Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.
I’ve been working outside and starting my painting. I’m really not having fun doing it, but I’ll be happy once I get it done.
I’ve been to two funerals this week. One was Rose Ballard’s sister, Loretta Church. There was some real pretty singing there, Eli Smith, Tim Amburgey and Larry Roark.
When Eli Smith started to sing he said, “I’m no Vince Gill.” I just had to tell him, “You are sure no Vince Gill. You three men have beat him 100 percent” even if it was his song.
I got to spend some time with Rose and we had lunch together and visited for a while. The family has my sympathy, and also the family of Sara Ison. We had been friends for a long time, and I loved visiting her and her husband, Clarence. They were both so sweet, and they acted like honeymooners.
I enjoyed having dinner with my granddaughter Wendy and her husband Kevin Day and their son Larry Kevin, who is always smiling.
We have been having a great revival at our church, the Whitco Pentecostal Church, with Bros. Bill Adkins, Caleb Howard and Jamie Niece, and a large crowd every night. We love our church.
I had breakfast at Pine Mountain Grill on Saturday with my son Bill Hatton and wife Sandra. We try to do that once a week. I always look forward to it.
I got a call this morning from Jane Ellen Cox, a daughter of the late Ida Mae and Jack Cox. She wants to come see me in June and bring her children, and let me tell them about their grandparents, the late Ida and Arch Howard. I can sure do that, and I’ll be looking forward to it.
It was good seeing my friend Lizzie Mae Wright at Pine Mountain Grill. I hadn’t seen her in a long time. I want to get back up at Ermine Center. My friends will forget me if I don’t.
I just heard of the death of Raleigh Morgan of Redfox. I had known him and his wife for many years. We used to be in church together a long time ago.
Our sympathy goes out to his family. I don’t think they had any children.
I want to say happy birthday to three grandchildren, Caroline Nelson of Mobile, Ala., on May 3, she will be 14; Sonia Blevins of Grayson on May 4, she will be 16, I think; and Sam Mullins of Whitesburg will be 12 on May 5. I love you!
I talked with my son Astor Hatton in Georgetown. His granddaughter Taylor Shaffer and her dad Brian Shaffer, were visiting and shopping for a car for her. I’m sure Taylor was pleased.
My sister Louise Shepherd had a birthday April 30. Happy birthday! All four of our sisters will get together and help her celebrate.
I talked with my son Rob and his family are all doing okay. He walks three miles every day. He has a great place to walk, a beautiful park, and he loves to feed the squirrels. He carries a bag of peanuts with him, and they follow him around and eat out of his hand. I guess they know him.
It seems to be a busy week for me. I can’t see much I’ve done. Maybe I’ve worked hard and just can’t remember it.
Oh yeah! Don’t forget our storytelling will be at the Harry M. Caudill Library in Whitesburg on May 4 at 11 a.m. I’m really enjoying it, and actually, I didn’t think I would.
Our Howard family reunion will be on May 25 on Pine Mountain.
A belated 86th birthday wish to Emma Lou Engle, and happy 59th anniversary to Dorthy and Glen Miles. They are our cousins.
Also, happy anniversary to Charles and Shirley Day.
Please keep our people who are sick in your prayers, Rick Polly, Bobby Evans and Ruby Howard, Brenda and Dexter Howard and Ken Howard.
I guess I’ve rattled on long enough, so may God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week if you are able.
You too, Elzie and Irene Hatton in Tennessee. He likes for me to write that.