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Local retired minister gives to Christmas Happiness Fund in honor of his Wednesday night pool buddies

SALISBURY — In the 1990s, a group of men from First Presbyterian Church began gathering for a friendly game of pool at the home of now retired minister Bob Lewis.

Lewis lived on Bethel Drive and had a basement with a large pool table. There were eight to 10 men who played each week.

“We had at least six, with two to take on the winners,” Lewis recalled.

Many of the men still gather to play, but now they assemble at Nashville Nights. Lewis, who downsized his home and searched for a new place to play pool, still gathers with many of the original members who have since dubbed themselves the Wednesday Night Pool Shooters.

Lewis donated $100 to the Christmas Happiness Fund in honor of his pool buddies.

“We are close. We are supportive of one another. We are kind of a good fraternity,” Lewis said.

Through the years, a few members have dropped out because of health ailments and others have moved.

Lewis connected with former Nashville Nights co-owner Dick Palmore, who allowed the men to play pool.

“Wednesday night is free pool. It works out,” Lewis said.

“He put out the red carpet for us. The new owner is just as gracious,” Lewis said.

Lewis said the reason he donated to the fund was in appreciation and gratitude for what the guys mean to him.

“Three years ago, I was sick and didn’t know if I would make it,” he said.

His friends provided transportation, brought him food and offered support.

Lewis has been a contributor to the Christmas Happiness Fund for a number of years.

“I believe in that and like to participate in it and give. Most of us are blessed people, and it’s our opportunity to give something back. It’s a joy to be able to give something back,” he said.

The Salisbury Post has been collecting donations since the early 1950s and those contributions are turned over to the Salvation Army of Rowan County. The organization distributes vouchers that are used at a local business where parents are able to buy gifts for their children.

Contributions to Christmas Happiness may be delivered to the Salisbury Post, 131 W. Innes St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or mailed to Salisbury Post Christmas Happiness Fund, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, NC 28145-4639. Make checks payable to Christmas Happiness Fund and indicate how you want your donation listed.

Today’s contributions are:

In loving memory of Ruby and John Brown and Mary Starkey and in honor of Bradley, Carrie, Eli, Brian and Anna by Judy and Frank, $200
In honor of the Wednesday Night Pool Shooters by Bob Lewis, $100
In honor of all donors to the Christmas Happiness Fund by Kathy and Windsor Eagle, $100
In memory of Paul A. Harrill Jr., Myrtle and Paul A. Harrill Sr., and Dorothy and J. Glenn Hess by MaryRuth, Karen and Ken, $150
In honor of Sara Turman by Carol Whitman, $25
In fond memory of all our brothers now in the hands of our Lord by Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge 576, $200
In memory of Ray and Steve Weddington and in honor of Cora Weddington by Don and Gayle Weddington, $100
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Mott Price Sr., Mr. Mott Price Jr., Mr and Mrs. John Peeler Jr., and Mr. Darrell Shive by the Alfred Price family, $50
In memory of Pete and Dot Connor and in honor of teachers Larry Thomason, Charles Everson, Brenda Stone, Frank and Sylvia Bailey by Unity Sunday School Class of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, $50
In honor of Charles F. Fisher Chapter 73, Children of the Confederacy, by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy, $25
In honor of and in memory of the men and women who are serving or who have served in the United States military by Mr. and Mrs. Edison C. Curtis, $25
In memory of Todd Kimball by Libby and Lee Holman, $25
In memory of our sweet friend Bettie Harrington Fesperman; we miss you still and will love you always and forever by “Girls Nite Out Gals,” $150
In memory of Ben Davis by Georgette and Conan Thompson, $150
In memory of Claude and Martha Trexler by Don and Gayle Weddington, $100
In memory of my loving wife by Tom Monroe, $100
Today’s total: $1,550
Running total: $17,328

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