104-year-old NC woman says the secret to a long life is ‘Living for the Lord’

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RAEFORD, N.C. — At 104 years old, Willie Mae McCain says the secret to a long life is, “Living for the Lord.”

From her Hoke County home Monday, McCain was flanked with waves of children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and church family coming through the front door to celebrate her birthday.

“I’m 104 years old,” McCain declared from her sitting chair in the den, “104 years old, and I’m still going strong. If I could walk, I’d be going stronger.”

A mother of nine, five generations stem from McCain who vividly remembers working the cotton fields after eighth grade. By 16 she was married, but said her husband abandoned her with her first five children.

Read more: WTVD

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