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News from Tutwiler
by Janie Bruister
Greetings from Tutwiler where the only people who had trouble springing forward into daylight saving time was us. It wasn't until Sunday morning that we discovered (too late) that we had forgotten to change the clocks, so my Sunday School class was without a teacher.The lesson was on the same subject as one Sunday several years ago when I was then teaching an older group and got up that particular Sunday morning with a severe stomach virus and had to "call in sick". They all signed a "get well" card to me and one wrote on the bottom that, "had she been teaching that lesson on SEX, she would have gotten sick too!" As far as daylight saving time goes, I prefer it. Two more timed events in progress are the Census and Taxes! Good luck!
Some congratulations are in order for several in our area. Rusty West, who manages Agro here in Tutwiler and his wife, Samantha (Sam), who is a new employee at Union Planters Bank in Sumner, are the happy parents of their first child, a little boy named Tristan Storm. They live near Brazil.
One of our local artists, Cristen Barnard, was on TV this past week telling about the mural she has been commissioned to paint in Leland for the Blues Museum they've established there. Congratulations, Cristen!
My mail today brought news of the marriage of Bruce Wendy Jennings and C.J.Susie McCuin on March 17th. Wendy was born and raised in Tutwiler and is the son of Marjorie Jennings Cox of Clarksdale and the late Bruce Jennings of Tutwiler. We congratulate you and wish you both lasting happiness. They are making their home in Waveland, Ms.
A few months ago, David Miller of near Charleston entertained our TNT church group with some very funny stories. David tells tall tales and competes in Jackson each year for the "Best Liar" in the state, which title he holds at present and has for several years. I want everybody to know about the TAPE he has out now which contains these funny tales and the ones that have given him his title. David is also a correspondent for the Sun Sentinel and can be contacted there or through me. I'm expecting good things for him from this tape.
Carroll attended and, in fact, participated in the
Equine 2000 Event
held at Northwest College's Arena and Complex at Senatobia a couple of weeks ago. Delanne Bruister Billingsly's husband, Bobby, was instrumental in putting this event together and making it successful. Many came throughout the day, and others participated such a Charles Garland Melton, Jr. and wife, who is a sister to Berry Allison of Tippo. They live at Dundee, Ms. and ride Peruvian horses and, together with several other couples, perform precision drills at functions such as this. They put on a good show.
Minnie Walker, who now resides at the Methodist Retirement Home at Hernando, and daughter attended the Sunday Buffet on First Sunday. Beth Cristinsen entertained on the keyboard which added a happy note to the gathering.
James and Annette Brand have returned from visiting their children, Becky and Ed Wellman, in their new home at Dunlap, Tennessee.
Carroll's sister, Betty Rice (Bruister) Leslie, who grew up in Tutwiler but has lived away since marriage about 48 years ago, reminisces about Tutwiler as it was then. As I've said before, she takes a
tour de Tutwiler
as she's getting in her running or cycling daily and remembers it as it was then. She has always missed it, even been homesick for it, and, now that she is retired, is wanting to hear from everyone with warm regards from her at 707 Robinson Place, Shreveport, La. 71104 or email her at email@example.com.
I had the happy priviledge of presenting the program to the Clarksdale Garden Club held in the lovely home of Peggy Beckham on Westover Drive this past Wednesday. We communed with hybrids and their wildflower cousins as well as other treasures from the earth. It was fun.
There are no illnesses or deaths to report this time that I'm aware of. Hallelujah! The only sad note is that Robin's Cleaners of Sumner closed it's doors on March 30th, bringing an end to an establishment of service to the people, originally operated by Robin and Jane Wilson for many, many years and for the past several managed by their son, Tenny, who is now an EMT with the Greenwood Hospital Ambulance Service. His longtime, faithful employee, Ruth Johnson, will be working full time at the new Prison and, being unable to find a replacement for her, Tenny was unable to continue the business. We are sad to see the cleaners close, but wish both Tenny and Ruth success in their respective positions.
That's about it, again, from Tutwiler where hummingbirds have already made an appearance, and there's a nasty ole stomach bug on the loose. Hope it don't getcha!
News from Tutwiler
by Janie Bruister
Early Sunday morning, at sunrise, beautiful organ music resounded from the open door of Tutwiler's United Methodist Church where people gathered in awesome wonder, commemorating Jesus' triumph over death and our entry into life eternal. Services were led by the minister, Rose Marye Patton, with breakfast fellowship following.
During the week before Easter, Sumner's talented Gwin Buford, Madge Marley Vance, Doyle Tubbs and Jonathan Troyka lifted their voices in praise of our Risen Saviour at the First Methodist Church in Clarksdale. It was a wonderful presentation thanks to these talented people and their accompianist.
Congratulations to Mr. R.I. Castle who celebrated his 88th birthday this week! Virgie Grissom has a new great grandson, born to Kimberlee and Steven Corso. Anne Barnes has a new grandson, Jack. His parents are Amy and Skipper Dodd of Sunflower. Little Jack is being welcomed by his big brother, Ben.
Nona Mae Hooper was named
Empoyee of the Year
at Gold Strike Casino and we congratulate her. She travels 78 miles every day to work and has not missed even one day in 5 years. But, besides that, she has a happy outlook and enjoys her work and co-workers. She was gifted with $20,000! WOW! When I was named
Employee of the Year
at Sunburst Bank for Mississippi and Louisianna in '92, it was recognition only (which wasn't bad), but $20 thou...WOW! Again!
Dr. Ngoc Tran (note the Dr.) visited Savannah Kellum over the Easter holidays. She has more schooling yet to go before becoming a full fledged dentist, but we congratulate her on earning her doctorate. Meg Farrish treated her grandmother, Barbara Jennings, to the musical
at the Orpheum and lunch at Elvis' (a new place on Beale) on Saturday before Barbara hosted all her children and grandchildren for Easter Sunday dinner. Sunday afternoon she and Terri Jennings entertained with an Egg Hunt at the Baptist Family Life Center.
More Jennings news...Phil and Terri have bought Thomas and Jean Callicutt's house and will be moving into it as soon as the Callicutts get moved into one of the cottages at Flowers Manor in Clarksdale. Thomas and Jean hosted their children one last time on Easter, before moving from the home they've lived in for some fifty years. Tommie and Connie came from New Orleans; Dr. Dan, Renita and family from New Albany and Mike and Cheryl Swindoll and family from Tutwiler.
Even more Jennings news...Barbara attended
at the Acona Methodist Church in Acona two weekends ago. Are you wondering the same thing I was when she told me this? Like where is Acona? Well, Barbara says, "It's 5 miles from Blackhawk!" Further inquiry places it about 20 miles fromGreenwood. She was accompanied by son, John, his wife, Cathy, their children and Barbara's grandaughter, Meg, from Cleveland. They had much fun.
Raymond Lubiani from Iowa visited his sister and family, Lee and Sam Carr, and other relativs over the holidays. Earline Burton's sister, Opal Graves of Meadville, brought her friend, Mrs. Dave Webb who publishes the
, for the weekend. They all enjoyed the
at Bellview in Memphis.
Sammy and Jerry Orman's children all gathered at their house for Easter dinner. Dr. Hugh, Dianne and Reeves Smith of Cleveland; Cam and Emily Smith of Tennessee; Bruce, Nancy, Gregory and Triston of Clarksdale and John, Joy and Ruston Sossaman of home, plus a few others like Daysidel Bruister-Berryhill and Carroll and I, were all there. Jerry's rolls are to die for and everything else was good, too!
Joy Sossaman accompanied her son Ruston's class from St.George's on a school trip to Vicksburg, where they toured the Military Park plus enjoying many other attractions. The Tutwiler Baptist young people were guests of Dr. James Smith of Enid (who manages Delta Rice Services in Webb) for a weekend of horseback riding, etc. They were accompanied by Ronnie and Georgianna Smith. Ada Frances Guest of Sumner and daughter, Trisha Webber of Brookhaven, spent the Easter holidays with their daughter and grandaughter, Misty Webber, in Nashville and had a wonderful time.
The Baptist Church's TNT Group hosted the North Central Assoc. of Merrymakers, headed by Bro. and Mrs. Art Leslie of Grenada, on the 20th fr lunch and fellowship. About seventy atended.
The Tom Rice family gathered in Jackson recently for the premier of grandson Tom's movie,
The Rising Place
, which was filmed in Canton and the Ag Center Museum in Jackson. We are excited about this movie of his and wish him well.
We heard (via telephone) from our good friend Rose Califf, originally from Dublin, and she sends her regards to all from North Carolina, where she now makes her home.
Sandwich with Books
at the Tutwiler Library, Carroll reviewed the three current best-sellers:
A Boy Called IT
The Lost Boy
A Man Named Dave
by Dave Pelzer. They are a trilogy accounting the tragedy and triumph of his life of child abuse. His was the third worst case in California history. You'll never be the same after reading these books.
We hosted the NARFE Group in our home on Friday. The Tutwiler Qulters have been busy showing their wares. Mary Anne Willis, Lucinda Berryhill and Sister Maureen were in Los Angeles April 6-9 and Mary Anne and Lucinda have just returned from showing in Baltimore April 25-28. They do beautiful work and we're happy to have them as members of our prestigious
Mississippi Craftsmans Guild
We are happy to report that John Denney is home and doing well after having heart bypass surgery at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Also, Wilma Dyess is home for a couple of weeks. She called a cab and took leave for a short time from the Ruleville Convalescent Center and she is enjoying it.
Sympathy goes to the family of E.B. Simpson of Sumner who passed away this week. He was living at the Veterans Home in Kosciusco at the time of his death.
The Sumner Rotary Club, with Suzanne Powers as President, will have their annual Spaghetti, Cake Walk and Bingo Thusday, May 4th at Webb Community Center at 6:30 P.M. The Rotary is a service club and some of the good things they're doing is sponsoring young people for special events such as Michael Bland, son of Michael and Marilyn Bland, who is a junior at WTHS to the Youth Leadership Conference at Horn Lake Conference Center April 7, 8 and 9th. They are also sponsoring Demonta Waters, a 4th grader at Bearden Elementary, to go on a school trip to Washington D.C. His teacher is Ora Johnson.
That's about it, again, from Tutwiler where our grandson Sebastion's friend Rachel, who works at the Animal Shelter in Clarksdale, tells him they have many adorable pets (kittens and puppies and older versions) just purring and yapping for a good home. Rachel's sister Mary, who works at the Animal Clinic, and another of Sebe's friends, Rip, all want to encourage you to think about the animal shelter as the place to go when looking for a new pet.
News from Tutwiler
by Janie Bruister
Motherhood...Graduations...and Blooming Where You Are!
Mother's Day being Sunday makes this the second busiest time for florists. I understand it's exceeded only by Valentine's Day. Motherhood is a wonderful priveledge (certanly is for me) and we wish all mothers a joyous day filled mainly with how they want it to be. Since my life speeds along in the fast lane, excelerating (even) after retirement, I always wish for a leisurely day although I do love all my family around me. I think most moms do, too, therefore they end up being busy preparing a big meal with everybody's favorite dishes and staying busy. So be it.
School is winding down. Congratulations to graduates Caleb Dunavent, Jeffrey Clark, David Athey, Laura Beth Dong, Edward Woo and all others I don't know about. Sports are taking center stage even as end of school programs compete. Senior League girls Julye Clark and Catherine Smith are standouts as are others in their divisions in softball and baseball such as Britney Barnard, Corley Luckett, Bradley Tubbs, Allen Tubbs and Hartley Tubbs. Hometown boy A.J. Downs, Jr. continues his great year at Delta State University, being selected
Gulf South player of the week
recently. For the season, he is tied for second in the GSC in homeruns and his other stats are just as impressive. Reeves Smith, grandson of Sam and Jerry Orman, continues his winning streak. Graduating from Cleveland High this year, he plans to play for DSU next season. He's a very promising pitcher and we're expecting great hings fom him in the year ahead. Anne Barnes grandson, Mark Bellipanni of Belzoni, graduates this year as
, etc. (the whole nine yards),
lettering in all three sports. He's one of three to do so (even) in private school history. His team is in the playoffs after a very successful season.
Nathan Casburn and Anna Clay qualified for Duke University's Talent Search (TIP) earning high scores in Math and verbal skills. Chance Smith is State Champ in Science Competition for his division, after winning local and regional competitions. Chance and brother, Blake, placed first intheir division at
Memphis in May Canoe Races
. Their dad, Ronnie, and his brother came in 2nd in their division.
Robert Barnard, Jr. with his daughters Lindsey and Rachael and son Chris recently attended Preview Day at Ole Miss, looking over the offerings there.
There are many more who deserve recognition but I just don't know their names. I'm proud of our young people and want to remind
of Winston Churchill's advice..."don't ever give up!"
On Sunday May 7th, the family of Bil and Ida Wallace honored them on their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a reception in Wesley Hall, First United Methodist Church in New Albany, Ms. Hundreds came and we would have been among them had we known in advance. The Reverend Bill Wallace pastored the Tutwiler Methodist for several years almost 50 years ago and later moved to Greenwood, ending up at retirement time in New Albany. Pelham and Teeny Turner were in attendance at the reception along with Bettye Patterson of Clarksdale and reports seeing several people they knew, among them Leslie and Jack Nabors (both Methodist Ministers) and their families. They reported it being a wonderful time together.
Anne Starr is "home" for the summer. Her friend, Mable Parshall of Canada, has now returned home after spendng several days here with Anne.
Jen Waller of Clarksdale, greatneice of Savannah Kellum, was her guest on the 30th and attended church services with her, allowing many of us to meet the columnist we enjoy so much.
Congratulations to Ray and Judy Housner who are grandparents of new baby, Caleb Ray Potter, born to Tom and Shannon Potter of Tupelo and being welcomed by his big brother Jesse. Tom is a former pastor of the Webb/Sumner United Methodist Church. Agnes Martindale is about to become a great, great grandmother (maybe even before this article is completed). The parents are Hal and Tammy Moore of Clarksdale and it will be their first child and we're all excited for them.
Among those from our area attending the Foster/Weeks Wedding and Reception in Cleveland on the 29th were Jim, Patsy and Totten Hamilton, Marinee Pennington, and Angenette Pennington, Pam Fortner, Anne Barnes, Barbara Jennings and myself.
John and Annette Denney ask that their gratitude be expressed to all who did so many thoughtful things for them during his surgery and convalescence. She says many called, brought food, sent flowers ad held them in prayer, and they're grateful.
Eva Jones continues in Memphis where she has been undergoing tests and is now receiving therapy. Her husband Jimmy has been the guest of Malvin and Nancy Jeffords during her hospital stay. Nelson Browning has been transferred from the Clarksdale Medical Center to the Greenwood Rehabilitation Center for therapy after falling and breaking his hip. Anne Barnes stepped in a puddle of water that had leaked from the refrigerater in the night, causing her to do the Watusi without serious consequences. Nevertheless it left her bruised and limping but able to keep on travellin'.
Little Jeffrey Corso, infant son of Kimberlee and Steven, is doing much better after minor surgery at LeBonheur recently.
Marge Bright died after a long illness and hospitalization in Ruleville. Marge introduced me to the Mississippi Poetry Society for membership which I enjoyed for years, but wat I'll remember most about her was her sweet singing voice, her poetry, and also, with her husband Stan, her devotion to ministry to her fellow man.
That's about it, again, from Tutwiler where I'm noticing more and more people are joining in the
Great American Clean Up Campaign
and we all know it begins where we are. Thanks everybody!
News from Tutwiler
by Janie Bruister
The Wind...The Draft...And Celebrations
Poets write about daffodils and such swaying in the breeze. The "breeze" out here in the country is more like a gale. It blows all day, day after day, causing small trees and shrubs to lean northward (permanently) and the flowers in bloom are more horizontal than normal as they flap back and forth. It's almost like a greedy wind, snatching plants before you can get them in the ground. Normal blooming cycles seem to be off, too...sort of like the song that says "the roof leaks, the chimney leans, got a hole in seat of my old blue jeans; just can't depend on nothin".
One thing we can depend on is our young people to excel. I've reported on others in previous articles and am so pleased to have even more this time. A.J. Downs, Jr. continues to garner accolades...all of them earned. He is an outfielder on the Delta State team and was just named
ABCA First-Team All Region
, having already been named the
GSC's West Division Player of the Week
once. He is now eligible to be on the
ABCA All-American Ballot
which will be voted on this week. He has had a wonderful season hitting .374 with 14 doubles, 16 home runs and 62 RBIs. All that practice he and his dad would do when he was a Colt at Lee Academy is certainly paying dividends now. His dad Jackie Downs and uncle John Spinoza attended the playoffs recently in Abilene, Texas which, unfortunately, did not net a World Series place, but the professional drafts wll be coming up in about a month and we're wishing him luck. This is his senior year at Delta State now.
Here at home Caleb Dunavent recieved
Best Defensive Lineman
award in football and T.A. Jennings recieved
Best Defensive Player
award in basketball. Both play for Lee Academy with Caleb graduating this year and T.A. becoming a senior next year. Two seniors from Tutwiler who are members of the Baptist church, Jeffrey Clark and Chris Wright, were presented personalized Bibles Sunday during church services.
On the evening of the 16th a group of Tutwiler Baptist met with other Baptists throughout the Tallahatchie Assocation at Camp Lakeside for hamburgers and fellowship. We listened to an inspiring sermon on "family" and viewed the foundation of the new gym to be built there. Camp Lakeside is so picturesque and ideal for children of all ages to be drawn closer to God. It will soon be that time of year, and appications are already being taken. Also, Vacation Bible School will begin June 5th at Tutwiler Baptist under the leadership of Joy Sossaman and Gina Pearson.
Congratulations to Frank Mitchener of Sumner who was awarded an Honorary Degree,
Doctor of Humanities
, from Rhodes College in Memphis. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the past fourteen years.
After spending the Mother's Day weekend with her children in Memphis, Savannah Kellum and daughter, Dr. Ngoe Tran enjoyed several days in Branson, MO. Pastor J.B. Hays and family, Rose, Anna and Joel have returned fromvacationing in Eureka Springs and other points of interest. Gina Pearson joined her husband Dusty in Alaska for a week while he was on annual tour duty in the Airforce Reserve. Their children Holli, Jesse and Joseph hardly missed them since Dawn, Janet, Fredna, Keith and even great grandmother, Naida, were vying for turns to entertain them.
Kay Ann Mitchell Robinson was home for Mother's Day as was Richard Bruister and both attended church with their mother, Myrna Mitchell. Kay lives in Texas and Richard lives in Brandon, MS. Anne Barnes and Barbara Jennings are visiting Anne's brother Harlan Meyer and family in Midlothian, Texas this weekend. Harlan has been in recovery from major, major surgery for some time now and their visit will be good medicine for him.
The wedding and reception of Debbie Feducci and Robert Morrow on the 20th was a time of joy and celebration. Susan Durdin's home was beautifully decorated by Cindy Ryan and Jerri Baker, providing a lovely setting for this special occasion. The happy couple returned to home in Sumner after honeymooning in Las Vegas.
Misty Webber of Nashville gifted both her grandmothers, Ada Guest of Sumner and Billie Webb of Brandon, with a 7 day Carnival Cruise to Jamaica and the Grand Caymans, from which they've just returned.
Agnes Martindale had most of her children home for Mother's Day dinner: Carolyn and Ray Shook of Paynes; Joyce and Joe Brown of Greenwood; Dwight, Alice, Mandy and Jay Bolen of Clarksdale and Schelly, Jim, Kimberly and Emily of Lula. They were all excited over the new addition to the family born on the 11th to Hal and Tammy Moore. Little Halle Layne Moore is the first grandchild for Bill Moore and Carolyn and Ray Shook and even though it increases the number of great grandchildren for Agnes, she's as special as though she was the first. Agnes' birthday over the weekend was celebrated with special ceebrations at Carolyn and Ray Shook's in Paynes.
Eva Jones is back home after several weeks hospitalized in Memphis. L.W. Kimzey spent a couple of days in the Clarksdale Medical Center this past week, but is doing fine now. His wife Freida broke her hip and is now a patient there. Nelson Browning expects to be home from Greenwood Hospital by the time this goes to press, although he continues to have problems. He enjoyed a visit from daughter Rebecca Standridge during the week. Harvey Henderson o Sumner is out and doing great after having surgery on the 18th.
Sympathy goes to the King family at Vance in the death of Mrs. Mary (A.L.) King who was 98 and had lived a long, productive life for most of those years. Her husband preceeded her in death and she was ready to go.
That's about it, again, from Tutwiler where we've just returne from visiting Carroll's sister and family, Bettye and Paul Leslie, in Shreveport, LA. Although we missed a lot going on around here, we had a wonderful time being with our special family members and being in on their activities and the things they hold dear. On the 13th we participated in Olive Branch's Old Towne Festival where my brother-in-law John Williams of Cedar Hill, TN. was the featured artist for the show. It was great fun.
News from Tutwiler
by Janie Bruister
Virtual Reality is a popular current movie. It's of make-believe and supposition. Bobby and Lanelle Abbey of Webb experienced the real thing when coming face to face with the much sought after convicts who escaped Parchman Prison confines some week and a half ago. This had been one of my greatest concerns, fearing they could be holding some family hostage, waiting for the opportune time to leave the area. Fortunately for the Abbeys, they were spared serious injury from the dangerous, lifetime prisoners and are recovering in the Greenwood Medical Center from being bound and gagged for some 50 hours before being rescued. We join the Tutrovansum family in gratitude for their wellbeing.
Former Tutwiler native Jimmy McFadden, who now lives in Inverness, took the reins on June 7th as Director of the Mississippi Training Academy. He is currently a Senior Criminal Investigator/Deputy U.S. Marshall for the Northern District of Mississippi. He has 23 years as a member of government service and is entering his sixth year as a member of the State's Board of Law Enforcement Standards and Training. Jim earned his Associate's Degree from Mississippi Delta Junior College, his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Alabama and his Master of Education from Delta State University. In addition, he is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA., the U.S. Treasury Criminal Investigator School and the Federal Bureau of Prisons Staff Training Center in Aurora, Colorado. And, in addition to all that, he's one of the nicest people anywhere and so is his brother Bobby,who is with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. We're happy they sprouted and grew up here in Tutwiler and congratulate them in a big way for their success.
The Kellums (Savannah and her kith and kin) gathered at the University of Tennessee recently to see their family member, Ngoc Hao Tran, recieve her Doctor of Dentistry degree. Ngoc, who will continue her graduate education at U.T., was awarded the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontic's Award. Such big things for so tiny yet beautiful a young lady! During her growing up years in Tutwiler she would often sing solos in church. She had such a sweet voice and seemed so fragile, yet we knew she had grit and determination, both factors in now being so far along in achieving her goals.
Delta Academy's Valdictorian, Tutwiler's own David Athey, is the recipient of a full academic scholarship at Vanderbilt's School of Engineering. David has maintained a 4.0 average all during his high school years along with being active in community service projects, especially through the Lion's Club. He is the son of Eddie and Sharon Athey and we congratulate all of them. Mississippi needs to find a better way to hold onto young men like David.
Community College graduates are Brenetta Hoskins-Pittman of Webb from Ole Miss and Jeremy Washington of Webb from Coahoma Community College.
Mississippi State lists Christian Preus of Webb as a Dean's List Scholar for the spring; Amanda Kaye Fong and Wanda Logan, both of Webb, named to Chancellor's Honor Roll at Ole Miss for the spring honors and Tiffany Outlaw of Webb and Lekecha Sykes of Tutwiler made the Dean's List from Northwest.
Pastor J.B. Hays and family (wife, Rose and children, Anna and Joel) will be attending the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida this week. The United Methodist congregation will have Bro. Gerry Wages as their new minister beginning this month. He already pastors the Webb/Sumner Methodist and will hold services at the nine o'clock hour at Tutwiler. We welcome him and his wife Kay into our midst.
Aide Whitaker came from Tallahassee, Florida to visit her mother, Adelaide Steele, and accompany her back for a visit where she will meet her great grandaughter for the very first time. Adelaide's anticipation is infectious, making us want to see ours, too.
Thomas and Jean Callicutt have settled into their bungalow at Flowers Manor and are enjoying their life of fewer responsibilities compared to their life on the farm at Tutwiler. Sometimes a change is necessary even though the moving itself is of major proportions as Shirley Brougher, who moved to Charleston last week, will quickly tell you. We'll miss these two long-time Tutwiler families but wish them the best.
That's about it, again, from Tutwiler where congratulations go to Byrd Dantzle for becoming 100 years old on June 5th. Byrd has lived at Webb for years and years but now resides in Chicago with his daughters. I called to wish him Happy Birthday and he was in good spirits and seemed happy, as always. When I asked him how it felt to be a hundred, he answered, "Oh, about like it did to be 99."
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