Mrs. Mattie Davis, who turned 100-years-old on July 11, was celebrated by her family with a drive-thru parade on Saturday.

"Mrs. Mattie Davis has lived through much of history, including World War II, the Great Depression, the Desegregation era and this current COVID-19 pandemic," Davis' granddaughter, Shamyra Owens said. "However, through those difficult times, her faith and belief remained in Jesus Christ."

Davis, who has lived in Hillsboro all her life and is now the city's oldest living citizen, was married to the late Thomas Davis. Together, they had eight children, 20 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. 

Davis is a member of the David Temple "Word of Faith" PB Church in Hillsboro, where Curtis L. Foster serves as pastor. 

She enjoys the company of her family, her children's cooking and KFC Fill-up chicken boxes, Owens said. Davis' favorite songs is "I'll Fly Away."

"(Davis) has instilled in her family the importance of having Jesus Christ in your life, and the importance of remaining close to family. We are truly blessed to have her still living," Owens said. 

She said at least 20 vehicles turned out for Davis' birthday celebration on Saturday.

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