JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – There were lots of hugs – and candles – as a World War II veteran who lived in the Jacksonville area celebrated 100 years of his life on Tuesday.
As he celebrated the milestone, Herman Jones wore a hat that said, “100 has never looked so good.”
“I feel good. Feel like I’m a hundred,” said Jones.
Marica Sayer and Hilda Hand, Jones’ daughters, told News4JAX that the Navy aviator spent a lot of time with them growing up.
“He played badminton with us, he played all the games with us, he just always had time for us. Took us to Cecil Field for a swim every weekend, ”recalls Hand.
“We brought ourselves to Disney the summer after it opened. We stayed there for three days, two nights at the Contemporary. He saved for that, ”said Sayer. “Just wonderful memories.”
And now, at 100, he lives with one of his daughters.
“I am very blessed to have him in my house and he just does new things every day,” said Hand.
As with gardening, she said, her father is busy growing vegetables in his garden.
And to make it to the mark of the century?
“I think it’s amazing,” said Sayer. “And I think gardening helped him achieve that goal because he’s still out there every day.”
We asked if there were any quirks about Jones that we might be surprised by. His daughters said every time he took them to an amusement park, he would ride each roller coaster once and then never again.
And when he went shopping with them, he always carried their handbags.
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