The Tillman's Corner Center for Seniors on Nevius Road in Mobile was closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of the July 4th holiday. But the seniors decided to celebrate Independence Day in their own way.
They opened the Center, decorated it with American flags and pretend-like fireworks, brought their favorite covered dishes and loaded several 10' tables with enough food to rival an extended-family reunion or a Baptist dinner-on-the-ground--chicken, string-bean and sweet-potato casseroles, potato and pasta salad, corn on the cob, watermelon and cantaloupe chunks and a large variety of pies, banana pudding, cakes and cookies.
Before the meal, diners were entertained by the music of a talented group of guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo players and singers; the group was composed of Harold Pope, Ricky Robinson, J.B. Weaver, Curtis Bohannan and Paul Sims.
Among the many seniors who regularly attend the Center to play cards, eat lunch and join in other activities were several visitors, including Sandy Harris from Spring Hill; Betty Fowler, board member on the Parkway Senior Foundation, Marcia Wright from Parkway SAIL Senior Center and Carolyn Cain, Mobile County activist and volunteer.