February 12, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
More than 200 people came out to the 14th Street Community Center for the 100th birthday celebration for Frances Rutherford which was held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.
The celebration was given by Rutherford’s church family, Living Faith Temple, and her local Family Members-Sharon Reeves, Karen Reeves, Nia Reeves, & Evangeline (Evon) Parker.
Rutherford, who turned 100 Feb. 1, 2013, has been a member of Living Faith Temple/Greater Emmanuel for more than 50 years.
Elder Ralph Clay served as the Master of Ceremony for the celebration. Mayor David Malone presented Rutherford with a Proclamation plaque. Rutherford said that she does not feel any different now that she is 100-years-old, but just feels blessed.
“The secret is to follow God in everything that you do, to put him first,” Rutherford said.
She also said that it was the grace and goodness of God that she has lived such a long life. Gospel music filled the atmosphere, courtesy of KSP Productions who provided music for the occasion.
Guests waited in line to greet the honoree and to take pictures with Rutherford, who sat in a special seat and area designated for her.
Vincent Kennedy, Pastor of Living Faith Temple said he is grateful for Rutherford’s 100 years of life.
“We are not promised a day, but God’s grace and mercy allowed her to see 100 years. We are blessed because of who mother Rutherford is,” Kennedy said.
Spiritual Dance Selections were performed by the Daughters of Zion and Sister Marie Benson at the at the party.
Maja Kennedy, First Lady of Living Faith Temple, said Rutherford is a blessing to their congregation.
“I think it is a blessing to have someone with so many years under her belt, one who can pass down wisdom, and a godly lifestyle that we can look up to,” Kennedy said.
Marilyn Clay was in charge of the food menu. Ms. Evangeline (Evon) Parker was in charge of the decorations and the Program.
Rutherford was one of the Original members of the “Faith Singers” Group, Choir Member, and currently serves on the church Mothers’ Board at Living Faith Temple.
Rutherford has two children, Alvena and Guy. She has six grandchildren: Faye Ann, Angie,Tracey, Guy, Jr., Kim, and Tisha. She has five great-grandchildren.
She also has two great-nieces, Sharon & Karen Reeves, and a great, great niece, Nia Reeves, here in Portsmouth. Mother Rutherford also has a niece, Betty Bridgeforth of Boston, Mass., and a great-nephew, Alvin Reeves of Evansville, Ind., who attended her birthday celebration.
Another relative, Vicky Hailey of Atlanta, Ga., was able to attend her celebration. She also has another great niece, Christina of Tennessee.
The entire celebration was captured on video via KIMM Enterprises.
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