Mamie Barrett, of the Skymont community, hit a landmark in observing her 90th birthday. Mamie was born April 1, 1927, to Eugene and Lois Dendy Hampton in Elora, Tennessee. The Hampton family is one of the pioneer families that settled the top of mountain near Altamont. In 1937, they moved to the unopened wilderness that was eventually known as Hixson community, named after W.C. Hixson who donated the land for a church and school. Mamie was 10 years old when they moved here from Alabama and is the third of ten children and the oldest girl.
Mamie is not the only nonagenarian in Skymont, but she is the first in her line of Hampton ancestors and descendants who has lived to be 90 years old. Mamie’s surviving siblings are James Hampton, Katherine Hobbs, Betty Jean Meeks, and Jo Barrett.
Mamie was feted by friends and family with a party in her honor at the fellowship hall of Air View Baptist Church where she has been a member for 80 years. She is the widow of the late James T. Barrett and has three sons, Randel, of Skymont; Edwin, of Northcutt’s Cove; and Gerald, of Altamont. Along with her sons, Mamie was honored to have in attendance her grandchildren: Jason Barrett, Shala Barrett Wohlgemuth, Ashli Barrett, and Emily Elrod; and great grandchildren: Gavin Herrin, Wyatt Barrett, Rhealee Barrett, Grant Wohlgemuth, Corwinn Barrett, and Harper Elrod .
When asked how it felt to be 90 years old she replied, “I don’t know how I am supposed to feel. I haven’t been ninety that long”.