Class of 1959 News: Gail West Black

Thursday, June 16 seemed to be the day for bad news about our 1959 classmates. My sister who is bedridden with MS and usually upbeat cried for several days and on Thursday when I called she said “I miss you, I miss you. When are you coming to Nashville. “  So I drove up Friday and where the normal trip is 4 1/2 hours it took almost 8. Weather in Atlanta diverted jets to Chattanooga, rain and hail. Then one lane closed in Chattanooga of interstate, got over Mount Eagle and road signs say expect delays from mile marker 102 to 92.  I sat for over 30 minutes not moving on I-24.  Men were going to the bushes! Not fair to the ladies, for sure. Finally got to exit 89 and took off for old 41 and thankfully I was going left turn as tractor trailer had tried to turn right and back wheels went off the road and he was stuck blocking both lanes of highway. I took I-840 to Mt. Juliet and met my cousins at Providence for dinner. Returned Monday and it took 4 1/2 hours with no problems.

I received the following from Sid Francisco which he said I could share with the class.
Sooner or later the word will get out that I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  I met with my oncologist today to set up a treatment plan.  On Monday I will have a port installed in my chest for them to use for my chemo treatments.  They will start chemo either that afternoon or Tues.  I will get chemo once a week for two weeks then one week off then two weeks again. They will evaluate what has happened make adjustments and go from there.

All I ask is that you say a little prayer for me.
I have a good attitude and my doctor is highly recommended.  And I really like him.  I just wanted you to hear it from me.  I am blessed with the best friends in the world and I know you will always be there for me and no one could ever ask for more.  I will let you know how things are going if there are any changes.   Thank you for being my friend and being there for me. GOD BLESS YOU!!!!   Sid
148 Allenhurst Circle, Franklin TN 37067 615-771-7871 sidfrancisco@comcast.net
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Harriett Beckett Trombatore lost her fight to cancer on the same day June 16, 2016. Service will be in Manor Texas on July 1, 2016. She was given only weeks last summer but fought very hard all year long.
P O Box 1205, Manor TX 78653  Her brother and others are on FB.
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George Stamps called to say Teresa spoke with Jimmy Summers‘ wife last week and Jimmy was coming home after his heart attack and rehab. His cell 305-586-1716. Just talked with Jimmy. He had 4 bypass surgery from worst kind of heart attack you can have but blessings for his Vanderbilt doctor. He was totally out of it for 5 days and been in rehab but sounds good on the phone. He is getting PT three days a week and they will be changing several of his meds.
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Butch Burnette is having surgery June 27th for lung cancer. At this point the doctor has said that the cancer is in one upper lobe and in the earlier stages.

Patsy checked with Butch to ask for his permission to let class members of ’58 & ’59 know about his surgery and he said yes, to let them know.

I know that Butch, Patsy and family appreciate your prayers. Butch has met every other health issue head on and will do the same with this new health issue.

NOW the better news.
This was our group at all Litton Alumni lunch at Blue Grass Country club Saturday June 18, 2016. It was great to see Pat Tomlinson and her husband Bruce Morrice in from Texas. Anna Williams Ross, Kay Coffey Haury, Frankie Raymer, Donnie Green, Kaaren Frazier Andrews, Jerry and Shirley Parrish and Gail West Black. Over 300 present and silent auction raised over $8,000 for Alumni Funds.