Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well. I can’t believe it’s time to write about all that’s going on. By the way — what is going on?
Oh well, I’ve had a good week. We’ve had a great revival at our church, and it went on through last Tuesday. Bro. David Miller preached outstanding and the house was filled every night. He and his wife have been our friends for many years. They are living in Ohio, but are originally from the Hazard area. We hate to see them leave, but they have a life there.
He is the pastor of a big church, and my nephew, Bro. Caleb Howard, is his youth minister, and I know he’s doing great. He may be young, but he is a great evangelist and preaches everywhere.
I’d like to say hello to Hugh Pennington in Ohio, and wish him a late happy birthday. It was on Sept. 30. He used to be a grocery clerk at our old Marlowe store. He was a good-looking boy and made the store look better. I haven’t seen him in a long time, usually when he came in for a funeral.
I was sorry I didn’t get to see Esma Halcomb Hart at the Mountain Heritage. She was once my next-door neighbor. She is the daughter of the late Lonzo and Myrtle Halcomb, and her sister lives there now, Mary Halcomb York. We hardly ever see each other. She and her husband Ernie York are real good neighbors.
My grandson Chris Hatton and wife Sara are at the lake celebrating their anniversary. I hope it’s not as cold in Tennessee as it is here so they can go out and enjoy themselves.
My son Astor ‘Red’ Hatton and his wife are getting settled in the Georgetown area. I hope they like it there. They hated to leave Ashland, but they had to relocate because of their jobs. At least they can be together all the time now.
I enjoyed talking with my good friend, Shelby Jean Feltner of Cumberland River. We go to the same church and we really appreciate her.
My grandson Chris Hatton is back in his heating and cooling business. He has the same phone number he used to have. I’m glad he lives next to me so I can holler when I’m freezing or burning up.
I talked to my sons, Astor in Georgetown and Rob in Owensboro, and both were doing okay.
I went to Betty Franklin’s funeral on Sunday. The funeral was carried out real well. The preachers were my pastor, Bro. John Conn, and Frank Adams. They preached really well and the singers were great! Our own Jennifer Absher and Eli Smith sang. I could have listened to them sing all day.
Jennifer is our piano player and song leader at our church. We are blessed to have her.
Our sympathy goes out to the family of Betty Franklin, and also to the family of Jeannette Collins of Craft’s Colly.
It was good seeing Ozel Collins at the funeral, and also Rose Breeding and her sister Velvadeen. I hadn’t seen them in awhile. They are the daughters of the late Archie Sexton.
I heard Yvonne Hammock was in the hospital in Pikeville for surgery. I hope she is doing okay. Remember her in prayer. We have a lot of sick folks who need prayer.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week if you are able.