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How 'The Downtown Cafe Friday Morning' tradition started

February 28, 2013

I CAUGHT MOBY DICK! — Robbie Brassfield caught this 67-pound white river catfish on a recent trip on Robert S. Kerr Reservoir on a rod and reel. Photo by Suzzanna Brassfield

In 2005, Danny “The Doctor of” Love and Joe Gregory invited me to come to The Downtown Cafe in Heavener to have coffee with them at 5 a.m. I went and sat at a big, round table with Raymond “The Mayor of Hodgen” Ellis, Dick Roberts, Donnie “Killer” Killion, Joey Yandell, Lonnie “Lonzo” Renick and George “The Senior Statesman” Bailey.
Now, I was the youngest, and I talked way to much for the older Mr. Bailey. I also accidentally parked in his spot, and sat in his chair. I was quickly asked to move or he would do it for me.
I've gone to The Downtown Cafe every Friday at 5 a.m. since to hang out with all the guys and listen to all their stories. I would like to think I've learned a lot about fishing, hunting, love and life from these gentlemen.
I would like to thank every one of those guys for letting me hang out with them every Friday morning.
If I'm not fishing on Saturday mornings, I go down to Tote-A-Poke No. 1 for coffee. I've been trying for two years to sit down with those guys. They just don't let anyone sit down there — you have to be voted in and Carl Whitlock is the Tote-A-Poke Coffee Club president, and is strict. So, I just stand there, talk and listen to them.
I give them a fishing report and tell my stories, then leave just waiting for the day I'm asked to have a seat. Do I have to wait until someone dies or gets committed for before I can have a seat?
I've asked club member Tommy Robertson to put in a good word for me so that I may be considered for a seat. However, I do like all the stories and arguing that goes on at both locations.
Save the world, recycle.
God bless our troops and veterans.
Have a great weekend.
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Any questions or pictures, make contact with Jody Ray Adams on Facebook, on the “Jody Ray Fishing Hotline” at (918) 649-7387 or email to jodyray@classicnet.net.

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