Woman’s 101st birthday celebrated in Barnwell

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Will Whaley - Staff Writer

Rutha Juanita Sanders Nappier Hiers celebrated her 101st birthday on August 28 at the Pruitt Health nursing home and rehabilitation center in Barnwell surrounded by family and friends.
Hiers was born on August 29, 1913 to Toby and Mattie Croft Sanders and was raised in the Mt. Lebanon community. She has three sisters: Myrtle, Tina and Elma and one brother Billy. Hiers has been a lifelong member of Mt. Lebanon Christian Church in Barnwell.
Even though she had no children of her own, she had one special child, Charles MaHue, whom she raised and three stepchildren, Dorothy DeMeza, Danny Hiers and Daisy Player.
Hiers is always viewed as a hard worker by her stepdaughter.
"She would work at the sewing factory in Williston and then come home, change clothes and go work in the fields," said DeMeza. "She never stopped working."
Hiers was first married to "Red" Nappier and later married Nick Hiers.
DeMeza says Hiers was a big gardener, although she was "deathly afraid of frogs."
DeMeza shared a story about her son hiding a frog in Hiers' house.
"She came home from work and found it," said DeMeza laughing, adding it was a good thing she couldn't catch her grandson.
"She is a great inspiration," said Skyler Williams, Hiers' niece. "She is very kind and sweet hearted."
Cake and refreshments were served by the nursing home staff. S.C. Rep. Lonnie Hosey and representatives from Barnwell City and the Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce also attended in wishing Hiers a happy birthday.