Our family received the worst kind of news anybody could get this morning, the news of the death of a loved one. Mom’s sister, Linda Joyce Pennington Hall, passed away at 6:22 a.m. at the Greg & Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. She was admitted there last Thursday from Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital in Whitesburg.
All us nieces and nephews called her Auntie Linda. She had no children, but she and her husband Dennis Hall loved dogs. They treated them as if they were their children. She was a member of the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church for over 40 years. One of the songs I loved to hear her sing was “The Prettiest Flowers Will Be Blooming”.
Charlene will be meeting with Everidge Funeral Home in the morning to make the arrangements for her funeral services. Please remember to keep my precious mommy, Dorothy Pennington Tacket, in your prayers. She is taking this pretty hard, as this was her last living sister.
This July 3 will be four years since the death of our pastor Bill Jones and his wife Sandy’s son, Bobby Jones, and his girlfriend, Chrystal Warner. They left Blackey after attending church that morning at Letcher Independent Baptist and spending the evening visiting with Bobby’s mom and dad and other family members. On their way home they were planning on stopping to check on a piece of rental property to make sure the renter had moved out. That was the last time his family saw him alive. Charges were made against a suspect and he has been jailed all this time, but his trial date has still not been set. As of now the pending trial date is Oct. 12. Please remember to ask God to comfort all those involved in this horrible ordeal. My heart breaks for them.
My cousins James and David Pennington had their side-by-side stolen from David’s driveway last week. This is a unique side-by-side and easy to recognize. It is a Polaris Ranger with a metal roof. It’s a four-seater. There is a reward offered and either James or David can be contacted, or the sheriff ’s office if you have any information you think would be helpful. It’s so hard to believe people are brave enough to walk into someone’s driveway and take something.
There were so many birthdays mentioned this past week. On the 23rd was one of our brothers at Letcher Independent Baptist, William Runyon, celebrated his birthday. Cody Baker had a birthday on the 24th. Janice Foster, Stacey Quillen, and Ella Mae Profitt Caudill all celebrated on the 25th. Beverly Reed Adams, Sara Forbes, and Fontella Sturgill Hall, all three had birthdays on the 26th. Chase Webb turned 15 on the 27th. Eunice Holbrook Tolliver and Cora Sturgill also celebrated on the 27th. Lisa Vance Maggard had a birthday on the 28th.
I can’t end this column without telling you a story on Mommy that also dealt with our stay with Daddy’s family on Caryville Mountain. My sister Delores also had to remind me of this little incident. Mommy happened to wash our clothes while we were there, and it just so happened Aunt Biddie had washed a pair of her curtains in the wringer washer earlier. Well, we didn’t wear any of the clean clothes until we were headed home from Caryville Mountain.
This was about a six-hour drive, back then. It didn’t take too long at all until we all started itching like crazy. All of us were miserable. Remember there were no air conditioners in cars back then. In case you have never been in a vehicle with five children and two adults with no air conditioner in the summertime, let me tell you that by itself isn’t one bit comfortable. Now add to that clothes that had been washed in the same washtub as fiberglass curtains. I’ll let you imagine the rest.
I almost forgot one special unspoken request for James and Lita Melton.
Please try to attend some church service either by social media or in person, if you are able. Stay safe everybody.