106 and still going

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 13, 2003

Lucille Howard, a soft-spoken woman with a passion for traveling, seemed to enjoy all the fuss being made over her birthday on Wednesday.

After all, it’s not everyday you turn 106-years-old.

Born in Wilcox County and married to a minister at the age of 16, Howard has lived in almost every portion of the state.

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She has also witnessed the creation of the modern airplane and the first popluar automobile, Henry Ford’s Model T.

The Rev. W.W. Nixon, who calls himself Howard’s &uot;spiritual son,&uot; said the elderly woman is always looking for somewhere to go. &uot;It doesn’t matter what the weather is like, she loves going with me to different places,&uot; Nixon said. &uot;When she was 90 years old, she took a trip to Detroit by herself.&uot;

Since her husband did not drive, Howard said she was always chauffeuring him around from place to place.

&uot;He has been dead for over 35 years now,&uot; Howard said. &uot;We didn’t have children of our own, but we adopted eight children.&uot; It is this love for adventure, Howard reckons, that has kept her alive for so long.

Howard has been a resident of this facility, operated by the Methodist Home for the Aging, for nearly 10 years. &uot;She is such a precious lady,&uot; said Betty Dunkin, Epworth House director. &uot;Miss Howard does not miss church or Sunday school. Every time I see her, she is always on her way to somewhere.&uot;

Several local companies honored Howard by donating the food for her party.

Dunkin said Wal-Mart donated the cake, Winn-Dixie sent her roses, and Church’s offered free chicken for the celebration.