Rev those engines: A drive-by celebration set to mark WWII veteran’s 100th birthday.


Stephenville resident Douglas Mayo is turning 100 on Aug. 22.

By SARA VANDEN BERGE

Rita Cook never imagined that when her father turns 100 years old on Saturday, they wouldn’t be able to have the proper celebration they had always dreamed of.

But a pesky ol’ pandemic has forced the family into Plan B.

And it’s a good one.

Stephenville residents are asked to help Douglas Mayo celebrate 100 years of living with a drive-by parade at 7 p.m. Saturday at 316 Tanglewood Circle.

“At 4:30 the Corvette Club in Dallas will drive by,” Rita told Beneath the Surface News. “Then there will be a parade at 7 p.m. with a firetruck, motorcycles, antique cars and local supporters.”

Locals, of course, are invited to watch or take part in the parade, but are asked not to come into the yard as the family is socially distancing for his protection.

Mayo served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 and was in combat in Guam.

He has so far received 377 birthday cards from well-wishers from across the state.

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Beneath the Surface News. sara@beneaththesurfacenews.com