Iris Aldean Turlington of Wilson celebrated her 100th birthday at a luncheon held on Sept. 19 at West Nash United Methodist Church. The event was hosted by her nieces and nephews with approximately 90 family members and friends in attendance.
Turlington was born in Sampson County on Sept. 19, 1915. She was raised in Sampson County as one of eight children of Mattie and Oscar Turlington. She served with the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in World War II.
She retired from service with the state of North Carolina in 1978 and was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine that same year. She said she is proud of the fact that she worked on the family farm for 30 years, worked public jobs for 30 years, and has been retired over 30 years. During her time working for the state of N.C., she enjoyed travelling the state with her co-workers as they screened the citizens for tuberculosis.
Turlington moved to Wilson in 2005. She enjoys crocheting, playing canasta with her friends at the Senior Center, and attending services at West Nash United Methodist Church.
She is a loving aunt to 15 nieces and nephews, great aunt to 37 great nieces and nephews , and great-great aunt to 18 great-great nieces and nephews.