Illia Smith recently had to go to Lexington for a doctor’s appointment due to the arteries in her neck being partially blocked. I hope her procedure went well and that she is doing well0.
It was such a sudden loss of Roger Whitaker, who died on Jan. 26. It was hard to think that one day he was at his Aunt Ila Adams’s funeral and just a short time later he was gone.
A large crowd of family and friends kept vigil with Deborah and their children as Roger was in Pikeville Hospital, and then later at his funeral service. A large crowd attended both services and his funeral was held at his home church, Dixon Memorial.
Our sympathy to Debbie, the children and grandchildren, and Roger’s brothers, Allen and Rulah, and all the family.
Keith and Nancy Adams lost their son, Jon, who lived at Burton Hill. He was laid to rest last Wednesday with services held at the Mount Olivet Church at Blackey. Many prayers have been said on behalf of his parents, wife, and children, sister and brother, and his grandmother, Jan Mitchell. May God be with them all during this sad time.
Irene Jent is now in a rehabilitation facility and doing fair after her recent fall and pacemaker surgery. Debbie thanks all for the get-well cards and prayers.
Ruby Meyers recently celebrated her 75th birthday. Wanda, Kenneth and their families dropped by to help her celebrate. Belated happy birthday, Ruby.
Barney and Lela Back celebrated their birthdays with dinner at Buckhorn Lake’s Lodge Restaurant. I hope they had a good day.
Dock Adams is back home after a couple of weeks of physical therapy. Hope he’s doing better and is stronger.
His sister, Juanita, and her son, Freddy McCrarey, both celebrated birthdays on Jan. 31. They are in Somerset and hope they had a good birthday. By the photos on Facebook, they did.
Sterlin Caudill fell again and was in a lot of pain. Hope he is better by the time this comes out.
Doty Creek lost another longtime resident with the passing of Jessie Hampton, a truly sweet lady, who was loved and respected by her family and so many throughout the area. She was a long time member of the Doty Creek Old Regular Baptist Church, and would always make us feel welcome when we attended. She would come back and greet visitors with a friendly smile and hug, and will be missed so much.
She was the widow of Wilburn Hampton, and their children will be heartbroken to lose their mother. Our sympathy to Judy, Sandy, Glenn, Roger and Eulis, and their families, and her sisters, Ann Ruth Elam and Bertha Sotterly.
Another death that touched many lives was Rocky Johnson of Red Fox. Most knew him as one of the hardest workers in the area, and he would always help folks out. His sister, Ann Frazier, and her son, Craig, came up from Florida for his service.
Ann and Mary Sue Pinyerd are the only two of the late “Cap” and Usley Johnson family. Sympathy to Rocky’s wife, Mae, sisters, and many nephews and nieces.
As I write this, snow is falling and it’s Groundhog Day. There are about 10 cardinals and various other birds feasting at the birdfeeder. I don’t know if that’s a sign that we’re in for a big snow, or if they’re just hungry.
Groundhog Day is also my dad, Don Pridemore’s, birthday and we are planning a fried fish dinner in his honor, and of course cake and ice cream.
That’s it for now.