Still bowling at 90

Published 8:46 am Wednesday, September 15, 2010

FRANKLIN—Louise H. Bryant spent the day before her 90th birthday doing what she does every Tuesday: bowling.

Bryant, who turns 90 today, is one of more than 60 bowlers in a 55-and-older league that bowls at the Franklin Bowling Center on Tuesday mornings.

“That’s my little exercise,” she said. “I don’t have a high average, but I really enjoy it.”

The Franklin woman’s average is 100, she said, adding that it used to be “a little bit higher.”

She said her bowling partner for the past 17 years, Bertie Scott, has a higher average.

“Some days she out bowls me,” Scott said.

A teacher in Southampton County for more than 30 years, Bryant said she looks forward to coming to the bowling alley on Tuesdays. She doesn’t even let doctors’ appointments get in the way of bowling.

“If they say, Tuesday, I say ‘make it another day, please,’” she said.

Bryant still drives and just recently got her license renewed through 2018.

“I won’t see it,” she joked.

Bryant, a Norfolk native who moved to Franklin in the 1950s with her husband, said her graduating class from Norfolk’s Booker T. Washington High School recently held its 72nd-year class reunion.

“It’s a few of us still around, about 10 or 15,” she said.

Bryant is also active at St. Luke AME Zion Church and has two daughters and a son. She said her children are planning to take her out to celebrate Thursday.

“She’s a good bowler, drives that car and does what she wants to do,” Scott said of Bryant. “Lou’s something else.”