A well-known Arnoldsburg woman will become a centenarian on March 28, 2013.
An open house and party for Pearl King's 100th birthday will be held on Saturday, March 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at the home of Bernard and Donnie King's residence at 315 Deer Walk Drive, Ripley. No gifts.
Pearl would appreciate receiving a birthday card for her special day.
315 Deerwalk Drive
Ripley WV 25271
For many years she wrote a local news column for The Calhoun Chronicle and the Roane County Reporter.
Pearl, who grew up in the Cabin Run area of Beech, daughter of William Henry and Grace Maude Price Wallbrown, attended a one-room school and walked two miles to attend church every Sunday.
"I grew up with strict and loving parents. I learned that no meant no, and was taught principals and values," she said.
The Walbrowns owned a 100-acre farm. Pearl said she did her share of fence building, feeding chickens, milking cows, and riding a horse to the mill to grind meal, but admits she did manage to "slip off and go fishing a bit."
At 19 she met and fell in love with Willie Lee King, marrying him in 1932. They had two sons, Billy Dean and Bernard Eugene King. In 1978 her husband passed, and she continued to live in the family house at Leatherbark until she moved to live with her son Bernard in 2010. Her son Billy Dean passed in 2006.
She has eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.
Pearl has one surviving sister, Hazel Brannon, who turned 102 in December, 2012, and several nieces and nephews.
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Pearl enjoys sitting and reminiscing about the "good ole days," recalling a story about when she and her sister got into her mom's homemade wine.
Over the years she enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and making Barbie doll clothing.
While her eyesight is dimming, she remains full of life, listening to audio books, visiting her sister and her niece Myrtle Carpenter. During the week, her caregiver Teresa Workman and granddaughter Pam King takes her wherever she wants to go.
"My childhood was full of happy and cherished memories," she said.