TD BURNS SURPRISE 90TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
received a call from Terry Brown, TD's home health care provider on March
21, 2016 inviting my bride and myself to a surprise birthday party for TD
Burns on April 22, 2016 at the K & W Cafeteria located at 8652
Pineville-Matthews Road at 1:00 P.M., of which I certainly accepted the
invitation. Terry said she tried to get up with Sue Newton but was
unable to do so and I sent Sue an email, whereas Sue got up with Terry and
Terry asked Sue to plan the event. Sue
"took the bull by the horns", planed and coordinated the
surprise birthday party for TD which was a success thanks to all the hard
work implementing her plans, ideas, creative talents and using her own
GOING BACK IN TIME TO THE EARLY TO MID 1970s
When I had my musical instrument repair and mail order
business from 1969
thru 1978, I had the pleasure of meeting TD and Jean Burns at their business,
Science Hobbies located on Central Avenue in Charlotte, NC. I purchased
special hard to find glues, craft wood like Balsa and other supplies used in
my part-time business from them during the time I operated my business.
Their business was the first one of its kind in the United States and they catered to
the various institutions and individuals needing those special materials and supplies of
which they had a tremendous assortment of equipment and supplies on
inventory. Both TD and Jean were people persons taking the time to answer any
questions of any technical nature and definitely knew their products and a
pleasure to do business with them!
After selling my own business sometime in 1979, I continued to do some custom musical
instrument inlay work on commission and purchased supplies from Science Hobbies after TD
and Jean sold that operation and they formed two more companies during the
I lost contact with TD and Jean after they sold Science Hobbies in 1983 until I
joined the Wadesboro High School Alumni
website of which TD Burns was a regular
contributor. I was so impressed with TD's writings about various
things and got in contact with him and kindled a friendship via email and
telephone. My bride and myself visited with TD at his home last year
on September 9, 2015 after the passing of his lovely wife
Jean the year before and one of the
most impressive and memorable visits we have ever had. TD is a
wealth of information about mineralogy, astronomy, paleontology, chemistry,
biology, etc., and those that know him are aware that he has his own roof top observatory with
a 10 inch telescope anchored from the basement foundation. TD and myself were also more or less bonded by the
fact that our family relatives worked for the
Singleton Silk Mill
here in Wadesboro, NC back in the early 1900s and we both as youngsters have
personally been inside the ole Silk Mill which was later burned and/or torn
down to make room for a Housing Development. TD was present and
an eye witness to my Grandmother Della Coley's first son, Joseph Faulkner
who was a passenger in an automobile accident and he died later at the local hospital as a result of the accident
which happened on August 25, 1934 at the culvert at
Mimosa Terrance and North Washington Street adjacent to the Woodman of
the World Park of which TD was in the park playing that tragic day being 8
years old. I have the entire event as witnessed by TD and documented in my
Memories From The
Past short story. TD has graciously donated enough
plastic binders for my short stories booklets to last me a lifetime and given myself
technical information about creating/printing and binding my short stories, etc., of
which I am very thankful and grateful. Having knowledge is wonderful
but TD has the willingness to share that knowledge with others and that is what sets TD apart from the rest!
As usual, I got a little side tracked there but wanted to give a
background of how I come to know TD Burns.
Below is a pix of the K & W Cafeteria as viewed from the
I arrived after 12:00 noon and Kathy Adcock was getting a couple birthday
signs in place at the front entrance with Sue Newton and others working on
one end of the large dinning room where our party group would be sitting.
aka Joyce wasn't able to attend due to medical problems and certainly was
hoping she would be able to attend TD's birthday celebration.
BIRTHDAY BOY ARRIVES
TD was definitely surprised and had a good grin going too!
After everyone had arrived and was seated, Sue Newton, Luncheon Moderator
had yours truly to recite
Salutation To The Dawn, bless our food and we headed to the
As evidenced by the food selection, fantastic and courteous service, it is no small wonder that this is
one of TD's favorite restaurants to dine at. The entire staff loves
and adores TD and treat him like royalty for sure!
After everyone got their food, it was back to the dining room and things
got quiet just for a while.
Picture of Terry Brown and her family:
Sue Newton had her sound system set-up and there was a life size cut-out
of Marilyn Monroe of which she planed to have Marilyn sing Happy Birthday
for TD but there was some kind of technical last minute glitch in the system and Sister
Sarah did the Happy Birthday singing to TD.
That was a treat to hear Sister Sarah sing and we all displayed some
serious grins and laughter on that one.
Those that desired to express how much TD and his wife Jean had meant to them
over the years and
their influence on their personal lives, had a chance to do so and there
were some great testimonies given. Many of the K & W Cafeteria staff
spoke highly of TD and what he meant to them. I got so wrapped up in
listing to those wonderful heart given testimonies that I failed to take
some of their pictures.
Sue Newton read her own
"Days of Your Life" tribute to TD with all
raising their glass to him at the end. The hyperlink file above is in
.PDF file format.
After the testimonies were given, TD told how much each one meant to him
and "this was the grandest and one of the best days of his life."
In closing, I am so glad I was invited to TD's 90th birthday party and
received a tremendous blessing from the friendship and fellowship. To
quote one of my favorite sayings, "Two of the
Greatest Ships that ever Sailed, Friendship and Fellowship."
I will ascertain how many attended the birthday party but it should be in
the neighborhood of 30. I certainly wish TD many more birthdays to come and TD's
life is an example for all of us to emulate;
Live Today, The Best That You Can.
God richly bless each and everyone one of you and a very special Thank You to
Sue Newton for all the planning, hard work and personal resources in making TD's 90th Birthday Party
such a huge success.
"Yesterday is History, Today is a Gift and Tomorrow is a Mystery!"
Exodus 20:12 KJV - Honour thy father
and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy
God giveth thee.
Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 04-23-16.