By MELODY BROWN-PEYTON
Of The Record Staff
For most people, celebrating a birthday is special, but turning 90 is not only special, it is spectacular!
Delphia Chance celebrated her 90th birthday with a host of family and friends at the Harnett County Coharie Indian Community Center outside Dunn. It was a birthday celebration filled with Southern cuisine and Southern hospitality. Menu items included turnip greens, barbecue, baked chicken, fat back, black-eyed peas, pecan pie, birthday cake and sweet tea.
During the celebration, Mrs. Chance was surprised when her youngest sister, Pearl Bell, came from Clinton. The two had not seen each other since their last family gathering in September.
Mrs. Chance was also graced with the presence of her sister, Vernell Brewington.
They are roommates at Senior Citizens Village in Dunn. The two sisters said they enjoy watching “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.” They both said sometimes they get a question correct on “Jeopardy,” but they always get the puzzle correct on “Wheel of Fortune.”
Ms. Brewington said it is a blessing to live to see her sister celebrate her 90th birthday. “The Lord has kept us throughout the years and I’m just grateful,” she said.
The three sisters sat and talked about the fun they had as children growing up in Sampson County. They reminisced on the things they did as children, like when they would play church and one of their brothers would be the preacher.
Mrs. Chance said her fondest memory of her childhood was the holidays.
“We always had plenty of food and my mother would bake nine cakes. Our home would be beautifully decorated and we would just love on each other,” Mrs.
Mrs. Chance was married to the love her life, Floyd Chance, for 64 years and nine months before he passed away four years ago. The two did not have any children of their own, but shared in the joy of a host of nieces and nephews.
She worked 23 years at Alphin Bros. Meat Packaging were she was a meat processor. She has spent her entire adult life living in Dunn and can remember shopping at department stores in Downtown Dunn.
Mrs. Chance was a faithful member of Shiloh Pentecostal Holiness in Godwin. Then she and her husband later joined Mt. Carmel, which is now The Roc Church of God, where she attends twice a month. Her daily activities includes a game of bingo along with exercising.
Henrietta Maynor, who is the cousin of Mrs. Chance, said she is more like an aunt. She remembers as a child visiting with Mrs. Chance and her husband. She would always cook the best meals.
“My cousin loved to cook for her family and friends. She loves people,” Mrs. Maynor said.
Delphia Chance, right, who turned 90, is surprised when her sister, Pearl Bell of Clinton, came to her birthday celebration held at the Harnett County Coharie Indian Community Center in Dunn.
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