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Grandin Carton Ford, center, sits with his daughter, Kathie Jane Ford, as Rachel Deal, left,
and County Commissioner Martha Hicks present him with a plaque commemorating his
100th birthday and his many accomplishments and experiences over the past century.
Photo by Matthew Hundley



Originally published: 2012-11-08 11:23:31
Last modified: 2012-11-08 11:23:31

Ford recognized on 100th birthday

Matthew Hundley / (matthew.hundley@averyjournal.com)

Grandin Carlton Ford received a plaque commemorating his 100th birthday from Avery County Commissioner Martha Hicks and Rachel Deal, who presented the award on behalf of the High Country Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging. Ford received the honor during his 100th birthday party last Sunday, Nov. 4, at Newland Christian Church.

The plaque depicted a resolution acknowledging Ford’s many accomplishments and experiences over the past 100 years, which included his birth in 1912, his time fighting in the South Pacific during World War II (Ford is Avery County’s oldest living veteran), his marriage to Gladys Benfield in 1942, the birth of his daughter, Kathie Jane Ford, and his years working for the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

When asked for the secret to a long life, Ford’s answer was simple, “hard work.”