A South Georgia
woman turned 100 years young Saturday. Annie Lee Hand grew up in the town of
Sassar. Saturday, friends and family celebrated her life with a special
Annie Lee Hand's family and friends went all in to give her the
biggest birthday party yet. She was overjoyed with love on her special
"I feel great and thank the Lord for being here to make it to
100," said Annie Lee Hand.
Hand was born in 1913, and has lived in the same house her entire
life. She's experienced her share of ups and downs.
"My grandma is my inspiration and she is my shero. My
grandmother is a double amputee. She had her first amputation at the age of
88," said L'Tanga Johnson, granddaughter.
Her family says through it all, she remained a strong woman and
deserves this extra special party.
"A person that is very independent. So losing her legs made
her more determined to get things done and she always get things done,"
said L'Tanga Johnson, granddaughter.
In honor of Hand's 100th birthday, Mayor Cherry Howell proclaimed Saturday,
"Annie Lee Hand Day" for the town of Sasser.
"Ms. Annie Lee has lived in Sasser her entire life. So I was
very glad to come. It's not often you get to come to a hundred year old
celebration and for one who lived in Sasser their whole life," said Mayor
Hand was also presented with congressional honors from Congressman
Sanford Bishop. President Obama and the first lady also sent her a letter
giving her well wishes on her birthday.
A scholarship fund
is named in Annie Lee Hand's honor. Next year, five high school students
in South Georgia will be awarded with scholarships for college.