Central Crossing Senior Center honors area veterans

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Central Crossing Senior Center held a lunch Thursday celebrating local veterans. Contributed photo

Central Crossing Senior Center (CCSC) honored area veterans Thursday as part of the Veterans Day celebration/commemoration by offering free lunches to all veterans.

“It was pretty much a packed house and there was great food and fantastic conversation as old friends met and new friendships were formed,” said Jeff Harp, public relations specialist for the Center. “This writer sat across from a delightful couple who shared with me a heartwarming story.”

Jim and Jean Beebe met while Jean was still in high school. It was 1944 and Jim got a notice from Uncle Sam requiring his services. Jim left to serve in the Army while Jean stayed home and finished school.

Jim and Jean Beebe, who met while Jean was still in high school, were in attendance at the Veterans Day lunch Thursday at the Central Crossing Senior Center. Jim Beebe was called into action during WWII. Contributed photo

“While some in the military received a ‘Dear John’ letter, Jim was blessed with a daily letter of encouragement from young Miss Jean,” Harp said. “The war ended, the two were married and have since enjoyed 72 years of wedded bliss.

“Great stories like the one shared by the Beebes, delicious meals prepared by our talented chefs, with an uplifting program for the veterans, was made possible through the efforts of our staff and volunteers as well as the generosity of CCSC's Business Partners. Please remember the following partners and maybe take a minute and thank them for their support if you get the opportunity: Thrifty Closet, Shell Knob; Arvest Bank, Shell Knob, Cassville; Plaza Pharmacy, Shell Knob, Cassville; Freedom Bank, Shell Knob, Cassville, Golden; Les Jacob’s Ford - Cassville; Presbyterian Church, Shell Knob; Service 1 Credit Union, Shell Knob

Happy Acres Assisted Living, Holiday Island, Ark.; Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob, Cassville; Welch Home Construction, Shell Knob; Willis Insurance, Shell Knob; and Meek's Lumber, Shell Knob.