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Loretta Poarch
Loretta Poarch
Calhoun, GA
70 Years Young






Tell us about your family and your accomplishments.

  • I was born and have always lived in Calhoun.  I was married to my husband for 50 years. We had five children, 4 boys and 1 girl, 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
  • I worked for Springs Industry (made bath sets and scatter rugs) for 30 years as a Samples Clerk.
  • Currently, I work part-time at the Cracker Barrel Retail store and was proud to receive the Service Employee of the Month Award in 2007.  The employees vote for the person to get this award.  It is based on our outlook for Cracker Barrel and our service to the people.
  • I like to travel with my family when I can.
  • My husband and I always had a big garden.  My son helps with it now.  We grow tomatoes, okra, corn, muscadine vines plus the usual.  I love gardening.  We give a lot away and I put some up.
  • When I was 62 years old, I went to Coosa Valley Technical College, receiving a Business Office Specialist degree in 2002.  I was an honor graduate, received the President’s Award and the Citizenship Award while I was there.
  • I took care of my mother while I was in college.  I’m proud I was able to do that.

Do you visit a senior center?

Yes. Calhoun Senior Center, Calhoun County.

How long have you been attending the center?

About three years.

What made you start going to the center?

I  started coming when my husband passed away.  A friend asked me to come.

What kinds of activities do you enjoy at the center

I participated in the classes for the Live Healthy Georgia Community Intervention and learned about healthy eating, being physically active and how to manage my medications.  These are wonderful and help make us aware of our needs.  The programs help teach us.  I only take 2 medications.

Do you volunteer at your senior center or at other community organizations?

  • I volunteer at the nursing homes in Calhoun and help my aunt and cousin and neighbors by running errands and whatever they need.
  • At the Center, I’m president of the Senior Nutrition Center Council, I lead exercises twice a week and I help deliver flowers for the people who are sick.
  • I’m a member of Newtown Baptist Church and received an award for 34 years of Dedication and Faithful Teaching.  I’m a member of the Trio Singing Volunteers.
  • I am current president of the WOM (Women On Missions group) where I have been a member for 30 years.

What advice would you give to young people today on how to live a good long life?

Put God first.  Have a good attitude.  Help everyone you can.  Stay active.








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