Durward Setser Drinnon celebrated his 100th birthday Aug. 16, 2013, with a party held in his honor at Wellmont Madison House, where Mr. Drinnon now lives.
Family, friends and community members attended to celebrate with Mr. Drinnon.
Mr. Drinnon graduated from Hancock County High School at age 17, then married his high school sweetheart, Nina Lawson Drinnon. The couple's first home was a log cabin in Hancock County, where he worked as a gravel truck driver.
The couple later moved to Kingsport, where he worked first at Holston Defense Corp., then at Dobyns-Taylor Hardware Company Inc. The couple remained happily married for 69 years until Mrs. Drinnon died in 2008.
Mr. Drinnon was a longtime member of Fort Robinson Baptist Church, Kingsport, and religion and music have always played a central role in his life.
Mr. Drinnon attributes his health to finding fun activities. An avid fisherman and hunter, he has always enjoyed the great outdoors, including gardening at his home and caring for his horses.
Now that he resides at Madison House, he still enjoys fishing trips and visits from pet therapy dogs, which frequent the facility every month.