Wilkes’ oldest living veteran honored on 100th birthday
World War II Veteran Evans “Duck” Moore was honored by family, friends, and the community at a ceremony celebrating his 100th birthday at The Pope Center on Tuesday. As a special thanks for Moore’s dedication to his country and Wilkes County, a proclamation declaring February 14, 2017, as “Evans Duck Moore Day” was presented to him by Washington Mayor Ames Barnett and County Commission Chairman Sam Moore.
“Just think about it, I’m 100 years old,” Moore enthusiastically stated, as he graciously thanked those for attending his party. “God’s been good to me – I’m 100.”
Prior to the ceremony, Moore travelled to the state capital where he was the honored guest of Governor Nathan Deal, Representative Trey Rhodes, Representative Tom McCall, Senator Lee Anderson, and the Secretary of State’s Office. Moore was also able to interact with touring school groups, and received a standing ovation from the senate.
“They came to greet me like I was special, of course I was,” Moore laughed, remarking that he received handshakes, hugs, kisses, and every greeting imaginable from people present at the capital. “Anything for them to show me love, and it felt good.”
“I’ve seen a lot, and I’ve heard a lot since I’ve grown up,” Moore said. “Do you know how good the roads are now? It used to take forever to get to Atlanta.”
In his closing of the ceremony, Andrew Jackson remarked, “Mr. Moore was born in WWI, and he served in WWII, he’s seen 18 presidents, and outlived 13 of them.
“You have done what God commanded you to do, which is to love everyone,” Jackson said. “How many times have I heard you say ‘God has been good to me?’ You always give him the glory and praise.”
As Jackson explained, it would seem that Moore’s longevity is hinged on his relationship with the Lord, gardening his small plot of land, having two or three cups of coffee a day, and eating his vegetables, all of which are a part of Moore’s daily routines.
Moore is the son of the late Sam Moore and Nannie B. Moore Walton. He has grown his own very rich history as he is the proud father of five children, 14 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.