Whitesburg KY

Two lives well lived

Den and Pel: Two Lives Well Lived is a two-volume book about the lives of two people who were successful because of their determination. Dennis and Pelma Dixon were born in the early 1900’s. Despite the many hardships they faced, they were able to earn college degrees, raise their children (while both taught school), be involved in community service and every important event in which their children and grandchildren were involved. These were the values they stressed to their family.

Many of the stories in the two volumes are taken from Mrs. Pelma Blair Dixon’s diary and journals she kept most of her life, including personal letters written by Den to Pel, and Pel to Den during their courtship. Also interwoven in the chapters are many historical accounts of life in rural eastern Kentucky.

The descriptions detailed in this book are difficult for anyone in the 21st century to understand. Both of them lived their entire lives in Letcher County, Kentucky. Their early lives were lived on Elk Creek and Johnson Fork, before moving to Jenkins. Volume 1 looks at this couple’s love for Carcassonne High School, which gave them a start for an education. The many hardships they endured while persevering is a theme throughout the book. Volume 2 takes a closer look at the lives of Dennis and Pelma Dixon after their move to Jenkins, where they would live out remarkable lives.

For people born and reared in eastern Kentucky these two volumes are a must read.

Cost of book is $20 per volume, or $40 for both volumes. For a copy, call D. Charles Dixon, 859-556- 0162, or write 325 Primrose Lane, Winchester, KY 40391; or email: mrmayor41@gmail.com.

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