I know you all probably get tired of reading about how much I miss meeting with our group of seniors at Letcher County Senior Citizens at the rec center, but I’m going to say it one more time. I got a call last Monday evening from one of Mom’s good friends, who also became one of mine when I joined the program with Mommy in 2017. Lizzie Mae Wright called to let me know how she had been doing but also to tell me about some special visitors she had last week. Lizzie Mae said she has talked to Bobby Bates before about the song she wanted him to sing at her funeral if she passed away before he did. So, he and his wife came by for a visit and he sang the song for her and another Old Regular Baptist song. She was so pleased with the visit and the singing. Mom and I surely do miss seeing her.
It’s so hard to believe most of the students from the last class I taught at Martha Jane Potter Elementary are graduating from high school this year. My grandson, Seth Lennon Hampton, was in that class and you talk about hard, that was the hardest thing I think I did as a teacher. He surely gave me a good reason to retire.
Now, he is talking about what he is going to do after he leaves high school and I’m thinking in the back of my mind, he’s not old enough to be making such decisions. Then, I remind myself, he’s 18 and isn’t a little boy anymore.
My sister, Delores Tacket Holbrook, also has a grandchild graduating from LCCHS, Lauren Holbrook, and as I have said before, she will be attending Pikeville College while my grandson is planning on attending Hazard Technical College.
Another sister, Charlene Tacket Mason, had a grandson, Tucker Mason, to graduate Monday night from Whitesburg Middle School. I loved looking at all the pictures that were posted from that graduation.
Two other graduates I want to mention are not from high school, but from college. Tim Finn, Jr., son of my first cousin, Shawn Wagner Finn, and her husband, Tim Finn, received his degree as a Doctor of Optometry from Kentucky College of Optometry. Hannah Lucas received her Master’s in Social Work from Campbellsville University.
Another award was presented to one of Seth’s friends and one of our brothers in our church at Letcher Independent Baptist. Luke Holcomb was awarded the “Student of the Month” from LCCHS. Luke was also one of my former students and one of the most considerate young men I know.
Yet another award was a recognition award from Walmart. Patty Sexton, a Whitesburg High School classmate of mine, was presented an award for 15 years of service. She made this comment: “I will have to say. It’s been a good 15 years. I’ve made lots of work friends and customers who became friends.” I love talking to Patty every time I’m at Walmart. I don’t think she ever sees a stranger.
Birthdays that need mentioning are Lisa Carter Kilbourne and Kerrigan Bolling on the 30th, Cade Ellis on the 1st, Sara Baker and Keanna Kincaid on the 2nd, Caitlin with a C Collier (she was also one of my former students and was in the same class as Kaitlyn with a K Collier, and so that was what we called them then and it will always be for me), Larry Don Taylor and Randall Bentley celebrated on the 3rd, Gabo Collins, Mary Baker, and Dorothy Lucas had birthdays on the 4th, William Adams, Peggy Gross, and Kimberly Wright Baker will celebrate on the 5th, and Paula Moberly on the 6th.
Congratulations to all the retirees from the Letcher County Public School System this year. I hope you all enjoy your retirement as much as I do. Another retiree was Tammie Isom from the Letcher County Health Department. April 30 was her last day.
Don’t forget to pray for all the families that have lost loved ones. Betty Frazier that lost her son Orville Sturgill recently also lost her brother Donne Ratliff last week. Please keep her and all her family in your prayers. Also the family of Rokie Frazier will need our prayers. Please always pray for our pastor Bill Jones and his wife Sandy.
Happy Mother’s Day to everyone this Sunday and if you want to know what to get your mother, I saw so many that have posted on Facebook all they want is to have their children sitting in church Sunday morning. Try your best to be in church, if you don’t have a home church you are more than welcome at Letcher Independent Baptist.