Charleston Celebrates Bertha Sheppard Pitts’ Milestone 100th Birthday


This March, Charleston witnessed a remarkable milestone as Bertha Sheppard Pitts entered the elite “100 and Wonderful” club, celebrating her 100th birthday over the weekend. Born on March 3, 1924, during the presidency of Calvin Coolidge and a full five years before the onset of the Great Depression, Pitts has lived through a century of profound changes and milestones.

To honor this special occasion, Pitts’ family organized a heartfelt birthday celebration, commemorating a life well-lived and cherished by many. Bertha, a matriarch in the truest sense, along with her late husband, raised a large and loving family that spans six generations, including eight children, 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-great-grandchildren.

Bertha Sheppard Pitts’ centennial birthday is not just a personal achievement but a testament to the enduring strength and resilience she has demonstrated throughout her life. Her family and the Charleston community proudly celebrate this milestone, honoring a woman whose life story is interwoven with a century of history.