When Dick and June Brock look out the windows of their patio home in the Autumn Place neighborhood at Christian City, they often say, “Isn’t this great?” June says, “When the crew is busy with our lawn care, we are especially grateful.”
Downsizing in 2012 from their large home on a Florida golf course wasn’t easy, but the Brocks knew it was time to move when they came to Christian City. And they haven’t looked back. The couple will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary next year, and “there is no place we would rather be than Christian City,” says June.
Dick (James Richard) was born in nearby College Park and raised in East Point at East Lake. June grew up in Atlanta. She fondly remembers shopping at Rich’s downtown and taking the trolley. When the time came, the Brocks didn’t need to look for a retirement community referral. Both of their families have been fans of Christian City for many years.
Dick’s mother lived at Christian City for the last two decades of her life. His sister, Louise, has lived in a patio home at Christian City for 20 years; and she also served on the board of trustees in the past. June’s aunt who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, lived in Christian City’s Assisted Living Facility.
“Mama Brock,” as Dick’s mother was lovingly called by her family, often baked a pecan pie for Carl Ryden, Christian City’s Chief Spiritual Care Officer and Chaplain. “When we moved to Christian City, one of Carl’s first question for me was whether I could make that pie,” June recalls. “Of course, I baked the pecan pie and gave it to Carl at the annual Christmas luncheon for residents,” she said.
Not surprisingly, when asked to bake a dessert to be served at the 10th annual Chair-ity fundraising event, June thought of Mama Brock’s Pecan Pie. A family favorite, the recipe was included in a cookbook by West End Christian Church that June still uses. “The list of ingredients included a ‘chunk of butter, size of an egg,’ which must mean this recipe dates back to the days of the butter churn,” says June. The Brock family always looked forward to Mama Brock’s cooking, including her popular dressing served at holiday meals. “I can make her delicious dressing, too,” says June.
June and Dick are looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons and spending time with their children and grandchildren. The Brocks have two daughters, one son and six grandchildren. “When our whole family was here for Christmas dinner a few years ago, we reserved the Autumn Place Clubhouse,” June says. While plans haven’t been finalized for this year’s holiday season, the Brocks know November and December will be busy. Most of their family and friends live in the Atlanta area, which makes for a lively social life. They also enjoy activities on the Christian City campus, like the Coffee & Classics live music events, and monthly covered dish dinners with neighbors at the Autumn Place Clubhouse. Dick currently serves as president of the residents’ council.
Over the course of Dick’s career in sales, the Brocks lived in several cities, mostly in the Midwest. They traveled the world, including a trip to Japan. “Of all the places we visited, our favorites were Nova Scotia and Ireland,” says June. Now that they don’t travel as much, the Brocks have settled into the ease of living at Christian City. “As you get older, you don’t need the burden of home maintenance, cutting grass and trimming shrubs,” says June. “There’s always something to do here, and best of all, everyone is so congenial. We have peace of mind at Christian City, and we just love our life here.” she concludes.
The 10th annual Chair-ity event will take place on Thursday, December 1, 5:30-8:30pm, at The Crowne Plaza, 201 Aberdeen Pkwy, in Peachtree City. The event is a fundraiser benefitting the abused and abandoned children who now live safely at The Children’s Village at Christian City. This year’s event will include not only a silent auction featuring artistically painted chairs, but a live auction has also been added. George Franco, well-known Fox 5 Atlanta television news reporter, will serve as emcee and also conduct the live auction. Congressman Lynn and Joan Westmoreland are the honorees.
To purchase event tickets, place advance bids in the silent auction, or buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a new Infiniti Q50, go to www.christiancity.org/chair-ity. For more information about sponsoring the event, contact Ashley Bonner at 678-466-1093 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Children’s Village at Christian City
Since 1965, The Children’s Village at Christian City, has provided a safe haven for children who have been abandoned, abused or are otherwise homeless. Children ages 5-18 live in cottages with full-time house parents, where concentrated efforts are put forth to heal their wounded spirits and break the cycle of abuse they have endured. A warm home, healthy meals, clean clothing, quality education, necessary counseling, and a lot of loving care are provided to the children who come to the campus. Some children stay for a short time, while others spend their entire childhoods at The Children’s Village at Christian City.
About Christian City
Christian City is a non-denominational, non-profit organization established 51 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day in 1965. Today, there are more than 1,000 residents living on the Christian City campus, which has grown to more than 500 acres. The campus, located on the southwest side of Atlanta between Fairburn and Fayetteville, includes The Children’s Village, four subdivisions of affordable patio homes for senior adults, four affordable apartment complexes for seniors on limited incomes, a thrift store, a 200-bed rehabilitation and nursing center, a 200-bed assisted living/personal care home, and two specialty units for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Christian City is located in Union City, just south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For more information, to donate or volunteer, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-964-3301.
Mama Brock’s Pecan Pie
- 1 C white karo syrup
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1 C pecan halves
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 stick salted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 unbaked pie shell
- Beat eggs well, boil sugar, syrup, and butter for about 5 minutes.
- Pour syrup over beaten eggs slowly. Add vanilla, mix and pour into unbaked pastry shell.
- Place pecans on top.
- Bake for around 45 min at 350 in preheated oven.
- Serves 6-8. Best cooked in glass pie plate (9″).