102-year-old Darlington woman says minding her own business & faith are keys to long life
Annie Mae Belin celebrates her 102nd birthday (Photo: Tonya Brown/WPDE)

DARLINGTON, S.C. (WPDE) — Annie Mae Belin of Darlington County celebrated her 102nd birthday party Tuesday with her church members and family at Truth and Fellowship Ministry in Florence.

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About 50 people attended the event.

Belin looked mighty spiffy at her birthday celebration with lots of jewelry and a crown on her head.

She added one of the keys to a long life is staying out of other people's business.

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“Obedience. And trying to tend to my business. And leave other people's business alone. Unless I have to get in it. Because I love to talk and I love people," said Belin.

She said her faith in God is another reason why she's lived 102 years.

102-year-old Darlington woman enjoying her birthday with friends and family (Credit: Tonya Brown/WPDE)

“My relationship with God. He’s my all. My everything thing. I just want to keep on loving God. And treating people like I want to be treated. Because we need more love in the world for one thing. Obedience is the best of all. And trust in God," said Belin.

Belin's pastor Dr. Johnathon Briggs said she's a wonderful person who truly cares about people.

Briggs said he's blessed to be one of her leaders.

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“I’m humbled. For God to trust me with one of his prized possessions is a testament that his hand is upon me. And he believes that I will obey him in doing what I need to do. So, to have the opportunity to be her pastor is a humbling experience. Because it says a lot about how God thinks of me," said Briggs.

Belin said she feels really good and is just thankful to have celebrated 102 birthdays.

She makes sure to get her hair done every two weeks from her personal stylist former Darlington Mayor Gloria Hines.

Hines said she picks up Belin from her home and she spends the entire day with her at the hair salon.

Belin said life is good, but the only thing she misses is work.

"I feel really good. Ain't but one thing, they won’t let me work. I have made cigarettes. Because my first job was in RJ Reynolds tobacco company. My cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff. All that stuff in Fairmont, N.C, “ said Belin.

So, she's just enjoying her life, along with all the love and support from her family, friends and fellow church members.

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