Left to right: resident centenarians Lillie Sewell, Altabee Pyle, Rosie Stone and Violet Longacre

Life Care Center of Columbia, Tennessee, is the proud home of four centenarians.


On April 20, 2018, the skilled nursing and rehab center threw a party for these ladies. The celebration included special piano music from honoree Altabee Pyle’s son-in-law, Clyde, as well as cake and ice cream, gifts and a proclamation read by Columbia Mayor Dean Dickey.


“Mayor Dickey said in his 10 years of being mayor, he had never had the honor of reading a proclamation for someone over the age of 100, much less four of them!” said Vanessa Purdom, business development director.


The four celebrants were Lillie Sewell, 104; Rosie Stone, 103; Altabee Pyle, 101; and Violet Longacre, 100.


Quite a crowd turned out to wish these women well. Besides the mayor were Sheriff Bucky Roland, Fire Chief Ty Cobb and Assistant Fire Chief Tony Scott, along with other residents, associates and lots of family members.


“I have never felt so special or loved in my life!” said Stone.


“I couldn’t believe how much fuss was being made over me,” said Sewell.


Sewell’s family treated the guests to a singalong of hymns around the piano as the party came to a close.

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