It was a special gathering in one East Texas town Saturday afternoon, celebrating the life of a Bullard woman. Close to 100 family members and friends came to wish Annie Bowie Smith a happy 100th birthday. Born in 1908, family members say Smith has been active in her community of Bullard and church all her life. They said as long as they've known her, she's had quite an impact on their lives, and she lives to be a role model.
"I just love her wisdom, and if I've learned anything from her, I've learned how to be a lady and how to be respectful," said Smith's great-niece Ruby Moore. "I appreciate everything she's left for me and the legacy. One-hundred years is just a blessing, and I thank God for leaving her around that long for us to enjoy life with her." Smith says she was surprised to see so many turn out for her big day. Loved ones drove in from hundreds of miles away to wish her a happy 100th birthday.