Albion Mends Sr., of Warrensburg, will celebrate his 103rd birthday on Aug. 19.
Albion was born Aug. 19, 1918, in Ada, Ghana. He is now regarded as the oldest living Old Boy (MOBA) of Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast, Ghana.
He worked as a postmaster in Accra, Ghana, where he met and married Georgina Isabella Sagoe, who died in 1981. The couple has nine children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Albion later married the late Maxine Drake, of Warrensburg.
Albion served in the Signal Corps in Burma during World War II. After the war, he traveled the country working for the government as camp commander in the Food Production Corporation.
Several of his children immigrated to the United States during the 1970s. Albion’s son, Albion Mends III, of Warrensburg, and his wife, the late Carolyn, were able to apply for residency in the United States for Albion and the remaining children. Numerous extended family members in Ghana and in-laws followed in the years to come.
Due to COVID restrictions, a celebration will take place at Warrensburg Manor Care Center and with family and friends via Zoom.