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Charlotte resident, Hester Ford, celebrates 116th birthday

On August 15, Charlotte, NC resident, Hester Ford celebrated her 116th birthday. She was born in 1904, nine months after the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk. She was four years before Henry Ford made the first Model T car.

Hester married at the age of 14 and gave birth to the first of her twelve children at the age of 15. As of today, she has 68 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren, and 120 great-great-grandchildren.

Hester said she did not know the secret to a long life, but she knows it is important to live right and trust in God.

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Stephanie King
Stephanie is a senior contributor and website manager here at Before working at, Stephanie was the senior photographer at for seven years. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Randleman High School.


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