BURGAW, NC (WWAY) -- One born-and-raised Pender County resident has been alive long enough to remember the sinking of the Titanic, the Great Depression, and the invention of airplanes. Five generations of family and friends gathered in the farmlands of Pender County to celebrate her long life. Born on September 30, 1900, when there were no cars, airplanes or concept of minimum wage. Carrie Walker watched the world change for 110 years; all of them from Pender County. Although she's lost track of the past nine.
“I’m 101, I think,” Walker said.
And when she was told to add a few to that, she wasn't having it.
“Don't let me know I’m that old. I don't wanna know. I don't wanna think about it,” Walker said.
Walker now has great-great-great grandchildren of her own, but she has become a grandmother to her whole community.
“Grandma Carrie, oh, I’m about to cry. She will leave behind a legacy of the sense of family and what it is to be a... she is the epitome of a mother, grandmother, wife, friend," Walker's granddaughter-in-law Pamela Walker said.
And her grandson says no one has anything bad to say about her because she's never said a bad word about anyone.
"I’m not stretching the imagination or playing on words to say anything good about her, because everything about her is just wonderful. It really is. She's wonderful," Willie Walker, Jr. said.
When I asked Mrs. Carrie to give me her best piece of advice, she kept it simple and true.
“Marry a good guy. Treat everybody right. Go to church on Sunday,” Carrie Walker said.
And although she knows she may not be able to sing "Happy birthday to me!" for the 111th time, she will always be singing.
"When I get to Heaven, gonna shout, shout, shout!" Walker said.
Walker said there's no secret to a long life. Just be kind to everyone, and eat your vegetables.