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At 112, Man Says Tobacco, Pipe Hardest Habits To Break

January 16, 1985

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) _ Fred Clark, at 112 years old, says he’s stopped drinking, but still chews tobacco and smokes a pipe occasionally.

Those habits, the Chattanooga man said Monday at a birthday celebration with his family, are ″the hardest thing to stop.″

″I feel pretty good,″ said Clark, who walks with a cane and has suffered some hearing loss but remains an active deacon in the Prospect Missionary Baptist Church.

A former carpenter, plumber, bricklayer and knife sharpener, Clark said he lived ″a pretty rough life″ as a youth before turning to religion.

Clark, whose relatives say they have Social Security records documenting his age, has a simple explanation for his longevity.

″The good Lord wants me to live this long,″ he said.

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