Two days before Christmas, the Village of Morganza was set to observe a milestone birthday for a resident.

A drive-by celebration was slated Wednesday for the Rev. Elmo Shoels, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, on his 100th birthday.

He was born Dec. 26, 1920. He is pastor and superintendent of Emmanuel Church of God and Christ, 361 First Street.

The ceremony took place at 1 p.m. Wednesday at 7058 Mitchel Lane.