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Proclamation honors Ailshie on 100th birthday


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Published: 11:20 AM, 03/15/2012 Last updated: 11:30 AM, 03/15/2012

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

MOHAWK-Mohawk resident James Willis "Spud" Ailshie marked his 100th birthday on March 8.

To honor this remarkable milestone in this equally remarkable man's life, a multitude of Ailshie's family and friends gathered Sunday afternoon at Fairview Baptist Church, in Mohawk.

Just before blowing out the candles on his birthday cake, Ailshie was asked how it felt to be 100 years old.

"Well, I can't rightly answer that question today," Ailshie said. "I was 100 last week. I'm working on 200 now."

The top political leadership in the State of Tennessee, including Gov. Bill Haslam, joined in signing a proclamation that offically declared Ailshie, who is known far and wide as the long-time proprietor of Spud's Store, at Mohawk, to be 100 years old.

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