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Subject: Charles Long, Believed to be America's oldest & longest serving mayor

Dead at 99
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Date Posted: Sunday, August 18, 12:46:58pm

BOONEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Booneville Mayor Charles Long, believed to be the nation's oldest mayor, died.

He was going to turn 100 this fall.

Long was mayor for more than 60 years, which made him one of the longest-serving mayors in the nation. Last summer marked his 60th year.

Long was elected into office in 1958 and took office in 1959.

He recently suffered a couple of health complications.

His wife Ruth died in 2012. They were married for 72 years.

He was a lifelong University of Kentucky fan. His obituary says he attended more than 1,300 games since 1946.

"I enjoy being with the people and I enjoy helping people," Mayor Long once said.

You can read more about Long here.

Visitation for Long will be Aug. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Booneville Funeral Home. His service will be Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Booneville Presbyterian Church.


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