Still kicking high after nine decades
By Sparta Live | November 25, 2013 12:00 am
Doris Gamble has lead a vivacious life, to say the least. Sorting through the newspaper clippings and pictures she’s saved, it’s easy to see her vibrant spirit highlighted by her many accomplishments.
“I haven’t been still long,” Gamble said.
Gamble is by definition a triple threat, being talented in acting, singing, and dancing.
Gamble was very active in theatre, performing for the Cookeville Drama Center and with other acting groups. She has played roles in The Miracle Worker, Guys and Dolls, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and French Toast, to name a few.
Gamble was also a member of The Spirits, an a cappella singing group. She enjoyed singing songs with the group, such as “Daddy Sang Bass.”
As an avid dancer, Gamble has clogged as well as line danced. She began teaching line dancing in 1996 at the Senior Center in Sparta. To this day, Gamble still teaches line dancing at the Sparta YMCA every week.
Invested in the community, Gamble was the president of the Doyle Community Club for three years. Gamble has also worked at the Walgreens in Sparta since they opened; she has worked on the floor as well as with stocking in the store.
Though she was not born in Sparta, Gamble grew up in Doyle, where she attended Doyle school and played basketball. Her joy in playing basketball continued into her twenties, when she played on a team for her workplace. She also attended White County High School. Later, she succeeded in attaining her GED at the age of seventy-one.
Though Gamble leads a highly rewarding life with many beloved friends, she still misses her family. She especially misses her sister, Ethel, who had lived with her, as they were very close. Gamble understands loss, but she says, “I just keep going.”
Gamble’s active involvement has been driven by her “I can do it,” attitude and her persistence to just keep going in order to find personal happiness.