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Storytelling project is made into a play


Lisa Brown and Ealice ‘Elzie’ Ray Hatton are pictured at the Hatton reunion held on August 24 at the Cowan Community Center.

Lisa Brown and Ealice ‘Elzie’ Ray Hatton are pictured at the Hatton reunion held on August 24 at the Cowan Community Center.

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.

Carol Ison called me and told me to put in The Eagle that the storytelling project from the Cowan Community Center will be having a play on Friday night at 6 p.m. at the Mountain Heritage Village on Sept. 27. ‘Precious Memories’ is the name of it. I watched the preview of it, and it was great!

I sure plan on being there, I just didn’t think I was good enough to be in it. They were real nice to tell me I was. They were all so good, and so much better in their stories than I was. Everyone, please go see it.

There have been so many funerals, and I went to all of them. They were all my friends. Our sympathy goes out to all of the families.

My son Astor ‘Red’ came in for the funeral of Virginia Profitt. He was a real good friend of her son Doug and grandson Brian and their families from Raceland.

It was good seeing Hiram Standifer of Topeka, Kansas, at the funeral of his sister, Wanda Day.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Bobby Evans. I’ve been in church with him and his wife, Patty, for many years.

I especially want to offer my sympathy to the family of James Dixon. He was one of our Marlowe boys, and was born there. I didn’t find out about the funeral in time, and I was at another funeral then. I was real torn up to miss being there.

His mother, the late Lettie Dixon, was one of my best friends and I was so sorry I didn’t get to see his brother, Donald Dixon, and his sister, Rosemary, and all the rest of them.

The funeral was at Blackey. My son Billy Hatton was so sorry we missed it. He was two weeks younger than he, and I love his sister, Effie ‘Dixie’ Hatton.

Yes, she married a Hatton also, Charles Hatton of Blackey.

Also, our sympathy goes out to all the family of Wanda Sue Banks. She and her husband, Lee Banks Jr., went to our church, the Whitco Pentecostal, and her funeral was held there on Friday, Sept. 20.

I got a call from Gladys Smith. She used to write for The Eagle years ago. She lives in Bolivia, N.C. I didn’t know that Gurnie Maggard was her brother. He has a store at Colley. I guess he still has the store; I haven’t been there in awhile.

It was good seeing Lisa and Roy Wayne Brown at the funeral of Bobby Evans. Lisa is a good photographer and she always has her camera. You had better look pretty as she will take your picture. They are fine people, and I love them. I’ve known them for a long time. They are always smiling and it makes you smile.

Sunday was a great day. Our church, Whitco Pentecostal, had a picnic on Pine Mountain on James Earl Pennington’s property and our pastor, John Conn, wants to thank him. The whole congregation respects him for being so nice.

We had such a good time. We had the inflatables there for the kids and had such a good time watching them.

We had a hayride around the Little Shepherd Trail. Oh yeah, I went too. I had never done that before. I hope my boys don’t see it all on Facebook, and of course, I enjoyed it.

We had so much good food, and everyone had worked hard. We had a large crowd there. I can’t name everyone’s names.

It was good seeing Vera Raleigh there. Her son David and his son Matt did all the meat, and did such a good job.

I sat with Anna Lee Maggard. She is so pretty! I think she looks better than she did when she was young. Please don’t tell her I said that. Everyone looks good to me because they are such good friends of mine.

I think I got to talk with everyone there and got to hold April’s little baby. I’ve known April all her life but I don’t know her married name.

It was good seeing Shirley and Carfa Niece there, and a lot of their family. It was good seeing everyone.

I hope our Mountain Heritage goes well. We’ve always had a large crowd every year and I hope the weather will be good with no rain.

May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week if you are able.

Thank you, Elzie Ray Hatton, for the pictures.

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