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Brookhaven woman known as ‘Maw-Maw’ turns 100 years old

Allie Mae Humphries starts each day with turkey bacon, grits and eggs and ends it with the late night news.

And every night at 6:30 she has a date with Steve Harvey.

Humphries’ watches “Family Feud” religiously. That’s why her family invited the comedian to her 100th birthday party Saturday.

“We tried to get Steve Harvey to come but he couldn’t make it,” said Humphries’ youngest, Flora Hamilton. “He loves little old people, but he just couldn’t make it. She loves Steve Harvey.”

But Harvey’s feuding families are the only ones disagreeing in Humphries’ life. Her own family was in total agreement Saturday with words of love and appreciation. Four generations of Humphries and friends gathered at Macedonia M.B. Church for the grand celebration to honor their matriarch.

“Mom is a blessed, blessed, blessed woman,” said Willie Mae Humphries Reed, the oldest of the four children born to Humphries and her husband of 76 years, the late Willie Humphries.

Reed reminded the room of about 120 in the church fellowship hall of Humphries’ tradition of tucking a green Abe Lincoln into a birthday card for her four children, 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grand children and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

It was a treat that some treasured and others spent quickly, she said.

Humphries then opened her gift to find a roll of 20 five dollar bills, taped end to end. Some were the same fives Humphries had given her daughter through the years.

The birthday celebration included a presentation of a tiara and a corsage and several tribute songs for the woman known as “Maw-Maw.”

Evangelist Maxine Dillon gushed over the birthday girl when it came her turn to sing.

“I have known Miss Allie Mae for such a long time and she is so sweet,” she said. “She is always such a doll and I just thank God for you, Miss Allie Mae.”

She read an acrostic poem, using each letter of Humphries’ name to share a bit of insight into the woman’s personality. The last letter stood for “She is saved,” she said.

“This song says, ‘I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day,’” she said. “It says that God is holding your hand, and I know, for a century, God has to be holding your hand.”

Faith has been an important part of Humphries’ 10 decades on earth.

She is on the mission board at Macedonia M.B. and wears a white dress and hat to serve the Lord’s supper.

“She’s faithful to that,” Hamilton said. “She goes every Sunday that she can make it. She hardly ever misses church.”

Humphries is in relatively good health, her youngest daughter said. She takes blood pressure pills and something for cholesterol — hence the turkey bacon — and doesn’t complain about any aches and pains.

Her exercise comes from cleaning house, which includes making her bed every morning.

“She cleans her own house. She still cooks,” Hamilton said. “Sometimes she’ll let me go to Piggly Wiggly and get her a plate.”

Humphries reads her Bible, peering at the scripture through bifocals.

She taught her sons to be respectful and her daughters to be ladies. She taught them all they could be the best.

After hearing kind words from family, friends and her doctor, Steven Mills, it was time for Humphries to share her own.

“Y’all made my day,” said.