Goode man celebrates 100 years

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By John Barnhart

Roy Arrington, of Goode, was a New Year's Day baby.

Arrington was born on Jan. 1, 1908 near Sedalia. Yesterday he celebrated his centennial.

He worked a number of different jobs, including a stint with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) doing road work in Bedford County during the Depression. He finally landed a job with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and stayed with them for 36 years until his retirement in 1970. He was a motor grader operator and truck driver for VDOT and worked under 12 different resident engineers in the county.

He and his wife, Louise, married in 1935. She said that they first met at a dance in a home and that he broke his first date with her.

"I went with somebody else because he was late coming," she commented.

Arrington was obviously able to atone for this error.

The couple still reside in the home, on Va. 811, that they purchased 69 years ago. Back then the road was an unpaved gravel road and the house had only three rooms. Arrington built additions, doubling its size.

Arrington also helped build the New London Ruritan Club's current building. One of the club's charter members, he was honored with its Distinguished Service Award in 2001.