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Coming Together To Help Their Fellow Man
Friendship Lodge 388, joined Shelby’s Masonic Lodge 744 in a fund-raiser for one of their members. The special dinner was held at the Boiling Springs Friendship Lodge for Javan Eddie Cook, known to everyone as Eddie. He is a member of Lodge 744 and has epilepsy. Eddie was the manager of Shelby Music Center when he had to stop working this past June. He began working there at the age of 16 and rose to become the manager. The unpredictable chronic neurological disorder has made it impossible for Eddie to continue the job he loved and worked at for twenty-six years. He also credits Charles Reid, owner of Shelby Music (now deceased) for making him a good Christian. Eddie experiences tonic-clonic seizures (formally known as grand mal seizures) that affect the entire brain. These are the most commonly associated with epilepsy. Eddie is presently undergoing tests for a possible operation. To help with his mounting medical costs, Lodge 744 decided to hold the fund-raiser on Saturday, October 29. Eddie said he was overwhelmed by the event and very grateful for everyone’s help.
Pictured: Surrounding Eddie Cook are members of Friendship Lodge 388 and Lodge 744, who put on the fund-raiser dinner. Kneeling (l to r) Don Morgan, Tim Poteat, Chris Norman, Jim Jenkins, and Steve Poteat. Middle row (l to r), Harry McKee, Gary Gold, Jerry Farrington, Eddie Cook, and Cicero Terry. Back row (l to r) Raymond Horton, Charles McCuen, Daniel Smith, George Morville, Bob Roberts, Roger Porter, and Cleo Blanton. (Not pictured, Ned Blanton).

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