Evelyn (McGehee) Etheredge has accomplished a lot in her lifetime. And not long ago, she added another special milestone to her list of achievements.

Etheredge recently celebrated her birthday in May. But it was no ordinary birthday. She reached a special milestone this year by turning 100 years old.

According to a write-up the Levy Citizen received, Etheredge was born May 18, 1922, in Newberry. She was child No. 9 out of 10 born to Clarence and Mary McGehee.

Growing up, Etheredge attended Newberry High School, where she was a part of the 1941 – the same year she graduated – women’s basketball Suwannee Conference and district title team, according to the write-up. This squad went undefeated and untied.

Following high school, Etheredge attended Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, located close to Rome, Georgia. According to the write-up, she graduated from the University of Georgia in 1946 with a degree in home economics. After graduating, Etheredge made the move to the Sunshine State.

She moved to Chiefland the same year she graduated college, where Etheredge started her teaching career as a home economics teacher at Chiefland High School, according to the write-up. She then moved to elementary education at a later time and taught second-grade. Etheredge realized this was her joy. After teaching for over 30 years, she retired in 1983.

Etheredge married Byron Thomas (B.T.) Etheredge, a Chiefland local and World War II veteran, on April 16, 1948. According to the write-up, the two had four children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Over the years, the Etheredge’s were massively engaged with the Chiefland Civitan Club, which was an organizer of the annual Watermelon festival, according to the write-up. Additionally, Evelyn was the first female to be elected as president of the Chiefland chapter.

According to the write-up, after retiring, Evelyn liked to spend time sewing, quilting and participating in activities at church. Her parents planted strong Christian values, which Evelyn was proud of.

Evelyn was honored to participate in this year’s Chiefland Watermelon Festival Parade with four family generations to show support for her grandson-in-law, Jason Whistler, candidate for Levy County Property Appraiser, according to the write-up.

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