Col. Iverson Shavers celebrates 99th birthday

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Surrounded by friends and family at his house west of DeKalb, retired Army Colonel Iverson Shavers celebrated his 99th year of life on Thursday, October 20.  A life that began as a farm boy only a mile from his present house and saw him travel all over the world in military service, finally returning home to Garland Community, west of DeKalb, where he has resided since retiring from active duty in 1962.
After returning to DeKalb, Shavers raised cattle and was active for years with the local Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, Oak Grove Water Board and the DeKalb School Board.
Guests at the birthday luncheon included his children, Michael, a retired Air Force officer who is with the Department of Justice and Frances, formerly the Chief of Staff at Notre Dame University and now a business owner in South Bend, Indiana.  Other guests included many of his nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and several cousins who live in the area, friends from his parish, St Mary’s Catholic Church in New Boston and other friends from the local area.
Guests lunched on barbecue with all the trimmings.  The meal was donated by family friends who own “Off the Bone” barbecue in Dallas.
After the meal, he blew out the candles on a chocolate and vanilla cake designed to look like a miniature version of his army uniform.
Originally a teacher, Shavers took the opportunity to give his guests a brief lesson on the history of Garland Community and remarked on how far people had come.
When asked about his plans, he said, he was going to start working on making it to 100!


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