104-Year-Old Amherst Co. Resident Has Been Voting for Decades
Amherst Co., VA - Edith Jones is 104 years old. She says everything she starts, she finishes, and that's why she's never missed an opportunity to vote.
It's something she says she wouldn't miss for the world.
Born July 12, 1908, Jones has been casting her vote since the age of 29. She first voted in 1937, the year Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, was re-elected for his second term.
But if you ask her who her favorite president is, she'll say without any hesitation it was Kennedy.
"He had a vision and he had something he wanted to do that was worthwhile," she said.
After spending some time with Jones, we were off to the Amherst County Courthouse so she could vote.
She says it's something she plans to do as long as she's able.
"Always. Why not? Why not vote? See that's the trouble. People don't continue," said Jones.
In a matter of minutes, she cast her vote and it was time to head back home.
For Jones, deciding who to vote for was easy.
"Forward. That means onward, that means forward, not backward."
The day ended with a little more harmony from the once teacher and now mentor to many in her community.
We asked Jones what is the key to living such a long and fulfilled life and she said, "loving thy neighbor as thyself."