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Edgefield County Native and 4th Oldest Person in the World Dies at 114
posted January 3, 2013 - 5:56 pm
EDGEFIELD – Mamie Lewis Rearden, the 4th
oldest person in the world, has died following a hospital stay in
Augusta, Georgia, Edgefield Daily has confirmed. Mrs. Rearden, born
September 7, 1898 as Mamie Julia Lewis, and grew up in the Pleasant
Lane Section of Edgefield County. She never lived more than a few miles
from where she was born. She was 114 years and 116 days old at the time
of her death.
G. L. Brightharp Funeral Home in Edgefield is in charge of
arrangements, which are incomplete at this time. You may reach the
funeral home at 803-637-4900.
Edgefield County Deputy Coroner David Burnett said Rearden died
Mamie Julia Lewis Rearden grew up in the Pleasant Lane section of
Edgefield. She attended the Log Creek Community School and Bettis
Academy Junior College and began her career as a teacher in 1918. In
1919, Rearden married Ocay Rearden, and the couple had eleven children.
She was widowed in 1979. She became the nation's oldest
African-American upon the death of Mississippi Winn on January 14,
Her daughter, Mrs. Hamilton, is 96 years old and was the oldest person
in the world to still have a living parent in 2012. In September of
2012 Mrs. Rearden became only the 91st person to reach the age of 114.
She was honored by the Edgefield County Council through a Resolution in
October of 2012 for her longevity.
You can read our
on Mrs. Rearden here.
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