Couple honored as South Central Kentuckians of the Year

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- It's an accomplishment in itself, being married for 66 years, but this couple is still busy earning awards together.

On Thursday, a luncheon was held at the Knicely Conference Center to honor Colonel Robert and Cora Jane Spiller as the 2017 South Central Kentuckians of the Year.

The Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky presents the annual award to individuals for excellence in leadership and community contributions.

When the Spillers first got the call that they were to receive the award, at first they almost declined.

"When she called, I said 'Oh no, that doesn't belong to us. It should go to some of the younger people; it would mean so much for them, to them, because they have their lives ahead of them,'" Cora Jane Spiller said. "...and now everyday I think, 'Why did I say that? What if she had believed me, and it wasn't coming to us?'"

"I found out that any cent you give to charity comes back to you two fold, two fold, two fold," Cora Jane Spiller added.

And her husband agrees -- thanking those who have helped them along the way. He says it's their goal to give back to others.

"I just want to thank [those who nominated me] very much, and to come see me if they need any help, particularly the poor and needy around them, or their families, or what have you," Col. Spiller said. "Because my mission in this life is to help those that need help."

Col. Spiller says one of his current projects is helping create a nursing home for veterans.

2017 marks the 6th annual year for the South Central Kentuckian of the Year award.

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