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Golden Girls: Lifelong residents share fond memories of Brookhaven
by Christine Fonville
February 11, 2014 11:26 AM | 2477 views | 2 2 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / Sisters Othella McDaniel and Anne Hunt have lived in Brookhaven all of their lives.
Special Photo / Sisters Othella McDaniel and Anne Hunt have lived in Brookhaven all of their lives.
Lifelong residents Anne Hunt, 87, and her sister Othella McDaniel, 91, have seen many changes in Brookhaven, the city they call home.

“It has certainly built up around us and it’s been interesting to see all of the changes that have taken place,” Hunt said.

Back when the sisters attended Brookhaven Grammar School, Hunt said the city had more of a small town feel.

“Our post office used to be in the middle of the city along with a hardware store, a few drugstores and a theater,” Hunt said.

They attended a small church off of Colonial Road and described walking to and from the location every Sunday morning and Sunday evening.

After graduating from Chamblee High School, the sisters worked as hospital volunteers during World War II, during which time McDaniel met her husband.

“We assisted at the hospital until it moved to Chamblee,” McDaniel said.

Most recently, the sisters said they are pleased and excited with Brookhaven’s cityhood achievement.

The city celebrated its first anniversary of incorporation in December.

“We’re happy that Brookhaven is now officially a city and we hope the local government’s goals to improve our city continue to be met,” Hunt said.

Hunt and McDaniel said they have seen friends and businesses move in and out of the city throughout the years, but they do not plan on leaving anytime soon.

“My favorite aspect of being a Brookhaven resident is the convenience,” said Hunt. “My sister and I are within walking distance of a MARTA station, so we have easy transportation to wherever we want to go. We have all the facilities we need in a close proximity. In fact, I can almost walk down the street to a grocery store.”

Although the city has certainly grown throughout the years, Hunt said it still has the hometown vibe she remembers from childhood.

The sisters attend Brookhaven Methodist Church and McDaniel lives across the street from their childhood home. “I like the fact that I have neighbors who’ve been lifelong residents in Brookhaven too and we have yards and space, which is hard to find if you live downtown,” she said.

“Brookhaven feels like home to us because it is our home and always will be,” Hunt said.
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mary ellen stewart
December 03, 2014
my father probably graduated with you... chamblee class of 43!! or one of his siblings!! :)
mary ellen stewart
December 03, 2014
this is awesome!!! my dad went to brookhaven grammar school back when it was at the back of the gearhart building.!! ... along with all his siblings. all of the children of these siblings attended the brookhaven grammar school at its final place. we lived at the edge of the school ground. three generations of our family lived on the same street. i bet y'all know my father who is also 87 and the youngest of his siblings. ahhhh.. the wonderful memories!!!! :) This is a beautiful story to me! and yes i was born and raised in Brookhaven and raised my chilren here and still live here too!!! on our fifth generation here!...that i know of :) thanks for sharing!!!
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