I was proud to be able to spend time last week with some hard line Struttin’ Time readers.
I sent in a picture we took together to The Mountain Eagle (see bottom right, this page). It has been a lifetime of friendship. There were Harold and Sue Winchell, who told me they read every Struttin’ Time. They live in Tennessee now, but spent a lifetime in Haymond. Back in their heyday, they had a gospel singing group, named the Highland Gospel Quartet, they were awesome.
I asked Harold how the fishing was going. He said, “Steve, I had to quit two years ago.” How sad. He always loved to fish.
Then there was my friend, Barbara Holland, she fits the mold for Struttin’ Time readers. She doesn’t hunt or fish. Barbara is also one of the finest ladies I have ever known.
The Mountain Eagle and myself have learned that some readers of this column never hunted or fished, but that is fine with us. It gives them a minute just to let their minds have beautiful memories.
Next my lifelong friend, Mackie Cook. Very few people in Letcher County don’t know Mackie. He worked for J.D. Larkey for 34 years, and delivered heating oil to all of Letcher County. The best Mackie and I could figure, we have been friends for 50 years.
Then last but not least is my lifelong friend, Don Bailey. What a friend he has been. I am into my 70’s and he has always been my friend for as long as I can remember. He worked for probably 50 years for Pound Hardware; he was their repairman. What a man, man of God, a friend of mine, and a Struttin’ Time reader.
Don stopped hunting and fishing a few years back, which knocked Mackie out of hunting because they hunted together. They were as thick as Karo Syrup. Don is having some medical issues right now, but that is not the reason he stopped hunting and fishing. He quit because of the regulations that the Department of Fish and Wildlife has put in.
My friend Don whispered in my ear with his kind voice, “Steve, we need to vote you in office; those men have to go.”
I had such a fun visit with them, and someday soon I hope to get with other Struttin’ Time readers all at once, like Dee Taylor, from Whitaker, Bernice Grubb of Payne Gap, Raymond “Pap” Brown of Dry Fork, and of course, Nina Craft of Whitesburg.
Let us make it happen, soon. What a fun trip down “Memory Lane” it was.