Addie Belle Roberts celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday with friends and family at American Legion Post 71’s new building on East Spring Grove Avenue. She turns 100 today.
She grew up on a 240-acre farm in LaFayette, Ga., before moving to North Augusta in 1984. She said her favorite task was “chopping the cotton.” The family also grew corn and planted timber on the rest of the farm.
Roberts is one of eight siblings, and the only one still living. There was an 18-year age gap between her and her oldest sister, she said.
Roberts went into nursing, graduating with the Class of 1934 from Baroness Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. She retired in 1981 at the age of 70.
“I always liked doing things for other people,” she said. “I thought I’d really enjoy that.”
After she retired, she moved to North Augusta to live closer to her two daughters, Beverly Roberts and Gail Turner.
Roberts got involved in the community, joining the Order of the Eastern Star, Sheffield Fellowship and Senior Adult Choir at First Baptist Church of North Augusta and Hephzibah Lions Club.
For about 13 years, she performed blood pressure checks for members of Sheffield, she said. Between the Lions Club and Sheffield, she became known as the “tea lady.”
“I would always do the fair,” she said of fundraisers she was involved in with the Lions Club. Her role was to serve the tea.
Roberts says her biggest accomplishment is her family. She also said the secret to living a long life is eating good, believing in the Lord and following the Ten Commandments.