Virginia Man Celebrates 105th Birthday

World War II veteran Charles Clark was born in 1907

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012  |  Updated 3:00 PM EDT
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Virginia Man Celebrates 105th Birthday

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"Never eat that much, never drink much and never smoke much," advises a Virginia man who's celebrating his 105th birthday Thursday.

World War II veteran Charles Clark was a fisherman and a fan of baseball and college sports. He remains mostly independent and still lives in his own home in Purcellville, although he has help from family members and a home aide two days a week.

His family plans to take him out for a birthday dinner Thursday. His favorite foods? Steak and sweet potatoes.

Clark was born in 1907 in Hamilton, Va. Before and after the war, he sold insurance for a living, and added a gig as bus driver around 1946.

Clark met his wife, Clarissa, in 1930. They married two years later and had a son, Charles W. Clark.

Clarissa died in 1978. Their son passed away in 2005.

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