Every table at the Bastrop Senior Center is filled with someone who has a story. Some of these folks have fought in wars, lived through the civil rights movement and raised generations of children. But things are different now. Each member finds a way to cope now.
Some of the members at the center were killed in a tour bus crash in Biloxi Mississippi last week. Charlie Carman spoke to KVUE Tuesday about his friend Deborah Orr.
"She was something else, she was a 62-year-old teenager and she had great activities planned and it just kept the center going," Orr said.
A family atmosphere is what brought them together on Tuesday afternoon. Country music night was one of the first activities held at the center since the accident. Curtis Alford hoped the music would serve as a source of healing for them.
"We are all still mourning. But we want them to stand up and have a good time. Let's remember we're a family and we will get through this," Alford said.
27 members of the Senior Center were on the bus when it crashed. The group paid for a seven-day trip to several hotels and casinos in the Biloxi and New Orleans area. On Wednesday, close to 10 members of the group arrive home on a bus from Mississippi. The senior center plans to have grief counselors on hand as long as needed.