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Smith home burns on Doty Creek


It was nice to have three or four days with warmer temperatures than normal, but you know that wouldn’t last long at this time of year. Then I also feel guilty about liking it that way because it does make it hard for coal businesses when we use less electricity this time of year and I defi- nitely wouldn’t want any other miners to be laid off. There are enough already out of work.

Glad to hear that Boyd Hatton had killed an elk while hunting in Knott County this past weekend.

Geraldine Ison has been back in Lexington for more tests and glad they came back good. She doesn’t have to take treatments and doesn’t have to go back for three months. We’re praying she will continue to have good checkups.

Sorry that Rodney’s brother Aaron Ison in Indiana has been feeling well. And Aaron’s first cousin and good buddy, Dock Adams, also has had a sick spell.

Not long ago Marty and Judy Lynn Adams took Dock to Indiana to visit Aaron and Edith.

As I reported as I closed last week’s column, Hank Adams had died. His service was held at the Blair Branch Church and there was an overwhelming crowd attending the visitation and the funeral. His mother, Ida, was able to be there the night of visitation.

Malena and the girls and all of his family must have been proud to know so many loved and thought well of Hank. He was always so good to ask for prayers for his family members and those sick in the community and touched many lives here on this Earth. God bless them all during this sad time.

The Mount Olivet Church at Blackey lost a good, old, longtime member with the death of Vernon Cornett last week. He was up in his 90s and had stayed very active and independent until the last couple of years, and had recently been in the nursing home. Most remember him as a barber, which he did for many years. He served his church as treasurer for many years, too. Our sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.

Our church ( Blair Branch) also lost a member last week. Pat Stallard, wife of Herb, died in Ohio. We didn’t know they had moved to Ohio until we went to the Veterans Administration Nursing Home in Hazard to check on Herb and found that he had been moved to a facility in Ohio. That was at Christmas. We’re sorry for Pat’s family during their sorrow.

I spent last week with the dreaded stomach virus and didn’t make it out to any of the funeral and visitations in the area. I didn’t get out for fear of spreading it to others and I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.

We hated to hear about Joeanne and the late Lendell Smith’s home on Doty Creek burning down on Saturday. She had remarried and is living on Leatherwood now, but had so much of her items still in the house and had rented it. I’m sure she and the kids hated to lose it to fire.

I enjoyed a long phone chat with Joyce Adams on Sunday. We talked about a little of everything, especially the wellbeing of family members, who’s sick, etc. Also, we were trying to figure out how long ago it was when our Homemakers Club first began meeting in the basement of the Little Ruby Church. I can remember little old Nora Asher taught me how to crochet at one meeting and I think she was close to 90 at the time. I think we must have begun in the late ‘70s or early ‘80s. If there’s anyone who remembers, give me a call, 633-4453. I’d like to find out what year we began meeting as a club.

Hope Paula Pratt has done alright with her broken leg and is getting her cast off soon.

Mary Jane Back has a broken wrist and is trying to get used to using her other hand for everything. That has to take some getting used to.

That’s about all I have time to write today. Have a good week, and if you don’t go to church anywhere else, this weekend will be Blair Branch and you’re welcome to attend.

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