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- July 24th, 2015 -

Bobby Drinnon Estate Items to be Auctioned on August 8, 2015

Dear Friends,

Last month, the time came to say goodbye to the place Bobby made his home, for 22 years. Even before it was listed for sale, his beloved Rainbow Crest Farm found its new family, whom we know will appreciate the charms of this very special place on earth, for many years to come. We prayed that the right new owners would come along at just the right time, and they did. As Bobby was fond of saying, "God is in charge, and everything is on schedule."

Rarely feeling compelled to leave sight of the pastures and woodlands that greeted his thousands of clients and as many friends, Bobby loved to be at home. Over the years, in health and later in sickness–almost to his very last day–he welcomed people there from every walk of life. He counseled them, he inspired them, often he fed them, and in his own inimitable way, he made them laugh. It is wholly inadequate to say that many happy memories were made at Rainbow Crest Farm, but it is also very true–for ourselves and countless others we have never met.

We wish that it were possible to give every client and every friend whom Bobby ever sat with in his office, at his table, or on his porch a memento of the farm, but this would be an impossible task. However, we are pleased to be able to make a few of his home's furnishings available for purchase and in this way help ensure that his belongings will continue to be appreciated.

On Saturday, August 8th, items ranging from large sets of furniture to small decorative items will be sold at auction. We invite you to attend the upcoming sale, at Powell Auction & Realty, 6729 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Knoxville, Tennessee 37921. Bidding will begin at 10:00 a.m.. For more information, call 865.938.3403 or visit Bobby's auction at Powell Auction

Once again, we wish to thank you for your continuing expressions of support in the year after our loss, which we know has been your loss, as well. We hope you will find some comfort in the knowledge that Bobby's things might be enjoyed by those who knew and loved him.

The Bobby Drinnon Family

- September 16th, 2014 -

Greetings Friends,

It is difficult to comprehend that Bobby has been gone now for six months. As we move slowly through our days in the continuing realization of his absence, we are surprised by how very quickly it seems this time has passed. People often say that the memory of a person fades with time, yet our recollections of Bobby make him seem very much alive. The glimmer of his eyes, the originality of his humor, the generosity of his spirit, and, of course, the echo of his wisdom: These qualities of his are, to us, unforgettable.

Although it has intensified our sense of gratitude at having been so close to Bobby, the passage of time has not healed our sorrow. In fact, we are only now beginning to feel the full impact of our loss---and yours. We receive your cards and letters, coming still today, with a tremendous sense of appreciation for your reflections on Bobby. We treasure your memories of him, so generously shared, whether as a friend or as a client, or even as the subject of a chance encounter. Your reminiscences have truly been a source of abiding comfort.

Please accept, too, our heartfelt appreciation for your countless expressions of friendship and sympathy, these past months. Despite our best intentions and most concerted efforts, we have not yet been able to acknowledge in writing every kindness shown us. We thank you for your understanding and hope that you will know that our prayers of thanksgiving include each and every one of you, every day.

The Drinnon family

- March 21st, 2014 -

Dearest Friends,

Happy spring! With the season comes rain, which is now forecast to coincide with the memorial celebration of Bobby's life, scheduled for this Sunday, March 23rd. If you knew Bobby well, you will remember that he loved gentle, rainy days; so, rather than suit our preference for sunny weather, we have decided to go forward with the event on the date it was originally planned. Rain or shine, we will remember Bobby, this Sunday. We look forward to seeing any of you whom may wish to join us. While we will be prepared with a covered pavilion and large tents, umbrellas and rainy-day shoes are encouraged.

The Drinnon family

- March 3rd, 2014 -

Dearest Friends,

It is with a sense of profound sadness that we share with you the loss of our beloved Bobby, who passed from our earthly embrace, on March 3rd. Despite our grief, we are grateful that his suffering from cancer is over and that he is a rest with Jesus, at last.

For the sake of the people in his life who loved him—his family, his friends, and his clients-Bobby fought for every last day. To the end, he wanted to be here for anyone who needed him. Bobby never lost his sense of humor, his zest for life, and, most of all, his love of people. He was dear to many, and we know that his loss is as much theirs—perhaps even yours—as it is ours.

In memory of Bobby, we invite you to join us in a celebration of his life, on Sunday, March 23rd, at 3:00 p.m., at Angelos' at the Point, on Douglas Lake, in Dandridge, Tennessee. All are welcome, and alcohol will not be served at the restaurant, during the service. As this will be an outdoor event, the date is subject to change, should inclement weather be forecast. Please check our web site for details, as the date approaches.

To all the many kind people who encouraged Bobby during his illness and have supported him and the family in prayer, please accept our heartfelt thanks. We appreciate your expressions of sympathy and ask that, in lieu of flowers, you will consider a donation to the Bobby Drinnon Scholarship Fund, at All Saints Episcopal School, in Morristown, which will provide scholarship aid to middle school students from families that might not otherwise be able afford a private Christian education.

Memorial gifts should be sent to:

All Saints Episcopal School
Attn: Bobby Drinnon Scholarship Fund
3275 Maple Valley Road
Morristown, Tennessee 37813

Please make checks payable to All Saints Episcopal School.

Words cannot adequately express our appreciation for all the many friends who have strengthened us, during these past two years of Bobby's illness. Please know that we wish to keep you close in the preservation of his memory, his wisdom, and his remarkable insights, for many, many years to come.

The Drinnon family

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