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Sumter County veteran, pastor celebrates 100th birthday

Verner Spencer said he's feeling great for 100, and that his key to a long life is exercising and eating right.

SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. — A Sumter County man said he’s “feeling great” after celebrating his 100th birthday this month.

Verner Spencer' key to life is simple.

“Eating and exercising and things like that to help you along,” Spencer said.

The former pastor added that prayer is also key.

Credit: Veronica Spencer
Verner Spencer celebrates 100 years.

He was born in Georgia and spent time in the army before being called to ministry in his 30s and becoming a pastor in Philadelphia. He later moved to South Carolina to retire.

“How’s my health? It’s pretty good, I guess, for 100,” Spencer said. "I guess maybe it could be better, but thank God it's as well as it is."

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, his daughter Veronica said they wanted to do something special, so they hosted a drive-through parade with his family and friends.

Credit: Veronica Spencer
Verner Spencer and his daughter Veronica wave as cars honk in celebration of Spencer's 100th birthday.

Rev. Spencer watched from the yard as cars filled with loved ones rolled by honking and sharing well wishes.

“It was nice,” Spencer said.

“We surprised him; he didn’t know about it,” Veronica added.

He says he's looking forward to the future ahead.