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100-year birthdays

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 11, 2005

Octavia Robison Richter was born April 27, 1903, in McBurg (now Frankewing), Tenn., to Otis Robison and his wife. She married and had a son, William L. McCracken, who died in 1998. She and her first husband divorced, and somewhere around 1930, she moved to Atlanta.

She met William Richter while in Atlanta; they married in 1940 and stayed in Atlanta until 1944. They then moved to St. Petersburg with Octavia's son, William, and William Richter's two children, Ronald and Beverly, They opened Richter Appliances at 35th Street and Central Avenue. Octavia worked with her husband at the appliance store until they retired. Ronald Richter continued to run the business until 1990. William Richter died in 2000.

Octavia was always active. She played golf, bowled and rode her bicycle extensively. She also had a motorcycle for a time.

Octavia has a reputation for being a wonderful baker. When she first moved to the assisted living facility where she lives, she enjoyed baking brownies and cookies for her friends there. On a few occasions, she also baked her Tennessee State Fair award-winning apple pies.

She has one grandchild.

If you or a family member is about to celebrate a 100th birthday or more, please let us know. Include the following information: the person's full name, date of birth, place of birth, parents' names (including mother's maiden name) if known, name of spouse (if applicable), marriage date, names of children and number of grandchildren (if applicable), length of time the person has lived in this area and a phone number in case we have questions. Also, please include a photo that doesn't need to be returned. We'll publish the information as close to the birthday as possible. Send the information to 100-year Birthdays, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-1121 or fax to (727) 893-8675.

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