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      Quilt artist inspired by disabled man

      A story was told of a man who not only inspired a quilt, but a community at the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage Sunday afternoon. / Rheya Spigner


      A story was told of a man who not only inspired a quilt, but a community at the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage Sunday afternoon.

      To many, Waddie Welcome was a pinnacle for social change. He is a disabled man with cerebral palsy. Tom Kohler found Welcome in a nursing home years ago and made it his mission to get him back to his family.

      The Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage allowed Kohler to tell Welcome's story from a book he wrote about him. The artist of the detailed quilt was more than happy to have her inspiration understood by others.

      Quilt Artist, Beth Mount said the inspiration was a remarkable story from Savannah.

      Kohler said, "Waddie Welcome was a man who was well loved by his family and overlooked as he grew older, and he was a man who helped me understand that if you ask people to do the right thing many times they will."

      Kohler finished his story with "what we believe is what we become". Many members of the audience left inspired.

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