BUCKHANNON — Mrs. Hazel Davidson turned 102 years old on Tuesday, August 11. Her family and friends helped her celebrate with a covered dish dinner party that culminated with an exhilarating motorcycle ride. As Davidson rode off on the back of Floyd “Snork” Cogar’s 100th Anniversary Harley Davidson, she threw up her famous one-handed wave. They rode from the home of Betty Collins out Cow Run Road to Rock Cave Elementary School and back.
The tradition started when her son, Robert Davidson, took her for a birthday ride each year until he sold his bike. The tradition took a pause for a while until Davidson’s nephew, “Snork” took her out on the road again for her 100th birthday. They missed the commemorative ride last year, so Davidson was glad to keep the tradition alive again for her 102nd birthday.
“This year, I thought, ‘Oh shoot, I wanna ride that thing again.’ I told my son, ‘I think I’d like to ride one more time.’ He said, ‘Well I’ll tell Snork.’ Then he called me back and said he’d take me,” Davidson explained. “It was just great. That’s all there is to it.”
Hazel’s daughter, Marilyn Davidson, told The Record Delta, “Born in 1918, Hazel is blessed with three sons, three daughters, all living today, various in-laws and countless grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loves talking with others, especially to recount such notable facts as women’s voting rights coming two years after her birth and raising her children in the house by the creek where she herself spent her childhood. Beyond all else, Hazel is a devout Christian whose favorite time is spent in the church, including two services Sunday morning, a Sunday evening service, and a Wednesday evening prayer service. Her favorite hymn, “Amazing Grace,” describes her thankfulness for the blessed life she has been given.”