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Ada Smoot of the Mt. Olive community turned 100 years old September 30. Photo by Brandy Brown Media & Photography
Ada Smoot celebrated her one hundredth birthday with family at her home Saturday. Photo by Brandy Brown Media & Photography
Ada Smoot of Mt. Olive celebrated her birthday Sunday with her church family at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Photo submitted
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
As September came to an end and October began, one Coosa County resident was celebrating a particularly significant milestone.
Ada Smoot of the Mt. Olive community near Goodwater turned 100 years old last Friday, September 30, and celebrated the momentous occasion all weekend long. Family and friends alike gathered to celebrate Smoot’s special day.
However, it was not the first time such a celebration for her has taken place. Her family says that her birthday celebration has become a family tradition over the years, with all of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, church family, and friends coming together to celebrate Smoot’s legacy.
This year’s one hundredth celebration was held in her own front yard on Saturday, where she was able to enjoy her entire family for the special day. It didn’t stop there, however, as her celebration continued the next day at Mt. Olive Baptist Church where they honored her Sunday during the morning worship service, followed by refreshments and fellowship.
Born and raised in the Mt. Olive community near Goodwater, Smoot is the youngest child of 15 born to Robert and Janie McCain. She was married to the late Pastor William Smoot.
An important part of her legacy, Smoot has a large family extending through generations. She has six children, 26 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.
A firm believer in Christ, Smoot loves the word of God and often encourages others to simply “trust God.”
She is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where Len Wilson serves as pastor, and has served in numerous capacities over the years. Some of those positions include secretary, Sunday school teacher and missionary president. She also sang in the Senior Choir and the Original Gospel Chorus at her church.
Her activities further reached into the communities as she also held many positions at the Morning Star District Convention Center in Cottage Grove. There she enjoyed times of fellowship and serving with other church leaders in the Coosa County area.
Additionally, Smoot was also a proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star – Addie Lee Chapter of Goodwater where she served as worthy matron.
Her acts of service also extended into the political spectrum as she was a poll worker at the Mt. Olive Community Center for many years, helping to work the voting polls during elections.
Her grandson Tommie Chapman said that Smoot loves to share stories from her childhood. At 100 years old he said that she enjoys baking, quilting, gardening, and attending the Goodwater Senior Center, where she enjoys playing dominoes and other games with her friends.
“She is a jewel in the Mt. Olive community and leaves a lasting impression on anyone that comes in contact with her,” Chapman said.