When Elsie Chambers was a girl, her father made a prediction.
"I may be dead and gone, but we are going to have a black president before the end of time," Chambers recalled him telling her.
Last year, the 104-year-old granddaughter of a slave voted for Barack Obama, helping fulfill her father's prophecy.
Chambers is being honored by the Piney Grove East Missionary Baptist Church in Wingate as part of its Black History Banquet Saturday. They believe she may be the oldest African-American in Union County.
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Chambers said she was pleased with the honor from the church. While sitting in the living room of her Marshville home of several decades, she recently spoke to the Observer about that honor, and her life.
Chambers was born in April 1905 to Joe and Mary Caudle. Teddy Roosevelt was president. In that year, Einstein introduced his theory of relativity, Oklahoma became a state and the first modern movie house opened in Pittsburgh.
It would be another 15 years before women were allowed to vote.
Her father was a cotton and corn farmer in Marshville, and some of her earliest memories involve farm chores.
Joe Caudle also taught reading, writing and math at two all-black schools in the area, and helped expand one of those schools to ensure there were enough classrooms to accommodate all the students who wanted to attend.
His father was a slave, but Chambers never knew him. She also had an aunt who had been a slave.
Chambers was married for 25 years. She and her late husband, Joe, had no children; he died in 1977. But she was a constant, loving presence in the lives of numerous nieces and nephews, and helped raise the children of the family.
She also worked as a housekeeper, and has pictures of the family she assisted in her house. Chambers said she has encountered discrimination during her lifetime but doesn't dwell on it.
"You face it with some people," she said. "But I never had no crosses with people. We all get along good with everyone."