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BOBBY JO WALKER proudly drops a plastic bottle in the new recycling bin at Buckner Westminster Place.
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LONGVIEW:  It is not every day that an 86-year-old decides to make the community better for future generations.  That is what happened at Buckner Westminster Place, and it resulted in a new recycling program that will begin a few days before Earth Day.   The community plans to kick off its new venture with an outdoor lakeside ceremony that will include great visuals—residents dropping off their first recycling items and the release of white pigeons to symbolize a new beginning.  The event starts at Buckner Westminster Place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18th


Bobby Jo Walker is the 86-year-old resident behind the new program.  She doesn’t mind being in the spotlight or following her dreams.  She was crowned Mrs. Florida in 1958, after all.  Now, she’s speaking up for a different cause.  She came up with the idea to start a recycling program, and she worked with the executive director at Buckner Westminster Place to make it happen.  Bobby Jo learned that it is not easy for a senior living community to launch a recycling program, but she says it is well worth it. 

“We as the older generation are interested in helping to preserve our country.  We want to participate and be youthful and contribute to our community the best way we know how at this time in our lives,” said Bobby Jo. 


Bobby Jo and the other residents are “eager to get started.”  They hope other businesses or senior communities will follow their lead.  “Being of the old school ideology, waste is not a good thing.  I was taught to clean my plate.  I just hate to throw something away if it can be reused again,” said Bobby Jo.


Buckner Westminster Place had to overcome some logistical and physical challenges to make Bobby Jo’s dream come true.  Once the executive director found a company that doesn’t require separate bins for aluminum, plastic or paper, the idea became more realistic.  Residents will put their items in one container and it all goes together in a larger recycling receptacle. 


“It’s so much easier than having to sort, rinse and clean.  It really fits people’s time constraints and what our community was looking for,” said Executive Director Wes Wells.


The public and the media are invited to the community’s recycling ceremony.  It will take place at Buckner Westminster Place on Wednesday, April 18th at 11:00 a.m.  If you would like to attend or if you want to set up an interview, call Amy Jones (214) 890-7912 ext. 30 or send an email to





Owned by Buckner Retirement Services, Buckner Westminster Place is a non-profit, faith-based senior living community offering 89 independent living apartments and patio homes for active adults aged 62 and above.  In addition, the community offers a continuum of care including 30 assisted living apartments, 25 memory care support residences and 20 private bedrooms in the Green House® homes for skilled nursing care.  Buckner Westminster Place is the only complete CCRC (continuing care retirement community) in Longview which accommodates the four levels of living and care as residents’ needs change.


Located near the Longview Mall and just minutes from area medical centers, Buckner Westminster Place gives residents a beautiful way to live.  The community includes a 16-acre lakeside setting with walking trails and spacious well-manicured grounds.  Residents can enjoy delicious dining and warm fellowship in beautifully arranged dining rooms.  The community also has an on-site life enrichment coordinator, chapel, full-time chaplain, on-site worship services, beauty/barber salon and weekly housekeeping/linen service.


A partnership with the Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living gives residents and staff access to a wellness center that includes classrooms, a resistance pool, a track and exercise equipment.  The community provides transportation to the wellness center.


For more information about Buckner Westminster Place, please visit the community website at or call Blake Lambert at (903) 252-6736.


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