Smithfield Woman Celebrating 100th Birthday


Drive-by parade planned Saturday, Feb. 19th

SMITHFIELD – A Smithfield woman is celebrating her 100th birthday today (Friday). Dottie Taylor Sanders was born on February 18, 1922. She has resided in Johnston County her entire life.

She was employed at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Environmental Services where she met many people who became lifelong friends.

Dottie raised five amazing children and is a mother figure to her nieces, nephews and others in her family and community. She still enjoys being surrounded by her loved ones.

Affectionately known as “Mrs. Dottie” to her family and friends, she enjoyed walking in her neighborhood. She would often go to the Smithfield post office and get her mail. She also enjoyed getting a ride in a car. If she was asked if she needed a ride, Mrs. Dottie would always say, “I’ll catch the first thing smoking.”

She was a lifetime member at Evans Chapel Church. The centenarian enjoyed traveling to Myrtle Beach and Georgia well into her 90s.

“She was all about community. You may not see her name in the newspaper, but everyone that was in the Sandy Run community at the time, everyone considered her to be a mother, a family member. She took care of everyone. She was just that person, that individual in the community until last year when she moved into a nursing home,” Deneatra Barfield, her granddaughter, said. “She is still in good health.”

On Saturday, Feb. 19th at 1:45pm, a Proclamation from Smithfield Mayor Andy Moore and the Town of Smithfield will be presented to her at Barbour Court at 515 Barbour Road in Smithfield in honor and celebration of her 100th birthday.

Beginning at 2:00pm Saturday, there will be a drive-by parade. Mrs. Dottie will be in the parking lot at Barbour Court as people drive-by in their cars and wave, and drop off cards and gifts.

What a great milestone. Happy Birthday Mrs. Dottie.


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