Whitesburg KY

Sickness interferes with family functions

Blair Branch

Hello, everyone. I hope this finds each of you doing well. I’m sorry I don’t have a whole lot to write this week. Dalton and I have been sick, and I haven‘t been able to really talk to anyone all weekend as I‘ve barely had a voice. We weren’t even able to have our usual family dinner with the family on Sunday, as we were trying not avoid spreading any germs. Thankfully, Dalton hasn’t been as sick as I have been, but I still hate to see him sick at all.

Somehow we’ve managed to pick up a horrible cold, even though we are always very careful when we are out in public. I always wipe down the buggy with sani-wipes, use hand sanitizer, and avoid anyone who is coughing or sneezing. I suppose though, no matter how careful you are, you will still end up sick at one point or another.

Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, had an appointment at the transplant center on Thursday. It had been three weeks since her last appointment. Everything is going great with her kidney and her creatinine is perfect. She will be allowed to wait four weeks between appointments this time. I simply cannot thank God enough for this blessing he has given not only Mom, but our entire family.

Gardner Allen Jent, his wife Jessica, and their three precious little ones came to visit with us last week. I had a big supper waiting on them when they came through the door. I don’t claim to be a chef, but the food was pretty good if I have to say so myself. It is always so wonderful to have Hayden, Alissa, and Zack here to cuddle on. Dalton especially enjoyed playing trains with Hayden. I hope they come to visit again soon. We sure miss them now that they are living in Beattyville.

My uncle, David Allen Blair, died at his home in Monticello on Feb. 6 at 54 years of age. He was the son of the late Clarence and Lucy (Halcomb) Blair. He is survived by his loving wife, Joy Faye Stamper Blair of Monticello; brothers, Charles E. Blair of Jeremiah, Willard Blair of Knott County, Clifford Blair of Letcher County, Billy Blair of Letcher County, and Stephen Blair of Nineva, Ind.; sisters, Mary Goff of Clinton, Tenn., Mattie Adams of Franklin, Ind., Sylvania Whitaker of Jeremiah, Edna Helton of Indianapolis, Ind., and Florence “Kitty” Emmons of Indianapolis, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Lucy (Halcomb) Blair; two sisters, Hazel Banks and Lola Crawford; and one brother, Onis Blair.

His funeral was at the Chapel of Southern Oaks on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 pm. Joy, I am truly sorry that I wasn’t able to attend the services, but I didn’t want to make everyone sick. Just know I was there with you all in my heart. I ask each and every one who is reading to please keep our family, especially Joy Faye, in your prayers through this tough time. It would mean a lot to us all.

My sister Opal Jent’s Jack Russell, Feisty, is missing. She was last seen on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 1 pm in the Carcassonne community in Blackey. If you have seen her or have any clue of where she may be, please call 606-633-1441. It is very unlike her to wander off. Opal and David has had her for years and love her like she is their child. They just want her back, no questions asked. So if you have any information, please give them a call.

Danna and Benjie Smith are excited that they are to be grandparents again. Their daughter Beth Pratt and her husband are expecting in September. I wish them the best of luck. Maggie will be a wonderful sister.

Sarah Maggard should bless our family with a new little one sometime this week. Sarah is the daughter of Rebecca Maggard. I know Becky is over the moon with excitement for the new grandbaby! Good luck, Sarah!

Breanne Conley and Ruby Blair will celebrate their birthdays on Feb. 14; Sidney Hensley, Feb. 15; Dawn Marie Emmons, Feb. 16; Minnie Blair, Feb. 17; and Sheila Crase McCracken, Feb. 18.

Happy birthday to each of you! I hope your day is filled with all the love and laughter in the world.

Danna and Benjie Smith will celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary on Feb. 14. Happy anniversary to you two!

There will be an Action Against Substance Abuse meeting on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 pm at the Whitesburg First Baptist Church in the fellowship hall. The meeting is to plan the March Against Substance Abuse and a prayer vigil. Please plan to attend and bring everyone you know.

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad you get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call or you may email me at alanacouch@hotmail.com.

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