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Pinellas County pioneer celebrates 102nd birthday

Friends and family gathered at the Clearwater Country Club on Feb. 12 to honor Daniel Guy McMullen as the clan's oldest living member at his 102nd birthday party. The following day there was a reception at his Clearwater home, where he received a stack of cards from well-wishers across the country.

Still sporting his trademark red Stetson, the centenarian-plus enjoys watching Florida Gators football and smoking an occasional Cuesta-Rey cigar.

He was born on Feb. 13, 1908, to Ward and Jessie McMullen. His father, also known as "Captain Jim," was one of 11 children born to James P. McMullen, an original homesteader of the area.

A 1928 Clearwater High School graduate, he also attended the University of Florida.

Locally, he owned and operated a Standard Oil gas station before becoming a company agent and distributor.

He and wife Laura spent 64 years together until her death in 1994.

His family includes son Paul McMullen of Clearwater; Daniel Guy McMullen Jr., who died of cancer in 2006 at age 72; and twin girls Linda Davidson and Laura Weikel, both of Seminole.

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Rachel Hammond, a 2005 graduate of Clearwater High, Times 2004-05 player of the year and the state's Class 5A player of the year, completed four years of basketball eligibility at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., in the spring of 2009, including three Big South Conference championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Later in 2009, she completed her student teaching and earned her Teacher Licensure Endorsement. On Jan. 8, she was conferred a bachelor of science degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, department of history at Liberty University, and graduated summa cum laude.

Her future plans include pursuing a master of arts in history as a graduate assistant, teaching high school history and possibly coaching basketball.

Rachel is the daughter of James and Polly Hammond of Dunedin.

Pinellas County pioneer celebrates 102nd birthday 02/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 6:16pm]
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