By DELANA BANKS
Hope everyone’s spring is going well and that this past weekend’s heavy rains didn’t do any damage.
The warm Easter Sunday was pleasant for all attending outdoor sunrise services. Bob said close to 40 attended the services at Burton Hill Cemetery that early morning, and it was a good meeting.
Many other local cemeteries also had sunrise services. Blair Branch and Isom cemeteries are two that I know of. Lucille Gilkerson and some of her family came in for the one at Blair Branch.
We had our Union Meeting at Blair Branch Church on Easter Sunday after services, and had dinner for all who wanted to stay and eat.
Geraldine Ison was able to attend with her son, Kevin, who was home for the holiday. Kevin and Nellie’s son Brad was fixing Easter dinner for Geraldine and the family.
Get well wishes to Ronald Ison’s wife, Susan, who recently had some tests and surgery. We all love her and enjoy her bubbly personality.
Sympathy to the family and friends of Irene Kimbley Dixon, who recently passed away. She was a sweet person and always had a friendly smile when you talked to her.
She was the last member of the rug hooking group, The Hound Dog Hookers of Blackey. That group of ladies were dedicated and made rugs for not only local people, but shipped them out across America, even making some that hang in President Johnson’s Library in Texas. They accomplished so much to be a small group of local ladies.
Some of the Letcher Area Homemakers went to Camp Nathaniel in Knott County. They went last Thursday and enjoyed a nice lunch at the Retreat and enjoyed the day.
Sorry to hear about the home of Tommy Tindle at Woodrock burning down last weekend. He has been a patient at Letcher Manor for awhile, and I’m sure he was devastated to hear the news.
Coreen Pridemore and I attended Big Cowan Regular Baptist Church this past Sunday. Bonita rode up with us and came back with Jerry, Ila and Tammy Adams.
It was a good day, and after a nice service they had dinner for those who wanted to stay and eat.
A fair size crowd attended. If you live up that way, the church is a good, oldfashioned place to attend and they would welcome you. Bob, Elwood Cornett, Scotty and Jasper Halcomb, all went to Ashland that morning to attend the Little Jewel Church.
Our small group of Route 7 Artisans has been enjoying some interesting arts and crafts classes at the Old Indian Bottom Church. It’s a relaxing way to end an evening, with fellowship and fun, and getting to take a handmade project home at the end of the day.
We recently tacked a quilt there too, which will be sold as a fundraising project. We plan to move our sign from the signpost since it had offended some by being on the same post as the church sign.
We never wish to offend anyone and when we get a couple of helpers, we’ll move it on up the road. Sorry it caused a problem, and it will get it moved soon.
Recently people in the neighborhood have been donating many items for the upcoming benefit auction for Wade Whitaker and his family. It will be held May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blackey Community Center.
Come out if you can and help support him and his family. All help is greatly appreciated.
There’s also the annual plant and flower sale coming up May 13 at the Blackey Community Center. It’s the Mother’s Day event, and Brad Collie will have the flowers. Other vendors will be set up selling arts and crafts. Hot dogs, and drinks will also be sold from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come on out and join the fun.
Oops! I almost forgot about Gwen Rollins’s Antiques and More Sale coming up on May 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Calvary College gymnasium. Always a fun place to look for antiques, handmade items, soaps and more.