A celebration will be held Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2-4 p.m., at the Carlinville Church of the Nazarene in honor of Ben R. “Doc” Strode’s 80th birthday.
Ben was born Dec. 1, 1932 to Wesley and Jennie Mason Strode. He married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Williamson April, 1954. The couple have three children; Jerry (Lorraine) Strode, Lyndell (Lynette) Strode and Dotti Jo (Ed) Robinson; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He’s a Cuba High School and Western Illinois University graduate as well as a United States Army veteran. He is a retired teacher of music and physical education.
Ben remains active in the community and the Church of the Nazarene, believing, “keeping active keeps one young.”
The public is invited to attend the celebration (no gifts please).