The Vicksburg Daily News was honored to be asked to join the 101st birthday celebration for Ms. Bessie Dillard Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.
Ms. Dillard is a retired educator. She is the mother of 10 children, with numerous family and friends.
Her youngest daughter, local pastor Apostle Linda Sweezer, said her mother helped to raise countless other children as well. She also mentored many young men in the area, and her late husband was a driving force in bringing the Boy Scouts to the Black community.
On behalf of your friends at Vicksburg Daily News, we wish you a very happy birthday, Ms. Bessie Dillard.