George Blackwelder turns 103
Name: George Blackwelder
Born: Sept. 6, 1006
Married to: Lola, his wife of 68 years, passed away June, 1994.
Family: Son Glenn Blackwelder and daughter Frances Miller both live in Salisbury. Two sons, Robert and Howard, are both deceased. He has 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Church membership: West Park Baptist Church, Rockwell
Key to living a long life: No alcohol or tobacco, grew his own vegetables, raised his own cattle
On Sept. 7, family and friends of George Blackwelder celebrated with him, having an ice cream social at the Liberty Comons Nursing Home where he has been a resident since January 2009.