Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.
I enjoyed some visitors this week, my second cousin, Jane Ellen Cox and her two children, and her friend, James K. Caudill, son of the late Harry M. Caudill. They live in Louisville.
Jane is the daughter of the late Mae and Jack Cox. Jane wanted me to tell her children about their grandparents, the late Ida and Arch Howard, who lived in Blackey. I knew a lot about them. I spent a lot of time with them while I was growing up. They were my grandparents also.
They also visited Kathy Palumbo, who is their aunt. I enjoyed talking with Kathy.
My son Rob Hatton and all his family are on vacation in Charlestown, S.C., and they always enjoy that, especially with all his grandchildren.
My brother-in-law Bertus Tyree had foot surgery in the Veterans Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. He is doing okay and will be home in a few days.
I have to straighten up something I put in last week’s news. I said Beatrice Sexton Banks was Imogene Sexton’s sister, when I asked about her. I knew better than that. I have known both of them for many years.
They were both Sextons. There are a lot of them, like we Howards. Sorry ladies!
Larry and Linda Hatton spent a couple of days at the lake and had a good time. They love it there.
We offer our sympathy to the family of Wanda Sexton, who lived just up the road from me. I went to the funeral
Friday and met some friends I hadn’t seen in a long time. I enjoyed talking to Sue Sexton.
Sandra and Bill Hatton have been going to their lake house all week and doing some work, and having some fun with their family.
I enjoyed talking to Martha Burns of Blackey. We have been friends since first grade at Blackey. We go a way back.
I talked with Claudine Sturgill on Thursday. Her husband, Willie Sturgill, is having health problems and needs to be remembered in prayer.
We have lots of friends sick and needing prayer, Sonia Fields, John Sexton, Steve Taylor and Alecia Conn, the daughter of Belinda and Billy Conn, and Tonda (I don’t know her last name). She has a twin sister, Rhonda.
Our church, Whitco Pentecostal Church, will be having homecoming beginning on July 7 and lasting all week with Bro. Wendell Pittman of Missouri. He’s been coming every year for 12 years.
Our pastor, John Conn, and the whole congregation invite everyone to come. He’s a great preacher and we always look forward to his coming.
I surely enjoyed the Bible teaching at Dairy Queen on Wednesday with Bro. Tony Brown. They have it every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. I hope I can go often. I hope to see some of you there.
It was good talking to Alice Mason. I still want to see all of her Santa Claus collection sometime. I have heard so much about it. I’ll find out when I can.
I have had a good week. I went to a beautiful wedding on Saturday on Pine Mountain. It was my niece, Shannon Banks, and Carlos Holbrook. James Earl Pennington had it looking so good, the grass all mown and in perfect shape. There was a large crowd there and lots of good food. I hope they have a happy life together.
Our sympathy goes out to the families of Mary Lou Hogg and Hazel Rayburn.
I hope all the fathers had a good Father’s Day. Bill Howard, my dad, sure enjoyed his, and also his birthdays and Christmas. He loved getting gifts and all the attention from his large family.
I miss him so bad on those days. He passed away in 1990 at the age of 83.
I’m glad my brother, John Howard is back home. He loves being at the lake in his camper.
My sister Judy Greene is on vacation with her son Jerome Hatton and his family. She will enjoy that.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere. Irene and Elzie Ray Hatton, that means you too.
Have a good day.