Funeral arrangements set for Booneville mayor

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Booneville Mayor Charles Long died 8-3-19 at the age of 99. He had been mayor since 1959. He was believed to be the nation's oldest mayor at the time.

BOONEVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Funeral arrangements are set for Booneville Mayor Charles Long, who passed away Saturday at the age of 99.

He was believed to be the nation’s oldest mayor.

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He was first elected in 1958 and took office the following year.  He was unopposed in every election for 65-years.

The Booneville-native served in the U.S. Navy in WW II.

He loved his country, his state, his county, the Kentucky Wildcats, and his wife Ruth, who passed away in 2012.  The couple had been married for 72-years.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, said, “For many in Booneville, the steady leadership of Mayor Charles Long was all they ever knew. When this Navy veteran first set out for elected office, he did so with a genuine desire to help people. For six decades, Charles was a true hero and public servant. His commitment to public service animated his life and now leaves behind a strong legacy. In watching the UK Wildcats or advocating for his neighbors, my friend brought a kindness and a passion to everything he did. I always enjoyed working with Charles on projects for Owsley County, and I know Elaine and I join this community in remembering his remarkable life. We send our condolences to his family and friends.”

Congressman Hal Rogers, of Somerset, wrote, “Mayor Long defined hard work, determination, patriotism and servanthood.  He often reminisced about his military service and his trip to Huntington, West Virginia when he first met with federal leaders to show them his plan for Booneville.  That faithful meeting resulted in a federal commitment of $1 million for water and sewer in Owsley County – his most cherished accomplishment.  He was unopposed in every election for 65 years and unmatched in his compassion for the people of Booneville.  It was an honor to work along-side such a consummate advocate and friend of our region.”

Mayor Long’s visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 7, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (EDT) at Booneville Funeral Home, 3450 Ky Hwy 11 North in Booneville.

The funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, August 8, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) at Booneville Presbyterian Church on Old Hwy 11 in Booneville.

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