Sorry we were out of town for a few days week before last, and I didn’t get back in time for a column last week.
We went to Wheelersburg, Oh., to the Hiram and Ella Caudill Pridemore reunion on Saturday, Sept. 14, and stayed at Carter Caves until Monday, the 16th.
All of Dad’s brothers and sisters attended the reunion. Don and Coreen Pridemore, Bob and I went together, K.P. ‘Keitzi’ and Lana Pridemore also drove up, and Bonita, Liberty, Lyndci, William and Sadie all came up from Morehead.
Lee and Wilma Pridemore had these family members attending: Jacob Madden, Gary and Becky Pridemore, Greg, Glenna, Justin, Mallory, and Weston.
I hope I didn’t leave anyone out.
Ronald, Susan, Rodney and Geraldine Ison also attended to be with Geraldine’s cousins on the Caudill side.
Before heading back to Morehead, Bonita and her group stopped by our cottage at Carter Caves, and we walked around the park area, let Sadie play on the playgrounds, and had supper together at the Lodge.
Our daughter, Jessie, and her husband Andy came up from Lexington and stayed at the park, too. It was good to be together.
Recently, several of Ina Campbell’s family got together at her home. They were glad ‘Hoot’ (Danny) was able to be there with them. All but Delana Rose and Don Reed got to attend.
Sorry to report that Sue Banks, of Dee Smith ‘Holler’ died in a hospital at Lexington. She had been on dialysis for a few years and her health took a turn for the worse the last couple of weeks. Our sympathy goes out to her husband Jr. (Lee). He will be lost and lonely without her.
Also, sympathy to the family of James Dixon. We didn’t know he had died until the day of his funeral, and didn’t get to attend his service. He was from Crases Branch, but he and Pam had lived in Virginia for quite a few years.
I read in last week’s Eagle that Lee Caudill, former Mill Branch resident, had died. He was a son of the late Silas and Martha Caudill and a brother of Mary Shepherd of Partridge, and an uncle of Shirley June Whitaker of Roxana. Both are members of the Blair Branch Church. Mary had written a nice obituary for him and our thoughts are with his whole family.
Our church had a good meeting time this past Saturday evening and Sunday. After services Sunday, Meaghan Smith was baptized and took her membership to the Big Cowan Regular Baptist Church. She is James’s wife and they live on Walters Branch at Isom.
Glad that Claudette Adams is getting along pretty well after her recent heart surgery. We hope she is “fit as a fiddle” as soon as possible.
Danna Smith, her daughter Beth, and little Maggie and Audrey took Mary Jo Smith to Virginia with them on a girls’ day out. They had a good trip and had dinner while there.
Estill and Alma Rose Blair have enjoyed a visit from Christy and her children over the weekend. Alma Rose spent as much time as she could with them before they had to go back home.
This year has been a good year for apples. Every tree you see has plenty. So many neighbors say they have been making applesauce. Some can it and some put theirs in the freezer. It’s good either way and this winter it will be tasty.
Roy Kenon and Billie Smith stayed a few nights with Lee and Wilma Pridemore. They can in for the wedding of Holly Madden and Jordan at Stuart Robinson School. Due to rain it was held in the dining hall.
Rodney Ison’s big cow barn is beginning to sport a new coat of barn red paint. When it’s done the big barn quilt square will show up even better. I know you guys think I’m strange for noticing things like this, but I love to look at barns, old houses, and the like. Those are my landmarks if I’m traveling. I never know road numbers, just where this old house or that old barn is that’s on my way. And if one gets torn down, I think, “Oh, they could have fixed it up instead.”
Bob and I took Hunter, Hayden and Hannah (nephew and niece) for a four-wheeler ride Sunday evening. We walked some around the top of the mountain and stopped to hunt for tree fossils below the Melton Cemetery. Mom (Coreen) found a good one there this summer and as we looked I found one and showed them what to look for. How surprised I was when Hannah said, “I found one.” Then I told Hayden to look on the other side and he found one, too. We were all so excited.
Sorry all you folks have to read about seems to be about our family, but if anyone has some news just call me and I’ll get it in.