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  • Mattie Cayce reads a card from a well wisher. She celebrated her 100th birthday May 12, 2018.

Church, music keep centenarian young

“My only claim to fame is an old hound dog,” said Mattie Cayce who turned 100 years old on May 12. Cayce was referring to a couple of brothers who were her ancestors. They brought over the first four Plott Hound pups known in the United States from Heidelberg, Germany. The Plott Hound is a popular hunting hound typically used to hunt boar or bear. They are a tough and smart dog and they are actually the state dog of North Carolina.

Cayce’s family name is Plott. She was one of three daughters born to Paul and Evelyn Hampton Plott on Settawig Road in Brasstown. Her family moved just down the road to Warne shortly after her birth in 1918 and her father set up a grocery store. It was in that store that Cayce learned the skills that would carry her through life

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By Kate Scroggs Staff writer

Clay County Progress

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