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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

One of the oldest members of the Albany community is celebrating her 103 birthday and some kids helped with that celebration Friday.

Susie Mae James has lived across the street from Jackson Heights Elementary for more than 60 years.

Friday the students honored life-time of achievements.

November 17, 1909 was a special day in Albany. The day Mrs. Susie Mea James was brought in the world. Eighteen children and one hundred and three years later, she's still a vital part of the Jackson Heights neighborhood.

"We remember when the roads were dirt roads and she saw the old and the new part of Jackson Heights," said Shelia Wallace, Granddaughter.

For more than 60 years, James has lived in a small house on East 2nd Avenue, right across the street from what's now Jackson Heights Elementary school.

"They remember her sitting on the porch and talking to the kids and feeding the kids and she's just

definitely been a pioneer in our community," said Orson Burton, Organizer.

"I would point out hey grandma who is that and she could tell me who they were, where they lived and the relation and half of them where family," said Gary Ponder, Great-Great grandson.

Family members say they spent many summers playing at her house and across the street in the once vacant baseball lot.

Friday, the school gave back to James for all her years of dedication wishing her a very happy 103th birthday.

And when we asked James about her 18 children and if she'd do it all the same

"Did you have a lot of kids with Sidney? No not too many," said James.

She thinks she could have contributed more.

The school presented James with a birthday cake and a $200 check.

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