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Westbury celebrates Father's Day with residents

Ninety-seven-year-old Elzie Howard listened with a smile, as saxophone music filled the halls at Westbury Health and Rehabilitation Center, in McDonough, for a Father's Day celebration. He appeared particularly excited to have members of his family joining him for the occasion.

"This is not all of them," said Howard. "This is just part of my family. I'm happy to have them."

The center, at 198 Hampton St., held a Father's Day program Friday, in honor of dads living there.

The observance featured performances local musician, Henley Varner, as well as refreshments and prizes for the honorees, according to Lucy Stevens, activities director at Westbury.

"Our men are very special," Stevens said. "They've lived long, full lives. They've served in wars for us. They've been good fathers, and we love them and want to honor them."

Edwin Robert Pearson, 94, has resided at Westbury for more than three years. Friday marked his first time coming to a Father's Day celebration there, according to his granddaughter, Karen Smith, 39, of McDonough.

Not all of the 32 men living at Westbury are fathers. Still, Stevens said, family members of all the male residents were invited to attend.