Hazard woman turns 100 years old

She was the Hazard High School valedictorian of 1929!

Nancy Brock Eversole of Hazard celebrated her 100th birthday Friday.

When she was born in Jessamine County in 1911, William Howard Taft was the President of the United States.

Her family moved to Hazard when she was 12.

"I've lived there in town for a long time in that same house... me and my kitty cat... I always have to mention her!" Eversole said.

It is mind-boggling to think what she has witnessed in her lifetime.

Take downtown Hazard for example.

She's seen dirt roads become paved roads... and horse and buggies be replaced by automobiles.

She saw Main Street in its hey day... and saw it being destroyed in the 1957 flood.

"Well, it was a mess... took quite awhile to get it all cleaned up again. There was so many people affected by it... everybody just about had to help themselves," Eversole said.

Eversole still has her grade school and high school diplomas.

She says her 1929 graduating class at Hazard High School was the first to wear cap and gowns.

Eversole worked as a secretary for the Hazard City School system from 1933 until her retirement, nearly 45 years later, in 1977.

"I just had three different superintendents... I guess I must have pleased them or they wouldn't have let me stay that long!" Eversole said.

Since retiring, Eversole has travelled to several countries and still enjoys fishing!

"We went one time this summer... you get out there and forget about everything else," Eversole said.

Eversole has been a member of First Baptist Church in Hazard longer than anyone ... since 1924.

Church members recently celebrated her life during a fish fry at the Senior Citizens Center.

"I love them all... so many of them have been close friends through the years and I would say that my life has been centered around the church," Eversole said.

Eversole says she wants to be remembered as someone who tried to help people and trusted the Lord.

She says she does not fear death.

"Of course I know that it will be different because you don't have an earthly body but it will be so wonderful to not be hurting with some things. No, I look forward to it in a way," Eversole said.

Nancy had nine brothers and sisters and she is the only one still living.

Her husband Lester died in 1973.

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