By Lisa Johnson
Nobel Vernon Sellars 99 years old who was born in Micro, North Carolina 1918 can be seen every morning at the Powell County Senior citizens Center here in Stanton. Vernon was 12 in 1930 so he remembers the Hover administration and the Great Depression well, living on his fathers farm they raised their own food ,hunted and made money by cutting and selling firewood for 35 cents a cord. He finished the sixth grade and spent his youth fishing and swimming in the creek while working the farm were they raised cotton and tobacco. As a child we all had the itch, so once a week we had to use scalding water to scrub the house to combat bed bugs. I often remember riding to church in a two seat buggy with no roof so when It rained we all had to stay home. He and his family lost 7 brothers and sisters before they reached their second birthdays. He remembers times when It was so cold mother would wipe down the dinner table while leaving a layer of fresh frost upon it ,all the while being observed from below through the floorboards by the many chicken living beneath.
In 1940 he married Mini Alberta Wooder and eventually moved to Delaware were he worked for Air Design General Contractor. They had five children and eventual moved to Baltimore, were he states( I got the best job ever working for General electric) were he worked on the line meeting so many people who did lots of different things. Once he came up with a new way to improve production and gave it to his boss who was quick to take credit for the idea, next time I put my name on first. Later he got to go outside were he loved doing the landscaping and being outdoors.
After all of his children had grown up and moved to five different states , he retired from GE 1988, he and Mini to move to Stanton, Kentucky to live near their daughter Sue at a home on 69 Lisa Lane were he made children’s doll furniture . In 1999 Mini passed away and he remarried in 2001 to Jo Self who died October of 2016. He now lives with his daughter Sue. What makes him so amazing is his daily routine, he does 15 toe touches every morning and as seen in the photo does 200 ab roll’s daily then dresses, makes his bed and goes to the senior center were he walks three miles on the treadmill every day, later enjoying friends at the center and loves playing games. Earlier years, (I thank the lord I never knew anyone I wanted to harm in any way, but there was one guy who found out I had three daughters living at home and wanted to visit and informed with a smile I have a gun.) You are blessed to still have your father, Golda, Kenneth, Barb, Maria, and Sue.
Thank you for your time, it is my pleasure for the knowledge, and for sharing your life with our readers.