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2017-08-09 / Front Page

Happy birthday Anita, we loved your first 100 years!

by Cheryl Helton


Velma ‘Anita’ Prickett celebrates her 100th birthday at Blountsville United Methodist Church. Velma ‘Anita’ Prickett celebrates her 100th birthday at Blountsville United Methodist Church. Imagine celebrating 100 birthdays. Velma “Anita” Prickett of Blountsville did just that on July 28. Family and friends from several states celebrated this joyous occasion with two birthday cakes, hors d’oeuvres, hand-sculpted watermelons, fellowship, and many stories about Prickett’s life.

The sunflower-themed celebration at the Blountsville United Methodist Church culminated with a multitude of family and friends cheering as Blountsville Mayor Michael L. Glass read a proclamation declaring July 29, 2017, as “Anita Prickett Day” and presented her a key to the town of Blountsville.

Betty Alexander, Prickett’s friend of 50 years, said, “She has lived a remarkable life. She drove into town to get her hair done until about a year ago. She has lived by herself.”


Velma Prickett rides her tricycle when she was about 2 or 3 years old. Daughter Bonnie says she almost rode the wheels off of it. Velma Prickett rides her tricycle when she was about 2 or 3 years old. Daughter Bonnie says she almost rode the wheels off of it. Alexander said one of the funniest stories she remembers about Prickett is when Prickett’s husband returned from World War II and obtained a job in Florida.

According to Alexander, Prickett and her husband “loaded up everything they owned on the trailer, including the cow,” and traveled to Florida. Alexander chuckled as she mentioned Prickett telling her that the cow never used the bathroom during the entire trip.

Prickett’s daughter, Bonnie, recently was able to reminisce with her mother about her life. Together they were able to remember several moments in time that developed Prickett into the wonderful person she is today.

From learning to sew for the family, cooking on a wood burning stove, making lye soap at hog killing time, selling hoop cheese and pumping gas at her dad’s store, and hand cranking a Model T to dating, marriage, sending her husband off to war, drawing floor plans for her final home, and rearing two children, Prickett has experienced many changes throughout her 100 years. Life hasn’t always been easy, but she made it through with perseverance and determination.

Living to be 100 is nothing short of remarkable. Her daughter put her life into perspective by simply saying, “Happy Birthday Anita, we loved your first 100 years.”

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