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Meet Aubrey Crafton, Featured Resident of Heartland
Aubrey Crafton is our featured resident at Heartland this month. Mr. Crafton is a native of Middle Tennessee, having been born in Nashville and growing up in Williamson County. He fondly remembers hunting and riding horses at night here in Tennessee.
Mr. Crafton’s family keeps him busy. He has seventeen grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Some of his current activities include church attendance and watching his favorite western movies on television.
A veteran, Mr. Crafton served in the Navy. He joined the Navy at the age of 15 and served as an electrician.
When asked what keeps him going all these years, Mr. Crafton attributed his health to V-8 juice, buttermilk and applesauce.
Meet Mable McCay, Resident of the Month at Heartland
Mrs. Mable McCay is an active member of our Heartland community and her home church Donelson Church of Christ. She keeps all of us at Heartland young at heart with her stories and her wit. Here at Heartland, she attends many of our socials, bingo, outings and entertainment. Be careful she is very knowledgeable and wins many trivia contests. She also keeps herself busy with Devotionals, Women’s Fellowship, reading and watching movies. Her family lives out of town but visits often. And her many church family and friends keep her busy as well.
Mrs. McCay was born June 24, 1917. She was one of five children. She married her husband in 1948. They raised one son and two daughters. Mr. and Mrs. McCay were married for many years before Mr. McCay’s death in 2004. Mrs. McCay was involved with the Tennessee Blind School for many years.
One of the Original Sweethearts of Country
In Nashville, you really can’t go anywhere without running into a country music star. At Heartland, our Nashville star is Ruth Poe Weir. Recently we spent some time with Ruth to learn more about her Grand Ole Opry career.
Ruth and her sister Nelle were known on the Grand Ole Opry as The Poe Sisters from 1944-46. In addition to the Opry, they also traveled as part of the Ernest Tubb & The Texas Troubadours touring group 1944-45. They were hired by George D. Hay, founder of “The Grand Ole Opry”, on June 17, 1944. Ruth played mandolin and sang lead, while Nelle sang harmony and played guitar.
When we heard that Ruth played the mandolin, we asked her if she had met Bill Monroe. Not only did Ruth meet Bill Monroe, but Ruth played one of Bill Monroe’s famous Gibson mandolins that Monroe loaned her during her time on the Opry.
The two young sisters were known for harmonizing and playing in a style similar to the style popularized by The Carter Family. Ruth’s sister Nelle told a journalist, “Our idols were the Delmore Bothers, and we tried to sing like them. The Solemn Old Judge, George Hay, said we were the ‘female Delmore Brothers.’ I can’t say what kind of music we sang – some bluegrass, some country.” Their repertoire included a number of Delmore Brothers songs, but they also performed material associated with the Carter Family, the Blue Sky Boys, Roy Acuff, and others.
The two Big Creek, Mississippi, girls started their careers after they went North to work at a GE plant in Bridgeport, CT. They appeared on a local radio show, toured with entertainers on the weekends and appeared at the Stage Door Canteen, in New York City.
During the time The Poe Sisters were performing, they never cut a record because commercial recordings were not being made due to shellac and other material shortages caused by World War II. Their careers came to an end when both sisters married and retired from music. Their music careers have been honored with inductions into the George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame and the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ruth is still a favorite. Ruth has lived at Heartland for two years. Here at Heartland, she always has a smile and kind word for those around her. She talks to her sister Nelle in Mountain View, Arkansas often.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Award
Heartland has been recognized as a 5-Star CMS center. This is recognition from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Their Five-Star Quality Rating System was created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which one may want to ask questions. Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality than 1-star facilities.
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