Starkville Manor Health Care Facility is Home To Burgin
Starkville Manor HealthCare LLC was treated to the sounds of Footloose, the house band at The Junction, on Monday afternoon, Jan. 2. Footloose is the house band at The Junction, located just outside of Columbus on Hwy 182 East.
One of Starkville Manor’s most famous residents, the legendary local singer Charlie Burgin, was a star attraction for the
performance. Burgin has been singing at The Junction for a few months now, and many Starkville Manor residents had been asking him about getting to hear him and the band perform. One such resident, Robert Johnson, had asked Charlie repeatedly about going with him to the Junction some Saturday night.
When it became obvious that most of the nursing home residents were unable to make the trek to The Junction, Don & Gloria Taylor (Junction owners and both members of the house band) decided to take the show to the nursing home residents at the request of Burgin. Robert Johnson would finally get his wish: to be able to hear Charlie & Footloose perform—in the comfort of his own activity room.
Monday afternoon, Charlie, the Taylors and the rest of the Footloose band members, received a blessing after performing for the residents of the facility. Starkville Manor Manager/Administrator Sherry Davis thanked the band for coming. The residents thanked Charlie & Footloose by clapping their hands and stomping their feet to the music. Those who were able to dance, did so. And the ones who couldn’t, sure wanted too. During a song, Burgin told me that “seeing all these smiles is thanks enough…it makes it all worthwhile.”
Members of Footloose include Gloria Taylor, vocals/keys, Don Taylor, guitar/vocals, Charlie Burgin, vocals, Rufus Mason, guitar/vocals, Ted Leonard, bass/vocals, Joe Young, guitar/vocals, Bill Bailey, keys/vocals, David Taylor, drums/vocals/guitar, Mike McCoy, drums/vocals and Ron Williams, vocals.
Starkville Manor employee Oscar ‘Snake’ Smith enjoyed Charlie & Footloose’s rendition of “When A Man Loves A Woman” so much that he danced with administrator Sherry Davis in a video that can be seen on The Packet Facebook page. You don’t want to miss that one.0