The celebration was held Sept. 2 at the Body of Jesus Christ Church on Gray Highway, and the honoree was Maggie Beatrice Whidby Black, who was born Sept. 6, 1912.
The matriarch, who is affectionately called Nell by friends and family, has lived in Jones County all of her life. According to information from her son Donald, she was the third of nine children born to the late Rev. James Henry and Mattie Lee Adams Whidby.
She was born in Bradley, but her family soon moved to Wayside. She lived there until her marriage to the late William A. Black in 1931. The couple resided and raised their children in Clinton.
Nell is the mother of five children: William Carl and Herman Eugene Black, now deceased; Jimmie B. Pitts, Geraldine M. Thomas, and Horace Donald Black.
The family adopted Dr. Micheal Iteogu in the 1980s, and he is considered the youngest sibling.
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