Monday, July 20, 2009

Ms. Birdie Joiner is 104 Today!

A faithful reader made us aware of a special birthday today, and we couldn't be more happy to recognize this landmark event.

One hundred and four years ago today, Birdie Ora Brown was born in the Lexington community. Birdie's mother died when she was still a child, thrusting her into an early adulthood as she cared for her younger siblings. In 1923, Birdie married Willie Price Joiner; their marriage lasted 39 years until his death in 1962.

Ms. Birdie still lives in the home in which she raised her five children. Son Dell and daughter Ophelia died at relatively young ages. Three sons lived to adulthood and married. Sons Harlon and David are now deceased; son Conred and his wife Betty Sue live nearby. Among Ms. Birdie's grandchildren are Willie Joiner, principal of Lexington school, and Killen businessman Joey Joiner. Ms. Birdie also has numerous great-grandchildren.

Health permitting, on Sundays you will find Ms. Birdie at the Killen Church of Christ where she is a member. Weekday nights find Ms. Birdie visiting with her favorite, Larry King. So if you plan to call to wish her a happy birthday, be sure to check the television listings first.

Happy 104th, Ms. Birdie Joiner!

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far above rubies. Proverbs 31