Baileyton seniors celebrate the season


Bobby Martin, Booty Hyatt, Tom Goen, Burt Gilley and Gene Sumner gathered around a table to play Rook at this year’s Baileyton Senior Christmas Party. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

BAILEYTON – Baileyton seniors were treated to a fun Christmas party Thursday thanks to Walker Brothers, Ltd. The town’s senior center was full of folks enjoying live music, games and a delicious Christmas dinner.

Mayor Johnny Dyar welcomed everyone and even had some special guests join in on the festivities. Arab Mayor Bob Joslin, Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman, Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry, Cullman County Commissioner Kerry Watson and several deputies from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office joined the Baileyton seniors for lunch. 

The traditional Christmas dinner was provided by Walker Bros and each senior brought a dessert which led to very difficult decisions. The crowd of approximately 75 enjoyed live country Christmas favorites while laughing and fellowshipping with neighbors. Plates were delivered to at least a dozen seniors who were either sick or homebound. 

Dyar said he is proud of the holiday spirit shown this year in Baileyton, sharing, “We have been so blessed. We have great people here. We are already making plans on some new ideas for next year. We have had a fun time this year which has led to several people saying they want to pitch in for next year. My wife Pat has worked especially hard. She takes care of everything.”

Bobby Martin, Booty Hyatt, Tom Goen, Burt Gilley and Gene Sumner gathered around a table to play Rook while a group of women played a game of Skip-Bo. Others danced and enjoyed the music. 

Everyone congratulated Baileyton maintenance supervisor Bobby Walker, who welcomed his new granddaughter Summer Renae Horton on Wednesday evening.

Walker beamed, “I am one proud grandpa! She is perfect.” 

Baileyton resident Linda Cullen will be hosting an open house breakfast at her home Christmas Day from 7 a.m.-noon. Friends old and new are invited. The breakfast is a family tradition started to make sure people didn’t spend the holiday alone.

Shared Cullen, “Last year we had about 45 people stop by. Everyone took home a tin full of cookies.”

Kims Parkside Catfish Restaurant in Baileyton will be serving Christmas Eve Dinner from 5-8 p.m. The event is for people in need or just for fellowship. In lieu of money, they ask those who can bring canned or non-perishable food items to donate to the Parkside Outreach Program. 

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