“That’s elephants,” they explained. “They’re down at the zoo.”
Sewell’s faith and ability to laugh kept him going to an advanced age. Part of his success was due to his late wife, the former Madeline Phelps Anderson, better known as “Granny.” She died April 2, 1998 but is remembered as one of the sweetest ladies who ever donned an apron. She set the table every time somebody knocked on the door.
Granny always gave this reporter a big hug when we met. At an “all day meeting with dinner on the ground,” Granny approached to give Slaughter and me the traditional hugs.
I accidentally stepped backward into a ditch and me and granny fell to the ground. As we struggled to get up and regain our composure, everybody looked and everybody laughed.
Granny and Jerd had 10 children. Outside of short times in Indiana and Ohio and Jerd’s recent stay at the Maysville nursing facility, the Sewells lived in the Dabney community all their lives.
Sewell’s body is at Somerset Undertaking Company. Visitation will be at the funeral home Sunday, May 26 from 9 a.m. until the funeral at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery.