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Andrea Sherrard, 737-2194
2011. The weather was mild for the new year weekend. Temperatures were warmer, and we got some rain.
BIG GAME. Go Big Blue. The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Louisville Cardinals on Dec. 31. We gathered at Mr. Shope’s house to watch the game and to celebrate my mom’s birthday. The UK fans were Mamaw Shortie, my uncles, Brodie, Reggie and Keith, Aunt Elsie, cousins Bryle, Nichole and Jackie, my sister Jamilee and me. The U of L fans were my mom, Mr. Shope and cousin Paige. Sorry mom, we bled blue that day. Go Cats.
GET-WELL WISHES. Get-well wishes to Ella Garner, David Knight, Reba Goodman, Barry Childress, Adam Hay, Rose Marie Hay, Thelma Dunn, Willard and Opal Smallwood, Mary Belle Hornback, Patricia Hornback, Amy Meredith and Cathy Morgan.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Happy birthday wishes to Alma McGuffin on Jan. 12; Stevi Gosselin, Mike Wray, Garnett Chappell and Kenny Gibson on Jan. 13; Stephanie Johnson on Jan. 15; Kayla Lucas (14 years) on Jan. 16; Stevie Duvall on Jan. 17; Renee Holbert and Steven McCamish on Jan. 18.
ANNIVERSARY. Happy anniversary wishes to Monty and Valarie Butler on Jan. 14 (15 years).
SYMPATHY. Sympathy is extended to the family of Betty Horn. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Lannie; a son, Lannie (Cindy); two daughters, Lori (Todd) and Kim (Eddie); 10 brothers and sisters; and eight grandchildren.
GRANDMA RITA. Rita Mae Wright Thurston passed away last week. My mom met her when she worked at the grocery store and always called her “Grandma.” She found out they were related. Her parents were Gertrude Bewley and Clay Wright. Her dad, Clay, was a brother to my great-great-grandmother, Birdie Wright Yates (mother of my great-grandmother Ruth Yates Goodman). Clay’s siblings were Birdie, Carl, Geneva, Minnie, James, Leo, Frances and Virginia.
Rita’s dad, Clay, collected rock from farms in Howevalley and put them one by one on the house owned by Hazel Bell’s (Wilson) family. The house was known for its fancy rock. The house still stands in the community, but no one lives there. Hazel Bell married Omar Wilson, and they lived there. She was a school teacher at Howevalley.
My mom said Grandma Rita was a very sweet lady and loved to talk to those who would listen. She had many stories to tell. Mom said she would always think of her as “Grandma.”
CHRISTMAS. John Shope hosted the Holbert family Christmas at his home on Christmas Eve. Lots of food was enjoyed as well as talking, laughter and game playing. Then the snow began to fall and everybody left earlier than planned because some had longer drives home. Mom got her wish for Christmas snow.
Charlie Ray and Ella Garner hosted a Christmas Eve event at their home. Many family and friends attended. Ella had made some special homemade quilts for their grown children, and she cooked a great meal. She had a live Christmas tree decorated also.
NEW YEAR’S EVE. Charlie Ray and Ella Garner hosted a “wild” New Year's Eve gathering at their home. Lots of wild meat was served, such as deer, rabbit and so forth. Approximately 40 people attended.
LAUGH LINE. What kind of cats like to go bowling? Alley cats.
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