I’ve finally found a little time to write a brief column and hopefully I can remember some of the things that have happened in the area.
I’ll start by sending condolences to the family of Ray Brown of Ulvah, who recently died. His health had declined and he had been in the hospital here and in Lexington. His funeral was held at the Jeremiah Missionary Baptist Church with many family and friends attending.
Ernie and Janie Caudill had a large crowd of the Pridemore family getting together at their home. Jolene said all had a good time.
Martin Joe and Bonnie Adams recently had all of their children and grandchildren in for a visit. It’s a major accomplishment this day and time to get an entire family together with all the daily activities, diff erent appointments and everyone being pulled in diff erent directions.
Have you noticed the big barn quilt square hanging on Rodney Ison’s barn at Sycamore Loop? It’s really pretty and I think it was a birthday gift for him and Geraldine.
Lee and Wilma Pridemore celebrated their anniversary a couple of weeks ago and took a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., to celebrate.
Larry Caudill of Indiana is taking treatments again, and we hope this will put his sickness back in remission. He is Geraldine Ison’s brother, and we are all praying for him.
Opal Banks has had many family and friends checking on her and we appreciate all the cards, calls and good food that has been sent to her. Sometimes she feels like a short visit, and sometimes she needs to rest.
But you know Opal, you know she takes her sickness better than most of us would, and doesn’t complain or question why. She’s always been easygoing that way, and that’s why she’s so loved by all who know her.
Our daughter, Jessie, and her boyfriend, Andy, came in April 11 and 12 to visit and check on Jessie’s Mamaw Opal. After they went back to Lexington, April 12, they were married at the courthouse there and are buying a home at Habersham Drive off of Man-O-War.
The Letcher Area Homemakers held their April meeting at the Jeremiah Missionary Baptist Church. We enjoyed a ‘white elephant auction’ with proceeds going to our club treasury and also had a plant swap and chili tasting. It was good to talk and visit with each other too.
To raise some money for the Pine Mountain Crafts Co-op, Sharon Adams, Kenny Joe Banks and I picked up the litter from Pratt Branch to Roxanna Road. We got 35 bags of trash and one nice fellow from Ohio stopped to thank us for our efforts.
Amburgey’s Grocery gave us our lunch for free that day, since we are a non-profit group.
Bonita Adams and Coreen Pridemore also picked up litter in the Jeremiah and Isom area that day to benefit the Appalachian Early Childcare Daycare.
If you are non-profit group and can get workers to help pick up, the Pride Grants come in handy to raise funds when your organization needs a boost in their bank accounts.
I really don’t understand, though, why people continue to litter our roadsides. Our area is so beautiful, especially now with the redbuds and dogwoods blooming.
Stella Elam is doing better after her recent hospital stay. She was having some heart problems and is taking medicine now that should help it get back in rhythm.
Also, Esteva Blair and Phyllis Whitaker have been back in the hospital, and I hope both are home and doing better.
This past weekend was Blair Branch Church time, and since it was our Union meeting, we had dinner after a very good church service. It was a good day. Last week our members met at the church house for our spring cleaning, so the church and kitchen would be all clean for our Union meeting.
Darrel Boggs of Blair Branch recently had surgery at Central Baptist Hospital, and we hope everything went well and that he is back home with Stephanie and the three little grandsons taking care of him.
Martha Jane Smith recently had a visit from her son Billy and his family, Deanna, Penny and India, from California. They visited with other family while they were here, and hopefully had a safe trip home and enjoyed their Kentucky visit.
Reports are that the Class of 1969 Letcher graduates had a good time at their recent reunion at the Stuart Robinson Dining Hall.
Homer and Ruth Smith drove to Richmond and picked up their great-grandson Benji recently so he could spend a few days with them.
Ila and Phillip Smith recently had family from Indiana visiting with them. It was some of Marion and Florene Back’s family, and they helped work around the house for Ila.
On Good Friday, Coreen Pridemore and I drove to Somerset to visit Vince and Juanita McCarey, and to see Iantha Adams and her daughter, Janna Dane, who came up from Speedwell, Tenn. They came to visit their kinfolks and Mom and I wanted to see them.
That’s it for now, have a good week.