Cherryville resident turning 105 wants to dance and receive 105 cards

Lorene Summey is gearing up to celebrate her very first birthday party in all her 105 years.

She was born on Nov. 23, 1917, which means she’s the oldest person in Cherryville, and Gaston and Lincoln counties.

Summey said she’s never had a birthday party and being the oldest of her parents’ six children meant that her younger siblings got to go square dancing while Summey had to stay home and help out around the house.

Now, all that’s about to change. It’s Summey’s turn to have her very first birthday party, which will be held 6 pm Friday, Nov. 18, at Somerset Court of Cherryville, 401 W. Academy St. She’s requested a Hoedown Barn Dance themed party — and it’s going to be big.

The local generosity has shocked Summey. Almost every detail to set the stage for the big birthday bash has been donated. From Fat Daddy’s DJ service providing the tunes — Summey’s requested classics by Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner and Hank Williams – to cakes from Food Lion and Megan Proctor, barbecue, photographer Crissy Barnes Blanton who will commemorate the event, and cosmetologist Lelia Maske who will ensure Lorene is photo-ready, the community has rallied.

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