Happy Birthday to Harold Humphries, a Hometown Hero

Published: Dec. 12, 2013 at 1:44 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 3:32 AM CST
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Harold Humphries, a Hometown Hero
Harold Humphries, a Hometown Hero

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Harold Humphries is celebrating another year of life.

"Hi Harold. How are you? Happy Birthday," could be heard over his cell phone.

"Thank you. We're having a great time here this afternoon," he replied.

The Texas Tech University graduate is very tech savvy. iPads, iPhones and FaceTime are just part of his daily routine.

He has a knack for finding apps. For example, he has a program that reads emails and information out loud to him.

"It saves your eyes. And at 100, you save everything you can," Humphries said.

That's right. Harold Humphries is 100 years old.

We asked Harold, "Did you ever think you would get to be 100 years old?"

"Why sure, why not?" he answered nonchalantly.

He makes it sound easy, but most people would consider that an amazing accomplishment.

And even though Humphries has kept up with the future, today we are celebrating his past.

"When Pearl Harbor happened, I was a commercial pilot at that time with an instructor's ratings. I had been teaching people to fly, so I was destined to be in the war," Humphries said.

Humphries served for 18 months in The United States Air Force and he flew all over the Pacific during World War II.

During his century of life, he has touched the lives of countless others.

He and his brother were the owners of Piggly Wiggly grocery stores in town, he taught Sunday School at First Methodist Church for many years and he served as an outside director at American State Bank for 64 years.

He is a 1931 graduate of Lubbock High School where he played sax and clarinet in the band under Texas Tech's famous director, Harry LeMaire, who wrote the Matador song.

How did he live such a long, healthy life?

"I don't know that I did anything special healthwise," Humphries replied. "But I used to walk 5 miles a day."

Here's wishing Harold many more healthy years to come.

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