On May 5, Joe Newberry and my husband David and I went to see Tommy at his new home in Wilson, NC. He was doing well. He was clean and dressed, and happy to receive visitors. He recognized me, and he recognized the music played by Joe, both on the banjo and the fiddle. Tommy's eyes lit up and showed engagement when Joe played banjo, but especially when Joe played fiddle. Tommy moved his hands as if to play, and appeared to listen to the fiddle for a cue. He no longer clasps his hands together. He must remain in a chair or a bed now, and he hardly talks. He is in a good place now--and three friends other than Joe have already contacted me about visiting. He still enjoys his music and movies.
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Besides Tommy's section of the site, the following pages are also related to Jesse and Tommy:
Blurred Time "The Sleeper": the aftermath of Jesse and Bobbie's car accident
Mike Craver's "Visiting Tommy"
Roots of the Red Clay Ramblers:
Fuzzy Mountain String Band: Jesse's mom, Bobbie, recorded with Rambler Bill Hicks and others
Hollow Rock String Band: Tommy and Bobbie Thompson named this band for their community
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