Longest-lived Bedford County residents honored

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright presents Gladys Grogan, 106, with the key to the city during an event Thursday sponsored by Family Staffing Solutions and held at Celebration Way Assisted Living. Grogan is believed to be Bedford County’s oldest resident.
T-G Photo by John I. Carney

“I told my son about this,” said Mary Lynn Prince, “and he said, ‘Being 101 ought to get you in the paper.’”


Family Staffing Solutions, a company providing in-home services to senior citizens, started a “Century Club” in 2013 at its Murfreesboro office to honor Rutherford County citizens who had reached age 100 or more.

On Thursday, at the urging of Amanda Lankford from the Shelbyville office, they brought that idea to Bedford County, honoring Prince and Hazel Gordon, both of whom are 101, and Gladys Grogan, who at 106 is thought to be the county’s oldest resident.

Special day

A reception for all three women was held at Celebration Way Assisted Living on Union Street.

County Mayor Eugene Ray presented proclamations to all three women, while Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright presented each with the key to the city. They also received certificates from Family Staffing Solutions and congratulatory resolutions from Gov. Bill Haslam.

Lankford, who is Shelbyville office manager, and Kathy Bennett of the company’s home office emceed the event. Newly-appointed Circuit Court judge Wyatt Burk gave the invocation.