Ruth C. Franklin celebrates 101st birthday


Ruth C. Franklin, widow of John "Mr. Sing" Franklin, celebrated her 101st birthday on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

A pillar in the community of Woodrow for more than 80 years, Mrs. Franklin owned her own beauty shop for more than 40 years, which was almost unheard of for an African-American woman in the 1950s and '60s. She has been a member of Bennettsville Baptist Church for more than 80 years, holding a position or membership in almost every organization in the church.

Mrs. Franklin has four children, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.