Nannie Church celebrated her 103rd birthday on Aug. 28, at the Villages of Wilkes Traditional Living facility with family and friends in attendance.

They included her only surviving child, former North Wilkesboro Mayor George Church and wife Margaret, three grandchildren, Donna Royal and husband Danny, Vickie Lyck and husband Carsten and Keith Huffman and three of her great-grandchildren, Kirsten Lyck, Bjorn Lyck and Victoria Royal and fiancé Greg Murray.

Over 35 residents and 5 staff and volunteers assisted in the party, at which she received many cards and gifts.

Janice Cheek, activity director, presented her with a dozen red roses, other gifts, a singing card and several cards signed by residents and staff.

Mrs. Church has lived at the Villages for three and a half years and is a delightful and funny lady, said Ms. Cheek.

Nannie Johnson Church was born to Eli and Carrie Hawkins Johnson. She was raised in the Mountain View community along with three brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Church and her family attended Oak Ridge Baptist Church. After reaching adulthood, she moved to North Wilkesboro, where she met and married Dock Eller Church. They became the parents of four sons, Ray, Edward, Frank and  George and one daughter, Delores  Church Spencer.

After her husband’s death in 1970, Mrs. Church moved to Las Vegas, Nev. to live with her daughter, Delores and grandson, Keith.

She spent the next 40 years living in Las Vegas, until the time of her daughter’s death in 2012. Mrs. Church moved back to North Wilkesboro to be near her son, George.

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