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Oops, I goofed. I could not believe I wrote Preston and Louise Maggard in my column. I guess I had Iona Maggard on my mind after I talked to her and I wrote their last name wrong. It is Preston and Louise Hampton. Preston was named after Preston Maggard Iona told me. Her brother, Thurman Hampton, liked to play with Preston Maggard. They didn’t know one day Preston Maggard would be in the Hampton family, so when her brother, Preston Hampton was born, Thurman wanted him named Preston after the boy he loved to play with. Rev. Preston Maggard, I guess was my Dad’s best friend, or at least one of them. He really respected him. Preston and Iona were our neighbors for many years. All three of their kids lived by us. Bonita would paint my fingernails and made me feel big. Ervin rode a palomino horse. He was dad’s buddy. I played many hours with Ivan. Yes, I am getting old, but I still can remember good times.
Sunday, James was guest speaker at Bruner Church. They had good Sunday school and church services and also good specials. We always enjoy going there.
Remember Betty Thompson’s daughter, she is taking chemo treatments. Betty is such a sweet lady.
Junior and Betty Halcomb attended Molasses Making at Tony and Linda Stillings’ Saturday. Rex Halcomb also attended. Rex went to Junior Coffer’s visitation Sunday evening.
Ortha Lawrence called. She had celebrated a birthday, Sept. 12. She enjoys the items. A lot of kids had her for a school teacher at Ava.
Juanita, Lacey and Raina Powell, Kirsten Applegate, Wyatt and Connor and Crissie Coaltrain visited on Sunday, Sept. 12 with Jerry Nelson. If his children or grandkids are not working they usually visit Jerry on Sunday, sometimes during the week also.
I visited last week with Junior and Betty Halcomb and Sybil Harvill. I stopped and talked to Sandra Harvill at her mailbox. Her grandson, Garrett Ewing, was riding in the baby buggy. He is so cute. He laughs and tries to talk.
There are lots of signs of autumn. Spiders are very busy working. We saw a tarantula, but it sure is warm.
I talked to Dillon Morrison while I was at my mailbox Wednesday. He and wife, Carol, and his sister, Huba Rozell attended the tent revival Thursday night at Chadwick. Dillon said the First Baptist Church where the Morrisons attend will have a revival in October.
The name Punch ‘en Creek was misprinted and the way I thought so I noticed it spelled Punk ‘en Creek in an obituary which I thought was wrong. Who knows I am 58, but I do know my neighbor’s names. I may not write it right.
Mike and Joyce Williams vacationed in Raymond Washington with family.
James and me attended the wedding shower for Jessica and Cody McCleary at Eastern Gate Church Saturday evening. They will get married Oct. 16 at Springfield Lake.
Fishing is a bit slow. We are catching some, but nothing to brag about.
John and Connie Siler enjoyed being at the lake with the Siler families and boat riding, visiting and of course, good food. They fished some and David Halcomb joined John Siler to fish.
Hunter Crossland, eight year-old son of Wendy and Shawn Crossland won second place at Jake’s Archery event competition at Rogersville. He has proud grandparents, Christy and Chris Lakey. He also has a proud great uncle and aunt, James and Linda Orick. Way to go, Hunter, we love you.
Sunday evening Phyllis Bloomer brought a Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner and homemade ice cream and a large birthday cake to the home of her aunt, Janie Morrison in honor of her birthday, which is Friday the 24th. Phyllis, Janie and George all enjoyed the food and fellowship.
Janie and Donna Rhonda enjoyed vacationing in seven states, the main attractions were the Billy Graham Museum and Myrtle Beach. George and Janie attended the visitation for Junior Coffer. Janie and Jean Loomis attended the funeral. There was a large crowd at both.
Have a good weekend. Remember it takes the same amount of effort to smile as to frown.