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Little celebrates 102nd with family and friends

October 11, 2009

The biggest cake Martin's grocery store sells, too many balloons to count and friends and family members clapping, cheering and smiling from ear to ear.

That's what Raymond Little experienced when he entered the Loyalton of Hagerstown living room Sept. 18 for his 102nd birthday party.

It was easy to tell from looking around the room that Little has led a busy life, as people from all walks of his life were on hand to celebrate the milestone.

The Wendy's employee who used to serve him a hot bowl of chili every Saturday was among the party attendees, along with people from his church, his sons, other family members and his neighbors at Loyalton.

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The birthday cake featured two horses - a symbol of his busy life - and read "Happy Birthday Mr. Little! 102 Years Young!"

Little is known in the community for sharing his stories of delivering groceries, working in factories and especially working on a farm with his favorite lead horse, Barney.

Little's friend of 20 years and bowling league partner, Jack Myers, shared memories and led the crowd singing "For The Good Times," "Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon" and "There Will Be a Change in Me." They also sang the birthday song, with Little joining in.

When Little was asked what the secret was to being 102 years old and so happy, he replied quickly, "Secret? Well, I don't know about a secret. Just live a good life, that's all."

Little has been a part of the Loyalton family for two years and the staff looks forward to sharing many more birthdays with him.

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