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Visit to family makes good week

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Attending the Howard reunion held in Indiana in 2012 was the family of the late John and Thelma Howard, formerly of Blackey. Pictured are Wally, Jerry, J.P., Bobby , who died in 2013, and Lillian “Sissy”. Not pictured is George.

Attending the Howard reunion held in Indiana in 2012 was the family of the late John and Thelma Howard, formerly of Blackey. Pictured are Wally, Jerry, J.P., Bobby , who died in 2013, and Lillian “Sissy”. Not pictured is George.

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.

This has been a great week for me. I got to go visit my son Astor and wife Rosemary for a weekend in Georgetown, thanks to Billy and wife Sandra, who were going to their lake house with their two grandchildren, Ellie and Sam Mullins. I enjoyed being with them so much.

While I was in Georgetown, my sister Joann and husband Don Brown and their son Chad Brown came by on Friday and spent the evening with us. I was surprised and pleased to death. Of course, Astor and Rosemary knew they were coming and didn’t tell me.

We had a great dinner, and it was one of my best weekends, ever. I enjoy all my family, and every minute of it. My boys are all so good to me. I’m proud to have such a good relationship with all of them. Larry and Linda have been spoiling me with good food they bring down often.

Do I sound like I’m bragging? Sure I am! I feel like a queen when Rob comes in. I wish he didn’t live so far away in Owensboro. It’s been his home for many years, but we talk about every day for a long time. I love that!

Anna Watkins of Woodville, Fla., is pictured a few years back when she and her son brought their camper to Carr Creek Lake. Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton says, “My mom and dad, the late Cindy and Bill Howard, and Kathleen Brock and I visited with her.”

Anna Watkins of Woodville, Fla., is pictured a few years back when she and her son brought their camper to Carr Creek Lake. Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton says, “My mom and dad, the late Cindy and Bill Howard, and Kathleen Brock and I visited with her.”

I enjoyed talking to Cookie Ott the other day. She is a daughter of the late Bessie and J. L. Webb, old Marlowe friends. I don’t know how long she has been back here. She said they had retired from NASA. Anyway, I’m sure her friends are glad she’s back.

I heard all the Marlowe friends are talking about having a Marlowe reunion if they can find a place for it. That would be nice for all our displaced people and for those who are still here.

I’ve been intending to go back to Parkway Restaurant and have some of their fish and fried cornbread. I loved it and liked the workers there. One was the wife of William Stidham, one of our Marlowe boys, son of the late Eli and Margie Stidham, and the other lady was a daughter of the Herbert Stamper.

We offer our sympathy to the family of Minerva Craft. I didn’t know who she was until I read the obituary. She was a sister of Joann Walters of Blackey, with whom I started first grade and still see sometimes.

Verna Paige is the daughter of the late Caldonia and Ervin Paige of Marlowe.

Verna Paige is the daughter of the late Caldonia and Ervin Paige of Marlowe.

I remember their mother, the late Aunt Mag Back. Everyone loved her.

I have the book written by Charles Dixon about Blackey, Elk Creek and Carcassonne, and it has her picture in it. I love that book and knew most of the people in it, like the second grade teachers, the late Dennis Dixon and Tommy Combs, and many others.

It was good seeing Barb Prichard in Save-A-Lot. Our husbands were in the Hazard Veterans’ Center at the same time. We’ve known each other a long time and she still looks good! I loved talking to her.

It was good seeing Gertrude Maggard in Food City. That’s one reason I go to the grocery stores, and of course to buy food. I love to eat!

My sister Louise Shepherd came out for a little visit last Saturday and we took a big walk with Larry up and around the hill from Larry’s house, and we really enjoyed it. We are both out of shape and we will do it again. I told her anytime. I need to walk and I’ve not done it for a long time — too long!

Don’t forget our revival at our church, the Whitco Pentecostal Church, starting April 14 with Bro. Jimmy Jewell. You’ll enjoy it. Our pastor, Bro. John Conn, and the congregation will be glad to see you.

I called Ruby Howard, my cousin, in Indiana. She said she was doing well. I also called my cousin Dexter Howard, who lost his wife Brenda ( Jones) Howard recently, and he sounded real good. If nothing happens, I’m going to visit both of them both of them in a few days with my son Astor. I’m really looking forward to seeing all of them.

I’ve sure been enjoying these pretty days and the pretty flowers and trees in bloom. It’s hard to stay in. I love sitting on my deck and letting things go that I need to be doing, but I really don’t care. I can do it later, maybe, if I want to.

Rose Ballard seems to be enjoying herself and keeping busy. I see her brother Jerry’s wife Mattie pretty often, walking to the stores.

Our church will be having sunrise service (early) on Easter Sunday. Bro. Jamie Niece will be our minister and on our 5 o’clock Sunday service, Bro. Caleb Howard will be preaching for us. Our pastor, Bro. John Conn, invites everyone to come be with us. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

I’m sure you are tired of reading, so I’ll stop here.

May God bless help all of you, and try to be in church somewhere if you are able.


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