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Darryl Worley greets Shirley Brewer and her husband, Herschel at Lebanon's Burchett Ford.

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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

While Shirley Brewer was in McFarland Rehab, her nurses and her social worker used the upcoming concert by country music singer/songwriter Darryl Worley at the Wilson County Fair as motivation for her to get better.

Mrs. Brewer, 66, confesses to being a “huge Darryl Worley fan,” and while she was a patient beginning at University Medical Center and then spending three to four weeks at McFarland Rehab, the staff at McFarland told her that she had to get better so that she could go to the fair to see Worley perform on Monday, Aug. 24.

It worked. Mrs. Brewer has been home for about two weeks and is doing well.

Mrs. Brewer’s social worker at McFarland Rehab, Joni Johnston, decided to reward her success and on Monday morning at Lebanon’s Burchett Ford, which is the sponsor of Worley’s concert, Mrs. Brewer and her husband, Herschel, were presented with two front-row tickets to the concert.

As an added bonus, Worley was actually at Burchett Ford and spoke to the Brewers, took pictures with them, and autographed a copy of his newest album, Sounds Like Life.

“Joni has such a great heart,” said Anna-Lee Cockrill, director of business and marketing development at UMC. “She really cares for these patients.” (McFarland Rehab is owned by UMC.)

“I have two copies of all his CD’s,” Mrs. Brewer said. “Herschel and I went to see him at River Run a couple of years ago and it was very exciting.”

“He came up over the big screen in a helicopter,” Mr. Brewer said. “They were flying low. It was real neat.”

This year marks the seventh for his Tennessee River Run that now spans nine days and includes fishing tournaments, a boat poker run, a motorcycle ride, a 5K run, a talent contest and three concerts covering rock, country and Gospel music and more.

While the River Run has raised money for countless worthwhile causes in his native West Tennessee, his main focus now is building a cancer treatment center at the Hardin County Medical Center in Savannah.

Worley, who is a resident of Wilson County, said he was more than happy to meet Mrs. Brewer.

“I think everything she has done is amazing,” Worley said. “I’m glad I could be a part of it.”

“I went to the (Wilson County) fair a few years ago,” Worley said, “but my wife and her brother go every year. We all love this fair.”

The Wilson County Fair is being sponsored by Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers and will be held from Aug.21-29 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds on Baddour Parkway in Lebanon. Worley’s free concert will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24. The concert is sponsored by Burchett Ford Lincoln Mercury of Lebanon.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.

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