(Courtesy of the Times~Journal)
A Birthday Celebration was held in honor of Ms. Lela Person on Sunday, April 15, 2012, 3PM at Mt. Zion Community Church. Ms. Person celebrated a 100 years on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.
The celebration began with a prelude by Minister Walter Hall. The Welcome was presented by her great grandson Santez Kendrix.
Pastor Simpson gave a moment of Occasion and reflection.There were selections performed by the Mt.Zion and Mt. Olive Choirs and Sister Wynell Pugh.
Introductions were made by her daughter Floyce Kilby. Presentations were given by her Niece Deborah Wilkins, granddaughter Lolita Martinez, Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry, and Franklin Mayor Teresa Chapman.
Reflections were made by Niece Elberta Mitchell and Attorney and Friend Doc Heard Davis. Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Minister Grady Woodruff spoke a message and gave the benediction. A buffet dinner was held afterwards.
There were approximately 175 persons in attendance to help Ms. Person celebrate this wondrous occasion. A good time was had by all who attended.
An excerpt from Ms. Lela Person’s autobiography
I, Lela Ridley Person was born in Heard County on April 10, 1912 to the parents of Andrew Byrd and Mattie Jones Ridley. I am the second of three children, one brother (Elbert) and one sister (Ruthie).
I grew up in Heard County, where I attended New Hope School, with classes taught by my father’s sister, Bethany Hunt. During my childhood, my hobbies were drawing and reading. As of today I enjoy reading and napping.
As a teenager, my hangouts were very constructive. I hung out at school and church, and enjoyed every moment of it. Most of my adult life, I taught school at Concord and Union Grove of Franklin.
I also became principal at Union Grove replacing my sister, as she was transferred to another school. My brother was also a teaching principal at Union Grove, replacing me as I was transferred to Concord.
I was also blessed to substitute at Mary Johnson High in Franklin, Ga.
In 1938, I was united in marriage to Ammie Person, the son of Wylie and Bunie Harrison Person. We were blessed with 4 children; Joyce, Ridley, Floyce and Cloyce.
All of which I’m able to speak with every day (if I so desire). We were also blessed with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great- grandchildren. ~Lela Ridley Person