“Lucky” Luckadoo blows out the candles on his cake. Courtesy D10 office

The City of Dallas has officially designated Mar. 16 as John Hampton “Lucky” Luckadoo Day at Presbyterian Village North. That day is also his birthday, and he just made it to 100.

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Luckadoo was born in 1922 to Levi Vosco Luckadoo and Rowena Sauls Luckadoo in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Luckadoo served as an Allied B-17 pilot during World War II and is deemed a living legend.

Those close to him describe him as very loyal and “devoted to his friends, his family, and his country. A true gentleman, Lucky is also known for his outgoing nature and excellent sense of humor while remaining respectful, compassionate and unassuming,” according to Mayor Eric Johnson’s proclamation.

Following his service as a pilot, Luckadoo saw a career as a commercial real estate developer and has been a community volunteer for decades. Next month, a book will drop about his life and experience during World War II called Damn Lucky by Kevin Mauer.

Councilman Adam McGough attended the celebration and presented Luckadoo with the City’s proclamation.

“I had the honor of presenting him with a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Johnson and the City of Dallas designating March 16, 2022, John Hampton “Lucky” Luckadoo Day in Dallas. Lucky, you’re one of my personal heroes, and it was a privilege to join your friends, family, loved ones and dignitaries to celebrate such a special milestone,” McGough shared in a post.