Heartland Hospice Holds Surprise Birthday Party for Patient
Mr. Feaster V. Tribble III, affectionately known as “Van” by his family, who has a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, informed Carmella, Medical Social Worker at Heartland Hospice serving The Upstate, that he wanted to go home one more time. Carmella met with his family and together they planned a surprise party for his trip home to celebrate his 77th birthday.
Mr. Tribble was pleasantly surprised upon his arrival home where he saw his family members who came from all over to celebrate his birthday. He had many family members in attendance including daughter Carrie and grand-daughter Carolina. There were also many Heartland Hospice team members that were able to attend. Mr. Tribble was over the moon with excitement seeing everyone to celebrate his birthday.
Stories were shared about the amazing life Mr. Tribble has led. His daughter Carrie shared how her dad was born with a hearing loss and it wasn’t until he was 50 years old that he could hear the sound of birds. Afterwards, he began taking piano lessons and Carrie remembered his first recital during the Christmas holidays. Mr. Tribble was a master at needle point and some of his work took more than five years to complete. Some of his needle point pieces appeared in Architecture Digest Magazine. He was also an incredible master gardener and he would plant hundreds of lily bulbs. In 1989 his courtyard was featured in Southern Living.