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Coolidge man turns 100 years old

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

COOLIDGE, GA (WALB) – A Coolidge man is turning 100 years old Sunday.

His birthday party is shaping up to be a family reunion five generations deep.

We talked to the birthday gentleman, who says he's learned a lot in his long life and hopes to give some advice to younger generations.

A few wars, the first man on the moon, and 18 presidents. Theodore Alligood has seen it all.

"A lot of things have changed in 100 years."

And for being 100 years old, Alligood is amazingly healthy.

"I fell four or five times, but I never broke a bone," he says.

He credits his health to a lifetime of hard work.

"Since I was 8-9, I always had a job. I worked hard, good gracious."

Alligood has lived in this house in Coolidge since he bought it back in 1947, for only four thousand dollars.

"We went to Thomasville and bought $50 in furniture. It wasn't any more than a bed. But you know what? We were happy."

Alligood says young people can learn a lot from older generations, especially in these rough economic times. After all, he did live through the Great Depression.

"Tough times. But you didn't know any better. Everyone had tough times."

He says the difference between now and then is that people didn't spend their hard-earned money on material things.

"I have no idea what they're talking about with laptops and all that crap. I don't know nothing about that. I know they way we are in this country right now, it won't get any better. We're so deep in debt we will never pay it off."

One of Alligood's 14 great-grandchildren is in town for his birthday and hopes to learn a lot from him.

"I like looking at all his pictures and stuff," says Kylie Smith. "I think it would be cool to know how stores were back then because they ran so differently. I think it's really cool to have a great-grandpa who lived to be 100. Not many people live that long and that makes me feel special."

And he plans to tell his grandchildren all about the good ol' days.

"We used to go to church and we had fans (jokes as he waves his face with hand). That was greatest thing in the world! Akin to air conditioning."

And with 100 years under his belt, he's sure to have plenty more stories like that to share.

Alligood's centennial birthday celebration will be held Saturday from 3 to 5 PM at the Coolidge Memorial Baptist Church.

Family from as far away as Pennsylvania will be there including his two great-great grandchildren.

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