Local woman turns 100-years-old


A local family celebrated the New Year with one member celebrating the milestone of a lifetime!

As we turn the calendar on a new year and new decade, Ernestine McLeod is celebrating a century filled with love and family. Hubert Jackson, Ernestine’s son-in-law, said, “If it were not for her, some of the joys that I had would not be possible.”

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Ernestine was born on January 2nd, 1920 in Perry County, Mississippi. That year, a loaf of bread cost 12 cents and radio was just in its infancy.

Over the course of her life, Ernestine married W.L. McLeod and raised seven children, all remaining heavily involved in her community and working at Keesler Air Force Base and a plant nursery. Neicee McLeod Rose, Ernestine’s daughter, said, “Like what’s happening in her precinct and voting and in the church work. She was an usher and secretary of the cemetery, which I picked up behind her at the cemetery club.”

As five generations of family members gathered at One Magnolia Place in Gulfport, some say Ernestine’s birthday is a way to spotlight her accomplishments and love for her large family. “it affords an opportunity to identify and reflect and rather than memory, you can look at someone from a different generation and the successes of that generation.”

And with proclamations recognizing her long and fulfilling life from State Representative Sonya Williams Barnes and the Perry County Board of Supervisors, Ernestine has left a legacy of hard work and civic engagement that her family can build upon. “It’s for us to pick up the baton and run. We’re running. We’re running the race because God knows I am. I’m trying everyday to be somewhat like her.”