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Sen. Strom Thurmond and Aiken Mayor H. Odell Weeks presents the Order of the Palmetto to Ola Hitt of Aiken in April of 1990.
Staff photo by Suzanne Stone. Ola Hitt celebrated her 100th birthday with a gala party at First Baptist Church Saturday afternoon.
Staff photo by Suzanne Stone. Ola Hitt celebrated her 102nd birthday with family and friends Wednesday.
Friends of Ola Hitt gathered at Trinity Lutheran Home Monday to celebrate her 101st birthday. The party was thrown by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Hitt is front and center holding a plush white teddy bear given to all Trinity Lutheran Home residents on the occasion of their birthday. Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh took Hitt some tulips and said, "Boy, what a wonderful lady she has been and still is. I don't know anyone who I admire more." Esther Cope with the DAR said Hitt is a grand example of a true Southern lady because she has impeccable manners, is dignity personified, has a great amount of spunk while holding the respect of those around her and stays true to Southern class. Hitt's Chesterfield Street home served for many years as boarding house for injured WWI and WWII veterans.
File photo. Sen. Strom Thurmond and Aiken Mayor H. Odell Weeks presented the Order of the Palmetto to Ola Hitt of Aiken in April of 1990.
Staff photo by Teddy Kulmala ¬ Ola Hitt, a prominent Aiken resident who is known for opening her home to disabled war veterans, will turn 103 on Thursday. A celebration was held Saturday in her honor at Trinity on Laurens. Pictured with Hitt, center, are members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution and friends.