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Subject: Armida Brunson Sholar, North Carolina's oldest person

Dead at 111
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Date Posted: Sunday, April 09, 01:58:48pm

GREENSBORO — Armida Brunson Sholar, who died Tuesday at the age of 111, had a few run-ins with the law as a teenager.

When she ran off at age 16 to marry Wiley Sholar, her parents called the police, who headed off the wedding, granddaughter Ginny Mobley said.

The couple tied the knot two years later.

Sholar was also cited by police during a beach outing for refusing to wear “those long hose,” Mobley said. It was the 1920s, after all.

Sholar, who lived in Greensboro, was the 13th oldest person in the United States and the oldest in North Carolina, according to Wikipedia’s list of supercentenarians (those 110 and older).

She was certainly the oldest resident of WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community and had lived there longer than any other resident — nearly 40 years.

“You would never know she was that old unless someone told you,” said Genna Martin, community life services coordinator at WhiteStone. The next-oldest residents at WhiteStone’s Care and Wellness Center are 100, she said.

“She was full of personality,” Martin said. “She attended all of the activities and never missed bingo.”

Two of her children lived at WhiteStone for a time in the 1990s, and Sholar outlived them both.

She’s survived by one son, Bill, who lives in Florida, 12 grandchildren and “about 22 great-grandchildren and about 18 great-great-grandchildren,” Mobley said.


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