Lookout Valley's Halie Forstner celebrates 105th birthday
Halie Forstner is the pride of Lookout Valley. Monday was her 105th birthday, and all sorts of honors have been coming her way.
One of the Tennessee Valley's most special people was honored in Nashville Monday for a life well lived.
Halie Forstner is the pride of Lookout Valley. Monday was her 105th birthday, and all sorts of honors have been coming her way. For someone who has survived two World Wars, the Great depression, a broken hip, and 105 years worth of life's ups and downs, Miss Halie is in a word, modest. "I haven't had a spectacular life, I was born on Sand Mountain in Dade County, Georgia in 1911, moved to Chattanooga in 1920, and graduated from Chattanooga High School in 1930. I only had one year of college, because of the Depression." But she has accomplished a lot in her 105 years.
On her birthday, she took a road trip to Nashville, where the State Legislature recognized her amazing longevity. Amid the proclamations and certificates was a special visitor, Gov. Bill Haslam, who took time out just to say hello. "He was very nice, taking time to talk to little ol' me," she said. "I like him."
One day later, it's back to normal at her home near Lookout Valley Presbyterian Church, where she was the first woman elder. It's a life and career that took her from Chattanooga Medicine Company, (now Chattem) to TVA, (where she saw President Franklin Roosevelt), to Loveman's department store. At 105, she still drives. "Just here in Lookout Valley," she said. "I just got my license renewed! I just go to get groceries and to the beauty shop, that's all."
Friends often remark that she doesn't look 105. "I don't have anything to do with that," she laughs. "I try to eat right, and I'm a Christian. It's God's will that I'm still here."
She says she'll forever be grateful to TVA for being her longest employer, and in her words, for saving the South, providing electricity after the Depression.