Clarine Higgins, a resident at Life Care Center of Morehead, Kentucky, recently turned 107. Higgins’ family and friends celebrated the occasion with her on Friday, Nov. 30, with a party.
In honor of Higgins’ birthday, the manager from the local KFC and a man dressed up as Col. Sanders attended her celebration and awarded her with a bucket of one of her favorite foods – fried chicken. They even went a step further and awarded her with a certificate allowing her free chicken for life.
Born in Bethel, Kentucky, on Nov. 30, 1911, Higgins was one of eight children of Tom and Mornvi Cockett. She was raised in Moorefield, Kentucky, and moved to Sharpsburg, Kentucky, in 1943. She made her home there until she came to live at the skilled nursing facility in 2016.
Higgins was married for five years to William Young, with whom she had a son, Jackie Young. Unfortunately, William passed away at an early age from a heart attack. She then married to Robert Moore, and they were wed for 23 years, until he passed away. Eventually she married her late husband, James Higgins Sr. They were married for 16 years until he also passed.
For years, Higgins worked for a poultry yard in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky.
Her whole life, Higgins has never operated a motor vehicle. She walked everywhere she wanted to go, and the people of Sharpsburg loved seeing her daily in the community.
Higgins now has three grandchildren, one of whom she raised. She is a great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Many community members know Higgins as Mama Clarine.
“She is a woman of strength, character, peace, love and – most of all – a woman of God,” said Higgins’ niece, Susan Jones. “Clarine has a heart like Solomon and will do anything for anybody at any time.”
Higgins was very active at her church, Greater First Baptist Church in Sharpsburg. She sang in the choir and attended Sunday school, prayer meeting and all worship services. She is the oldest member of her church.
When asked how she has been able to live so long, Higgins said, “I have lived a good life, and all you have to do is pray, pray, pray!” She added, “I’m just waiting, waiting, waiting on the Lord to come back and get me.”