Celebrating the 100Th Birthday of Ms. Virginia Vealby Representative Ander Crenshaw
Posted on 2015-12-17
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Mr. CRENSHAW. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to celebrate the 100th
Birthday of Ms. Virginia Inez Bates Veal on December 17, 2015. Born on
December 17, 1915, Ms. Veal has called Jacksonville, Florida home since
her family moved from Bartow, Florida in 1918 when she was just three
Virginia's life reads right out of the pages of a Jacksonville history book. As a young girl, she survived the Spanish Flu Epidemic that ran rampant through Florida in 1918. Her family endured the difficulties of the Great Depression in the late 1920's. And in 1934 Virginia graduated from Jacksonville's second oldest high school, and also my alma mater, Robert E. Lee High School.
After graduation, Virginia began working at Furchgott's, a local department store, in the Ladies Fine Wear section. After a 20 year career she retired as the Department Manager. During this time, Virginia raised two sons, Lamar Jr. and Lewis, in Jacksonville's well known preservation area of Murray Hill. Her two sons, also graduates of Robert E. Lee High School, went on to college and graduated from the University of Florida.
Virginia was married for almost 58 years to Mr. Prentice Veal. Mr. Veal managed and owned several dry cleaning plants around Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida. Virginia today still enjoys cooking, gardening, visiting with family and friends, and is very active in her ladies' circle and Sunday school class at Riverside Park United Methodist Church.
Mr. Speaker, I hope you will join me in wishing Jacksonville native, Ms. Virginia Veal, a very special happy 100th birthday.