Family Parade comes to NHC Farragut

  • “Coach” Dave Moore, driver of the Vacation Family Truckster, and Knoxville Police Department Chief Eve Thomas were waiting for the NHC Parade to start.

  • Concord United Church’s Missions Group sent several representatives, including driver Norma Smith.

  • The family of Judy Hancock turned out in force.

  • Paula Eaton’s son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Michelle Huckaba, shared a poster of her as their vehicle décor.

  • Louise Bagwell was on her way to see her husband, John Bagwell.

  • Jill Thompson was among the parade participants.

  • Diana Crass, dressed as Mrs. Claus, was on a mission to see her mom.

  • Driver Mark Cawood and Bo “Briscoe Darling” Pierce, left, took part in the parade in Dennis and Shannon Beal’s 1967 Ford Custom 500. All four are regular Andy Griffith re-enactors.

  • Brian Labudde set a large stuffed dog on the roof of his car as he was on his way to see his mother, Carol.

  • Suzy McAmis and Joanna Bodman (not pictured) were on their way to see their NHC client, Ben Smith.

With NHC Farragut being under quarantine since mid-March, and since its residents and their families have been unable to see other, officials did the next best thing and organized a full-scale Family Parade Wednesday, May 6. A total of 136 festively decorated cars filled with family members, friends, health care workers and many other well-wishers lined up in both directions along Kingston Pike, waiting for the parade to begin, then drove onto both sides of the NHC campus to the enjoyment of residents who were lined up outside. “The residents were so happy to see their families — I know a lot of our staff members cried, just seeing their reactions,” said Emily Hatch, who works in the NHC activities department.

“We had a great turnout, and it was really nice to see everyone who came out and showed support for us and our residents.”