Two Country Artists Spend Life Changing Thanksgiving at Cracker Barrel #GoodVibes

With Jason Pullman

December 2, 2019
Michael Ray, Carly Pearce, Couple, Married, Country Music

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When Michael Ray and Carly Pearce went to Cracker Barrel for Thanksgiving dinner they had no idea the meal would change their life for the better. 

The two flew to Ray's hometown in Florida for the holiday, but ended up eating at the country-themed restaurant where they ran into an older gentleman that was eating alone.

The country couple asked the man, named Bill if he wanted to eat with them and Ray said they "did not know the blessing he was going to be." 

Bill ended up spending four hours with the couple sharing stories from his 89 years of life including his four years in the service and how he met and fell in love with his wife Alice, who, unfortunately, passed away two years ago. 

Ray shared the story on Instagram along with a picture of him, Pearce, and Bill. Ray gave some back ground on the gentleman by saying, "Bill eats slow, drinks his coffee black and loves ham a lot more than turkey." 

Let me introduce y’all to Bill. We Flew home and decided to have Thanksgiving dinner @crackerbarrel tonight. We saw him sitting alone and asked if he would like to sit and have thanksgiving dinner with us not knowing the blessing he was going to be. We sat and for 4hrs listened to Bills 89 year story learned about his 4 years servicing in the army and about his wife Alice that passed away 2 years ago and how they met and the life that they lived, learned about his love of books, the stars and classical music and so many other incredible things until we looked around and he said I think we are the only ones here haha. Bill eats slow, drinks his coffee black and loves ham a lot more than turkey, puts a cup holder over his coffee to keep it hot for longer and doesn’t like that AT&T keeps getting more and more expensive. He knows a little about a lot of things but I don’t think he knows how much this meant to CP and I. We cherished every sec and let him just talk. He put so much in perspective for us both. Bill and us now have dinner plans in Jan. #thanksgiving

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The two said they are incredibly thankful for meeting Bill and getting to hear his story. Oh and the couple already has dinner plans with him when they visit again in January!

Sometimes it is the smallest act like inviting a stranger to eat dinner with you that can change your life. #GoodVibes