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Kentucky man celebrates 105th birthday

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) One hundred and five years ago, the American flag only had 45 stars. Teddy Roosevelt was President and the average wage was 22 cents an hour!

That’s why this birthday party is so special.

Lawrence County native, Jay Cox, 105, is one of the oldest people in Kentucky.

“At times it’s pretty good, and other times it’s pretty bad,” Cox said.

“We’re proud of him because he’s lived so long,” 18th Chapter Disabled American Veterans Commander Ballard Shepherd said.

Cox served in the Army for 3 ½ years during World War II where he was stationed in the Philippians.

“They’ve been there, they’ve done this and kept our country safe,” Shepherd added.

The DAV helped celebrate this day with Cox with a 21 gun salute. The Patriot Guard Riders also joined the party at the Veterans Affairs Center in Prestonsburg.

In Cox’s words, he’s tickled to death about making it to 105 and hopes to see another hundred.

“It’s a good ‘ol world and I don’t want to leave it,” Cox added.


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