Century Club

The Century Club recognizes and honors citizens who have reached 100 Years of age.  As of August 2019, a total of 58 Centenarians have been honored between all three Century Clubs. 

The “Century Club of Rutherford County”, hosted by Family Staffing Solutions Inc, began in 2012.  A Centenarian Day of Appreciation was proclaimed by then Murfreesboro City Mayor David Bragg as well as now City Mayor Shane McFarland.

In 2017, The “Century Club of Bedford County” was established and a Centenarian Day of Appreciation was proclaimed by Mayor Chad Graham in 2018.

In December of 2018, The “Century Club of Greater Green Hills” was established with the proclamation signed by Metro Mayor David Briley.  

We invite you to scroll thru this page and  see the wonderful individuals who have shaped our communities and given so many contributions over their lifetime.  “To have lived 100 years is to have witnessed some of the most important times in history”  

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Century Club Member and Oldest Resident of Rutherford Co.,

Martha Etta Dudley Jones, Turns 108!

 

Oct 10, 2019, Martha Etta Dudney Jones turned 108 years old, making her the oldest resident in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County TN.  Alderman, Kirt Wade, presented a City of Murfreesboro Key to the City.  Family filled the room from near and far at NHC Murfreesboro to celebrate her day.  Century Club of Rutherford County Liaison, Kathy Bennett was present to proclaim that Martha Jones is the eldest person within Murfreesboro and Rutherford County as currently known.

Happy Birthday Martha!

(read more about Martha below)

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Honoring Our Centenarian Veterans

The Family Staffing Solutions Century Club of Bedford County hosted an Award Celebration of 100 Years of Life for Veterans Thomas E. Gwynn-US Army, David D. Lowhorn-US Navy, and James F. Fuqua-US Army Airforce.

Pictured left to right – Centenarian Veterans Thomas Gwynn, James Fuqua, and David Lowhorn. Standing Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell, Kathy Bennett and Amanda Lankford of Family Staffing Solutions, Post 43 Commander Alan Harris — at The American Legion Post 43, Tullahoma, TN.

See Also Veterans’ Corner

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6 Centenarians Over 100 ( 3 Honorees 105)

  Honored Together on Centenarian Appreciation Day

From left, Anelia King Hardy, 104; Lena Waters Carman, 101; Mary Lois Arnold, 103; Opal James, 105; Marion L. Lyon, 105; (not pictured) Marylin Petr, 105

 

These remarkable ladies, all born before the year 1918 were honored on Centenarian Appreciation Day, 2019, by the Family Staffing Solutions Century Club at the Meadows Lakeshore.

See more about these amazing honorees and this wonderful celebration in The Tennessean ,  Good Morning America , and Southern Living.

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Martha Etta Dudney Jones – 107 Years of Age

The Oldest Known Resident of Rutherford County

Martha Jones with Kathy Bennett, Family Staffing Solutions

Martha Etta Dudney Jones became the newest Centenarian to be honored by the Century Club of Rutherford County, hosted and celebrated by Family Staffing Solutions. At 107,  Martha is the oldest, currently known, resident in Rutherford County.  Many family members came to honor Martha….Five generations were represented!

Martha’s family states that she is known and loved.  She has always been a very kind, gentle person.  Her uncle said she is the closest thing to an angel on this earth that he has ever known.

Martha was an excellent seamstress and made almost all the girl’s clothes until they were teenagers.  She also sewed for the sick and poor after the Wednesday Ladies Bible Class at West Huntsville and later at Central Church of Christ.  Her church family has always been an important part of her life. Her life has touched and blessed so many people.

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The Century Club of Greater Green Hills Welcomes Its Newest Member

Ms. Lillian Louise Harding, 103

A party was held at Ms. Harding’s  home on May 18th by her family to welcome her into the Century Club of Greater Green Hills.  Ms. Harding was born in Wilson County in 1916. She had 10 siblings – 3 of which are still living along with many neices.  Ms. Harding was a beautician most of her life.  When we asked her for some words of wisdom for getting to be 103, she replied “Live with Christ in your life.”

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The Century Club of Greater Green Hills Welcomes

Ms. Ruth Hessey, 102

At 102, Ruth Hessey stays active. She walks a third of a mile everyday with friends, plays piano, shares cooking skills, plays Bingo and participates in other activities.  Ms. Hessey is a native of Cottontown in Sumner County. She retired from teaching at Franklin Road Academy and her late husband Ed was a coach at Hillsboro High where a gym bears his name.  Ms. Hessey is also the 50th Centenarian to be honored by Family Staffing Solutions.

Courtesy of   Fox 17 Nashville

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Meet the First 2019 Member of the Rutherford County Century Club

Ms. Nell Fitzgerald, born January 24, 1919.


Happy 100th Birthday Ms. Nell!

Ms. Nell Fitzgerald celebrated her 100th Birthday January 24th.  Born in Theta, TN, Ms. Nell belonged to the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution in Columbia, TN.  She is the author of  As I Remember Theta and is in her 34th year of volunteering with the Red Cross.  From adapting to electricity, to riding a pony to school, to turning 100, Ms. Nell has more to share in  A Century of Life

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The Century Club of Rutherford County Welcomes

Ms. Rosa Lee Phillips

Ms. Rosa Lee Phillips, born December 1917, celebrates 101 Years!  Born in Louisiana, a big part of her life was teaching Sunday School Class. She became the Secretary of the Concord Association of the Women’s Missionary Union and then Co-Director of the Concord Baptist Association for the Girls Auxiliary.  Ms. Rosa Lee also spent time assisting international students at MTSU.

“Be careful how you treat others because they may be in a position to treat you in your future” -Words of Wisdom from Ms. Rosa Lee Phillips.

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The Century Club of Greater Green Hills inducts it’s first member, Ms. Gladys Arnold, 102.  Congratulations!

Ms. Gladys Arnold is the first Centenarian to be inducted into the Century Club of Greater Green Hills.  Family, friends, including Fifty Forward, gathered with Ms. Gladys and Family Staffing Solutions as Councilman Jeff Syracuse read the proclamation signed by Metro Mayor David Briley.

Gladys Arnold,  November 19, 1916 – February 22, 2019

Rest in Peace

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2nd Annual Century Club of Bedford County

Centenarian Appreciation Day

Annie Woods, 100; Hazel Gordon, 101; Donald Popham, 101; Mary Lynn Prince, 102

Family Staffing Solutions held the second annual Bedford County Century Club reception in Shelbyville on Thursday, September 27th, honoring four local centenarians: Mary Lynn Prince, 102; Hazel Gordon, 101; Donald Popham, 101; and Annie Woods, 100.

The event was held at Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation.

Attending the event with Family Staffing Solutions was the Bedford County Mayor, Chad Graham and City Council Member, William Christie.  A good time was had by all. Click to read more in the Shelbyville Times Gazette

 

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Meet our most recent 2018 inductee into the Century Club, Mr. Jimmie McKnight.

Jimmie McKnight celebrated his 100th birthday on June 7th, marking a huge milestone for a man who served in the Army’s Field Artillery Battalion of the 35th Infantry.

 

Mr. McKnight was presented with a  Certificate from Family Staffing Solutions’ Century Club honoring the contributions he has made in his 100 years.  Thank you for your Service to our country, Congratulations, and Happy Birthday!

 

 

 

Jimmie McKnight  June 7, 1918 – August 2, 2018

Rest in Peace

 

 

 

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 Rutherford County’s Eldest Centenarian turned 107 years old  June, 19, 2018!

Family Staffing Solutions Century Club Member

Ms. Mary Soper turns 107 Years!

Happy 107th Birthday and Congratulations to Ms. Mary Soper!  Mary has been a member of the Century Club of Rutherford County for 6 years and we are pleased to honor her today as Rutherford County’s Eldest Resident!!

 

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Family Staffing Solutions Century Club Member

Ms. Mabel Robertson turns 107 Years!

Mabel Robertson 1911 – 2018

Rest in Peace

Murfreesboro County Mayor Proclaims February 20th

as Mabel Robertson Day!

 

Ms. Mabel Robertson,  107,  was presented with a proclamation by Murfreesboro County Mayor, Ernest Burgess, stating that February 20th is Mabel Robertson Day.  Mabel was born in 1911 and is  the oldest living person in Rutherford County and possibly in the history of Rutherford County.  Mabel was also presented with a Key to the City by the Murfreesboro City Mayor Shane McFarland. The Key to the City is known to be an honor bestowed by a city upon esteemed residents.

We are proud to honor and acknowledge Mabel for her contributions to our community and country  over many generations.

 

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Our Newest Inductee into the Murfreesboro Century Club 

Mr. Tom Smotherman, 100 years.

Mr. Tom celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends gathered around at a celebration held Saturday, Jan 6, 2018.  Mr. Tom’s family presented him with a Centenarian Award Certificate from the Governor of Tennessee, a Proclamation from the City of Murfreesboro, and a Certificate from Family Staffing Solutions’ Century Club all honoring the contributions he has made in his 100 years.  Thank you, Congratulations, and Happy Birthday!

 

 

 

 

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1st Annual Century Club of Bedford County 

2017 Centenarian Appreciation

Gladys Grogan, 106, Mary Lynn Prince and Hazel Gordon, 101

Family Staffing Solutions celebrated the 1st Annual Centenarian Appreciation Day for Bedford County.
The celebration held on December 15, 2017 honored Gladys Grogan, 106 and thought to be the county’s oldest, Mary Lynn Prince and Hazel Gordon, 101, for the contributions they have made during their lifetimes.
County Mayor Eugene Ray presented proclamations to all three ladies, while Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright presented each with the key to the city. They also received certificates from Family Staffing Solutions and congratulatory Centenarian Awards from Gov. Bill Haslam. Circuit Court Judge Wyatt Burk gave the invocation.  It was a special day and celebration for all!

Click to read the Times-Gazette article 

Family Staffing Solutions established the “CENTURY CLUB OF RUTHERFORD COUNTY” in 2012, honoring those residents who have reached the age of 100 plus and is now honored to establish the “CENTURY CLUB OF BEDFORD COUNTY” in 2017.

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Centenarian Appreciation Day 2016

5th Annual Century Club of Rutherford County

Family Staffing Solutions, Inc. and the Century Club of Rutherford County Celebrated the 5th Annual Centenarian Appreciation Day July 28th, 2016.  A total of 10 Centenarians were honored this year – including “The Eldest Citizen of Rutherford County”- Mabel Robertson, 105.  This year also marks the first male Centenarian, George H.  Barrett,  honored at 101.  Both pictured below.

2016 Century Club Centenarians

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Our Centenarians were honored and acknowledged for their contributions over many generations.  These citizens have been instrumental in building our community as well as our country.

 For more information including our Press Release and additional pictures, click here to view.

 

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Please click to read our 2016- Century Club Chronicle

 

 

4th Annual 2015 Century Club

Murfreesboro Centenarians were honored on the 4th Annual 2015 Family Staffing Solutions, Inc. Century Club “Centenarian Appreciation Day” proclaimed by Murfreesboro Mayor, Shane McFarland in 2014, honoring our Centenarians for the contributions they have made to the nation, state, and local community during their lifetimes.

“To have lived 100 years is to have witnessed some of the most important times in history” says Kathy Bennett, Family Staffing Solutions’ Century Club Event organizer.

Our special 2015 honorees that have lived 100 years were presented with a Centenarian Award certificate from the Governor of Tennessee and a Proclamation from the City of Murfreesboro, both presented to each honoree at a personal visit by the Mayor and Family Staffing Solutions, Inc.

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Ms. Mary Soper, 104, pictured with Mufreesboro Mayor McFarlan (left) and Rutherford Co. Mayor Burgess (right)

2015 Century Club Centenarians

Mabel Robertson       104

Dora Rucker              104

Mary Soper               104

Margaret Cook           103

Ida Overton                103

Mary Chrisman           103

Pauline Cantrell          102

Geneva Delene           101

 

 

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2014 Century Club

 

Family Staffing Solutions established the “CENTURY CLUB OF RUTHERFORD COUNTY” in 2012, honoring those residents who have reached the age of 100 plus. We celebrate these Centenarians each year. A proclamation decreeing the last Thursday of every July be named “Centenarian Appreciation Day.” This year, we celebrated 13 ladies whose ages range from 100 to 104 years of age. Eight of these centenarians were present at the Embassy Suites along with city, county, and state dignitaries presenting certificates and awards. The honorees were given a corsage, a gift bag with nostalgic items including an Christmas ornament of the Rutherford County Courthouse by the County Mayor Ernest Burgess. A copy of the proclamation was also given to each centenarian, and a Centenarian Award signed by Governor Bill Haslam was presented by Senator Jim Tracy.
These historians have lived through World Wars, Depression, 18 US Presidents have been elected in their lifetime. They have seen inventions of all kinds that we take for granted today. Hard time and hard work are no stranger to these ladies. How very fortunate we are to have been part of their life that one day and to have heard and shared their stories….just a wonderful day. Cake and coffee was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to our centenarians!!

 

2014 Century Club Attendees

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Pictured above are Top row: Mildred Ball, Elizabeth Barrett and Mary Chrisman.  Middle row: Margaret Cook, Geneva Delene and Edna Jenkins.  Bottom row: Dora Rucker and Mary Soper.

 

2014 Century Club Honorees

Annie King                                  104

Dora Rucker                                103

Mary Soper                                  103

Mabel Robertson                         103

Blanche Wise                             102

Ida Overton                                 102

Margaret Cook                           102

Mary Chrisman                         101

Pauline Cantrell                        101

Elizabeth Barrett                       101

Geneva Delene                         100

Mildred Ball                               100

Edna Jenkins                            100