For Thanksgiving this year, Don Brown had plans of eating a TV dinner alone at his Rin­ey­ville home. Since his wife of more than 25 years died in 2017, Brown has spent all his Thanks­giving dinners by himself.

Now, Brown says he wants to eat dinner with a family — any family.

“I just don’t want to do Thanksgiving by myself,” he said.

Brown, 69, said he would join any local family willing to invite him for Thanksgiving. He said he also is willing to pay whatever is necessary to compensate for the meal.

“I want to be able to pay my way and show that I’m a presentable person,” he said. “I just want to be around a normal family for Thanksgiving.”

A native of Louisville, Brown moved to the area last year, he said.

He is a military veteran who served from 1969 to 1971, serving in both Vietnam and South Korea. Upon moving back to Louisville, Brown worked for CSX Transportation until he retired in the early 1990s.

Brown said he balan­ced his job on the rail­road with a career as a ses­sion drummer in Nash­ville in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He said he also pur­sued several tours, in­clud­ing a tenure as the touring drummer for country star Charley Pride. He said he gave up music in 1994.

Those willing to invite Brown to Thanksgiving dinner can reach him at 270-401-6622. Brown said he would be grateful for any family willing to not just share a meal, but offer fellowship and conversation.

“Loneliness is a terrible thing,” he said.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or

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I think the VFW post is serving Thanksgiving

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