Deputies Decline to Evict 103-year-old Woman

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies and a moving crew were about
to evict a woman and her daughter from their Atlanta home but
decided not to go through with it after they saw the women.

WSB-TV reports that Fulton County deputies and the movers, who had been hired by a bank, showed up Tuesday at the home on Penelope Road in northwest Atlanta. The home is shared by 103-year-old Vita Lee and her 83-year-old daughter.

Bank officials said Wednesday that an arrangement will be worked
out to let the women stay in the home.

Lee said she knew the deputies were coming to evict her, but
that God wouldn't let them do the wrong thing. Lee said the two
have lived in the home for 53 years.

Information from: WSB-TV,

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:00 PM
    I'm not in favor of what the deputies did here, but I remain open to the power of prayer. Obviously the Lord spoke to the hearts of these deputies, and these elderly ladies' prayers were answered. This is a living testament to the power of God in the face of adversity against all odds. God is more powerful. I pray that a legal and honorable solution can be worked out for everyone.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 at 09:20 PM
    It's a sad story. Too bad the bank could not have gotten something 'worked out' before all this publicity. However, the Fulton County deputies should be dismissed for failing to carry out their duties. I'd hate to see the two women put out on the street, but it isn't up to law enforcement to decide which laws to enforce and which ones to ignore. There was obviously an order from a court for eviction and these deputies decided to ignore it. This story is disturbing, not for the fact that these elderly women were facing eviction, but for the fact that the rule of law was evicted! This should terrify every law abiding citizen in this country.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Dec 9, 2011 at 03:11 AM
    Many seem to fail to consider the fact that most of the money the banks are working with belongs to individuals. Elderly, included, who depend on the interest to live on. Failing to pay money borrowed from a bank back is stealing from those people, not just the bank. It is the banks' responsibility to administer loans to make a profit, which is then paid out for operating costs, including bank employee salaries and interest to their customers. Those who put money in a bank have the right to expect it to be administered in a businesslike manner. The problem with banks occurred when Democrats decided everyone should have a home whether they could repay them or not and started requiring banks to use criteria other than good banking practices in determining who they loaned money to. THAT is why the banks had problems, and why some who continued with their normal lending practices did not need a bailout and aren't in trouble.
  • by Average Joe on Dec 6, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    I'm sorry Bank President but I don't have any sympathy for the banking industry. It was the greed of your colleagues (bank leadership) that played a huge role in the mess that our country is currently in. Banks may not steal but many of them sure are greedy as all get out.
  • by HOMEOWNER (all paid off) Location: GA on Dec 2, 2011 at 08:39 AM
    Tracey-no one can take a loan out on her home unless they are on the deed it would require her signature or power of attorney. If thats the case it is legal. Like I said the loan was made and probably had a few years or more left to go either way default is just that. If everyone didn't pay their loans and didn't get evicted would would be the point? Just give us all a place.
  • by chili on Dec 2, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    the bank cant eat the house, they gonna have a hard time selling it,unless they give it away or sit on it for a couple yrs even if it sells then,so they should have just let them ladies alone.
  • by Tom on Dec 2, 2011 at 03:51 AM
    I believe this whole story is fictitious, simply made up for a holiday season "feel-good" story, made up by the media to jump start the holiday season...
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 11:56 PM
    alot of you type your opinions without even knowing what you are talking about...a few sentences dont tell you what is really going on....if her son did do that than they need to go after him..but i think of all the children who have been evicted from homes and the handicap....its all wrong we need homes and everything we need to make homes was given to us for free why should we have to pay for half the things we pay for...i know why it happens...but thats a whole dif convo
  • by really? Location: pfl on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:13 PM
    i cannot believe what i am reading. if this was your family would you wan tthem just put out??? they cannot work. i just cannot believe someone called them deadbeats! they are way too old to work. people have lost love in their hearts, not just for others but in general. yes, at a point in time they were able to work and make payments, but can you honestly say that if it was you, would you have been able to put them out?
  • by Pops on Dec 1, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    What a joke...
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