A Story That Made Jeff Foxworthy Cry

Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Foxworthy keeps a crowded calendar of stage, TV and film work, but the Georgia-born Blue Collar Comedy funnyman still makes time for his church activities, including leading a Bible study in Atlanta for some 140 homeless men.  Last year, one of those men stopped Jeff cold with a story he’ll never forget.

The man’s name was Wayne, and he told of his mother leaving him a $70,000 inheritance, including a Bible into which she’d tucked a love note for him.  But Wayne was a crack cocaine addict.  He quickly blew through the money and as for the Bible, he lost track of it without even opening it.  Years went by.  About 100 miles from where the Bible disappeared, Wayne and another homeless man were cleaning an apartment for some cash when Wayne’s partner found a few items left behind.  Wayne rummaged through the pile — and found the very same Bible his mother had given him, with the note still tucked inside.  Wayne told the Bible study group that “if God loved me so much to chase me this far, I’m going to quit running.”

Foxworthy was so moved, he recalls, “I had to go sit against the wall and just cry for a minute.”  He tells us, “Wayne at that point could hardly take care of himself.”

That was last year, but in subsequent months, he became stronger and healther, and able to stay on as a helper at the facility, “taking care of 40 guys.”

Meanwhile, Jeff’s teenaged daughter recently passed the $1 million mark in raising funds for her anti-malaria drive and he’s thrilled and proud.

What a family.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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