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Smiths hold annual family reunion

A lot has happened since I wrote last two weeks ago, and sorry if I have forgotten some of the things I should have written about.

Memorial Day weekend was a busy time around the area, and many out-oftowners were here visiting family and attended to the cemeteries where their loved ones are resting.

The children of the late Little Bennie and Bessie Blair gathered at the cemetery on Blair Branch to have a memorial for their sister, Beulah Blair Barrier, who died recently, and her ashes were brought home to be scattered.

Her husband wasn’t well, but he brought her ashes back from North Carolina where he and Beulah lived.

Mary Helen was able to attend. Adrian and Libby brought her from Letcher Manor Nursing Home for the day. It was a sad day for their family.


The children and descendants of the late Dee and Ethel Smith held their annual reunion recently. They had their soup bean dinner on Friday evening at the head of the hollow at Tommy Harris Smith’s cabin. Then on Saturday they met at the Stuart Robinson Dinning Hall with many family and friends attending. Many descendants of J.T. and Margarette Fields Smith attended this reunion to meet with their cousins.

It was also the annual memorial services at the cemeteries above Dixon Memorial Church. Lillie Moss Hale had been laid to rest with her husband, Davis, and their daughters since last year. Her family missed her. She was their oldest sibling.

It was also meeting time at the Dixon Memorial Church that Sunday and the donations that day went to the upkeep of the cemeteries. If anyone wants to donate to the upkeep, Homer Smith is the one to send donations to.

We left there and went to the Horse Mill Point Cemetery where the American Legion volunteers were shooting over the graves in honor of the memory of their fellow veterans.

We do appreciate the time they take to do this every year. Freddy Fields always has the cemetery looking good.

Doug and Roland Brown and our family were there for the shootings.

We also attended when they came to Burton Hill Cemetery as did Richard, Libby Smith and Stella Elam, Ed, Cheryl Banks and kids, Larry and Sandy Hall, Johnny Combs, Lonn Adams and his grandkids.

Sorry if I left anyone out.

Berma Matthews had her brother, Olan, and his son visiting during Memorial Day. They attended the Smith reunion, too.

Glad Berma is getting over her fall. Jean Hampton recently took a fall.

A memorial service was held at the John Adams Cemetery on Blair Branch recently. Den Arthur’s wife, Judy Adams of Ohio, made it to the service, as did many others whose loved ones are resting there.

The county has done a good job on gravelling and cutting weeds at the cemetery road.

On Memorial Day, Bob, Coreen Pridemore and I took the four-wheeler to some local graveyards. We were ready for lunch after coming up the River Road from I.D. Back’s grave, so we stopped at Amburgey’s Grocery at Roxanna and got Denny to fix us all a bologna sandwich. It really hit the spot with tomato and mayo. Yummy!

He said his brother Greg is doing pretty well. He has been having health problems lately.

Sympathy to the family of Tyrone Campbell, who died recently. He and Minnie were classmates of Bob, Bonita and others who graduated that year. He was well loved by all who knew him.

Verlin Breeding was another fine friend to many throughout the area, and his passing leaves his family and friends heartbroken.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Denise, Verlene, Tim and Tammy, and all the family.

Also, Beckham Fields, Jr., died and was laid to rest Monday. We didn’t know he had been called away until Sunday. God bless his family.

Bobby Croucher, son of Gurnie and Callie, has suffered a brain aneurysm and is in serious condition. Jim and Gwen were going to North Carolina this past weekend to be with his family at the hospital.

Richard and Libby Smith had a community outdoor cooking dinner last Saturday, and many attended for soup beans, ‘taters and all the fixings, plus to be together with each other for fellowship.

It was a lot of hard work and many pitched in to help. That day was also Stella Elam’s 87th birthday, so she had a large crowd to help her celebrate.

Sorry to learn that Buford Caudill of Doty Creek is very sick, and his family is very concerned about him, as are his friends.

Glad Darryl Boggs is feeling better and he and Stephanie recently spent some time at Lake Lure, N.C. The pictures they had looked like it is a beautiful place to visit.

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