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Lufkin man celebrates 105th birthday

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Most of us won't live to see our 90th birthday. Even fewer will see their 100th, but what about the 105th?  George Clarke, of Lufkin, has seen all three.

"There's not much difference in 100 and 105, I'll tell you that," said Clarke.

For being over a century old, he is in pretty good health and even better spirits.

"I have a harder time walking, and my eyes are weaker, and my hearing is disappearing. Outside of that, I'm in pretty fair shape," Clarke joked.

"Everyday that I live with him, I learn something," said his wife, Daphene Clarke. "He has an art of living, in his singing, in his acting, in his awareness."

Clarke has seen a lot in his life, including both world wars, eighteen U.S. presidents, and twenty-five Texas governors. His favorite part of living this long is getting to see four generations of family, which he celebrated with last week.

"We have a lot of happy memories, and not many people will get to be at a 105th birthday celebration," said Daphene Clark.

What is Clarke's secret to living so long?

"I haven't done anything particularly except, it's just so happens that I live," joked Clarke. "I just keep on living."

Clarke celebrated his birthday today with children from St. Cyprian's School, where his late wife from his first marriage was a librarian.

He was also gifted with the key to the city of Lufkin for the second time, the first was gifted when he turned 100.

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