Though I was not born nor raised in Johnson County, my
father was. Although
he left Johnson, one of his brothers remained there and raised 6
that many of you probably went to school with. Billie Francis
Ann Ealey, Gary Donavan Ealey, Ruth Ann Ealey, Phillip Randall
My favorite memory of Johnson County was in 1957 when my dad brought us to visit his brother James Arthur Ealey, who live in Flat Gap. Uncle Arthur's house set up high on the hillside above the road with even more hillside behind that. Yet he still had a old cow that they got their milk from everyday. (To a flatlander, that would be a cow with two short legs and two long legs so they can stand on the hillside.) My brother George and I had never seen a cow before and dad decided he was going to show us how he could still milk a cow. He told my brother George to stand close so that he could see what he was doing. George no sooner got within firing range and dad let him have a blast of that cow milk right in the face. He started crying like he'd been hit with a switch. We all just stood there and laughed ourselves silly.
Uncle Arthur was a very kind and loving man. Many of you
remember him as the chief mechanic for the Paintsville Grocery Co.
of years after that incident, I had the opportunity to be in
business in the winter months and spent the most wonderful
evening there with
them before returning home. Since then, every time I have visited
I have always been made to feel like I am a hometown boy. I have
anywhere and found people like the folks of Johnson County. I
still have many
relatives there and will always keep coming home to Johnson County
chance I get.
This page last updated on:
November 22, 2009