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Clarke County is home to oldest Virginian

Clarke County resident Viola Brown, who celebrated her 110th birthday on October 4, is now the oldest person in the Commonwealth, according to a website that tracks supercentenarians (individuals who are 110 or older).

The Clarke County Board of Supervisors proclaimed October 4, 2021, “Viola Roberts Lampkin Brown Day,” and Board Chair David Weiss presented a framed proclamation to Mrs. Brown on her birthday. Viola Roberts was born October 4, 1911, in Hume, VA, the youngest of James and Maria Roberts’ 13 children. When she was 7, Viola, her mother, father, and a brother went to work on a farm in Berryville, VA. Viola married in 1936 and moved to a home on Josephine Street, where she still lives.

Mrs. Brown’s birth date is verifiable through Census reports and her marriage licenses.

Story and photos of Mrs. Brown and Board of Supervisors Chair David Weiss courtesy of Clarke County.

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