By Ashley Rader
They say one good turn deserves another.
A group of neighbors and friends joined together to present a new sign directing folks to the home of “The Fruitcake Man” Nathaniel “Tom” McCloud. McCloud is also Carter County’s only living prisoner of war from the Korean War.
McCloud, 82, spends his free time making thousands of fruitcakes and peanut butter cookies that he sells to benefit his church, Unaka Baptist Church. All the money collected from the sale of more than 4,000 fruitcakes and dozens of peanut butter cookies goes directly to his church. McCloud has also donated dozens of his peanut butter cookies to the Abortion
Alternatives Summer Food Program.
To alert fruitcake buyers they were at the right home, McCloud’s son built and installed a small wooden sign in his front yard that said “Home of the Fruitcake Man.” However, after years of being exposed to the weather, the original sign started to show wear and needed to be replaced.
McCloud’s neighbor Tommy Ingram and sister-in-law Shirlee Shankle launched the plan to get McCloud a new sign.