Staff members of Rush Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

 

 

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Kelly Rush Savoy President

Phone: (318) 335-1180

Kelly Rush is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rush Funeral Homes. The Rush family has owned and operated Rush Funeral Homes since 1966 when Kelly's father, Howard J. Rush, started the businesses. Kelly is the youngest of four children and the daughter of Howard and Doris Rush. She was born and reared in Oakdale where she graduated from Oakdale High School in 1986 as an honor student. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics and graduated cum laude in December 1989. Kelly is very active in the civic life of Central Louisiana. She is a member of the Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce where she served as President for 3 years. She is a member of the Oakdale Rotary Club where she currently serves as President and a member of the Oakdale Lion's Club. She also serves on the Community Relations Board for the Federal Complex where she served as Chairwoman for 2 years. She is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and the North Louisiana Funeral Directors Association where she serves as Chairwoman of the Scholarship Committee and on Education Committee. Kelly currently serves as Moderator for the Board of Oakdale Community Hospital and is a charter member of the Board of the Cenla Advantage Partnership (CAP), a subsidairy of the Rapides Foundation. In April 2008, Kelly was appointeed by Governor Bobby Jindal to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Embalmer and Funeral Directors. She was honored by being selected by the Alexandria Town Talk as one of the "Top Ten Outstanding Women in Central Louisiana" and by Focus Magazine as one of the "Top 50 Women Under 50" in Louisiana. Honored by her community, she was the recipient of the President's Award given by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the Outstanding Leadership Award given by the Federal Complex. Kelly was also the Allen Parish Parent of the Year! She is a life long member of First Baptist Church where she is very involved the childrens' activities. Kelly is married to Dr. Patrick Savoy and they are the parents of two sons, Rush Alan, age 25, a graduate of Louisiana State University and currently a student at Louisiana Medical School of New Orleans and John Ross, age 20, currently a student at Louisiana State University. For recreation, she enjoys traveling, playing golf, fishing and duck hunting with her boys!

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Jason Strother Director/Mgr.Oakdale

Phone: (318) 335-1180

Jason joined Rush Funeral Home with over twenty-eight years of experience, serving families in the Oakdale area. He is a life-long resident of Oakdale, a 1995 graduate of Oakdale High School and a 1999 graduate of the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, TX. He serves as manager of Rush Funeral Home Oakdale, pre-arrangement counselor and sexton of Resthaven Cemetery. He is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. In his spare time Jason enjoys hunting, fishing and motorcycle and horseback riding.

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Robbie Dauzat Director/Mgr.Pineville

Phone: (318) 448-0846

Robbie, having twenty-five years of experience in funeral service, serves as manager of Rush Funeral Home, Pineville, director, embalmer, insurance agent, pre-need consultant and sexton Restland Memorial Gardens. Robbie became part of the Rush family business in 1995 after managing a New Orleans funeral home. He is a member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, The Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and The Experimental Aircraft Association. In his leisure time he enjoys going to his camp, skiing on the Red River, cooking, flying, riding his motorcycle and most of all, spending time with his daughter, Caitlin.

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JayneAnn Clark Secretary/Pineville

Phone: (318) 448-0846

JayneAnn joined Rush Funeral Homes in February of 2016 and serves as the funeral secretary and business office manager of our Pineville location. She is also, an active team member for all Rush Companies, helping host events and promote advertisement. She resides in Glenmora, where she was born and raised and is married to Myron S. Clark, who is the operations manager of Quality Contracting in Woodworth. Together they have a large family including seven children; two boys and five girls. JayneAnn strives to meet all expectations of her job role and the families we serve. She is very creative and enjoys interior decorating, shopping trips and spending time with her family.

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Cindy Cloud Manager/Rush Life Ins.

Phone: (318) 335-0500

Cindy joined the Rush Companies over 28 years ago. Cindy is a 1990 graduate of Plainview High School. She serves as office manager of Rush Life Insurance Company and secretary of our two perpetual care cemeteries, Resthaven Cemetery and Restland Memorial Gardens. Cindy resides in Oakdale and is the mother of two sons, Dylan, 22 and Jackson, 11. She is the proud grandmother of one granddaughter, Averie. She is a member of West Baptist Church and in her spare time, she enjoys shopping, spending time with her family and the occasional girl’s trip.

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Darvis Delaney Director Assistant

Phone: (318) 448-0846

Darvis is a native of Pineville and serves as the funeral director’s assistant at our Pineville location. He is a member of the Pentecostals of Alexandria and is married to Maxine Duncan. They have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Darvis enjoys golf and fishing in his spare time.

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Raybon Carpenter Director Assistant

Phone: (318) 335-1180

Raybon was the Funeral Service Escort for the Allen Parish Sheriff's Department for twelve years. After retiring he joined our staff as a way to continue interacting with the public, and also to lend a helping hand to the people in his community. He and his wife, Georgia, had three children, Gary Carpenter, Debra Rider and Susan Gotreaux and five wonderful grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting with his children and grand children and fishing for white perch. There is never a dull moment with Raybon around, he definitely is a person with the wittiest of character.

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Dakota Nolen Funeral Assistant

Phone: (318) 335-1180

Dakota joined Rush Funeral Home, Oakdale, in 2017 and serves as a funeral assistant. He is a 2019 graduate of Pitkin High School and hopes to further his career in funeral service. He is an active member of Arkadelphia Baptist Church and in his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing and managing his small cattle operation.

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Jessica Duplechain Secretary/Oakdale

Phone: (318) 335-0500

Jessica has worked for the Rush Companies for over twenty-two years. She began at Rush Life Insurance Company, formally known as Great Central Life Insurance Company, at the age of twenty years old. She is currently the secretary at Rush Funeral Home in Oakdale.  She is a life-long resident of Oakdale, a 1995 graduate of Liberty Baptist Academy, and an active member of West Baptist Church. Jessica is married to Gary Duplechain and they have two beautiful daughters, Madelyn, age 16, and Allie, age 6 and two wonderful sons, Cameron and Dylan. She is an active member of the Oakdale Lions Club and an OHS Warrior Cheer Mom. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, watching old movies and road trips with her friends.

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Cherie Powell Pre-need Counselor

Phone: (318) 335-0500

Cherie serves as pre-need counselor for Rush Life Insurance Company, in Oakdale. She joined the Rush Companies in August of 2018 and advises our clients and their families with knowledge of their pre-need burial policy coverage. The information she gives is vital to our clients’ family during their time of need. Cherie strives to serve these clients and their families with compassion and knowledge to help alleviate this process. Cherie resides in Plainview and has two sons. In her spare time she enjoys family, camping, fishing, and atv riding.

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Christy Johnson Retail Mgr./Florist

Phone: (318) 335-3800

Christy joined the Rush Companies six years ago and serves as retail manager of Kelly's Korner and in-house florist for Rush Funeral Homes, which is all located inside The Rush Center, Oakdale. She resides in Oakdale and is the mother of a fun loving son, Colt, who is 8 years old. Christy has a very motivated work ethic and is excellent with customer service, handling any of our clients and customers needs. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church and in her spare time she loves taking trips to see family and hanging out with her son.

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Stephanie Verrett Marketing/Pre-Need

Phone: (318) 335-3800

Stephanie joined the Rush Companies five years ago and serves as the marketing and finance manager for furniture and appliances at The Rush Center in Oakdale. She resides in Kinder and is a 2000 graduate of Kinder High School. She is married and has two sons, Landon, 16 and Carter, 13. Stephanie is very outgoing and is exceptional at sales, promotions and advertisement. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, cheering on her sons at the ball field and family, making memories that last a lifetime.

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Alice LaFluer Greeter/Attendant

Phone: (318) 335-1180

Alice joined Rush Funeral Homes seven years ago as the funeral greeter and attendant for visitations and funeral services. She resides in Kinder and is a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church of Elton and the AVVA Chapter 215 of Kinder. She has two daughters, Miranda and Kelli and in her spare time she enjoys group activities in her community, sewing, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Howard J. Rush, Sr. In Loving Memory 1927-2015

Howard Jerald Rush, Sr. was born on September 14, 1927 in Georgetown, Louisiana, the second of the three children of Luther and Alma Rush. Howard and his siblings grew up on the dry hills of Grant Parish, living most of their early lives in Pollock, Louisiana. From the age of seven or eight, Howard Rush always had a job. He has never been afraid of work and it shows today as he enjoys working 40 plus hours a week at the wonderful age of 80. Howard graduated from Pollock High School in 1947 and began his new endeavor of making mattresses which would change his life forever. He made mattresses at night and peddled them door to door in his 1946 Ford Pickup each day. His peddling efforts migrated Howard to the Oakdale area where he met his wife, Doris Clark. Thery married in 1950 and rented a building in downtown Oakdale where they started a small furniture store and later a finance company to finance his furniture deals. Doris minded the store while Howard delivered and sold door to door. In 1966, Rush decided to start a funeral home in Oakdale, selling stock to raise enough capital for its establishment. By the same means, he established Great Central Life Insurance Company to provide insurance policies that would be funded through Rush Funeral Home. In 1972, came his idea of starting two beautiful perpetual care cemeteries, Resthaven Cemetery and Restland Memorial Gardens, established in conjunction with his funeral homes to provide for the families he served. Later came Great Central Fire Insurance Company, four other Rush Funeral Home locations and then a 28,000 square foot addition to his 1948 furniture store, now call The Rush Center! Rush is the recipient of the Mayor's Award and the highly coveted 1999 Civic Service Award which is given based on outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the community. He has been highly recognized for being an epitome of success in several newspapers and magazines including the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, the Lake Charles American Press, the Times of Southwest Louisiana, the Oakdale Journal and The National Retailing News. Rush and the former Doris Clark have been married since March 4, 1950. Paying tribute to his wife, Rush said, "Four out of my four kids are too good to be true, thanks to their mother. She is a world class mother." The Rushs are most proud of the fact that all four children, Howard Jr., Ray, Kathryn and Kelly work in the businesses. In addition to their four children, the Rushs have eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The Rush have lived in the same home, located 4 miles outside the city of Oakdale, for over fifty years. For recreation, Rush enjoys traveling, reading and riding his golf cart with the grandchildren. He has an office in each of his businesses, however he spends the majority of his time in his office at the furniture store. I guess his first love is always the greatest. When asked about the last fifty years, Rush stated, "I hope my next fifty years are as good as my last!"

Kelly Rush Savoy

President
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Phone: (318) 335-1180

Kelly Rush is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rush Funeral Homes. The Rush family has owned and operated Rush Funeral Homes since 1966 when Kelly's father, Howard J. Rush, started the businesses. Kelly is the youngest of four children and the daughter of Howard and Doris Rush. She was born and reared in Oakdale where she graduated from Oakdale High School in 1986 as an honor student. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics and graduated cum laude in December 1989. Kelly is very active in the civic life of Central Louisiana. She is a member of the Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce where she served as President for 3 years. She is a member of the Oakdale Rotary Club where she currently serves as President and a member of the Oakdale Lion's Club. She also serves on the Community Relations Board for the Federal Complex where she served as Chairwoman for 2 years. She is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and the North Louisiana Funeral Directors Association where she serves as Chairwoman of the Scholarship Committee and on Education Committee. Kelly currently serves as Moderator for the Board of Oakdale Community Hospital and is a charter member of the Board of the Cenla Advantage Partnership (CAP), a subsidairy of the Rapides Foundation. In April 2008, Kelly was appointeed by Governor Bobby Jindal to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Embalmer and Funeral Directors. She was honored by being selected by the Alexandria Town Talk as one of the "Top Ten Outstanding Women in Central Louisiana" and by Focus Magazine as one of the "Top 50 Women Under 50" in Louisiana. Honored by her community, she was the recipient of the President's Award given by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the Outstanding Leadership Award given by the Federal Complex. Kelly was also the Allen Parish Parent of the Year! She is a life long member of First Baptist Church where she is very involved the childrens' activities. Kelly is married to Dr. Patrick Savoy and they are the parents of two sons, Rush Alan, age 25, a graduate of Louisiana State University and currently a student at Louisiana Medical School of New Orleans and John Ross, age 20, currently a student at Louisiana State University. For recreation, she enjoys traveling, playing golf, fishing and duck hunting with her boys!

Jason Strother

Director/Mgr.Oakdale
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Phone: (318) 335-1180

Jason joined Rush Funeral Home with over twenty-eight years of experience, serving families in the Oakdale area. He is a life-long resident of Oakdale, a 1995 graduate of Oakdale High School and a 1999 graduate of the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, TX. He serves as manager of Rush Funeral Home Oakdale, pre-arrangement counselor and sexton of Resthaven Cemetery. He is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. In his spare time Jason enjoys hunting, fishing and motorcycle and horseback riding.

Robbie Dauzat

Director/Mgr.Pineville
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Phone: (318) 448-0846

Robbie, having twenty-five years of experience in funeral service, serves as manager of Rush Funeral Home, Pineville, director, embalmer, insurance agent, pre-need consultant and sexton Restland Memorial Gardens. Robbie became part of the Rush family business in 1995 after managing a New Orleans funeral home. He is a member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, The Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and The Experimental Aircraft Association. In his leisure time he enjoys going to his camp, skiing on the Red River, cooking, flying, riding his motorcycle and most of all, spending time with his daughter, Caitlin.

JayneAnn Clark

Secretary/Pineville
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Phone: (318) 448-0846

JayneAnn joined Rush Funeral Homes in February of 2016 and serves as the funeral secretary and business office manager of our Pineville location. She is also, an active team member for all Rush Companies, helping host events and promote advertisement. She resides in Glenmora, where she was born and raised and is married to Myron S. Clark, who is the operations manager of Quality Contracting in Woodworth. Together they have a large family including seven children; two boys and five girls. JayneAnn strives to meet all expectations of her job role and the families we serve. She is very creative and enjoys interior decorating, shopping trips and spending time with her family.

Cindy Cloud

Manager/Rush Life Ins.
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Phone: (318) 335-0500

Cindy joined the Rush Companies over 28 years ago. Cindy is a 1990 graduate of Plainview High School. She serves as office manager of Rush Life Insurance Company and secretary of our two perpetual care cemeteries, Resthaven Cemetery and Restland Memorial Gardens. Cindy resides in Oakdale and is the mother of two sons, Dylan, 22 and Jackson, 11. She is the proud grandmother of one granddaughter, Averie. She is a member of West Baptist Church and in her spare time, she enjoys shopping, spending time with her family and the occasional girl’s trip.

Darvis Delaney

Director Assistant
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Phone: (318) 448-0846

Darvis is a native of Pineville and serves as the funeral director’s assistant at our Pineville location. He is a member of the Pentecostals of Alexandria and is married to Maxine Duncan. They have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Darvis enjoys golf and fishing in his spare time.

Raybon Carpenter

Director Assistant
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Phone: (318) 335-1180

Raybon was the Funeral Service Escort for the Allen Parish Sheriff's Department for twelve years. After retiring he joined our staff as a way to continue interacting with the public, and also to lend a helping hand to the people in his community. He and his wife, Georgia, had three children, Gary Carpenter, Debra Rider and Susan Gotreaux and five wonderful grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting with his children and grand children and fishing for white perch. There is never a dull moment with Raybon around, he definitely is a person with the wittiest of character.

Dakota Nolen

Funeral Assistant
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Phone: (318) 335-1180

Dakota joined Rush Funeral Home, Oakdale, in 2017 and serves as a funeral assistant. He is a 2019 graduate of Pitkin High School and hopes to further his career in funeral service. He is an active member of Arkadelphia Baptist Church and in his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing and managing his small cattle operation.

Jessica Duplechain

Secretary/Oakdale
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Phone: (318) 335-0500

Jessica has worked for the Rush Companies for over twenty-two years. She began at Rush Life Insurance Company, formally known as Great Central Life Insurance Company, at the age of twenty years old. She is currently the secretary at Rush Funeral Home in Oakdale.  She is a life-long resident of Oakdale, a 1995 graduate of Liberty Baptist Academy, and an active member of West Baptist Church. Jessica is married to Gary Duplechain and they have two beautiful daughters, Madelyn, age 16, and Allie, age 6 and two wonderful sons, Cameron and Dylan. She is an active member of the Oakdale Lions Club and an OHS Warrior Cheer Mom. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, watching old movies and road trips with her friends.

Cherie Powell

Pre-need Counselor
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Phone: (318) 335-0500

Cherie serves as pre-need counselor for Rush Life Insurance Company, in Oakdale. She joined the Rush Companies in August of 2018 and advises our clients and their families with knowledge of their pre-need burial policy coverage. The information she gives is vital to our clients’ family during their time of need. Cherie strives to serve these clients and their families with compassion and knowledge to help alleviate this process. Cherie resides in Plainview and has two sons. In her spare time she enjoys family, camping, fishing, and atv riding.

Christy Johnson

Retail Mgr./Florist
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Phone: (318) 335-3800

Christy joined the Rush Companies six years ago and serves as retail manager of Kelly's Korner and in-house florist for Rush Funeral Homes, which is all located inside The Rush Center, Oakdale. She resides in Oakdale and is the mother of a fun loving son, Colt, who is 8 years old. Christy has a very motivated work ethic and is excellent with customer service, handling any of our clients and customers needs. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church and in her spare time she loves taking trips to see family and hanging out with her son.

Stephanie Verrett

Marketing/Pre-Need
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Phone: (318) 335-3800

Stephanie joined the Rush Companies five years ago and serves as the marketing and finance manager for furniture and appliances at The Rush Center in Oakdale. She resides in Kinder and is a 2000 graduate of Kinder High School. She is married and has two sons, Landon, 16 and Carter, 13. Stephanie is very outgoing and is exceptional at sales, promotions and advertisement. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, cheering on her sons at the ball field and family, making memories that last a lifetime.

Alice LaFluer

Greeter/Attendant
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Phone: (318) 335-1180

Alice joined Rush Funeral Homes seven years ago as the funeral greeter and attendant for visitations and funeral services. She resides in Kinder and is a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church of Elton and the AVVA Chapter 215 of Kinder. She has two daughters, Miranda and Kelli and in her spare time she enjoys group activities in her community, sewing, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Howard J. Rush, Sr.

In Loving Memory 1927-2015
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Howard Jerald Rush, Sr. was born on September 14, 1927 in Georgetown, Louisiana, the second of the three children of Luther and Alma Rush. Howard and his siblings grew up on the dry hills of Grant Parish, living most of their early lives in Pollock, Louisiana. From the age of seven or eight, Howard Rush always had a job. He has never been afraid of work and it shows today as he enjoys working 40 plus hours a week at the wonderful age of 80. Howard graduated from Pollock High School in 1947 and began his new endeavor of making mattresses which would change his life forever. He made mattresses at night and peddled them door to door in his 1946 Ford Pickup each day. His peddling efforts migrated Howard to the Oakdale area where he met his wife, Doris Clark. Thery married in 1950 and rented a building in downtown Oakdale where they started a small furniture store and later a finance company to finance his furniture deals. Doris minded the store while Howard delivered and sold door to door. In 1966, Rush decided to start a funeral home in Oakdale, selling stock to raise enough capital for its establishment. By the same means, he established Great Central Life Insurance Company to provide insurance policies that would be funded through Rush Funeral Home. In 1972, came his idea of starting two beautiful perpetual care cemeteries, Resthaven Cemetery and Restland Memorial Gardens, established in conjunction with his funeral homes to provide for the families he served. Later came Great Central Fire Insurance Company, four other Rush Funeral Home locations and then a 28,000 square foot addition to his 1948 furniture store, now call The Rush Center! Rush is the recipient of the Mayor's Award and the highly coveted 1999 Civic Service Award which is given based on outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the community. He has been highly recognized for being an epitome of success in several newspapers and magazines including the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, the Lake Charles American Press, the Times of Southwest Louisiana, the Oakdale Journal and The National Retailing News. Rush and the former Doris Clark have been married since March 4, 1950. Paying tribute to his wife, Rush said, "Four out of my four kids are too good to be true, thanks to their mother. She is a world class mother." The Rushs are most proud of the fact that all four children, Howard Jr., Ray, Kathryn and Kelly work in the businesses. In addition to their four children, the Rushs have eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The Rush have lived in the same home, located 4 miles outside the city of Oakdale, for over fifty years. For recreation, Rush enjoys traveling, reading and riding his golf cart with the grandchildren. He has an office in each of his businesses, however he spends the majority of his time in his office at the furniture store. I guess his first love is always the greatest. When asked about the last fifty years, Rush stated, "I hope my next fifty years are as good as my last!"