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have come at a better time. Yet, both knew things would be different. “I didn’t know how it would work out after she’d been away and on her own for 10 years,” said Byron. “I’m still Daddy, but I’d turned loose of a lot of things in that time and learned to trust.” One of the greatest gifts an adult child can give a parent is to allow their relationship to deepen and grow into a friendship. Young children need parents to set limits and provide safe boundaries so that as adults they will be well equipped to make decisions on their own. As we make the transition from parenting small children to building friendships with our grown children, the wisdom we’ve gained through experience and the fresh perspective and creative insight they bring to the conversation keeps us all learning and growing together. “The other night,” said Jency, “Daddy left my house and walked home, and he didn’t text me to let me know he’d gotten there. It was already kind of late, and so I called him.” Byron gave Jency a sheepish grin. It’s surely divine justice when the same kid who kept you up at night worrying about when they would be home starts worrying about you. This past summer, Byron and Cathy’s oldest daughter, Ty, left a teaching position in Atlanta to teach 7th grade at Toombs County Middle School. The best part of this new transition for the Jeffers was that Jensen, Byron and Cathy’s first grandchild (named after his Aunt Jency), would now be close enough to grow up with his grandparents nearby. And the addition of Chris Acero to Lottie’s Pocket, the Jeffers’ future son-in-law, has completed the family circle. “Chris has worked in multiple aspects of the food industry,” said Byron, “which adds another level of expertise to the team.” Lottie’s Pocket may be a little on the outskirts of town, but it’s well worth the drive. “Catering, deliveries pick ups, bulk orders by the pan or pound keeps us active in the community. We’re constantly doing church dinners, kids birthday parties, and business luncheons as well as vending at festivals,” said Byron. “We also make homemade ice cream on site five gallons at a time. Jency is now the official ‘ice cream maker.’” Flavors include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and peach. Byron sums up the story of Lottie’s Pocket on the restaurant’s Facebook page with this statement: After 30 years of teaching, I wanted to reinvent myself and go on a new adventure. This included doing something positive for my community, Johnson Corner, and in pursuit to honor my special son, Seth Jeffers. Byron and his family are truly the salt of the earth. I have no doubt Lottie’s Pocket will become a regular eating place for locals and the next great BBQ destination for travelers. And if he’s not out back cooking, you just might get to enjoy a taste of some good ole southern rock ‘n’ roll, too. ��TCM Lottie’s Pocket is located in Johnson Corner and will soon be serving breakfast! For more information, go to http://Facebook.com/LottiesPocket or call (912) 565- 7555. 537.2886 205 Rigsbee Drive Vidalia, GA Kailey Dees, Agent www.sweetonionagent.com For over 3 generations we have served our members and met their needs for safe, reliable and affordable electricity. 526-8181 • altamahaemc.com 36 Toombs County Magazine Lottie’s Pocket is located at the crossroads in Johnson Corner.


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