See ‘Honey Bea’ at Fashion Show
9/13/2013, 6 a.m.
When Relda Bea Mackins of Stone Mountain was crowned “Senior of the Year” on May 18, she was a mere 99 years old.
On Aug. 7, she made 100.
To win the title, “Honey Bea,” as she is affectionately called, strutted her stuff and beat out 15 finalists at the DeKalb for Seniors Inc. second annual Silver Gala Award.
For her recent milestone birthday, more than 50 family and friends celebrated her with cake and punch at a party held at the Lou Walker Senior Center.
But her only child, Karen Green, said someone “leaked” the festivities and she wasn’t surprised.
On Aug. 24, they “totally surprised” her with a birthday dinner at her church, Antioch AME Church.
It was attended by 75 people, including some out-of-town guests.
Mackins, a retired entrepreneur, lives on her own in the Antioch Manor Estates, an independent active senior community in Stone Mountain. She rides her exercise bike five miles a day every day and does it in 27 minutes.
For the Senior of the Year Award, she was nominated by the staff of Antioch Senior Community.
Before she retired, Mackins owned B’s Beauty Box hair salon for 30 years in Jackson, Mich.
After that, she volunteered at the pediatric ward of Foote Memorial Hospital, also in Jackson, for 24 years.
She has two grandchildren, Dawn and Jay Griffin, and five great-grandchildren.
She will make an appearance at CrossRoadsNews’ Sept. 21 Senior/Baby Boomer Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest.
Honey Bea will be on the Main Stage during the fashion show, which begins at 1 p.m. on the stage near Sears on the mall’s lower level.