Isadora Perkins-Byrd celebrates 110th birthday surrounded by six generations of family
By Philip Maenza
Editor of The News Journal
Isadora Perkins-Byrd was born on August the 22nd of 1908 in Timmonsville. She is 110 years old. This possibly makes her the oldest living native of Timmonsville and most likely the oldest the town has ever had.
Over the past 110 years Isadora has been known for her cooking, singing, and love of her church and family. Her favorite music was gospel music. She would often sing gospel songs to her children. Isadora is best known for having an open palm and heart. It was mentioned that she was always willing to help anyone who needed it.
Isadora and her late husband, Valentine Byrd, had four children. They had three boys and one girl. Catherine Freeman, Isadora’s only daughter and youngest child, is still living at 86 years old.
She is very excited that her mother is now 110 years old. She feels very blessed to be able to still have her mother around especially considering that she herself is 86. Catherine reminisced on her mother’s wonderful cooking growing up and her beautiful singing voice.
Isadora’s family threw a celebration for her in order to celebrate her 110 years of life. Due to her age, Isadora had six generations worth of family members in attendance at her birthday party.
One such family member was her granddaughter, Mary Ann Daniels. Mary Ann is the daughter of Isadora’s late son Willis ‘Tom’ Byrd. Tom had seven children including Marry Ann. Marry Ann, then had 11 children of her own. She had six girls and five boys. From those 11 children, Mary Ann has 43 grandchildren. As a result of those 43 grandchildren Marry Ann has 37 great-grandchildren.
The exact number of descendants that Isadora has is not known exactly, however, there are currently six living generations of her family. Many of which were in attendance at her birthday celebration.
Isadora has lived in Timmonsville all of her life. In fact, Isadora is the aunt of Timmonsville Mayor Darick Jackson.
Isadora has a legacy of being “truthful, loving, and smart.” She was known for teaching her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so forth the idea of “taking care of each other”.
Although Isadora herself was not feeling up to giving a comment, the joy on her face was apparent as she was surrounded by family.