South Carolina Woman Celebrates 102nd Birthday Credits Her Long Life To Having Faith And Minding Her Business & Keeping The Faith


June 21, 2021

These are the keys to longevity!

A 102-year-old South Carolina woman credits her long life to minding her business and keeping the faith, WPDE reports. 


Annie Mae Belin of Darlington, South Carolina, recently celebrated her 102nd birthday. The intimate gathering was held with her family and church members at Truth and Fellowship Ministry. 

Belin sat there adorned with jewels and a crown during the celebration while partygoers gave her well wishes. Then, in honor of her special day, Belin decided to share a gift with everyone, her keys to living a long life, chief of them – minding her own business.

“Obedience. And trying to tend to my business. And leave other people’s business alone. Unless I have to get in it. Because I love to talk, and I love people,” Belin said.  


She also shared that her faith is another reason she feels she’s lived so long.

“My relationship with God. He’s my all. My everything…I just want to keep on loving God. And treating people like I want to be treated. Because we need more love in the world for one thing. Obedience is the best of all. And trust in God,” Belin said. 


The centenarian’s pastor, Dr. Jonathan Briggs, said he’s honored to be her spiritual leader.

“I’m humbled. For God to trust me with one of his prized possessions is a testament that his hand is upon me. And he believes that I will obey him in doing what I need to do. So, to have the opportunity to be her pastor is a humbling experience. Because it says a lot about how God thinks of me,” Briggs said. 

Belin also shared that she gets her hair done every two weeks by her stylist, the former mayor of Darlington, Gloria Hines. She’s lived a full life and continues to enjoy it. The only thing Belin misses is work.


“I feel really good. Ain’t but one thing, they won’t let me work. I have made cigarettes because my first job was in RJ Reynolds tobacco company. My cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff. All that stuff in Fairmont, N.C.,” she said. 

Happy Birthday Ms. Annie Mae Belin! Because of you, we can!

Photo Courtesy of WPDE


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