A 1965 Alcorn Central High School graduate, Kenneth Roaten learned to fly by the seat of his pants on a short dirt runway with his dad at the age of nine. He started sport skydiving in 1968, becoming an instructor that same year. After a 39-year layoff from the sport at the age of 69, he made a high altitude jump from 15,000 feet, falling at a speed of 120 mph. The free fall lasted a little over a minute. "It was like always remembering to ride a bicycle," he said. "Great to be back upstairs again." Formerly employed at the Halliburton oil company in Houston, Texas, the retired U.S. Air Force Seargeant is the father of Daniel Ray, Kimberly Rae and Cassandra Rae. He has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.