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Former Grundy County resident Gladys Creighton Arnett will celebrate her 100th birthday on May 24. She was born in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee on that date in 1913 to Morgan and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Perry Creighton.
Gladys met her future husband Bob Arnett at the Methodist Church in Tarlton where she attended Sunday school. He was from Pikeville, Tennessee and was in this area driving a truck on a road building crew. In August 1930 they were married and left for Miami, Florida where she still lives. Bob passed away several years ago and their daughter Martha Lynn lives with Gladys in Miami.
Morgan Creighton lived to be 74 and Lizzie Creighton was 90. Gladys is the oldest of their ten children and has seven brothers who all served in the military with 108 years of combined service. Arthur lived to be 97, Tom 95, James “Perch” 83, Earl 79, Leonard “Boss” 68, Johnny “Sonny” will be 83 in July and the baby of the family, Ralph Taylor, is “only” 77. Gladys’ sister, Mary Ann, is 86 now but her other sister Martha Sue was just 52 when cancer claimed her life.
“It’s amazing how long the Creighton’s live and maybe Taylor will tell us where that fountain of youth is,” said Palmer Town Historian David Patton. “Opal James, 99, Betty Coffelt, 85, Wanda Hampton, 84, and Rev. John Creighton, Jr. 80, are all first cousins of Gladys. Paul Creighton, one of the Coalmont Creighton’s, lived to be over 100 years old. I hope the City of Miami recognizes Gladys in some way for not only being 100 but also for living 83 years in their city, which is remarkable to say the least.
Let’s do our part in Grundy County by sending her a card marking a century of living to: Mrs. Gladys Arnett, 510 NE 127th Street, North Miami, Florida 33161,” said Patton.