Update On Archie Watkins and the Smoky Mountain Reunion

The following is taken from the FaceBook page of Archie Watkins and the Smoky Mountain Reunion.

To all of our dear friends and family… After returning home from a wonderful weekend on the road, this morning Archie suffered what has been diagnosed as a mild heart attack. He is now stable and currently under observation in the hospital where he will remain for a few days. They will be running more tests tomorrow to determine the cause and what, if any, procedures need to be done for treatment. We very much appreciate all of your prayers during this time and we will post updates here as soon we know anything new…



God is so good! Echo tests showed no damage to Archie’s heart!! We still have to do the heart cath in the morning to see about any existing blockage but are so relieved and thankful there has been no damage to his heart…and continue the prayers please. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and prayers and phone calls and text messages. There is no way we could ever respond to each one but please know we have received them all and they mean the world to the family. Bless you all and we love you!

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