Digital Original: Seniors keep veteran’s memory alive through Bingo


MAUMELLE, Ark.-  B-I-N-G-O.  Bingo! 

A game so popular that people have made songs about it. 

Now, the five-worded game is inspiring another group of people – the senior community of Maumelle.  

Every Thursday morning at the Chick-fil-A off Commons Drive, about 30 seniors come together to play a fun-filled game of bingo. 

“I-23. I-two-three.” “B-3. B-three.” 
“O-75.” “O-seven-five.”

“Thank you,” replies the entire room of bingo players. 

“We had a gentleman here who used to come and play and anytime O-75 was called he would go, Thank you.” says 72-year-old Sharon VanCleve. 

O-75, a lucky number for Bobby Vincent. Just a few months back Vincent died, leaving a legacy behind of O-75 as his lucky number.

“We miss him really,” VanCleve says. 

He as a war veteran, a Razorback fan, and a friend to the Chick-fil-A Bingo group. Now, the group pays tribute to him to honor not only his service to our country, but to the great man that he was.

“He was great,” says VanCleve. “So in honor of him, we say thank you.” 

His senior community says Bobby could always be seen wearing two things, something with the Razorback logo on it and his big smile. 

“It’s very much like a family here,” says VanCleve. 

The bingo sessions are held every Thursday at 9 a.m., and are opened to anyone. In addition to the game, there is a raffle with prizes. 

Seniors who attend receive a free coffee, complimentary of the restaurant. 

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