Loved ones remember the legacy of 99-year-old Mayor Charles E. Long

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BOONEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The city of Booneville may be a small town, but the love for this community is definitely large.

In 1958 a man by the name of Charles Long ran a service station in Booneville. Born and raised in Owsley County, Long wanted to make a difference in his community.

"He just loved serving people and loved doing things for the people and the city of Booneville," said Owsley County Clerk Mike Mays.

After taking office as the city's mayor in 1959, Long was ready to help the town that was so dear to his heart.

"He wasn't what I would call a politician, he was a public servant," said Owsley County Judge Executive Cale Turner.

For the next 60 years, Long continued to help his community grow, becoming a mentor to many and a friend to all.

"I'd always ask him on advice for different things, he and I talked a lot," added Mays.

Mayor Long will not only go down in history for possibly being America's oldest mayor but one of the greatest the city of Booneville will ever have.

"It wasn't the number of years that he served that was so important, it was the quality of service that he provided for this community," says Turner.

Charles Long's funeral was held on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Booneville Presbyterian Church.

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