|Source: Baptist Press|
In 2021, Parnell Suttle of Portland, Tennessee baked 196 cakes for friends and events in her community, but now the 95-year-old is ready to slow down. Speaking in an interview she said, “I’m not going to bake as many this year as I did last year.”
In recognition for her hard work and dedication she was named Portland’s 2021 Citizen of the Year. A member of First Baptist Church of Portland, “Ms. Parnel,l” as she is affectionately known, seeks to embody Christ teaching through her outreach and interactions with others.
According to her pastor Tim Colovos, Suttle has “been a staple in our community and just such a blessing to our church for many, many years. She’s known for her cake-making. She has literally made thousands of, if not 10,000, cakes in her lifetime.”
First Baptist Church received the honor of 2021 Non-Profit of the Year, the second time the church has received the designation.
A native of Portland, Suttle has resided in the town all her life and prides herself on never missing the annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival since its inception in 1941. A retiree of the Sumner County Corrections Department, Suttle enjoys retired life.
“Now that I’m retired, I get up in the morning, I have breakfast, and after breakfast, that’s when I make a cake,” she said. “I really have enjoyed it. I’ve got nine different kinds. I don’t make them to sell. I just enjoy making them for everything where we need to have a cake.
“But occasionally, somebody insists on buying, and I will sell them a Hershey’s chocolate or a strawberry or something that they want. I have a freezer in my garage that’s just right to hold all my cakes. So, I make them and freeze them and when I’m ready, for anything or anybody, I can just take them out and let them thaw, and they’ll be just as moist.”
Elated to have received such a recognition from her community she remarked, “I’m just so thankful to be here, and get to make my cakes and enjoy my friends.”
Source: Baptist Press