Celebrating 100 years

Published 12:27 pm Wednesday, October 24, 2007

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Barnetta Williams celebrated 100 years of life Sunday with her friends, family and church family at Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church Fellowship Hall.
According to Williams' family friend, Salena Johnson, Williams had a great time at the party and was thankful to everyone in attendance and is already looking forward to another year of life.
"She (Williams) enjoyed it very much," Johnson said. "She said 'If the Lord sees fit for me to see another year, I'm going to be thankful and be gracious.'"
Presentations by the governor's office, mayor's office, commissioner's office and the church were a part of the celebration. Williams received plaques, monetary gifts and other gift items. Pastor Joseph Williams, Charles Reynolds and Sandra Culliver each played a special part in the day. Williams also had family from all over the United States visit her at the party.
"I would like to thank everyone for coming and being so generous with their time," Johnson said as co-coordinator of the party. "This is the third year we've given her a birthday celebration and everyone seems to be overjoyed that she is such a loveable and sweet person."
Williams was born in Monroe County on Oct. 20, 1907. She came to Atmore when she was very young and grew up in the Freemanville area. She started attending Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church in 1960. Her husband, Henry, passed away in 1970 and her son David passed in 1978, according to Johnson.

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