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Seniors picnic across Little Shepherd Trail




The family of Preacher Bill and June Craft

The family of Preacher Bill and June Craft

Oh, how thrilled I was to see Coleene Hart today at Senior Citizens. It was so good to talk with her and know she is doing okay after her husband Rhuford Hart’s death. She said, as a lot of others do after their loved one has suffered so much, it was time to let him go and they both knew it.

Sudie Wynn Day was with her and it was so good to see her, too. She now lives in Alabama but is here for a few months to visit. Mom didn’t go with me to the REC center today and she was so upset that she missed Coleene and Sudie. When we went Wednesday we left after we exercised, and she didn’t get to talk to Lizzie Mae Wright either. She didn’t like that one bit either.

The seniors went on a special picnic last Friday across the Little Shepherd Trail. If you haven’t traveled the trail here lately you should take a trip across it. The mountain laurel is in bloom and that is a beautiful sight. I’ve heard a lot of people are seeing bears and lots of other wildlife along the ride too. We are planning on going with the grandkids this evening.

Christopher Edward and Celesta Riffe with their three children Colton Christopher Riffe, Corrissa Makaih Riffe, and Cassity June McCool-Solis.

Christopher Edward and Celesta Riffe with their three children Colton Christopher Riffe, Corrissa Makaih Riffe, and Cassity June McCool-Solis.

I also noticed on Facebook how many people are celebrating anniversaries this month. Well, I guess it is the month of June so that makes sense. My sister, Delores Tacket Holbrook, and her husband Kenneth Dwight Holbrook celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. They married the same year my husband and I did. My brother Albert also married that same year. So, Mom and Dad had three children to marry in 1979. That left them with an empty nest. Somebody asked Mom what she was going to do now with all her room. She said, “Oh honey, what in the world am I going to put in my closets?”

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I saw this post on Facebook Friday from Carol Ison.

“Next Thursday the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School Faculty will be presenting, and we have always been so proud of their work. It is music equal to any you will hear anywhere around here, and again it is all free and brought to you as part of the Levitt Amp Concert Series.”

Scott Drew and Cassity June McCool-Solis are pictured with their son Noah Scott McCool-Solis.

Scott Drew and Cassity June McCool-Solis are pictured with their son Noah Scott McCool-Solis.

Another wonderful thing happening here in Letcher County is the book signing of our very own Cassie McCool-Solis. She is the great granddaughter of Preacher Bill and June Craft. Her parents are Christopher Edward and Celesta Richardson Riffe and her grandparents are Thomas Darrel and Billie June Craft Richardson, all of Cabin Creek on Thornton. I had the pleasure of having her for a student in third grade math. She was such a respectful student and person. She later became a registered nurse and she and her husband, Scott Drew McCool-Solis, moved to Texas to pursue their careers. They have one child, Noah Scott, and he will turn 1 on July 6. I’ve watched this baby grow up because of Facebook and he is so precious.

Among her many talents is the special one of writing. She has a wonderful blog at www.mylifeinscrubs.com, about her experiences in life as a Christian, daughter, wife, nurse, and mother. I always hoped she would develop that talent even further than just blogging and lo and behold, last year she had a book published. To her family’s legacy in the ministry what else would she write about other than her Heavenly Father’s love? What a wonderful idea to demonstrate just how much God loves us by comparing that love to the love of a parent. We think we love our children and think that love can’t be beat, but we are so wrong. Here is some of the information on the back of her book, “Who Could Love You More Than Me?”

Kenneth Dwight and Delores Tacket Holbrook were married 39 years ago. (Of course they haven’t changed one bit.)

Kenneth Dwight and Delores Tacket Holbrook were married 39 years ago. (Of course they haven’t changed one bit.)

“’Who Could Love You More Than Me?’ challenges children to consider the deep, unbridled, wondrous love that a parent has for them. The verses in this story take children on a journey to ultimately discover the incredible love of their parents, and that this love can only be trumped by our Heavenly Father.”

Well, I got so caught up in describing Cassie’s family and her faith that I almost forgot to tell you when the book signing will take place. Billie June says you can pet and feed the farm animals too. It will be held on Cabin Creek Farm on Sunday, July 1, from 2:30 to 4:30. Light refreshments will also be served. That is on Highway 1862, Thornton Road. It’s a right-hand turn onto a private drive, exactly 2.9 miles from Thornton bridge. You will definitely be welcomed by one of the most precious families in the world.

We just got the sad news Friday, the 22nd, Daddy’s sister, Yvonne Tackett Hall, passed away. She and her husband, Ray Hall, have lived in Tiffin Ohio for close to 50 years. She had been very sick for the last few years. She had Alzheimer’s and heart problems also. Then in the last few years they found out she had colon cancer and they wouldn’t do any kind of surgeries because of her other health conditions. Her husband, Ray Hall’s sister Josephine was also our aunt because she married Mommy’s brother, Murphy Pennington. So, earlier this week we got the news that Murphy and Josephine’s son, Ronnie Dale Pennington, passed away from a massive heart attack. Please remember both of these families in your prayers. Ronnie’s funeral was Friday, the 22nd, and Yvonne’s hasn’t been arranged as of yet, but will probably have already taken place by the time this week’s paper is printed.

Also remember our wonderful Pastor Bill Jones and his wife Sandy. Coleene Hart was telling me this week how special he was to them when Rhuford had first gotten sick. Even with all he was going through with the death of his son Bobby, he still found time to visit Rhuford. That’s compassion. We all love and appreciate him and his wife and family so much.

If you don’t have a church to attend you are more than welcome to come to Letcher Independent Baptist Church. As Oma would say, please try to attend church this Sunday and I add if your church has services Sunday evening or throughout the week, God wants you there then too.


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