Hello again, everyone. I hope you are all doing well. I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. Someone said the other day, “Thanksgiving is over.” I sure hope not. We have so much to be thankful for, it should last all year.
I enjoyed having Thanksgiving dinner with my son Larry and wife Linda, Wendy and Kevin Day, and their sons Rocky and Larry, and Chris and Sarah Hatton and children Beau, Brooke and Gracie, and also Geneva Adams and her daughter Tina Bell. I hadn’t seen them in awhile. I enjoyed seeing them. We shared looking at grandbaby pictures.
I ran into Bro. Robert Boggs, the old ‘lock and key man.’ Not that he’s old. I enjoyed talking to him. I saw his truck first and then he came by in the parking lot. He hasn’t changed a bit. It had been years since I had seen him.
It was good seeing Martha Burns and her friend Astor Halcomb at Dairy Queen. I was there with my sister Kathleen Brock. Martha is still way too pretty and is just as jolly as she was when we were young.
I talked with Ada Miller King the other day. She said she was doing very well. One of her sons was there visiting. I don’t remember which one, if it was Art, Rick or Jim.
I also called Ada’s sister, Ann Vanderpool of Williamburg. She is not doing well.
Jim Cornett, the picture you put in last week’s paper of the weigh station at Marlowe or Bellcraft, it was Marlowe at the back of the Elkhorn Jellico Company Store, and across from the late John Neice’s home. I passed by it every day.
It sure brought back a lot of memories. I also knew the three men in the picture, Arlin Sexton, Burchell Caudill and Fred Hughes. I don’t think there is anything about Marlowe I didn’t know.
I woke up Saturday morning, our coldest morning yet, and my heat pump was blowing cold air. It sure is nice having a heat and cooling man close by. My grandson Chris Hatton came down and in about 10 minutes I had warm air. You sure were appreciated, Chris.
I read in The Eagle a week or so ago in the Blackey news, that Charles Ann (Caudill) Mullis had been in visiting family there. I would have loved to have seen her. She was one of my old Blackey Grade School friends, and I haven’t seen her in many years. She is the daughter of the late Tessie Mae and Charlie Caudill, who owned the C.B. Caudill Store where we bought our groceries until I was 11 years old.
I still read the Blackey news, and there is always someone I know in there. I always read the others, Emma Lou Engle, Rose Ballard, Christine Fields and Gladys Smith and all the others, just in case they put in a p.s. (postscript) for me.
A postmaster friend of mine told me that she always reads the postcards in case they put in a p.s. for her. Remember, Anna?
I’ve been back up to Ermine Center twice this week. It was good seeing everyone again.
I went to Letcher Manor on Sunday after Sunday School and visited with Madge Combs, James Banks, Blanch Hatton, and some of the workers.
I heard from my friend Maudella Fugate of Chavies. She had lost a son, William Kenneth Fugate, 58 years old. He had a heart attack. She and her family are going to Winchester to see her daughter Julie Rose. She has cancer and is really sick. She is only 54 years old. She is a beautiful girl. She has been to my home with her mom, Maudella, who is in poor health herself. She is an old friend of Marlowe days. She needs everyone’s prayers.
She asked about Sara and Clarence Ison. I’ll call them or visit them and let her know how they are doing. They are relatives.
I wondered what I would write about, and it looks like I’ve almost written a book. Rattling on, I guess.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere. It’s just a reasonable service; everyone needs a church home.