I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday, with lots of good food and family to enjoy it with.
The recent soup bean dinner fund-raiser for Travis Morton was a huge success. I think the amount raised by dinners and donations was about $5,600 or so. The community really came out and worked together to make the dinner a success.
Phillip McIntosh was able to be brought from the Markey Center to Hazard Hospital and lots of family and friends have been to visit him.
Sorry to learn that Roy and Lena Dixon had lost a great-grandson in North Carolina due to a car hitting him at a bus stop. He also had other grandparents from the Isom area.
Roy Dixon had also been in Hazard Hospital recently.
Belated anniversary wishes to Homer and Ruth Smith, who have been married 54 years.
Tommy Harris Smith and Mary Jo Blair returned from Florida in time for Thanksgiving. I’m sure Lillie Moss Hale is glad to have them back.
Our daughter Jessie brought her boyfriend Andy home to meet the family and have Thanksgiving at her Mama Opal Banks’s home. We had a house full there and a big table of good food.
Jessie said she had recently met some ladies at Cracker Barrel who said they were her cousins. It turned out to be Merlene Day of Mill Branch and Merlene’s sister and other family members, maybe from Richmond. We are kin on the Wesley and Margaret Caudill side of Dad’s family. Jessie was happy to meet them.
Lee and Wilma Pridemore’s granddaughter Kelly also stopped at Cracker Barrel after a Christmas shopping day. Kelly’s husband had kept the girls that day. Sorry to learn that Kelly’s sister Christy had lost the baby.
Ivan and Freda Adams recently went to Florida due to Freda’s brother-inlaw Blaine Caudill being so ill. I didn’t learn until last week that he had died. He had many kinfolk in this area.
We sure do miss our neighbor Hazel Adams. It just doesn’t seem right not seeing her in her black sweater sitting on the porch, or out pecking in her coal pile. She never failed to halt and speak to us when we went to the mailbox, or out in the yard, or down at my shop. We miss her coming up to Opal’s two or three times a day, too. But she is recuperating well as the nursing home and hopefully continues to improve.
Susie Raglin was back in the hospital a couple of days last week.
Our sympathy goes out to the families of Denise Day, granddaughter of the late Elmer and Martha Colley, and Truman Blair of Blair Branch, who both died recently.
I’m still under the weather and can’t seem to concentrate so that’s all for now. I think half of Letcher County has sinus infections, ear infections, and other fluish symptoms. I’m glad that I tested negative for the flu and hope to feel better soon.