Tipton, Burnette honored by AAA for turning 100
LEDGER – The High Country Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging Wednesday, Aug. 2, honored the lives of two Mitchell County residents who recently turned 100 years old.
Ruby Tipton, of Red Hill, turned 100 June 7 and Daisy Mae “Mama Daisy” Burnette, originally of Little Switzerland, reached the century mark May 22.
The women were recognized during a ceremony with family and friends at the Mitchell Senior Center.
Tipton was born June 7, 1917, to Jake and Esther Garland in Erwin, Tennessee. She married Garrett Tipton in 1933 and the couple moved to Yancey County and ran a convenience store for 39 years before moving to Mitchell County in 1977. She has five children, 12 grandchildren and a 7-year-old dog named Bullet.
Burnette was born May 22, 1917, in Little Switzerland to Jesse and Mattie McKinney. She married Harley Burnette and has three sons, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She is known by many as “Mama Daisy” for her sweet disposition and positive attitude.
Mitchell County Commissioner Keith Holtsclaw read resolutions from Area Agency on Aging Director Julie Wiggins recognizing and honoring Tipton and Burnette.