Breathitt County man celebrates 100th birthday

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

Some find it hard to believe when Vernon Goff tells them his age and on Thursday, the Breathitt County man celebrated a milestone few people reach.

Goff turned 100 years old and says he's feeling better than ever!

For Vernon Goff, Thursday was the celebration of the century.

Even after hitting the century mark, Goff shows no signs of slowing down.

“No one thinks of him as 100 years old, he doesn’t. He conducts his life like he's about 75,” said Goff’s daughter.

Goff grew up in Eastern Kentucky and he has seen a lot in his 100 years.

“In 1931, I went to Harlan on the coal strike that killed about 5 or 6 people,” said Goff.

He also served in the South Pacific during World War II, but he says the highlight of his life was marrying his wife.

Goff’s family says they're inspired by his positive outlook and strong work ethic.

More than 50 people attended Goff’s pre-birthday party at the Breathitt County Senior Citizens Center on Saturday.

Goff says it was nice to see how many people still care.

Goff also shared a few simple words of wisdom for anyone else looking to live to be 100 years old.

“Smile and work. Don't sit around,” Goff said.

Now that Goff has reached the century mark, he's set a new goal of living to be 115 years old.

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