In December Dorothy “Dot” Allen, a native of Lanett and Diversicare resident of Lanett, celebrated her 99th birthday with family, friends, city officials and Diversicare staff. That day, she received a Lanett Panthers t-shirt that she had requested.
Allen’s wish was granted on Friday. Lanett Mayor Jamie Heard and West Point Mayor Steve Tramell presented Allen with a long sleeve jersey with “Lanett Panthers” on the front.
“I have a jersey here, I heard she wanted to have it, and that says Lanett Panthers,” Tramell said.
Tramell showed Allen and the audience that the back of the jersey had Allen’s name and number 39 on it. Allen explained that the 39 represented her as a cheerleader at Lanett Junior High School in 1939.
“I wanted the shirt because of what the football team did this year,” she said. “They were so good.”
“Everyone will know who you are now,” Tramell said.
Allen jokingly asked what position she held. Several people responded “quarterback”.
“You’re the main star,” joked Sandra Thornton, director of the main Lanett center.
Allen recalled that she had a great birthday party.
“It was [beautiful] with all of her friends and decorations, and the food was amazing, ”said Thornton.
“So many great people have come that I love,” Allen said.
“Your family was here,” Thornton said.
“From Huntsville,” Allen agreed.
According to Thornton, the numbers and letters on the jersey were added by SewingMachine.com.