By Lena Mitchell | Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – “God Bless America” were the words Earskin Evetts said as he was brought into the dayroom of the Mississippi Care Center in Corinth on Monday to celebrate his 106th birthday.
The centenarian also was recognized last week with a resolution of the Mississippi House of Representatives to mark the occasion. A leatherbound copy of the resolution and a flag that flew over the state Capitol graced the table that held the birthday cake.
Evetts is an Alcorn County native, born Jan. 9, 1906.
He has two surviving children – Vera Ruiz, 78, of Rienzi and Cecil Evetts, 74, of Russellville, Ala. Two of Evetts’ children with his late wife, Irene, died in infancy.
They and others of their six generations of family members were joined by Mayor Tommy Irwin, nursing home staff, other residents, friends from the community and veterans in the celebration. Many of the nursing home staff members were tearful as they watched the resident they fondly call “Pops” at the center of attention.
“When I was here visiting him last week the first thing he said to me was ‘What have I done?’ ,” Irwin said with a smile.
Five members of a military honor guard conducted a flag folding ceremony and presented the flag to Evetts, congratulating him on a life well lived and service to country and family. They also presented him with a certificate designating Evetts Veteran of the Month for January 2012 from the U.S. Veterans and Volunteers, while a number of other veterans lined up to congratulate Evetts and wish him well.