You never know who you are going to meet at Switzer Social Club, or the special stories they might have to share.
Susan Cuthbert recently engaged the Social Club gathering for meeting neighbors and enjoying games at the library in downtown Marietta with stories and photographs from her years knowing singer, songwriter and pianist Aretha Franklin and the music icon’s family.
The 76-year-old singer, who passed away August 16th, had a positive impact on many people, including the life of Susan Cuthbert, she said.
Susan’s father, Aaron Cuthbert Sr., was a master auto mechanic in Marietta who met the Queen of Soul’s brother Vaughn in the 1960s. Vaughn and Aaron became fast friends, as close as brothers. Susan speaks fondly of growing up knowing the Franklins.
“Everyone would call her Auntie Re-Re,” Cuthbert said Thursday afternoon. “She was so sweet. Everyone in the Franklin family has the kindest souls and she was no different.”
The legendary singer from Detroit enjoyed visiting Atlanta and its people. Susan said Aretha’s favorite Atlanta food was The Varsity chili hotdogs with a side of fries and a hot apple pie.
She told of seeing Aretha Franklin perform at many venues, including the Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta.
For Susan Cuthbert, Aretha Franklin’s generous spirit will never be forgotten.