Viola Williamson turns 101
By Jana E. Pye, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Viola Williamson celebrated her birthday on Christmas Day, but received two additional gifts at her home surrounded by her family and friends on Saturday, January 10, 2015 – including a letter signed by the President and First Lady, and a special plaque from the South Carolina State Senate.
“You are celebrating your birthday all December and January,” said granddaughter Dexterria. “And Lord willing we will be planning your next year’s birthday soon!”
Her son Bishop Charlie Jenkins, one of her “babies” at the young age of 80, thanked members the many attendees that packed into her home for the celebration.
“She has raised us all,” said Jenkins. “And we are all closer to God because of her example.”
She was serenaded by one of her grandchildren, Bobo Ferguson, on the saxophone- her favorite song, “My Girl.”
As tributes were spoken, Williamson dabbed her eyes and smiled at her loved ones, and joined in two songs of praise.
“Thank you all for being here,” said Williamson. “Now get out there and give back! Don’t just ask God to help you, do things to help him. Work together, and give tithes to your church. It’s not your money; it’s all God’s money- you have got to give to receive. Look at how blessed I am for all of you, and my health. If you live a good life and are good to one another, and raise your children up in the church, you will be just as blessed as I am.”
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