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Some of the services we offer include: • Housekeeping • Cooking • Errands • Cleaning • Laundry • Personal Care Serving the Tri-City Area Since 1988 Helping Seniors Live Independently at Home We care about our clients, their families, and about providing an in-home care service that offers choices, control and dignity. We provide trusted, in-home care for seniors who want to continue to live safely and comfortably in the home they know and love. Call Today 308-382-3436 www.theindependent.com The Grand Island Independent THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 6A SENIOR LIVING By Elizabeth King For The Independent N ASHVILLE — It was a celebration of life befitting country music royalty. Family, friends and longtime fans gathered together at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville last month to say goodbye to country music legend Mel Tillis. Tillis passed away Nov. 19 at the age of 85. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and CMA Entertainer of the Year, and also an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Tillis was known for his unique brand of country humor and trademark stutter. He left behind six children — Connie Tillis, Pam Tillis, Cindy Shorey, Sonny Tillis, Carrie April Tillis and Hannah Puryear. Mel liked to follow that list of children with the remark, “Which proves that s-s-stutterring ain’t got nothing to do with it.”’ Mel Tillis was no stranger to Nebraska. As a young man, he was stationed in Lincoln while serving as a baker in the United States Air Force. “I wanted to be a pilot,” explained Tillis, “but I couldn’t get the c-c-clearance to l-l-land.” He performed along with his beloved band, The Statesiders, at the Hall County Fair and the Nebraska State Fair, the latter in both Lincoln and in Grand Island. Tillis played to a sold-out house of over 7,000 fans at the Nebraska State Fair in 2010. An estimated 2,000 more were turned away for lack of seating. He returned to Grand Island and the state fair in 2013 for an encore performance, playing two shows for his loyal Corn- husker fans. T he Jan. 31 Mel Tillis memorial was broadcast live on 650 AMWSM, the home of the Grand Ole Opry. It was a two-hour celebration of Tillis’ life and the impact he had in the country music field. During his 60-year career, Tillis recorded more than 30 Top 10 singles and penned some of country music’s most enduring recordings. He also enjoyed a career on the big screen in such movies as “Cannonball Run” and “Smokey and the Bandit II.” He co-starred in “Uphill All the Way,” a 1986 comedy-western, with Roy Clark. Ralph Emery, former host of CMT’s “Nashville Now” — a Country Music Hall of Famer and a Nashville icon himself — served as host for the event. “Now, about to take the stage, are friends, family and some of the great artists that have recorded Mel’s music, backed appropriately enough by one of country music’s legend- ary touring groups, the great Statesider band.” Emery continued: “Today you will hear some of the songs that got Mel Tillis out of driving a Harry Cookie truck, picking strawberries, and working on the railroad.” Notable artists performing Tillis’ songs included Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Jamie Johnson, Ray Stevens, Trick Pony’s Ira Dean, Rudy and Steve Gatlin, Colin Ray and Lorrie Morgan. W hen eulogizing her father, singer Pam Tillis remembered how as a little girl she used to tag along with Mel to his publishing company. When she got tired, he would lay her down to sleep in his guitar case. “He gave me a life in music,” she said, “and it was incredible.” Country Music Hall of Fame director Kyle Young explained how a young Mel Tillis first played guitar in Minnie Pearl’s road show, along with his friend Roger Miller. Embarrassed by his stutter, Miller would introduce Mel and thank the audience for his friend’s applause. Minnie was curious as to why Mel didn’t speak for himself. After he explained his stutter to her, she gave him some sage advice, “Mel, people won’t laugh at you, they’ll laugh with you.” His life was forever changed after that moment in time. Also in the Ryman audience By Melissa Claussen For The Independent After a lifetime of work- ing, you deserve a comfort- able retirement. For over 80 years, Social Security has been helping people shape their future, assisting them with a variety of benefits. It’s up to you as to when you can start retirement benefits. You could start thema little earlier, wait un- til your full retirement age, or delay retirement to get extra money each month. There are benefits to each decision. Full retirement age re- fers to the age when a per- son can receive their Social Security benefits without any reduction, even if they are still working part or full time. In other words, you don’t actually need to stop working to get your full benefits. Forpeoplewhoreachage 62 in 2018 (i.e., those born between Jan. 2, 1956, and Jan. 1, 1957), full retirement age is 66 years and 4months. The full retirement age was 65 formany years. How- ever, due to a law passed by Congress in 1983, it has been gradually increasing, begin- ningwithpeoplebornin1938 or later. It reaches 67 for ev- erybody born after 1959. You can learn more about the full retirement age and find out how to look up your own at http://www.so - cialsecurity.gov/planners/ retire/retirechart.html. You can start receiving Social Security benefits as early as age 62 or any time after that. The longer you wait, the higher your monthly benefit will be, al- though it stops increasing at age 70. Yourmonthly ben- efits will be reduced perma- nently if you start themany time before your full retire- ment age. For example, if you start receiving benefits in 2018 at age 62, your monthlybenefit amountwill be reduced permanently by nearly 27 percent. On theotherhand, if you wait to start receiving your benefits until after your full retirement age, then your monthly benefit will be higher. The amount of this increase is two-thirds of 1 percent for each month –– or 8 percent for each year –– that you delay receiving themuntil you reach age 70. The choices you make may affect any benefit your spouse or children can re- ceive on your record, too. If you receive benefits early, it may reduce their potential benefit. YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY When is a good time to start receiving your Social Security benefits? ■ turn to SOCIAL SECURITY , page 8A A farewell to Mel Tillis Musicians, fans pay final tribute to country icon, who performed often in Grand Island For The Independent/Elizabeth King Trisha Yearwood hugs Carrie April Tillis after the memorial as her husband, Garth Brooks, looks on. ■ turn to MEL TILLIS , page7A

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