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This is a “thank you” to a man in the county that I met a couple of years ago-Sam Perry, who writes articles in our local newspaper, The Voice.
He wrote an article on December 20 in The Voice newspaper that caught my eye when I saw the name “Reuben”. I thought to myself, “I had an uncle named Reuben.”
I settled in to read Sam’s article. To my surprise, as I kept reading, I saw my Grandpa and Grandma’s name, too-Mack and Anna Mae Hughes.
I had heard the same story many, many times from my mother, Cassie Hughes Bolin. Reuben and Robert were her two brothers. Mom came from a family of seven children-Willard, Cassie, Kathrine, Reuben, Robert, Charles, and Paul. Six of the seven were in the military. Mom was the only one that stayed home. She married and started her family. Willard, Reuben, and Charles were in the Navy. Kathrine, Robert, and Paul were in the Army.
As the story goes, Uncle Reuben and Uncle Pat (Robert) needed help, so the community came to their aid. They stayed until they were brought home, “Dead or Alive.” Praise God they were alive, and the two lived to be in their eighties until they passed away. Charles, Kathrine, Cassie all lived to be in their eighties. Willard and Paul passed away at younger ages.
Grandma Hughes had a very hard life. Grandpa got killed, and she was left to raise seven children. She prayed a lot and God was right there to meet her every need.
Reuben and Robert were found together, they fell together, and were brought home together.
So you see, Godd has been so good to my family from generation to generation.
I was so taken aback by the many times Mom told how God brought her brothers back home safe and sound. All because of God’s mercy on a family that chose to trust in God here in McCreary County, KY.
Thank you, Sam, for sharing that article.