On Aug. 11, Mrs. Pearl Williams Chavious celebrated her 100th birthday at the Horse Creek Banquet Hall in Warrenville with family and friends from as far as Michigan, New York, Delaware, Atlanta, Virginia and Charleston. Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and church family were there to celebrate with her and those who could not attend called, sent cards and even Facetimed. She also received birthday wishes from Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon.
Pearl is a native of Aiken, and is the last surviving sibling of six children. She retired as a custodian from USC Aiken after 19 years of service. When her health allowed, she enjoyed sewing, cooking hash and baking coconut pies for her family. “Ant” Pearl’s family loved to come from the North to visit her home and to experience the raising of hogs and going to the country.
Today, she enjoys tending her flowers, reading her Bible, watching the Westerns, shopping and enjoying visits from her family and friends. She loves to attend church when her health allows. Her motto is she is not going to let nothing or no one keep her from entering the Kingdom of Heaven (but she says there is no need to rush).