Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well.
We have a lot of sick folks in our family. My sister, Judy Greene, is in Central Baptist Hospital for some tests, and my brother, John Howard’s wife, Priscilla, is in Whitesburg Hospital recuperating from surgery. My sister, Kathleen Brock and her husband Ernest, are both under the weather, and my brother, Bobby Ray Howard, is having some tooth troubles.
Remember them all when you pray.
The Presbyterian Church of Isom will be having a Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lots of items for sale, food and crafts. If you need any more information, call my good friend Shirley Breeding, 633-7523.
Eugene Gilliam called me the other day to tell me his brother, Paul Gilliam, died on Veteran’s Day in Morristown, Tenn. They are formerly from here. He was the father of four and was 84 years old. Our sympathy to the family.
Remember two of our Marlowe girls who are very sick, Wanda (Stidham) Miller of Belva, W.Va., and Camille Combs, the daughter of Dan Combs. They lived just across the road from me. Camille is at Letcher Manor Nursing Home. They are both very special friends.
It was good hearing from Gladys Smith of North Carolina. I got a little jealous when she said they were using air conditioning and we were expecting snow.
It was nice seeing Geraldine Haynes at Wal-Mart the other day. We talked of old times at Marlowe and our mothers’ good cooking. I also saw Thelma Brown, who lives in the Housing Project. She had just lost a grandson and was really sad.
Emma Lou Engle, I ran into a cousin of yours, Nannie Lou (Sergent) Sexton. She had been making kraut and mixed pickles. It was good seeing her, and I hadn’t seen her in a long time.
If you want to see your old friends, go to Wal-Mart and wander around and you’ll run into them. Make sure you’re not in a hurry so you can talk and listen awhile.
The Burdine Freewill Baptist Church will be having a Christmas cantata on Dec. 19, and also Dec. 21. I’ve heard some of the music and it will be really good. I plan to go if the roads will be good and not icy.
I’m sure glad our water is OK now. It’s been rough, like going back to the old days. It’s also good to see the gas prices going down. It’s been keeping us in most of the time.
But the power has really gone through the roof. It always goes very high when the Christmas lights are on. That’s why I don’t do it, but it has come early this time. It makes it real hard on people on fixed incomes.
My son, Rob, and my sister, Louise Shepherd, and I enjoyed dinner at Pine Mountain Grill recently.
Our church, Whitco Pentecostal Faith Tabernacle, has put new tiles on our floor downstairs, and it is really beautiful. We are proud of our church and our people.
This has been the strangest weather. Would you believe I have some black-eyed Susans and some forsythia bushes with blooms on them?
Mahala Frazier, thank you for the 1944 graduation paper. I knew all of them. I keep in contact with the wife of Arthur King and I sent it to Ada (Miller) King. She wanted to see it.
It sure brought back a lot of memories. In my mind, I could see their faces. I was in the seventh grade then and our teacher was Arlie Boggs. There were only four of us when we graduated the next year, Ada Miller, Wid Page, Barney Sizemore and myself. Wid and Barney are both now deceased.
This news from Lizzie Wright at the Ermine Senior Citizens Center:
“Hi readers. Your news writer from Ermine Senior Citizens is back after being away for three months for having a knee replacement for the second time. Yes, I had to have it done again, but I hope never again.
“Thanks to Coleen Hart for writing the news for me while I was away. We’d like to welcome five new members who have started coming to our center. They are Joe and Doris Bentley, Winford Sturgill and Jack and Bonnie Stallard. We are glad to have you guys.
“Last Friday we had LKLP workers come and visit us. They were Annie Thompson, housing director; Liza Garza, housing assistant, and Felicia Hamilton, Letcher County case manager. They showed us movies and gave us a good talk on being scammed. We enjoyed having them.
Last Saturday, Ermine senior citizens, along with Jenkins and Blackey Centers, went to Gatlinburg, Tenn., to see the Christmas lights. We had three buses to go. We had 22 from Ermine. The lights were beautiful. We ate at Golden Corral and shopped, and had a wonderful time. We got back about midnight, Saturday night.
“Joe Walker of McRoberts went with us too.
“Our site manager, Debbie Slone, got to go with us this time, but she didn’t go when we went shopping in Johnson City because her mother was very sick, and also her daughter had to be taken to the hospital. I’m glad you went with us, Debbie, to be with us and look out for us.
“Oh yes, I almost forgot, Lennon Hammock and Jim Craft thought they had pulled a joke on one of us, but they got caught. Hey guys, you weren’t as smart as you thought you were. You can’t out-fox us ladies!
“I just heard that one of our senior citizens has died. It was Maxie Hampton, and we surely will miss her. She was such a pretty and fine lady.
“If you are a senior citizen and would like to join us, come on, we’d like to have you. We have all kinds of fun. We play games, go on trips, and have great times.
“See you. God bless, until next time.”
May God bless all of you and try to be in church somewhere this week and on Sunday.
I’m glad you folks enjoy my pictures.