Senior Birthday Surprises Highlight Golden Years

Senior Gets Surprise Birthday Visit from Congressman
On the eve of his re-election to the U.S. Congress, Rep Al Lawson surprised 94 year old William Turpin, Sr. with a personal birthday greeting.  The 40 year City of Jacksonville retiree served as a courthouse special security deputy. A widow, he is also a father of two.
Turpin was surprised and had a conversation with the congressman on the tales of politics, football and Covid-19 updates.  Lawson and his team smiled when Turpin, Sr. spoke, “I’m thankful for Al and his team stopping by my house.  At 94 I feel 60. I pray for this year’s campaign and elections will continue to vote and I’m ready to move forward to my 95th birthday.  God has been good to me and my family.”

Seniors Step Into Surprise Birthday Celebration
Steppers member Jackie Bartletto and Deborah Dickerson proudly showing off their themed birthday cake.

Covid-19 did not stop the Sassy Seniors Steppers (SSS) of Jacksonville in celebrating 2020 month of August member’s birthdays! To celebrate, SSS founder and dance teacher Annie Smith surprised members with a mask-filled tailgate social celebration held in the parking lot of the Lane Wiley Senior Center. Annie Smith and her SSS members have been spreading dance love for over ten years in Duval County. The Western and Mardi Gras themed birthday celebration event included card playing, plenty of food and dance step weekly routine practice. The August birthday seniors were surprised when they arrived, “We had to slow down these past few months. Yet Ms. Annie was and her team was able to surprise us.  We danced and ate the day away.” said Sassy Senior Stepper Jackie Bartletto.   Shown is August Birthday Month Sassy Senior

8o Looks Good on Rometa Porter
Feted by family and friends, Rometa Porter ushered in 80 with a drive-by front yard celebration where well wishers honked horns and dropped off plants, flowers and balloons in honor of the honoree. The fine tuned gardener enjoyed the many additions to her collection in addition to other special treats. Following the drive-bys, she was feted with a private birthday celebration weekend at the beach including brunch, spa and stay over at the One Ocean Resort and Spa.

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