Love’s Last Re­frain

This mu­si­cian calms the dy­ing and soothes their fam­i­lies

Reader's Digest - - Contents - By Jen mc­caf­fery

When Fred­die Fuller ar­rived to per­form in the hos­pi­tal room in Tem­ple, Texas, Pam Go­lightly wor­ried it was al­ready too late. Her step­fa­ther, Den­nis Strobel, was dy­ing.

At 88, Strobel had just been moved to the pal­lia­tive care unit. Af­ter spend­ing five days by his side, Go­lightly could tell that some­thing had changed in the Korean War vet­eran. He had be­come ag­i­tated, and a nurse had told her Strobel’s time was near.

“You’re prob­a­bly wast­ing your time,” Go­lightly told Fuller.

But Fuller, wear­ing a cow­boy hat and tot­ing a Tay­lor acoustic gui­tar, shared with her what med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als had told him time and time again over the years: Hear­ing may be the last sense to go.

“Let me go in and play,” Fuller said. “It’s as much for you as it is for him.”

Fuller, 68 and a full-time mu­si­cian, is known pro­fes­sion­ally as the Singing Cow­boy. With two al­bums, the coun­try and folk mu­si­cian has per­formed all over the United States, as well as over­seas for Amer­i­can troops. He also de­lights schoolkids

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