Woman turns 101

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 21, 2005

Longtime Selma resident Rosa Lee Hackett celebrated a birthday on Friday that few people ever get to achieve.

Surrounded by family and friends at Warren Manor Nursing Home, this mother of four and grandmother of 60 and great-grandmother of 40 seemed to revel in the attention she received at turning 101-years-old.

Though her age keeps her from moving around much, Hackett’s mind is still sharp. She can still recite her favorite Bible verses at rapid-fire pace.

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Hackett was born in Wilcox County in 1904, the eldest of seven children. A.C. Barnes, Hackett’s only living sibling, said his sister has the distinction of being the oldest member of their very large family.

“She is only one who has lived this long,” said the 75-year-old Barnes.

Hackett said she attributes her longevity to having a strong Christian faith, being a devoted reader of the Bible and always doing right.

“Always know the difference between right and wrong,” she said. “If you’re doing wrong, then you got to get right.”

She added that “the Lord has taken good care of me.”

Two of Hackett’s children, Bernice McMillian of Selma and Willie Hackett of Mobile, along with some of their children and grand children, attended the special birthday party.

Her other children, Alfonzo Hackett and Primpie Petteway, both now live in Youngstown, Ohio.