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Two Gracies are best friends

The late Cinda Howard, mother of Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton, holds her first great-great-grandchild, Taylor Shaffer, who is 21 years old now. Mrs. Howard died two weeks later at the age of 80.

The late Cinda Howard, mother of Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton, holds her first great-great-grandchild, Taylor Shaffer, who is 21 years old now. Mrs. Howard died two weeks later at the age of 80.

Hello everyone, hope you are all happy and doing well.

I can’t believe another week has passed. I can’t look back and see anything that I’ve done. Does anyone else feel like that?

There’s not much going on right now. Everything looks so pretty, but it’s cold today and we may get a freeze and maybe a little snow. I hope it doesn’t kill the flowers.

I’m really looking forward to our revival at Whitco Pentecostal Church on April 11 with Bro. Jimmy Jewell of Ohio. We’ve had him before and we like him a lot. I hope a lot of people will come and hear him.


Our pastor, Bro. John Conn, and his wife have had some health problems, but they are doing better. We have so many people sick, my sister Kathleen Brock and her husband and my sister Louise Shepherd and so many more.

We offer our sympathy to the family of Randy Shepherd, especially Oma Lou Hale, his sister. She spends a lot of time with my sister Louise and her family. They are relatives.

I get a kick out of Rose Ballard’s news. Her life sounds like mine growing up, but it was a good life, better than now. Things sure are different now. We didn’t have all the problems we are having now. We call them the good old days.

It was good seeing Gary Joe Bennett and his wife at Senior Citizens the other day. I think they enjoyed seeing all the people Gary and I tell each other we are our No. 1 fan and I love his CD. I told him I play it every day. He’s a great singer. I wish he would make another one.

I also met another nice lady there, Earnestine Hill. I knew her a long time ago. She was there with a group, MCHC. There are always different people and I love seeing them all. That’s mostly why I go, to see the people and the food is good. It’s always better when you have people with you. I got tired of eating by myself.

I visited my sister Louise the other day and the woman that was there with her (I didn’t get her name) had a big pan of dryland fish that she was going to fry and I had just eaten and I had to go. I would have loved to help them eat them. I love them and I haven’t had any in many years, but I still remember how good they were. My late husband used to get them for us.

I haven’t been seeing my son Billy much. He is out with his daughter, Angie Hatton, campaigning with her. I’d love to see her be our next state representative. I appreciate all the signs I see all along the road and in the yards.

I enjoyed seeing the pictures in last week’s Eagle of the two Gracies, Gracie Hatton, my great-granddaughter, and Gracie Howard, my brother Charles and his wife Brenda’s granddaughter. Those two Gracies are best friends and always have been. They stick together. I was pleased they took third place in the Duo Acting at the Kentucky High School Competition Speech League. The girls looked so pretty holding their large trophies and the other three girls looked really good. I didn’t know them. I’m real proud of our young people when they do well at things

It’s so cold today I’ve not been out. I hope it gets warmer, but the weatherman says it’s not.

I just heard my sister Kathleen has gone to the hospital to get some blood. Her blood is real low. She will have to stay overnight. She needs everyone’s prayers and her husband Earnest also. I called him today.

I talked with my son Astor today. He was at a lake there and watching the ducks from his car, too cold to get out.

I talked with my son Rob and he was getting ready to go walk. He calls me every morning and I sure do enjoy it. My four sons are really good to me and I sure appreciate them.

My sister Betty Tyree came out for a visit with me. I enjoy company. We had a good visit.

I talked with my friend in Prestonsburg, Bertha (Page) Dye. She was having some back problems. Do you think it’s because of her house cleaning and painting? Maybe that’s why I don’t do that. I might as well say I’m too lazy. I wish I could make myself do more than I do.

I wish my friends would give me some news instead of putting it on Facebook. I don’t have Facebook and I wouldn’t put anything in it that you didn’t give me. I’d never want to hurt someone or embarrass them.

My brother Hillard Howard is still in Pikeville visiting his children Jason Howard and Hillary Booker and their families. I know they are enjoying themselves and I know they enjoy going to Florida to visit Hillard and wife Marsha.

I haven’t heard from Elzie Ray Hatton or Iva Lee (Absher) Cheatham in Stanford for a while. I hope they are doing O.K.

I wish I had some real good news to write about. I don’t, so I had better stop here and get ready for church and Sunday school.

May God bless all of you and I hope you will be in church somewhere if you are able.

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