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Posted on April 17, 2022

Updated on April 18, 2022

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Robert Gorham hands a bowling ball to Daisy Crump as she and Earlene Evans prepare to bowl in the Good Timers league.

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Robert Gorham hands a bowling ball to Daisy Crump as she and Earlene Evans prepare to bowl in the Good Timers league.

Fellow bowlers congratulate Freeman Faison, right, during a recent Good Timers league day at Westview Lanes.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Fellow bowlers congratulate Freeman Faison, right, during a recent Good Timers league day at Westview Lanes.

Robert Gorham, left, and Joyner Williams talk bowling strategy during Good Timers league play.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Robert Gorham, left, and Joyner Williams talk bowling strategy during Good Timers league play.

Bowler Marie Archie, 81, celebrates a strike while bowling in the Good Timers league at Westview Lanes.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Bowler Marie Archie, 81, celebrates a strike while bowling in the Good Timers league at Westview Lanes.

Bowler Jerry Langley of Spring Hope stretches before beginning a bowling session with the Good Timers league in Wilson.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Bowler Jerry Langley of Spring Hope stretches before beginning a bowling session with the Good Timers league in Wilson.

Tina Harris, left, slaps hands with Marie Archie to celebrate a strike during a Good Timers league day at Westview Lanes.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Tina Harris, left, slaps hands with Marie Archie to celebrate a strike during a Good Timers league day at Westview Lanes.

Ida Gorham throws one down the lane during a recent Good Timers league day.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Ida Gorham throws one down the lane during a recent Good Timers league day.

Bowler Earlene Evans readies her throw down the lane during a Good Timers league day in Wilson.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Bowler Earlene Evans readies her throw down the lane during a Good Timers league day in Wilson.

Blind bowlers Howard Ruffin and Cleveland Horton chat with bowler Tina Harris during a Good Timers league day at Westview Lanes. “They come out to support me every week,” Harris said.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Blind bowlers Howard Ruffin and Cleveland Horton chat with bowler Tina Harris during a Good Timers league day at Westview Lanes. “They come out to support me every week,” Harris said.

Earlene Evans, left, Daisy Crump and Diana Pender enjoy a moment as the Good Timers bowl at Westview Lanes.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Earlene Evans, left, Daisy Crump and Diana Pender enjoy a moment as the Good Timers bowl at Westview Lanes.

Robert Gorham hands a bowling ball to Daisy Crump as she and Earlene Evans prepare to bowl in the Good Timers league.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Robert Gorham hands a bowling ball to Daisy Crump as she and Earlene Evans prepare to bowl in the Good Timers league.

Fellow bowlers congratulate Freeman Faison, right, during a recent Good Timers league day at Westview Lanes.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Fellow bowlers congratulate Freeman Faison, right, during a recent Good Timers league day at Westview Lanes.

Fellow bowlers congratulate Freeman Faison, right, during a recent Good Timers league day at Westview Lanes.
Robert Gorham, left, and Joyner Williams talk bowling strategy during Good Timers league play.
Bowler Marie Archie, 81, celebrates a strike while bowling in the Good Timers league at Westview Lanes.
Bowler Jerry Langley of Spring Hope stretches before beginning a bowling session with the Good Timers league in Wilson.
Tina Harris, left, slaps hands with Marie Archie to celebrate a strike during a Good Timers league day at Westview Lanes.
Ida Gorham throws one down the lane during a recent Good Timers league day.
Bowler Earlene Evans readies her throw down the lane during a Good Timers league day in Wilson.
Blind bowlers Howard Ruffin and Cleveland Horton chat with bowler Tina Harris during a Good Timers league day at Westview Lanes. “They come out to support me every week,” Harris said.
Earlene Evans, left, Daisy Crump and Diana Pender enjoy a moment as the Good Timers bowl at Westview Lanes.
Robert Gorham hands a bowling ball to Daisy Crump as she and Earlene Evans prepare to bowl in the Good Timers league.

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It’s a few minutes before 2 p.m., and Daisy Crump is pulling her bowling ball behind her on a rolling cart.

As the 87-year-old opens the door to Wilson’s Westview Lanes, a symphony of friendly voices and laughter mixes with the sounds of bowling pins being knocked into the pit and strikes being tallied.

Crump is in the Good Timers bowling league, for bowlers age 55 and up, which meets every Thursday afternoon.

“I come for exercise, for recreation and fellowship,” said Crump, who has bowled for about 50 years.

Westview manager Leon Lamm said all seniors should bowl.

“It is a great, physical way to come out,” Lamm said. “Probably more than anything, it’s great to come out for the friendship and the camaraderie. When you get older in life, it’s about having fun.”

Lamm pointed to Dan Uzzell, who had a big smile on his face as he chewed the fat with friends while league members warmed up and stretched.

“He’s not a good bowler, but he’s a character,” Lamm said. “He just likes to talk a lot. You can still hear him yakking over there. There’s people that wish they were good in the sport, so if they can’t be good, they can be good at talking about it.”

Uzzell, a Goldsboro native and Wilson transplant, is wearing a Carolina blue shirt and talking it up with Duke fan.

He’s smiling ear to ear.

“I love it, love it,” Uzzell said. “I ain’t the best. I’m a fair bowler, but I still whip the rest of these people.”

Uzzell, 67, said the league is not at all about the competition.

A gutter ball is no reason to hold one’s head low. There is always another frame to throw a strike.

“Well, most of the older people just want to have something to do,” Uzzell said. “We get a lot of exercise with it, and there’s a lot of fellowship with it. We get to enjoy one another.”

Uzzell said he just treasures seeing his friends each week.

“Everybody out here is 60 and 70 years old, but they still enjoy life and having a lot of fun,” he said.

The league recently returned to the lanes after a forced break due to COVID-19.

“We went about two years when the pandemic was raging pretty rough. We decided it would be best for us to stay out of it, but we are back strong as ever,” said Argusta Edmondson, president of the group.

Edmondson said the Good Timers have about 38 regular members. The league has about a dozen three-person teams of men and women.

“This league is all about having fun, not so much about winning, but having fun and fellowship with each other,” Edmundson said. “It gives them something to do besides sit around home and do nothing and think about themselves. They can come out and enjoy.”

Since suffering a ruptured disk in 1978 and having part of her spine fused, 72-year-old Marie Mills said she’s been able to do pretty much anything, which includes chucking a bowling ball down the lane.

“I love bowling. It’s better than sitting at home. When you sit at home and you give up, it’s over,” Mills said. “Anybody that would like to come out and bowl with us, we’d be so happy to have them because it’s fun. It’s not about being all serious.”

There are friendly smiles and lighthearted laughter up and down the alley.

“If anything happens to one, it happens to all of us,” Mills said. “We don’t pick our special people. We do it for everyone. We love each other. If I have something wrong with me, they are willing to come in and help.”

Marie Archie, 81, said this bowling league gives seniors the incentive to do something. It’s about fellowship, friendship and exercise.

“It‘s good for them mentally and physically and to keep on moving as they get older where they won’t sit and let conditions set in on them,” Archie said.

Archie said knowing you’re moving and having fun is good for you.

“If you are sitting home, then you don’t have anybody to talk to and your pain seems to increase because it’s just you and that pain. But as you get out, your mind overrides that pain because you are laughing and having fun and stuff, and the mind takes over and you just forget about it. I did it many times,” Archie said. “I come in with a smile, and I get a smile. That’s what it is all about.”

Archie encourages folks to get off the couch and be active.

“The biggest thing is getting up out of the house and getting around people,” Archie said. “This is fun. This is ‘The Good Timers,’ so let the good times roll.”

To join, call Lamm at 252-991-6054 or Edmondson at 252-239-6536.

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