ACCOVILLE — Lula Smoot of Accoville celebrated her 100th birthday on June 29, 2014. A large gathering of family and friends gathered Sat., June 28, to honor Smoot on her special occasion.
The celebration was held at the Accoville Methodist Church with more than 200 people attending. Family and friends came from as far away as Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Illinois to celebrate with Smoot on her special occasion.
Since her birth, Smoot lived through the “Great Depression,” two world wars, numerous international conflicts and, for better or for worse, survived through 17 presidencies.
Her daughter, Anna Lee Smoot Koefoed of New Lenox, Ill., recalled what it was like to be the oldest of 12 children born to Smoot.
“One lesson I learned from my mother is that if you have anything good or bad to say about anyone, say it directly to their face,” Koefoed said. “This lesson probably stemmed from her Christian values. I remember attending church since I was three years old. I remember walking to church with my younger brothers and sisters. We always held hands with one another. My mother always wanted us to look our best on Sundays, especially for church services. As soon as Sunday services were over, we would go home and change clothes. The Sunday ‘best’ clothes were then cleaned and hung up for the following Sunday.”
Koefoed said her mother always put her children first in her life.
“I am very proud that my mother is still with us. Every day, I thank God for her and my surviving sisters Joyce, Linda, Jean and Vicky and brothers Roger and Richard, ” Koefoed said. “My mother has more than 25 grandchildren, more than 50 great-grandchildren and about 15 great-great-grandchildren. Along with numerous nieces and nephews, it is hard to get the whole family together for a reunion. Still, all of us are blessed that the best birthday gift she can have is to be deeply loved by all of her family. I thank God for her and hope and pray that she has many more birthdays.”
The Smoot family expresses their appreciation to the Accoville Methodist Church, to those who catered the event and to those who brought gifts, words of encouragement and attended the celebration.
Smoot, the daughter of the late Joe and Ida Young Robinson, is a member of the Accoville United Methodist Church.