Rutha Juanita Sanders Nappier Hiers will celebrate her 100th birthday on August 29, 2013
She was born, in Barnwell County to Tobias "Toby" and Mattie Sanders, on August 29, 1913. She married Berlie Estee "Red" Nappier on December 31, 1936. They farmed just outside of Barnwell, across from the airport, for many years. Her husband passed away on January 20, 1970. They had no children of their own, but they raised a foster son, Charles McHugh.
Ruth married a second time to Todd Hiers, and they made their home in Columbia for a while. After his death, she returned to Barnwell, and has lived at the Barnwell Nursing Home for several years.
Mrs. Hiers' mind is still sharp, and she enjoys visits from family and friends. A drop-in birthday party was given in her honor, at the nursing home, on August 24. Hostesses were her nieces, Carol Thompson and Dale Hett. Thirty members of the Nappier/Wheat families of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida attended.
Carol said, "At the recent Nappier/Wheat Family Reunion, many of the comments in the ‘Memory Box' had to do with visiting Uncle Red and Aunt Ruth. Just about every niece and nephew had their own special memory from visiting the farm. Everyone was always welcome in their home. Aunt Ruth is remembered for her delicious meals - her pickles were to die for! Though she worked very hard, Aunt Ruth always has a smile on her face! She is a beautiful lady!"
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