Here's another oldie but goodie artist who has been in this business I'm thinking like forever -- this information from the Boston Mills newsletter, forwarded to me by Sandy Moran:
I am writing to let you know that a member of our artist community is gravely ill. Dean Lauderdale broke his leg and during subsequent tests it was found the cause was cancerous tumors which are also in his brain and liver. This all happened within a matter of days. He and Sally could use as much help, love and comfort as we can send their way. Cards and letters would be greatly appreciated by Dean. Dean's life was creating his art work and doing the shows where he had his show "family " and friends. He is at the Woltz Hospice Home , 945 Vethyr Road, Dobson, NC. 27017. Sally says this is a small wonderful facility and it is just off interstate 77. If you are heading to or from Florida it would be easy to stop for a visit.
The Home address is: Sally Wencz and Dean Lauderdale, 109 Chestnut, Jonesville, NC 28642. Sally can be reached at 405-365-8159.
I'm sending you good wishes, Dean, and remember the fun we used to have at Boston Mills and other places around the country.