Hester Ford, the Oldest Living American, Has Died

Hester Ford, the Oldest Living American, Has Died.

Author and poet, Pam Brown is quoted “Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.” I have never been a grandmother but the statement reeks of accuracy.

A grandmother, Hester Ford, who died this past Saturday will be remembered by friends and parishioners at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC and her almost 300 grand, great-grand and great-great-grandchildren.

Hester Ford’s official date of birth was August 15, 1904 or 1905, making her the oldest living American at the time of her death. At no less than 115 years old, she lived through numberless historical events in world history including two world wars, the greatest depression ever, a couple pandemics, the American Civil Rights Movement and a whole internet taking over the human population. 

Ford’s life-long impact was illustrated by her great-granddaughter, Tanisha Patterson-Powe, “She was not only a reminder of how far we have come as people on this Earth. She has been celebrated all over the world by local governments, community leaders, social media, foreign dignities and Presidents as a cherished jewel of society for holding the honor of being the oldest living person in America.”

Born in Lancaster, South Carolina, Hester grew up planting and picking cotton on a farm. In 1935 she married her husband John and they moved to Charlotte, NC where she became and remained a fixture in the community. In 2020, Mecklenburg County commissioners declared September 1st as Hester Ford Day.

Many prayers, thoughts and well-wishes go out to the entire family of Hester Ford. May her memory live longer than any celebrated rapper who killed other celebrated rappers and rapped about it. That’s cold but don’t be colder by disagreeing.

Do you want to live to be 116?

Author: Frank Levert