Thursday, March 27, 2008
Mayor DeBerry presents proclamation
A flurry of red and white balloons nestled on tables and against a red brick wall which served as the backdrop for Mary Walls-Smith’s 100th birthday celebration in Holly Springs on March 15; her actual birthday was March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. Mrs. Walls-Smith was surrounded by family and friends who came from as far away as Georgia and Michigan.
Mrs. Walls-Smith was born in Marshall County and lived most of her life in and around Holly Springs. She currently lives in Coldwater, where she has been for the last 14 years. She lives independently next door to her older son, Jesse Walls Jr. Her younger son, Lemuel, resides in Flint, Mich.
Mrs. Walls-Smith remembers the following as highlights of her illustrious life: visiting the Holy Land in the early 1970s; living during the reign of 18 different presidents of the United Staes; never having had to spend a single minute in a hospital as a patient; having had a headache only once in her life, when she accidentally fell in her home years ago; teaching school for one year when she was in her early 20s (she said she stopped teaching because her students were as old as she was). The one thing that she periodically talks about learning now is how to drive a car, the reason being that she sometimes wants to go shopping or visit a friend, and there is no one available to take her.
She was especially honored on her birthday with a proclamation issued her by mayor, Andre DeBerry. She was emotionally touched through songs by her former neighbor, Mary Brown of Holly Springs, and also by one of the trustees of her home church, Central Avenue Church of Christ, Coldwater), Bro. Willie Ramsey. She marveled at spoken reflections of her life and friendship given by her relatives and friends.
She thanks everyone for attending and for the beautiful gifts. She is praying for continued blessings for all.
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