By Don White, CV&T Staff Writer
Does the name Clell Richardson ring a bell with anyone?
It’s easy to lose track of time, but I think I first met the man and his wife some 20-25 years ago at their home in Anderson County.
They were a really cute older couple. If memory serves me correctly, they were well into their 90s and he was still driving.
I wrote a feature story about them for The Anderson News, the weekly newspaper in Lawrenceburg where I worked as editor and publisher for 28 years.
Among the many things about them that stood out was the fact they drove to Estill County every Sunday for church services.
Jerry Chaney, pastor at Old Time Baptist, says Easter Valley is where they attended.
Not sure now why they said they had located to central Kentucky, but perhaps because they had one or more children in the area.
I recall Clell telling me about the church in Estill, and how he liked the fact the minister wasn’t paid.
“No preacher should be paid,” he informed me.
If anyone has information on Clell and, or his wife, I’d appreciate hearing from you.
My wife Carol and I attended the all-schools reunion at Anderson High on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Estill High Class of ‘61 reunion at Cedar Village in the evening.
It was a pleasure meeting so many nice folks, and I was able to collect a ton of leads for future feature stories that we’ll soon be sharing with the CV&T family of readers.
If there’s a prettier church in Kentucky than Old Time Baptist out on Little Doe Creek, I’d like to see it. And, it’s hard to imagine a church with more beautiful children. But you won’t be seeing their pictures in the paper this week.
In doing a feature story on the church, we attended Sunday services, and just as the opportunity arose for photos of the little ones, my camera decided to malfunction.
After leaving church, I took my wife up on Barnes Mountain for the first time….after having spent the last several years telling her about the beauty of the place. She said she couldn’t imagine the folks lucky enough to live up there ever wanting to travel down to the Smokey Mountains to enjoy the views.
A recently retired teacher, she gave herself a tour of Estill High and came away highly impressed by the building and how well it’s maintained.
I noticed her also drinking a lot more water than usual during her time over here. Guess she figures the local water may have something to do with the fact so many Estill residents remain healthy and active into their 90s and beyond.
I got a little winded myself, watching Sara Noland running around at age 90, making sure everything was going according to plan at the All-Schools Reunion she launched four years ago.
Ogal Spicer stayed rather busy herself, noting she was the second oldest person present. She will turn 90 on January 1, 2012, and I asked if she would mind my contacting her prior to her birthday for an interview.
“That will be ok, I guess, but you’ll probably have a hard time catching me at home because I do a lot of volunteer work.”
Upon hearing that, I saw my wife heading off to the water fountain, carrying a bucket.