Marvin S. Sechrest celebrated his 101st birthday on Saturday with a family get-together.
Family and friends gathered around the private home of Marvin Silas Sechrest to celebrate the milestone and share many events from his life.
Born in Hillsville, Virginia, his first job was as a water boy At Salem United Methodist Church in 1924. His next job was at Renfro Hosiery Mill as fixer. He married Betty Alice Hall on Sept. 21, 1932 and they bought a home on Wards Gap Road, Mount Airy.
He moved to Hampton, Va. to work as a machinist at Newport News Shipbuilding. As a machine operator he designed a crane hook lifting rig to lift a part for aircraft carrier arresting gear and received an award from the shipyard for his work. After World War II he accepted a position as supervisor with CRT Bus Company — later known as Pentran and still later as HRT — where he was responsible for the routes and schedules for more than 20 years.
He transferred to the position of shop foreman of the machine shop, which was his first love, where he invented many time- and cost-saving tools and machines, some believed to be still in use today. He retired from CRT after 32 years of service in 1978.
Since retirement, he has kept himself busy with exercise, riding his golf cart, rocking on the porch and continued service to Providence United Methodist Church.