Rosena Hankerson turns 110

  • Rosena Hankerson

Not many people can say they have reached 110 years of age, but a Barnwell native has joined an elite group of super-centenarians.

Rosena Hankerson, a retired school teacher, turned 110 years old on March 16, 2017. She was born in Barnwell County on March 16, 1907 to Angus Price and Rivannah Owens Price.

“It’s awesome and more than a blessing. She’s just a sweetheart,” said Bamberg resident Donald Price of his great aunt turning 110. His grandfather, the late Aaron Price, was one of Hankerson’s brothers.

Hankerson has outlived her 10 siblings as her last sister, Jessie Lee Price Dicks, died at age 101 in 2004.

She spent most of her life in Barnwell, including in the Red Oak community, but now resides at PruittHealth of Bamberg.

Though she and her husband of 50 years, the late Lucius Hankerson, never had any children, she impacted countless children in Barnwell County during her more than 40-year career as a teacher at schools in Ned Branch, Meyers Mill, Barnwell and Blackville. She attended Voorhees College, Benedict College and S.C. State to earn her teaching degrees. Several of her siblings were also educators.

Faith has always been an important part of Hankerson’s life. Prior to going to the nursing home, she was very active at Ned Branch Baptist Church, including serving as secretary for nearly 40 years.

“Trust in the Lord,” said Price, recalling advice Hankerson once gave him.

Hankerson often doled out advice and wisdom to her family and friends. Price remembers one time many years ago when he and his wife visited Hankerson at her house. After giving the couple a dogwood tree and baby’s breath plant, Hankerson told Price to let his wife plant them and they will grow. He did not take her advice and the dogwood tree he planted did not grow while the plant his wife planted flourished. Hankerson also knew Price’s wife was pregnant, a fact they had not told to her yet.

While limited physically, Hankerson’s mind is still solid, said Price.

Of her many achievements over the years, she has achieved one more by turning 110.