Charleston man who just turned 103 and worked as a church plumber up until his 99th birthday shares his advice on how to live a long life: ‘Eat and mind your business’

  • Edward Lawrence Sr. of Charleston, South Carolina celebrated his 103rd birthday on Sunday afternoon
  • He shared his life advice: “Eat and mind your own business.”
  • The centenarian worked as a church plumber until he was 99

A Charleston man who worked as a church plumber until he was 99 recently celebrated his 103rd birthday and shared his words of wisdom: “Eat and mind your own business.”

Edward Lawrence Sr. proved that age is just a number when he turned 103 on Sunday and reminisced about his life at a community center in Charleston, South Carolina.

Regarding the advice given above, the former plumber and maintenance worker said, “You will live a long time if you mind your own business.”

Families and friends surrounded Lawrence as the birthday celebration at Accabee Community Center in North Charleston was captured by the local station Live 5 News.

Born in Charleston in 1920, Lawrence served as a master plumber and maintenance supervisor for the City of Charleston Housing Authority.

Edward Lawrence Sr., who worked as a church plumber until he was 99, recently celebrated his 103rd birthday and shared his words of wisdom: “Eat and mind your own business.”

Edward Lawrence Sr., who worked as a church plumber until he was 99, recently celebrated his 103rd birthday and shared his words of wisdom: “Eat and mind your own business.”

Families and friends surrounded Lawrence during the birthday celebration at the Accabee Community Center in Charleston, South Carolina

Families and friends surrounded Lawrence during the birthday celebration at the Accabee Community Center in Charleston, South Carolina

Lawrence proved age is just a number when he turned 103 on Sunday and reminisced about his life at a community center in Charleston, South Carolina

Lawrence proved age is just a number when he turned 103 on Sunday and reminisced about his life at a community center in Charleston, South Carolina

Lawrence basked in the warmth of the blessings of family and friends, who celebrated his remarkable 103rd birthday at the Accabee Community Center in North Charleston, South Carolina.

His family members stepped forward and each took turns recounting fond memories of his long life, while Lawrence, dressed in a cozy plaid shirt and Nike cap, sat at the podium.

The 103-year-old man sat surrounded by balloons, a birthday cake and admiring family and friends, all recognizing his dedication to the community throughout his life.

A family member revealed that he continued to work as a plumber for the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church until he was 99.

Ha had also served as a plumber and maintenance supervisor for the City of Charleston Housing Authority for four decades.

Lawrence received blessings from family and friends as they gathered to celebrate his impressive 103rd birthday

Lawrence received blessings from family and friends as they gathered to celebrate his impressive 103rd birthday

He is described by families and friends as a hardworking, wise and enthusiastic community worker

He is described by families and friends as a hardworking, wise and enthusiastic community worker

He is described by families and friends as a hardworking, wise and enthusiastic community worker.

At 103 years old, he's still driving,” said a family member, adding that Lawrence still enjoys cooking and doing chores around the house.

In a post on social media, Lawrence's relative, Wilhelmina Tisdale, shared photos of him enjoying his birthday in a backyard and living life to the fullest.

'Happy 103rd Birthday, Mr. Edward Lawrence “Bubba”. May God bless you always. I love you,” Tisdale wrote in the caption.

Impressed social media users also left their blessings under the post, as one wrote: 'That's the best way to be. God bless you and I pray that God bless you to see many, many more.”