I saw some old friends over the Memorial Day weekend recently while putting flowers on the graves of my family members, Earl Napier and his lovely wife Mary were there working on the grave of their daughter, Alice Boggs.
Earl and Mary were smiling just as brightly as they did 40 years ago. Earl told me he never misses a Struttin’ Time, and that he enjoys it very much. I have never met a person who didn’t think the world of Earl and Mary and their family. Alice, their daughter who worked for years at Whitaker Bank, was a person who was loved by all, but loved all others just as much. She left this journey we call life much too soon.
From the cemetery it was on to the Dorton High School Class of 1966 reunion. My wife Sharon takes me along every five years, and it is a fun time. I get to see my friends, Tom and Clinton Anderson, and Jimmy Moore from Shelby Gap in Pike County.
Tom is another reader of Struttin’ Time and tells me he calls people and gets them to read. That is a true reader. Clinton, well he is just there. Jimmy and I grew up together in McRoberts. Having been lifelong friends, I think the world of all three of these guys and I am proud to call them friends. Thanks for the prime rib, guys. I’m glad my money is no good around you all.
I also received a report of a cow elk tag being drawn in Letcher County by the son of two friends of mine, Brandon and Donna Mason. He will hunt in December and I will be doing a column on him later.
I want everyone to get their gear patched and cleaned, as turkey season will start in September. I can’t wait.