Evelyn Foster Celebrates 100th Birthday

Friends and family gathered together Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Chandler House to celebrate the 100th birthday of Evelyn Foster. Foster was born in 1917 to Arthur Greene, Sr. and Ocie Mae Greene, and spent her childhood traveling from state to state, as a result of her family’s work in construction. Evelyn graduated high school in Abbeville, South Carolina in 1935, having attended school in every Confederate state except Texas, and work on the Douglas Dam brought Evelyn’s family to Tennessee in 1940. Evelyn’s children, Ray Manly, Don Manley, Anne Phillips, and Jean Garrett, were all present to celebrate the centenarian’s birthday. Evelyn, affectionately known as “Nana” to her family, also has 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Evelyn’s birthday was a marked occasion for the county, with music, food, and, of course, cake. Jefferson City Mayor Mark Potts joined the celebration and presented a declaration to Mrs. Foster, which congratulated her on 100 years of incredible achievement and declared June 16th as Evelyn M. Foster Day. Even at 100 years of age, Evelyn remains a sharp, colorful, and joyous woman, to the enrichment of her family and friends’ lives and the community, as a whole.

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