Carolyn was born in 1923 right here in South Atlanta. Growing up, she attended a private high school named Washington Seminary.
Our resident highlight this month is on Mr. Gordon who was born in North Carolina. He and his wife of 24 years, Frances, have been here at Oaks at Braselton since September 2016. When they joined us at Oaks at Braselton, they brought along their rescue dog, Brody. Gordon loves walking Brody around our community when he is able.
He has a beautiful family beginning with his three children; Tommy, David, and Diane. He also has six grandchildren; Jake, Leigh Anne, Dana, Derek, Spike, & Leslie, all of whom are very successful and make him proud! June also has five great-grandchildren; Sola, Sawyer, Jack, Drew, and Charlie.
June’s greatest life achievement other than his family was his military experience. He was in WWII-Invasion at Normandy, D+1. One of the greatest generations that fought for our freedom and the life of his kids/grandkids/great grandkids.
When working, he had an extremely dedicated work ethic and sense of responsibility. He NEVER missed a day of work sick EVER! His work ethic was present for all 60 years of his career working six days a week. He still maintains “You just do what you gotta do.”
He is an excellent provider of love and pride for his family. “He made us somebody and made us act like somebody,” said his daughter, Diane. Everyone loves June! He has the kindest, gentlest spirit. He is our “Front door watchman” greeting everyone who enters and leaves from Oaks at Braselton. We know him as the steadfast and loyal June that we all love!
Our resident spotlight on Abbie!
“I was born 1/19/1923 in a country farm home in Espyville, Pa, which was owned by my grandparents.
We stayed on the farm until I was 3 and then moved to Harbor Creek, Pa., where I lived until I married my husband, Harold, in 1943. I followed him to pursue the Lord's work, preaching at four churches over a span of 37 years, until his death in 1980,” Abbie recalled.
Tom, a resident of Oaks at Braselton, received the American Spirit Honor Medal in 1954. It will come as no surprise to those who know him that he was a recipient of this award, which is the highest honor a Navy recruit could win at boot camp during that time.
The local newspaper article announcing the Navy’s award read, “Tom's pleasant manner, youthful aggressiveness, and his eagerness to please and cooperate paid off well in the Navy”. The same applies to his demeanor and commitment to serving others today.
After his time serving our country in the Navy, Tom went on to have a successful career with Xerox Corporation for 22 years. But he maintains that his greatest achievement in life has been his God-given ability to care for others. In his early years, he was widely known as the jovial, handsome young man from Matthews Supermarket, where he worked weekends and summers during his North Fulton High School days.
He has been a blessing to us as an ambassador here at Oaks at Braselton because of his gift of working and caring for people. He always looks out for everyone here and tries to meet their needs. He participates in all kinds of activities at Oaks at Braselton, but mostly enjoys sharing time with his three children, Ricky, Karla, and Brian as well as his wonderful grandchildren. Tom is so very proud of his beautiful family, and we are so very proud of Tom! He is a great friend and a joy to be around!