Category Archives: Fayetteville, GA

Resident Spotlight: Nora Taylor

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 6th, 2013 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

Hi, my name is Nora Taylor. I grew up in Albertville, Alabama. I lived on a farm all during my childhood. My father grew all of our food, as well as cotton. He was a sharecropper and my younger brother, mom, and I helped out.

I enjoyed my childhood so much! I had a wonderful home life. I was a very good child and tried my hardest to get good grades in school. When I didn’t make straight As, I would cry! 

My family raised me as a Baptist Christian and after high school I pursued ministry with my husband, Marvin Taylor. I met him on December 26, 1949, on a blind date. Eleven days later, on January 6, 1950, we were married!

My parents really wanted me to go to college, so I did. After college, I became a … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Leon Ofchus, PhD

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 31st, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA, Spirit | No Comments

How did a boy from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania become a Doctor and get to retire at Dogwood Forest’s senior living community in Fayetteville, Ga?

Well, the story goes like this:

As a young boy I was always fascinated with reading, history and how the mind worked.  I knew I had to get to college, so with the help of my grandparents and working at the local gas station, (12 hrs on Saturday) money was saved.

After serving in World War II, the Battle of the Budge and being wounded in the Battle of Rhineland, I was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, European African Middle Eastern Medal, WWII Victory Ribbon, Meritorious Unit award. Furthering my education was still top priority.

I finished East Stroudsburg University in three years with a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and in addition two Master … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Mary Pincombe

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 30th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

There are two things that are special about me. I am 100 years old and Jesus and I share the same birthday.

My name is Marie Pincombe. I enjoy Big Band music, dancing, makeup, fashion and for the love of God I am a committed Chocoholic. My life has been an adventurous one because living this long keeps me looking for new things to keep me busy. As a kid I sung while my sister played the piano. We were a dynamic team. My father could listen to us for hours.

I finished Ohio State University and then became the Administration Assistant to the President of the University. Through my travels I have learned and seen many wonders that keep me laughing all day.

I have one son that thought it was time for me to settle down a little … Read more...

Dogwood Forest of Fayetteville Host Annual Spring Brunch

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 28th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA, Spirit | No Comments

Spring has definitely sprung! Dogwood Forest Assisted living in Fayetteville, Ga brought the season in full bloom as they celebrated the annual Spring Brunch in April. Residents and families were invited to enjoy a smorgasbord of food. Families enjoyed a fabulous brunch that consisted of breakfast chef stations with omelets, pancakes, eggs, bacon, and turkey sausage, biscuits, danishes and muffins. Lunch chef stations included roast beef, baked chicken, fried chicken, mac and cheese, summer salad, green beans and rolls. The community was decorated beautifully with spring pastels and flowers. Residents, families and team members enjoyed all of the festivities. Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville in Ga. is well known for its wonderful events in the community. The community often host the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and other community events.

Stay tune for more events in the summer months!

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Music Therapy for Cognitive Impairments

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 11th, 2012 in Education, Fayetteville, GA, Mind, Research, Spirit | No Comments

We’ve all heard a song we’ve recognized from years past that has triggered some type of emotion or memory. Many of us have used music in way that could be considered therapeutic. However, did you know music therapy is actually used in healthcare for people with many disorders and diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments?

Engaging the memory impaired through music has been studied extensively in the last few years. Many studies have shown older adults making significant strides while participating in this type of therapy. I’ve written before on the benefits of music therapy for seniors with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s. The therapy is truly remarkable, and so is the video below about Henry. Henry,  a resident at a nursing home, had been virtually incoherent and minimally unresponsive for 10 years due to the affects of … Read more...

Our Interview with Resident Happy Kirkpatrick

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 9th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? 

Green St. Gainesville, GA.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

We use to play in the middle of Green St when we were little. You can’t do that now!! There were so many children that lived in those big houses on that street. We would ride our bikes down the sidewalks and in the street. I also was in ballet from the age 3 to college, I love to dance.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Thousands!! I’m a very spoiled girl! My husband and I had a farm, I raised donkeys. They are so precious.

Did you have a profession?

I have a M.Ed in psychology and used it to help with special needs children. This was during a time when there really wasn’t a program … Read more...

Jesus’ Sacrifice

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 8th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA, Holidays, Spirit | No Comments

As we prepared for Easter here at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville, Ga, I reflected on the true meaning of  Easter, the sacrifice of my Savior and how Jesus died just so I could truly live. Many of us may not realize the pain Jesus went through on this day. Execution  by crucifixion was a slow death.  Our Savior went through unimaginable anguish and agony. Its important to put the actual crucifixion into perspective, so that our human minds could better understand his sacrifice. Its important that we don’t sanitize his death.

Hemathidrosis, which is the phenomenon where the body is under so much stress that capillaries break and is mixed with sweat, was evident as drops of blood poured from his skin. His back ripped from repeated flogging until what was left was a bloody mass of … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Tom Munson

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 26th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

My name is Tom Munson. Some call me free spirit, Mr. outgoing, Mr. Doing my thing – that’s me.

I was raised in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a Navy brat. I was always on the move all the time. In high school, me and a buddy saved our money and decided after graduation we would travel before college.  So, we got a 1940 Ford Coupe, put a mattress in the back seat, and 14 states later, including Canada, we did the guy thing. After the adventure, it was time to take the coach up on a scholarship to play ball for Florida State University. 

In 1957, the state legislation passed the law that University of Florida plays Florida State every year in sports. My freshman basketball team was the first to beat them, also having 16 girls to every … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Joseph “Jack” Jackline

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 27th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

I am a second generation family from Yugoslavia. My grandparents came here not speaking a word of English and it was with them and 9 siblings that I enjoyed life and church living in Pittsburgh.  I attended University of Pittsburgh where I earned my PhD of internal medicine. I served my country through the Air Force under the Berry Plan and also studied Aerospace Medicine. I was a Base Surgeon with DASA from 1959-1972.

I truly believe my best accomplishments have been raising my nine kids, (6 girls and 3 stooges) and being married to my best friend Ellen Lynn of 18 years. As for now I enjoy 24 grand kids, flying and gardening.

With the state of the world now, I tell the young people continue to study and extend yourself to your church and your country. Work hard, … Read more...

Our Interview With Resident Marjorie Davis

Posted by Kia Crawford on February 13th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Washington, KS

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

My dad was a water engineer. I loved going to the plant and was fascinated with the workings of the plant. It always smelled so clean and fresh. 

My mother was a housewife, but volunteered with many groups. She worked diligently for women’s right to vote. She would do her housework in the morning and in the afternoon we’d call on women.

Our house was full of books. I always wondered where my mother bought the books because there wasn’t a book store in town.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

One day I was sitting by a window at our church dedication thinking how wonderful it was to be there. I had such a calm, peaceful feeling.

After … Read more...