Many celebrate 100th birthday of veteran, hero
Family, friends, community leaders, elected officials and more traveled near and far to Holly Grove Baptist Church to pay tribute, salute and honor Montell “Keno” Ginery on his 100th birthday.
He is the oldest active living member, Trustee, and Black History honoree. Mr. Gingery celebrated with his wife of 72 years, Mrs. Vernedia Gingery, 96. Guest presenters included Ripley City Mayor Jon Pavletic, who gave Gingery a Key to the City, Lauderdale County Mayor Maurice Gaines, who presented a Lauderdale County proclamation, State Rep. Chris Hurt, who presented the Centenarian Award from Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Master Sgt. Ronnie Elder, Lauderdale County Veterans Officer, who presented certificates as the oldest living Veteran in Lauderdale County, Forever Young Senior Veterans Organization of Cordova, who presented a personalized Army jacket, WWII Veterans Cap and medal. Bank of Ripley was represented with a bouquet of flowers. A reception followed this joyous occasion. God blessed his longevity.