Remembering Calhoun County

(07/20/2009)

Dear Bob,

I would like for you to know what a wonderful service you provide for the citizens of Calhoun County and the surrounding areas, plus the thousands of readers who live out of the state and read your online news from the hills and hollows of West Virginia.

I grew up in West Virginia, in Calhoun County, on Big Root, and had a huge family there, many cousins, aunts and uncles. I always wanted to live someplace other than Calhoun County and I moved away.

I have lived and visited many other places, Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Europe, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, The Benelux and many other places. I have ties to many areas in the world, but my heart will always be in West Virginia.

I read with great sadness of the news of the deaths of my former friends, classmates and teachers. My heart broke last week when I heard that Mr. Wilt had passed away, he gave me my very first taste of music, and what it meant to be in the Follies. I cried when Willard Jones passed away, he used to be my uncle-in-law, I was married to his nephew Johnny and I have very fond memories of the Jones family picking and playing, they were a very musical family.

There is one person in Calhoun County, who I hope will read this letter, her name is Carol Hosey, she was my typing teacher. The one skill that I use everyday at my job is the computer, Mrs. Hosey is the one person who basically gave me the skills to support myself. I was not a very good typist, but as time has passed and my skills have developed I have become quite proficient. I hope she reads this and realizes what a difference she made in my life.

You know you can never go back, but you can always remember the wonderful times that were left behind. Things change, people change and life goes on. The one thing that remains the same is the past, you cannot change that, it is what it is.

I miss the hills that I grew up in and my family. I have several old pictures of people from there, the Eagles, who was my mother's family, and the Williams and Hosey families.

My mother Omagene Williams, age 80, still lives on Big Root, and in fact she and one other family are the original Big Root folks. My mother was married to a WW II vet, and they had 9 children, she is one of West Virginia's treasures. She worked hard to raise her children, then she helped raise her grandchildren. She is the last living daughter of 7 girls. She just sent one of her sons off to Iraq, this is his 3rd tour in 5 years. He is 58 years old and still serving his country, his name is Roy Williams, some know him as "Butch."

I wish you the best and I will continue to read what you write. May God Bless the United States and Calhoun County.

Sincerely, Connie L. Williams Weekley,

York, Pennsylvania