
Also, Kay Adams, a daughter of the late Martha and Leon Adams of Blair Branch, is seriously ill in the hospital. Caroline and others are staying with her there.
After visiting at the nursing home this past Sunday, Bob dropped by to visit Bill and Joyce Adams. Johnny Combs was also visiting.
We got together on Feb. 2 for Don Pridemore’s birthday for a chicken dinner and cake. Not sure if the groundhog saw its shadow that day or not.
A birthday party was held at the home of Opal Duke in honor of Opal’s birthday. Her granddaughter, Christy Duke Kincaid, and others got together to make it a special day for Opal.
Mattie Lou Back, Alma Rose Blair, Christy’s children and more attended. Sorry I don’t know all who attended, but a big happy birthday to Opal. She is a remarkable lady and so well loved by all.
Libby Smith, Chris Day, Amber Williams, and April Pridemore are a few others who had birthdays recently.
Noah Campbell has a torn meniscus in his knee and will be having an MRI to check the damage. He’s on crutches for now and hopefully his test won’t show too much damage. He went to Mount Olivet with us last Sunday, and later he and Bonita and Jerry Adams took little Sadie Williams back home to Morehead.