Former Jackson County teacher celebrates 100th birthday

Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST
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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - One hundred years of life, and a lot to show for it.

“She’s contributed so much not only to the community, she’s inspired young and old alike,” Annie Gibson’s son Leon said.

Gibson was a wife of almost 60 years, as well as a mother of two.

“She was always there for me, even during my rebellious years,” Leon said. “I could always count on her for a friendly face, a smiling face, a word of encouragement.”

She’s also spent much of her life teaching at both Jackson County Training School and Marianna High School.

“Many, many years,” Gibson said. “Thirty [years] to be exact.”

To celebrate this special birthday, her friends and family decided to hold a birthday party and parade in her honor. It wasn’t just community members who lined the streets to celebrate her 100 years of life. Gibson’s former students from all over came to join the fun, as well.

“I was a member of her eighth-grade class at Jackson County Training School, this was in 1970,” Gibson’s former student Coennie Woods said.

Her former students say they have fond memories of being in the classroom with Gibson.

“She made learning fun, she was approachable, she had such a soft personality, and you felt at ease, and that made learning easier,” Woods said.

Although Gibson said she doesn’t like to be in the spotlight, she was looking forward to her parade.

As for her secret to living to be 100 years old: “Oh. looking out the window and glancing at the television.”

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