Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well.
I haven’t been out much, but I’ve seen and talked to a lot of people. I went to the visitation of Thula Ison and met a lot of folks I hadn’t seen in a long time including Linda (King) Polly and her daughter Christy, Marlowe girls.
Linda said Joe Bates had just had a birthday. I thought he looked older. Joking! I wonder if he still has his goats. When I had mine I always told him mine were cuter than his and he didn’t believe it. I hope his are cute if he still has them. I no longer have mine. They got to be too much for me. I enjoyed them a lot.
I saw Darrell Sturgill there and he sang a pretty song, “When the Crops Are Laid By.” Also Charles Day and another man I didn’t know sang a pretty song and they did good. Charles’s wife Shirley was there. I always enjoy talking to her and everyone else.
Saw Jerry Barker, didn’t get a chance to speak to him. Mae and Paul Hatton (my nephew) were there. Paul was like one of my boys. He lived next door to me.
I sat next to Amy O’Rourk. She wasn’t feeling well. I hope she’s better. My pastor, Bro. John Conn, and his brother, Bro. Bill Conn, both good preachers, were there. They were relatives of Thula.
All the people of Whitco Freewill Baptist and their pastor, Bro. Johnny Collier, were so nice and friendly.
We offer our sympathy to the family of the Rev. Harold Dean Kincer. He was well loved and respected by all who knew him and his wife Judy.
I heard our good friend Jim Ward had a birthday on June 27. Late happy birthday, Jim. You’ve done a good job and hope you are there for a long, long time.
My sister Louise Shepherd and I went to Food City on Friday and saw Ethel Banks of Cowan, 98 years old, looking good and getting around good and smiling. I didn’t know the lady who was with her, but she was real nice.
We also saw Wanda Stidham there and enjoyed talking to her and talking about our family. Saw Miles Gibson and her daughter Mildred.
We were so pleased to see Rose Breeding. She looked absolutely beautiful! She had some bad health problems for a while, but she sure looked and sounded good. We’ve been good friends for many years. She said her nephew Gary Joe Bennett had been to see a doctor. I sure hope he is better now. He is one of my very special people and I’m looking forward to seeing you at Bible Study at Dairy Queen. We have all missed that. I sure hope Bro. Tony Brown gets over his recent knee surgery soon. I’ve heard he is doing well.
I need to tell my good friend again, I got some names wrong on the picture Dorthy Tackett gave me to put in The Eagle. She didn’t write names on the back and she was gone to North Carolina when I tried to call and ask her and I called her sister Linda Hall. I hadn’t heard from her in three days and I was afraid she was sick. Turned out she was at her son Albert Tacket’s having a great time with her family and even went berry picking and has been making jelly.
I’m glad my cousin Ida Hatton is back home. She’s been in Indiana for the funeral of her brother Fred Howard. Remember Ida when you pray. She’s having a hard time. She has had so many deaths in a short time. She has also been close to her family. There were 16 children in her family and now there are six.
We all enjoyed having Bro. David Miller and his wife Dianne and the people who came with them at our church. They had never been here and Bro. David was going to take them to Pine Mountain Grill and to see Pine Mountain. I’m sure they enjoyed that. I hope they will come back.
Bro. David Miller ordained two of our young preachers, Bro. Jamie Niece and Bro. Rodney Allen, while he was here. It was a beautiful service.
Bro. David was so pleased to see his picture made over 40 years ago in The Eagle, and his name was in the headline. He says he is a celebrity now!
Bro. Earnest Brock and wife Kathleen are in Barbourville for the weekend at a meeting there. They go every year and always look forward to it.
Bobby Ray Howard and his family are going to Florida for a vacation. I hope they enjoy it and get some rest.
I enjoyed about a twohour coffee break at Howard’s Carpet with my brother Charles on Saturday. I stopped off at my sister Louise Shepherd’s on my way home. Her daughters Pam Gardner and Carol Day and sons-in-law Rick and Randall were all there and they were working. It makes me tired seeing people work hard, so I went home and did what I do best — nothing!
I did work hard in my yard two days this week and now I’ll rest a few days.
Our homecoming at our church (Whitco Pentecostal) where Bro. John Conn is pastor will be held on July 13 until July 20 with Bro. Wendell Pittman from Missouri. Our homecoming dinner will be on Sunday, July 20, at 12 o’clock. Our pastor and all the congregation invite everyone to come.
I think I’ve said enough, so may God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere if you are able. Lots of people would love to be able to go.