Grady County Farmer Celebrates 100th Birthday

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Grady County, Ga -- 10/6/2011 -- 11:25PM --

For most of us, living to 100 is a pipe dream.

But for W. Holmes Maxwell, turning the big '100' was like any other birthday.

'Mr. Holmes,' as his friends and neighbors call him, was born on September 28, 1911 - in the house he still calls home.

And his advice to someone who wants to live to be his age is pretty simple.

Maxwell explains, "Well, I'd tell them not to smoke, and not to drink any beverages, or anything, and to eat vegetables and stuff."

You'd think Maxwell might have stopped farming when he turned 80 -- or at least 90.

But the sprightly centenarian never even entertained the notion of retiring.

His grandson and farm manager, Jason Lodge, says he has a unique relationship with his grandfather.

Explains Lodge, "Not many people have had a 100-year-old boss man. I have."

As for politics and the world today? Maxwell has a keen opinion on those, too.

He says, "You take our senators and all, and - I hate to say it - but they go around with their hands behind their back to see how much money can be put in 'em."

Maxwell says he doesn't have any concrete plans for his 101st birthday.

Family members say they wouldn't be surprised if he outlived them all.

Maxwell's farm will be recognized tomorrow (10/7) with a Georgia Centennial Farm Award.

The award recognizes farms that have continued producing commodities over the past 100 years.

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