Surprise for Brian

Crowd turns out to celebrate 40th birthday for Tuggle

Brian Tuggle Brithday Party

Guest dance to the music at Brian ...

Brian Tuggle didn’t know what to think when he saw his lawyer, his banker and a judge talking together at a Maryville restaurant, but he just knew it wasn’t good.

“My first thought was, ‘Do they all know they know me?’” he said.

Tuggle, owner of Personal Care Choices, had recently celebrated his 40th birthday. He had spent Friday, Aug. 7, painting and working in his yard. When wife Lisa suggested they go to Waterfront Grill for dinner, he was in no hurry to clean up and get going.

Lisa, who knew more than 80 of Brian’s friends were waiting to surprise him at the restaurant, was getting nervous. Finally Brian and Lisa, an assistant principal at Fort Craig School, were strolling up the walk to the patio at Waterfront.

After seeing the first trio, Tuggle, who also plays drums with the band Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, said he then saw Pistol Creek front man Edward Harper peeking out from one of the pillars on the deck.

“I stopped walking up and asked Lisa, ‘What’s going on here?’ It turned out to be a great little shindig. There were at least 80 to 100 people there,” he said.

Tuggle had turned 40 a few days earlier on Aug. 4. “It really was a true surprise. I had no idea anything else was going to happen,” he said. “It was definitely, 100 percent a surprise. Lisa had my parents come in that Tuesday from Virginia, and I assumed that was it.”

Tuggle said it took a while for him to make it to his own party. Lisa had set the ruse and told him their friends wanted to meet at Waterfront. Tuggle unwittingly threw off the timetable when he opted to mow the yard first.

“Lisa couldn’t get me off the tractor from cutting grass. Supposedly the party started at 7 p.m., and I didn’t get off the tractor until 7:05, and she was antsy,” he said. “I couldn’t understand why she wanted to go.”

Tuggle praised his wife for planning the surprise party. “I found out later Lisa had been planning this for several months,” he said. “She is wonderful.”

Lisa Tuggle said it was more stressful for her keeping the surprise. “I’m not good at secrets. I think he was truly surprised, and he had no idea his brother Barry was coming in from Atlanta,” she said. “But it was a stressful week trying to keep the secret and trying to get him there.”

Dixie Highway played for the party, and Brian joined them for an Elvis song while friends and family enjoyed Brian’s “Over the Hill” evening.

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