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4/23/2007-Tyler

Celebrating Life: 90's Luncheon

They lived through the Great Depression, during the Civil Rights movement. Now, they've probably had a chance to search the World Wide Web.

A group of East Texans came together for decades of memories.  There was one thing they were not shy about: their age.

One by one, those in the room called out their age, 94, 93, 92. They're all over 90, and Monday a party was thrown in honor of them.

"It's a real time to celebrate. Many of these people are in nursing homes," said June Buhler, First Christian Church Member and Member of the Covenant Bible Study.

Ten years ago, the Covenant Small Group Bible study at First Christian Church in Tyler started this tradition.

"We just feel like it's a time to honor these saints of the church and today was their day," said Buhler. 

"I've seen a lot of people come and go," said Lloyd Graham.

92 years old, Lloyd Graham has been at the church the longest. He has seen the church through three different Tyler locations.

"1925 was when I joined this church. I was ten years old. I've been pretty fortunate, having good health.  I still live by myself and do some of my own cooking," said Graham.

For 27 years, 91 year old Randy Robertson has been singing every Sunday. He's a lead tenor in the choir.

"I've been singing all my life," said Robertson, "I enjoy it. I just like to do it."

Hymn after hymn, Randy joked he would rather sing than eat.

"How precious is that grace appeared the hour I first believed," Randy sang, leading the group in Amazing Grace.

This day was about celebrating life. The generations that they've lived through and the ones to come.

The oldest one there was 95 years old.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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