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Native East Texan celebrates 102 years of life in Smith County

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The first day of the New Year is the second day Katie Honeycutt is 102.

She was one of the last people born in 1911.  Ms. Honeycutt turned 102 years old on December 31 and has seen our country go from horse and buggy to the World Wide Web.

We took a walk down memory lane with Katie.

During her first year of life, the electric blanket was invented. Did her family have a luxury like that?

"Oh yes, oh yes, you know papa did," Katie recalled.

The Titanic went for a test cruise before Katie turned 1.

"Read about it going down and everything," Katie said.

A few other things that happened during her early life include: Baseball legend Ty Cobb's temper causing problems, Tarzan of the Apes being published, the first "Keystone Cops" film coming out, and William Taft being the President of the U.S.

Two of Katie's granddaughters, Kelly Watson and Kathy Moses, are spending a little time with her at Waterton Inn in Tyler. Katie was born and raised in Smith County. She remembers that her dad didn't have a car when she was little.

"My daddy had a horse and a buggy. I remember riding in it all the time," she said.

"And whenever we got rid of it, why, they had one on the square and they'd come get us, and me and my mother would ride in a horse and buggy to town. Then they'd bring us back," Katie recalls.

She had an opinion about Smith County tearing down the old courthouse.

"Oh, we hated it. We wanted that courthouse," Katie stated.

She wasn't thrilled about movie tickets going from a dime to a quarter, either.

"Oh yes, we didn't like that at all," she said.

Katie misses the concerts on the square, J.C. Penny's downtown, and the picnics after church.

"Dinner on the ground, dinner on the ground. We'd go to church and everybody would bring a dish, and we'd have dinner on the ground, singing all day and dinner on the ground," she laughed.

Katie was married for 62 years, had three children, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

She was a mother, then a nurse helping deliver many babies. She said if the doctor didn't get there, "I delivered them."

Katie looks forward to 2014 and the big 103.

Katie says she has lived this long because she attended church every Sunday and the Lord has been good to her. She's the only remaining charter member of the First Assembly of God in Tyler.

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