E.B. Berry found me at the Dollar General Store and had me laughing when he said he had nearly killed himself the Saturday before. I was concerned when he told me about going fishing and it was so hot he almost croaked. That little trip probably reinforced his plan not to get outside much until the cold weather arrives.
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At Boots’ True Value Hardware, Robert Jones was checking out ahead of me and he declared he would save money if he never left his house each day. I got the drift of that statement since it costs me each time I go into a store. Of course, I never shop unless we need some item.
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Dell Forrest Morehead was leaving McMullen Memorial Library when I arrived. It was great having Terri Lewis back from summer vacation and taking care of us at the circulation desk. If you like to read, stop by the library during school lunch times, late on Tuesday evenings, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays to get good reading material. They have lots of fiction, non-fiction, large-print and new books.
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Nearly every evening on national news something is mentioned about our health or something that affects our staying healthy. I am not meaning all the medicine advertisements. There is precious little news, but most of the time shows any kind of medicine one might take for whatever ails you.
Thinking about being healthy brought to mind that growing up we really were quite healthy, although most of us had the measles and we three kids even had a light case of whooping cough. I don’t remember the twins having chicken pox, but I was grown before my very light case hit me. I almost did not even know I had them. I was a junior in high school and had the mumps on one side only. If Christal had them I don’t recall it.
Certainly nobody had many clothes to wear to school and ours were homemade. All who are my age will remember our first- and second-grade teachers coming by each desk to inspect our face, teeth and hands for cleanliness. Oh, and our fingernails also were looked at. Being clean got us a star by our name on our “chart.” Always our clothes were clean, but they might be patched if we had torn them.
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Anna Belle Basey spent entirely too much time in the hospital, but is very happy to be home. Former classmate Don Chamblee made an unexpected visit to the hospital when he had a heart attack. Pam Whittemore was back at her desk at Huntington State Bank after having some health issues.
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James McGaughey, or J.C. as we always called him, was laid to rest at the age of 81. He attended school in Huntington and retired from Texas Foundry and was a member of Highway Baptist Church.
His wife Palma survives him, along with his children, Keith McGaughey, Kathy Foster, Karen Graham and Kristie Mixon. He is also survived by grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A sister preceded him in death, as did brothers Clifton, Delton, Delmar and Eddie.
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Patrick and Leslie Richards did not spend nearly as much time in Toronto, Canada, as they would have liked. They saw Niagara Falls from the Canadian side and enjoyed seeing the many flowers blooming everywhere and really enjoyed the cool weather.
Sheila Scogin contributes this weekly column about Huntington-area residents.