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Plowing, mowing, weed eating has started


After taking a month off, it’s hard to know just how to start back to writing a column.

Spring has arrived and the area has been beautiful with the yellow forsythia, white pear blossoms and pink peach blossoms all abloom. Then add the red apple roses, and we are blessed with a beautiful landscape.

People have been getting their gardens plowed, and grass mowing and weed eating have begun also. It seems we’re all tired of the cold, dreary winter weather and have spring fever.

Since my last column some families have lost loved ones, and our sympathy has been with them. Ruth McCray lost her husband, Charles. Ruth is a greeter at Wal-Mart and the daughter of Sherd and Alma Martin. Our thoughts have been with her and Charles’s children.

Virgil Ray Adams also died. His sisters, Georgia, Vernia, Fada and Martha Sue, and brother, Tandy, will miss him so much, as will his many nephews, nieces, family and friends.

Virgil Ray was a friend to so many, and an inspiration in the way he took care of himself after a long-ago mining accident left him handicapped. He had been a patient at Letcher Manor for a year or so, and while there was a friend and helper to Darlene Ross, also a patient at the nursing home.

Virgil Ray’s sisters, who live here, took such good care of him and stayed at the hospital with him during his last days. Vernia, Vada and Martha Sue were by his side most of the time.

Sylvania Whitaker and her mother, Lucy Blair of Blair Branch, have both been very sick. Sylvania is home now after being in a hospital in Lexington and we hope both are feeling better.

Clayton Shepherd also spent a few days in the hospital, but is home now and was able to be at the Mount Olivet Church at Blackey on Sunday.

Toby and Colleen Breeding are back from Florida. They had been there escaping our winter weather, and also visited with their kinfolk. We’re glad they’re back home as we are sure her family is too.

Don and Coreen Pridemore, Bonita Adams and I recently went to visit Vince and Juanita McCrarey at Somerset. They are doing well. Their son, Freddy, was with them and we had a good visit.

We left there and stopped by Corbin to have lunch at Cracker Barrel and visit with Jessie Banks.

Terry Caudill was baptized at Blair Branch Church last month, and we are happy to have him as a member.

Here is a list of the upcoming Easter sunrise services: Burton Hill Cemetery at Letcher, the Isom Cemetery, the Hampton and Dixon cemeteries above Letcher School, and the Adams’s Cemetery on Blair Branch. All will start at approximately 7 a.m.

Last month Jean, Jeffrey Darrel and Kay Hampton, Jeff and Vicki Walters and Jamie Frazier all went to Florida. They visited Jean and Jamie’s double-first cousin at her assisted living home and took her some country ‘grub’ and also went sightseeing. They stopped in Savannah, Ga., and ate at Paula Deen’s restaurant and really enjoyed it. They reported having a very nice trip and enjoyed being together.

Ellis Adams recently had surgery on the arteries in his neck. They did it at Central Baptist Hospital and he is home now and doing fairly well. He has been able to be out and about at various churches, and we hope he gets his strength back so he can be out working, as he likes to do.

Ila has been dizzy lately, and goes for an MRI in Lexington later this month. We hope they can find her problem.

Vergle Caudill will again be seeing to the upkeep of the Hampton and Dixon cemeteries and will appreciate all donations made to keep the cemeteries mowed and looking neat. You can send your donations to him at : Box 172, Blackey, KY 41804.

Last month a few groups of local fellows went to various parts of Alabama to fish. Larry and Keith Tolliver were one group; Tim Back, Justin Cornett, Tony, Derrick and Dustin Adams all went together; and Truman Halcomb, Randy Blair, Albert Hylton and Randy Loveless also took a trip down south. Hopefully, each group caught a good mess of fish.

I just learned that Ben Blair Jr. of Whitesburg has died. He was a brother to Arizona Adams and Della Blair of Blair Branch. He hadn’t been well for quite a while.

Patia Kincaid also died at the age of 92. She was able to stay at her home in Isom until the last few years when she became a patient at Letcher Manor.

Our sympathy goes out to the Blair and Kincaid families, as well as the Andy Bailey family of Isom.

I’ve been a bit scattered with this column, and I appreciate all who told me that they missed my not having a column last month.

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