Hopkins County veteran turns 100 years old


It’s not everyday someone turns 100 years old. One Hopkins County veteran did Saturday and his family wanted to celebrate in a big way. 

Sunday they threw him a big birthday party. 

In the small town of Earlington, Kentucky you’ll find one neighbor who stands out and with just under 1,500 residents he’s pretty well known. His name is Freddie Wilcox. 

“He’s always been my hero. Small statured man with a big heart,” said Wilcox’s daughter Jerri. “Daddy said I don’t know that many people but I said people know you, they love you.”

Wilcox turned 100 years young and his town helped come together to throw him a party. 

“Dad is strong minded, he is weak bodied but for his knowledge, you can’t imagine the ability to remember what he can remember,” said Wilcox’s son Thomas. “As far as longevity we never saw it coming.”

Growing up he worked in a coal mine and served his country during WWII. When he wasn’t working you could find him on his lawn mower. 

He loved his mower so much, that’s all he asked for as a birthday wish. 

“He has his own zero turn lawn mower and that was his birthday wish was to get on his lawn mower and mow the grass,” said Jerri. 

His family full of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren consider themselves blessed for the memories they’ve made with him and for the memories that are yet to come. 

“We’re thankful for him everyday,” said Thomas.

“I didn’t ever think I’d have dad this long. I’m blessed, I’m very blessed,” said Jerri. 

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(This story was originally published on May 19, 2019)

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