Everyone is invited to join Miss Georgia Ann White on April 20 at The Fountain Square facility, 218 Frostland Drive, Water Valley from noon until 3 p.m. to help celebrate her 107th birthday. There will be plenty of soulful food, great singing and surprises.
White was born in Water Valley in 1912 and shared memories of her life during a 2016 interview with the Herald. She recalled dropping out of school after the seventh grade, even though her father wanted her to keep going, because she would rather plow fields and help the family.
One story she was particularly proud of was her visit to Washington D.C. She was in the area visiting for a family reunion, and a tour bus drove them to the capital where she saw the White House and the National Treasury. But her southern hospitality shined even in this moment, because rather than be in awe of the Presidential residence, she was appalled by all of the homeless people all around the city.
“I thought I was going to a nice place, but in that way it was worse than Mississippi,” she said, “around here someone would take you in and look after you.”
White has traveled all over the county visiting her extensive family. She had 14 brothers and sisters, and now has more grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren than she can count.
She has been to places like Houston, Huntsville, Memphis, and Detroit, among others, but every time she traveled, she always looked forward to coming home to Water Valley.
She also shared her secret for longevity.
“Live by the Bible and love one another,” she explained.
J.W. White, Jr. extends an invitation to everyone to attend Saturday’s big party.
“God has seen fit for another celebration! Lets come together to witness and celebrate a real life miracle, as Miss White becomes 107 years young on April 24, 2019,” invites J. W. White, Jr..