Chapel Services, 'Joy Rides,' and Dependable Allies: Gratitude for Wesley Woods


Wesley Woods Towers Receptionist Gloria Turner, Fanny  Jarvis Bruce, Towers Administrator Joyce Wilson

By Rev. Dr. Coy Hinton
The annual Wesley Woods Mother’s Day Offering holds special meaning for me because of my mother-in-law. Mrs. Fanny Jarvis Bruce called Wesley Woods Towers home for eight years. She moved there in 1995 as a recent widow, needing a more secure and lively home environment than living by herself provided. She also needed the great medical care offered by the Wesley Woods Geriatric Clinic. Towers Administrator Joyce Wilson and Dr. Taylor Graves at the Clinic were mainstays in her life who became trusted friends as well as dependable allies in her daily journey to be safe and well.
Fanny Jarvis took to life at the Towers right away and made many friends. She served as president of the residents’ association and enjoyed taking an active role in helping organize special activities and also representing the other residents’ interests and concerns. The Towers’ mix of residents—from many parts of the United States and the world—brought a lively and enjoyable diversity of backgrounds and interests to life there.
The Towers annual open house was always a highlight for her, as were chapel services, and the “joy rides” around town on the Towers buses. She liked getting her hair done in the beauty shop and came to love her hairstylist Tony. When she started to use a walker, she would bake pies in her small kitchen, put them on the seat of her walker and deliver them to those she knew had not been feeling well or who needed a little extra TLC.
Though Fanny Jarvis had her own car for a while after moving to the Towers, in later years she depended on the wonderful transportation provided for residents to grocery and drug stores, to the Geriatric Clinic and to the Emory Clinic for doctor visits and for physical therapy. The bus drivers became her friends, too.
Wesley Woods Towers and the Geriatric Clinic were Godsends for Fanny Jarvis and for our family. We can never fully express our thanks to Mrs. Wilson, Dr. Graves, and the many others who helped her so much and who are still dedicated to making life better for senior adults. Wesley Woods continues to open the door to world-class healthcare and to provide the security of knowing that friends are just outside your door and that someone is there 24/7 looking out for you.
The Wesley Woods Mother’s Day Offering supports all these blessings—and more—for seniors and their loved ones.  It is a tangible and truly fruitful way to honor all our fathers and mothers (Exodus 20:12).
The Rev. Dr. Coy H. Hinton Jr. is a retired elder in the North Georgia Conference. Contact him at
[photo cutline: (L to R) Wesley Woods Towers Receptionist Gloria Turner, Fanny Jarvis Bruce, Towers Administrator Joyce Wilson]