The former Alice Josephine Jeter, a county native and now a resident of Autumn Meadows in Gambrills, Maryland, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, July 22.
She was born to Tillman E. and Willie (Spencer) Jeter of Paces (now Sutherlin) and received her formal education in the Halifax County Public School system, graduating as valedictorian from Turbeville High School.
She received her spiritual education attending Arbor Baptist Church, near Brooklyn.
In July 1938, she married Paces resident John Manning Barksdale, son of John Lawson and Nannie (Manning), and moved to Anne Arundel County, Maryland, by the spring of 1940.
She is the mother of four children, all born in Maryland – the late Thomas Barksdale, Mark Barksdale of the homeplace in Lothian, Maryland, Christine Peeler of Conway, South Carolina, and Margo Cardelino of St. Charles, Maryland.
Following her husband’s death, “Jo” married Earl Everhart and, after his death, married the late Walter Hall. Thereafter, she remained in her home in Deale, Maryland, as long as possible before moving to Autumn Meadows care facility.
At this location, family and friends gathered for a time of singing hymns and giving hugs of congratulations, glorifying God for her long life.
The Jeters have been living in Halifax County since 1825, when preacher Thomas Ellett Jeter purchased 297.25 acres from Richard Jr. and Amy Kirby. The plantation passed to Thomas Ellett Jeter Jr. who deeded 24.6 acres to his son, Tillman, in 1918, the year of Jo’s birth.
Four years later, Tillman also received 75.4 acres from his father’s estate.
The maternal side of Jo’s ancestry highlights another long-time Halifax County family – the Spencers.
Willie (Spencer) Jeter’s grandfather was Banister D. Spencer; he was born in 1807 and lived all of his life in Halifax County. At the time of his death in 1875, he was living near the town of Halifax.
Family members said it is fun to speculate that the refreshing country air and food grown in the soil of Halifax County contributed to the long life of Alice Josephine Jeter Barksdale Everhart Hall.