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. ...... All West Alabama Jill Tutt sings on purpose Foundation to fight breast cancer will benefit from her Nashville album arkling eyes that never ceased to twinkle all night with an effervescent smile which flooded the room, Jill Tutt was selling compact discs, tee shirts, hats, and anything to promote her CD album "It's Almost Christmas Day." The great room of the Demopolis Country Club filled with her friends, relatives, and invited guests to "do something with a purpose." That purpose is to raise money for the Shirley Dixon Breast Cancer Foundation. Shirley was Jill's mother until that dreaded disease took her across River Jordan to the Promised Land. From her first days at Sunday School in Providence Baptist Church, Jill Dixon sang. She loved singing and people loved to hear and see her sing. She was a slight figure with big eyes, a sparkling smile, and a lively presence. That brought down the house when she appeared in the Marengo Academy Follies when she was in the Seventh Grade. A bouncy and pretty song was hitting the top of the charts that year by Donna Fargo. When Jill Dixon sang it to the packed house, the packed house responded with thundering applause to her rendition of "I'm the Happiest Girl in the USA." That was some years ago, and she still has the eyes, the smile, the personality, and now she has eloquence too could talk to the smallest child and get a laugh or grin. Siblings Dee Ann Roark, Lisa Skelton, and Kevin Dixon were there for her night of expression of a pur- pose. (Kevin was in the bar watching the Auburn foot- ball game along with her father Arthur Dixon.) As the guests sat at the tables and listened to her talk about each song on her album, Jill Tutt reached into their hearts. Her producer, she said, told her to laugh while singing Jingle Bells for the album. In another song, she was told to cry. She explained this was difficult. She proved to be a trouper and managed a tear or two which is inflected in her voice. In another reflection of Jill Tul* was the presence of Waverly Brace Saturday evening. In December of 2013 Waverly discovered she had a lump in her breast and she and her husband had no insur- ance. Along the way, she was directed to the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Center where people without insurance are treated. Jill explained it is called ABC Center. Waverly was at the country club at Jill's request because when the funds from her album, tee shirts, caps, and other regalia are totalled, then 10 percent goes to the Shirley Dixon Breast Cancer Foundation. That founda- tion money will then go to Waverly to help pay her med- ical bills. This is Jill's idea of doing something with a purpose. Instead of embarking on a career of music, Jill spent her mother years raising her sons. That was one purpose in life. This purpose of record- ing traditional Christmas songs has taken a lot of her time as her sons are mature and can take responsibilities of their own. She also teaches English at Demopolis High School She has one favorite song on her album, "How Great Thou Art," that moves her spiritually. and sophistication but not so much that she could resist She did take time to travel to Nashville to record this album smiling and sticking out her tongueata"trtegirt-acmss :- at the Sou_d Sb.op ..................... the table (and threatened the photographer if he took her For those who did not come to the event at the country picture). The smooth sounding name of Dixon has long since been changed to Tutt, a somewhat sharper sound for a sweet last name. That man, Webb Tutt, is the one she took for her hus- band and they have three sons, David, William, and Robert. Saturday evening, Nov. 1, Webb Tutt was at the front door greeting people coming to see and hear his wife. He club in Demopolis, Jill has a web site where people can support the Shirley Dixon Breast Cancer Foundation. Also, Jill will perform at Linden's Chili fest. She will have a tent and will sing some with Christmas on the River. She will be at Lindsey's open house Thursday Nov 6. Jill will be singing at local churches as well. She will be at Lee's Kloset in Nov. 16 for open house. Her website is www.jilltutt.com. You can find her at JillTutt Productions. -- Goodloe Sutton "I'm excited to have Waverly Bruce as the first recipient of the Shirley Dixon Breast Cancer Foundation funds." Jill posed with Wavedy at the country club Saturday evening, Nov. 1, in g, I burs Jay, November 6, 201!! ?:!!: :: ! Demopolis as a packed crowd flocked to the tables wherettie albums, shirts, caps, etc., were being sold. Jill Tutt was gregarious and bubbly all night Saturday, Nov. 1, as people came to the Demopolis countrw 4ub to buy her albums ,  regalia promoting the Shirley Dixon Breast Cancer Foundation. Cover for Jill Tutt's compact disc !:: Recipes horn Jill Tuft Spinach Casserole 1/2 slab of bacon cooked and torn in pieces 1 stick of butter melted 1 red onion/cup up Red pepper to taste 1 package of spinach/thawed and drained (no water) 1/2 cup of sour cream 2 cups of heavy cream 1 small package of parmesan cheese C I{ Mix and pour into pan and put onion rings on top cook on 35(F until golden brown/40 to 45 minutes. Mom's cornbread dresshg 2 cups chopped onion 3 cups chopped celery margarine 6 cups crumbled cornbread 3 cups stale or toasted white bread, crumbled 1 teaspoon salt 3 eggs, well beaten 2 to 3 cups chicken broth or turkey stock (homemade chicken broth is best) 2 tablespoon celery seed Saute onion in butter until tender but not brown. Repeat for celery. Heat stock; com- bine all other ingredients. Add stock and mix well. Place dressing in greased casse- role dishes and bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until nicely brown.