Family and friends celebrate centenarians

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
Psalm 139:13 sounds the praises of two centenarians being honored for 10 decades of respective birthdays at the

Palm Coast Golden Corral, where the guests awaited a delightful meal.

The Rev. Noris Henry sealed a prayer with the scripture, celebrating each century of life for Kathryn Barbel and Alice Powell.

Both centenarians made their 100th birthday earlier in the year.

Mrs. Barbel’s celebration had put everyone to shame as she demonstrated the proper way to dance the waltz.

Rev. Henry and wife Bonnye were excited to host the meal at the Golden Corral, surrounded by each of the honoree’s family and friends.

Kathryn Barbel:Family honors their ‘strong lady’
The guests of honor were appreciated for all that they are.

Mrs. Barbel was born in Dawson, Georgia, the granddaughter of an architect.

She lived in various states before relocating in New Jersey and New York, was employed by the government, later retiring from the telephone company.

Her husband’s stroke is the reason that the pair relocated to Palm Coast.

There’s an older daughter who now lives in South Florida and a son now in his 80s living in Palm Coast.

Mrs. Barbel added, “I am a Baptist to begin with, and that’s the reason for the ‘bait and switch,’” which is attributable to her church affiliation being changed from the United Evangelical and Missionary Outreach Church (UEMOC) to the First Baptist Church of Palm Coast.

Rev. Henry retired in 2016 as pastor of UEMOC.

Mrs. Barbel’s great-grandson, Charles, said, “She’s a strong lady, and we’re glad to have her as the matriarch of our family.”

Her son, also named “Charles,” responded, “I thank God for Mom that she’s still pushing…I think that she is going to make (it to)101.”

Alice Powell:Trust in God has kept her
The Henrys’ daughter, Tracey Hodges, spoke as Mrs. Powell’s caregiver, adoptive granddaughter and part of her family.

Alice Powell, left, is shown with Kathryn Barbel celebrating 10 decades of respective birthdays at the Palm Coast Golden Corral.

Hodges thanks God for working things out during a critical time in her life when they met in 2012 and immediately clicked.

She said, “Alice likes to shop and keep it moving…Her words of wisdom are to put God first and to trust God.
“She’s been through a lot,” added Hodges, “but her trust in God is what has kept her.”

Survived tragedy
Alice Powell backed it up and said, “I was given a 50/50 chance to live when I was burned (all over the face in a fire at home).

“For one year I visited the doctor everyday. Every day my husband had to take me to the doctor. I was in isolation for eight months. No one could come to the house, except the nurse,” she added.

She was flown by helicopter from Palm Coast and admitted to the wonderful University of Florida Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where she was rehabilitated.

Former nurse
In a piece by the Palm Coast Observer, Mrs. Powell, who now lives in an assisted living facility, attributes her relatively good health to her genes.

Her sister passed away two years ago at 106 years young. Another sister is 98 years young.

Mrs. Powell is a Jamaican native, migrating to the states in 1959. She lived in the Bronx and worked as an outpatient nurse at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital.

She’s a former member of the Moravian church, and has spent the past 30 years as a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Palm Coast.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined in by sending Mrs. Powell a tribute to celebrate her 10 decades of birthdays!

Dance competition set for January

Guardine Wright-Gibson

Get your tickets for “Dancing for Dreams,” the season’s dance competition.

Guardine “Gerri” Wright-Gibson has shared that with the guidance of some amazing instructors, all dancers will dance their hearts out just for you.

Wright-Gibson is the first African-American president of the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild, co-sponsor of “Dancing for Dreams.”

That’s Jan. 20, 7 p.m., at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center. You won’t want to miss the dancing competition of the season!

Benefits YES!
Tickets are $50 and available at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center Box Office by calling 386-676-3375, or visiting

And, by joining them for this entertaining evening, you will help support initiatives like the YES! (Youth Experiencing Symphony) Program, which will bring thousands of students to the Symphony Society performances, many of whom will experience the performing arts for the first time.

VIP tickets are available at $75 and include a private reception at the event. For more information, call the Society office at 386-253-2901.

“Dancing for Dreams” is co-sponsored by the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild and the Daytona Beach Symphony Society.

As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.

Birthday wishes to Teirra May, Dec. 5; Alexis Luckett, Dec. 9; Erica Malloy and Sunny Delaney, Dec. 10.



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