Holidays are often celebrated events; however, for one Mercer County man, they’ve become life events, too. Hugh Bullock, a bailiff at the Mercer County Judicial Center, was born on New Year’s Day in 1947.
“My father had enough political pull to have them land on the moon on his birthday,” he said with a laugh.
“I’ve got a sweetheart,” he said with a smile.
Their story is a sweet one indeed, as they first met in 1983. The two enjoyed a breakfast with some others on that first meeting, and they kept in touch. However, it wasn’t until 1989 that they saw each other again, per his request.
“I called her in October and told her I’d be there in December,” Bullock said.
At the time, he was living in Florida and working in his own company, Outteck, as a manufacturer’s rep, which required him to travel around the eastern part of the United States. His wife lived in Harrodsburg, and they had initially met while he was in the region visiting customers.
When he made the call, Bullock said, his future wife agreed to go on a date with him in December. This prompted him to send her flowers, which, unbeknownst to Bullock, were delivered on her birthday, something he jokes was “divine intervention.” They were married the next year.
“The Lord blessed me,” he said, explaining that they have remained together for 23 years. His faith in God is something that Bullock holds firmly to. He said he proudly professes that he is “a strong believer in Jesus Christ.”
Bullock’s sons both own farmland, but a great deal of it is used to hunt. That suits the outdoorsy Bullock, whose company, which he retired from, focused largely on archery. He also loves to fish.
A modest man, Bullock also has degrees in economics, historical anthropology and history from Georgia State, Georgia and Young-Harris College in Georgia.
He said his blessings also have stemmed from his parents, who had enabled him to achieve some of these things. His father was an attorney in Atlanta, where his family is originally from. That’s also where his sister, brother, and mother, who just turned 88 years old, still reside.
With birthdays often falling on holidays, Bullock said it makes it interesting when planning parties. In fact, this year, the family decided to have a surprise party for his mom in October.
For himself, he said, his birthday seems to be a good time to stay off the road. However, “a lot of people celebrate” his birthday, he said with a grin.