What better way is there to celebrate Older Americans Month than with a picnic.
For the last 46 years, during the month of May, hundreds of Douglas County’s senior citizens have come together for games, prizes, food and fellowship, and this year was no exception.
Approximately 320 of the county’s older citizens came together for the 46th Annual Senior Citizens Picnic Thursday morning at the Woodie Fite Senior Center where some of their peers led a program of patriotism and song — with a few rounds of bingo thrown in to get things started.
Bill Hembree, former state representative and local businessman, served as master of ceremonies for the program.
Lenwood Howard shared his singing voice in what he described as “a gift from God” by performing the National Anthem, before Korean War veteran Jack Baggett posted the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Rev. Dr. Sandra Fox, retired pastor of Douglasville First Presbyterian Church, gave the invocation.
The city and county’s top elected officials, Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson and Douglas County Commission Chairman Romona Jackson Jones, welcomed the senior adults and recognized the two oldest Douglas County senior citizens attending the event.
Vera Robinson, at 98, was recognized as the oldest female senior citizen at the event. She was gifted with a corsage and awarded a key to the city of Douglasville by Mayor Robinson and a gift certificate from County Commission Chairman Jones.
Willard Tumlin, 96, was honored as the oldest male senior citizen at the picnic, inching out two other gentleman aged 95. He, too, was presented with a boutonnière and was awarded a key to the city of Douglasville by the mayor and a gift certificate from the county commission chairman.
A fried chicken lunch with all the fixings was served under the direction of Mary Chitwood of Gentiva Hospice. The event was sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Douglasville Mayor and City Council and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, along with local business sponsors Walgreens and Jones-Wynn Funeral Home.