Rountree turns 100

Published 9:04 pm Monday, December 7, 2015

A local native celebrated her 100th birthday recently with her family.

Annie Moody Rountree, who lives at Kindred Nansemond Commons on West Constance Road, turned triple digits on Nov. 15. She was born in Nansemond County and has been a resident of Nansemond County and Suffolk all of her life, said her stepdaughter, Leah Rountree Powell.

Annie Moody Rountree celebrated her 100th birthday last month. (Submitted Photo)

Annie Moody Rountree celebrated her 100th birthday last month. (Submitted Photo)

Rountree graduated from Suffolk Public Schools, Powell said, and was the oldest of nine children. Only one sibling, a sister, is still living. Their father ran the meat market in the old city market, Powell said.

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“She’s an amazing woman,” Powell said. “She’s always taken and spent her time looking after her family and her church.”

Rountree is a lifetime member of First Baptist Church on North Main Street.

“She served her church as a Sunday school coordinator, senior coordinator, senior choir member and any other way that she could do,” Powell said. “She loves her church.”

Rountree also is a member of the Suffolk Woman’s Club, although she has been unable to attend lately. She also is a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She retired as an executive secretary from the Virginia Department of Transportation and spent her retirement traveling with her husband, Shelton Rountree, prior to his death.

These days, she occupies her time at Nansemond Commons with socializing.

“She enjoys company and spending time with other residents and social events that go on,” Powell said. She treasures time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-nieces and -nephews.

“She still thinks the world of her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren,” Rountree said. “She’s a very caring and giving person. I’ve been blessed to have her in my life, that’s for sure.”

Powell said she believes Rountree has lived so long simply by staying active.

“She’s been in good health and never had any major illnesses,” she said. “She still stayed active up until about two or three years ago.”