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Silver Cross resident celebrates a century of birthdays

A 100th birthday is quite a milestone to reach.

Trophine Davis was born on July 29, 1917, and celebrated that monumentus event with a party 100 years later.

Silver Cross Nursing and Rehab Center hosted a celebration in her honor with an American Red Cross theme.

Davis was a Red Cross volunteer for most of her life. She assisted wounded soldiers returning home from World War II. She was also a military spouse as her husband was in the Air Force. Even after war, she continued to volunteer and serve the armed forces.

The birthday celebration comes at a good time for the American Red Cross as the organization is also celebrating its centennial this year.

“This is a great opportunity for us to come down and celebrate her 100th birthday,” said Ivy Williams, chief executive officer of the Mississippi region of the American Red Cross. “It mirrors our 100th birthday. Most of her life, she has been a part of our family. It’s a great celebration of her life and her commitment to the American Red Cross.”

Davis is also known for many other things. She was a fourth grade teacher in the Brookhaven School District for numerous years, where she taught youngsters to read and write.

“She was the coworker you enjoyed working with,” said Dorothy Harris, who taught with her at Fannie Mullins Elementary. “It is an honor and privilege to be here to celebrate her birthday.”

Davis designed and constructed floats for many Christmas parades in Brookhaven. She also taught piano lessons.

Tributes were made throughout the celebration. Many people danced and shared memories of the woman’s life.

“I knew her when she first came to Silver Cross,” said Patty Hughes, an employee at the nursing home. “Everyday when she got done with her breakfast and lunch she would come sit at my office. We would sit and talk and laugh with each other about different things. Sometimes I would have to get people to distract her so I could go home.”

Red Cross officials presented her with several gifts, including a U.S. flag blanket, an Armed Forces pin to celebrate her continued service and a magnolia pin for serving the American Red Cross in Mississippi.

Willie Price, who is 90 years old, sang happy birthday twice to Davis. Once by himself and again with everyone in attendance.

Davis’ daughter, Linda Sue Lytle, gave tribute to her mother near the end of the celebration.

“My mom is a wonderful person and has a sweet spirit,” Lytle said. “She is very complimenting and giving. Everyone loves her. She is very talented with dancing, music, crafts and arts. Thank you everyone and the Red Cross for making this a special event. It’s quite the milestone.”