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Sisters are Florida ‘snow birds’

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This photo sent in by Jim Cornett was taken at Graveyard Hollow in 1944. Pictured are Curt Cornett, 1910-1984; Orell Cornett, born 1943; John Hughes, 1925-1992; Jim Raleigh, 1910-1978; and Jimmy D. Raleigh, 1942-2012. They are sitting where the first house in Westwood is now located.

This photo sent in by Jim Cornett was taken at Graveyard Hollow in 1944. Pictured are Curt Cornett, 1910-1984; Orell Cornett, born 1943; John Hughes, 1925-1992; Jim Raleigh, 1910-1978; and Jimmy D. Raleigh, 1942-2012. They are sitting where the first house in Westwood is now located.

Hello to all the folks in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana and West Virginia, all the readers of The Mountain Eagle.

It’s been a long time since I’ve written to The Eagle. I’m in Florida, and got here in January. The weather here is so pretty. We have been blessed with hot weather.

My sisters had been here with me, Reba and Shirley. They have since gone back to Ohio. Christine and I live next door to one another, and Norma Jean lives about 11 miles south, down in Pt. Charlotte, Fla. She is staying with her son, Billy. We are all just ‘snow birds.’

Christine has been pretty sick. She had a hip replacement that is doing great. She is doing better now with other health problems.

Reba was staying with her daughter, Barbara Jean, up in Melbourne, but she came down here with us girls and spent several days. When she went home, she had to go in the hospital with her blood pressure and high heart rate.

She is doing better now, but her daughter, Debbie had to go in the hospital while Reba was still in there. Reba’s daughter, Barbara Jean, flew up to Ohio to be with her while she and Debbie are recuperating.

Shirley had to go home early, as her daughter, Tammy, is having surgery. She really hated to leave this nice weather, and I really miss her and Reba, Jean and Christine being here with me.

My son Jimmy and his new bride were down visiting me last week. He got married in November to Johna George, and they live in Louisville, Oh., about two miles from my house in Canton.

Jimmy sure loves it down here in Florida. He misses all the great weather, sunshine and beaches. He lived here before going back to Ohio. He and Johna sure did enjoy being here, and I miss all my company and hope they all come back soon.

I’m sitting here watching the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky is getting ready to play. All of us love sports, and we sure hope Kentucky can go all the way.

We also love baseball too. My nephew, Kyle Gibson, plays for the Minnesota Twins. He is in Triple AAA with the Rochester Redwings. He lives right here in Ft. Myers, so when he plays we can go see him. Right now he is in rehab. He had Tommy John surgery. We hope he gets back to playing before we leave from down here. Kyle’s grandfather and grandmother are Douglas and Von Gibson of Greenfield, Ind.

Hello to my brother Joe and his wife in Kentucky. When Shirley left here she went to Kentucky to see Joe and spend the night with him. His wife is very sick.

Hi to my sister-in-law, Mary Gibson at Redfox. She has been pretty sick, but when I talked to her last week she said she is lots better.

I was so saddened to hear about great friends of our, Darlene Caudill and Roe B. Adkins, dying. I always tried to see Darlene when I was in Kentucky for our reunion and other events. We always saw Roe at Walmart in Hazard. The family has all of our sympathy and love and prayers.

Hello to all my cousins and family. I hope all are okay. I know the weather has been awful cold up in the north.

I got my invitation to the Breeding reunion from Mary Faye. She is a very dear friend of my sisters and me. We went to Daniel Grade School with her, and she lives in Michigan now.

Hello to Faye and Bill Swimms of Michigan. We all went to school with her at Daniel too. Bill is very sick. Faye talks to my sister, Norma Jean, all the time. We hope Bill will feel better and God will heal him. I wish she could come to Kentucky to our reunion.

Hello to Nancy (Maggard) Collins and Viola Caudill. All of our family were sorry to hear about their sister, Iva Lou. She was married to the late Billy Franklin of Millstone. She died in January. My family has known the Maggard family for 65 years or longer. We were like sisters and brothers to them.

Iva Lou was a schoolteacher at Daniel School, and taught my sister, Norma Jean, in the seventh grade.

Hello to all my sisters and brothers- in- law in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana.

I was sorry to hear about one of my ex-brothers-inlaw, Hick Baker, dying. He had three daughters, Lesa, Angie and Leslie. I was sorry to hear about your dad. I love you all very much.

I hope my sister-in-law Nadine and her husband Harry are both okay. They have both been very sick. I talk to her real often.

God bless you all, the sick and shut-ins need everyone’s prayers. I hope everyone will be well soon.

I will try and write more often. Hoping the next news won’t be so sad.

The weather here is good with much sun, and no rain. We do need rain, though.

Christine and I went to visit Jean. She came and watched some of the games with us. “Go Cats!”

So hello to my children, Beverly, Bobby and Jimmy, and families. God bless you all and keep everyone safe until next time, and we all need your prayers.

We did celebrate my sister Shirley’s birthday on March 10. She was 71. My son Jimmy bought her a birthday cake and took her out for dinner. By the way, she’s the baby of my dad and mom’s children, and she looks 50.


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