• Jim Bailey, left, and John Duke Smith enjoy a laugh during Smith's 80th surprise birthday party thrown by his friends in the Burleson Heritage Foundation. Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTER
  • From left, Jill and Jim Wadlow and Bettie Bailey swap stories with Dale Dexheimer, left. Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTER
  • John Duke Smith, left, and his wife, Mary, tell a story of the past to Ken Richardson, standing. Also shown is Neal Jones. Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTER
  • Ray Haney, left, and Debbie Tarver are shown during John Duke Smith's 80th surprise birthday party. Smith is the author of the "Ask John" column in the Burleson Star newspaper. Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTER
  • Robert Hernandez, left, is shown with his wife, Joanne. Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTER

Friends help John Duke Smith celebrate

John Duke Smith celebrated his 80th birthday last week during a surprise gathering of his friends from the Burleson Heritage Foundation. Smith predicted he'd be around to celebrate another 80 years, whether his friends are or not.

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Jim Bailey, left, and John Duke Smith enjoy a laugh during Smith's 80th surprise birthday party thrown by his friends in the Burleson Heritage Foundation. Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTERFrom left, Jill and Jim Wadlow and Bettie Bailey swap stories with Dale Dexheimer, left. Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTERJohn Duke Smith, left, and his wife, Mary, tell a story of the past to Ken Richardson, standing. Also shown is Neal Jones. Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTERRay Haney, left, and Debbie Tarver are shown during John Duke Smith's 80th surprise birthday party. Smith is the author of the "Ask John" column in the Burleson Star newspaper. Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTERRobert Hernandez, left, is shown with his wife, Joanne. Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTER