The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Faith

July 16, 2013

Avanelle Hattery celebrates 101st at local cafe

ANDERSON — It was a quiet, sunbathed afternoon when Avanelle Hattery walked into Becky’s Happy Mule Café with her niece, Sherry Minton, and Sherry’s husband, Terry.

Nothing seemed special inside the cozy cafe as a handful of other patrons enjoyed their food.

But for Hattery, the afternoon lunch celebrated a unique occasion, her 101st birthday. Despite any attempts she may have had to keep the afternoon low-key, a few others took notice.

“I think it's very fun,” said Becky Donohue, owner of Becky’s Happy Mule. “She looks amazing and beautiful.”

Everyone present noted that Hattery walked into the restaurant and looked many years younger than 101.

“What’s most interesting is when you are sitting and talking to her,” Terry Minton said. “She has a sparkle in her eye that most older people don’t have.”

Donahue was prepared for the occasion with a candle shaped like a number 1 that she placed on a piece of pie and served to Hattery at the end of her meal.

Despite turning 101, the 1 also holds significance for Hattery. Her great-great-nephew, Eli, is turning 1 this year, and Hattery jokingly says she is starting over with him at age 1, even though she has 100 years on the youngster.

The pie and candle were not the only surprises. Hattery’s meal ended up being free thanks to a nearby patron who overheard what was going on and paid for the trio’s meals before he left.

Hattery was born on July 13, 1912.

She operated six restaurants in Madison County with her husband, Halford Hattery, who died in 1991. Halford manned the grill while Avanelle tackled the baking duties, and everything the two cooked was made from scratch.

“Top Hat was my favorite (restaurant),” Hattery said. “There was only one other cafeteria at the time with a buffet. That is something I have seen grow over the years.”

Text Only
Faith
  • Davis, Verna mug Verna Davis: Got a song stuck in your head? Just surrender Ever have a song stuck in your head? You find yourself thinking about the song at random times during the day. Or humming the song at odd times during the day. Or worse yet, when stopped at a traffic signal you find yourself belting it out only to realize that even with the windows rolled up, the person in the car beside you can hear your not-so-musical rendition.

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0816 - church news - Azzato, Jennifer Church News: Aug. 16 The following are brief Church News items of local interest.

    August 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Judge: Church of God fraud case closed No objections have been filed preventing the closure of a decade-old investment fraud case involving the Church Extension of the Church of God. The deadline for objections to a plan resolving the case was Aug. 4.

    August 8, 2014

  • FEA - HB0809 - United in Christ - DH 4 Uniting to serve A meaningful relationship with God can grow within the walls of a church, but for the congregation at United in Christ Church, that connection happens by taking time to step away from the pews and walk into the community.

    August 8, 2014 4 Photos

  • Verna Davis: Asking and answering some rhetorical questions

    A rhetorical question implies its own answer so in order to make a point. Sometimes, rhetorical questions are meant to engage us in...well…umm…some sort of rhetoric. Just for the fun of it, let’s ask (and answer) some rhetorical questions.

    August 8, 2014

  • Church News: Aug. 9 The following are brief Church News items of local interest.

    August 8, 2014

  • FEA hb0802 World Race 1 Called to serve Life right after college is a time of uncertainty and scrambling for a full-time job for a lot of recent graduates, but Holly Smith has known in her heart for a while what she was destined to do after commencement.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Davis, Verna mug Verna Davis: Peace is worth fighting for Some people say they know how to find peace. We should “simply” follow our hearts, search for meaning in our lives, and fulfill our dreams. Sad to say, those things may bring us a bit of satisfaction, but they certainly don’t bring us peace.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • JamFest set for Aug. 3 at Christ Lutheran Christ Lutheran Church, 2751 N. Scatterfield Road, will host JamFest from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.

    July 26, 2014

  • Verna Davis: Seek peace by turning from evil and doing good There's something we all want: peace. World peace. Family peace. Personal peace. We yearn for peace, a feeling of freedom from commotion and antagonism, of harmony in our relationships, of lack of strife or dissension. What would we do to have peace in our lives?

    July 25, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin